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Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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Join us TODAY for our seventh Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air as we look at audio amplification projects from the past few years that have utilized the LM386 power amplifier. Read more »


Homemade guitars are very popular here at MAKE, and the License Plate Guitar joins a long list of DIY resonator instruments. Build your own version and strum to the beat of a homemade sound with Weekend Projects! Read more »


We recently reached out to a handful of makers and asked them to submit designs of their Ultimate Maker Vehicle. Their blueprint was to involve a 2014 Ford Transit Connect that we’ve previously profiled as a versatile maker-mobile. Makers were given an imaginary budget and specific build constraints. And now... Read more »


Join us later today for our sixth installment of Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air. We’ll be chatting with the author of Make: Electronics, Charles Platt, who in MAKE Volume 15 theorized a hypothetical tremolo wheel. Years later MAKE Technical Editor Sean Ragan would build this project, giving us the Optical... Read more »


Netherlands-based artist and maker Victor Sonna produces these chaotic, but functional bicycles from objects "we refuse to destroy" or throw away. A member of the Collaboration-O arts collective and avid cyclist in Eindhoven, Sonna gives his bicycles titles that pay homage to modern artists, popularly known for their paintings. Read more »


The Optical Tremolo Box was inspired by Charles Platt's "Stomp Box Basics" article (MAKE Volume 15, page 82), which theorized using a light sensor to read patterns on a rotating disk to create a tremolo effect. Taking the project from theory to reality, MAKE Technical Editor Sean Ragan used a... Read more »


Cellular Sensor Sentinel is a fun and accessible way to explore basic sensors while simultaneously learning about core cellular protocols GSM & GPRS. Read more »


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