Maker Faire Hangover

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We attended last Sunday’s festivities in San Mateo, and got totally flabbergasted by our first (and definitely not the last) Maker Faire festival. Special thanks to Audrey of the PR team for Maker Faire and Daily Candy for throwing that awesome contest!

It’s literally a Disneyland for adults (AND for kids), without the sappy characters and blatant capitalism (with apologies to Disneyland season pass holders, just exercising my first amendment rights). Most of the day we were gawking at all the stuff people created – from kinetic doo-dads, giant metal crab robots, and other randomness like watching ourselves in 3D being broadcast on a projector. I had to catch myself from squeezing Kat’s arm too hard and pulling it off in excitement.

Camera Obscura

By and far, my favorite parts were the Camera Obscura installation, and metal sculptures of polyhedra from Vladimir Bulatov. I’ve seen different iterations of a camera obscura before (of the pinhole variety), but this one totally blew my mind. I have never, in my life, seen an image reproduced in super high def, better than your 1080p HD that’s supposedly 21st century, and I will even say, better than what real life looks like. An image reproduced on a round piece of wood painted white, mind you. Very exciting.

I’ve always had a fascination with polyhedra (hello dodecahedrons), and squealed loudly like a schoolgirl when I saw the Bulatov sculptures.

Bulatov Sculptures

So much awesomeness in one festival, my brain almost exploded!! See you guys again next year :)

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