Saturday, May 17, 2014

Setup Day at Maker Faire

This weekend I'll be at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, helping out at the table of my friend Chris Jefferies, who is demoing how to create a home wireless sensor network from open source hardware & software. If you ever wondered how to make XBee, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Python, Node-RED & Graphite work together, check him out.

Friday was a setup day, & I got a chance to peek at some of the exhibits, such as this ethereal, illuminated forest.

I'm always awed by the huge mobile sculptures. This is as close to Burning Man as I'll ever come.

On closer inspection, this dragon turns out to be made of hardware more commonly used in kitchens.

This whimsical submarine looks convincing both inside & out.

An aisle over from where we were setting up, several people were busy putting finishing touches on this detailed landscape, ...

... composed  of intricate objects made entirely from masking tape.

At the end of the afternoon, massive mounds of paella were served to the makers, courtesy of Gerard's Paella. Mr. Jefferies & I dallied too long during setup, though, & were disappointed to discover that the beer ran out before we got there.

§ Bay Area Maker Faire 2014
May 17 + 80, 2014
San Mateo Event Center


Civic Center said...

No beer with your Gerard's Paella? That is close to tragic.

Axel Feldheim said...

Indeed. We're not sure exactly what the issue was, but the supply of beer was summarily turned off at 7:30p.