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Welcome, Eben Upton of the Raspberry Pi Project!
- Chris just got back from Maker Faire!
- Is there a stigma against “Makers” by engineers by profession? There’s an article at Engineer Blogs about this subject.
- There was an article from the Drive for Innovation stating the engineer’s dislike for Makers as well.
- No one recognized Chris because of his Twitter picture.
- Chris built a 555 boost converter for his bring-along project that then powered some HB LEDs.
- Jeff (MightyOhm) was there presenting his open source hardware Geiger counter and showing it off at his booth
- The commerce side of Maker Faire was really comfortable, it was different than conferences, where you should use fake emails and probably don’t want to buy from anyone.
- We’ll be shooting for a guest every other week from now on, feel free to call us on it if you don’t hear one.
- The crew from Dangerous Prototypes did a fun video on “How To” for Maker Faire. Look for Chris and Bunnie at 1:20 and then Chris later around the 5 minute mark.
Thanks to Eben for talking to Chris during Maker Faire! And thanks to Element14 for helping set up the interview. It was tons of fun.
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Markus Nerber says
Regarding the Maker vs. Engineer thing, I think you are mixing things up.
As an engineer I deeply respect technicians, but I despise the people who consider themselves part of the Maker movement, the Makers.
The reason is simple, the Makers make much noise, and believe managing to copy some code and blink not one, but two LEDs make them suddenly engineers, and we real engineers have no clue.
Makers always remind me of parents who’s child just got potty trained. It is OK for the parents to mention that fact briefly, but not necessarily over a dinner with some friends. It is not OK to describe the event in great detail or even show the filled potty around. Unfortunately, Makers do the equivalent of showing the filled potty around and expect applause.
Here is the deal. Makers, you can practice your religion any way you want, you can despise what I do as an engineer and how I work. I don’t care. But don’t try to shove your shit under my nose.
Jaime M-F says
tl;dr: don’t be an asshole
Jaime M-F says
…as an electronics engineer and hobbyist in a lot of stuff, I do electronics for money and other stuff for fun (sometimes electronics too). Don’t brag unless you know what you’re doing, every time I talk about one of my amateur adventures I start like this “I don’t know but it seemed fun to…”
Adam Ward says
My latest project has, like, 6 LEDs on it. It’s gonna be so awesome.
Is it just me or is anyone else having trouble with that 555 timer link? I clicked it and it pretty much locked my system up.
Drew Fustini says
It was awesome to meet you again, Chris. I look forward to The Amp Hour every week!
Adam Savage’s Maker Faire 2012 Talk: Why We Make
“It doesn’t matter what you make and it doesn’t matter why. The importance is that you are making something.”
Abdullah Kahraman says
Guys, “555 boost converter” link is dead..
Chris Gammell says
Yeah, that site must have gotten rid of that page. I changed the link to something that was very similar (it’s possible that they stole it so maybe that’s why it got pulled down?)