This weekend I'm helping out a friend who is a first-time exhibitor at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. We spent Friday afternoon setting up the booth area, though my friend is quite dismayed that we have a structural column right in front of it, making it awkward for people to notice what's going on. Our neighbors are a precocious school boy with his computer-controlled nerf gun & a 2nd-hand book seller with a tall, rickety bookcase.
This enormous sculpture is one of many amazing constructions at the Faire. It was last shown at Burning Man in 2006, & it's an impressive & frightening thing. People can actually make it rotate by pulling on ropes suspended from those huge stones. Someone told me they saw people standing on the stones earlier in the day.
In the evening we were treated to a paella dinner prepared in this gigantic pan. Everyone waiting in line seemed to be Burning Man veterans. A friendly fellow with scary contact lenses let me try on his steampunk hat, complete with goggles. I ran into a woman I take yoga classes with & discovered that she designs wearable computers.
The paella was both beautiful & tasty.
I hate driving, & getting to & from the event center did not encourage me. I turned off the freeway too early & made an unplanned excursion around the perimeter of the fair grounds. At the end of the day the car wouldn't start, & we had to wait for AAA to jumpstart me in the parking lot at 10pm.
§ Maker Faire Bay Area
San Mateo County Event Center
May 21 & 22
Saturday 10am - 8pm • Sunday 10am - 6pm