Summer camp and Science fiction conventions are the topics of discussion as Trace, Danica, and Norm continue putting together the LEGO VW Beetle! Plus, someone reveals an obession with the Fast and the Furious films.
Adam Savage steps into the Sound Recordist Ben Osmo’s audio mixing truck on the set of Alien: Covenant to learn how environment and creature audio is used during filming to aid in actors’ performances. Ben also shares the growls and roars of the new alien that appear in the film!
Our guest this week is friend of Tested Trace Dominguez, from the YouTube channel Seeker! Trace joins Norm and Danica to build the LEGO VW Beetle, a beautiful kit that sits well next to the LEGO VW Van. We talk about science communication and share our science fair experiences from our youth!
We welcome special guest Ian Cole this week to recap another amazing Bay Area Maker Faire! Along with Adam, Ian is on the board of Nation of Makers, and organizes maker spaces in Florida. We discuss the culture of maker faires around the country and highlight some of the great things we saw over the weekend.
Adam gives his annual Sunday “sermon” to the attendees of Bay Area Maker Faire, and fields questions from the audience! This year, Adam rides in on a beautiful kinetic sculpture by the artists at La Machine.
Sean and Jeremy’s epic quest to fabricate a metal thermal detonator comes to a thrilling conclusion! With Frank’s molds perfected, it’s time to experiment with pewter casting, using Kishore’s backyard forge. But all the pieces still have to come together to fit Jeremy’s electronics!
Joey tests and reviews the Fujinon MK 18-55 zoom lens, which is notable for its price as a entry-level cine lens. Using it on a variety of location shoots and Tested productions, Joey demonstrates how professional cinema lenses operate and perform differently than still photography lenses for video, and why you would want to use one on your camera.
At SAYAC, Adam learns about an innovative and therapeutic program that designs makerspaces in children’s hospitals in order to engage young patients in making and problem-solving. Then, as part of that “maker therapy,” Adam helps Aaron, Ryan and Joseph build a doorbell that will help provide some privacy for Tia from all the nurses and doctors coming and going from her hospital room! (This series and tour is made possible by The Fab Foundation and Chevron.)
We welcome Bar Smith and Hannah Teagle to show us their Maslow CNC cutting machine, which comes in a $350 kit. This CNC uses an upright design to hold a 4×8 foot sheet of plywood, and is completely open source. We talk about the goals of the Maslow CNC project and what kind of big things it can make!
Due to “miscalculation”, we’re not quite at episode 400 yet! But this week, Kishore is back with Jeremy and Norm to share his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, discuss all the announcements from Google I/O, and get hyped up on the science of moving trees. Plus, we disagree on opinions for the new Star Trek show and do a real-time test of Google’s drawing recognition system.