A Firm Deadline Does the Trick

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself during the Public History program, it’s that I am just one of those people who requires a firm deadline to make myself do work. I always get my work done, but when I do, I procrastinate for three days and finish it the night before.  Enter my interactive exhibit design class which I love for its freedom in the project choice but have trouble getting to work on because there’s only one deadline which is quickly approaching (April 2nd). Let’s face it. Creating the world’s smallest rock n’ roll museum and a home made turn table in one night just isn’t doable.  So, I set up a meeting with my teacher, knowing that I would at least want to have something done so that I can show him I’ve been making progress!

Turns out, this is the best idea I’ve had all semester.  The night before the meetings, I made significant headway on my turntable that actually made it work- woohoo! You may recall from my last blog about this that the dowel in the center was far too small and masking tape didn’t do the trick.  To fix this problem, I put a cork coaster underneath as well as a 45 adapter which allowed the vinyl to rotate on its axle (aka the wooden dowel).

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Additionally, I added weight (aka two coins) to the end and hot glued the needle into place so that it wouldn’t slide across the vinyl as much. I’ll try to pretty this up on the second version of the turntable.

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And voila! Now it works.

In other news…

I contacted Nicholas Jennings, Yorkville historian and author of After the Goldrush to see if he had access to any posters from the Yorkville coffee houses.  After being kind enough for forgiving me getting him mixed up with Stuart Henderson, another Yorkville historian (oops!), he sent me this really cool hand bill from the Penny Farthing coffee house.  It was so nice of him and I’m very excited to layar activate it!

Penny Farthing flyer


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