Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby Elliot » Mon May 21, 2012 6:21 pm

:D
Pictures from the Death Defying Figure 8 Pedal Car Races at Maker Faire. (Focusing, obviously, on my entry, Steamroller.) This was a new event at Maker Faire this year, hosted by the guys who have the Whiskeydrome and other fun bicycle stuff.

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And they’re off! There were something like 15 entries, and we ran in heats of a handful at the time – well, I counted nine in one extra-lively heat.

These snapshots show only a few of the wide variety of entries. Many cars were unfinished, but with the smashing success of the event, expect some serious pedal-cars next year.

Yes, there were crashes; resulting mostly in broken wheels. Steamroller did not have any such problem.


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Most importantly…

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…we looked darn good doing it.


The rest of Maker Faire was nice too. Tons of Burning Man art.
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby trilobyte » Tue May 22, 2012 2:04 am

Great pics, Elliot! Sorry to have missed everyone, Pandorra and I ended up going on Sunday (our weekend plans shifted around a lot on us), and I was still a little wobbly and out of sorts from Saturday. I loved the art cars and PMV's, especially getting to see Fast Furniture's setup where they showed how they make the cupcakes and the mobile recliner. I don't think I've ever seen so many 3D printers before, either. We both came away with some fun ideas for projects.
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby delle » Tue May 22, 2012 4:07 am

Congratulations, Elliot!

From what I see your steamroller should rightly have been in a class of its own -- and must have instilled a goodly amount of awe and FEAR in the competition's hearts. I sure do wish I could have seen that race!!!!
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby MyDearFriend » Tue May 22, 2012 5:58 am

Bravo, (((Elliot))) !!!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 22, 2012 9:26 am

It was a mad house, trilo. We could have been within 10 feet of each other and never known.
(except I was there on a different day...)
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby nilasnake » Tue May 22, 2012 10:10 am

yeah, we only saw elliot, oscillator, gaminwench on saturday...had a little tailgate party in the parking lot. took off early sunday morning to go be 'extras' in a steampunk movie. saw the eclipse, but not the total ring, as we would have seen were we to have stayed in reno. stil it was a great weekend!
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby trilobyte » Tue May 22, 2012 10:46 am

True, Fishy - it was bigger and had a lot more people than I expected (this was my first time).
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 22, 2012 10:49 am

Me too. It was my second, and 2006 was more sparsely populated.
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue May 22, 2012 12:17 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:...to Paleo Alto!


Cute. :)
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 22, 2012 12:33 pm

It just came to me. I think as my mind turns to mush, more of those relations appear...
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby Bob » Tue May 22, 2012 12:37 pm

Was a zoo last year, plus it took a couple hours to deal with parking up at CSM and waiting with hundreds for the shuttle bus. Will take Caltrain if we find a reason to go back.

Glad you had fun, hope the churros didn't kill you.
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby buckycat » Tue May 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Hey, I was a crowd volunteer for those car races, and now that i think of it I bet that was you in the falafel line, crypto. I particularly like the kid-friendliness of this event, really a cool scene. This young lady was killing it in the velodrome for example:

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Also for you Utahns, there will be a Mini Maker Faire Oct 5, 2012 in Library Square downtown SLC. Check it here, and we're looking for participants!:

http://slcmakerfaire.com/

and some more tumblr: http://monktadaelmeowy.tumblr.com/
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue May 22, 2012 3:31 pm

I was when she was still hesitant. Great to know she sent it. :)
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Re: Maker Faire - SF Bay Area 5/19-20

Postby theCryptofishist » Tue May 22, 2012 6:38 pm

buckycat wrote:...and now that i think of it I bet that was you in the falafel line, crypto.

It could be. But I got garlic fries and a knish. I think there was falafel... I was wearing a bright yellow shirt--not that it would be visible from certain angles.
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