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Adam Savage on Why We Make [Video]

Whether you consider yourself a casual tinker or you spend every weekend at your local Hackerspace, this monologue on the nature of the maker ethic is sure to resonate with you.

If the background on the stage looks familiar to you, that’s because Mr. Savage is on the same stage at the 2012 Bay Area Maker Faire featured in the video we shared earlier this week of him jamming out to a Tesla-coil fueled rendition of Back in Black.

[via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 05/24/12

Comments (7)

  1. Jeremy

    I love Mythbuster, but I really lost a lot of respect for Adam there. Two things: One, he couldn’t do this without a piece of paper in his hand practically the whole time? Two, Obama? Really? That man has about as much to do with innovation and technology as the ants in my yard.

  2. Michael

    …the Obama thing? Didn’t you see the episode where Obama commissions the Mythbuster’s to burn a boat with children and mirrors? It’s all part of the Obama dupe young people into voting for him and his agendas.

  3. ExTexan

    Jeremy & Michael, all I can say is screw you and the horse you rode in on.

  4. Steve-O-Rama

    LoL @ ExTexan XD

    Can’t anyone just be *thankful* for a guy such as Adam Savage for advocating the Maker movement? Hell, he’s a celebrity inside AND outside geek circles; he’s not only being open about his own passion for making things, but going the extra mile by ADVOCATING the movement’s principles and importance. Listen to the intensity in his voice when he talks about building his own Millennium Falcon cockpit. For that, I say AWESOME! We NEED more guys and girls with this passion, enthusiasm, and charisma to participate.

    Why is it even an issue that he has notes for a public speech? I can barely remember to put pants on in the morning, let alone memorize a 20-minute talk I’m giving to a huge audience, snapping pictures and video the entire time. Kudos to him, for caring enough to make good notes!

    As far as the remarks about the president, what’s so bad about the STE(A)M initiative? Why can you not appreciate the fact that a US president — no matter who s/he is, nor what party — has called for improvements to STEM education, let alone shown public support for STEM pursuits? I’m just happy to have someone with that much clout who understands the importance of science, engineering, education, and math (and art).

    Me, I just giggled and smiled after seeing this video — thanks for posting it, Mr. Fitzpatrick. I knew beforehand that Adam was a supporter of Make, engineering, science, and related pursuits. But it does my soul a great deal of good seeing him on stage, using his celebrity status constructively, by telling the world what it’s all about (the Maker movement, not the hokey-pokey!).

  5. Liam Bayer

    Great to hear Adam speak at Maker Faire this past weekend. He is excited about creativity and making things, and busting myths, I guess, too. My buddy with me loved what Adam had to say and he is a true maker. He kept bragging that he had these bars and four feet worth could hold 1000 pounds on your wall. I wonder if Adam could bust that myth!

  6. Jeremy

    ExTexan – I guess we know why you’re an Ex now…

  7. Jimm

    I tried to do the hacker space thing but the one in but it was poorly run. $50 a month to get access to a bunch of beaten or poorly working tools and usually there was no one there doing anything. I found it better to take the “fee” and use it myself to do my own DIY projects I see online. Granted the hacker spaces are great if there are experienced individuals helping out but the one I went to only had folks concerned about the monthly fees and not doing any projects at all.

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