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Happy Lady Ada Day! I couldn’t let his happy occasion slip by without giving a shout-out to my favorite female uber-geek, Jeri Ellsworth. I am just so thrilled that a number of the maker-engineers that I look up to and admire are women. It’s encouraging to think of girls growing up with the likes of Jeri, Limor Fried, Amanda Wozniak, Becky Stern, Diana Eng, Leah Buechley, Natalie Jeremijenko, etc. as role models.

Here, Jeri makes flaming candy canes out of sugar, molasses, and stump remover. Yum!

And thanks for all the education, entertainment, and inspiration, Jeri!

Rocket Candy Canes

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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