August 20th, 2015

scotto monkeypulse

Makers manifesto


Making is fundamental to what it means to be human. We must make, create, and express ourselves to feel whole. There is something unique about making things. These things are like little pieces of us and seem to embody portions of our souls.


Sharing what you have made and what you know about making with others is the method by which a maker’s feeling of wholeness is achieved. You cannot make and not share.


There are few things more selfless and satisfying than giving away something you have made. The act of making puts a small piece of you in the object. Giving that to someone else is like giving someone a small piece of yourself. Such things are often the most cherished items we possess.


You must learn to make. You must always seek to learn more about your making. You may become a journeyman or master craftsman, but you will still learn, want to learn, and push yourself to learn new techniques, materials, and processes. Building a lifelong learning path ensures a rich and rewarding making life and, importantly, enables one to share.


You must have access to the right tools for the project at hand. Invest in and develop local access to the tools you need to do the making you want to do. The tools of making have never been cheaper, easier to use, or more powerful.


Be playful with what you are making, and you will be surprised, excited, and proud of what you discover.


Join the Maker Movement and reach out to those around you who are discovering the joy of making. Hold seminars, parties, events, maker days, fairs, expos, classes, and dinners with and for the other makers in your community.


This is a movement, and it requires emotional, intellectual, financial, political, and institutional support. The best hope for improving the world is us, and we are responsible for making a better future.


Embrace the change that will naturally occur as you go through your maker journey. Since making is fundamental to what it means to be human, you will become a more complete version of you as you make. In the spirit of making, I strongly suggest that you take this manifesto, make changes to it, and make it your own. That is the point of making.

Originally published at The Scotto Grotto. You can comment here or there.

scotto monkeypulse

alternate identites I’ve used in the past that have long since been abandoned

William August (‘Og’) Piper
Jack Hammer
Constance Reyes
Forth Wahl
Julian Hope (of the striped shirt)
Owen Ng
Mitch Renfrew
Wally Scott
Raj KAJ(Raj Kareem Abdul Jabbar)
Chris Olsen
Xkotoh Bair
Zed Kelvin (Aka Calvin Zed)
Skooty Voobergy
Fred Hitler
Darryl Montgomery

I also feel really bad that apparently there is someone with the actual name “Scott M Obear” in New Hampshire. It is a pity that I’ve had the scottobear moniker online for well over two decades now.

[EDIT: to put my reply to eyeslikesugar on livejournal local]

I think Raj KAJ is still stuck on the sidebar of my LJ, I think. :)

Some were in Role-Playing Games, others were for registering for stuff online to seed databases and see who took my data when I donated to a charity or filled out a form at a Radio shack… Others were just when I was asked my name when I was loitering somewhere and didn’t have ID on me, back when I was in my “off the grid” pretense days.

There was a period when I was living in Boca Raton behind the Liberties Bookstore that I paid my rent in cash, and my landlord had no idea what my real name was. I bet if he saw me today, he’d still call me Darryl.

Originally published at The Scotto Grotto. You can comment here or there.