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- Chris has moved to Chicago, among other life changes.
- The Steam Controller Video shows the device was manufactured in the suburbs of Chicago.
- Sadly, we didn’t talk about it much, but Dave got to see The Woz speak!
- Chris had to leave his bench behind, but that leaves the opportunity to build a new bench!
- The Chicago hackerspace is Pumping Station: One, where Chris got to meet other technology folks.
- On demand making services
- You can get rental test equipment, it’s just expensive and only really targeted at high end stuff.
- There is a manufacturing/hwstartup space launching in Chicago called mHub
- Dave got a 50 year old watch with early transistors
- The machining required for clocks is amazing. Check out Clickspring’s channel for amazing videos on the topic.
- The planar process for ICs was not invented until 1959 (found here), so Dave’s (1963) watch has a single transistor
- More mergers
- Renesas is buying Intersil
- On Semi is buying Fairchild
- Check out this yet-to-be-updated map of semi mergers.
- The Ampere will soon be redefined in how it’s defined. We talked about standard measures with Jon (Prof Gears) a few months back.
- Using Amazon prime, Chris got the “Learning the Art of Electronics” book same day. Dave is beginning to use the Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) service for his multimeters.
- The LTAOE book is amazing! It’s written a different style than AoE, even more conversational.
- The White House invited 400+ hacker/maker spaces to a one day conference; they called the spaces “A National Treasure” which was awesome!
If you didn’t notice, we skipped last week. Sorry about that! See the first half hour of the show to explain why 😉
Thanks to Roman Boed for the picture of Chicago
Welcome to The North Chris!
I’d like to recommend a couple of things to you – Highly Recommend! ; )
MakerFaire Milwaukee is coming up on Sept. 24. It’s a really good one.
Door County Wisconsin is awesome for a relaxing vacation – it’s one of the many places in Wisconsin that Chicagoans escape to on the weekend.
ru4mj12 (@ru4mj12) says
Sorry to hear about the wife.. but on the bright side, you’re young, no kids, and (in most states?) the best time (financially) for a divorce is within the first 5 years, so better sooner rather than later.
Aside from the great audio library for the teensy, you can even use Node-Red to code it!
David Cook says
Dave’s watch is from 1968, not 1963. The watch is stamped ‘M8’. M is 1960. 8 is the final digit. Nevertheless, a beautiful timepiece.
I’m Lorenz aka the guy who inspired Dave to get an Accutron! Nice to see these beauties getting some air time and can’t wait to see a video about them. Mine is a M6 (made in 1966) so it’s actually a 50 year old watch.
ru4mj12 (@ru4mj12) says
Clickspring’s channel is great to learn about machining! The others I’d recommend are from: Tubalcain, KEF791, Dan Gelbart
I have no idea if Ghostbusters is any good and I agree that the remakes are sometimes painful but 73% fresh on rotten tomatoes is far from “universally panned”. Dave, the “dick punch” comment made me worry ThunderF00t’s new alt-right anti-Anita persona is creeping in on your world view. He made some funny creationist videos and some interesting science ones but the last few years he has sounded more like a blowhard MRA to me. Maybe you do hold some of those views but I’ve always had you pegged as a fellow liberal. Either way, I love most of your content (hey not everyone can love mailbag) and haven’t missed an amp-hour (though I’m often late) so I don’t mean to sound too critical I’m just not a fan of the anti-feminist thing cropping up everywhere.
Best of luck in travelers purgatory Chris (I only have ever been to O’Hare).
Chris Jones in Portland