The 4th annual Maker Faire Bay Area hosts MythBusters co-host Adam Savage. Savage talks about failure - unmitigated, colossal failures he's experienced during his career.
Following on President Obama's call to "begin again the work of remaking America," Maker Faire 2009 was organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called "the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things."
Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real. He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate and just about anything else you can think of.
The son of a filmmaker/painter and psychotherapist, Savage has been making his own toys since he was allowed to hold scissors. Having held positions as a projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder, and scenic painter, he's worked with every material and process he could get his hands on - metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold making and injection molding, to name just a few.
Since 1993, Savage has concentrated on the special-effects industry, honing his skills through more than 100 television commercials and a dozen feature films, including Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Galaxy Quest, Terminator 3, A.I. and the Matrix sequels. He's also designed props and sets for Coca-Cola, Hershey's, Lexus and a host of New York and San Francisco theater companies.
Not only has he worked and consulted in the research and development division for toy companies and made several short films, but Savage has also acted in several films and commercials - including a Charmin ad, in which he played Mr. Whipple's stock boy, and a Billy Joel music video, "Second Wind," in which he drowns.
Today, in addition to co-hosting Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," Savage teaches advanced model making, most recently in the industrial design department at the San Francisco Academy of Art. Somehow, he also finds time to devote to his own art - his sculptures have been showcased in over 40 shows in San Francisco, New York and Charleston, W.Va.
"MythBusters" co-host Adam Savage recalls his favorite explosion from the show: hot water heaters. The MythBusters have exploded hot water heaters several times on the show, in both one-story houses and two-story houses. "I never get tired of watching those things blow up!"
Adam Savage remembers the biggest failure on the hit show MythBusters. While filming in a location so hot that the crew was not allowed to film after 10:30 in the morning, Savage made a vital mistake and wrecked the entire shoot.
Can anyone tell me more about the "SCRAB" ... i googled ["san francisco unified school district" donation reclamation] with no good results. He doesn't say the name very clearly. I'm not in California, but i think i'd like them in my contacts.
Great video! I'm better at the unmitigated failures (Visitor above was right in her\his quibble) than Adam is, but i keep trying.
"Savage talks about failure - unmitigated, colossal failures he's experienced during his career."
No he doesn't.
Failure is when you're spending 3 years trying to do something and your life just goes backwards.
In fact, example 1 may be a failure (to install the machine as they wanted) but it's definitely not unmitigated: he got a ton of money out of it, and the job was nearly impossible due to the laws of physics. That's mitigation.
This is the kind of failure you use when you're asked at a job interview to tell of a situation where you failed.
I think that the most important thing about the failures in life is what you learn and I think he presented that. If we could be successful at everything that we tried would we still want to do it? Or is it the occasional failures and risk of failing in every attempt that makes the result worthwhile?
for a TV the world is thinking thank you for coming to maker's faire. here's adam savage. how are you guys doing? hi.can everyone hear me in the back now all right how many how many tweeps are heretwitter people AW I love it that's great ok so I gave a warning that I wasgonna come here and talk about failure and I've been thinking about this talk for a few weeksI haven't done that at all I'm I'm I'm pretty much know how I'm going to begin it and I'm prettymuch know how I'm going to end it the whole middle part I'm winging we say on the show and Icame up with this phrase failure is always an option and we put it on our hatsand we talked about it in a very serious way that a lot of people thinkof science as this thing that well the thing a bit like Saturday morning cartoons likethe scientists sets up his experiment and then says darn my experiment was a failure or my experimentwas a success the more we like to talk about on the show is that scienceis a work like that there's not a failure or success because of scientists is nopreconceived notion of how they want the extremity turnout they just want data so as longas the term reveals data it's a good experiment and we take very seriously we tellstories that we do on Mythbusters about how things work that's not the kind of failureI wanted to talk about a lot of people will tell you that failure is reallyimportant way that we learn on I don't know and I don't know if I've everheard really good juicy disturbing stories about how much people have failed that's what I wouldtell you about I'm in my life in my history I have screwed up the innumerableamounts of times just actually I've been down I've been teaching myself some magic tricks latelyI've been teaching this awesome cards and some coin coin magic and just yesterday I worktwo nights ago I was practising the stricken my hotel room in Angels camp in yesterdayI took the trek out to make it right to it for my producer and I'dmess it up and I felt awful but like I was twelve years old so I'mstill going to the whole process spring up all the time but a wonderfully a coupleof grand stories about it after I left working for Jamie high demand read about nineteenninety six ninety seven I would work for toy company called primordial that made the buildingtoys too and I spent about a year working for them but I was making anythingthere and actually was the turning point for me because they realize that managing this departmenta party for a toy company which seemed like such a perfect fit for me toan involved enough making all the makings for me to stay fascinated by it so Igave notice I found a replacement and I quit and then I started calling industrial lightMagic I called them probably twice a week for four months I had a lot offriends working up there I just kept on hammering with every contact I had and eventuallyI got tired and it was like going to happen it really was about how lifeis pictured ever since I was twelve years old and saw Star Wars I decided Iwanted to work on special effects movies and amazingly I was working on Star Wars andI think is is that getting up there was still amazing because I had already runmyself through these trenches of working in commercials working on really tight deadline to when Igot there I was ready I was working with these people who are my heroes whoincredible wealth of knowledge that all these people had and there was a tremendous amount ofsharing of knowledge was a lovely lovely place to work and as a freelancer and that'sreally what you are when you work in a commercial or special effects film industry you'realways a freelancer there are no permanent jobs which means that you are always wondering what'snext but he going to do what he's going to do what's that you know youmight have worked for three weeks we got lucky on that ship a keynote next month'srent as well so in the freelance mindset you're always trying to line up extra jobsin Thailand they called and she jobs government jobs created jobs and one of the reallynice benefits of spending time up with a desolate magic was all the sudden as afreelancer when people heard that I were to Thailand they just hired just given me moneyto do stuff as I work to the weather was good enough for them to theBBC resume the BBC website in the interview we saw the sign ups like I wascool and I think the Sabine somewhere in late nineteen ninety nine I got a callfrom my friend and he said they get this job that everyone else is said tostill have turned down it was very lucrative was working for a department store I'm doinga window display at the new ballpark was opening and they wanted the window display thatwas at a baseball the patched up in over a fence repeatedly for weeks and Ithought I thought it through and he said he said it was like a Monday whenhe called me the one that is installed on that Saturday and eight I mean youknow you you know you call up bass lines the Rushdie is double and I knewthat if this department stores looking for someone to build this mechanical device into their windowin this mode of time that you know this is gonna be very lucrative so Istarted talking with them about what they want and I started actually do some research onmy own and think about how I was going to do it I figured you knowthis actually could be pretty simple you know maybe I just put a pension wishing onthe ground of the pitchers in baseball up and over the school fence I catch itI reciprocated back to the eye to the pitching machine and I just keep on goingup on I get a job out how it will first I just did it howwhy would you know I said Wells to take me probably six days of work I'min a compressed that in tough five days seven until this hurt a bit surprised somein the Dublin it still didn't feel actually so there's two ways to get jobs oneways to get it done your hourly rate and then there's actually we debated on themnope the freelancers like that with the market will bear and when the department store needsomething on Saturday and elders don't want the money on the table especially as a freelancerso I added another thirty percent of the day and now this felt like a reallybig fat cat job that was going to both enjoy and you know get a newlaptop out so I started doing it and I started down the path of going tothe space to inspect and what they showed me was actually the space was buried diabolicalin terms of installing into the reason for that was only seven inches high it wassix feet wide and the space itself was seven feet high by Texas based ball almostall desperately and then did it once it went down behind I had this seven inchhigh this stage that I had to let the ball ran down on so I wentto the harbor store night I set this up in my shop and I got somePVC too I got down post and I got a lot of spandex make this bigbasket back behind the baseball fan so that when the ball went hiking with both stopand the deal would find its way down now they're treated using those the sculptures inthe airport swear that the balls reciprocate down the tracks all of that there's a reasonthat they used to wires to transfer a ball down the line that I didn't knowyou'd think that I might do the same thing but it doesn't what happens when youstart to run the ball down around height is that instead of just rolling St downif it's a thing or something he can build this little oscillation which makes it notwanna roll down the Pike in any kind of time that makes sense to you oris actually useful but figured that was probably saw the ball so maybe I just useone baseball that is reciprocated shoots every email every few minutes I went to the electedbig five sporting goods the Buckeyes relatively professional level pitching machines which were around there aboutthree hundred bucks apiece and all the one in three of these things so I setup I've set up three of them and I went to Granger and I I manageto find all this lovely stuff creature has these lovely little tighter relays in which youcan set the time that something gets it and set the time it sends unlike toolsthat allow the diesel arrows worked beautifully I type well did a little oval track toguide the ball towards the baseball pitching machine with a final last year and shoved itinto the pitching machine at the last minute pop in over the fence my first thatthis was magnificent work work ten times in a row fifteen times in a row twentytimes in a row twenty fifth time the small and light the song not over thefence and I thought that's why so I started going back in investigating why was doingthat one was I was having trouble getting the the tasteless reciprocate correctly because they weretaking too long to get down then the internets be this actual problem was having itsoverriding the three pigs machines in the same circuit and one when the train on thepitching machine from grabbing the ball and throwing it was such that the other two machineswould slow down only like ten rpm but that was enough to actually change the trajectoryof the ball again I thought maybe I can time these that they don't always goto seem time it right doing this at some point we'll this is also a memberwhen when when when the home Depot is open twenty four hours a day I wouldI was I I didn't sleep from Wednesday morning until Saturday when I started installing sinkinto the department's for Windows I was one of the worst all nighters double all nightersI've never pulled and I was at home Depot at like two am four am sevenam if days on end um I finally managed to get all of the stuff downto the department store Pickering and I'm gonna make this work by hook or by carcassthat's what gotten worse with the street hell I work and just like magic I'll beable to make this work and I start installing a bit like seven am on Saturdaymorning and at four pm I said to him everything with ice are running an aircompressor into the back of the PTC the local balls down under the states to getthere when I get their trip that defends little higher than they told me I don'thave as much space that actually got this market I'm kind of got a hit umlater I found out well I explained that the minute of it at four o'clock onSaturday after his ruling ruling ruling he'll try to work out and might I point outthat this two pockets for treats everyone who works there isn't contractors like thieves but youhave your bags searched going in and leaving even someone who's installing stuff in their windowsthat feels great on I am over this is the other part bright bright idea tostart so I had his point eight month old twins and Maya mother was coming intotown that afternoon and so was my sister and I hadn't seen my wife or mytwins at that point is this I've just been working around the clock I figure it'sokay loves reading ability of the tube is four o'clock rolls around my bus arrived hereprovides pick them up my nose is all happening in like this job isn't working likegiving me a fortune to do this and I've never been in this position but it'snot going to happen on and they come to really say what how's it going tomiss it it's not gonna work and they were like why and I say this issomething to work in the city what are you gonna do about it now I havegone through all these things in my head I thought through a whole bunch of differentpermutations and I said well first I thought about what I'd say to this question whichwas in the next half hour under the present due to plants to alternative plants youwill choose one and I will deliver it by tomorrow morning at eight am and theysaid ok so it's good that sounds good now I'm starting to think about how muchof this money I'm willing to give back because I haven't delivered on this job andI'm starting to think I have actually earned a certain amount of this money on theother cute just like Boston massacre to it but guilt by all rights if we askfor a punch back I'm going to give them a bunch that but that plan Bthat the week that we do we work out is that the players are not goingto be a bomb attached to a piece of mana filament which is just something mealsreciprocate snowballs to be slowly moving up and then coming back down slowly moving up andcoming back to a much more straightforward rate I go back home oh and so there'smy wife wrangling the eight month old twins and my mom's in town sitting at thetable the glass of wine says on it so hard for Adam heading to work sohard she says this to her daughter already doing the twins and my sister says youknow Adam's wife is working with it with my monthly calendar but he's doing real workyes in the August break she was here last year so with all the stress I'vemanaged to deliver to them the plan B and I am thinking I mean I justfeel hopeful I've never been in this position of not being able to deliver something reallyscoring and I can be like well at any rate so I did manage to buildreciprocating week I get it installed their head of all displaying comes into town takes alook at and says this window is great those calls on the strings to my delightand they come to me in the state has no sleep the whole really nice toget OT what the techno or two we just gotta send it to your house andI'm thinking you can ask me I'm ready to give you back half I'm ready togive you back with three quarters and they didn't ask for know this sounds like adoctor working for this on which you can look at it like that but I wannapoint out that one of the things I got out of this the next tour ismuch worse what I think the guy that this was that I probably should've taken notethat the very first thing Bennett said to me which was his job that everyone elseto turn down on later I learned that there are actually some really interesting aerodynamics ofskiers moving through here at slower speeds could actually pass a certain speed their trajectory canbe plotted than predicted really accurately but below a certain speed it becomes really a rockso not only did I have the problem of the rpm to the pitching machine slowingdown to deal with but also the fact that because they were being considered very verylow speed these victories were having his boss had to go over that fence it oneevery thirty seconds for six weeks so even if I got at one time out ifI lost one ball out of five hundred the machine would be empty by the endof the day none of these things with things that I have really thought through assoon as significant problems when I started this job um but there is a much biggerstruck back and in the early part of my career um I went to New YorkUniversity in nineteen eighty five actually spend six months in the drama program and then Itrot down it's kind of a family chip on the shoulder um I I thought Iwas falling in my dad's footsteps by not going to college I was not for thesame reasons and I I'd meet many of the friends I still have many my bestfriends I've made them there in those six months and most of them went and whitefilm school so I spent the week huge portion of their five years he lived inNew York getting tons of years that's NYU film education by working on all of theirfilms and my very best friend even more alert ahead of this wonderful tsp Masters seniorthesis film called gargoyle in common with all the special effects and we had all theseevents years to film them in hell he's abandoned Peters and buildings in Times Square inManhattan this is grandmother was a shield all the male part Peterson the towns we haveendless amounts of real estate to film in and it was really amazing time and againI was at this point where I had just finished our turkey was really big filmfor him I was sixteen night shoots all in a row crew was sleeping all thesame dormitory and I felt like I felt like this is something I really could doI ever tried not to speak before the cure was like I could do this andmy friend Gabby the back then in our crowd you know when you like eighteen nineteenthe cut and run with sleek everybody it's very removable thing ever was and it usuallyends up going out with everybody else at some point in the many years guys travelingaround together and I had this very special a stupid cabbie who was a film studentas well Gabby is a really really close friends almost romantic but not quite that itwas a very very like important emotional connection we had and she said she'd been askedto produce this kid's senior thesis film it saved up all summer he liked worked allsummer long and lived with his parents unlike Peoria in order to raise the money tomake this film and he wanted to be he wanted to film about an ATM machinethat talks about a guy with a back to pack and she asked me if Iwas willing to our trek that they only have this budget eight hundred and fifty dollarsto our trek and I thought at that time a particular seem like a massive amountof money to do something like this on so I hide I said absolutely I cando this the dark alone Goblin I can do yourself what's going to take but wegotta find a space that we can build this ATM machine in it turned out withfriend Dave's house out in Brooklyn was perfect yet this room that nobody used in thisbig house on the only problem was that the carpeted floors and we'd ever seen anytea on the carpeted floors but no worries because these and they make piece of stickyfloor tiles that we can just write down so I typed the floor tile and carpetI walked out for a couple minutes to kill the backup I can feel the residueI thought that spring has covered the floor with the sticky floor tiles I will buildthe ATM machine on top of that and I had no experience building sets for flatsexcept that sets in flats and I had seen being built when I was in highschool so high I'd win got a bunch of one by three inch pie in thebudget and is a staple gun and I began to make and this last week madethe feeder in a meeting of two to wall in the wall in this ATM machineand then he came time to go right ahead and paint so I was actually abase coat it and then they said they have a couple guys in a while Iwas working on the ATM machine part and this is again they have a situation wherethe thing I thought was going to be simple Trinity a lot more complicated the ATMmachine which can fall in obesity they had some cake of one of their friends withthe computer who could make the team ATM machine interface the all I had to makethis glass fronted the computer to go up behind a note card reader for the yearfor this thing for the car going Dixie really simple like this said except that Ican I spent like sixty up sleeping attempting to make this ATM machine working at thepoint at which we got onto the set in Brooklyn and I'm going back and forthto set in Brooklyn which is like twelve blocks from the nearest subway station so everytime I'm going to hire circuit get when I'm walking twelve blocks past is always skierpractising the saxophone some were locals very weird and romantic I'm getting to the set workingalone coming back to my place in Midtown and trying to work on the CTMH eventhen it turns out like that I'm using starts crazy and cracking and I've got ascrape it off and start again and then the plexiglass which is the last eight dollarsI spent this piece of plexiglass cracks but figured no worries to take him fishing maybeto get her to find a topic that the practice should be there or something likethat and I keep on going to keep on going to finally show up on Fridayafternoon the crew is showing up there to film all weekend long and the sex butdon't know like where that where the hell is the satellite was almost also has problemsrunning around trying to take care of everything I should point out that in these jobsI didn't ask for anybody's help that's another problem I'm running around and I didn't knowfor the village sixty hours so I'm every bit as coaches you could imagine I'd bethe frazzled I'm sweaty I feel terrible I feel really bad happened in this situation beganI'm not spinning too much time feeling bad because well it's time to get the jobdone I'm trying to teach him the scene in which there's other things that need tobe dealt with I haven't spoken to other people about these people is to interface withthe flats themselves look terrible they spent all this time the pop up in Brooklyn inthe water and they got folds in them which don't look very wall like at allat one point this crew member says to me do you know what you're doing andI thought that maybe line from Raiders of the lost Ark with the appropriate here andI said I don't know I'm making this up to go on and it was clearthat Mike Jones missed its mark as he put his hand on my shoulder and saidgo home we no longer need your help here and I went home and my eyesI thought I felt that I felt really bad um and I'm Monday morning I wentto pick up point two lbs from the house featuring the shot all weekend long youif there was no doubt on Sunday I think that they didn't want me there Iwas wrong by the way and they were so angry that I wasn't there tell youhow angry they were I went and got like schools and where my tool box waswas a note that said we have your tools yet now I called the Addy andagain remember I said Gabby and I were very close I called dad being dad hesaid I noticed is the audits on not to use the curses but to get busywith the key to put it into the meat I trusted you I trusted you didto live for this thing and you spend eight hundred and fifty dollars money that thistiny working in a convenience store like four dollars an hour he spend his hard earnedmoney I want you to come here right now account for every fucking penny that youspend I currently don't see it and if there was I kidding actually chills them butto say this she said in the worst thing I've ever heard someone say to meto say that there was any way you could convince me that you were not worthbeing friends with you've done and I'm a guy hung up the phone a Nicole agreat dad and I too started crying in the fall on my designs I've never feltworse in my whole life plus a friend I mean it and scope of jobs lostfriend and I could honestly care member what he said I hope I don't remember anythinglike that said except ever with the sound was very soothing and I do remember oneof the concepts that he said the point was there's nothing you can do except onup to it and apologize hands note that you know you don't kid yourself into thissituation again that's all you can do you cannot fix it he cannot make it rightthen you might not be able to recover this friendship so I went to I wentto get down and out astonishingly managed to account for every penny in the budget Ihad all the receipts I don't like to this day I don't know how that worksthe giving the level of like the chapel train I had no idea how I countedfor every penny but I can and then have the set up the crew is inthe room next door and they'd like to speak with you not the team is goingto be like this and I'm thinking this could be like animal House for the guyopens the doors with Hutchison in the face in the kitchen when he's down and theway I feel that would be a relief the way I feel I'm thinking as I'mopening this door this is what I want to see how bad I feel I wantthese guys to beat the crap out of me for how awful I feel instead Iopen the door on the room that is and I'm not exaggerating at all is adark room with me like the entire group twenty guys surrounding the perimeter of the roomin tears and fears of terror the middle of the room and there is a spotlighton the chair and obviously this goes through my head well at least now it makesa good story and so I go to my blog I sit down in the chairhas not already know ok and the director pulls out his pad of paper and hestarts going through this list of everything that I screwed up I mean he's really takenthe time piece by piece moment by moment to have spiked asked to list out everythingI said I would do that didn't get to and from everything that you couldn't payme to model I should have demonstrated to a meeting we should have had two fromcollege to make and each list item he demonstrates a crew member from the perimeter ofthe remotest yet at that really piss me off too they're they're they're they're they're actingin their and their two cents to add insult to injury when they were loaded downI was all the way across town having a date and they found out like itseemed like I was so happily are of course I was just writing for my problemwas writing for my troubles attempting to us watch them with a woman which is abad idea agents most of the time anyway Debbie they spent about forty five minutes takingme through this chore of of what I had time and in a way it wasincredibly too far it was it allowed me to really take it in and allowed meto actually when they finish face it you have anything you wanna say and I saidhonestly what can I say I knew I didn't dare is not so there's nothing thathumans are absolutely hundred percent right I get done this a terrible thing I cannot fixit I cannot make it right I can't get you back your money to give youback to film and I'm deeply deeply profoundly sorry that I've done this to you andI know that that means that that in and of itself also means nothing and forthat too I'm so sorry I'm like three metal also sorry I didn't say it likethat on them now what I get out of that well I did so about ayear later my friend Mia who's an editor in Hollywood she called me up and saidthat the storyboard artist Gary pronounce or toward us in Hollywood was going to direct hisfirst short film and is looking for an art director sin is death balsam iron he'sa wonderful artist and I went had a meeting with him he showed me this beautifulIkea for film and it's wonderful said he wanted to build a kid who gets soangry his room leaves the building he lives in action shots itself through the wall andI said this looks like a lovely thing to build but I couldn't take this jobon the loan and I looked at this look of shock besides this I can keepI think Mia had represented the ism addicted to this job and as I can Icould take this job I couldn't take responsibility for this job soley I'd meet someone someoneto work with me on it he said well ok people to look for someone elsenow I lost the job had a headache say how I got my job my lifebut it turned out very differently I felt very good in that meeting lead in thejob go knowing what I know about my knee resistance to ask for help I thinkthere was a situation which has presented as something that was more than I could chewand I'd turned it down and that forever feel good about that decision but so thesethings these two failures they are deeply important parts my character there's not a job thatI do that I don't think back to something that happened on each of those twochops when I feel like I've stirred something up and I mean it's happened on theshow dozens and dozens of times hmm I'd like that feeling I feel goes right backto that feeling I fill in guy told me that I was no longer her friendI feel bad that sometimes bad about messing things up that's also what makes me whatI do that that's a really important part and if I had not gone down thosepaths to screw up I would not be enjoying the lights and I'm enjoying I hadto screw up those jobs those were frightened for me to do on I thought thisanalogy everyone with kids knows that you give the kid a roll and they're going tobreak it to give them a Belgian again a push up against it and has alovely way of describing the key remember where I read it that said kids are justtrying to figure out the shape of the world the pics of them like a blindperson in a room they're just going up against the wall to wall is the pantryexcept for that the trying to figure out the shape of the world but dang itinto the boundaries to present which is why kids that don't get people's get so freakedout the world's doesn't have the shape to it I believe this I think actually thatthe kind of failures that we end up doing professionally as adults are just like thatI mean for me it's not the shape of the world but figuring out the shapeof my intuition it's the shape of my ability to think for the worse case scenarioto figure out exactly how I'm going to circumvent it it's the problems I don't knowwe're going to occur but I can smell them in the distance because because of certainflavor that I paid attention to before one a really messed something up so what Iwanted to share with this was not just to say I failed more than I succeededin so you know don't be afraid to go ahead and tried things that you mightscrew up that I wanted to point out by telling this unvarnished these these two jobswere a hundred percent my fault I couldn't ask for help I can have the resourcesthat didn't have the knowledge and worst of all I felt really really powerful in myknowledge of what I was doing I thought I've got this wire and mail every timeI have ever thought I've got this why I was delivered APA APA plate of crowto me on and so I finished I think my late with this analogy I thinkof I was thinking of the road analogy the Sikkim also failure can see this kindof shape your intuition what a success keep you well its excesses this success success ismoving forward see its successes people to build on what you've done and continue to doit in and move forward so if I think of successes road I think of failureis the car you're driving this fits the car though I'm driving at least it's it'sit's it's the vehicle by which I move forward it's those incremental steps because you're onlygoing to cure no one ever goes just in one you never let me just towrite one direction you're always you're always getting knocked back you're always getting that often citeare always trying to re find your parents and that super super important super vital hmmunable to properly communicate thank you the no if he does what it is the presenceof the audience would be happy too it would be me good became we've got abig pain that will pull you off the stage when it's your time we've got abunch of time for class you're up for that I am very blessed take lessons fromthe audience on anything and everything who fails more than a sixties you're all real makerwho's got a question dying in a job down there this year you tell the ministeralso told him I have the slightest idea a good week for one of those diaperswere not given up the job easy though you go after whatever hundred and seventy hoursof programming the number might be on the spree job of being in the US UWMinister well what's that getting into the myth Buster this business last year yes but theeggs with a different spin on it I have always been a major my father wasa painter use an artist and I was very much encouraged to make things from earlystage in fact on by the time I was ten or eleven I had unfettered accessto the charge account that the local hardware store in town now hike and abuse thatprivilege I'm a little we spent like twenty or thirty bucks a week that hardware storewas like my training ground and to this day I just wasn't nervous or is lookingat the wall and thinking about what I'm going over to let you know from sightunseen so that led to lead to three years of very many different types of readersgraphic design animation I tried absolutely everything I have very little focus for a long longtime until I found the theater industry in the theater industry is great for people withtalent but not much focus as you can try everything you want there Cedar is amazinghere is the one art form that will survive the apocalypse in that it like thatyet Michelle I surrender to the front so he was a leader I fell into thefilm industry and from the film industry when they were casting for Mythbusters they were lookingfor people who work in special effects as they were looking for people with a broadrange of skills which whether it's computer generated or actual people in special effects tend tobe poly mass that means they tend to want to absorb information about everything they cansee that it makes a really good at understanding the big picture it also recently beenanimating you know these low rates crashing into buildings and stuff like that because they're thinkingabout all the systems going on at once and the rest is history along with whatyour favorite channel my favorite summer show do it changes constantly has anyone seen swimming andSarah you that's moving answer there was solid ice that was my toes my story II labored over that story for but six months before we shot on I was goingto do it and the problem is when you start to look into with star okso the myth is that swimming answer is just awesome in water because the decreasing yearfor momentum is offset by increased push to get off the thicker material but of coursewe know has to be a stressful know it can swim fast in the hunt okso what is that once home I started to call up around I found out thatthe three year title for people whose interest is viscosity ultraviolet since then I called thenational policy or policies just society and talk to their president and he immediately I wouldsay that he was yelling at me but he was very viscosity is not constant youthink of viscosity is like something like this like this this table has a short eharness or know what happened this cost is that like to discuss these depending on allsorts of different factors like how fast the material is moving the temperature might change thiscost you something hundreds of percentage points across a temperature span so trying to figure outwe knew that in the narrative of the episode we wanted to demonstrate a syrup thatwas equivalent to swimming in water which we knew that some researchers have done in theMidwest which was a double thickness but it did with DVD from the water that weknew we wanted to go to an overdone threshold of like super super to pee andeveryday we wanted to hit this middle ground and all three of well the first onewe knew the other two were wild ass guess it's based on just a lot alot of conversation but that's one of the favorite parts of the job is calling aroundtalking to the experts having them tell you they don't know the kiddie the figure butmaybe if they import of what they would say fifteen hundred times viscosity and think aboutthat day so with the other guy said in the new order four thousand counts ofdrug arm and hope that it works and when it does it feels really good sostunning it serves as my new favorite episode it's plenty you can the explosives were meanhot water heaters the two those things it is so sad this morning we've got anew shooting location were now using it frequently key to the landfill how to tell tomorrowbecause they can kind of give us whatever we want to got these big tour asthey like they could make great they can do whatever we need that not all strictlyequipment so you know that we get the hot water heaters the first time for asingle storey house and with a lot of emails from people saying that they have livedin two story houses so what about that so we built a two story house setout to run him we we attempted to shoot a hot water heater through the hotelit was all that I will tell you that even felt like a quarter mile awaymy friends John and his kids were watching said right felt in the justice I'd neverget tired of watching as things go on it's actually not technically an explosion it's actuallylike being a conflagration it's as if you notice in the first time week I askedif he does that little red house was built with the window with hot water heaterdestroys that house the windows not broken which tells me I don't think that there's ashockwave there it's just a Polish it's just pressures so it's technically an explosion although itdid happen to you no one would deny you that it exploded healing during Jamie onmy first week of the idea of flight testing mitts on the show that did itit's an interesting at Genesis of the show because as originally conceived it's not our ideaby the way used to Jamie and I were hired to help the beginning but theresult Constitution was very different than it does now they actually were going to have threehosts and think they can find two guys interesting enough to host a show so theretheir plan was that the high chair we go around the country interviewing people about Metsher that she call up her boys in sentences going to rebuild experiments to test thePCs that she was hearing and apparently when they start double really change the structure ofthe show they they they alternate me realize that we might be able to actually dothis and so the way the show took shape are out of our interest level inour the varied degrees of our ignorance I grew out of that decision to let usrun with it I sense a question over their sets with a microphone struggling well Idid bring your asses out how you can get a special thanks to Sri Aman Petertechnician and a film student am really trying to get the industry now just wondering howyou make that safely into special effects what it's funny because I'm a bit in areally strange way home I have tried to work in special effects several times in myearly twenty s I went to places in New York on Eli while it's on yourwallet is an amazing special effects artist to get the early Peter Gabriel then made aclay videos I work for Peter for a couple of months but the pay was socrappy it was so crappy that he didn't like nineteen you knew you were getting takenadvantage of it was like fifty hours a day like you showed up at seven andworked until we told you to be it was appalling and I I I worked therefor couple of weeks and then I stop working if they couldn't deal on and therewas a place called Brooklyn model works I work for them actually I was interviewed withthem and they called me up and said we'd like to hire you but it's liketo fifteen hours of sleep really good and they said will you say you work forfree those like oh well really as bad it's over to them for a week andthen I didn't go back on it turned out that even though I really wanted towork in special effects I was uncompromising about the stink of the discipline that thing whichwas I can't work in places where people are are really un happy and I'm notlearning anything so for the longest time I had every job for either an hour fora year and if it was if I went into place you know pizza who goto work as a waiter I'd spend an hour meeting people and the like and Iwould never go back this meant that I had to sponge a lot of weight offmy parents to my twenties but I go to college so I figured they'd made outon but I kept on falling so I kept on following this axiom of jobs thatI found really interesting and each one but to the next one each thing I wastoo late to the next thing I was that women who get to sit for sohappen that the first job that was available was working as a carpenter the torch toits performance works down in the basement and McAllister Hastings law school building and that wasan incredible training ground because it was everybody doing everything in technology on from everything fromstone tools to digital three D projectors and I got to play a part in allof that that every time another thing that ever was which is like I was andI have been uncompromising about that workplace environments but have also been hearing he didn't seewhat I want and when I see one I liked you want something I ask forit's pretty straightforward a lot of people who work for me don't do it I've hada light ferret out with them what they want out of the situation when I workedat Industrial light Magic the first thing I wanted to know was to build suspicious aroundhere why build a spaceship and Larry hands my wonderful guardian angel the first guy workedenough that I lent you what's up with John Stevenson and Duncan and they're still goodfriends of mine and I learned a lot from working with those guys so each timeI saw an opportunity I really went for it and I made short that I wasable to try to partake of that opportunity what was your most spectacular failure ever onthe show on the show it actually happens we I just got back from eight amyesterday from the Carson City rock products quarry when we were calling cards off of cliffsit but it's a very teary eyed forgiving location it's it was ninety five yesterday whichwas kind of vacation compared to the twenty two thousand foot fall on the twenty twothousand the fall which is the myth that the world or to volunteer fell twenty twothousand feet but into a train station that was exploding as he hit in the thethe the shockwave actually cushioned his fall so we built this big train station a weekat the spider house of of of of high speed explosives in the recap this balloonwith a dummy on it to drop on the cable this is a lot like thebreak was all my design but it was a hundred is the key with about threeyears ago it was uh hundred and fifteen degrees in the shade ants brutally brutally brutallyhot and so dry that we were actually let the film after ten thirty in themorning because the fire risk was too high so we were showing up on set itfree in the morning and working by the headlights of our cars in order to getthis explosion that happened by like nine pm so we can talk about for an hourafterwards and on the day of the final experiment umm did it the order of operationswith that the balloon had to get filled the Blues weather was again filled up enoughto lift Buster and then roster who was tethered to the ground to be lifted upto see we had a guy cables on the weather balloons for when is was verywindy so we had a monster of a guy people don't first buildings all these differentwines and when you're expecting something in your transferring the weight of something from let's saya stake in the ground to a balloon in the air the transition I don't knowis the most dangerous point in the operation because I can perceive how much force itwould be like the little piece of parachute cord keeping Buster tethered to the ground andwhen I did all hell broke loose the UN two of the guys holding the guywires to row prisoner hand for the guide wire whipping through their hands Mr Shaw northand then fell back down again luckily not on me the weather balloon to the weatherwas great we only have three more in the world in all the assorted walk allthe weather balloons that were available to us by Federal Express from anywhere in the UnitedStates and so here it was off Friday we've already been working all weekend hundred andfifteen degree heat and in this very moment that this happens I realize that we're allgonna have to come back the next day and that I felt really really really reallyawful and my my my I call it my wife and she said the ability toget it right most of the time but you can take solace in the fact thatalmost every other time at the end of the week that last shot the sun's goingdown you guys actually get so if you miss it occasionally taking you can rest inthe fact that you know you get at most the time it's not like you wereladies so you know chill out and I didn't we got the shot the next andit was still awful and hot but we know where's the merrier I nap rock atBaxter you I had the upper it felt like this make me nuts what was thatdrivers are you where's your bra her store well with the sticky well was it likeshark skin or tacky or what was it kind of sticky so steep that whatever projectwas that it is working the store in San Francisco what are your favorite sources inSan Francisco for this material won't you the salsa drivers hard to find them I lovecenter I love me my center hardware the love those guys you really know what they'redoing and I've been crunching the frequent tap plastics although their prices tend to upset meI love that Douglas in Sturgis which is unbelievable that we had such a resource inour city the cast materials that have been buying from them for twenty years on whatelse scrap as everyone knows crap the senses to unified school District reclamation place where futilitymaterials this is work goes on to that I did so I went there as asculptor is an early makers have to still I went to the scrap every weekend andis right around the corner from one of our shops and I still don't easily Iactually own on twenty years ago exploratory him they had a magnetite separate which you cantake some of the sand from Ocean Beach and part of the top and turn thedial it was separated out regular stand and the magnetic be the magnetite and I wasin scrap about probably about ten years ago and it was there those like is thisis an exploratory we saw the label they like and as the public is that thepeople of scrap wood away they talked amongst themselves the key backman like it's fifty dollarsand had honestly at that point to them all the time I can I have likesixty dollars in my bank account details and I still have in storage I it's onemy favorite aunt extract is amazing here I've got a question what's your favorite tool sohard hmm it's hard to keep a sharp knife at Rangers I don't have one ofmy dog right now which is shocking um I love them and a sharp knife ortwo things that are never more than an arm's length away from me except for rightnow which is take is an anomaly um there is a tool called a port eventwhich is a portable band saw in Milwaukee has seen fit to make one battery powerand that portable band saw it's it's expensive there about four hundred dollars that man I'duse it so much the crude jokes that some them to make much with it Iuse it for everything because it's totally silent and it will cut through anything I meanyou can probably get a car boot off with this it's incredible and it's moose niceand slow it's nice precise cuts in its totally quiet I love that what the astoundingMcKew experimented on the most challenging it's hard to say I mean they all present thechallenges that were confronted with their lot more than just friends figure out how to withthe challenges I was headed tell the story so often the ones your most challenging areactually some of the more boring with because we're trying to figure out like that issomething that like this to mean the producers to me that provide probably a good twothirds of the mature looking to pick me up we get ideas from our producers inone place that we would do a household objects show the religion that is outlined insight oh come on that all women he's is yet to be perceived as the stupidfunny was that it can relate to something funny with weakened to a whole hour onthe tape help me get to USC's an autopsy and is like really and see becausehave you seen the show on so then we did a full hour of duct tapethat carry predatory did something unbelievable decade and Jamie night we did three kind of amazingthings with activity including we may suppose that's all true to say about it so itworked or not believe it or boats very funny on I've seen the cap number onein the context was an image and the context of trying to recreate the Jane Doeexperiment and have the car left off with a rocket engine exploded catch softly into sisteradults than men so you've been on the receiving end of people's incredibly that failures andcurious how you handle that now because year and situation now where you can tie upthere and yet are working for you doing these things already so what does it withall the it was a big disappointment she'll car take off was very big disappointment infact I was one of the more difficult from a production standpoint the last thing wewanted to do right and was filled with more of a TV show we had spentweeks thinking through all the possible things can go wrong with getting this car like thatto a ramp with the budget that we had which was tiny the location was difficulttrying the cable car trying to deliver the remote control to cable release drag the carall of these different systems in every last one of them worked every last one ofthe things that we plan works the way we planned it to work except the onething that we didn't have control over and honestly actually I took real salsa that Iwas really pleased with Iran so in the end I was like am I re workedtoo bad about those excluding the kids it actually makes this more it makes more cautiousif you know there's some we got in and coming up where Jamie wants to watchthe awful card seventy miles an hour safely he wants to launch himself but I waspicturing I can't say the context was picturing myself being set into a mechanism that wouldwatch me off the cart seventy miles an hour and this pretty much holding two peopleI would trust with the release and one that loves me and the other Wednesday thefact is when push comes to study though we drive each other not seem to getreally pissed off each other every single day um whenever we leave things in other people'shands it's a variable we don't know what we know that when each other has controlledthe thing we were doing we know that it's going to work the way we thinkit's each no sound heights my ex worksheets sound I very nice you really like thatexplosion a lot of beers are the robots party age Eugene Eagle at Bear Lake andI hate these eighty eight innings and satisfyingly that read I'm still on I use andon and each adding water to your rescue what's up with that and that's great youif you're a regular watcher of the show I am given to hyperbole I probably meansthat I say everything is brilliant everything's amazing everythings the most fun I've ever had everythingis awesome and I really do feel like that at that moment but upon reflection whenyou ask me to choose my favorite and I go back overnight because it is plainexplosions for us are kind of like fine wine it's right which each one's got aflavor like the Etsy shops that the deep throaty rumble on the back to back inalready begun with sneakers that one may your blog back toward the shockwave was really niftywow that was real you know so when I go back to all of those typesof explosions and most the time I have to say working with Dr explosives is moreterrifying than not because they're like explosives and the only solace you can take on workingwith them is that if something happens you will notice I've sat on a duffel bagfull of three hundred thousand cast boosters in Telluride throwing them out of the helicopter windowto start Appalachians then again I yell and I thought unreasonable requests so the hot waterheater I think is not only my favorite because I love the throaty rumble of thehot water heater but it's also one that I have total control over and what Ifeel very safe doing it's like it note parameter those things it's very difficult to findthings that failed reliably and hot water heaters are one of them you read make magazineI get absolutely everything magazine every every issue I I'd love it I wish it wasaround when I was a kid you know it Adam and I remember when it wasn'tcool to be a maker it was on that long ago it wasn't cool to beand electronics was cool to be in the computers that now we know it's the coolestthing in the world we all come together just peek out on it in love itand know the closest thing that we had to rebuy magazine CRC as column and byno no he get this great column already built hardware her home brew projects in thePentagon running out of computers is what the software and that's what's so great about thiswith hardware with your favorite projects in May I won't I love the elite Easter Eliseit's one of the simple its most elegant little little bits of delicious techno vandalism that'sjust great um I love them and let the magnet Stephen actually let the hardware hackingbecause you know it's one thing that there was this point as everything was becoming moreand more chances you for saying we'll know it's going to be taken apart the teepees in the morning dew and doing stuff to him and we're past that people arere program the boards of their computer I've actually I'm working on a project break nowand someone may have to help me with this I've got a stereo in my carbut I have an old land cruiser and its heart trouble adjusting stairs so I boughta remote control for the stereo but what I won this week mailbox for the roadtoll so I pulled out of the Port of Tyne to wire right to the boardso that I control my stereo and that's to be something that would've done had Inot been reading me to see yours anybody willing to help them out on that he'sdone a project here Adam can you join us over here and sign some autographs absoluteabsolutely thanks so much prayer we thank you so much see you next year