I recently bookmarked the london hackpace, here is a video of a typical meet. To find a space near you, try this interactive map.
I think the hackers are obviously living in places where we just have gotten bored of the rampant consumerism that civilization brings.
If you have not got a space nearby, you could try start one, or just participate in the hacking community by sharing your ideas, designs or implementations.
One way to participate is to collect all the junk you have not figured out what to do with, and box it and post it to these people .
12 hours ago