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May 04, 2008

Maker Faire 2008

images from the Maker Faire. Left image by Chris Spurgeon/spurgeonworld.com. Right image by cookieevans5/flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/pookieevans/2466430003/ Both images available via Creative Commons license

Maker Faire was this weekend, and it was a truly amazing experience. Hundreds of exhibitors, thousands and thousands of people. My head is still reeling from the whole thing, but a few items stand out in my memory:

Adam Savage
from Mythbusters gave a great talk, simultaneously hilarious and inspiring. Savage ran through his pre-Mythbusters career (which included art, sculpture, theater design, and extensive film special effects work). And he talked at length about the combination of enthusiasm and obsession that drives him to make insanely accurate recreations of movie props.

Speaking of obsession, the folks from ARTOO-DETOO.NET were there in force, with their custom-built R2 droids chirping and scooting around the halls.

I was also blown away by Tim Robinson's recreation of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine. The product of hundreds of hours of building and adjusting. I've always been fascinated by the idea of capturing mathematics in mechanisms, and the Difference Engine was the epitome of that. Here's a video of it in action.

But that's just a few of dozens and dozens of things that were amazing and wonderful. Ya gotta go!

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 4, 2008 11:29 PM


So bummed i missed the Savage talk... although one from Disney immagineer was pretty superb!! Got some video as well which I posted on LEGENDmag.net. Check it out along with some photos!


Posted by: kc! Bradshaw at May 15, 2008 01:42 PM