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Video Scenes from the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire (Video) 16

Slashdot visited Fort Wayne, Indiana, during its 2013 Maker Faire. We brought back videos of R2D2 model makers in all their bleeping glory, Mad Sasquatch Rocketry launching rockets, and functioning home-made jet engines, which no Maker Faire should be without. Since Fort Wayne has a strong industrial history, it is not surprising that this Maker Faire had more industrial-scale exhibits than most maker-type events Slashdot has attended. The noise level in much of the event area was industrial scale, too, which is why this video sounds the way it does. But we love large, noisy machinery, not just computers so quiet you can't hear their fans (if, indeed, they *have* fans), so we're happy to enjoy some good Industrial Sound and check out some of Mark Phenicie's steampunk creations now and then.
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Scenes from the Fort Wayne Regional Maker Faire (Video)

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  • I have to ask: How'd you handle the bleakness of actually being in Fort Wayne? There are as many strip clubs as there are Starbucks. Which brings the "talent" in those strip clubs down to the appearance level of your average 40+ Starbucks barista.

    • by aitikin ( 909209 )
      As someone who lives in Fort Wayne...Why!? And yes, you're right, there are way too many strip clubs with A squads that look like C squads...
      • by slaker ( 53818 )

        My current roommate just moved from Fort Wayne and is in fact a stripper. There are 11 clubs there and girls - even the ones who know what they're doing, can't possibly make decent money just because of oversupply. I have no idea how that place supports so damned many.
        (And for the record: She's cute and can dance but her teeth are awful. She talks about braces the way other dancers talk about boob jobs)

        I also had no idea that anything even remotely geeky happened in Indiana, let alone in Fort Wayne. This p

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Indiana has a generous supply of geeks. We also have Gencon, for what it's worth. The problem is that ordinarily our geeks don't do anything interesting.

          The only reason that southern cultural transplants get so much time in the spotlight here (and it galls me every time I see a Confederate flag in my state - we were not part of the Confederacy, we were not a border state, and the state of Indiana supplied far too many lives to help ensure Confederate defeat to permit that kind of disrespect here) is because

          • by slaker ( 53818 )

            I could walk in to the Dunes National Park in something under five minutes from where I'm sitting right now. It's very pretty here. That does not solve the problem of the people who live here, the anti-intellectual regressives who run the state or their steadfast determination to never let anything get any better. College educated people by and large leave and it's for very good reason. This is a terrible place and it is devoid of worth.

  • It's not so bad (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I live in Fort Wayne, and actually like it. Considering the incredibly low cost of living it actually makes for a decent place to live. Rent a decent apartment for $400 a month in a nice part of town and eat out in restaurants and get out the door for $10 per person is hard to beat, especially considering the jobs situation here is incredibly solid (heavy focus on defense, healthcare and education) and pretty resilient to recessions.

  • by Hognoxious ( 631665 ) on Tuesday October 22, 2013 @05:04PM (#45206321) Homepage Journal

    If you're going to spell "fair" in a twatassical way, at least go the whole hog: "fayre".

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