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    Local accent really.


    My mom pronounced it exactly like that. She was from the Blue Ridge, just west of Bawlmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    Local accent really.
    What's the difference between a local accent and a regional accent? Does regional imply a larger area? Around here, there are even neighborhood accents.

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    Regional would be a wider area, yes. North to Phila and they no longer say it, and once you get to Washington, it is gone. Nothing official. I consider central MAryland a local thing. regional to me would be Penna/Md/Del/NVa. Although I guess it matters what you describe. I listen for the eastern "o" as a tell, and that happens from Carolina through NJ. But that footprint is not the same as other speech paterns of the area.

    Listening to the recent Kavanaugh hearings, his speech is closer to Washington than to Baltimore. But the two are close.

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    Thanks.
    I had thought it was more of a British thing, given that Balmoral Castle actually exists and .... "Merlin" is even more British by definition

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    Quote Originally Posted by J M Fahey View Post
    Thanks.
    I had thought it was more of a British thing, given that Balmoral Castle actually exists and .... "Merlin" is even more British by definition
    Funny. That was my assumption too. I guess you don't "get it" if you haven't heard it.

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    Just a couple related and possibly interesting links.
    Some do really build Electronics stuff there

    https://www.meetup.com/Womens-Electronics-Workshop





    this one looks exceptionally challenging:


    I had expected most everything would be like this, joining knitting to what seems to be a finger position sensor (piezo film???):


    illuminated pot sliders equalizing "the sound of the sea"?


    donīt be surprised by the presence of bald heads and ... ugh! ..... beards!!!

    All that is asked from members is that they:

    If you want to build circuits and you identify as female, come solder with us!
    so I guess even I have a chance to join, since they will obviously disregard such minor irrelevant details and instead accept just what I say.
    Hey, maybe even Enzo could join!!!
    Another sacrifice in the altar of the Political Correctness Goddess.

    Of course, I just mention this because organizers/leaders are:
    https://www.meetup.com/Womens-Electr...rs/?op=leaders

    which includes our friend:
    https://secure.meetupstatic.com/phot...259406710.jpeg

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    When I read what xtine333 was asking for I knew Juan would step up. I don't have expertise in the area of speakers, wearable or otherwise. But I looked her up and found that shes into making wearable electronics interactive with dance. She's done a lot of work with light already. I don't know how much interactive sound she's done yet, but I thought...

    What about placing those antenna type theremins around the dance space. And then I wondered if the effect could be enhanced by wearing fabric with copper woven into it like those Copper John's compression sleeves. Not a wearable speaker, but certainly audio/dance interactive.

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    "...less ear-friendly but handy for jazz." Leo_Gnardo

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    Quote Originally Posted by J M Fahey View Post

    donīt be surprised by the presence of bald heads and ... ugh! ..... beards!!!

    All that is asked from members is that they:

    "If you want to build circuits and you identify as female, come solder with us! "


    so I guess even I have a chance to join, since they will obviously disregard such minor irrelevant details and instead accept just what I say.
    Hey, maybe even Enzo could join!!!
    Another sacrifice in the altar of the Political Correctness Goddess.

    They appear to be cross-posting (and hosting) events with other groups that open to all the public, such as 'Solder, Stitch & Code' group, which is a separate entity. I would guess that the picture in question was from one of those other meetups.
    In fact, you can see that photo scrolling down this page, and it is for the 'Solder' group, not the 'Women's Electronics Workshop' group:
    https://www.meetup.com/Solder-Stitch-And-Code/

    So just some innocent cross-posting going on here.

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    And getting back to the topic at hand, I guess what one considers 'wearable' factors in to the equation.
    Something like this would lend itself nicely to some hartke-esque tones:

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    Quote Originally Posted by g1 View Post
    And getting back to the topic at hand, I guess what one considers 'wearable' factors in to the equation.
    Something like this would lend itself nicely to some hartke-esque tones:

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    Oh, wait! I think I've seen Laurie Anderson in that... no, David Bowie? Klaus Nomi?

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    Thank you gents for my evening laugh!

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    "...less ear-friendly but handy for jazz." Leo_Gnardo

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    Quote Originally Posted by g1 View Post
    And getting back to the topic at hand, I guess what one considers 'wearable' factors in to the equation.
    Indeed. Is it a requirement that the sound making gadgetry be electric? I can think of at least one item that can be worn, used to make music, and is guaranteed to get attention wherever you go!



    You know the gentlemen in the photo all agree, this is not only acceptable, but outrageously hip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eschertron View Post
    Oh, wait! I think I've seen Laurie Anderson in that... no, David Bowie? Klaus Nomi?
    Nope. Peter Gabriel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g1 View Post
    And getting back to the topic at hand, I guess what one considers 'wearable' factors in to the equation.
    Something like this would lend itself nicely to some hartke-esque tones:

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    You mean Hartke aluminum cones?
    Cool, if aluminum is wearable, and you have no industrial machinery, there is some clothing pieces you can make just with your bare hands:

    These can really keep the family united:


    If you want full coverage, a real Faraday cage (you can use a metal mesh strainer as face mask):


    If you donīt care about full body but want EMP level protection for your brain:


    If you don't want passive defense but instead be able to attack back youīll need some (wearable of course) transmitter and antennas:


    ok,ok, I guess I went over the top and beyond
    SORRY about that.

    So it MUST include knitting?

    Ok, I surrender.

    I fed my sheep old Hammond chassis aluminum scrap and with the wool she produced I knit this beautiful (wearable) hat:

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    Quote Originally Posted by J M Fahey View Post
    I fed my sheep old Hammond chassis aluminum scrap and with the wool she produced I knit this beautiful (wearable) hat:
    You're not too far off. Did you notice that this tutorial involves knitting 36AWG bus wire and cotton yarn to make a wearable strip board?
    https://www.instructables.com/id/Kni...Circuit-Board/

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    I was browsing through the back issues of Poptronics at the American Radio History archive, and came across an article on piezoelectric film speakers in this issue: https://www.americanradiohistory.com...PE-1991-08.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hammer View Post
    I was browsing through the back issues of Poptronics at the American Radio History archive, and came across an article on piezoelectric film speakers in this issue: https://www.americanradiohistory.com...PE-1991-08.pdf
    Kewel. Nice simple explanation. And while Heathkit is long gone, and many manufacturers no longer bother selling to small fries, other hobby-friendly companies like Sparkfun & Adafruit have popped up in the mean time. In my view, looks like a path worth exploring.
    -rb

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    Juan,

    I just wanna say, I'm glad you're back, both with actual tech knowledge AND over-the-top silliness.

    Justin

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