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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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Build a light theremin into a musical noisemaker with Weekend Projects. This project combines a 555 timer, light-dependent resistor, LED, speaker, and some basic components into a battery-powered synth that's easy to assemble and fun to play. Read more »

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Cirque du Soleil partnered with ETH Zurich and Verity Studios to produce SPARKED, "a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance." Read more »

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There are planned service changes on the subway going to World Maker Faire this weekend in Queens. Read this PSA to better understand how these changes might effect your journey. Read more »

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The 5th annual World Maker Faire NY opens soon! Kicking off the weekend will be a talk titled "Investing in Today for a Secure Tomorrow" by legendary inventor and maker Dean Kamen. Read more »

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Two giant Phoenix sculptures hang from the ceiling of Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan through 2014. They measure 90 and 100 feet long, weigh over 12 tons combined, and are made entirely from discarded material, tools, and machinery from construction sites in and around Beijing, China. Read more »

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When you're in NYC later this month for the 5th annual World Maker Faire, be sure to put NYC Makers on your itinerary of extracurricular activities. This exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design features works by 100 makers from all five boroughs of New York City. Read more »

I could have used fewer wires to jump from transistor-to-transistor, but I opted to separate each component instead to make the junctions more clear. See the original circuit schematic for comparison.

Sniff out electrons and sense static charge with the Non-Contact Voltage Detector. Built it into an enclosure on perfboard or quickly prototype the circuit on breadboard to experiment with this classic Weekend Project! Read more »

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