MAKE Newsletter for November 9, 2007
We'd like to thank everyone involved with Maker Faire Austin! Thank you attendees, makers, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, and crew ... it was AMAZING! Over 350 Makers and 20,000 attendees! Be sure to check out the photos @ Flickr, and our Maker Faire posts, for all the action! Next year's scheduled Maker Faires are: Bay Area: May 3rd & 4th, 2008, at San Mateo County Fairgrounds, and Austin: Oct. 18th & 19th, 2008, at Travis County Expo Center!
We're looking forward to seeing everyone next year -- now, on to T-shirt cannons and Maker Store additions!
Senior Editor, MAKE Magazine
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I went to a big box hardware store to pick up the parts for this. If I remember right it came out to be about $75 with lots of PVC left over for other projects. It took at least an hour to find all the parts in the store. Seriously, hardware stores don't organize the section with plumbing stuff very well. I recommend that you fit everything together at the store before leaving so you can make sure that it will all work out. - PDF Link Subscribe in iTunes and get both the PDF and the video downloaded automatically. - Link
Making Things Talk Programming microcontrollers used to require an expensive development environment costing thousands of dollars and requiring professional electrical engineering expertise. Open-source physical computing platforms with simple i/o boards and development environments have led to new options for hobbyists, hackers, and makers. This book contains a series of projects that teach you what you need to know to get your creations talking to each other, connecting to the web, and forming networks of smart devices. Review and buy it now! - Link.
Eccentric Cubicle Who says office cubicles need to be dreary? In this book, author Kaden Harris of Eccentric Genius introduces aspiring and die-hard Makers to a highly entertaining parallel universe of surreal office-based projects that are sure to pique the curiosity of even the most jaded office mates. From desktop guillotines and crossbows to mood-enhancing effects and music makers, each project presents a different set of challenges and opens new avenues of Maker lore - Link.
The Best of MAKE After two years, MAKE has become one of most celebrated new magazines to hit the newsstands, and certainly one of the hottest reads. If you're just catching on to the MAKE phenomenon and wonder what you've missed, this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine's first ten volumes -- a surefire collection of fun and challenging activities going back to MAKE's launch in early 2005 - Link.
Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders Amateur astronomy is now within the reach of anyone, and this is the ideal book to get you started. The Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders offers you a guide to the equipment you need, and shows you how and where to find hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky -- double and multiple stars as well as spectacular star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies - Link.