A MAKE reader sent in Bruce Sterling’s year-end “State of the World 2006” discussion over at The Well with MAKE mention! – “so there’s a lot of renegade tech going on these days. seen any you think portends larger good for us? That depends what one means by “renegade” and “larger good.” I’m pretty cool about today’s tech hippies with solder-guns; I think MAKE magazine has got a lot going for it, it’s really brisk and unpredictable. The distributed-knowledge, web-autodidact thing is a happening scene. Alpha geeks can make a dent in the tech scene, and they don’t have to sell out to VCs and ask permission first. I don’t underestimate this development; I’ve got an eye on those guys. Discovery Channel has got almost a franchise on this wack tech stuff; mythbusters, weird people with filthy jobs, huge unlikely gizmo s… there’s a zillion home-repair shows all of a sudden. It’s some kind of popular groundswell.” Link. The whole thing is an excellent read.