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I am a writer and editor with diverse interests that include technology, graphic arts, digital media and steampunk. This website is a home for news and commentary about these topics, as well as visual journeys to places where creative people roam.

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Maker Faire 2016: A Visual Tour

Maker Faire | Jun 3 2016
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Billed as the "Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire once again highlighted the ingenuity of inventors and artists from around the globe. This year's event drew 150,000 attendees and 1300 Maker projects, from perennial favorites like the Life Size Mousetrap to newcomers like "Sandwriter SKRYF." It's a story best told in pictures, so without further adieu...

Creative Tools @Maker Faire 2016

Maker Faire | Jun 1 2016
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Maker Faire is best known as a showcase for do-it-yourself projects in disciplines ranging from art & design to robotics and metalworking. But it's also a launch pad for tools that empower creativity—3D printers, laser cutters, microcontrollers and the like. Here's a look at some of the notable enabling technologies seen at the 2016 event...

Robots @Maker Faire 2015

Maker Faire | May 23 2015
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Robots are among the main attractions at Maker Faire, from tiny "BrushBots" to giant metal creatures that could have stepped out from a science-fiction movie. Some even have practical uses, like making pancakes and solving Rubik's Cube (the latter from a 13-year-old inventor). Take a look in this slide show.

Steampunk @Maker Faire 2015

Steampunk | May 20 2015
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Steampunk is a natural fit for maker culture, so it's no surprise that Maker Faire includes a section devoted to these artists. Here's a look at some of their creations at the 2015 event, including the Vortex Smoke Ring Blaster, Obtainium Works and a Steampunk Pirate Ship. Also: Tintype Photography, Rhino Redemption and Celestial Mechanica, a project first seen at Burning Man.

Stephen Beale 3.0: My New Website

Web Design | Mar 23 2015

Welcome to version 3.0 of my website. As with previous versions, the main goal is to provide information about my work as a writer and editor. But rather than creating static pages as before, I built the new site in a content-management system, and it now functions as a blog.

Many posts will point to my articles and columns on other websites, but I also hope to produce original content, mostly about software tools for creative professionals.

The new site uses a responsive design, which means the layout automatically adapts to devices with different screen sizes. If you’re viewing the site on a Mac or PC, you can see this for yourself by narrowing the browser window...

My Day Job, Explained

Bulldog Reporter | Feb 1 2015
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My day job isn't easy to explain, but I'll give it a shot. I'm the editor of Bulldog Reporter's Inside Health Media, which means I'm a media journalist who specializes in health and medicine. My readers are PR people, mostly at PR agencies and academic medical centers. Most of the content consists of interviews with health journalists...