SparkFun comes to Champlain Maker Faire

SparkFun Electronics will be at Champlain Maker Faire

Thanks to SparkFun for helping us get the word out about Champlain Maker Faire! Like SparkFun, our sister studio Sesamedia New Media is a sponsor of the event.

In addition to their sponsorship, SparkFun will be at Champlain Maker Faire, giving demos and presentations right along with Vermont Makers and Lab B. Their generosity is something we’ve experienced here in VT before, when they visited just last spring and gave workshops.

Here’s a snippet from the recent SparkFun blog post:

“We’re all really big fans of Maker Faire at SparkFun – we have sponsored the Faires from very early on. The big Faires, New York and San Mateo are spectacles of the first order. The draw of the Faire is that you get to see things and meet people who have common interest and are working on projects that you might not otherwise see. The exposure to new technology and ideas is constant and inspiring. It’s also great to be part of a community, we are all familiar with the eye rolling family members who could care less about our totally autonomous freezer defroster with datalogging and Twitter feed. But the ability to revel in our absolute devotion to odd ideas with our community is really fun! This brings me to Vermont…”

For the whole story:

Sound Arts and the Vermont Maker Movement

Jenn Karson with arduino
Jenn Karson with an Arduino. Photo by Matt Thorsen for Seven Days

This week’s Seven Days features the article “Meet Your Makers: Vermont hackers, artists and inventors are sharing ideas — and solving problems.” We were thrilled to be interviewed and are very grateful to Megan James for her excellent writing and to Matt Thorsen for the creative photography.

Call for Makers! Champlain Maker Faire

Maybe Studio Ju Ju will revive "Salon Pod" for Maker Faire! We'll see.
Calling all inventors, hackers, crafts people, artists, programmers, scientists, foodies, musicians. Fancy yourself a Maker? If you like to tinker, sculpt, experiment, make tools, make toys, make art, make music, make anything – please respond to this Call For Makers!There’s a new event in town called the Champlain Maker Faire. If you are familiar with the Maker movement (Vermont Makers, Maker Faire, Make Magazine, etc…) then you’ll know what it’s all about. If you want to learn more, read about us.What: This Call for Makers is for the Champlain Maker Faire which will host exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, maker spaces, talks, entertainment, food and much moreWhere: Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, Shelburne, VermontWhen: This Call for Makers applies to events on Saturday September 29, 10:00 am – 7pmHere’s just a sample of what we’re looking for• Vintage Tech and Gaming    • Design/Architecture/Engineering    • Robotics• Hacker and Maker Space    • Biotech/Biochem    • HAM Radio• Art Cars    • And much more! Read the expanded list.Call for Makers Details Application Form (Due July 30)

Signs of Spring in the Studio Ju Ju Gardens

Even though I’ve lived in Vermont most of my life, spring always takes me by surprise – the smells, sounds, warm sun and the pure pleasure being outside without the need for a coat! All so easily forgotten after our long winters.

The scenes here were photographed this morning. I’m posting this at about 7pm. After just one warm sunny afternoon, the view has become dramatically more colorful and green. Even the soundscape has changed (more on that later!) These photos captured a fleeting moment when the colors were just starting to come out against a lavender backdrop of naked tree branches.

Ringtones, Makers and Max/MSP: Right here in VT

Our sister studio Sesamedia New Media Design + Strategy is helping us distribute our many, many ringtones. You can participate in the naming contest and download free ringtones in thenew media arts section of Sesamedia website.

In other sound news, through Vermont Makers, we connected with a few local artists and technologists who work in max/MSP. Plans are coming together to offer max/MSP workshops in Burlington in the late fall of 2012. It is thrilling to meet and hopefully work with other max/MSP – arduino enthusiasts here in rural Vermont! We’ll keep you posted and if you are interested in attending the workshops, please go over to the Vermont Makers site and sign up for their mailing list.

Speaking of Vermont Makers, don’t miss our event this Tuesday night April 3 Blinkies, the Quadcopter, Thing-O-Matic and more!

10,000 Year Clock

10,000 clock concept by Eddie Sottto
10,000 Year Clock concept by Eddie Sottto

We are huge fans of The Long Now foundation‘s 10,000 Year Clock. The Long Now Foundation as an organization “hopes to provide a counterpoint to today’s accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.” This is the idea behind the 10,000 Year Clock, as it will keep time for 10,000 years and therefor provide some girth (time and place) for the concept of long-term thinking. Naturally, it’s taking a really long time to build it (the project started in 1989). Those of us who are interested in long-term thinking really enjoy the process and gradual unfolding of the endeavor – watching its measured, smart and steady progress.

The project began with an observation and idea by computer scientist Daniel Hillis :

“When I was a child, people used to talk about what would happen by the year 02000. For the next thirty years they kept talking about what would happen by the year 02000, and now no one mentions a future date at all. The future has been shrinking by one year per year for my entire life. I think it is time for us to start a long-term project that gets people thinking past the mental barrier of an ever-shortening future. I would like to propose a large (think Stonehenge) mechanical clock, powered by seasonal temperature changes. It ticks once a year, bongs once a century, and the cuckoo comes out every millennium.”

Here’s a recent update:

Clock One – Raise Bore from The Long Now Foundation on Vimeo.

More information is available here:

The Long Now Foundation also hosts a very thought provoking seminar series in San Francisco. If you become a member, you get access to live  audio broadcasts, no matter where you are.  We are members of The Long Now and encourage you to join to! The more of us exploring long-term thinking, the better.

*All quotations in this post were taken from