Meredith Scheff has an interview with scientist/artist Alan Rorie. Alan was involved in the Steampunk Treehouse and the Dihemispheric Chronaether Agitator.

To me, science is largely about taking concrete aspects of the world and abstracting so that they can be communicated. I would spend weeks and months working on my thesis and the result would be some bit of data that only existed on the computer and in the mind of my peers. I realized that I needed to create real objects, things and stuff that existed in the world. Art, to me, is the flip side of science; it’s about taking the abstract ideas that exists in your mind and communicating them by instantiating them in the real world as solid objects.

So I taught myself how to weld.

Portrait of a mad scientist: Alan Rorie of


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.