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Week of 28 April 2008


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Monday, 28 April 2008
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09:05 - The day inexorably draws nearer when I'm going to have to get on an airplane and head out to Maker Faire. I'm flying out Wednesday, which gives me Thursday and Friday to prepare before Maker Faire opens on Saturday morning. Of course, there are other, pre-show events going on those days as well, so I'll have a busy time of it.

As to Maker Faire itself, I'm scheduled to do a talk on backyard astronomy from 3:00 to 3:30 on Saturday on the Maker Main Stage (Fiesta), and another talk on chemistry sets and home chemistry from 1:00 to 1:30 on Sunday on the main stage. I'm also scheduled to do a series of chemistry demos from 1:00 to 1:45 on Saturday and 3:00 to 3:45 on Sunday, both at the MAKE Workshop. There'll be meet-the-author and booksigning sessions following each of those events, presumably in the MAKE Bookstore, and I'll also be doing individual chemistry demos in the MAKER booth throughout the Faire.

If you come to Maker Faire, look me up. I shouldn't be too hard to find.


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Tuesday, 29 April 2008
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08:32 - Today is devoted to final preparations for my trip out to Maker Faire. I'm making up a notebook with all of my hotel and airline information, cell phone numbers for everyone I might need to talk to, printed copies of the talks I'm to give, instructions for the demos, and so on. I also need to raid my lab and pack up some equipment to take along, such as an electronic thermometer, disposable pipettes, and so on.

O'Reilly FedEx'd me the first copy of Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments, which arrived yesterday. After Barbara got home and had a chance to flip through it for a few minutes, I signed it and gave it to Jasmine. She's thrilled, not least because her name appears prominently in the Preface. There'll be a box of 20 copies arriving here later this week, so I'll have copies of my own when I get home.

Barbara is taking some vacation days to stay home with the dogs while I'm gone. They're not used to being left alone. In fact, other than overnight astronomy trips, I've never been gone more than a few hours since we brought Malcolm home nine years ago. And the last time I was gone for more than a day, Duncan, who is now 13 years old, was only 2 or 3.

I leave tomorrow and return late next Monday evening. There won't be anything here until at least next Tuesday, but I may have stuff posted on the Maker Faire site.



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Wednesday, 30 April 2008
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08:06 - I'm getting ready to leave for Maker Faire. I hope to see some of you there. I'm back here late next Monday evening.


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Thursday, 1 May 2008
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Friday, 2 May 2008
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Saturday, 3 May 2008
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Sunday, 4 May 2008
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