Posts Tagged ‘maker’

And Stuff Episode 11: Getting Really Mad At The Nail

June 28, 2016

This time Cameron and Walker talk about saws, meditation, Youtube, and some other things.


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On the Breadboard

May 30, 2016

Maybe this will be a recurring series. It should be possible if I’m actually Making Things.

Bazz Fuss

Information about the Bazz Fuss can be found here.

A few years ago I tried out the Bazz Fuss and was very disappointed. Being careful with transistor and resistor choice seems to be much more crucial than People on the Internet imply.

I actually fried one transistor by using a variable resistor that was allowed to vary down to zero. Was quite amusing to turn it down, then up again, only to find the tone was drastically different. Somewhere in the middle of this process I made an instagram video. Bazz Fuss fried video.

The “best” version I created consisted of a clean boost followed by a standard BF with high gain, then a tone stack, then a BF with lower gain and emitter degeneration added. This allowed bizarre octave-up effects with tone high and big muff-esque tones when low.

Double Bazz Fuss with Tone video.

Chance that I’m develop this further? It *was* pretty high before I built the next Thing. Now, slightly less.

Harmonic Percolator

The Interfax Harmonic Percolator is an legendary (or at least notorious) fuzzbox mostly associated nowadays with the music of Steve Albini. Albini has several youtube videos on the subject. There’s some info here.

Tried out a Harmonic Jerkulator, an all silicon Percolator clone developed by Tim Escobedo. Details available here. It sounds amazing. It doesn’t sound Albini, but neither do “faithful” clones or any other variant I’ve heard, so whatever. Sounds like a germanium fuzz-face to me except despite being boomier it never gets muddy enough to where you can’t hear all the notes.


Chance that I’ll develop further? 100% chance I’ll youtube it, 50% I’ll box it up, 20% I’ll try and market it.


The Ruby amplifier, from

Built this LM386-based 0.25W amplifier. It sounds suspiciously good. Even when plugged into my upcycled computer subwoofer. I’m definitely gonna box this up. This is an extremely high-margin Thing if it were ever to be Etsy’d.

100% chance it’ll get boxed up. I’ve never sold on Etsy before so … if I ever decide to this’ll probably be the first thing I do.


Anyway, those are the three ideas I’ve been monkeying around with over the past week.

And Stuff Episode 010: Dewey Decimal Overdrive

May 23, 2016

This time we talk about Plover and get sidetracked a lot.


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still alive by jonathan coulton

new orleans maker faire

i like to make stuff



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cam’s youtube channel

vertical falling


cracked on seinfeld

dewey decimal system



And Stuff Episode 009: This Podcast Was Enhanced in Adobe Photoshop Essentials

February 22, 2016

This time Cameron and Walker talk about cotton and a little about music and some other stuff.

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And Stuff Episode 008: Fast Paste Environment

January 7, 2016

This time we talk about … stuff?

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And Stuff Podcast: Episode 007 — California Pt. 2

November 6, 2015

This time Cam and Walker talk more about water in California.


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Bionic 51

Butter Dance

Yak Butter

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California water sources



Abu Dhabi



Air Well

Air Wells in Ethiopia

Biosand Filter

Berkey Filters

Rainwater Collection

Asphalt Shingles

Tin roof rain

Grey Water

Clean progressively dirtier laundry


Composting Toilet

German Toilets

Japanese Toilets

Squat Toilet


Humanure Handbook

Danish Oil

Boss DS-1

Op Amp Buffer

Knife Safety

Printing in Linux

And Stuff Podcast: Episode 004 — Dirt

July 19, 2015

This time Cameron and I talk about Google and Sod Walls and The Land of the Burnt Thigh.


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podcast preflight checklist
Gorilla Glass, not related to Gorilla Glue, a podcatcher app with “smart speed”
Edward Snowden

Gorilla Glue is a polyurethane glue, and doesn’t contain epoxy.

google search for job
Myths about Incognito Mode
google plus youtube backlash
Google Plus xkcd

google map vs bing map

california drought:

10% of California’s water goes to farming almonds–but that might not be as bad as that sounds?

Pressed Earth is actually called rammed earth

Sod Walls
Land of the Burnt Thigh
Plowman’s Folly
The Worst Hard Time

Pen Addict Podcast
Pen Addict Bingo

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And Stuff Podcast: Episode 002 – Fabric and Analogues

July 3, 2015

This time Cameron and I talk about fabric and jeans and a little bit about linguistics and Project Gutenberg and synths.


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(Absence of) Progress — school project, pedal projects, monotron simulation

October 19, 2013

I haven’t been present here for the past couple of weeks… I’ve had one alright post I’ve been working on but have had to spend a little too much time on school stuff to actually finish it.

Anyway, Korg made the schematics for the Monotrons and Monotribe public, so I’ve been working on an LTSpice simulation of the original Monotron. I have the VCO and VCF working, but I haven’t made any cool samples or anything. I’m hoping to use the simulation to fix what is widely perceived as the Monotron’s worst bug–a popping sound that occurs at the beginning and end of notes.

I’m at least two weeks behind on my project for school, but at least I finally have 90% of the parts in. I’m at a coffee shop right now designing the motor driver. It’s gonna be a giant pain and take up two Arduino proto shields. I have no idea if I’m going to require heat sinks or not either, and if I do, I have no idea how I’ll get them or make them or whatever.

Another problem I had was getting the motors attached to the wheels. The bit of aluminum that is supposed to connect to both was too small to fit the motor shaft inside it so I had to drill it out. Then the screw holes for screwing into the wheel were spaced too far apart to fit my wheels, so instead of using them I just covered the whole thing in epoxy and stuck the wheel on. They’re going to wobble a little but at this point I’m beyond caring about that. A post I could easily make tomorrow would be a photo post of my progress. Good idea, self.

I also breadboarded a Tube Screamer and have been rocking out with that, even though I never finished building the other guitar effect I was building. I’m having a hard time deciding if I should finish the as-of-yet-unnamed “black dirtbox with big switch on it” or start working this TS clone into a box. The black dirtbox has its board about 70% populated but as usual everything is way too close together and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to make any of the connections on the bottom properly.

For the TS clone, I’m planning on using a case that I tooled for an older TS-inspired design I dreamed up. That one I gave up on when I had just started populating the board–again because I tried to cram way too much crap onto it. Because I’m removing all the extra features I’d added it’s going to have four giant holes with nothing in them. I’ll have to at least shield it or something. *shrug*

I guess I should post some pictures of those guitar projects too. I’m not currently in a state where I can make any recordings to show you what they actually sound like. Even my playing consists of just one chord over and over while I change one value on the breadboard, so when I say “rock out” I’m really using that term loosely.

Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to, Nothing is EVER FINISHED but I’ll try and get a few pictures posted tomorrow anyway.