Saturday, May 19, 2018

Maker Faire 2018. Part 1.

It's a Sharknado merry go round.

There was a hat theme this year.

If there is anything you should know about me - it's that I absolutely hate puppets. I just don't get them.

Portable backpack 3D printer. See the spool of plastic on the bottom?

Giant skateboard.


  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, May 20, 2018 1:24:00 AM

    The Dalek ... did you know that the Doctor Who museum in Cardiff closed? It was called "The Doctor Who Experience", and apparently they couldn't make enough with pricey tickets (16.50 GBP for a timed museum tour when I was there!) to pay back the loans they took from the Cardiff council.

    They had several of the Daleks that were used for filming both the Doctor Who restart and the older Doctor Who series. All of the Daleks looked like they'd been through hell, but I didn't appreciate just how old the Daleks from the Tom Baker and earlier eras would look these days. I didn't really want to get near them for fear that breathing on them heavily would damage them.

    So if that guy's really good at building a Dalek that'll hold up well on-set, he should get in touch with BBC Wales at Porth Teigr in Cardiff. Even the ones from some of the earlier Doctor Who restart series look like they can't be used anymore -- that's probably why you won't be seeing the "Cult of Skaro" Daleks anytime in the future in new episodes.

    Here's what's left of the museum on Google Maps: Former site of "The Doctor Who Experience", Cardiff.

    The building itself is an interesting structure -- it's a big balloon-type thing pulled over a quickly erected frame, and so it went up very quickly compared to the rest of the stuff at the BBC (especially the model TV village). On the ground it looked like some sort of weird metal space worm that just happened to have swallowed the Doctor Who museum.

    For what it's worth, SF could solve its "homeless" (druggie/deadbeat) problem by slapping up a few of those in smaller versions just to have the problem out of harm's way (as in theirs and everyone else's).

  2. I have never seen an episode of Dr Who. It was a little before my time. And I'm really only a scifi fan by marriage. But I do think they should make all the robotic security look like that.

  3. Capital of Texas RefugeeSunday, May 20, 2018 8:15:00 PM



    You're missing so much amusing stuff, and I'm pretty sure that the last thing you'd ever want is a Dalek for robotic security. :-)

    Even South Park got in on the Dalek thing. :-)

  4. "You're missing so much amusing stuff"

    Am I? I sort of find scifi formulaic. Humans are evil. The world is dying because of humans. Whenever the social justice warriors and environmentalists get all in a lather I invariably turn to Mr. S. and say - THESE ARE YOUR PEOPLE! Every scifi theme is just that.