I’m just back from Burning Dork, the totally excellent mini-BurningMan Dorkbot camp in the woods
For anyone who hasn’t been, Dorkbot is an informal show and tell for people who’ve made interesting things involving electricity, a UK
component proponent of the Maker scene which is best exemplified online in the Make blog.
Above I am showing off the magnificent solar-powered chirruping device I built in Ralph’s robot building workshop under careful tutelage, along with the work of his other proteges. What with the casio and laptop jams, presentations from radioastronomers and live electronic music geeks, unexpected explosions, camping in the forest, Mike’s spark-o-phone, James homemade oscilloscope telly, the “origins of programming” workshop on knitting, a valiant attempt at hot air ballooning and a guarantee of good geeky conversation, it was a top weekend in the woods.
A few of us also spent an hour or two pulling apart a strange “electronic” device with grand claims, exposing it to what some might describe as disproportionate scrutiny with proper electronic diagnostic tools. I’ll polish it up and post our findings soon.
While I was there I also said hello to a Radio 4 journalist and rambled on about science in the media in the usual way, you will be bored of this by now but it’s 24 mins in here if your punishment gluttony overwhelms you. Weirdly – and this is not a complaint about this program because the guy I spoke to was very nice – but I always say that science journalists are great but the problems are systemic, and that always gets brushed over, maybe it seems more of an important nuance to me than it does to other people.
(And in case you didn’t appreciate it sufficiently in the paragraph above, an “origins of programming” knitting workshop is definitely the most funny and clever thing you will hear about this month).