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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (488 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Frauenfelder Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From his unique vantage point as editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes readers on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of DIY. The Internet has brought together large communities of people who share ideas, tips, and blueprints for making everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to pedal-powered iPhone chargers to an automatic cat feeder jury-rigged from a VCR.

DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits.

Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them.

Frauenfelder also reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating “alpha makers” leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights.

Beginning his journey with hands as smooth as those of a typical geek, Frauenfelder offers a unique perspective on how earning a few calluses can be far more rewarding and satisfying than another trip to the mall.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dylan Parker | 2/16/2014

    " I very much enjoyed this book if only to get a better sense of the guy behind Boing Boing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I feel very attuned to Mark when it comes to his DIY approaches and have been tracing my own path through projects searching for a similar kind of meaning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eva | 2/15/2014

    " More than anything else, this book made me want to check out MADE magazine, which is edited by the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steven Moroff | 2/11/2014

    " I really loved this book. This book covers the concepts of DIY (Do it yourself) which interests me a lot. A lot of DIY projects include living off yourself. This means growing your own food from gardens, or keeping chickens to produce your own eggs. This also means instead of going out to lows or another home improvment store, you can build you're own chicken coupes, or garages, or any type of structure. It also can include the ability to macgyver devices. All of these are covered in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet Berkman | 1/30/2014

    " In the prologue, Frauenfelder documents his attempt to physically get away to a simpler life, but realizes that changes in his lifestyle might be a better path to simplicity. In this book, he documents how a DIY mentality, from making espresso to raising chicken (and children) can add meaning to life in unexpected ways. Frauenfelder is the editor in chief of Make magazine. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. He is the editor-in-chief of Make magazine, cofounder of Boing Boing magazine, and coeditor of The Happy Mutant Handbook.