gives an interesting talk titled "why we make" at the Bay Area MakerFaire. Many have been comparing the leaps we've been taking in home engineering/hacking/making etc, to the early days of computers. People are making things at home that are actually making a difference.
is a huge collector and maker of movie prop replicas. When he was talking to someone and showing off some of the amazing replicas that determined individuals are constructing in their homes, the person lamented the lack of originality.