2012.09.14

Weekly Metapost : 2012.09.07 - 2012.09.14

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from September 7th, 2012 to September 14th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.bathsheba.com/math/klein/
Tagged : beer beer openers klein bottles math technology tobuy

Math, Science, Technology, 3D printing, geekery, and beer all in one item - and I can buy one of these?!? Yes please! (starts saving up money) [via Evil Mad Scientist]

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2012.09.07

Weekly Metapost : 2012.08.31 - 2012.09.07

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from August 31st, 2012 to September 7th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.esquire.com/the-side/food-and-drink/nfl-team-beers-2012#slide-1
Tagged : beer craft brews esquire sports

A craft brew for every NFL team. I'll admit that I'm not a sports junkie, but there's a good number of brews I'd like to try (and a few I know I'd happly enjoy again)

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2012.08.31

Weekly Metapost : 2012.08.24 - 2012.08.31

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from August 24th, 2012 to August 31st, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.wired.com/design/2012/08/inside-adam-savages-toolbox/
Tagged : Adam Savage geek ideas tools wired

There's part of me that loves the ideas behind Adam Savage's toolboxes, but I think I'm mostly content with my current rigs. [via boingboing]

http://www.wired.com/design/2012/08/adam-savages-tools/all/
Tagged : Adam Savage articles ideas tools wired

While I don't think I'll be building a similar toolbox, Adam Savage's tool list has me adding a few items to my wishlists.

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2012.07.27

Weekly Metapost : 2012.07.20 - 2012.07.27

03.00.01 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from July 20th, 2012 to July 27th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKdsXU5iIF0&feature=relmfu
Tagged : diy electronics ideas MAKE todo

Neat idea for working with copper clad PCBs. I've engraved a few boards rather than use toner transfer etching processes, but the idea of cutting "islands" with a repurposed drill bit sounds like a fun challenge. [via hackaday]

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2012.07.13

Weekly Metapost : 2012.07.06 - 2012.07.13

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from July 6th, 2012 to July 13th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/06/27/tips-for-building-with-kids/
Tagged : ideas leadership life MAKE

I've been sitting on this article for over a week now, and while little of it is new from my experiences from working with scouting, it's a reminder I needed.

http://www.hookedonlight.com/2012/06/light-painting-tool-first-results.html
Tagged : electronics ideas make todo

Something I considered building a few years ago, although I'll admit that I had not thought about using an RGB LED, its certainly a nice touch.

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2012.06.01

Weekly Metapost : 2012.05.25 - 2012.06.01

03.00.03 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 25th, 2012 to June 1st, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://makeprojects.com/Project/4-Foot-Wooden-Digital-Clock/1398/1#.T8MhXHlYtLo
Tagged : electronics howto ideas MAKE projects reference todo

Stylish take on building your own 7-segment LED displays. One I'm building is more industiral, but after building one, I can see myself building others.

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2012.05.25

Weekly Metapost : 2012.05.18 - 2012.05.25

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 18th, 2012 to May 25th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://9to5mac.com/2011/07/19/os-x-lion-kills-front-row-heres-how-to-get-it-back/
Tagged : apple front row hacks mac software

Somehow I missed the memo about Apple killing Front Row in 10.7, something I didn't use often, but still liked. Fortuatly there's a convient fix for it, and the various patches I talked about in 2010 still work, assuming you can find the downloads.

Food for Thought [other noteworthy books]

Feynman [Hardcover] Rated 5.0 stars for Feynman [Hardcover]

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2012.05.18

Weekly Metapost : 2012.05.11 - 2012.05.18

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 11th, 2012 to May 18th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://tinkerlog.com/2012/05/13/battery-adapter-for-canon-powershot-sx200/
Tagged : 3d printers cameras hacks ideas MAKE todo

I've been wanting to get an AC adapter for my digital cameras for a while now, and while I have the power supplies needed, the adapter component has been a question for a while. Just buy a complete set and accept the cost, or buy one hope I can find a quitable adapter for my cobbled together power supply? I see something like this and I'm that much more sure I want a 3d printer and a cnc milling machine. [via adafruit]

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2012.05.11

Weekly Metapost : 2012.05.04 - 2012.05.11

03.00.03 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 4th, 2012 to May 11th, 2012

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Moneyball (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for Moneyball (2011)
Real Steel (2011) Rated 4.5 stars for Real Steel (2011)

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2012.05.04

Weekly Metapost : 2012.04.27 - 2012.05.04

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 27th, 2012 to May 4th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/04/29/magazine/steinway-pianos.html?ref=magazine
Tagged : articles instruments new york times nytimes photos piano Steinway

II'm not a piano player, but a well made instrument is a piece of art as much as it is a tool. The amount of work that goes into one like a Steinway is unquestionabl impressive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x5IziyOcAg&feature=player_embedded
Tagged : 007 geek hack make videos youtube

So in James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies, they dreamed up a car that Bond could drive with his cell phone. While that movie is 15 years old, a couple thusand dollars and you can drive a car with an iPhone. Admittedly there's no video feed (yet) so it's ore of an oversized RC car, but it's still pretty cool (and comes with some instructions and software…) [via adafruit]

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/doonan/2012/04/kim_kardashian_why_does_she_fascinate_us_we_used_to_revere_scientists_and_surgeons_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2
Tagged : culture history ideas opinions politics slate society thoughtful

Interesting argument. Why do we celebrate the "talentless" when we used to celebrate the "talentless" along side the intellectuals. I think theres some fallacy on both ends of the author's timeline, but I think the point is the more important. Why do we no longer celebrate the most intellegent and creative? There are some that we do, the mainstream list is pretty small compared to the athletes, musicians and actors. While I don't think it's a social equivilent to Harrison Bergeron where we celebrate the average amd penalize the truely skilled, there are times when it seems close, I mean how many sceintists and surgeons do we have in political office?

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2012.04.27

Weekly Metapost : 2012.04.20 - 2012.04.27

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 20th, 2012 to April 27th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://dannyhellman.blogspot.com/2012/02/oh-jobs-that-get-killed-part-one.html
Tagged : art DannyHellman dr. suess funny society

Some fun pseudo Dr. Suess with a modern day bent. I know thhere's plenty of faked Dr. Suess art, but I sort of whicch this set made it to market (also check out part two)

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2012.04.20

Weekly Metapost : 2012.04.13 - 2012.04.20

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 13th, 2012 to April 20th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KorhvVQRUM
Tagged : cbs history Jim Henson muppets tv videos youtube

The pitch Jim Henson made to CBS for The Muppet Show. Historical yes, but great content as well. Sort of feels a bit like Network [via GeeksAreSexy]

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2012.04.13

Weekly Metapost : 2012.04.06 - 2012.04.13

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 6th, 2012 to April 13th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/the-next-time-someone-says-the-internet-killed-reading-books-show-them-this-chart/255572/
Tagged : articles education ideas literature society theatlantic

Neat to see that our society does read, with a Gallup survey showing about 48% of people are reading a book or novel. However, it leaves plenty of questions unanswered. While we are reading, are we reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games or are we reading classics from Goethe and Mark Twain to more modern classics like Catch 22 or 1984 (at least outside the demands of classrooms), and perhaps the question of if it even matters. It'll take time and further studies to understand the enviroment, but as someone with an evergrowing slush pile of literature, it's good to know I'm not alone...

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/04/06/repurposed-rake-wine-glass-rack/
Tagged : ideas make reuse tools

You might love your tools when… or Note to self. Take your pick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L6dzUOYTQtQ
Tagged : beer geek music npr science youtube

Geek music with a celtic spin, all about the science of beer. Not for everyones taste, but I could have a few rounds of it. [via NPR]

http://vimeo.com/40000072
Tagged : arcade cool MAKE videos vimeo

Great video for a great story, cudos to Caine, a 9 year old boy who decided to build and operate his own arcade. [via MAKE]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Rango (2011) Rated 3.5 stars for Rango (2011)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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2012.04.06

Weekly Metapost : 2012.03.30 - 2012.04.06

03.00.03 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 30th, 2012 to April 6th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://oceananinchdeep.blogspot.com/2011/01/3d-fractals-cut-on-scroll-saw.html
Tagged : art crafts make todo

Advanced math power tools = art? This is certainly on my todo list.

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/03/30/how-to-make-your-own-sriracha/
Tagged : food geek ideas MAKE

As much for the DIY sriracha as the history behind it and the amusing webcomic MAKE links to.

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2012.03.23

Weekly Metapost : 2012.03.16 - 2012.03.23

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 16th, 2012 to March 23rd, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://frugaldad.com/social
Tagged : business culture infographic society

A few cases of why you shouldn't piss of your customers, especially if you're a massive business operating on the international scale. [via Hacking Netflix]

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2012.03.16

Weekly Metapost : 2012.03.09 - 2012.03.16

03.00.01 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 9th, 2012 to March 16th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.ted.com/talks/how_simple_ideas_lead_to_scientific_discoveries.html
Tagged : history science TED videos

Great talk by Adam Savage on why even simple ideas are so important. Well worth the 8 minutes.

http://frugaldad.com/social
Tagged : business culture infographic society

A few cases of why you shouldn't piss of your customers, especially if you're a massive business operating on the international scale. [via Hacking Netflix]

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2012.03.09

Weekly Metapost : 2012.03.02 - 2012.03.09

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 2nd, 2012 to March 9th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://xkcd.com/1024/
Tagged : comics life xkcd

I could live with Error: -41, actaully I sort of have over the last few summers.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Hugo (2011) Rated 5.0 stars for Hugo (2011)

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2012.03.02

Weekly Metapost : 2012.02.24 - 2012.03.02

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from February 24th, 2012 to March 2nd, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/the_undercover_economist/2007/05/the_mystery_of_the_5cent_cocacola.html
Tagged : articles coke economics slate soda trivia

Random trivia about Coca-Cola and their 70 years of selling bottles of coke for a mere 5 cents.

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/the-expanding-cult-of-cheerwine/
Tagged : cheerwine culture drinks food New York Times NYT soda

As a midwesteren transplanted into North Carolina, it took me a while to appreciate the joys of Cheerwine, but I'm officially hooked, but after looking for an alcoholic cocktail in which to use it as a mixed, I stumbled across this article on cult sodas. Cheerwine maybe the biggest of the udnerdogs, but I'm now on the hunt for a few others. Microbrew is no longer limited to beers.

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/02/28/how-to-splice-wire-to-nasa-standards/
Tagged : electronics MAKE NASA science

I've been using the lineman splice for years, and while I don't use it all the time, I'm certainly a fan of it, so it's cool to see that its NASA approaved. The only fault is that I don't always pre-tin the wire. [via MAKE directly - source is a NASA PDF]

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/opinion/sunday/innovation-and-the-bell-labs-miracle.html
Tagged : articles business culture nytimes technology

AT&T and Bell labs were being split up before I was born, but there's something appealing about the way Bell Labs used to operate. A center where thinkers and builders were working under the same roof, and the diverse skill set with an open door policy. While I know businesses need bureaucracy and management to run , I love finding a job where there's a fair amount of freedom available, with the resources and time permitted to pursuit ones ideas and goals. Thankfully it seems like there are lots of modern businesses picking up what Bell Labs left behind, but it's great reading about what Bell used to be. I'll probably be looking for the authors's book when I get a chance. [via Adafruit]

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2012.02.26

Copyright and left

13.24.25 - Mark

I create content. I write content, I shoot video, I take photos, I program. I'm not the only one who does this, in some way in some shape, everyone creates something copyrightable. But from there, there's an interesting dichotomy to the content that we create. Society loves the partial Steward Brand quote "Information wants to be free" but sometimes we forget the whole quote:

On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other

Yes our information wants to be free, quotes true or false are passed around the internet, videos and music is passed from friend to friend, be it the high tech P2P networks to the sneaker net use of analog cassette taps and xerox copies. But that information is valuable. Hense organizations like RIAA and MPAA passing out lawsuits like Halloween candy and pushes for insane legislation.

As a content creator I'm aware of both sides. I have work I pass out for free, while it is valuable to me, it's a marginal amount, citations are nice, but sometimes a "Hey can I use this" is enough of a nod. Some content I don't even obfuscate or try to lock down. However, I also create work so valuable that dollars are involved. I've sold photos to be printed on tshirts, licences for use in promotional materials, and some sold as art.

Living in these two worlds - free and valuable, I'm aware of potential copyright violations. I've seen my photos used in newspapers credited to someone else, and I've run into situations where my work was used without permission in borderline commercial purposes. Last night however I ran across a youtube video on reusing wooden pallets. As I watched it I knew plenty of photos were being used without citations, without any credit to the projects being documented or the people behind the work. Some were common, some new to me, but right at 2 minutes, I saw one of my own photos from my Pallet wood coffee table.

Now that image both on my blog, and on my flickr account is under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license so I'm fine with it being used. The video is not commercial, but I'm not sure what I feel about the attribution. My ego isn't really craving the credit. It would like it of course, but it's not critical. Intellectually however, I think it is required. With dozens of photos collected from all over the interwebs, there are countless numbers of projects that people may want to explore further (and in the case of this video, we're talking over 600,000 people), and without credits that's a difficult task.

I honestly haven't decided how I'm going to approach the issue but it's an odd case I haven't had to deal with before.

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2012.02.24

Weekly Metapost : 2012.02.17 - 2012.02.24

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from February 17th, 2012 to February 24th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JLdB0WEixjM
Tagged : entertainment intel make science videos youtube

So cool, seeing a real life incarnation of a CGI animation that was made in the 90s (at least Animusic, the company that made the animations was started in the 90s). A little supprising that the physical product was by Intel [via MAKE]

http://startmaking.com/mike-bloomberg/
Tagged : MAKE Mike Bloomberg videos

Nice little speach by Mike Bloomberg, socially and economically - specifically the closing little quote "Stop talking, start making. Its good advise"

http://jordanbunker.com/archives/41
Tagged : chemistry DIY electronics howto MAKE todo

A few months ago I posted a link to a college lab's video on making conductive ink . At the time I said i wanted to get some lab gear and do it myself. Well, since then someone has written up instructions on how they did it on a budget, and some DIY equiptment. I'm even more tempted to make some myself (even if it does use some nasty chemicals). [via MAKE]

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