MAKE Newsletter for February 22, 2007
What do you MAKE? The MAKE Digital Edition, MAKE Daily, and Maker Faire 2007 Call for Makers
A little bit of housekeeping in this newsletter--there's a lot going on.
MAKE 09 is shipping, and subscribers should be getting these now along with a very special gift. Bre, our video maker released the "What Do You MAKE" video podcast, so be sure to send in what you make. We made a digital edition "primer" to show you what the e-version of MAKE looks like. And last up, Maker Faire 2007 is approaching! We're holding auditions and looking for Makers--check it out!
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From the MAKE Blog
MAKE 09 should be hitting subscriber's mailboxes any moment now. In this issue, explore the fringes of technology with projects that push the boundaries of physics and reason.
makezine.com: Volume 09: Fringe - Link & subscribe (use the code CMAKE and get another $5 off USD, just MAKE blog readers!).
- Volume 09 - Links & more
- Fringe Benefits. Why it sometimes pays to look beyond the limits - Link (PDF)
Julie Leung's family egg drop experiment.
Chris Love's trebuchet that has been waiting in the wings for over a week, just aching to get published.
Jeremy Franklin Ross of the hazard factory shows off his dangerous Tri-Rod-Del-Fuego!
Nate True's snot-like Goo Fountain.
Do you have a video of you making something or showing off something youve made? Upload it to blip.tv as a mp4, avi, mov, or m4v and send a link to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop a note in the comments! I'll choose a few for next month to include in the monthly video round up for March! Here's an mp4 that plays on pretty much everything. Here's a 3gp and 3g2 for people who like to watch on their phone! Of course if you subscribe in iTunes, the videos and accompanying PDF get downloaded automatically for you, no muss no fuss. You can browse all the MAKE: Videos on blip.tv or on the podcast page at your leisure! - Subscribe Link
Awhile back, a reader asked what the MAKE Digital Edition is and what the links in the blog posts do if you're a MAKE subscriber, so here's a quick screencast/video I made. You can view it here or get the MP4.
MAKE Digital Edition is a vivid replica of the print edition of MAKE, it offers an experience very much like the print magazine plus many additional benefits, such as online searching, embedded multimedia, and printing. Please note that MAKE Digital Edition can be viewed from any web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari etc.) and requires NO DOWNLOADING of software (it's not a DRM'ed PDF--just a log in and password), giving you instant access to your entire MAKE collection. You can share it, print it, and get extra content - we have the FAQ here too. What is MAKE Digital Edition?
- How do I add digital editions to my subscription?
- Do I pay more for digital access?
- Can I get just the digital edition?
- What technology do you use for digital editions?
- What am I entitled to view and search?
- Can I share MAKE Digital Edition with friends?
- Can I print out articles from MAKE Digital Edition?
- And more.... Link.
Hey Makers, a lot of readers have asked if there was a way to get all the posts from the MAKE blog sent to them each day via email. I evaluated a few fee/free services, and we're pleased to launch the MAKE daily newsletter. All you need to do is enter your email address, and you'll get the MAKE blog delivered each day. We don't store/sell/share your email address, and every newsletter has an unsubscribe link.
So, take it for a spin for a few days. I think this is a great way to keep up on all things in the world of making delivered right to your inbox.
*Note: I know it's obvious, but ... the sign-up page says, "Start your FREE subscription to MAKE: Daily - The MAKE blog delivered to your inbox each day." It's not for the print magazine; it's to our blog. I'm going to request to have the "FREE subscription" part removed from the service provider (FeedBlitz) since we actually have subscribers and subscribers :)
As folks sign up, I'll do special promotions and discounts for MAKE stuff just for MAKE: daily readers, so it'll be worth the effort!
We are pleased to announced Bay Area Maker Faire 2007!
Organized by the staff of MAKE and CRAFT magazines, Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft, and engineering in a fun, energized, and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become Makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers--anyone who is embracing DIY and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience. Last year, we had 20,000 people at Maker Faire.
Maker Faire Bay Area will take place May 19-20, 2007 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. We are also adding Maker Faire Austin for October 20-21, 2007 at the Travis County Fairgrounds. This call is primarily for Maker Faire Bay Area but you can indicate if you are interested in participating in Maker Faire Austin.
We encourage you to join the fun and propose a maker exhibit, performance, or workshop. You can submit a proposal through the web using the link described below or you can come show us your work at a Maker Faire "audition" on Saturday, February 24 at TechShop in Menlo Park, Calif.
Proposals: We invite proposals for Maker workbench exhibits, workshops, presentations, and performances for the Maker Faire. We are interested in proposals from individuals as well as from groups such as hobbyist clubs and schools.
Maker Workbench: Our standard setup for Makers is a six-foot-long workbench. You can use this workbench to display your work and/or demonstrate how you make something. Some Makers don't need workbenches, typically because they have a large object or they set up outside. Please provide a short description of what you make and what you will bring to Maker Faire. Please link to photographs or videos of what you make. Let us know about any requirements you have, such as electricity, internet, ventilation, etc.
Interactive Performance: We're seeking performances that will engage and entertain the attendees and enable them to interact in a fun way. The performances may be tied to a stage or roving through the fairgrounds as a kind of street theatre. Performances could be musical or theatrical, but they could also be a collaborative building process. For example, you might work with attendees to put something large together in an hour.
Presentation: These includes audio-visual presentations intended for showing a project (or process) that cannot be brought to the Faire, or a special project that requires AV resources. These presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Please describe the topic of your presentation and what kind of media (audio/video) that you will have. As a general rule, PowerPoint presentations are not appropriate for this event unless they are unusually entertaining.
Demonstration Workshop: A demonstration workshop is a show-and-tell session on how to make something. We're looking for Makers who can demonstrate (and teach) particular skills, techniques, or processes. You should start off by explaining your materials and tools and then step-through a build process, sharing your knowledge and interacting with the audience. Sessions should be under 30 minutes in length and may be repeated on the program. Please describe the subject of your workshop and what kind of setup you need for it.
Application Form: Please go to the following URL and fill it out to apply for participation as a Maker.
All proposals will be reviewed and we will notify Makers of acceptance via email by March 19, 2007.
NOTE: Presenters whose talks are accepted will receive free registration to Maker Faire. We cannot pay for travel and accommodations. (We do make exceptions under some circumstances.)
- Maker Proposal Due: Midnight (PST): Feb. 27, 2007
- Maker Faire Bay Area Audition: Saturday Feb. 24, 2007
- Notification of Acceptance: March 19, 2006
- Confirmation of Participation: April 2, 2007
- Maker Faire Bay Area: May 19-20, 2007; Saturday 10-6 pm; Sunday 10-5pm.
- Maker Faire Austin: October 20 & 21, 2007
- Application Form: http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2007/proposal/