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The Sexist Radio: Is he going to fix that for you?

This radio was presented at an expo at Culturele Zondag Utrecht, accompanied by the following text

When I bought this radio from a second-hand shop, I wasn't planning on making it what it is now. Walking through the city with an old radio gets you quite a few comments. Most of the time these were fun comments, or at least positive, and that's to be expected. People might be curious and I would've been as well in their place.

I bumped into someone I knew from college, and we decided to have coffee and chat for a bit. The waitress also asked about the radio, to which I replied what I was planning on doing with it. "Oh that sounds like fun! Is he going to fix that for you?" She asked, while nudging to my fellow student.

I've always found this a little difficult. She has all the reasons to think that I would be working on this radio (I explained stuff about it, I told her I bought it, etc.), but still she assumed that he was going to fix it for me. In these moments, it feels like you only have a few options on how to react: 1. ignore it and pretend as if it didn't happen. 2. acknowledge the comment.

This last option varies on how you would approach this. Of course you can just ask why she asks this, or you can be more aggressive about it. But either way, people feel more often put on the spot with option 2, and often it's not desirable to always put people on the spot. After all, are they to blame or is society to blame? Adding to this, you'll need some patience and energy to keep this up.

Most of the time I didn't want to do anything with this, because I would just like to have coffee, and not be confronted with assumptions people have based on my gender. But even though I try to ignore this, it's still there, and it still hurts. It might hurt until days after, and this means that I would be the one who's bothered by a comment I never asked for.

This is why, at that point, I put all the sexist comments that were still in my head in a file, and this file is repeated by the radio (well, the raspberry pi that's in the radio). This way, the radio bounces back comments that were directed at me, and I can feel like the weight is off my shoulders. The radio speaks for me, and other people can decide if they want to do something with this as well, while I get another coffee.

Adafruit synth (see picture below in the middle)

Followed this tutorial, might want to make a game controller out of this later. Or mix it up with other buttons. Or maybe add a soft potentiometer?

CNC controller(see picture below on the right)

I used this CNC for the very first prototype of the minimixer, and boy was it hard to get it to work.