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Before there was a podcast, there was a comic strip. In our final semester as undergrads, Jake and I worked on a sculpture with the engineering department at UC Berkeley, curated and hosted an interactive art show at San Francisco State University, worked on our additional final art projects to be displayed in a currated end of year gallery show, worked/volunteered part time, and decided we wanted to throw one more thing on our shoulders. A friend of ours was doing a comic strip for his senior work, and Jake and I felt like we could do that as well. Not that we wanted to take away from what he was doing, but we just hadn’t seen a comic strip about makers. Sure, there is How Toons, but the updates were few and far between, and xkcd, but that’s more science then making, though making does sometimes creep in.

So with our hearts set on a comic by makers, about makers, we did what any logical person does…we wrote about ourselves. We had a ton of fun doing it, but when the school year ended, and we started working full time, we stopped crossing paths as much and it made it difficult to continue. We scrapped the comics and sat on our hands while we thought of other stuff to do. Years ago I decided to make a pdf of our comics so I could upload them here, but when I backed up our website, I forgot to back up the sql database files. To anyone who uses a CMS to run their homepage…make sure your back up your databases!

It’s been far too long, and I don’t remember exactly what was going on at the time of writing these, but I did my best to provide some commentary on each comic to better put you in the mind set of where I think we were at. I hope you enjoy! Oh, would you like a sample?


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This week you just get a simple tutorial song: The LED Bop.

You can listen to or download the episode below or over at archive.org. Also, please subscribe to us on iTunes and if you have a minute, give us a rating!


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After weeks of trying to navigate audio production applications I downloaded, I came to the conclusion that I’m not a very musicly inclined person. So I sent both Jake and myself singing the lyrics to my friend Aaron of Walz Music. Since he was busy with a whole bunch of other paying projects, he threw my voice track away (again: not musically inclined), quickly matched a midi file to to the tempo Jake sang at (turns out I chose the wrong track to sing along with), added proper midi instruments to the track, and echoed Jakes voice a bit because re-recording that audio wasn’t an option. Considering all of the constraints (and even without them), I think he did an amazing job.

You can check out The Blitzkrieg Bop here and see how we did.

Now to think up some other ways I can mess with tutorials.

Lyrics:
Hey Ho, Let’s Throw x4
First you grab your batteries
Then you grab your LEDs
Magnet, Tape, Accessories
The LED Bop

The anode to the plus bit
The cathode on the alternate
Then tape it to your magnet
The LED Bop

Hey Ho, Let’s Throw
Toss them in the air now
Where they land, I don’t know
They’re all charged up and ready to throw


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We set ourselves the goal of coming up with a DIY tutorial song. We’d never heard one, we weren’t sure what they sounded like, so we figured we’d try it out ourselves. Come back next Monday for the final song!

You can listen to or download the episode below or over at archive.org. Also, please subscribe to us on iTunes and if you have a minute, give us a rating!


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While we’re no longer making podcasts, we do continue to work on things. Sometimes we record those things, and sometimes we don’t. We recorded this episode back in March, and it’s taken us this long to get everything squared away to put online. This is the reason we’re no longer doing podcasts.

We do want to continue to make stuff though, and when we can, we’d like to put them online. So for now, when we do audio casts, we’re just going to release them under the ‘How Do I’ label, as we’ve already done everything to get that to iTunes, and other places.

One huge issue in this song was recording. For some reason both Jake and I decided not to use headphones when we recorded ourselves. So you can hear echo on both ends of the recording. Trying to line everything up, and silence everything was a crazy process that took months (and there’s still a ton of echo).

In addition to that, most of our talk was silent thinking, keyboard strokes, wild tangents, and other useless things that you don’t want to listen to for an hour. So from the initial fifty-five minute recording, I managed to cut it down to half of it’s original length. The majority of which was silence.

I hope you enjoy, next week we’ll put up the finalized song.

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In this final episode of How Do I?, we talk a bit of shop, and what our plans are for the future. Please be warned, this episode is unedited and uncut.

You can listen to or download the episode below or over at archive.org. Also, please subscribe to us on iTunes and if you have a minute, give us a rating!


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Apologies for the delayed upload, I was out of town last week for family events, and wasn’t able to take care of this.

One thing you might notice at the beginning of the podcast is the friends theme. Since we both record our own audio on Audacity and put them together after the podcast, we need a way to sync the audio up. We each take a turn to sing the friends theme intro, and we both clap along. We then arrange the audio tracks so the delay is halfway between both sets of claps. If this doesn’t make sense or you have questions, email us and we’ll provide pictures and more details.

I decided to go back and see what questions we’ve received over the past several months that were from people I didn’t know and they are:
-Joe in Albuquerque’s Flashing Brake Light from episode 12
-Elijss’ Speaker Casing from episode 10
-Derek’s Motorized Longboard from episode 8
-Thabo’s Electronic Speed Trap from episode 8

Between the four of you, Kiteman, Goodheart and the few people I’ve met from instructables. I would like to thank you all for asking questions and being generally awesome.

To those few of you who listened, we really appreciate your support. Christopher in Sweden is someone Jake remembered as he needed help subscribing to the podcast (as we didn’t provide a link for it initially).

We’ve had a blast, and we’ve enjoyed every minute of this (even the bits that were a bit taxing). Thank you all, and we’ll see you again in whatever this podcast turns into next.

UPDATE:
After I uploaded the files to archive.org, I realized my audio was missing for the last five minutes of the podcast. I wasn’t sure if this was accidental on Jake’s part, or if he just despises my voice. So I had to take down the initial mp3 and reupload it with my voice added back in for clarity. Hopefully there wasn’t too much confusion.

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It’s time we played with water, electricity, and CAD software. Listen in and we’ll tell you how to get the most bang out of your super soaker, the proper way to control voltage and current, and go over some free alternatives to that CAD software you might be using.

You can listen to or download the episode below or over at archive.org. Also, please subscribe to us on iTunes and if you have a minute, give us a rating!


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Super Soaker Mods (00:06)
-sscentral.org/mods

Playing with Electricity (15:30)
-wikipedia.org/wiki/Series_and_parallel_circuits
-instructables.com/id/Visualizing-Circuits

CAD/CAM Software (23:34)
-cnc-toolkit.com
-heeks.net
-shapeoko.com/archives/969 (makercam.com)
-sketchup.com (with extensions)
-123dapp.com
-tinkercad.com
-linuxcnc.org
-openscam.com

-inventables.com/technologies/desktop-cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko
-cnczone.com/forums/opensource_software
-wiki.linuxcnc.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?Cam
-probotix.com/cnc_software

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