MiniDisc – Doc’D #62

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, implementation and lasting legacy of the MiniDisc media format.

1) MiniDisc Community Portal [minidisc.org]
2) The Oddity Archive, Episode 120: MiniDisc [https://youtu.be/HRlm7_ARJjI]
3) “RIP MiniDisc, 1992-2013” by Sascha Segan for PC Magazine, February 1, 2013 [http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415014,00.asp] Continue reading “MiniDisc – Doc’D #62”

The Walkman – Doc’D #14

In this month’s technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, the awesomeness and the legacy of the Sony Walkman. Continue reading “The Walkman – Doc’D #14”

Counting Halloween! – WIRed #123

http://blip.tv/practitionerd/counting-halloween-wired-123-7096659

It’s time for a spooky Episode 123 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the resurgence of JFK airport’s Terminal 6, be the DJ who scratches audio tapes, Final Fantasy XV as a polygonal PlayStation 1 game, and get to know the awesome Veda Scott! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Counting Halloween! – WIRed #123”

Hack Your Old Tape Decks to Scratch Cassettes Like Records!!

Here we have inventor and audio nerd Jeremy Bell, and he is showcasing his creation, the ScrubBoard, which is a device that allows him to scratch cassette tapes with his bare hands as if he was scratching vinyl records.  In order to make the SrucbBoard, Bell removed the tape head from an ordinary record player and then reattached it using longer cables. He then scratches the signal over some audio tape laid flat on a board, and when he drags the tape head along the tape it plays while moving it back and forth rhythmically, it will make scratch sounds similar to when a DJ actually scratching a vinyl record. Continue reading “Hack Your Old Tape Decks to Scratch Cassettes Like Records!!”

Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119

http://blip.tv/practitionerd/floating-mp3cassette-band-gems-wired-119-7042549

It’s time for Episode 119 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses floating architecture in Nigeria, how to hack an MP3 player and an old cassette tape, a Behind The Music style look at a Nintendo Rock Band, and some of the best matches on the WWE Network! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Floating MP3Cassette Band Gems – WIRed #119”

Turn an Old Cassette Tape into an MP3 Player

Make an MP3 Player Out of an Old Cassette

One of the things I loved the most of watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” was Star-Lord’s use of his old-school Walkman (in name only), which brought back memories of carrying around my old Sony Walkman and jamming to the Boomerang soundtrack I own on cassette.  Of course, the times of the portable cassette player have passed, first by the portable compact disc (CD) player, then the MP3 player (yes, that INCLUDES the iPod).  Now, while your basic Mp3 player isn’t nearly as popular as they used to be a decade ago, Instructables (one of my absolute FAVORITE websites on the internet) user BrittLiv submitted the MP3 player-inside-of-a-cassette project, which is VERY MUCH cool enough that it would be worth making for retail. Seriously. Continue reading “Turn an Old Cassette Tape into an MP3 Player”