This, From That - Maker Faire and Instructables in the New York Times
"This is a real geek fest," says Professor Schalk, a high-energy physicist in both senses of the phrase.
"If I was a kid, I'd wet my pants here," he joked.
Some 65,000 people came to see the sprawling display of inventiveness and potentially hazardous fun. Many of them read Make magazine and its sister publication, Craft, and go to Web sites like Instructables.com that encourage people to take on projects and share what they learn. (Recent online projects have shown people how to convert a novelty French-fry telephone into a carrying case for an iPod; how to make a computer-powered coffee warmer from an old Intel Pentium chip plugged into a P.C.'s U.S.B. port; and how parents and children can build a small vibrating robot together.)
By far, my favorite quote from the piece:
"It's deeply American," said Xeni Jardin, an editor of BoingBoing. As for the family-friendly setting, she said, "It's like Burning Man without all the icky hippie elements, without the pants-free guy on a bike."
Roxanne Stafford, a designer who visited the Faire without knowing much about it, said she was "a little overwhelmed" by the size, the variety and the noise.
She added, however, that she found an underlying message in it all. With the ghastly images from the Iraq war and the uses of technology that usually make the news, it is easy to conclude that people simply make things and use technology "to destroy one another," she said.
"Things like Maker Faire give people hope," she said. "Creativity is the best expression of humanity."
More press about Instructables here.