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Dropping a mic – and picking up another

In the middle of our most recent podcast we had a major technical failure.

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The microphone Katherine, Lucy, and I have used for the first 32 podcasts finally gave up the ghost.  To be fair, it had broken a couple of times before, and I had apply liberal amounts of glue to piece it back together.  This time, though, half of the audio tracks Lucy and I recorded had too much static to be usable.

So, we said goodbye to Computer Associates, and hello to Tonor.

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This is a Tonor 3.5mm Cardoid Condensor Microphone.  We recorded all of the tracks for Episode 33 with the Tonor, and we think it sounds at least as good.  Let us know what you think!

January 11, 2017 Posted by | Podcast, Tools and Toys | Comments Off on Dropping a mic – and picking up another

Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 33: String Shooter

Mark and Lucy build a machine that shoots string, and lets them play with waves:

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/science-technology-podcast-episode-33-string-shooter/

January 10, 2017 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 33: String Shooter

Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 32: Summoning Thor’s Hammer

Where we build a second prototype of a flying Thor’s Hammer that you can summon:

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/science-technology-podcast-episode-32-summoning-thors-hammer/

September 23, 2016 Posted by | Podcast | Comments Off on Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 32: Summoning Thor’s Hammer

Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 31 – Rover v2

In this episode, Mark and Lucy build a programmable rover based on the Raspberry Pi 2:

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/science-technology-podcast-episode-31-rover-v2/

August 1, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 31 – Rover v2

Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 30 – Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

In this episode, Mark and Lucy explore mixing acids and bases – and try to avoid volcanoes.  Given that today is the 35th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption, we think that’s an admirable goal.

 

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/science-technology-podcast-episode-30-baking-soda-and-lemon-juice/

May 18, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 30 – Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 29 – Snap Rover

In this episode, Mark and Lucy build an RC Snap Circuits Rover.

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/science-technology-podcast-episode-29-snap-rover/

March 29, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science & Technology Podcast, Episode 29 – Snap Rover

Science Podcast, Episode 28 – Robot!

In this episode, Mark and Lucy build a robot!

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/science-podcast-episode-28-robot/

February 14, 2015 Posted by | Podcast | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 28 – Robot!

Science Podcast, Epsiode 27 – Stratoballoon Rigging

Mark and Katherine describe how the capsule, radar reflector, parachute, and balloon were all held together.

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/science-podcast-episode-27-stratoballoon-rigging/

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Epsiode 27 – Stratoballoon Rigging

Science Podcast, Episode 26 – Stratoballoon Capsule Construction, Part 2 of 2

Mark and Katherine finish the details of the stratoballoon capsule construction:

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/science-podcast-episode-26-stratoballoon-capsule-construction-part-2-of-2/

January 14, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 26 – Stratoballoon Capsule Construction, Part 2 of 2

Science Podcast, Episode 25 – Stratoballoon Capsule Construction, Part 1 of 2

Mark and Katherine walk through Part 1 of the stratoballoon capsule construction:

https://markofquality.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/science-podcast-episode-25-stratoballoon-capsule-construction-part-1-of-2/

January 13, 2015 Posted by | Podcast, Science | Comments Off on Science Podcast, Episode 25 – Stratoballoon Capsule Construction, Part 1 of 2