Saturday afternoon Maker Faire

I bet Coozledad is building one of these in the back pasture.


(It’s a fire-breathing dragon/dinosaur thingie. You know you want one.)

Posted at 3:09 pm in Detroit life, iPhone |

28 responses to “Saturday afternoon Maker Faire”

  1. coozledad said on July 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    You know, I’ve got an old Chevy-S-10 that has serious muffler attachment, starter and alternator problems and I’ve been debating whether to customize it for farm-only use, or scrap it.
    “Motorized Tiki Hut with Greek Fire” looks like a good way to go.

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  2. Dorothy said on July 30, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Yowza that’s a biggie!!

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  3. Jolene said on July 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Cooooool! Very impressive.

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  4. LAMary said on July 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Sweet Juniper will build one of those for his kids.

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  5. Jolene said on July 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Here’s a nice feature story re Christine Lagarde, the new director of the IMF, focusing on the connections she formed as a Congressional intern and high school exchange student in Bethesda, MD. Especially liked the last line.

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  6. prospero said on July 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Shit Nancy, that was a long impulsive trip to Burning Man. But if you can put up with non-stop electronica,, what the hay. And “The Tiki Bar is Open” is code for Farararararararara. I’ve seen explosions of that magnitude from lighting barbecue grills. My mom did it more than once. I tried explaining how quicklu gasoline fumes expand. She was a brilliant nurse and clearly understood all kinds of science, but physics, not really.

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  7. Judybusy said on July 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Love it! And Prospero, kudos on not spillin’ the beer after getting beaned (from the last thread.)

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  8. Maggie Jochild said on July 30, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Want, want, want. Wonder if my apartment complex will modify my wheelchair ramp to fit this.

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  9. prospero said on July 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Judy, it comes down to broken Guinesses, having to climb into the Fazio design golf course and track down the asshole that couldn’t play.
    fazio is the guy that makes all his sandtraps like mondrian shapes. What a recherche nouveau rich ahole. I’ve had a few black eyes, and the pallette is fairly amazing. It always retains the irridescence of motor oil in a puddle in a pothole on a city street. I’ve nailed a few, on my next youngest brother. I actually brok First left hook, he was banging the back of my skull on the trunk of a car.e his jaw once. Beleieve me he deserved it and we have made up. Pretty much, We don’t think the same way about anything political except that he believes that American racism is still the major problem. Chris, my serious brother, believed in Bobby Kennedy. Me too, big surprise. He had a full length poster on Nixon with afull wine glassthrown across his ugly mug and a
    Sharpie caption: “War is heck but it’s a necessary heck.” My best friend ever and we are at each others’ backs. We have strange conversations when Chris calls me at strange times of night. He think’s hedge fund crooks are what is wrong. I tend to think he’s right because he’s smart as shit and almost smarter than I, and he has more information than I do. What these assholles are skimming with their 15% tax rate is obscene. If my rich brother that makes his cash on IPOs says about these crooks that they are endangering the economy, well, he went to Princeton and he was the best dback they ever saw. And he went to UVA and was the sluditorian of his class. And he’s a very good man who cares about his god-daughter, my kid. And his own kids. If he says the teabaggers are loonies that don’t give a shit about the way things turn out? Well I have to agree with my brother Chris, these people are self-destructive aholes. My brother is talking about protecting shitheels with cash. Teabaggers are talking about crashing everything. It is almost hard to imagine how anybody can be that fucking stupid.

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  10. Dexter said on July 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I didn’t know these monsters existed until I was playing around on YouTube last week and I found a bunch of them documented.
    Quite impressive, this one.

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  11. Sherri said on July 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I want to learn to weld just so I can build things like this!

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  12. moe99 said on July 30, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Wonder if Joe has experience fall out from this.

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  13. Joe Kobiela said on July 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    It hasn’t effected me a bit, there are some construction jobs put on hold, but I was in Lexington K.Y. Friday and they were replacing the taxi ways.
    Pilot Joe

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  14. Julie Robinson said on July 30, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    My sis-in-law has been helping to plan a Maker’s Faire for the Fort and it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. It’s going to be the first weekend in October.

    We just got back to town after birthday celebrations for a couple of ladies of longevity: my mom, 79, and a third cousin once removed or somesuch, 100. The cousin lives in South Bend and worked for Studebaker before she was married, and the party was at the Studebaker Museum. There were some pretty cool vehicles there, including the covered wagon that brought them west, a phaeton from 1907 that cost $1600 (!), and my favorite, a bright green half-ton pickup from 1953. I would buy it in an instant if it was available today, it was that adorable. It reminded me of the trucks in the Cars movie.

    Lots of my friends detasseled for DeKalb Ag seed corn company, but my sister and I weren’t allowed. Although the reason they gave was allergies and 4-H commitments, I’m sure the real reason was the absence of Dad’s left arm, lost in a harvesting accident at the tender age of eight. They wanted us to have a better/safer life than farm laborers.

    Dexter, your cows may have been artificially inseminated, but when I was little my grandparents still kept a bull. A pawing, snorting, ring-in-the-nose and very large horned bull. I was freaked out by the roosters but the bull brought true terror.

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  15. beb said on July 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    I saw a mare being once as a yout’. It seemed horrible. The mare was essentially staked out and a loop of rope (called a twitch) was wrapped around the nose and twisted painfully tight to keep the mare from kicking the stallion. Almost put me off sex for light.

    Last year we saw zebras at the zoo mating. There was a lot of running around, some kicking and biting and then it was over. Must have worked because the zoo has a baby zebra this year.

    re: FAA — the traffic controllers are being kept on the job as an essential service but everything else, including aviation taxes has been suspended. And why? Over an effort to prevent FAA employees from unionizing.

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  16. Dexter said on July 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    I am jumping in off topic and sharing this link I just received from my buddy in Montreal. A movie is going to be shot there next year on the life of The Spaceman, Bill Lee, the pitcher for the old Montreal Expos. It’s too bad Bill Lee wasn’t born earlier so he could have ridden on FURTHER , Ken Kesey’s bus.

    This guy is a trip! Make sure to click the Vimeo link at the end, too.

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  17. Crazycatlady said on July 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    We are going to Maker Fair tomorrow. YEA!

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  18. beb said on July 30, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    me at 15.
    I once saw a mare being bred once……

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  19. prospero said on July 31, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Warren Zevon surely appreciated Bill Lee. Buffalo Heads ruled, particularly the Spaceman and Bernie Carbo, who was too cool to be a Cincinatti Red, and Fergie Jenkins, greatest Canadian pitcher in the history of the majors. And Dexter, Bill Lee is legendary Red Sawx, played his last three years in Montreal. Attacked from behind in a famous Sawx-Yankees brawl by the infamous I Be Rickey Henderson, greatest leadoff man of all-time and a serious dickhead. And that herb? That’s just to sprinkle on my buckwheat cakes at breakfast.

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  20. prospero said on July 31, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Ronald Raygun’s crowning glory moment. Canning air traffic controllers and replacing them with clowns.

    Strangest thing about Youtube: How in hell do 42 people end up watching Warren Zevon play Lawyers, Guns and Money and don’t like it? 16 People disliked Keep Me In Your Heart. This is astounding to me. If you dislike Warren Zevon for some inconceivable reason, fine. But why go to the trouble of expressing yourself on Youtube? A great Warren Zevon song with which I was unfamiliar.

    We thought seriously about leaving the USA when Ken Blackwell stole Ohio and the election in ’04, but things looked better in ’08. Back in the day Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver were our likely landing places, But having had more time to think about this, if assholes like this stupid POS are what the USA has to look foreward to, we’re thinking along the lines of Baja California or Costa Rica or Honduras. On the beach. Had not W fucked the economy, this would be easy. Our condo would be worth a couple of $100 grand, and we’d have beer and smokes money ’til we died. Now maybe 75 grand, but of course, in Mexico, we’d have good health care free. But if that asshole is the future, we are out of here. What a fucking racist Know-Nothing. This shit is very depressing. We’re relatively old 60 and 49 but we might scrape by, if assholes like Eric Cantor don’t steal Social Security.

    Remember when a Republican was Howard Baker? John Lindsey? Shit, Nixon would find these fuckers vile. This asshole can pound on a podium all he wants, but his objection always comes back to the same thing. It’s Gabby Johnson. The President is a ni… no, the president is a nig.

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  21. prospero said on July 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Really, Dex, Bill Lee as an Expo? This is Bill Lee. Years later when the Little Hitler Zimmer attacked Pedro, the revolting Yankees got their comeuppance, and isn’t that one of the greatest words ever invented.

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  22. MichaelG said on July 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    All this talk about tasseling and bean walking is a real revelation. I’d never heard of either. I had no idea. When I was a kid I delivered papers, worked in the hobby store and later in the drug store. It was one of the original drug superstores. I feel kind of silly for asking, but what is bean walking?

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  23. Suzanne said on July 31, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Bean walking is walking through a soybean field and pulling up weeds, or at least that is what I understand. I never did it, neither did my kids. As hot as it has been, I wouldn’t do it for a million bucks, or more.

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  24. Connie said on July 31, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    One of the boingboing guys is at Maker Faire Detroit and has posted several bits about it.

    The whole make movement impresses me, all those hipsters learning to solder, weld, etc.

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  25. Little Bird said on July 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    What I didn’t understand about walking beans, was why they gave me a machete to cut them down (the weeds) instead of pulling them up? We got paid $5 an hour in 1991. I was 16. Like I said, I lasted one day. Then it was off to work at the VFW for $1.50 an hour, which seemed both better at the time, but now seems like robbery.

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  26. beb said on July 31, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Most them weeds have long roots. They don’t pull up easy.

    Back From Maker Faire. What a great time. The dragon was more awesome than the picture makes out. There are sofas and an observation deck, it’s mane is made from old tires cut open and twisted together. There was a replica of the Geo. Pal Time Machine — on wheels. And the armored truck used to film the nature doc “Tornado Alley.” It looked like a Narco tank from a while back, only with a TV camera turret. There were cool bikes, a steam powered threshing machine (and bailer) for the farm boy within it. Saw my first 3d printer and so much more.

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  27. Dexter said on August 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Sitting in my recliner, watching the 1:00 AM showing of Breaking Bad, and two hard thumps against my house rattled the walls.
    I thought maybe a drunken bicyclist had slammed into my house, but then I saw three or more young kids running like hell. I called the cops and I swear, the cops had the punks in three minutes. Another cop came to my house and we used his flashlight for a walk-around to check for damages. I have no idea what made the attack so loud…cops saw nothing either…maybe they just fist-pounded the walls.
    Now I respect gun-owners, but man…if I had been carrying, I would have been tempted to….

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  28. Lex said on August 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I want the trebuchet version.

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