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December 18, 2011 - 4:12 am

I am reading a new magazine by O’Reilly Media called MAKE: Technology on Your Time. It’s a quarterly magazine put out for those who love DIY projects and according to the product description, “it unites, inspires and informs a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.”

Okay, I’m not too much into DIY projects but I love reading about people who are. In the special issue I am reading (Feb. 15th, 2012), called the Ultimate Kit Guide, I found out that kits are the “gateway DIY project.”

They teach skills, make things more fun, are a great way for parents and kids to share something, and drive innovation. Dale Dougherty, the publisher and founder of the magazine states, “Kits also help create the kind of highly skilled amateurs who drive innovation and economic renewal….We know the next Steve Jobs is out there right now, building kits.”

A reviewer over at Amazon says:

I just received the premiere issue of Make Magazine from O’Reilly yesterday. Let me just say this mag is a geek’s dream come true. It’s not a magazine about coding. Heck, I’m not sure if calling it a magazine is even accurate. It’s more of a journal or zine (but with higher production values). A geek quarterly, if you will.

If you like DIY projects or know someone who would, this seems like a good gift for yourself or for them.

Do you build things in your basement, garage or backyard or know someone who does? I would love to hear why and how you got started.

Helen Smith is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues in Knoxville, Tennessee, and blogs at Dr. Helen.
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