Last night's Dorkbot SF was Boing Boing in a box. First, Mikey Sklar explained how he implanted an RFID tag (a simple chip with a 40-digit number) in his hand. Then he showed off some projects using the tag, including a proxiity-controlled trampoline-triggered oven...flamethrower...thing. (The upshot: You jump on the trampoline, the flames shoot up.)

Geeking out: Jake Appelbaum tees and an RFID-run trampoline at Dorkbot SF #25


Actual quote from Mikey Sklar: "Here's the tool we used to inject the chip. I'll pass it around. PLEASE — don't — inject yourself with anything."

Then Craig Latta talked about interactive fiction meeting musical livecoding. Didn't stay for that (sorry, Craig), but I'm told it rocked. And finally, it was Open Dork time at the podium, which I also missed.

Geeking out: Jake Appelbaum tees and an RFID-run trampoline at Dorkbot SF #25


"And now I will inject this up my arm."

Geeking out: Jake Appelbaum tees and an RFID-run trampoline at Dorkbot SF #25


"No, it doesn't transform into a Corvette. I'm sorry. What do you want from me?"

After the jump, star photographer Jake Appelbaum can't stop leaving San Francisco.

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Jake Appelbaum stopped by during his final tour of San Fran. He also appeared on half the shirts in the audience.

Geeking out: Jake Appelbaum tees and an RFID-run trampoline at Dorkbot SF #25


Fleshbot's Violet Blue and Survival Research Labs' Karen Marcelo have found religion, and if you'd like to join them, they'll be recruiting at Fifth and Market every Wednesday.

After moving out of the city, the star hacker-photographer has come back twice already — not that you could pin the man to any one place, what with journalistic work in Iraq and aiding the Katrina relief effort in New Orleans. Well, every night now will be Jake's last night in town.

Geeking out: Jake Appelbaum tees and an RFID-run trampoline at Dorkbot SF #25


For a dramatic final exit, Jake ascended into the clouds as his disciples stood in awe.