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    Celebrating National Week of Making, Day 7: Michael Giacchino

    Composer and friend of Tested Michael Giacchino joins us to wrap up our celebration of the National Week of Making! Michael shares some of the things he made in his youth to pay tribute to his favorite films, and how that led him to writing music for TV shows and films. Find out more about the National Week of Making and events here!

    Celebrating National Week of Making, Day 4: Kai

    Our celebration of the National Week of Making continues this week with Kai Morton, a programmer and assistant at Black Girls Code. Kai shares her story of how she starteded coding and making her own video video games. Every day this week, we'll be spotlighting a maker on our team and community, sharing why they make. Find out more about the National Week of Making and events here!

    Celebrating National Week of Making, Day 3: Mel

    Adam's shop assistant, Mel, talks about how she was inspried by movies to be a computer engineer, her time working at maker spaces, and overcoming barriers to pursue her passions. Every day this week, we'll be spotlighting a maker on our team and community, sharing why they make. Find out more about the National Week of Making and events here!

    Celebrating National Week of Making, Day 2: Kishore

    Kishore, Tested's science correspondent, shares the story of the first thing he made in shop class, and the lessons he learned from that build. Every day this week, we'll be spotlighting a maker on our team and community, sharing why they make. Find out more about the National Week of Making and events here!

    Adam Savage's One Day Builds: A Better Tape Dispenser!

    Adam welcomes the amazing Laura Kampf to his shop for a special collaboration build! Laura has an idea for a custom tape dispenser design, and works with Adam to prototype, problem solve, and put together a set for their respective shops. (Find more of Laura's awesome build videos here!)

    Chris Larkin's Working Miniature Apple II Replica

    Game developer Chris Larkin found the perfect project for the $9 CHIP computer: turning it into a mini Apple II replica that emulates the classic computer. We chat with Chris about his open-source design and work with him to build one of these computers for the office! Find the files and instructions to make your own here!

    Adam Savage Assembles the Maker Puzzle!

    Adam meets up with Jen Schachter in Austin to put together the amzing maker puzzle that Jen designed for this year's SXSW scavenger hunt! Meeting with the teams that found the puzzle pieces at the Thinkery, Jen explains the designs for each piece of this beautiful tableau. The design is now unlocked for anyone to download and make their own! (Find the files to make your own Maker Puzzle here.)

    The Westmore Ep - Episode 69 - 6/9/17
    Today, Frank and Len interview the legendary Michael Westmore. Mike's career spans over 40 years but his family has been involved in makeup for longer than that: his grandfather George created the very first studio make-up department 100 years ago this year. His family has worked on iconic films like Gone With the Wind and the Creature of the Black Lagoon. He is best know for his work on the Star Trek franchise, Rocky and Raging Bull, the movie that helped create the SFX makeup category for the Oscars. And of course, he has served as a mentor (including to our very own Frank Ippolito) on the Syfy Show Face Off. If you're digging this podcast, please head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
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    Customizing a Pelican Case with Our Laser Cutter

    Sean works on a quick project to improve our camera lens storage using the shop's Universal Laser Systems laser cutter. This custom Pelican Case storage topper helps label our gear and protect the breakout foam from wearing down over use!

    Adam Savage's Maker Tour: 49ers STEM Leadership Institute

    Alongside Jesse Sapolu, retired center/guard for the San Francisco 49ers, and Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup soccer champion, Adam works with students at the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute who are designing and building a tee that will hold a football in windy conditions. After four-time Superbowl champion Jesse lends his expertise and Brandi tests the tees with her killer kick, see which one was voted most likely to succeed! (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)

    Thanks For All the Pickles, Rob Burman! - Episode 68 - 6/2/17
    On this episode, Frank and Len interview the legendary Rob Burman. Rob is a master sculptor who has been playing with clay for over 40 years. He is the third generation of FX artist, following in the steps of his father and grandfather before him. Over his career, he has lent his talents to such films as The Thing, The Fly, Star Trek, Terminator 2 and much, much more.
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    Adam Savage's New Moon Model Globe

    Adam and Norm check out this beautiful model of the moon, which just arrived at the cave! We take a close look at its detailed topography, and Adam brings its craters into sharp relief with his new high-powered flashlight!

    Cooking Sous Vide with ChefSteps Joule

    We test the ChefSteps Joule Immersion Circulator and discuss the state of home sous vide devices. Here's where the Joule sits alongside devices like the Anova and Sansaire, and why its intuitive app gives it a leg up for executing great recipes.