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October 16, 2015
Thanks again to She Shreds Magazine, Cynthia Schemmer, and Amy Breesman for posting the full interview and photos on their website:

Rule #1 Is You’re Not Invited: An Interview with Fran Blanche of Frantone Electronics

October 14, 2015
Thanks to Elecia and Christopher for having me on their Embedded.FM podacst  #121: The Idea of Mojo!

We talk about pedals, components, analog audio, and that illusive Mojo.

October 11, 2015
Having fun and making making a difference at the same time - 
The 2015 Philly OutFest and Trans Rights March!

August 21, 2015
Thanks to Chris Gammell and Dave Jones for having me on Episode #263 of The Amp Hour

On the show we talk about: the history of Frantone, The Saturn V moon rocket, the perils of AI, making your own ASICs, the beauty of a typewriter, the age of the lone inventors, and the future.  Lots of fun was had by us all!

August 2, 2015
Thanks to Cynthia Schemmer and Amy Breesman for the great article and photos about Frantone in the new She Shreds Magazine!

July 8, 2015
Thanks to Josh Stavola for having me on the Wheelhouse radio show on WPRB as a guest DJ - it was a blast!

Due to strict YouTube rules regarding music licensing and copyrights, I have had to edit out all of the music from this two hour music show, leaving just the airchecks for the video - Sorry, I don't make the rules here people!

July 4, 2015
50 years of struggle for LGBT rights! 
It began here in Philadelphia at Independence Hall, July 4, 1965. 
Celebrating liberty for all!


Master of Ceremonies - - Wanda Sykes!!!!! 

June 19, 2015
Thanks to Nicholas Kula at Tone Report Magazine for the most gracious article
about Frantone in issue #80:

June 14, 2015
I'm Here, I'm Weird, Get Used To It!  Pride Weekend 2015!

Marching with the Philly Dykes for their "illegal" march on the capitol (no permits for the Gals)

Master of Ceremonies for Philly Pride 2015 - 
The "other Fran"...  Fran Drescher!

Entertainment by the incomparable Puddles!  (Yes, he did that Lorde song too)

May 27, 2015
From She Shreds Magazine on Instagram:
"Yesterday we spent the day inside the Frantone Electronics studio and snapped this shot of Fran and her home made guitar. Check out the full interview and photos in issue 8, out in June!!"

 Photo by Cynthia Schemmer

May 21, 2015
The cat's out of the bag about the upcoming issue of She Shred's Magazine....
Looks like Yours Truly is getting the front seat for Issue #8.  Super Cool!

May 12, 2015
Original FranArt!
Quick half-hour sketch - pencil on paper.

May 2, 2015
2015 Philadelphia Science Festival Surprise Finale! Dr. Derrick Pitts was the MC - And what a surprise ending it was!


May 1, 2015
Thanks to Gareth Branwyn for the nod in Make Magazine about my old YouTube video that got everyone welding plastic stuff together like crazy...


April 29, 2015
Welcome to My World!  A world of eternal demolition....


April 19, 2015
I made a casual visit to the Vintage Computer Festival in Wall, New Jersey this week where Brian Benchoff and I escaped to the shore for lunch at the Asbury Park boardwalk.  Bil Herd told tales to many Commodore fans, and a recently restored PDP-8 is unveiled and started up for the first time publicly, and will be a new addition to the InfoAge Museum.

April 9, 2015
From the Associated Press today, and article by Kathy Matheson about the March 2015 Repair Fair: 

"In this March 28, 2015 photo, Fixer Fran Blanche, right foreground, examines Kathy Kruger's broken laser star projector at the Repair Fair at Greensgrow in Philadelphia. Volunteer “fixers” in Philadelphia have started offering their skills for free in an effort to promote resourcefulness and sustainability, and to help build a sense of community. "

AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma

March 19, 2015
I'm back once again with an impromptu vlog documenting the repair of my AMI-Rowe R-88 Jukebox amp, with a demonstration at the end for your enjoyment.

March 15, 2015
The first Dinosaur Den of 2015!  Bil and I answer some viewer mail and look at some cool items that were sent in, we talk about linear power supplies, and demo a vintage Nixie display module on a genuine breadboard.

March 2, 2015
Working with genuine Apollo AGC DSKY's at the National Air and Space Museum Paul Garber facility - August 8, 2014.

Photos by Eric Long

February 27, 2015
Thanks again to Brian at Hackaday for a new article about my 555/4017 Diode Steering tutorial!

February 23, 2015
The mighty diode has its day!  In this vlog I do a cool project to show how you can create advanced display drivers using diode steering.  I build a 555 timer clock to control a 4017B decade counter as a start, build a couple of simple display boards, and also get to use some of my cool vintage parts for an advanced discrete 7-segment driver.  Check out the details and schematics on my science and engineering blog to build your own project

For further reading check out Colin Mitchell's Talking Electronics 555 Circuits.

Dave Jones gets a Colin Mitchell 555/4017 scanner kit on Mailbag.


February 4, 2015
Thanks to Samantha Melamed for the great two page article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer about the Philly Fixers Guild

February 3, 2015
Thanks to Brian Benchoff at Hackaday for the cool post today about my Apollo AGC DSKY Display Project!

February 1, 2015
Apollo AGC DSKY Display Project, Pt.1 

Special thanks to all the people and institutions who have helped me with this project so far, with very special thanks to:

Stephen Masucci - general space nut and all around swell guy.
Brian Benchoff - Contributing Editor at Hackaday
Shannon Whetzel -Collections Manager, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.
Deborah G. Douglas, PhD - Director of Collections and Curator of Science and Technology, MIT Museum.
Carl Bobrow - Museum Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Paul Ceruzzi - Chairman of the Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

January 18, 2015
Taped more than 25 years ago, here is the 50 Years of Television Exhibit at the Smithsonian as I recorded it on September 23, 1989. Included are lots of early Televisions, items from the 1939 New York Worlds Fair Futurama and the World of Tomorrow, and some items from the history of early recording exhibit. No commentary, just enjoy the ride. Shot in my early "blitzvideo" documenting style, where I moved and zoomed a lot so that I could capture the most detail in a short period of time, and during playback I could freeze frames to examine items and read text later on. Freeze Frame! Try it.... Lots of weird talk from strangers and you name it all included. Rendered from the original SVHS analog tape. 

January 6, 2015
Tour The Dinosaur Den in under 10 minutes! Yes, it is possible.
A reacp of The Dinosaur Den -  Best of 2014!


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