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Monday, May 21, 2007

the Maker Faire is the new awesome

Last weekend I died and went to DIY heaven: the Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is a yearly event put on by Make Magazine, and is basically what you get when you invite all the crazy creative, geeky genius, resourceful DIY types to get together and talk about and show off the things that they love most. These are my people.

Everything is hands on. You had to get a liability wristband at the door to be able to go on all the rides and things - (they thought Grace looked under 18 so they gave her the kid bracelet, when she is just as old as I am)

Okay, so the people that put this Faire on might be a little geeky . . .

And there was alot of this kind of humor:

But look what these geeks can do:

Guitar Hero for nerds! (these guitars play music using "a sonar sensor and a microcontroller to allow the user to play interesting melodies without requiring any musical skills," which made this great techno music just by waving your hand over it.

A lifesize version of
Mousetrap the board game:

The "Disgusting Spectacle" that picks its nose when some child laborer is running next to it in the hamster wheel.


Moving robots made out of legos! (Complete with freakishly genius children there to tell you exactly how you are building your lego robot incorrectly)

An entire carnival powered solely by “pedal power” (i.e. – people on bikes).

I swear it was more fun than these two make it look:

Diet coke and mentos explosions set to music. (Bets - you should bring some music the next time you get the urge to do this on the roof)


Quite the odd assortment of bikes – there were people that had made bikes out of wooden pallets, “Franken-trikes” with all sorts of bike parts re-welded into functional (but strange) looking contraptions to ride, and the “social tandem” bike that was basically two beach cruisers welded together side by side so that you can ride right next to your tandem bike rider and take up the entire sidewalk while you do so:

One of the funniest exhibits was a stationary bike that someone had attached a little piece of bike tube to, so that when you sat and pedaled, the rubber bike tube would spin around and smack you right in the behind. A full-fledged spanking machine! The best part was the line of kids waiting to give it a try, even as they were watching their friends pedal (ouch), pedal (ouch), pedal (ouch!).

I am tempted to post even more photos, because this only scratches the surface, but I will stop because I recognize this as an unhealthy obsession and don't want to embarrass myself any more than I perhaps already have.


  • At 10:35 AM, Blogger bets said…

    Maybe if Nathaniel could ever get his hiney back to SF we could have another sweet mentos/coke science experiment on the roof set to music.

  • At 11:02 AM, Anonymous kylie said…

    I can just see parents across America now, "Jimmy, get on that spanking bike immediately!"

    Man, that faire looked like fun. =)

  • At 11:15 AM, Blogger ashlynn said…

    Looks like it was a good time! Love the bikes.

  • At 11:28 AM, Blogger Damian said…

    hey long hair.

  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger bex said…

    The bikes were one of my favorite things. I will need an enormous garage to hold them all in as soon as i own one of each.

    Seriously long hair! Except that I got it cut again last night.

  • At 1:16 PM, Blogger rapaz said…

    okay, can I "edit comments" then?

  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger Renegade Of Funk said…

    I'm so jealous, I read about this in Wired and desperately wanted to go.

  • At 5:11 PM, Blogger f*bomb. said…

    Andy, you would be KING at Geek Fair.
    I am in love with the homeless poet. *sigh.*

  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger Jared said…

    this is the best blog post that there ever has been.

  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger emily said…

    rebecca. how could you possible forget to mention how many times you, grace and i were proposed to at the fairE?! I mean, really,maybe you're saving the flame-throwing, robotic,cupcake making engagement rings for another post?

    It's true. Nerds of the world: we embrace you. literally

  • At 12:13 AM, Blogger Damian said…

    they had some wacky velocipede's there.

    (oh yeah, and that was me posting as ben aka rapaz).

  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger Katie said…

    This looks like SOOOOOO much fun! I would have been there in an instant!

  • At 7:39 AM, Blogger tom said…

    hi bets.
    i am tom.
    and i am in love with your blog.
    (i'm katie c.'s friend).

  • At 9:29 AM, Blogger nathaniel said…

    i tried to come back bets, but you done turned me down.

  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger Frenchy Renee said…

    you said it was a craft fair not robot/bike/awesome fair, still think Jeff and I would've only lasted 2hrs...

  • At 1:42 AM, Blogger elsa bags said…

    oh man how i loved the mousetrap when i was a kid!


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