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Adam Savage Answers Your Questions

May 8, 2013

by Karen Brown

Several weeks ago, Etsy ran a podcast of Adam Savage describing what he loved about Etsy. “I’ve gotten so much from Etsy over the years,” he said. “If anyone in the Etsy community has any questions they would like me to answer, I will do my best.” Here are excerpts of some of your questions and his answers. His full podcast is included above.

Otterling: When you’re looking around on Etsy, what are the sorts of things that really stand out to you?

Adam: Etsy’s practice of grouping things together on the homepage, generally of a similar color, or attitude, or shape — I think it’s one of my favorite home pages, because it’s like, “Oh wow, blue things!” But one’s a boat, and another is a piece of jewelry, and another is a croissant! So sometimes I click on things I see on the home page, but the most common thing I do are searches for the things I am interested in. And if I find someone whose store I like, I might browse their store for a while.

SurvivorGeek: Ever use any Etsy purchases in your Mythbusting experiments?

Adam: I am positive I have used something I bought on Etsy on the show, most likely as part of a costume.

KoliopeeDesigns: ?I would love to know what Jamie thinks of Etsy.

Adam: What Jamie thinks of anything is a mystery to everyone. He’d probably go, “Hmmm, I dunno. Sure. Etsy.”

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MaryZoom: How did you make the leap from sculpting to science? Are you ambi-brained?

Adam: For me there is a direct intersection between making and science. I have always been interested in science but doing Mythbusters increased that by a couple of orders of magnitude. Knowing the “why,” knowing how what I’m doing fits into the bigger picture in terms of physics and getting people to understand complicated things in a simple way is part of what makes me a good scientist on Mythbusters.

MaineCoonCrafts: Where do you feel the indie movement is going, and where will it end up? Is mainstream America ready to go back to its roots and toss out mass-produced, outsourced products?

Adam: I think the Maker Movement is only getting stronger. I’ve said this before: Etsy is exactly what I would have been doing 20 years ago if Etsy had existed. That’s not to say I’m anti-mass production, but I think a proper balance of that with communities you can walk through and things that you can buy from people that you know is a huge and important and vital public good.

DancingHouse: What advice would you give kids interested in pursuing science and the arts? And do you think science and the arts can be combined into new fields of study and/or employment?

Adam: I totally do. Culturally, when I was a kid, science was the field you would refer to as the opposite of creativity. I think people are understanding now that science is very creative.

Modelarose: What do you enjoy most — making things, collecting things, or blowing things up?

Adam: Blowing things up is at the bottom of that list. It’s dangerous, it’s tense, it’s so deadly. Making stuff or collecting stuff? They both light up different pleasure centers in my brain.

MidcenturyMosiacs: When I was in junior high my science teacher, Mr. Sheffer, told us a story about a guy drowning in an industrial vat of mayonnaise at a mayonnaise factory. He said it is impossible to swim in mayonnaise because of the viscosity. Is it true?

Adam: Oh my God, that is such a good question. That just made my list for Mythbusters. I do not know — but I want to know.

2 Featured Comments

  • dancinghouse

    Gina Garvin from dancinghouse said 7 years ago Featured

    I did a fan girl giggle when I saw my question was answered! It's great to have validation that science and creativity are partners. And it's exciting to know that my kids have the opportunities to use both! Thanks!

  • Nemki

    Nemki from nemki said 7 years ago Featured

    I love seeing the boundaries between art and science blur. As someone who was very nearly a biologist but made the crazy decision of being an illustrator instead, I've never understood why these two very creative fields are often seen as poles apart. Both art and science are alike in so many ways, and their lifeblood is curiosity, imagination and problem-solving... Great interview, thank you!

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