Posts Tagged ‘steampunk’

Today I went to Maker Faire.

It was awesome, as usual.

For those of you who don’t know, Maker Faire is an annual DIY festival held in San Mateo, and it is awesome.

The closest description I can give to Maker Faire that comes close to portraying the whole thing is that it’s half hacker convention, half industrial art exposition, and half street fair. But this description is absolutely nothing like what it is.

(Yes, I know– there are three halves in there. But Maker Faire is so cool that it defies the laws of mathematics.)

Fortunately, for those of you who weren’t there (I’m looking at you, Steve), then I took pictures.

Lots of pictures, actually.

Almost two hundred, in fact.

So, I’m dividing my account of the Maker Faire into three parts. This first part, which I have chosen to designate as Episode IV, contains cyborg plunger-monsters, lightning-producing supermachines, and  hats.

 

A view of the West Entrance of Maker Faire.

Observe the man in the robot costume in the foreground. As you may not be able to tell, his costume is also a soundsystem.

 

These teens built a flight simulator of the Viper from Battlestar Galactica.

All that I could think about while watching this was, damn, I wish I was that creative and brilliant when I was in high school.

 

The Dalek was popular with the children…

 

…as was the fleet of Astromech droids.

 

A WILD R2D2 APPROACHETH!! WHAT ACTION DOST THOU TAKEST??

 

Wall-E!

 

ARE YOU READY TO RIDE THE LIGHTNING

 

Personally, I can think of no higher aspiration for humanity than to put children in a cage and shoot lightning at them.

(Oh, don’t look so shocked. The children were fine– except for one who came out with white hair and the ability to control electricity with her mind. But personally, I count that as a net benefit.)

 

A typical form of public transportation at the Maker Faire: Peyote.

 

As usual, the steampunks were out in force.

 

Steampunks, with their newfangled Horseless Carry-azhe™.

 

ZOMG HATS

 

I decided to try on the most manly of the hats.

In case you’re wondering, this is the second installment of the ever-growing chronicle of Ian Photographing Himself Wearing Strange Hats (the first being, of course, my Jayne Hat picture).

 

And finally, as a sign of What Is To Come…

You will come to notice that Sculptures That Shoot Flames™ are a recurring theme at Maker Faire.

More tomorrow,

~ Ian

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“No, you see, this is what you wear on your date if you want to impress your girlfriend. White dinner jacket, black tie, eyepatch, monocle over the eyepatch… hmm… what else?”

“You’ve gotta have a cane and a top hat.”

“No, no, no! A ruby-pommeled sword-cane and goggles worn over the top hat… like some kind of badass steampunk samurai!”

“It’s still not quite right…”

“Well, yeah. The pièce de resistance is… let’s see… a falcon. On your left arm. Just go around wearing a falcon.”

“You don’t want the falcon to poop on your dinner jacket, though.”

“No. That would be bad.”

“That would make me angry.”

“Yeah. FALCON PUNCH!”

I’ll leave you to discern who the participants were, and what exactly we were talking about.

Happy Monday,

~ Ian