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Maker Faire Bay Area 2012: Day 1

Submitted by TechNinja on June 6, 2012 - 6:36am
The D sitting in the "Flying Fishmonger" pedalcar, lifting up the frontend as if it were doing a wheelieThe D pulling off the innertube from the blown back tire of the "Flying Fishmonger"The "Flying Fishmonger" sitting sadly with its drive wheel missing

(Continued from Maker Faire: Day 0) In no time, the first real day of Maker Faire was upon us, and we were as ready as we could be for the onslaught of wonders.

First things first, we set off to the Fun Bike Unicorn Club racing area to prepare our pedalcar. The D, our driver for the "Flying Fishmonger", was out in spades right off the bat, ready for the qualifying run. Once brakes were checked and the chain stayed on long enough to run around the track a few times, we were ready for our first race! Even though we'd only spent about $80 and 2 weeks building it, we thought it held up pretty well. Even though by the second race our rear drive tire completely blew out, it was still a lot of fun and we wouldn't trade it for the world. The overlapping CD fish scales were also very popular with the crowds of people coming to ogle the incredible pedalcars.

Zoz Brooks, Sylvia and Joe Grand posing with thumbs up

Due to a fluke of failed communication and our family in the middle of moving to a new house, we didn't have a schedule this Maker Faire, so we decided to head out and see as much as we possibly could. Out on the grounds, Sylvia found two of her favorite hackers/makers, Joe Grand and Zoz Brooks of Prototype This! Joe even recognized her and everyone got some stickers.

Sylvia showing off her newly created headband.Sylvia paints onto her "Freak Flag" at the Fly Your Freak Flag High boothSylvia sitting in the Autodesk multi camera photo booth.

At the Craftsy "Make & Take" booth Sylvia made herself a stylin' star-and-ribbon-wrapped headband, then off to the FYFFH booth where we made our own "Freak Flags" to fly, then over to Autodesk to get a 3D head scan at their super camera photo booth. After a quick snap, we ran into Jeri skating around with her hard rocking Commodore-64 Bass Guitar, then we found our good friend Gever Tulley (we first met at DML). Sylvia and little sister Talulah sat down at his Brightworks booth to try the "Tinker your way out of this!" challenge. After totally winning (really!) we hopped around the corner where we learned all about simple binary computation with 8-balls and wooden flip-flops at EMSL's Digi-Comp II.

Jeri Ellsworth showing off her Commodore-64 bass guitar projectSylvia and sister Talulah attempting the "Tinker your way out of this!" challenge at the Brightworks boothLenore Edman and Sylvia demonstrating the action of the giant Digi-Comp II

Outside, we ran into so many amazing sights, too numerous to count. A spiral sculpture of fire, a robotic band playing every instrument imaginable, a life-size Dalek from Doctor Who, a towering 50 foot tall flaming umbrella tree, electric vehicles galore, a giant rubber and steel fire breathing dragon, and then an EVEN BIGGER than life-size Dalek!

A fire sculpture erupting flamesA red DalekSylvia poses near the giant fire snorting dragonA very large Dalek

Throughout the day, Sylvia worked on collecting her "photoception" picture-in-a-picture shots with previous Maker Faire phenoms... Saturday got her John Park with his Arduino Grande (3 years), Dale Daugherty (2 Years), Jeri Ellsworth with her C-64 bass (2 years), and Lenore Edman of EMSL (2 Years)

John Park posing with Sylvia in front of his Arduino Grande holding a picture of them in 2011, holding a picture of them in 2010Sylvia posing with Dale Dougherty holding a picture of them at Maker Faire 2011Jeri Ellsworth posing with Sylvia and a picture of them from Maker Faire 2011Sylvia posing with Lenore Edman and a picture of them from Maker Faire 2011

Our first day of Maker Faire was outstanding, and we just couldn't wait to see what day two had in store! Learn all about our adventure in the next action packed blog post soon...

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