He's as good as his word. Today, Gaudin announced that a Mini Maker Faire — a place where tinkerers and inventors and entrepreneurs show off what they're working on — will come to the Innovation Hub on May 2. It will be a big day: The 2015 Argenta Arts Festival will bring artists and craftsmen to several blocks on Main Street, just a bit away from the Hub, 201 E. Broadway. Both events will run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The first Maker Faire was in San Mateo, Calif., in 2005, and the event "has blossomed into a world phenomenon," Joel Gordon, director of the Hub's Launch Pad, said. Mini Maker Faires are held in smaller cities, like Tulsa.,
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The Rasberry Pi computer
But before Maker Faire is the third annual Raspberry Pi Bake-Off on Saturday, which is 3/14 and therefore perfect for a date equal to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The Raspberry Pi is a tiny $35 computer that fits in your hand and can be plugged into your television, speakers, etc., perfect for hobbyists. The men demonstrating the Raspberry Pi were having lots of fun with their Arduinos, magical little cards that you can program to do whatever. Bill Rech and Kyle Neumeier, describing themselves as "big boys," were busy knocking their Arduino-run vehicles into one another, while another was tracing a track it had been programmed to follow.
But back to the faire: Gordon was beside himself, saying maker faires were "life-changing," bringing together engineers, carpenters, stay-at-home moms, CEOs to collaborate on bringing ideas to life. "Nothing I can say will give you any inkling of how exciting" the faire will be. Dan Williams, CEO of Garver and Garver Engineers, is chair of the event, which he said will introduce young people to STEM and Garver engineers to the ideas of the young.
Entry to the Maker Faire, which will cover three acres downtown, will be $10. The Arts Festival is free, and there is still time to apply for a booth, Argenta Downtown Council Director Donna Hardcastle said; deadline is March 31.
The City Board of Directors will not take up at tomorrow's board meeting developer Rick Ferguson's request that the city overrule the Planning Commission's decision denying him a Conditional Use Permit to build a wastewater treatment plant on his property at 25616 Hwy. 10, opponents of Ferguson's plan tell the Times.
Disability Rights Arkansas Inc. (DRA) and Arkansas State Independent Living Council (ARSILC) have issued a statement objecting to the new gates that will block entrance to the state Capitol grounds on the weekends.
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.