Over the weekend, I had some fun hanging out at the Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. For the uninitiated, Maker Faire is a celebration of “Can Do” spirit, technology and creativity.
This philosophy was best embodied by the button my friend wore: “You Are What You Make”. Well, that button and this kick-ass sign:
I had such a great time, and it was incredible to experience the different ways in which this philosophy was realized.
There were motorized muffins:
A unique, green interpretation of a “Trailer Park”:
And an exhibit called “Thumby Wars” that took a favorite childhood game to a new level:
Some makers repurposed junk, like these musicians who incorporated bicycles into their music…
Bicycle Wheel Rapping:
Bike Drum Kit:
There were also many forms of alternate transport at Maker Faire:
Of course, there were things I didn’t quite understand, like “Katie Perry, the Unicorn”
And the Dueling Broncos:
But then again, there were some things that I understood quite well. Like the fact that despite all these incredible new ideas, technological inventions, and a Brave New World unfolding before me, one thing remained the same…these girlie pin ups ripped out of a magazine and taped behind a hotdog vendor stand: