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|| ||Makers: Amazing People/Amazing Inventions--O'Reilly's Latest Release|
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For Immediate Release
For a review copy, an interview with author Bob Parks,
or the "Makers," contact:
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Makers: Amazing People/Amazing Inventions
Flamethrowers, Monowheels, Voice-Activated Blenders, New Robots,
and much, much more!
Sebastopol, CA--Mixing the tool-shed mentality of yesteryear with the
products, gadgets and technologies of today--a new breed of inventor has
emerged for the 21st century. In "Makers" (O'Reilly, $24.95 US), author
Bob Parks profiles some of the world's most colorful Do-It-Yourselfers and
more than seventy-five of their outrageously wacky projects, including:
-The bacon-cooking alarm clock: Matty Sallin missed his childhood memory
of waking up to the smell of bacon in his family's Idaho cabin. His Homer
Simpson-esque solution: an alarm clock that actually cooks bacon!
-Much more than thin mints: Meet the three 16-year-old girl scouts who
decided on a whim to build an 8-inch Dobson telescope from scratch...and
-From Wall Street to Burning Man: Proving that Do-It-Yourselfers aren't
limited to garages, basements and Star Trek conventions, this investment
banker is also an innovator of electric clothing, like his shirt with
thirty-eight working fans!
-The "wheel" deal: "You feel like you're floating," explains Kerry McLean
when discussing his eclectic monowheels, a rare form of transportation
where you ride inside of a motorized wheel.
Hitting bookshelves in December 2005, "Makers" follows the hugely
successful launch of MAKE magazine, launched in February 2005 by O'Reilly
Media as the first magazine devoted to Do-It-Yourself technology projects.
"While MAKE provides the instruction for actual projects, 'Makers' shows
the inspiration of actual inventors," explained Parks. Known for
exploring the personalities behind the latest technologies, Parks'
articles have appeared in Wired, Outside, Business 2.0 and MAKE. He is a
frequent guest on National Public Radio and has appeared on television,
discussing technology alongside Regis Philbin and Russ Mitchell.
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bios, and samples, see:
ISBN: 0-596-10188-0,184 pages, hardcover, $24.95 US, $34.95 CA
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