Geek Squad on PBS, "Make Television"

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  1. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Right now, on PBS, I'm watching INSIDE, about the Bonneville Speed Week (I think 2006, the announcer said 57th annual).

    But last night something new came on one of the DTV-PBS channels, MAKE television, sponsored by the Geek Squad.

    Knowing how many tinkerers and recyclers there are on the MBforum, these episodes would probably have something that interests you, every half hour.

    Link where I'm pulling up the summaries:

    http://www.makezine.tv/


    I saw three of them, 2 featuring bicycles:


    Episode 6:
    Music Machines & Trebuchet


    Enter the plugged-in world of Tim Kaiser, a maker who fashions experimental musical instruments from scavenged objects. In the Workshop John Park assembles a portable trebuchet from plastic plumbing pipe, and circuit bender Bianca Pettis demystifies the art of... Read More

    (another project was hooking up a bike to other bike wheels and make one of those tennis ball machines, shooting practice shots over the net)



    Episode 7: Urban Projections & Wind Generator

    Bike along with Ali Momeni and his fleet of mobile video projectors that transform public spaces into massive sound and light shows. In the Workshop, John Park combines a used treadmill motor and PVC pipe to build a wind generator... Read More

    (the projection machines in Minneapolis were built on 3 bicycles, and the wind generator looked like "perpetual energy" because they mounted it in the back of a pickup truck running at 15-20 mph)


    Episode 8: Watershed Sculptures & Miniature Robots

    We journey upstream with environmentalist Dan McCormick, a maker who crafts intricate watershed sculptures out of woven willow. In the Workshop, John Park shows how to build lively and inexpensive miniature robots. Mister Jalopy reveals the hidden treasures of... Read More

    (no bikes in this episode)


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    The episodes I didn't see:

    MAKE: television Episode 1: Bicycle Rodeo & VCR Powered Cat Feeder


    For those of you who like to see the whole episodes of Make: television, here's a chance to see episode 1 in all it's glory. Meet Cyclecide, an inventive band of performance artists who build outrageous bicycle contraptions straight... Read More

    When you click "Read More" on episode 1:


    MAKE: television Episode 2: Aerial Kite Photography & Burrito Blaster


    Make: television Episode 2: Maker Cris Benton takes spectacular aerial photographs by rigging remote-controlled cameras to high flying kites. In the Maker Workshop John Park builds a Burrito Blaster, which can propel a burrito 50 yards, and Mister Jalopy... Read More


    MAKE: television Episode 3: Steampunk & Pole Camera


    Enter the alternative universe of Jake Von Slatt, a leading Steampunk Maker, who turns modern technology into Victorian works of art. In the Maker Workshop, John Park mounts a remote control camera on a painter's pole to take stunning... Read More


    Make: television Episode 4: Fire Sculpture & DTV Antenna


    Meet the Flaming Lotus Girls, a women-centric maker collaborative that creates gargantuan, fire-breathing sculptures. In the Workshop, John Park builds a digital TV antenna from wire coat hangers and a $10 video camera stabilizer. William Gurstelle shows surprising uses... Read More


    MAKE: television Episode 5: Kinetic Wave Sculptures & Shopping Cart Chair


    Tour the elegant and hypnotic motorized wave sculptures, created by visionary maker Reuben Margolin. In the Maker Workshop John Park upcycles a discarded shopping cart into a stylish easy chair, and Mister Jalopy details the unsung wonders of his... Read More


    Make: television Episode 9: Computer Making Music & Personal Flight Recorder

    Meet CCRMA, a group of musical makers who stretch the sonic boundaries by turning personal computers into an electronic symphony. In the Workshop, John Park hacks a Wii controller and turns it into a personal flight recorder that can... Read More

    MAKE: television Episode 10: Wearable Technology & Cigar Box Guitar

    Visit SparkLab founder and designer Syuzi Pakhchyan, a maker who explores the new frontier of high tech and fashion with her space age handiwork. In the Workshop, John Park shows us how to build a guitar out of a... Read More

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    Those of you with better internet connections than me might enjoy some of the clips.
     

  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Repeats going on this early a.m., episode 9 has a bike connection:

    Meet CCRMA, a group of musical makers who stretch the sonic boundaries by turning personal computers into an electronic symphony. In the Workshop, John Park hacks a Wii controller and turns it into a personal flight recorder that can measure the G forces of roller coasters and other high-speed activities. In the Toolbox segment, William Gurstelle demonstrates the slick, back-cutting action of a super-sharp Japanese saw. The Maker Channel features a tesla coil-powered guitar amp, an RFID reader implanted in a human hand, and LED fan sign to bring to baseball games, and a solar powered bicycle gondola.


    Solar Gondola (Reno Tondelli-Venice Beach) links:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...red+bicycle+gondola&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi=
     
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  3. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Episode 10, more bike stuff:

    Visit SparkLab founder and designer Syuzi Pakhchyan, a maker who explores the new frontier of high tech and fashion with her space age handiwork. In the Workshop, John Park shows us how to build a guitar out of a piece of wood, some string, nails and a cigar box. Then he "makes it rock" by wiring it to a buck-fifty cassette-player amp. In a Hidden Treasures segment, Mister Jalopy opens up his Chevy Camaro's cassette player to show us the beauty and value of clear schematics for makers like him. The Maker Channel features a sunlight-triggered poem, a pedal-powered blender, a time lapse photography rig, and a handmade theremin.

    Whoa, at the end some girl makes a CELL PHONE JAMMER, pushes a button and kills all cell phones within 20-30 feet.
     
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  4. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    These shows must be looping all day, now Episode 1 is on, those Cyclecide folks are in San Francisco. Tall bikes, ladies welded on top of a cruiser, really looks MOTORizable !!

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/02/make_television_episode_1_bicycle_r.html

    Meet Cyclecide, an inventive band of performance artists who build outrageous bicycle contraptions straight out of the dump. In the Maker Workshop segment John Park turns an old VCR into automated cat feeder, and William Gurstelle demonstrates the "Nibbler" - an unusual tool for shaping metal. Maker Channel contributors showcase their talents through scream machines, laser harps, cupcake cars and a sly gadget that turns off those annoying TV screens in public places.
     
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