MythBusters' Adam Savage – Dodos, Maltese Falcons, and the Art of Obsession

3 04 2011

MythBusters co-host Adam Savage gives a fast-paced presentation on personal obsessions. Savage explains how his fascination with dodo bird skeletons eventually led to his designing of an exact bronze-cast replica of the titular statue from the 1941 Humphrey Bogart movie, “The Maltese Falcon.” —– Adam Savage speaks at the 2008 Entertainment Gathering in Monterey, California. This program was recorded on December 12, 2008. EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas – a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web – The Entertainment Gathering 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, Adam 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

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3 04 2011
AgrivatedKillah

@KSeigY Believe it or not theres a 13 hour video..and here this..there’s actually a video thats 478 hours long.. No i am not making this up.

3 04 2011
AgrivatedKillah

@KSeigY Yeah.. there’s videos a lot longer than that.. up to over two hours.

3 04 2011
LVGeneration

How cool. I love this guy!

3 04 2011
bsasteve

What a cool guy

3 04 2011
tastybloodymess

@KSeigY The Blob movie was up for a while and it lasted about and hour or somewhere near that.

3 04 2011
sharareeves

wow , u no when someone is so geeky and nerdy that they almost become too cool 😀

3 04 2011
masgalaxy

i so want to start making a dodo skeleton now

3 04 2011
MetalguitarlessonsUK

Anyone else think Adam Savage looks a bit like a nerdy version of Jack Bauer from 24 (ie kiefer sutherland)?

3 04 2011
mrThurmenMurmen

It really seems like Adam has such a unique, but fun personality. I always thought it would be cool to meet him someday.

3 04 2011
RelativelyBest

You know, looking back at this, I wonder why he didn’t bake the sculpey falcon before making a mold out of it.

Heck, that’s how you get that shiny surface he was talking about. You bake the sculpey and then when it’s hard you polish it. He must have done that with the dodo skeleton, so I don’t see why he couldn’t do the same with the falcon.

3 04 2011
OathOfOdium

I never knew Adam was so cool

3 04 2011
Serostern

@KSeigY Check The Amazing Atheist’s “a few small announcements” video. Three hours. Or The Geek Group’s August Update, also 3 hours.

3 04 2011
Hisart1

Wow, Adam Savage is so much more than what we see on MythBusters! He has definitely gone up on my list of impressive people list I would like to spend a day with,

3 04 2011
ninboy01

Wait wait wait, Adam DREW a map of middle earth for himself?… whoa… talk about OCD.

3 04 2011
Hordesthugz13

WoW very interesting!

3 04 2011
elektronikc

he is officially my new hero! 😀

3 04 2011
AdamK118

*Making my own creative ideas folder 😀

3 04 2011
oschlatter

@tehmikuji Really? A “top of the line” pc for under $300? Let’s see the spec on that then.

3 04 2011
ShaolinFTW

after watching this, i’m going to make a creative ideas folder

3 04 2011
tehmikuji

@cowsrock94 Heh, I suppose 1 or 2 PCI-e slots would be sufficient for a casual gamer or something…
Don’t get me wrong, I’d buy an iMac or MacBook Pro if I didn’t have to shell out 1.2 to 2+ thousand $ for one.
Like I said, I can build a top of the line PC with everything I need and no hardware/software compatibility issues for under $300, so a modern Mac is just a novelty I’ll buy later when I’m rich enough that the price doesn’t impact me so much (I do plan on having 2 or 3 comps eventually).

3 04 2011
kaz3kag3gaara

I wonder if he can help me remake Dracula’s cape…

3 04 2011
parafleet

Adam seems to be ok until he lords it over the lesser squeezes on Mythbusters. Then Adam is a fuckcockhead in fact. As for his co-equal, the German, he tried to blind God with the flashlight he used to anal probe and see his ballsack with a mirror at night.

3 04 2011
cwhanna

hands down the coolest nerd (respectfully) ever.. we who are also nerds salute you adam for you courage and endless willingness to put yourself totally out there. just too cool

3 04 2011
joshuatube511

maltese.. :’) jiena proud! 😄

3 04 2011
perfectpredator11

<< Am Maltese , 😛 those are very very rare creatures




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