Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Maker's Faire 2009 (or Bust!)

Big news, my lovely readers! Yours truly will be flying out to the Bay Area this weekend to volunteer at this year's Maker's Faire! Although I doubt you are reading a DIY blog without being familiar with MAKE or CRAFT magazine, here is a link if you are curious to know more about the event: http://makerfaire.com/

I have to say, this all happened very fast and still feels a little unreal. This past Friday, I was scrolling through Twitter after work and came across Permie.net's request for a volunteer at her permaculture booth at this year's fair. (p.s. if you want to know what permaculture is, just check out permie.net)

I've been dreaming of getting more involved with the permaculture movement, and this seemed like a great opportunity. Plus, it's been quite a while since I've visited Jake (see the incredible http://heyjakesollins.com/), so this trip is killing two birds with one stone!

So, I've got a lot of reading up to do in the next few days. First item on the agenda is getting my hands on the latest issue of MAKE to read permie.net's article about map-making.

There may be some worm bin making action as well, so although I've already attended a workshop and made the bins through the Red Clover Collective, perhaps I can track down a copy of "Worms Eat My Garbage" just to make sure I know all my stuff. (Although nothing teaches you more than failure!)

I'm a little nervous, since I know I will be surrounded by some pretty knowledgeable folks, but I'm more insanely excited to soak up all this information, get in there, and get my hands dirty. Can't wait to come back and post about it!

Side note and impromptu book review: This all happened because of Twitter! Although permie.net and I only know each other through our tweets, I feel that it's a personal enough platform that I felt comfortable responding to her request for volunteers. Of course, don't just be answering anyone's tweets- check out their profiles, websites, etc. to make sure they are legit! Use your solid judgement.

This video of Gary Vaynerchuck delves more deeply into the whole phenomenon of "social networking" (although I feel kind of cheesy and dirty using that phrase).

I'm reading William Gibson right now, so I guess I'm feeling very fascinated/mesmerized/a little unnerved/excited by how "Bigend-ian" all of these layers of communication are. If nothing else, read William Gibson! His book Pattern Recognition really influenced how I view advertising, media, and the internet in the modern world. Really gives a lot of insight about what makes "buzz" and what constitutes "cool" (all the way from the street to the corporate level. Think ninjas combined with data mining) ..Although Neuromancer will always be my first love!.. In any case- The future is now :)


1 comment:

Terrie said...

I'm so delighted that you're coming out to help spread the word about permaculture, and I can't wait to meet you in person.

Maker Faire is a one-of-a-kind event. You'll love it!

Thank you again for volunteering to help. It is amazing how this social networking stuff happens.

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