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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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Combine an Arduino with a USB host mode-compatible Android device, and control a strip of full-color RGB LEDs with your Android's touchscreen. Explore Pulse Width Modulation to get maximum brightness from your LEDs and mix their values to correct for color balance. Read more »

RTMFCNY skyline

The winners for NYC's first Road to Maker Faire Challenge are announced. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the makers who entered this one-of-a-kind contest. View a gallery of all the contestants on the blog. Read more »

view from the truck

An incredible visual tour of the 5th annual Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire in Providence, including shots of Foo Fest and AS220 Labs. Making is alive and well in "The Creative Capital" of Providence! Read more »


Whether you worry about sneaky snoops sniffing packets on your network or you simply need to take a break from being online, turn the web off with this Internet Kill Switch. With this beginner-friendly Weekend Project you can keep all your devices plugged in and turned on, while the switch... Read more »


Now is the time to cast your votes for your favorite maker projects competing on the Road to Maker Faire Challenge. Sixty-six makers have entered and are now competing for your support. Votes will be counted until 11:59pm PT on Tuesday, August 13th. You can vote once per project every... Read more »


Cast your vote now for your favorite project/s on the Road to Maker Faire Challenge, presented by Esurance. Help one lucky maker win $2,500 to travel to New York City in September and exhibit at the 4th annual World Maker Faire! Read more »


Here are some inspiring words from Lance Greathouse, the winner of the 2nd Road to Maker Faire Challenge in the Bay Area earlier this year. The Challenge is now headed to NYC for World Maker Faire - apply now before the Monday August 5th deadline! Read more »