At World Maker Faire, you might see a robot solving a Rubik’s Cube. Or you might watch visitors making full 360-degree circles in a swing while, in another pavilion, people dressed as mice tap dance around a life-size version of the game “Mouse Trap.”
The event, which started five years ago in San Mateo, Calif., captures the intersection of high-tech engineering, arts and crafts, and the carnival culture of the Burning Man festival. By blending the futuristic with the anachronistic, it provides a common ground for digital media gurus, forensic scientists, backyard hobbyists and people who make all kinds of things.
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Heh. Yes, I’ve described Maker Faire to people as “Burning Man Lite: less drugs and nudity…” (probably in NY it’s less useful as a description, since fewer people have heard of Burning Man, either (?))
It’s rather mind-boggling that Mousetrap and cyclecide can appear in both CA and NY, although I guess designing for transportability is a significant part of that class of art…
WestFW: the entire world has internet access and the entire world knows about Burning Man. It ceased being a local phenomenon about 10 years ago.