What have you made lately? In an increasingly digital world, we all get the urge to build something tangible – and it’s that impulse that led to the creation of the Maker Faire. Now in its third year, the Faire will bring hundreds of exhibitors to the New York Hall of Science this weekend for two days of building, hacking and repurposing.
So you’re pretty with-it… you’re canning in your Brooklyn kitchen, homebrewing in the garage in Portland, foraging for herbs in Austin, but are you hardcore DIY enough to grow your own protein? We’re not talking about livestock – we’re talking about bugs!
So says the management at Taco Mac in Atlanta, who are hoping to repurpose Coca Cola’s successful Freestyle machines to also dispense booze along with their 120 sodas. If they have their way, expect to have the privilege of adding anything from rum or vodka, to tequila or Jack Daniels to your Cherry Coke-Sprite-Fanta concoction.
Just watch it with the DIY Long Island Iced Tea.
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Beginning July 16th, geeks of all ages can ‘attend’ a unique summer camp… no registration (or bug spray) required. MAKE magazine is sponsoring Maker Camp, a virtual camp (geared towards teens, or so they say) with a focus on creating, building, and discovering. Each day, for 30 days, a new project will be posted by a counselor. These expert counselors walk campers through each step of the project. Every afternoon, campers can log on to a Hangout on Google+ to discuss the project and browse photos submitted by their camp friends.
At this year's Maker Faire, we had a few minutes to talk with some representatives from Fab@Home, a group that is helping to develop open-source standards for the world of rapid prototyping. They've created some remarkable innovations - and our favorite has to be the ability to print 3-D objects out of food. The possibilities seem endless! Check out the video to learn more and see a couple of their machines in action.
A few weeks back, MAKE magazine (the quarterly bible for the do-it-yourself crowd) held their first East Coast fair, and Consumer Eyes had a front row seat. Entitled Maker Faire, it was a sort of free-for-all festival of DIY, celebrating every sort of creativity, from conceptual art to homemade robots to good old arts and crafts. The festival was huge, featuring over 300 exhibitors and performers. Popular Mechanics had a booth. So did Martha Stewart.
When you hear “moonshine,” you might think of 1920s Appalachia or the Dukes of Hazzard – but for a growing group of foodies, the practice is anything but stuck in the past. From Brooklyn to San Francisco, enthusiasts are embracing the underground art and have taken to making their own whiskey, gin and even absinthe.
It's said that during tough economic times people turn to classic comfort foods. If so, it looks like the culinary star of this downturn might just be the humble pancake, which is suddenly everywhere you look. Some of our recent pancake sightings:
Slappy Cakes: Make Your Own Pancake Restaurant
We'd chalk it up to the heat wave, but it started months ago. Still, with temperatures around the country going crazy, the time seems perfect for a look at one of the more wacky trends we've noticed this year. Perhaps inspired by the ambigrams (word designs that can be read backwards or reflected in a mirror) featured in Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" prequel, "Angels and Demons" (currently logging its 148th week on the bestseller list), America appears ready to embrace all things backward or upside down.
Ah, the holiday season, filled with fun and frolic. Sometimes it's enough to make a person long for the quiet calm of the bleak midwinter! For those who can't wait until the post-New Year's lull, here are a few handy holiday helpers:
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?