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How would you finish that sentence?  I'm looking for a mix of humour and accurate observation in a few choice (family friendly) words.


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canida (author)2011-10-12

All of your (numerous) scars have a story that starts "so I was working on..."

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Kiteman (author)canida2011-10-13

Over my years as a school first-aider, I think I have probably asked nearly 200 children the same question:

Why do you think they're called hot glue guns?

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canida (author)Kiteman2011-10-13

I continually re-learn the following:

1) Hot things are hot.
2) Things that touch hot things may also be hot.
3) Things can stay hot for a long time.

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caitlinsdad (author)canida2011-10-13

4) Hot glue sticks to you.
5) Hot glue does not shake off.
6) Refer to rule #1, 2, and 3.

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canida (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-14

4a) Always keep a bowl of cold water handy when using hot glue.

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caitlinsdad (author)canida2011-10-14

Why, why, that goes against all the common sense rules of safety for not being prepared for emergencies and trying to keep your workspace as full of potential hazards as possible. Besides, keeping a bucket of water near open live electronics is always a good thing. I will do that next time. Thanks for the tip!

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canida (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-21

No, you stand in the bucket of cold water while working on electronics.

What are they teaching people these days?

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Honus (author)canida2011-10-13
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ostomesto (author)2011-10-13

When limits is a dirty word, impossible is just a big challenge, when you know the people at home depote on a first name basis, so say screw that to size doesnt matter, a box of junk is a box of opportunities, you think gravity sucks, and you only buy things to use them for their unintended purpose, you start a project to finish another

And you know your a maker and are proud to be different

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The Skinnerz (author)2011-10-03

...When you can't see the floor for all the boxes and crates of tools, salvaged components and stuff labelled "work in progress", and the desk is burried under several layers of projects and ancient test equipment.

...When you find yourself wondering why you know how to do all the bizzare, unusual and obsolete (yet useful) that you do.

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ilpug (author)The Skinnerz2011-10-11

an empty work surface signifies:
-an empty mind
-it has been cleared for another project
-your significant other cleaned it up.

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caitlinsdad (author)ilpug2011-10-11

- you live in NYC or LA, your workbench has been jacked.

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ilpug (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-11

that is a distinct possibility. Or it has been sold due to the economic crises.

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PKM (author)2011-10-03

I think a quote I heard at the Google labs design talk, "Living And Designing In The DIY Age" summed it up nicely:

The participating consumer no longer judges an object for what it is, but imagines what it can become. Objects are evolving into dynamic puzzles."
(I believe this originally came from Thomas Lommée, see here)

That's how I've always felt about the things I see around me.  I can't look at a piece of wood or a metal biscuit tin without thinking of the things I could make out of it. The philosophical members of the free-running/parkour community talk about this too- they see walls and railings not as obstacles, but as opportunities.  I believe I'd finish that sentence,

"You know you're a maker when you see things in terms of their potential function, not their intended function.  When confronted with a new object you don't ask what does this do for me, but what can I do with this?"

An interesting side note- in my experience when confronted with an unfamiliar thing an adult will tend to ask "what is that", whereas a child will ask "what does that do". The child is more concerned with the abilities of a device, not what we have been told its purpose is. I'm sure parents will identify with the experience of their children finding new and unexpected uses for things like toilets and cooking appliances! It's not a breadmaker, it's a box with a paddle that goes round and stirs whatever you put into it...

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Kiteman (author)PKM2011-10-03
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PKM (author)Kiteman2011-10-03

Well, I did wonder about that line...

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Kiteman (author)PKM2011-10-03

I wonder if that whole speech could be rewritten in Maker style...?

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kelseymh (author)Kiteman2011-10-03

Why not use Obama's quote, which is already in Maker style? From his 2009 inaugural address,

[i]t has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

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KentsOkay (author)kelseymh2011-10-04

That is one of the few things I have ever found quotable from that guy. Props to his speech writer.

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ilpug (author)KentsOkay2011-10-11

he writes his own speeches.

Or at least he used to, i don't know if he still does. It was a selling point in the elections.

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micraman (author)Kiteman2011-10-03

In terms of super glue:
It's not what the glue can stick for you,
It's what the glue can stick to you!

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BrefelanDesigns (author)2011-10-03

You know when you are a maker when you have several project going on at once and thousands of ideas streaming through your head. When you see how you can use something for other than it's intended purpose. And most importantly when you can out-do MacGyver!

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ilpug (author)BrefelanDesigns2011-10-11

Blasphemy. no one can outdo Mac.

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ilpug (author)2011-10-11

...When you have to clear the power tools out of the way before you can sit down and eat breakfast.

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caitlinsdad (author)ilpug2011-10-11

who clears the power tools? and the metal filings and sawdust?

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-11

"clears" is probably the wrong word: pushes to the other side of the table, is probably more accurate :-)

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ilpug (author)Goodhart2011-10-11

I usually clear the junk off the table. usually. Sometimes i do do exactly what Goodhart says :P

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ElvenChild (author)2011-10-11

When you look at something and wonder how much DuctTape it will take to make that do _____ (fill in the blank)

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Kryptonite (author)2011-10-04

...you understand that duct tape is the answer to your problems.

...you would rather spend a weekend making something than spend cash on that item.

...you are part of the incredible community known as 'Instructables'.

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ElvenChild (author)Kryptonite2011-10-11

DuctTape...the answer to life.

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Honus (author)2011-10-11

You watch TV shows like Prototype This and Junkyard Wars.

You spend all your money on books and tools.

You have fifteen sketchbooks filled with project ideas/notes and half of those projects are in some state of construction.

Your garage looks like Fred Sanford is your best friend- and he visits often.

When you have a regular route of dumpsters you check out on your way home from work.

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KentsOkay (author)2011-10-04

...when you are universally referred to as Macguyver

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caitlinsdad (author)KentsOkay2011-10-04

too bad real makers are universally referred to as MacGyver.

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Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-04

I wonder if there's a causal link between being a Maker and being a Grammar Nazi?

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KentsOkay (author)Lithium Rain2011-10-04

I misspelled The Dude's last name. Yeah, I had it coming.

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kelseymh (author)KentsOkay2011-10-05

You sure did. The Dude's last name doesn't even start with M.

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caitlinsdad (author)kelseymh2011-10-05

He sure did mottle the hoopla. All them fn young dudes.

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KentsOkay (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-06

I knew full well using the pseudonym of The Dude was just straight up trolling.

Which was kind of wrong...

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KentsOkay (author)caitlinsdad2011-10-07

Do I look like I'm married? The toilet seat is up!

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kelseymh (author)KentsOkay2011-10-06

U mad, bro? (Did I get that right? I don't speak text...)

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caitlinsdad (author)kelseymh2011-10-06

You keep talking like that. Don't look now but I think Bubba at the other table just winked at you.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2011-10-04

causation without representation is a felonly you know (I don't know the number of the rule but it's in the rule book).

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dkop1 (author)2011-10-06

You might be a maker if you have ever:
-Worn out a coffee maker
-Keep a percolator handy in case of a power outage, or have a generator solely for your coffee maker.

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dkop1 (author)2011-10-03

You do your best thinking between 2 and 4 in the morning.

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Kiteman (author)dkop12011-10-04

Oh, been there, many times.

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2011-10-06

Ah yes, when no one is around to BOTHER you LOL Coffee's on !

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