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How do you explain yourself, as a maker, to people outside of your community? Answered

Seriously, you've been asked this over and over throughout the years. If you've ever tried to explain to a family member or friend what you do in your spare time (or for work), you've run into this question.

How do you explain being a maker, crafter, hacker, builder, tinkerer, or whatever your self imposed title might be? Have you found something that tends to work, or do you still fumble with different explainations every time you get asked this?

Either way, please share how you describe what you do to people who are so removed from your community that they just don't understand the usual, "I make things" response.


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Goodhart (author)2013-06-14

Hmmm, the article of mine that got published in "2600" is probably the most detailed way I have ever explained it.

For me, being a "pattern thinker", I normally have to explain that I see "possibilities everywhere" for improvement, renovation, and repurposing. It is my form of ART as it were.

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StumpChunkman (author)Goodhart2013-06-15

That's awesome. You wouldn't have a link to a pdf of that article would you?

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StumpChunkman (author)Goodhart2013-06-20

Awesome! Seems to work fine. Both files look like they link to the same article though. I'm going to take a read on my way to work tomorrow. Thank you!

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Goodhart (author)StumpChunkman2013-06-21

So, what did you think? Should I have mentioned more about you all ?

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StumpChunkman (author)Goodhart2013-06-22

Sorry for the late response. I've spent the last two days finishing up putting my new computer together and doing some much needed cleaning to my work area. I did read it on my way to school though and throughly enjoyed it! I think you mentioned instructables more then enough. The fact that they even got a mention is pretty cool, but you're not their advertising platform :-D

I really liked your stories with working with electricity, those had me cracking up! Thank you so much for sharing that, well written, and well explained. I enjoyed the tone a lot.

Now back to cleaning the shop...Weeeeeeee

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Goodhart (author)StumpChunkman2013-06-24

Thank you so much. I am really glad you enjoyed it. Did it do as I originally said, however? That is, explain "why" I am a maker (rather than a computer hacker :-P )

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2013-06-24

Oh wait, was that a JOB OFFER (advertising) LOL

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Goodhart (author)StumpChunkman2013-06-20

Your welcome......yes I thought one of them scanned in funny but in the end they were the same. Sorry about that.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2013-06-20

gah....sorry...sleepy: You're welcome.

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Goodhart (author)StumpChunkman2013-06-19

um, no but I will find it (it's not online), and if I can still up load it here, I will do so and share it that way unless you have another way for me to do it.

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HollyMann (author)2013-06-14

This is so cute - I like the responses - "dream generator" :) awesome! I like "maker" - just say you're a "maker" and wait for a reply. :) If they're listening, they may ask more about that...I guess I don't get out enough because people don't ask me ...I keep it a mystery! ;)

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