Make Magazine is a neat new take on the DIY genre pioneered by Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. They concentrate on 3D printing, cnc routers, and other things you can do at home, with an unapologetic geeky fervor. My kind of folks.
They also sponsor regional Maker Faires, local gatherings, kind of like comic or gaming conventions, where folks show off their projects or sell their goods. Here's Las Vegas' local faire's FB page.
So, the Boy and I went to the first inaugural Las Vegas Maker Faire. We loved it.
A sculpture made out of gallon milk jugs.
A structure made out of two-by-fours and plastic.
There was a local computer museum with various models of yore on display. Being born in 1975, I was intimately familiar with most of them.
Another Amiga, and a 5 1/2 inch floppy drive. Kids, go ask your grandparents what a 5 1/2 inch floppy is.
A Commodore 64. I learned Basic in 7th grade on this things predecessor, the Commodore PET (I think it was a Model 4032, but it's been a while since 1987). Did I mention I'm old? ;)
This was an electric vehicle conversion of a Delorean.
A locally produced laser engraver. Ah, the smell of burning wood...
A laser-cut dice tower, and a box that would poke a small probe out to turn itself off when you flicked the switch on. Endless hours of entertainment.
I asked a gentlemen at the booth if they have gang fights with home Dalek makers. He laughed.
So, that was our day in Vegas. Find your own local Maker Faire by clicking here. They're neat meet-ups of tech-minded folks. Finally, a place we can feel at home. ;)
John Bear Ross