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Hey Artsy Smartsy Types! Maker Faire for Creative Tech Arts This Weekend in San Mateo, CA

Posted by Kyle Design on May 30, 2009

The coolest fair ever, the Maker Faire – science masquerading as art, high tech passing as toys, creative solutions to world problems pretending simply to be fun – is this weekend, May 30 and 31, 2009 in San Mateo, CA.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Get yourself a creative business card holder that reflects both hands-on and high functioning.

Any of you (and your kids) who love crafts, computers, music, making, DIY, tinkering, technology, recycling, building, inventing, collaborating, this is THE place to be. You’ll come away inspired, informed, invigorated and happy. Find suppliers of really unique crafts and tech materials for future projects, websites with cool things to do, and entrepreneurs who have turned hobbies into fun businesses. A “DO NOT MISS” for families.

This year’s theme is Re-Make America, in keeping with President’s Obama‘s  call to action for “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things” to help re-invent the USA. This is the fourth annual fair, and in past years things that captured my family’s attention were the crazy parts bikes, the motorized giant cupcake-mobiles, Fiddlesticks bendable fabric building sticks, the computerized elaborate egg decorating machine.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

Robot Memory Box in Wood - A creative way to store memories of fun events.

I’ve always loathed the term “artsy fartsy” because it seems intentionally disrespectful to those are trying to do something different. If you never try, you’ll never succeed! So I much prefer the term “artsy smartsy” because it better represents what inventors, designers and artists are all about. It certainly sums up this show. Bright ideas and creative execution. Really smart, funny people who express that humor in their art and technological products. I love being an artist and I LOVE this fair!

The Maker Faire website describes the event as “The ultimate DIY festival – It’s county fair meets science fair meets farmers market meets burning man for families! Maker Faire will showcase individual creativity and grassroots innovation in the largest festival devoted to DIY culture and technology in the country.”

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

Have a crafts room or workshop? This Building Tools DIY light switch plate is the perfect finishing touch.

The fair is open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the San Mateo County Expo Center.

Maker Faire Tips:

Buy your tickets off-site or ahead of time online. The crowds keep growing every year and I can only imagine what it will be like this year. Chronicle story in the paper yesterday about it, too.

Come early – lines are long just to get into the parking lot, let alone the door.

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

All you black sheep out there who are making a living in an unexpected way, here's a wallet that reflects your independence!

Bring food if you don’t like fried, (keep it in an ice chest in your car). Plus you can, once again, avoid long lines. (Although I am hopeful that there might be more of an emphasis on good food with the suggestion that there will be a Farmers Market.) This fair is so fabulous you will be tempted to starve rather than miss anything waiting in a line somewhere!

Wear a hat: Half the events and projects are outside, although this year it looks like it will be overcast most of the day.

Take a quick peek into each building first: Each building has a different theme and you can get stuck in any one of them for hours, so see which one looks like it is most interesting for you and your kids before getting involved. You WILL run out of time and not be able to see or experience everything.

If you appreciate creative approaches to life, please check out Kyle Design for unique gifts and home decor. We have switch plates, business card holders and practical gifts for those interested in robotics, crafts, science, music and more.

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25th Anniversary of the Smiley Face Emoticon – Keystroke of Inspiration

Posted by Kyle Design on September 19, 2007

September 19th, 2007 is the 25th Anniversary of the Emoticon being used toSmiley Face Emoticon Earrings express feelings, humor and emotion in email or online. The first use was in a message to an online bulletin board that was sent at 11:44 a.m. on September 19, 1982 by Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He used the keystrokes 🙂 to create the smiley face emoticon and suggested using it as a way to indicate that particular comments should be taken lightly. According to the Carnegie Mellon site, Fahlman wrote, “I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-). Read it sideways,” he added, helpfully.

It quickly spread from one computer network to another. This creative stroke of inspiration on the part of Professor Fahlman has snowballed into such an important part of online communication that many of us would feel lost without them.

Laptop Computer Business Card CaseTo mark the anniversary, Fahlman and his colleagues in the Computer Science Dept. are starting an annual “Smiley Award” for innovation in technology-assisted, human-to-human communication. The winning entry will receive $500 cash from Yahoo!, which is sponsoring it, but don’t get too excited. The competition is only open to individual students and small teams in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science at this time.

If you’d like to mark this fun anniversary in your own way, check out our Emoticon Jewelry on our Cool Gifts for Computer Geeks and IT Professionals page. Other items include the Laptop Computer Business Card Case shown above that features a pie chart sun and a bar graph city surrounded by a binary code border pattern.

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