So, a coupla' days ago, Missus CalBizLit e-mails me a link to the Maker Faire web site and says "don't you think this would be fun this weekend," and frankly, it's kind of a lame web site, and the video is so slow loading I give up on watching it, but I'm a good sport, so I said "sure, but let's not stay all day," and then this morning we head over to the San Mateo County Expo Center, and, let's see, how to put this in words that everyone will understand: "OMG."
What do we have? We have rock band performances all day, with instruments, amps, etc. powered by generators hooked to stationary bicycles. We have Playcrafter, which runs a site where you create your own video game. We have a gimongous -- we're talking many stories high -- mechanical hand that does whatever the operator's hand is doing.
We have Colin MIller and Justin Kohn of SpecialAwesome Productions, who helped make the wonderful 3D, hand-made (no CGI), all stop-action film Coraline, and who gave a fascinating hour-long presentation, during which Kohn actually filmed and then showed a short stop-action robot sequence.
We have all kinds of robotics, including a huge honkin' robotic giraffe:
And absolutely best of all, we have the full-size, fully functioning MouseTrap game.
Whatever your plans for Sunday, cancel them and get yourself here immediately. May 30, 10:00 to 6:00. I can hardly wait for next year's.