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postheadericon SxSW Dorkbot Austin


If you’re attending SxSW or will be in the area, be sure to check out SsSW Dorkbot Austin on March 11th at the Austin Music Hall.

Yes, that time of year is upon us. SxSW Interactive time. Which also means it’s time for the biggest Dorkbot of the season. Dorkbot 28 will be a split-bill event with Ignite Austin.

In this Ignite we’ll ask 16 experts in their fields to look ahead 10 years and help us understand how our everyday lives will be affected by advances in technology and society. 16 presenters, 5 minutes and 20 slides each. They’ll enlighten you but pay attention – it goes fast!

Dorkbot will have over 25 of our Hacker Science Fair booths set up around the concert hall. Robots, hacked synths, microcontroller magic, sci-fi movies in miniature, Amish tech and more!

Brooklyn band Ghost Ghost will perform from 6-7pm and throughout the evening as our 31st Century House Band.

postheadericon Reminder: Open MAKE — Makers, Kids, and Cardboard — tomorrow at the Exploratorium



This month’s Open MAKE/Young Makers program is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb 19, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The theme is cardboard. Featured makers will be interviewed by MAKE’s Dale Dougherty in the McBean Theater between 1 and 2pm.

Makers this month:

  • The Cardboard Institute of Technology has been building a large installation in the Tinkering Studio since the beginning of the month. They will share their progress and host a “building with cardboard” workshop.
  • Surfer and laser-cutting artist Mike Sheldrake will bring some of his amazing surfboards made with a cardboard core.
  • Los Angeles artist Ana Serrano will talk about the incredibly detailed cityscapes she builds out of cardboard, inspired by real neighborhoods.
  • Puppeteer Dan Tran-Caffee makes giant articulated puppets out of cardboard (some require as many as 6 people to operate!): he will bring some and have them roam around the museum all day long.
  • And also keep an eye out for the giant cardboard robot costumes by Jason Lentz!

See the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio website for more info.

postheadericon Google Doodle Celebrates Edison’s Birthday

Google doodle for Edison's birthday, 2011.

Anybody else heard of this Google thing? I thought it was just a really big number, but apparently it’s also the name of some kind of search website, or something. Anyway, looks like they occasionally riff on their own logo to mark certain events, and today they’ve got a cool one for Thomas Edison’s birthday. Michael Cavna has written a little puff piece at The Washington Post, and I thought this line was worth repeating:

[N]ote to Google: What we really want to see on July 10 is a doodled birthday tribute to the mad and mighty Nikola Tesla, whose electrical developments arguably hold even greater common currency today.
I concur: Yay for Edison’s inventive spirit, work ethic, and triumph over disability! Boo for his thunder-stealing, cruelty to animals, and Homer-Simpson-esque shameless self-promotion! And yay Tesla, for his undisputed genius, humility, and kindness to pigeons! And yay Google, whatever the hell it is! [Thanks, Lish!]

postheadericon Giant Outdoor Catan

A Burning Man project from 2007 by Matt Bell, the giant Settlers of Catan game now appears at various conventions and festivals. Action shots and construction pics in Matt’s Flickr set. Apparently the role of “robber” is occasionally played by a life-size cardboard cutout of a guy in a suit.

postheadericon Giant Outdoor Catan

A Burning Man project from 2007 by Matt Bell, the giant Settlers of Catan game now appears at various conventions and festivals. Action shots and construction pics in Matt’s Flickr set. Apparently the role of “robber” is occasionally played by a life-size cardboard cutout of a guy in a suit.