Welcome heroes!

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Hello heroes (fans of the Colbert report) – Today Mark Frauenfelder our editor-in-chief @ MAKE was on the show. Here’s a bit about us… MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Published as a quarterly since February 2005, MAKE is a hybrid magazine/book (known as a mook in Japan). MAKE comes from O’Reilly, the Publisher of Record for geeks and tech enthusiasts everywhere. It follows in line with the Hacks books and Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks, but it takes a highly visual and personal approach.

Our premiere issue showed you how to get involved in kite aerial photography — taking pictures with a camera suspended from a kite — and how to build an inexpensive rig to hold your camera.

We’ve also shown you how to make a video camera stabilizer, a do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive Steadicam and how to create a five-in-one cable adapter for connecting to networks. Some projects are strictly for fun, others are very practical, and still others are absolutely astounding.

If you want to subscribe to MAKE you can do that here (and using the code CMAKE you get $5 off) – Link.

The projects on the show that were mentioned are:

We also have a Maker Faire in the Bay Area (CA) and in Austin this year – Link.


Here are some photos from MAKE on the Colbert report – Link.

Update: Video is up! – Link.

70 thoughts on “Welcome heroes!

  1. Your editor should have mentioned on the show that you’re published by O’Reilly. Colbert would have loved that!

    Really great concept and magazine, and well done blogging about the TV appearance right away. Good luck!

  2. Mostly because the other “Papa Bear” O’Reilly would not support this “Anti-American activity of making things ourselves. Refusing to cow-tow to the corporations? HERESY!

  3. I think he was making a funny, Phillip!

    I nearly peed in fear when I clicked on the “Welcome” banner up front and was surprised by that eagle scream.

    Congrats on the publicity coup. Nearly everyone I explain MAKE to immediately groks the concept and loves the idea. Now you’ve got millions more in your grasp!

    I’ll catch the appearance on the repeat tomorrow.


  4. apart from always thinking mark was adorable, when the mouse ran off the table and broke, his face was PRICELESS. my heart just broke in two. like seeing a cute old man lost downtown, just looking for his wife. so sad….

    but bravo on the colbert appearance. one of my favorite magazines on one of my favorite shows. tops last nights ice cream flavor episode (why doesn’t ben and jerry’s ever think of the lactose intolerant? yeah, we have 3 kinds of sorbet, but we want something with chunks, swirls, and a political agenda)

  5. “You didn’t build a robotic mouse — you built a robotic lemming!” Too funny.

    And did the Colbert staff reimburse Mak for the busted robot, or what?

    He totally should have whipped out a cordless soldering iron and fixed it right in front of him.

  6. The planets must have all been aligned last night… My favorite magazine on one of my favorite TV shows. Great interview. Thanks for the flickr posts too.
    Kudos. (and Mark managed to escape without being “nailed” ;)

  7. You were great on the show last night. Your enthusiasm carried through the screen and even Stephen seemed in awe. You seem like a very warm and genuine guy :) Oh, and your robots are cool, too.

  8. great show. Colbert actually seemed interested in it. I thought he was going to rip the guy apart :)

    good exposure for the magazine though…. popular sci/poptronics/servo haven’t gotten that much exposure (although mythbusters and VEX robotics got some exposure)

  9. Colbert is right – CAMP MAKE!!!
    Come on- how great would it be?!
    Dibs on instructing the GPS/GIS/Orienteering course!

  10. I’m so happy for Mark! This was the first time I saw Colbert really have some fun! Way to make us proud! ;-)

  11. Thanks for putting up the segment video. That was sweet!

    Remember that underneath his suit, Colbert is a geek. A former D&D nerd, and who knows what else.

  12. OH MAN was that great! Colbert genuinely didn’t have a clue about how to play the interview! Lemmingbot was a great touch too. Cheers.

  13. That “eagle scream” is really a Red-tailed Hawk…but the sound gets used for everything from eagles to turkey vultures circling in old westerns.

    Still, it was fun to have an excuse to add a bird call to the site! :-)

  14. That was a fun clip. Mark is my favorite voice on the boingboingboing podcast. Keep on rockin’ in the free world.

  15. Though you did well Mark, but O’Reilly need to pack you off to PR school:

    A couple of lines you can try when people ask what Make is:
    “Make is the magazine Macguyver would read, if he was taking a break from saving the world”
    “Make is a magazine for anyone who wanted to use the High School shop tools after hours”

    I’m sure there are other suggestions, but a one liner might be good to pitch the magazine. Then you can whip out Mousie the Junkbot (But next time get them to turn the lights off and bring a flashlight :) He’s much more fun that way)

  16. I never like politician. They never know which one is good and which one is bad. In the politic world its all just the same and that is bad. That is why we never have a better life like the promise that they made in every campaign.

  17. You can use your iPod touch to keep in touch and online in everywhere you want. Good technology. We need to learn a good body language that make our kids feel comfort to talk with us and not feel more comfortable to talk with other people. I really want to learn bout this. I want my kids that I appreciate them too.

  18. It’s too bad that those countries try to make alliances. It means that all country in this world has different goal. They planning to reach their own goal by making alliances. Well, I’m okay with it as long their goal is good and they’re not declaring a war. Birthday Invitations

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