Maker Faire Orlando 2016 Display

2016-10-22-07-49-31-enh-cropSo I just want to say a big “Thank You” to all the people that came by my table this weekend in Orlando. The event was a lot of fun, and I got to meet some really cool people! Some highlights people-wise included:

  • Was awesome to meet people I had worked with in one way or another, but had never met, including Caleb Kraft (Make:), Richard Wardlow (Circuits for Fun), and Tim Giles (Wild Circuits).
  • People I’d seen before, like the Tampa Hackerspace crew, and David & Kelly Schlitter from MakerPipe.
  • A little girl came by and gave me a ticket to say that my booth was her favorite. That was really nice, especially since I had no idea that we were supposed to be collecting them!
  • Several members of my family showed up, which was a long drive for all of them, so a big “thanks” to all of them!
  • I gave away all my magnets and stickers, so I’d consider that a “people” success as well!

Of Course the Big Feature of My Booth was the StrandMaus (Garage Video Below):

Ironically, I got no footage of this little guy while I was there, but a lot of people decided to video it with their phones and cameras. I told a few people, but it will hopefully be a pleasant surprise when they see it in the next issue of Make: Magazine. If you do have a clip of it on YouTube or wherever, please do let me know, I’d love to check it out!

That being said, with all the attention it got, I keep going back to the idea that I could again try a larger version of it. Perhaps twice the size of the little StrandMaus, or even much larger if there’s some interest in using it for events and the like. Who knows. With what I’ve learned over the last few years building these, I’d have a much better idea of what I’m getting into!

So, above all, thanks for stopping by! If I did meet you in Orlando, please feel free to get in touch via the comments below, or on Twitter @JeremySCook!

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JCC-imageIf you’re familiar with my work, you know that I’ve written for many technical publications, and make all kinds of off-the-wall inventions. If you’re not familiar, you could, before now, go through the 400+ posts here to see what I do. Naturally, most people don’t have the time or patience for that, so I put up a new site, “” as an overview of what I do.

I don’t plan to phase out this site, by any means, but since I now make my living by writing and making these inventions, it seemed only appropriate to have a place to display the highlights. Please feel free to check it out, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know at my new email address: [email protected], or message me on Twitter @JeremySCook!

2016 Writing Goals and 2015 Results

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As it’s now officially 2016, it’s time to evaluate how I did for 2015, and what my goals are for 2016. First of all, thanks for reading, and I hope you have a great 2016! As for me (writing-wise):

My 2015 Results:

Per a previous post about a year ago, my goals for 2015 were fairly simple:

  • 4000 Total Followers on Twitter: As it stands now, I have 1,666 followers on my main account, @JeremySCook, and 941 on my second account, @DIYTripods. 2,601 is a significant increase, but nowhere near what I’d set out to accomplish.
  • 500 Total Followers on Youtube. My main account now stands at 472 subscribers, and my DIYTripods account 11. 483 is close, but still not there.
  • Write for 6 customers, at least 1 of which I have not written for previously. Wired UK,, Make Print, Atmel, Popular Science, Solo Portfolio. That’s 6 if you count the two “Makes” separately. Atmel is a new customer this year, so I will call this a goal a success!

Another Thing that is pretty neat is that as of my last check, this site had 990,906 hits over its lifetime. Unless something crazy happens, I should hit the 1 million mark. Wow.

My 2016 Goals:

I had 3 goals (one with two parts) for 2015, so I’ll stick to three for 2016:

  • 4000 Total Followers on Twitter. Maybe I’ll get this one eventually…
  • Write for 7 Customers, at least 1 of which I haven’t written for before.
  • Double my total writing/advertising earnings for the year. Obviously this doesn’t mean anything to a reader without a starting point, but hopefully I can read this myself next year and see how close I came!

Thanks for reading!