Having Fun at the PDX Mini Maker Faire

Mini Maker Faire Portland

Portland’s third Mini Maker Faire was held at OMSI last weekend, and it was an impressive show. I was only able to go on Sunday this year, but I could tell from the difficulty finding parking that it was well-attended. According to OMSI, attendance was 6,700 and there were about 115 Makers exhibiting. Continue reading

Countdown To Maker Faire 2014 — Get Prepared

Year of Maker

Just a few more days… and it’s Maker Faire Time! I know a lot of geek dads and moms make the trek each year to attend what is called The Greatest Show (And Tell) On Earth, and there’s are solid reasons for it. Two days of open-mouthed staring and double-takes. Two days of access to experts (self-taught and otherwise), makers, inventors, tinkerers, dreamers, builders, hackers, and hobbyists. Two days of sightseeing, hands-on activities, and pure surprises. Continue reading

Zero to Maker Is Pure Inspiration

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I was very fortunate to grow up in a house where both parents were the hands-on, DIYer-types. My dad taught me a good bit of woodworking and some home repair, and my mom was more of a crafter, always having a project or two for us kids to do side-by-side with her as she sewed or glued or painted. I think it was inevitable that I would also develop that desire to tinker, fix, and create. Continue reading

PDX Mini Maker Faire This Weekend

Portland Maker Faire

It’s time for the second Portland Mini Maker Faire! Hosted by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the Maker Faire will take place this weekend (September 14 and 15) in OMSI’s north parking lot. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for kids, and it’s a blast. I attended last year, and although it’s significantly smaller than the Bay Area Maker Faire, there’s plenty to see and do and I ended up going both days just so I could try to see everything. Continue reading

London Gets Its Own (Mini) Maker Faire – Finally!

London's Mini Maker Faire

This coming Saturday (July 6th), London finally gets its own Maker Faire, to be held from 10am until 6pm at the London College of Communication, in Elephant & Castle. Come along and make some stuff with your kids! Continue reading

Arc Attack At Maker Faire 2013

2013-05-22 Arc Attack MAKE Special Edition

My favorite act at Maker Faire, for 5 years now, is Arc Attack. Founded in 2005 by Joe and John DiPrima with help from Steve Ward and Craig Newswanger, Arc Attack is the world’s premier musical Tesla coil act. It has been a great pleasure to watch their show grow and mature both technically and artistically. Continue reading

A Big Congratulations to GeekDad’s Ken Denmead!

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Ken Denmead invited me to join the GeekDad crew almost two years ago, and since then I’ve met him in person twice (I’m in Georgia, he’s in California), both times at Maker Faire in San Francisco. Ken was manning the GeekDad booth in May 2011 and May 2012, and it just seemed to be an appropriate venue to meet the leader of this great group of folks with which I get to work and play on a regular basis… a gathering of DIYers, makers, tinkerers, and all-around smart people. Continue reading