By seanharris on May 30, 2009
Despite the fact that I am about to embark on 5 days of intensive geek time I seem to have spent the one day of I have off this week at yet another geek event. This time for geeky hobbies.
I had arranged to meet an old friend and his family who live in the valley for the day. Although see him reasonably frequently because he travels to europe on business I rarely get to see his family. He suggested that we meet at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. Although he sent me a link to the web site I did not get a chance to read it before I departed so I had no idea really what to expect. On the train ride done to Hillsdale across the aisle from me sat a father and his young son (nearly 6!) and it became clear that they were heading for the same event. The father proceeded to read to his son the agenda for the day and some of the attractions and it started to become clear that I was on route to yet another type of geekfest.
Seriously though it was a great day out with a huge and diverse range of different displays all based on the common theme of people making things and have passion about what they made. The scale model radio control battleships that fire ball bearings at each other and try to damage and ultimately try to sink each other was very entertaining and popular. The electronics and construction hall and the robot hall particularly appealed to me and the make and launch your own solid fuel rocket was a huge hit with the kids. The display of bonsi trees and demonstration fascinated my friends wife. The sections on sewing and embroidery were of little interest to any of our party but were still busy and the range of weird and wonderful vehicles dotted around the site and traveling around the site provided continual amusement and interest. We particularly liked the psychedelic trike towing a trailer draped with tie dyed cheese cloth which we nick named the Hippy Davidson. The one that amused me the most and disturbed me slightly were the group there who designed, build and rode around in motorised Cup Cakes. Picture below.
For anyone who lives in the area particularly those with children I think it makes a great day out and indeed I spent all day wishing that my kids were there to share it with me.