Author Archives: Ben Z Cooper

Breaker Faire – May 25th

Breaker Faire

Breaker Faire poster by Dallyn Rule –

Like to BREAK things? Visit the Vancouver Community Laboratory for your chance to smash a car! For just a few dollars, you can take part in a scrumptious pancake BREAK-fast, WRECK a car, have your mind BLOWN by local art / creations, and PLAY a giant claw game! Wreckage form the car will be used by local artists for materials, and all proceeds benefit the Vancouver CoLab and Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.

All ages. Entrance by donation.

Saturday, May 25, 10 am – 5 pm

1907 Triumph St.

Click here for information & updates via Facebook

Submissions to show your work will be open until one week before the event (May 18th). Please contact for more details.


Random Excellence: St. George Bikelane Library

A line of books caught my eye while biking along 10th between Fraser and Main. Immediately, instinctively, I pulled over to take a look. Books are an addiction.


St. George Library has a wide range of books, CDs, DVDs and even a couple of neat random trinkets. There was no free internet at this library however, talking in outdoor voices was OK. In fact, both times I’ve been here, there have been friendly and interesting people. The first time, I met one of creators, Travis, who happened to be making some cool bike accessories for his niece. The second time, complete strangers engaged in conversation. It made me feel that “community” wasn’t just a buzz word or a mildly hilarious sitcom.


So, if you’re looking for something new to read or listen to, here’s a link to it’s location on a map. You might even make a new friend. Have you seen cool stuff around the city?



Makers & innovators; 3 more days to apply!

Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, recalls the launch of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, and says that hobbyists playing with new technologies have often led the way into hotbeds of a new industry.

“I think that self-motivated spirit is what drives entrepreneurs, and we need to have it drive everyone,” O’Reilly says. “Because if you do something useful, if you do something for love, some good percentage of those things will actually turn into a business. That’s really the heart of entrepreneurship; wanting to make something happen.”


Even if you’re not on the edge of technology and innovation, or looking to turn your hobby into a full-time job, there is still so much to be gained from being around other creative people. Gardeners look at the world much differently than programmers however, together they are unlocking our future. So, no matter what you love to create, you should come show it off at Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.


There are only 3 days left in the early bird call for Makers. So, take a minute and sign up.



Meet Daisy, the Solar Powered Tricycle

Daisy is the world’s largest solar powered tricycle. Made in California by master inventor and fabricator Professor Bob Schneeveis from the medical department of Neurobiology at Stanford University, Daisy resides in Vancouver at the eatART hangar.