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



Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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