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Maker Faire, Queens, NY - circa 2010 (or why on earth did I keep forgetting I had a camera...) Answered

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Well, I finally got to a Maker Faire  (I really was afraid I was going to get old before it happened and I wouldn't be able to make it -  ( :-P  Kiteman).

I am still a bit dizzy, some from malnutrition (food vendors did not know what a credit nor debit card was, and I rarely carry much cash anymore), some from all the STUFF that was there to see. 

I declined an invitation to ride on the JET powered merry go round (or whatever it was called) that occasionally would make talking at the Instructable's booth IMPOSSIBLE. 

Of course, one of my favorite booths (no, I didn't get a picture of it) was a fellow that had like 20-30 old (very old) assembled Heath kits (mostly radio receiver/x-mitters) and of course the Maker tent.

I don't think it is visible in any of the pictures, but I nearly seared my head off from sunlight exposure, dispite having a UV sensor on me to tell me when to get OUT of the sunlight.

The most fun I had, however; honestly was meeting different members of the "gang" :-)

Eric, and Cristy, Tetranitrite, Muffinator, Randy, CaitinsDad and a few others whose names escape me at the moment (hey, I am lucky I could remember those four, not because they aren't memorable, but because I have such a hard time remembering names).

I even unofficially sat in at the booth for a bit, while Randy went "exploring"  (I think he went into the Science Center)......oddly enough, I got about 28 people interested enough in his book to take a sticker with the URL on it :-)    A real breakthrough for someone that has difficulties talking to strangers.

I only got about 6 hours of sleep last night....mostly because I was still vibrating a bit when I got home.  

My wife was upset with me when I got home because I had yelled at her on the phone when she called while I was in the middle of  he.....I mean Queens, trying to dodge taxi drivers.  I had told here I would call when I arrived......and getting back safely didn't seem to make up for that little indiscretion....oh well.

Anyways, here are the pictures I took....sorry they aren't more in number.    Also, I smudged the faces of those I did not know......mostly because I am paranoid.  :-)



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CrLz (author)2010-09-26

Hi Goodhart,

Pleasure meeting you at the faire, along with canida, Corvidae, randofo, Tetranitrate and ewilhelm.

The jet engine probably should have been located a bit farther away. Can't understand why they weren't located by the rockets, and that demonstration stage located near the Makers tents.  However, it still was a nice faire.

Some more photos of the faire attached.

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CrLz (author)CrLz2010-09-26

Hey, my wife noticed you caught us and our kids talking to canida! Thanks for the snapshot :)

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Goodhart (author)CrLz2010-09-26

Yes, I hope that was ok.....I am sorry I didn't really ask permission to post that...

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CrLz (author)Goodhart2010-09-26

Yes, totally cool. Serendipitous souvenir!

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caitlinsdad (author)CrLz2010-09-26

Hey, sorry we didn't get a chance to meet up. You know how it was dragging the kid around all day... Besides, it's tough to pronounce that username. I got away with "This is Caitlin, and I am..."

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CrLz (author)caitlinsdad2010-09-27

I'm sorry too! canida and ewilhelm mentioned I missed you by a little bit.

Maybe there will be more opportunities. I was thinking it would be cool to do a sprawl get together, similar to the UK meet-up.

BTW- alias is a triple play on my name, but essentially pronounced "Carlos". I have not evolved enough to start using alph4 Char$...

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caitlinsdad (author)CrLz2010-09-27

If only we had a big workshop to trash build things in...

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-09-28

Ain't that the truth. The workshop I created for myself, was about the size of a small bedroom, but with the wife's intrusion with her "stuff to sell on eBay", it has been reduced to a 3 foot by 5 foot area (after my "stuff" is jammed into the little spot).

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2010-09-28

You must be Superman. That is the size of a telephone booth, unless it is a TARDIS.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-09-28

It really is a "bit" bigger, but the area I have to 'work in' is not. My work area has a chair in it, and it can literally move 1-2 inched to the left and right, and a full 6 inches forward and backward; which my stuff all around it, and the desk / workbench (also covered with stuff). Where I work is actually smaller then the inside of a phone booth (I bet there are some out there reading this thinking; what's a phone booth?  LOL).

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CrLz (author)Goodhart2010-09-28

Y'all are lucky, my 2-year olds have TAKEN OVER EVERYTHING!

Nothing is safe,
nowhere is mine...

I have to get work done and cleaned up every night or else ->

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Goodhart (author)CrLz2010-09-28

Hmm, my wife has a lot in common with your little ones there..... >:-)

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Goodhart (author)CrLz2010-09-27

Oy, thanks for the name explanation. When I read it yesterday I was so tired all I saw was CntlZ LOL sorry.

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canida (author)CrLz2010-09-27

Awesome pictures, it looks like you saw some fantastic stuff. And it was great to meet you!

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CrLz (author)canida2010-09-27

Great meeting you and your family too! Thanks for introducing us around and breaking the ice.

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Goodhart (author)CrLz2010-09-26

Yeah, that flame directly behind the table was a bit warm for the day too :-)

It was nice meeting you too. I wish I was been better with names.

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-09-26

I forgot I had a camera around my neck., heehee.

I think I am in everyone else's pictures though.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-09-26

Actually, it was in my POCKET.....that thing around my neck turned purple if I stayed in the sun for a dangerously long period of time.....I got that from ThinkGeek a year or so ago......it kept me from getting totally fried, but I still got a burnt face.....

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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2010-09-26

At least no egg on your face.

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-09-26

No, but I could have fried one there....just about....thankfully I only got a first degree sunburn.....still, I have to watch because of the melanoma.

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canida (author)Goodhart2010-09-27

Clearly you should have posted the sensor on top of your head! Positioned vertically on your chest, it didn't get an accurate reading of the sun your face was receiving.

Great to meet you, and nice pictures! T3h_Muffinator's printer produces ASCII art from uploaded images. Maybe he'll post some of them.

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-09-27

Oh yeah, THAT would make it easy to read LOL

It was great meeting you and Eric and Corvidae (sp?) too :-)

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canida (author)Goodhart2010-09-27

OK, perhaps super-gluing it on would be a bit extreme - we'll go for a removable method.

You got the name exactly right. ;) How was your trip back? Did the directions work?

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-09-28

Actually, now that I think of it, super gluing it would be preferable over attaching it to my head with a sheet metal screw ;-)

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-09-27

I think I PM'd you on that one. Seems that all those "map" programs have a similar "problem" with the "beginning" portion of the directions; but yes, once I got on the parkway, the rest of the city was a breeze with those directions you supplied. Thanks again.

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canida (author)Goodhart2010-09-27

Awesome! Glad to hear it.

And yes, I got my daily PM notice after leaving you the comment. :)

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Goodhart (author)canida2010-09-28

I hope it was not offensive, I didn't mean it to be. It just seems that it is still a long way before such programs will be able to actually "think" and come up with: Hey, why take someone around the block when they could just turn the car around and head in the other direction..... LOL Minor irritation though :-)

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KentsOkay (author)2010-09-26

Awesome dude. Of course when Maker Faire came to Austin i didna have my camera :( You should now wear your picture with pride, like the rest of us who've met the team :D

Whats this.... no attach image??
*grumble*
https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FJI/IGCI/FMEGA9ZQ/FJIIGCIFMEGA9ZQ.jpg

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Goodhart (author)KentsOkay2010-09-26

I will think about that....maybe I should ask permission to use the group picture though.....

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Kiteman (author)2010-09-26

:-P yourself!

Yes, I am seriously jealous.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-09-26

Kiteman....the :-P was for the comment in the other thread about me being the "elder" one there....looking like grandpa or something, of a family business.....I just wanted you to know I wasn't too old to drive for 5 hours and make it back home the same day (well, 11 pm at night, really). ;-)

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