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The gates have just closed on the first day of Maker Faire. And man is our everything tired. It was an amazing first day, with gorgeous sunny skies, throngs of the curious and creatively-dressed, and some thousand makers enthusiastically chattering away about their clever creations. Here are a few highlights, taken from Maker Faire Daily:

This was a fun way to greet the beginning of the end.

Jeri Ellsworth (with a galvanic skin response-triggered light bulb on her head — ya know… like ya do) and Grant Imahara (from MythBusters)

They’re never to young to learn soldering, if you ask us

When Maker Faire art collides — Russell the Giraffe tries to take a nibble of stone from the Colossus

Nathaniel Cooney explains his valve-less pulse jet during the Young Makers session on the Innovation Stage.

Massimo Banzi, co-creator of Arduino, apparently being raptured during his standing room only talk on Center Stage. A fitting book-end to the day’s scenes.

See you tomorrow!

To stay abreast of the sights and sounds from the Faire, check out the Maker Faire Daily feed.

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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