Week of 28 April 2008
Update: Wednesday, 30 April 2008
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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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