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August 26th, 2016

‘Show-and-Tell’ Cool Maker Projects on Hangouts

Wow! This live Hangout show looks a lot like a DIY version of one of the morning shows on over-the-air TV — and if there’s any doubt that the maker movement thrives on open source, the first guest’s project is all about Python and Arduino. Be sure to check out the cool Star Trek combadge. Beam us up, Mr. Shapiro!

The Video Screening Room

Lady Ada and Philip Torrone are both legendary makers and exemplary sharers of hacks and tips. Their weekly “Show-And-Tell” Google Hangout is always fascinating. These Hangouts are archived to YouTube.

To be a maker these days is almost by definition to be an open source enthusiast. The maker movement and the open source movement are in many ways parallel names for the same movement, bringing control of technology back to our lives. Technology on our terms, not on their terms.

Be sure to follow Adafruit on Twitter — and subscribe to their YouTube channel. For extra credit points, leave supportive comments on their YouTube videos. Note, too, how creative Adafruit is in the use of Google Hangouts to weave social fabric in participatory ways. Could you be using some of these same techniques in your own local and virtual communities?

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at

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