The hacking of a vapormook

The hacking of a vapormook: Everytime I don’t link to a story about Make, someone e-mails me there’s a new vaporzine. Now, from, I learn it’s not merely a new vaporzine, it’s a trend spotting opportunity. I’m totally sold, and have been since I first blogged it in July.

DIY (oh, “do it yourself”) is right up my alley — or at least wanting to DIY — and my book shelves groan from stuff I’ve purchased from Make publisher, O’Reilly. I’m so pumped to build that $14 steady cam. Really. I’ll probably spend $1,000 on a new camera for it, but the gratification of making that $14 steady cam will be priceless. I’m currently setting up a home podcasting studio and am so into doing as much as possible with old Pringle cans

(I feel the need to alert anyone who may stumble onto this with no context that I’m not really setting up a podcasting studio, nor do I eat Pringles or use their cans.)

Seriously, though. If I were someone who gives out awards for most notable magazine launches of the year, I would go ahead and pre-award the 2005 “best of show” to Make. And unlike some notable launches, Make magazine will be a huge success: take it to the bank.

Quote from the Make website:

Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life.
Make is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of
your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that
celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your
own will.

And another thing: I really like that they’re defining a new publication category based on a term the Japanese use to describe a recurring publication package with some of the conventions of a trade paperback book, a magazine-book hybrid called a “mook.” I’m thinking of starting a whole new subsidiary at my company that will custom publish these publications just so I can call it Hammook Publishing.