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Pictures From an Exhibition: World Makerfaire 2012 NYC

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the ways-in-which-the-world-is-improving dept.

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New submitter SirTicksAlot writes "I attended World Makerfaire 2012 NYC this past weekend and wanted to share some of the highlights of the faire. Makerfaire is a gathering of smart and talented groups and individuals who share their love for making things. And there is nearly no limit as to what kind of ideas or projects on display. There is no age limit or restriction and kids of all ages are encouraged to interact with everything they can. If you ever go to shows and see 'DO NOT TOUCH,' you did not see that here. Touching, inspecting and learning is very much warranted. There were many stations where kids could learn to use tools, assemble things, and even learn to solder."

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Down (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550301)

Site is Slashdotted

Re:Down (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550339)

My favorite thing about this site is the regular inadvertent DoS attacks on random websites.

Re:Down (1)

kwerle (39371) | about a year and a half ago | (#41550817)

Congratulations, /., on 15 years of being inconsiderate.

Re:Down (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#41552471)

Congratulations, /., on 15 years of being inconsiderate.

inconsiderate? the friggin guy invited the slashdotting. i hovered to the link to see if at least had the decency/brains to put it on somewhere like flickr.

but no, we'll never know if there were g-adverts there or not to make reason to host it on his own drupal site(drupal blows, at least make a static copy if you intend to serve to slashdot).

aaanyhow, to not provide just a totally inconsiderate post, there's some pics at flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=makerfaire&s=rec [flickr.com] (search "makerfaire" with recent).

Re:Down (1)

SirTicksAlot (576078) | about a year and a half ago | (#41552953)

Yes. Yes I did. And I've learned a great deal from it too. Now I know how to make my site stronger. This is my first slashdotting. May the future prove different.

Re:Down (1)

kwerle (39371) | about a year and a half ago | (#41559541)

If not just to the target of the slashdotting, then to the entire /. readership.

Hey, look! An interesting story (for a change)! Oh, no - it's just a pile of smouldering router/cpu. No, we couldn't bother to set up a mirror first and then refer to it when the site went down.

I mean, come on. In 15 years they could not write a failover mechanism that monitors the target site and when it goes down adds a note to the story with a pointer at a mirror?

Re:Down (1)

SirTicksAlot (576078) | about a year and a half ago | (#41552827)

And it was just the kick in the ass that I needed. Nothing like a good /.ing to show me what is misconfigured on my servers. What a difference mysql tunings and (Derp! Turn off sql logging) makes.

Re:Down (1)

GumphMaster (772693) | about a year and a half ago | (#41553817)

You would think that if you were linking to your own site that you'd use a Coral Cache [coralcdn.org] (or similar) link and not use HTTPS unless truly necessary as a self-preservation measure?

Sumbitter's favorite exhibit (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550311)

From the summary:

...If you ever go to shows and see 'DO NOT TOUCH,' you did not see that here. Touching, inspecting and learning is very much warranted. There were many stations where kids could learn to use tools...

I see that the submitter found the Catholic Priest exhibit.

-- Ethanol-fueled

Confusing conditional (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550347)

If you ever go to shows and see 'DO NOT TOUCH,' you did not see that here.

But... what if I ever go to shows and don't see that? Would I then see it there?

Projects? (4, Funny)

dtmos (447842) | about a year and a half ago | (#41550421)

I assume no one there was making a server?

Re:Projects? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550497)

Sure. [instructables.com]

Re:Projects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550543)

The server is made, it's just that Timmy is busy uploading the 48 hours of video he shot.

Re:Projects? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41551305)

Looks like they need to get busy with that. The site has already been slashdotted.

Just one correction (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41550441)

Makerfaire is a gathering of annoying hippies and hipsters who make silly, impractical shit in lieu of getting a real job.

FTFY

Re:Just one correction (1)

SuperMooCow (2739821) | about a year and a half ago | (#41551575)

You mean like those things that have a world-wide market of maybe a dozen units? Those useless "computer" things that almost nobody will ever need?

There are so many things... (1)

MickLinux (579158) | about a year and a half ago | (#41550913)

... that I'd like to know how they are done. For example, how does David's Sunflowers separate the seeds from the hulls, or do the same for pumpkin seeds. There's a ton of protein I throw away, because I don't know how to crack the shells en masse.

I think the idea of MakerFaire is great. So let me throw in my 2 cents.

To make a nice, high power electric brushless DC motor:

Get 10 of the 1 x 1 3/4 x 5/8" magnets from Lowes or RadioShack. They will just fit around a standard size food can. Now, using 1/2" fiber board, layout 10 1/4" holes in a circle, to fit the can. Also layout 4-6 holes inside the can's diameter, and drill the center hole, with a large circle saw for the outer edge. Assemble 2 fiberboard circles on the ends, 6 bolts through the circles and the ends of the can, and then 6 1/4" aluminum bars to separate the magnets. Bend the bars outwards slightly, as necessary to let the magnets fit, and slide a magnet into each slot. So now you have the rotor. Next, buy 3 12-V transformers, and disassemble. Use Silicone to glue the Es back together. Re-wind both wires (large and small) around the Es in a figure-8. Mount those around the circumference. Now apply a 3-phase voltage, one to each magnet, or a timed DC voltage to each one in succession.
Or power the rotor, and pull 3-phase power out of the magnets.

Error... (1)

CallsignBaron (1136063) | about a year and a half ago | (#41550941)

PDOException: SQLSTATE[HY000] [2002] Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock' (11) in lock_may_be_available() (line 167 of /home/html/drupal/includes/lock.inc). =(

You bastards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41551097)

You bastards...Now I have this in my brain.

http://youtu.be/_5r8sa863Ts

What? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41551233)

>Makerfaire is a gathering of smart and talented groups and individuals who share their love for making things.

Oh for fuck sake. We're not all smart and talented. Get over yourself; we are just ordinary people.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41552007)

have you considered that ordinary people can be smart and talented?

Re:What? (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about a year and a half ago | (#41552715)

have you considered that ordinary people can be smart and talented?

then they're no longer ordinary.

isn't it nicer that ordinary people can make things? like used to be the necessity for surviving? I mean, it's not high-tech-labrotory 0.00001% of population faire.

Volunteers Perspective (1)

toastking (2743165) | about a year and a half ago | (#41553687)

I volunteered at Maker Faire this year, and it was a really fun experience. I helped a guy in the craft area but what I really took away from the experience was how nice and helpful everyone was. I was able to go take a break to see seminar or the faire if I wanted to, and they even let my friends help out even thought they signed up late. I love the friendly and intelligent culture of the event, I learned a lot about robotics chasis from exhibitors and some helped me with my tee shirt cannon bot idea. Overall I think Maker Faire is a great event that far surpasses any other convention I've been to.

Touch everything (1)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | about a year and a half ago | (#41554249)

Is this not the show that has multimillion volt Tesla coils, madly whirring CNC machines and printers dispensing molten plastic? It would seem to me that either Don't Touch signs are merited in some places or the thing has fallen prey to the something like the nerfification of science kits of recent times.

I was there (1)

DaKong (150846) | about a year and a half ago | (#41554337)

at the event along with my wife and kids and 15 other people I invited to come along. All of them loved it. I found it less earth-shattering and more corporate than the year before. For example, the bio-hackers were absent, which was sad because they blew the possibilities wide open for me last year. Also, gone were the people who built furniture out of scraps or bicycles out of bamboo, carbon fiber, and resin. Many of the smaller but brilliant projects you can usually find inside in the Hall of Science were absent.

There were, in their place, many, many more corporate sponsors.

So I say, last year I witnessed 9 different revolutions in the offing. This year, only two. A pox upon corporate America, and all the evil it brings. May it die a thousand deaths in ignominy.

Drop the final e (0)

tehcyder (746570) | about a year and a half ago | (#41558603)

I cannot take anything seriously that spells fair as faire, unless it's deliberately anachronistic like Elizabethan steam punk or something.

Makerfaire just sounds wanky. Sorry.
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