So Facebook chat is really dumb, and doesn’t save chat history. If it does, getting to it is non-intuitive, and it’s just giving me another reason to dislike (hahaha) Facebook. As if I needed another reason.
Maker Faire was pretty damn awesome.
I could leave it at that, but my god that would be a disservice to everyone that wasn’t there and reads my blog, which translates into maybe 10 people, if you’re optimistic about the size of my readership. To sum up the experience, I don’t think I’ve been somewhere with so many cool geeks showing off cool things all in one place. And now, I’m just going to list what I saw:
- Makerbot crews
- Reprappers from around the area, and even some from Montana or Idaho
- New reprap boards
- A veritable lack of NYC reprappers
- Man, I bet some hip-hop artist is going to pick up the tag ‘reprapper’
- Just watch
- I did NOT get to see arc attack. Quite disappointing, something crazy stuff about ‘room capacity’ and ‘public safety’
- The local hackerspace booths: NYC Resistor (I have to say Metrix’s hobo token is much more badass), Alpha One Labs
- Lock picking booth run by TOOOL. Didn’t manage to crack their locks, but I only spent 3 minutes at their booth
- Epilog laser (should we make our space green, or get a laser cutter?! Oh, the agony!), Autodesk, some commercial 3D printers
- shop bot
- Make Magazine (duh)
- Couple of dudes presenting their thesis work, like interactive music, drawing with computer interaction
- Element 14
- mbed – realized I’d forgotten people are trying to make money with this stuff when I asked ‘are you open sourcing the server code?’ and they laughed.
- huge straw structure
- games, of course. physical games, of course
- rubix cube solving robot
- live music remixer using only sound recorder and windows media player
- arm overlay that lets the computer know how the arm is positioned
- fabric hacking! Especially liked the ball o’ yarn pressure sensor, and the tape bend sensor
- utility kilts
- The human sized mouse trap
- mathematica playing cards. Seriously. They’ll likely be the geekiest cards I’ll ever have
- lots of LEDs
- guy that played guitar while wearing a monitor on his head
- luminescent fluid in tubes
- HUGE LED arrays, with separately attached LEDs.
- monome-like devices
- cart-based youtube video uploader
- the reverse geocache guy
- over priced fair food, of course
- microsoft attempting to shoulder into the hobbyist electronics market
- book scanners: at least two guys were doing it
- guy in a 3-4m tall germ suit
- jet-powered fair ride
- open STM (scanning tunneling microscope)!
- lots of people trying to sell shirts and stuff
- 3D light show with yarn and a projector
- talk by a dude that wants to use the building-top water containers as a city-wide cosmic ray detector
- learned exactly how pressure waves kill people in explosions
- listened to Wolfram talk, which was somewhat disappointing because all he did was do random stuff with Mathematica and push his cellular automata based view of the world
- talk by the creator of scratch
- talk by the creator of lilypad
- talks by lots of people that wrote books
- derived statistic: child would have to work full time on getting kidnapped for some 750,000 years for it to certainly be kidnapped. I have some qualms about this derived stat, but it’s interesting none-the-less
- I thought the talk titled ‘Sustainable hacker spaces’ was going to about making hackerspaces green. Nope! It was about how to keep the hacker space alive, a much more pressing concern
- conductive play dough
- guys that want to stick gardens on the top of buses. They’re not entirely crazy, either!
- floor that generates power from footsteps
- carrot flutes
- wearable, welded together steampunk-ish suits (think big daddy, or fallout 3 cover guy, but much more chaotic)
- science history museum
- computer recyclers
- some kids trying to rickroll the subway car (okay, so this was on the way back home, and they weren’t at maker faire, but still!)
I know I’m leaving stuff out, but I think that’s a good start on enumerating what I’ve seen.
Seeing all those finished projects is a really good motivator: at least, it feels like one. We’ll see if I get things done sooner than later.
My octopart (day 1) and xkcd (code compiling) shirts got positive attention. Woot. Geek status boost!
Okay, I really have to get back to… um, doing homework. And listening to trippy japanese pop. Yeah.
Oh! And Dresden Codak AND Methods of Rationality both updated within a day of each other! Yudkowsky and Diaz must be conspiring together, or something (sadly, this doesn’t even seem to be that far-fetched).