For my brother’s birthday (September 29th – if you want to send presents) we decided to treat him to his favorite things. Robots, CNC- machines and Faires. Thus, began our trip to Maker Faire: NY 2012. Last year, we all took public transit and slept fitfully in cramped Bus seats in a four hour ride from Massachusetts to New York. This year, we planned better and drove. Well, to be more specific, Joe (My web-techie brother) drove with the rest of the group sans me. I did not take the two days off to go to both days, so I proceeded to take the Midnight Train to NY. Thanks to my roomie I got to the train on time and proceeded to have deja vu as I slept fitfully in cramped Bus seats. At least this time, I didn’t have to share.
Fast forwards to when everyone awakens (I went back to sleep after arriving at the hotel). We walked to Maker Faire and prepared ourselves to be amazed at the plethora of booths, talks and general displays of creativity. Some were jammin’ while others were just saddly disappointing. But regardless of how intertwined they were with science and discovery. Most things I saw could be related back to music.
Making things with your hands leads to happiness. What better way to explain making music. Anyone who has found their instrument or have ever played a Ukulele can feel that first hand.
Not knowing things is sometimes a boon. I don’t know how many times I have over thought a song and ruined it through musical complication. Do not be afraid to do something new.
Stomp meets the American Pickers. Revamping others junk to make music.
A device reminiscent of mythology withe twelve snake-like necks that end in eerily human-shaped heads. Each head sings a different pitch or plays a different sound bite while projecting faces onto the heads.
The main focus or theme that pervaded Maker Faire NY: 2012 was passing our creativity and love of learning and experimenting to the upcoming generation. One I can really appreciate as a passionate learner and teacher.
Next year, I plan going to both days and absorbing as much as I possibly can.On the way back we traveled together sans the birthday boy and his wife, who intelligently took a plane. It was in the Fiesta that I participated in my first podcast. Maker faire is not just for roboticists or techies anymore.
Adam Savage’s: Why We Make (Maker Faire: Bay Area)
Make the things you HAVE TO make.