It's Friday! I hope you're getting ready for a relaxing or exciting weekend. Or both!
I had the chance to spend Thanksgiving with my parents last weekend, and reflect on what a crazy year this has been. Mostly, I was really grateful for all of you - for believing in me and helping me bring the book to life. Thank you.
I also wanted to write a quick note about some of the ideas I've been thinking about lately. It's a funny thing, writing a book. The ideas don't stop when it's done! John Steinbeck once said:
“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
He was so right! And the more I think and write about this maker movement, the more dynamic it seems. I've been particularly interested in how these tools are starting to mature, and how the communities are moving out of the garage and into the natural world. I wrote a long manifesto-type piece for Make: called Makers: The New Explorers of the Universe, and have been blown away by the response. It feels like there's a wave of amateur curiosity that's about to be unleashed on the world. Thrilling, really.
On a similar note, my TED talk from earlier this year was posted yesterday. TED also let me write a companion piece about the changing nature of exploration. It was a good opportunity to highlight some of the amazing people in our OpenROV community and, again, talk about how makers are becoming explorers.
That's all for now! I hope the rest of 2013 is rewarding, and wish you an interesting and maker-filled 2014.
PS. If you're looking for stocking stuffers, a copy of Zero to Maker would be a great choice! ;)
PPS. My family started a new maker tradition at Thanksgiving this year - taking the time to work on a project together. I've attached a photo of the deer ornaments we made out of a fallen birch tree.