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Highlights From Adam Savage's Reddit "Ask Me Anything About Making"

In case you missed it, Adam is just back from a trip to Cleveland, where he toured some of the city's amazing maker spaces. Excited to talk about what he saw, Adam (aka "mistersavage") went on reddit for an AMAAM ("Ask Me Anything About Making"), answering maker- and maker-space-related questions for 90 minutes.

We've gathered some of our favorite answers below; to read the full AMA, go here:

ghostonbody: I often get anxiety and low confidence, and feel doubt about the things I make. If you ever get similar feelings, how do you overcome them, or keep making things in spite of them? What is your advice for someone who loves to be creative but feels self conscious about the things she makes?

mistersavage: Oh my FSM all the freaking time. Dude (or dudette), just the day before yesterday we were shooting a one day build for, and nothing that I did in the shop seemed to go right. I kept screwing up. Remaking things and then boning THAT. I swear to you, I finished the day feeling like I had NO business making things. It sucked. I was blue. This happens. To EVERYONE. And it's OK. Like all emotions, good and bad, it's temporary.

I did some good building yesterday and feel a little better. I plan to do more today. I know intellectually that my feeling like I'm an idiot at making is patently silly. That doesn't help in the moment, but in the long run my going easy on myself in that moment is what's important. I went home, had some tea, walked the dogs and talked to my wife and slowly things slid back to normal.

"Live From MonsterPalooza Part 2: Shawn Nagle Loves Monkeys" - Episode 37 - 5/5/16
In this, our second live episode from MonsterPalooza 2016, Frank and I chat with resin model kit sculptor, Shawn Nagle of Nagleworks. Shawn chats about his foray into the industry, his history with companies like Marvel, McFarlane Toys, NECA and Diamond. Frank also outs Shawns strange obsession with monkeys. If you are enjoying the show and you like more shows like this, head over to and support us with a few bucks. Enjoy the show! Thanks to MonsterPalooza for having us as guests.
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Spread the Word! White House Is Seeking Nominees for Maker Movement Champions

The White House is deeply committed to the maker movement. They will be honoring a number of White House Champions of Change for Making and the Maker Movement during the National Week of Making (which is June 17 to 23)!

In their words:

Help us identify champions who are expanding access to the tools, spaces, and mentors that help more students, entrepreneurs and adults connect to the Maker Movement.

The nomination window is only open until May 18, so SPREAD THE WORD. Here's the link:! This is so cool!

Ask Adam Anything #8: From Shop to Kitchen

While cleaning up after a One Day Build, Adam answers a question from the Premium Member community about how his shop organization and philosophy translates to other work spaces, like the kitchen. If you have a question or something you want to share with Adam, post in the comments below! We'll be back next week!

Everything You Need to Know About Fingerprint Sensors on Android

Android phones started sporting fingerprint sensors years ago, but the technology was still too early to make a big impact on the experience. After Apple introduced Touch ID on the iPhone, Android OEMs came back to fingerprint reader tech with renewed interest. Thanks to improved hardware, it has become a feature people actually want on Android. However, not all fingerprint readers on Android are created equal. Here's how they differ, and how users can maximize their usefulness today.

Speed and accuracy

Having a phone that unlocks quickly from a fingerprint is good, but sometimes accuracy is actually preferable. One of the primary things to consider here is how you wake up the phone. Take the Nexus phones for example -- you can tap the rear-facing Nexus Imprint sensor to wake and unlock the phone. It happens quickly and is highly accurate. If you want to see the lock screen without unlocking, there's a dedicated power button on the side. The Honor 5X is similar, and works quite well.

The G5, on the other hand, has the power button combined with the rear-facing sensor. If you press the button so you can just check your notifications on the lock screen, it's probably going to read your fingerprint because the sensor is very fast to react. That might not be what you want in this scenario because fast doesn't mean accurate. The G5's sensor misses more often than the Nexus phones, so you may get a rejected print. When that happens, you have to lift your finger and tap again should you decided to unlock. It's annoying. So here, you might prefer the sensor was slower and more accurate. The V10 suffers from the same issue, but it seems a bit more accurate to me at least.

Maker Spaces: Adam Savage Tours Ryan Nagata's Workshop!

In this new series, Adam Savage visits makers to learn about their work spaces and how they build. We first stop by the new shop of spacesuit replica builder Ryan Nagata. Ryan moved into this space after working out of a garage, and chats with Adam about how he organizes and utilizes his tools for costume and prop fabrication.

Rocket Footage from 75 Miles High

This video of a rocket launch from the rocket's perspective was released by Colorado-based UP Aerospace last November, and is highlighted by GoPro in their awards showcase: "On November 6, 2015 UP Aerospace successfully executed a mission for NASA to deploy the Maraia Earth Return Capsule. The mission reached an altitude of 75 miles above Spaceport America and landed 30 miles down range on White Sands Missile Range. The missions was UP Aerospace's 10th SpaceLoft rocket launch and the first deployment mission." Find more videos of UP Aerospace launches here.

How to Get Into Hobby RC: Exploring RC Drift Cars

I assume that most of you are at least somewhat familiar with drifting as a popular motorsport. Perhaps you saw the MythBusters episode about drifting or heard Adam talk about his drift-related run-in with the cops. If none of the above apply to you, then I can summarize drifting by telling you that it is a form of driving where the car is rarely moving in the direction it is pointed.

Much like traditional auto racing, drifting requires a car with plenty of horsepower and a skilled driver. Beyond that, the similarities begin to fade. Whereas a race car driver may view a turn in the track as an obstacle that must be negotiated as efficiently as possible, a drift car driver is likely to view that same turn as a blank canvas where he or she can flaunt their skill and artistry behind the wheel. If you've ever doubted that roaring exhaust, tire smoke and burned rubber are artistic mediums, watching a skilled drift driver will probably convince you otherwise.

Downsized Drifting

I began this project knowing absolutely nothing about RC drifting. I did a little research into how drift competitions are run. From what I've read, they are usually judged events. Driving skill is very important, but it isn't really about crossing the finish line first. Drifting style, consistency, and precision are the attributes that will gain you more points from the judges and a trip to the winner's circle.

After my first few attempts at drift driving, it was pretty clear that I needed some pointers. A quick web search landed me at, which has a lot of helpful info. I also reached out to the staff at Drift Mission to get a better idea of what RC drifting is all about. Here's what they had to say:

What are the different classes of RC drift competition?

Drift Mission: There are different types of RC Drifting: 50/50, Countersteer, and Rear Wheel Drive. 50/50 implies that 50 percent of the power is driven to the front and 50 percent to the back. Countersteer is a method to overspin the rear end to enhance the drifting experience, so instead of 50/50 it could be 40/60, 30/70, 20/80…etc.

Rear wheel drive is the new hotness and the scene is slowly heading this direction. It makes the RC drifting look more realistic and provides more lock [where the front wheels are fully turned in the direction of the drift] during drifting. There is also usually a concours contest to show off the best bodies with the most detail.