‘Maker Faire’

Get Your Geek On

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Maker Faire was amazing.

First I gave a fun and spazzy demo at the Craftzine.com booth.

Then Rufus and I went out exploring the fair.

First thing we checked out was Sean Casey’s “Tornado Intercept Vehicle.” What does a tornado intercept vehicle do? Just what it says it does – that monster was made so Sean and his team could drive into tornados and get footage for his film Tornado Alley. New Yorkers can check out the movie at the IMAX theater at the American Museum of Natural History. I know what I’m doing next weekend.

But we had to solder on…that’s not a typo, it’s a hilarious tech pun.

We went straight to the MakerShed to learn how to solder. Last year at Maker Faire we got really stoked about DIY music stuff and even bought an Atari Punk Console, but we never did get around to making it. This year we were determined to learn the basic skill of soldering so that we can finally craft that thing.

The book above doesn’t lie – soldering is easy! But I have to admit it was helpful to have a real live humanoid assisting us with our soldering boot camp.

That little robot above is what we soldered. In the end, he got a light that blinks because of our heavy duty circuitry.

That’s me confidently brandishing the soldering iron that I now totally know how to use, you guys. I did have some help from the teacher after Rufus figured out the light on my piece wasn’t working because I soldered the positive and negative streams together.

But I still feel good about my work, and I’m happy to know how to fix that soldering issue. I love that self-soldered little roboto on my lanyard.

Before we left the shed we had to try the Trip Glasses. They were pretty far out, and I bet they work wonders if you use them in a quiet, dark room.

We tried some circuit connecting with non-toxic materials.

At Maker Faire, you see lots of awesome contraptions like the Dogzilla worn by the guy above. And you can check out crazy music like that from Datalore below, a duo that plays hacked Gameboys.

Inside the New York Hall of Science, there were even more things to see and do.

Greggy Soriano from The Next Great Baker was making a Maker Cake inspired by the Faire. It even had a mini Rube Goldberg set up on the outside, inspired by the crazy Life Size Mousetrap pictured below.

It was a truly awesome day. As we walked out, we were serenaded by the bonkers Sashimi Tabernacle Choir.

I wish every day was a Maker Faire day. The combination of DIY tech and craft makes my heart sing. It is such a completely inspiring collection of cool, creative people trying new things. Next year I have to go both days so I can be sure to see everything. Many thanks to the folks over at Craftzine.com for having me as a guest. Hope to see you there next year!

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Fall in the House of Craft

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Saturday’s Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL was a huge success! It was a joy to meet Grace Bonney and help her celebrate the release of Design*Sponge at Home, her first (and truly inspiring) book, featuring the best of the best of design*sponge!I’ll do a proper recap asap, I promise.

This weekend I’m doing a demo at Maker Faire in NY on Sunday at 1pm! I’ll be demoing ideas for handmade party decor. It’s going to be a blast. Maker Faire is the COOLEST, I swear. If you didn’t go last year, you missed out. Hope to see you this weekend!

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