This is another interview in a series of articles as we cover the people who make the horror/haunted house industry what it is. Today we cover someone on the cutting edge of using technology to scare people. Phillip Torrone, Senior Editor of Make magazine writes for one of the most popular DIY blogs and magazines on the planet. He also has a huge penchant for Halloween, having organized his own haunted house and run countless articles on DIY for Halloween enthusaists.
What is Make magazine?
Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Our magazine is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. Make celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will. Make is published quarterly since February 2005, and is a hybrid magazine/book (known as a mook in Japan). Make comes from O'Reilly, the publisher of record for geeks and tech enthusiasts everywhere. It follows in line with the Hacks books and Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks, but it takes a highly visual and personal approach. We've been called the "Martha Stewart for Geeks" - that's kinda fitting.
You launched a new magazine called Craft, what's that?
Craft is a bit like Make; it's the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts. Celebrating the DIY spirit, Craft's goal is to unite, inspire, inform and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative and resourceful people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected, and even renegade techniques, materials, and tools; people who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities.
What are Make and Craft doing for Halloween?
I think Halloween is the holiday for makers and crafters, so we wanted to do a few things this year. Our blog is posting around ten or so Halloween projects per day - so check out the site each day in our special Halloween category.