bricolage podcast 005 tool-autopsy special part 1

In my ongoing “hobby” podcast, Bricolage Podcast, I bring you episode number 5 which is (the first?) Tool Autopsy episode with Paul Beech (again).

HERE IS THE PODCAST (NOT PAYING $100 FOR THE FANCY PLUGIN SORRY)

The basic premiss of this new podcast flavour or segment or… something, is that me and Paul (and maybe other people in the future) go, with a pocket of loose change, to a flea-market (or boot sale or whatever) and buy a few tools. We then do no research and using only our own vague knowledge and intuition we talk about them.

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The picture above (is the best picture I have) of the tools we got (don’t worry there are more not so good ones later). I suppose this is a sub project of @toolotheday

In this episode:

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That’s your lot!

Thanks to the US Army for the Royalty Free theme music and to Monika Nitz for the intro, Monica you did a great job on it, thank you.

bricolage podcast episode 4 Nick Zammeti, NZ Woodturning & Makers Central

In this new episode of Bricolage, a podcast for makers, I speak with Nick Zammeti of NZ Woodturning Co and Makers Central. Nick was very welcoming and let me have a look around his workshop where he and his son Charlie film his YouTube channels.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PODCAST

IMG_1590Nick Zammeti (left) and Dominic Morrow in NZ Woodturning Co workshop

Nick is also behind the upcoming Makers Central event at the NEC in Birmingham in 5th & 6th May 2018 which will include lots of varied making including electronics, robotics, woodworking and lots of big name YouTube makers. In this show we mention lots of topics and makers including:

You can find Nick’s channel here or follow him on twitter, facebook or instagram.

You can follow the podcast @BricolagePod on twitter.

Music in this episode is Red Velvet by Dyalla

https://soundcloud.com/dyallas/red-velvet

bricolage podcast episode 3 Donald Bell

The podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts. Or you can listen to it at the link below:

HERE IS THE PODCAST!

In this episode (the first via Skype) I speak with Donald Bell, he is in California and I am in the  UK so we have a bit of a time difference adding an extra challenge.

We talk about:

You can find more about Donald Bell by following his projects on twitter @MakerProjectLab and on Instagram @makerprojectlab all his videos and projects are documented on https://makerprojectlab.com/

You can follow the podcast @BricolagePod on twitter.

bricolage podcast episode 2 Laura Kampf

I was lucky enough to get to meet up with Laura Kampf whilst at the Maker Faire in Rome earlier this month. I recorded our conversation and you can listen to it here:

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(can’t afford fancy pants plugin)

In this episode, I talk to Laura Kampf. If you have not seen Laura’s YouTube channel you are in for a treat.

Laura Kampf on YouTube

Instagram & Twitter

and her website

Skillshare

Jimmy DeRista

Bob Clagett

Making It podcast

Rockler

Tom Sachs

Adam Savage

April Wilkerson

and her YouTube

Giaco Whatever

Simone Giertz

Tim Hunkin

& Secret Life of Machines

World Maker Faire New York

Chris Anderson

Jimmy DeRista Starkey

and Laura and many others will be at Makers Central at the NEC in May 2018

Thank you to Laura and also thanks to Robert Nixdorf for cleaning up the sounds!

bricolage podcast episode 1 Rachel Konichiwakitty

It’s finally here. Episode 1 of Bricolage, a podcast for Makers. In episode 1 I speak to Rachel Konichiawkitty!

 

Image the link below is a lovely embedded iFrames thing I can’t actually afford right now…

HERE BE THE PODCAST!

I think you can find it on iTunes and stuff… I don’t really know. Anyway, you can play it from here too. Don’t worry, I’ll get better at this!

Show notes:

In this first episode of Bricolage Podcast, Dominic speaks with Rachel Konichiwakitty in a meeting room at Imperial College, London.

The conversation touches on:
Gummi toe-beans (Senjyakuame Nikukyu Paw Shaped Gummy Candy)
Opening the present
Science museum (Meet a scientist day)
Radioactive spider bite
Choosing science
What about making?
Phd
Mindfulness (Headspace & School of Life)
RasPi/Science projects
Speaking at unconference
Stem cells
Optimism and progress
E-textiles (CuteCircuit)
Imposter syndrome
Questioning authorship
“People come up with the same solutions because we all have the same problems”
Standing on the shoulders of giants
Small pond
Podcasting
Gap year – pace yourself
The Winning Post
Work life balance
Mindfulness as a discipline (Headspace & School of Life)
Superheroes
You can find out more about Rachel and her projects @Konichiwakitty and on her website konichiwakitty.com/

This podcast is a Pangolini Studios Production with thanks to producers, Robert Nixdorf @diodenschein and research/show notes by Gillian, @ddiasco Why not follow @BricolagePod for the latest news!

Next time… Laura Kampf… no really… it is!

why I’m grumpy about @HackSpaceMag

First off, I am broadly in favour of a magazine aimed at makers and hackerspaces and I enjoyed (for the most part) the 1st issue of HackSpace Magazine. I’m generally in favour and supportive of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Code Club and Eben Upton etc. I do not consider Hackspace Magazine to be BAD PEOPLE, an enemy of makers or Hackerspaces or operating under anything but the best intentions. Also very many of my friends are featured in it… and will be in the future too I am sure. To them I am sorry for not giving you more encouragement in this venture.

You might have seen me tweeting about Hackspace Magazine.

My grumpiness with Hackspace Magazine stems from the naming of it. No one owns the name HackSpace as such and that’s why its very easy for Hackspace Magazine to take the name. I am told that representatives from the Raspberry Pi Foundation asked the current directors of the UK Hackspace Foundation if it was Okay to use the name. “Please, no.” was the response. The official line from the UK Hackspace Foundation is “We’re not happy but there’s not much we can do about it.” Whilst the Raspberry Pi Foundation spoke with the UK Hackspace Foundation about using the word, they had already registered Hackspace Magazine as a trademark and had no intention of changing it.

Why didn’t the Hackspace Foundation do something if its so wrong? I hear you ask. The UK Hackspace foundation is, well, lovable and scrappy, the people who do work on it find it hard to agree amongst themselves. With so many stakeholders represented agreement and universal consent to DO something takes a lot of time. This means that an unfunded and entirely volunteer run group like the UK Hackspace Foundation has a lot of people to consult before it can do anything, many of whom will disagree with even the majority view, each little fiefdom in the Hackspace world will need to be listened too. It is not an organisation capable of rapid decisions and change. Like your own Hackspace (assuming you have more than a handful of members and you aren’t run by a benevolent dictator) it takes a long time, if you are truly listening and engaging with all the stakeholders, to agree something. The answers might be clear in your own mind, but landing something with agreement in a Hackerspace, or flat hierarchy organisation takes time and often its just much easier to run out of time and do nothing.

When an organisation, that on the face of it, is better run, has funds, a mission and a clear leadership comes along, it is very very easy for it to torpedo or hijack a slower less well organised and agreed narrative. Like the narrative of the UK Hackspace Foundation.

You can find the UK Hackspace Foundation’s definition of a space here:

https://www.hackspace.org.uk/foundation/define.md

Why does it matter? The UK Hackspace Foundation, perhaps controversially, has tried to agree a definition for what IS and what IS NOT a Hackspace. Why should they do that? Well, if a space wishes to identify as a Hackspace, with the blessing of the foundation there should rightfully be some expectations about what that is. That’s a little difficult to determine because anyone (like for example a magazine) can attempt to own the term Hackspace at any time, the UK Hackspace Foundation has tried hard to stop people attempting to own the term, including themselves. I don’t personally agree with that. I think the Hackspace Foundation should be the keeper of the term, a use it in good faith along with those organisations that not only identify with the Hackspace Foundation, but meet the criteria to be recognised as a Hackspace by the Foundation, which in practice means recognised as such by other Hackspaces.

This, in my opinion, is to safeguard both the UK Hackspace Foundation and the potential member visiting a space. To give you two extreme examples.

  1. Leslie wishes to learn a lot more about electronics and laser cutters they are constantly being encouraged to visit their local “Hackspace” by a friend who is a member of one in a bigger city. Leslie searches around locally and finds something called a Hackspace. On visiting the Hackspace turns out to be the garden shed of a local maker, not a member run local organisation with elected trustees and is in no way recognised by the UK Hackspace foundation.
  2. Kerry wishes to learn more about embedded electronics and get access to a sewing machine. They hear about a Hackspace at a local company, however they can’t get in because they do not work at the company and its not for non-employees. They are disappointed.

I feel strongly that the UK Hackspace Foundation, who have been working on trying to provide clear information on what a Hackspace is, have, within the maker community, some rights to exercise control of that term. With even the very very best intentions, Hackspace Magazine can not communicate with all of the stakeholders who currently have something to say about UK Hackspaces. They have no intention of doing so because it would be nearly impossible, it has proved so for the UK Hackspace Foundation, who already struggle to speak for ALL UK Hackspaces. Then how and why would a magazine, run by an organisation that has had almost nothing at all to do with Hackspaces be able to clearly represent the thoughts and objectives of the UK Hackspace Foundation, or even any one given Hackspace?

Most strongly I feel that the “Hackspace of the Month” feature will be a very easy way of confirming Hackspace legitimacy on any given space. The first issue of the magazine features Cambridge Makespace, it has information right there that implies what a Hackspace is… it creates little factoids that start to set an idea in stone, that works to cement a narrative about Hackspace that is not one which is being created by the community, but by the editorial of the magazine.

(UKHF) “We don’t think your for-profit workshop, with a string of complaints about your behaviour is a Hackspace, sorry” … (Not a Hackspace)”But I was Hackspace of the month!”  (me…what I’m afraid of I guess).

So what then? Well, I don’t know. I don’t know if I’m being needlessly grumpy, I really don’t. Am I trying somehow through ego to “own” the idea of Hackspaces? Maybe. Am I trying to make them noninclusive by dictating what IS and what ISN’T a space? I don’t think so. More than anything I am annoyed at the hi-jacking of a narrative by what should be an allied organisation. Through strong arming they will be well placed, if they mean-to or not, to define the future of Hackspaces in the UK. Maybe that’s fine. They’ve done a great job on the Raspberry Pi after all, and many many members of Hackspaces all over the world are big fans (rightfully so) of the Raspberry Pi and the Foundation. I would very much welcome your insights into this issue. I am more than open to being convinced I’m wrong. I really do want to be a supporter of RPiF and the magazine.

Maybe call it Bikeshed Magazine?

Lazy links list:

UK Hackspace Foundation

Raspberry Pi Foundation

Hackspace Magazine

My 2014 blog about Cambridge Makespace

disclosure: It is not lost on me that people might assume that my loyalty to Make: and Maker Faire is clouding my judgement. I recognise here as a form of disclosure that I am definitely a Make: person, however my view is that water raises all ships, and another magazine for makers is a good thing. Just call it something else.

an audio project

My #Makevember for November 17th is some audio. Breaking my own rules I recorded this on a Saturday and had help processing it from my friend Robert and then spent a little time recording some more bits and editing it together.

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I’ve given this audio project the working title of:

FAIL! the conquering hero 

This pilot episode is called “Two Hairy Hackers”

Warning – Dominic is sweary! 

The audio is a bit of a noisy mess so if you don’t like noisy messy noise in your ear, you should probably move on from this. So Paul has been encouraging me to record something for a while and one weekend he popped down to Nottingham with the express purpose of making me do it. Thanks, I guess!

Show notes:

  1. Paul Beech is the co-founder of Pimoroni and is @guru on twitter
  2. Paul mentions FabLab Manchester
  3. Paul mentions AccessSpace in Sheffield no longer running
  4. At one point Paul says “roadblock” but it sounds like “robot”
  5. Not sure why but the cafe staff turned the music up and then down
  6. Paul mentions “Bilge Tank” a live-streamed show from Pimoroni
  7. Dominic (that’s me) mentioned #Makevember
  8. Dominic mentions Casey Neistat
  9. Dominic mentions Mark Mellors

Thanks to Robert for doing his best to tidy my terrible audio and thanks to Bizet for being so old that he’s not litigious about using his music. The episode was recorded in Blend a cafe in Nottingham…. do the hustle.

Additional: the feedback I’ll get if I get any at all is as follows.

  1. Making a pop shield is easy “why don’t you just…” stretch some tights over an embroidery hoop or instructables.com
  2. Don’t record in a coffee shop.
  3. Why don’t you clean the audio using X or Y or some filter or some such?
  4. Why do you talk so much and not let Paul the actually interesting person who, I assume you are supposed to be interviewing, actually speak?
  5. This isn’t Hackallthespaces and where is Kate?
  6. You say “erm it’s like erm” a lot, like.
  7. Your intro is all muffled and echoey at the same time don’t you know how audio works?
  8. Why can’t I listen to this on (insert name of podcast platform) you idiot?
  9. Why didn’t you speak to (name of some other maker)?

Thanks and for next time, I’ll try.