McIntyre Posts

  • Who Discovered Washing Hands Prevents the Spread of Disease? October 16, 2020
     The idea of washing hands to prevent the spread of disease is not a new one. You might be surprised to learn that the idea was developed in 1847 by Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis, a Hungarian doctor and scientist, who discovered a link between disease and washing hands before the idea of germs and microorganisms were ...
  • Giant Music Box – Marble Machine X August 24, 2020
     What can you do with a Bass Guitar, Computer, CAD Software, and Power Tools? There are those who create synthesizers out of old Nintendo machines. Sebastiaan Jansen is creating a mechanical version — Marble Machine X — which he has been building and designing for 7 years.  The machine is made mostly of wood with metal, and ...
  • Before the Tesla Model 3 there was Nikola Tesla June 22, 2020
    It is funny how the history of technology often goes around full circle.  We went from centralized mainframes with terminals, to the PC which are decentralized, to the cloud computing which is centralized. With more people and businesses starting to use solar power in various forms, we are often forced to take DC voltage to ...
  • Faster Than the Speed of Sound June 8, 2020
    When I was a kid, I use to turn the light off in a room and stand as alert as possible in the dark without blinking. Then, I would turn the light switch on and see if I could actually perceive the light moving from the light bulb across the room and filling the room ...
  • The Tone Chasers June 2, 2020
    Amp Technology: How Sometimes the New Stuff Struggles To Be As Good As the Old Stuff  It’s always a Catch-22 situation. They hate you if you’re the same, and they hate you if you’re different.   — Eddie Van Halen Great Balls of Fire In the 1950s, when the electric guitar and rock and roll were first taking off, Jerry ...
  • How SETI is Helping Fight COVID-19 May 19, 2020
    If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard. Because if it isn’t there….then I never really lost it to begin with. –Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz It turns out that a technology that was originally used to help search for intelligent life on other planets, ...
  • Good Vibrations – The Invention of Electronic Music May 7, 2020
    Did you know that electronic music started in 1928, with the invention of the Theremin? You might think that electronic music started sometime in the 1980s or 1990s with digital synthesizers and the beginnings of the personal computer. Or you might imagine it started at the beginning of this century with the development of looping and sampling ...
  • Bob Dylan – Thinking Outside Boxes May 1, 2020
    Journalist: Do you think of yourself primarily as a singer or a poet? Dylan: Oh, I think of myself more as a song and dance man, y’know.   — Bob Dylan, press conference at KQED, San Francisco, Dec. 1965, quoted in: Joe Kohut and John J Kohut, eds., Rock Talk (1994) Do you remember Bob Dylan? Have you ever ...