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An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3-D Printing 'Phenomenon' | Wired Opinion |...

Autodesk’s CEO provides a balanced take on where 3D printers (and printing) are headed….
“Think about the Kinko’s model, which didn’t replace desktop printers or production-scale printing houses — but still played an important role in the reproduction ecosystem. With 3-D printing, companies like Shapeways round out the ecosystem of printer hardware and software-controlled manufacturing by providing both services for 3-D printing and a marketplace of designs. And then there are also design repositories, like Thingiverse, and Instructables (owned by Autodesk)………
Instead of a mass-manufacturing marketplace where everything is made the same way, I expect the “production” trajectory for 3-D printing to start with low-volume, high-value objects like prosthetic devices or bespoke items like jewelry. Most 3-D printing will be personal and custom, similar to the way we use our inkjet printers today. Just as rip-mix-burn became the anthem for digital music, we are starting to do the same thing fo…

An Insider's View of the Myths and Truths of the 3-D Printing 'Phenomenon' | Wired Opinion |...

Autodesk's CEO provides a balanced take on where 3D printers (and printing) are headed....

"Think about the Kinko’s model, which didn’t replace desktop printers or production-scale printing houses — but still played an important role in the reproduction ecosystem. With 3-D printing, companies like Shapeways round out the ecosystem of printer hardware and software-controlled manufacturing by providing both services for 3-D printing and a marketplace of designs. And then there are also design repositories, like Thingiverse, and Instructables (owned by Autodesk).........

Instead of a mass-manufacturing marketplace where everything is made the same way, I expect the “production” trajectory for 3-D printing to start with low-volume, high-value objects like prosthetic devices or bespoke items like jewelry. Most 3-D printing will be personal and custom, similar to the way we use our inkjet printers today. Just as rip-mix-burn became the anthem for digital music, we are starting to do …

Why the HTML5 Standard Fight Matters

EFF is staving off yet another attempt to cram DRM into the very fabric of the Web…..
“In this case, EFF’s concerns focus on the proposed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) document. Despite its innocuous name, EME only exists to hard-wire the requirements of DRM vendors onto the emerging web standard. So last week, EFF increased its involvement in the W3C from being a regular participant and invited expert to a full member, to challenge DRM in the group’s future work. We feel that this is the best way to broaden the discussion within the W3C of the consequences of accepting DRM-based proposals like EME for the future of the Web and the W3C as a whole.”
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/eff-joins-w3c-fight-drm
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https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/eff-joins-w3c-fight-drm

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Why the HTML5 Standard Fight Matters

EFF is staving off yet another attempt to cram DRM into the very fabric of the Web.....

"In this case, EFF's concerns focus on the proposed Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) document. Despite its innocuous name, EME only exists to hard-wire the requirements of DRM vendors onto the emerging web standard. So last week, EFF increased its involvement in the W3C from being a regular participant and invited expert to a full member, to challenge DRM in the group's future work. We feel that this is the best way to broaden the discussion within the W3C of the consequences of accepting DRM-based proposals like EME for the future of the Web and the W3C as a whole."

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/eff-joins-w3c-fight-drm
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https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/eff-joins-w3c-fight-drm

Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake

Nothing like a little bit of Earth shaped cake to start off a Friday….
“A little while ago, my sister approached me with an idea. She’s doing an education degree, and her and her friends had to give a series of lessons on the geological sciences to a class of primary school kids.
One of their lessons involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake.
So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it.”
http://cakecrumbs.livejournal.com/55884.html
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Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake #Facebook

Commission: Earth Structural Layer Cake

Nothing like a little bit of Earth shaped cake to start off a Friday....

"A little while ago, my sister approached me with an idea. She's doing an education degree, and her and her friends had to give a series of lessons on the geological sciences to a class of primary school kids.

One of their lessons involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake.

So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it."

http://cakecrumbs.livejournal.com/55884.html
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http://cakecrumbs.livejournal.com/55884.html

Material Transfer Agreement underlying the controversy over patent rights and the Middle Eastern...

It seems that the Dutch lab (Erasmus Medical Centre) that patented the MERS virus (a deadly coronavirus) apparently has a history of asserting intellectual property rights over viruses with a view to earning royalties….
That is not, of course, the PR message the Erasmus Medical Centre is trying to send….
(quote and PDF link below is from Third World Network)
Material Transfer Agreement PDF link:
http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/intellectual_property/info.service/2013/ipr.info.130512/22227717951a47369b9515.pdf
“Numerous provisions of the Erasmus MTA are designed to support intellectual property claims, and Erasmus has a track record of taking an aggressive intellectual property stance. Erasmus attempted to take out patents over the SARS virus in the early 2000s, and has broad patents on use of human metapneumovirus, a respiratory virus that often infects children.
Erasmus licenses rights to several companies to manufacture diagnostic tests for this virus, earning royalties when the assay is…

Material Transfer Agreement underlying the controversy over patent rights and the Middle Eastern...

It seems that the Dutch lab (Erasmus Medical Centre) that patented the MERS virus (a deadly coronavirus) apparently has a history of asserting intellectual property rights over viruses with a view to earning royalties....

That is not, of course, the PR message the Erasmus Medical Centre is trying to send....

(quote and PDF link below is from Third World Network)

Material Transfer Agreement PDF link:
http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/intellectual_property/info.service/2013/ipr.info.130512/22227717951a47369b9515.pdf

"Numerous provisions of the Erasmus MTA are designed to support intellectual property claims, and Erasmus has a track record of taking an aggressive intellectual property stance. Erasmus attempted to take out patents over the SARS virus in the early 2000s, and has broad patents on use of human metapneumovirus, a respiratory virus that often infects children.

Erasmus licenses rights to several companies to manufacture diagnostic tests for this virus, earning royalties when th…

Don't Study Success to Learn How to Be Successful

A reminder that failure can often teach us more than success….
“We like to look at successful people in our field and ask what they did right, but we really ought to ask what they (and others) did wrong. Attempting to distill the virtues of triumph erases the most important element: failure.
We favor a look at success due to a phenomenon known as “survival bias,” which causes our brains to ignore anything but what went right.”
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http://lifehacker.com/dont-study-success-to-learn-how-to-be-successful-510131787?utm_source=feedly

Don't Study Success to Learn How to Be Successful #Facebook

Don't Study Success to Learn How to Be Successful

A reminder that failure can often teach us more than success....

"We like to look at successful people in our field and ask what they did right, but we really ought to ask what they (and others) did wrong. Attempting to distill the virtues of triumph erases the most important element: failure.

We favor a look at success due to a phenomenon known as "survival bias," which causes our brains to ignore anything but what went right."
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http://lifehacker.com/dont-study-success-to-learn-how-to-be-successful-510131787?utm_source=feedly

Korean American Woman Gives Racially Insensitive White Guy A Class In Reality (VIDEO)

Wherein a purveyor of cringe -inducing patronizing behavior gets OWNED in a rather amusing way…
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/27/korean-american-woman-gives-racially-insensitive-white-guy-a-class-in-reality-video/
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http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/27/korean-american-woman-gives-racially-insensitive-white-guy-a-class-in-reality-video/

Korean American Woman Gives Racially Insensitive White Guy A Class In Reality (VIDEO) #Facebook

Korean American Woman Gives Racially Insensitive White Guy A Class In Reality (VIDEO)

Wherein a purveyor of cringe -inducing patronizing behavior gets OWNED in a rather amusing way...

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/27/korean-american-woman-gives-racially-insensitive-white-guy-a-class-in-reality-video/
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http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/05/27/korean-american-woman-gives-racially-insensitive-white-guy-a-class-in-reality-video/

Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

It seems as if the Chinese penchant for “copying” doesn’t end with consumer goods…..
“Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.
The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.
The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cyber­theft.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/confidential-report-lists-us-weapons-system-designs-compromised-by-chinese-cyberspies/2013/05/27/a42c3e1c-c2…

Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies

It seems as if the Chinese penchant for "copying" doesn't end with consumer goods.....

"Experts warn that the electronic intrusions gave China access to advanced technology that could accelerate the development of its weapons systems and weaken the U.S. military advantage in a future conflict.

The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group made up of government and civilian experts, did not accuse the Chinese of stealing the designs. But senior military and industry officials with knowledge of the breaches said the vast majority were part of a widening Chinese campaign of espionage against U.S. defense contractors and government agencies.

The significance and extent of the targets help explain why the Obama administration has escalated its warnings to the Chinese government to stop what Washington sees as rampant cyber­theft."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/confidential-report-lists-us-weapons-system-designs-compromised-by-chinese-cybersp…

Search All the Major Online Course Providers in One Place with RedHoop

Overwhelmed by all the options for online courses?

This site gathers all your options in one convenient site.
“The site is essentially a search engine for online courses on various topics, from Java to Psychology. Search for your topic of interest across Udemy, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, Coursera, edX, and Udacity. You’ll find top-notch courses from major universities including MIT and Harvard.
When you browse the catalog by topic or category, you can see which ones are free, subscription based, or paid. If you search for a topic, you can filter the results by price, school, and category.”
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http://lifehacker.com/search-all-the-major-online-course-providers-in-one-pla-510098706?utm_source=feedly

Search All the Major Online Course Providers in One Place with RedHoop #Facebook

Search All the Major Online Course Providers in One Place with RedHoop

Overwhelmed by all the options for online courses?
This site gathers all your options in one convenient site.

"The site is essentially a search engine for online courses on various topics, from Java to Psychology. Search for your topic of interest across Udemy, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, Coursera, edX, and Udacity. You'll find top-notch courses from major universities including MIT and Harvard.

When you browse the catalog by topic or category, you can see which ones are free, subscription based, or paid. If you search for a topic, you can filter the results by price, school, and category."
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http://lifehacker.com/search-all-the-major-online-course-providers-in-one-pla-510098706?utm_source=feedly

Amazing new Chrome Experiment gives you multiplayer Skee Ball | Android | Geek.com

Can’t make it to the beach?

Here’s the next best thing – play Skee Ball on your browser…..
“Google showed off a digital take on electric car racing played across multiple devices.
Now, Google’s taking you to the arcade with a digital version of Skee Ball that will likely eat the rest of your afternoon. If you have Chrome on your phone and Chrome on your desktop, you have everything you need to play.”
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http://www.geek.com/android/amazing-new-chrome-experiment-gives-you-multiplayer-skee-ball-1556600/?utm_source=feedly

Amazing new Chrome Experiment gives you multiplayer Skee Ball | Android | Geek.com #Facebook

On teaching people a lesson

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You're actually not teaching them a lesson, because the people who most need to learn a lesson haven't, and won't. What you're actually doing is diverting yourself from your path as well as ruining your day in a quixotic quest for fairness, fairness you're unlikely to find.

Sure, you can shut someone down, excoriate them, sue them or refuse to let them win, but odds are they're just going to go try their game on someone else.

When you fire a customer and politely ask them to move on, you are withdrawing yourself from their trollish dance. When, instead, you focus on the good student, the worthwhile investor, the delighted vendor, you improve things for both of you. The sooner you get back to work (your work), the sooner you can move toward your best outcome, which is achieving what you set out to achieve in the first place.

The real tragedy of the person who dumps on you is that you pay twice. The second time is when you get bent out of shape trying to get even.




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Amazing new Chrome Experiment gives you multiplayer Skee Ball | Android | Geek.com

Can't make it to the beach?
Here's the next best thing - play Skee Ball on your browser.....

"Google showed off a digital take on electric car racing played across multiple devices.

Now, Google’s taking you to the arcade with a digital version of Skee Ball that will likely eat the rest of your afternoon. If you have Chrome on your phone and Chrome on your desktop, you have everything you need to play."
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http://www.geek.com/android/amazing-new-chrome-experiment-gives-you-multiplayer-skee-ball-1556600/?utm_source=feedly

LA Times

Just. Tragic.
“So last Friday afternoon, while on an errand, Marcos defended what was his. As he walked along Charleston Boulevard in a low-income area of Las Vegas, two men pulled up alongside him in a white Ford Explorer and tried to snatch his prized iPad, authorities say.
But Marcos wouldn’t let go. He fought. As the truck sped off, the high school freshman was pulled beneath the wheels. As his attackers fled with the iPad, he lay alongside a dirty concrete curb.”
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http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76052233/

LA Times #Facebook

LA Times

Just. Tragic.

"So last Friday afternoon, while on an errand, Marcos defended what was his. As he walked along Charleston Boulevard in a low-income area of Las Vegas, two men pulled up alongside him in a white Ford Explorer and tried to snatch his prized iPad, authorities say.

But Marcos wouldn't let go. He fought. As the truck sped off, the high school freshman was pulled beneath the wheels. As his attackers fled with the iPad, he lay alongside a dirty concrete curb."
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http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-76052233/

The Best Pocket-Sized Tools for Your Inner MacGyver

If, like me, you have a few empty Altoids tins hanging around, this article has some great ideas for putting them to good use….
“Most of us probably keep our pockets pretty empty. Maybe a set of keys, a wallet, and a phone. It’s easy enough to turn your phone into portable toolbox, but you can do so much more than that with those empty pockets.
Of course, you don’t necessarily need to keep this stuff in your pockets at all times—the point is they’re small enough to pocket, which also means they’re great for go bags, glove compartment, and purses.”
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http://lifehacker.com/the-best-pocket-sized-tools-for-your-inner-macgyver-509713673?utm_source=feedly

The Best Pocket-Sized Tools for Your Inner MacGyver #Facebook

AED Defibrillator Your Lifepak Today

Something to think about having available for the more strenuous summer sports season…
“In case of being given a shock, the machine constantly monitors the heart rhythm and if there is a requirement of another shock then it gives the shock after a certain period of time to ensure there is no damage caused to the heart because excessive shocks to the heart. There are also special AEDs for paediatric uses. In these cases the shock given is a bit less in magnitude as the young hearts are quite weak and still pretty underdeveloped.
The AEDs are very easy to use. All you need to do is start the device and connect it to the patient and the AED does the rest. It is really this simple. The best part is the machine is totally safe to use and very efficient. It removes the hassles of the human errors that could be caused. It even has got self-indicators that indicate to the user about the latest notifications and any messages that are needed to be shown, like the expiry date of the machine, etc.”

The Best Pocket-Sized Tools for Your Inner MacGyver

If, like me, you have a few empty Altoids tins hanging around, this article has some great ideas for putting them to good use....

"Most of us probably keep our pockets pretty empty. Maybe a set of keys, a wallet, and a phone. It's easy enough to turn your phone into portable toolbox, but you can do so much more than that with those empty pockets.

Of course, you don't necessarily need to keep this stuff in your pockets at all times—the point is they're small enough to pocket, which also means they're great for go bags, glove compartment, and purses."
via Jmcgready's miscellany of collected happenings
http://lifehacker.com/the-best-pocket-sized-tools-for-your-inner-macgyver-509713673?utm_source=feedly

5 Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard Before

Planning a summer vacation?

Try out this tip, as well as the four other tips in this article…
“Ask about repositioning flights or cruises. Airlines use repositioning flights to move aircrafts from one airport to another, and the same applies to cruise lines, which typically reposition ships twice a year.
These flights or cruises tend to be cheaper but provide services similar to traditional offerings, according to Greenberg. He suggests asking about these options on the phone.”
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http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/05/21/5-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard-before

5 Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard Before #Facebook

AED Defibrillator Your Lifepak Today

Something to think about having available for the more strenuous summer sports season...

"In case of being given a shock, the machine constantly monitors the heart rhythm and if there is a requirement of another shock then it gives the shock after a certain period of time to ensure there is no damage caused to the heart because excessive shocks to the heart. There are also special AEDs for paediatric uses. In these cases the shock given is a bit less in magnitude as the young hearts are quite weak and still pretty underdeveloped.

The AEDs are very easy to use. All you need to do is start the device and connect it to the patient and the AED does the rest. It is really this simple. The best part is the machine is totally safe to use and very efficient. It removes the hassles of the human errors that could be caused. It even has got self-indicators that indicate to the user about the latest notifications and any messages that are needed to be shown, like the expiry date of the machine…

5 Budget Travel Tips You Haven't Heard Before

Planning a summer vacation?
Try out this tip, as well as the four other tips in this article...

"Ask about repositioning flights or cruises. Airlines use repositioning flights to move aircrafts from one airport to another, and the same applies to cruise lines, which typically reposition ships twice a year.

These flights or cruises tend to be cheaper but provide services similar to traditional offerings, according to Greenberg. He suggests asking about these options on the phone."
via Jmcgready's miscellany of collected happenings
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/05/21/5-budget-travel-tips-you-havent-heard-before

Saudi Arabians in 'sidewalk skiing' craze – video

Motorists in Saudi Arabia demonstrate a new trend of driving cars using only two wheels. ‘Teams’ congregate on the country’s many desert roads to do tricks, including passengers changing wheels while the vehicle is in motion. A member of Impossible Team says the feat is not as dangerous as it looks
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/video/2013/may/24/saudi-arabia-sidewalk-skiing-video
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/video/2013/may/24/saudi-arabia-sidewalk-skiing-video

Saudi Arabians in 'sidewalk skiing' craze – video #Facebook

Serious Eats: Drinks - Mobile Beta!

This may help you navigate your way through either beer menus or beer conversations…
“With thousands of breweries cranking out new beers at a breakneck pace, the reality is that unless you read the beer news blogs religiously and memorize the names of every new label, it can get tricky to know what to order when you’re faced with a beer list at your local bar.
That’s why we’re offering a few handy code-cracking tips to help you figure out which options will please your palate without memorizing thousands of different individual beers.”
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http://mobile.drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/05/decode-beer-list-decipher-beer-menu-names-of-beers-meanings-roots-label-tradition.html

Serious Eats: Drinks - Mobile Beta! #Facebook

Saudi Arabians in 'sidewalk skiing' craze – video

Motorists in Saudi Arabia demonstrate a new trend of driving cars using only two wheels. 'Teams' congregate on the country's many desert roads to do tricks, including passengers changing wheels while the vehicle is in motion. A member of Impossible Team says the feat is not as dangerous as it looks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/video/2013/may/24/saudi-arabia-sidewalk-skiing-video
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/video/2013/may/24/saudi-arabia-sidewalk-skiing-video

This may help you navigate your way through either beer menus or beer conversations....

This may help you navigate your way through either beer menus or beer conversations...
"With thousands of breweries cranking out new beers at a breakneck pace, the reality is that unless you read the beer news blogs religiously and memorize the names of every new label, it can get tricky to know what to order when you're faced with a beer list at your local bar.



That's why we're offering a few handy code-cracking tips to help you figure out which options will please your palate without memorizing thousands of different individual beers."
via Jmcgready's miscellany of collected happenings
http://mobile.drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/05/decode-beer-list-decipher-beer-menu-names-of-beers-meanings-roots-label-tradition.html

US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware,...

On this Memorial day, reflect and ask yourself if this sort of foolishness is what so many gave their lives for….
” It’s just more evidence that copyright enforcers’ network strategies are indistinguishable from those used by dictators and criminals.
In 2011, the MPAA told Congress that they wanted SOPA and knew it would work because it was the same tactic used by governments in “China, Iran, the UAE, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.”
Now they’ve demanded that Congress legalize an extortion tool invented by organized criminals.”
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US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware,... #Facebook

US entertainment industry to Congress: make it legal for us to deploy rootkits, spyware,...

On this Memorial day, reflect and ask yourself if this sort of foolishness is what so many gave their lives for....

" It's just more evidence that copyright enforcers' network strategies are indistinguishable from those used by dictators and criminals.

In 2011, the MPAA told Congress that they wanted SOPA and knew it would work because it was the same tactic used by governments in "China, Iran, the UAE, Armenia, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Bahrain, Burma, Syria, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam."

Now they've demanded that Congress legalize an extortion tool invented by organized criminals."
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http://feedly.com/k/158lhsJ

Fill In The Blank: I’m Not a “Real” ____

” It’s actually one of the most common negative stories, I think, this idea that you’re not a “real” whatever – a real adult, a real runner, a real writer, a real cook – and it’s stories like these that leave us feeling like impostors in our own lives.
And it all stems from comparison. From comparing ourselves to what we see other people doing and how we assume they feel, and it’s so easy to be intimidated by that, isn’t it? To tell yourself that you’re not a “real” healthy eater because that dude over there is doing it so much better. And to tell yourself that you’re not a “real” entrepreneur because you’re not doing all of the things that one girl you know is doing. Nope, you’re not real. You’re faking it.”
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Fill In The Blank: I’m Not a “Real” ____ #Facebook

Fill In The Blank: I’m Not a “Real” ____

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" It’s actually one of the most common negative stories, I think, this idea that you’re not a “real” whatever – a real adult, a real runner, a real writer, a real cook – and it’s stories like these that leave us feeling like impostors in our own lives.

And it all stems from comparison. From comparing ourselves to what we see other people doing and how we assume they feel, and it’s so easy to be intimidated by that, isn’t it? To tell yourself that you’re not a “real” healthy eater because that dude over there is doing it so much better. And to tell yourself that you’re not a “real” entrepreneur because you’re not doing all of the things that one girl you know is doing. Nope, you’re not real. You’re faking it."

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http://feedly.com/k/17mRnVt


Google Glass photographers: the future looks awkward

Guys.. Don’t be that guy. Just. Don’t.
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http://boingboing.net/2013/05/25/google-glass-photographers-th.html

Google Glass photographers: the future looks awkward #Facebook

Google Glass photographers: the future looks awkward

Guys.. Don’t be that guy. Just. Don't.
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http://boingboing.net/2013/05/25/google-glass-photographers-th.html

Thicken Up Your Smoothies with Chia Seeds

I’ve done this with a can of Nutrament using a protein shake cup with the wire ball mixer. Just shake it up then put in the fridge overnight.
It keeps me going until lunch, which can come late on some days.
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Thicken Up Your Smoothies with Chia Seeds #Facebook

Thicken Up Your Smoothies with Chia Seeds

I've done this with a can of Nutrament using a protein shake cup with the wire ball mixer. Just shake it up then put in the fridge overnight.

It keeps me going until lunch, which can come late on some days.
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http://feedly.com/k/127OAP5

Apple Sues Samsung for Google Now - Yeah, that makes sense... [FOSS Patents]

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via FOSS Patents
This is the biggest steaming pile of WTF to date.
Suing Samsung for a Google product that actually anticipates user’s requests

instead of having to wait for a voice search….
Seriously, Apple – is thisyour new business model?

FOSS Patents: Apple identifies certain patents allegedly infringed by Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Now app

Last week Apple informed the court that it intended to amend its infringement contentions in the second California patent litigation with Samsung

to target the Galaxy S4 (instead of some other product to be dropped from the list of accused devices).
Apple has now filed the motion it announced, and it specifies five patents allegedly infringed by the S4 as well as two patents allegedly infringed by the Google Now search app.


Apple Sues Samsung for Google Now - Yeah, that makes sense... [FOSS Patents] #CompendiumofCuriosities

Kokoro - the audio version of waterboarding.....

I have no idea what the lyrics mean.
I don’t want to know.
All I know is that this video could be used in lieu of waterboarding to get any enemy combatant to cooperate.

Kokoro - the audio version of waterboarding.....

Kokoro - the audio version of waterboarding.....

KokorokokoroKOKOROkokoROKOkoroKOKOrokoKOROkokoKokoro-chan iu na

I have no idea what the lyrics mean.

I don't want to know.

All I know is that this video could be used in lieu of waterboarding to get any enemy combatant to cooperate.

Apple Sues Samsung for Google Now - Yeah, that makes sense... [FOSS Patents]

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via FOSS Patents

This is the biggest steaming pile of WTF to date.

Suing Samsung for a Google product that actually anticipates user's requests
instead of having to wait for a voice search....

Seriously, Apple - is thisyour new business model?


FOSS Patents: Apple identifies certain patents allegedly infringed by Samsung Galaxy S4 and Google Now app
Last week Apple informed the court that it intended to amend its infringement contentions in the second California patent litigation with Samsung
to target the Galaxy S4 (instead of some other product to be dropped from the list of accused devices).

Apple has now filed the motion it announced, and it specifies five patents allegedly infringed by the S4 as well as two patents allegedly infringed by the Google Now search app.

Everything you need to know to make a Laser engraver from scrap [HackaDay]

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Check out the Einstein head which [Sebastian Müller] etched on the cover of his calculator using a laser engraver he made from scratch. We think he did a great job with the build, but we’re even more impressed with the work he put into sharing the techniques he used to salvage and repurpose all the components. It’s a perfect resource that should be pretty easy to adapt to different model/manufacturer source hardware.

Adding LEDs to an engagement ring [HackADay}

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Once upon a time, a nerd met a girl. Things happen as they do, and eventually [Ben] wanted to create the be-all, end-all engagement ring. (here’s a cache) It’s a simple titanium affair with 23 stones around the perimeter. What makes this ring so cool, though, is that it lights up whenever [Ben] and his girl are holding hands.

Content: design peaceful uses for 3D printers [via BB]

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[caption id="attachment_11735" align="alignleft" width="300"] By: Keith Kissel[/caption]

Bas writes,
3D printing is being condemned in the media because of the potential for printing guns. Engineers at Michigan Tech believe there is far more potential for 3D printers to make our lives better rather than killing one another. To encourage thinking about constructive uses of 3D printing technology Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab and Type A Machines is proud to sponsor the first 3-D Printers for Peace Contest.

3D printer used to make custom blade server type mounting system [HackADay]

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We usually have no problem hacking together electronics into something useful. But finding an enclosure that makes sense for the build can be a real drag.



In this case [Vincent Sanders] already had a working ARM build farm that leveraged the power of multiple ARM boards. But it was lying in a heap in the corner of the room and if it ever needed service or expansion it was going to be about as fun as having a cavity drilled. But no longer.



He took inspiration from how a blade server rack works and 3D printed his own modular rail system for the hardware.



Each group of boards is now held securely in its own slot. The collection seen above mounts in a server rack which has its own power supply. This image is part way through the retrofit which explains why there’s a bunch of random pieces lying around yet. Instead of printing continuous rail [Vincent] uses a threaded rod to span the larger frame, securing small chunks of rail where needed by tightening nuts on either side of them. The white …

Trashed LCD monitor turned into a light box [HackADay]

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[x2jiggy] was given a non-functioning LCD monitor. He made a small effort to trouble-shoot its inability to display anything on the screen but couldn’t get it working again. When that failed he decided to repurpose it as light box instead of just sending it off for recycling.

Monitor manufacturers put in a lot of effort to make sure the back lights distribute brightness as evenly as possible and that will make this a pretty good light box. [x2jiggy] starts off the conversion by removing the case. While it was off he gave it a new coat of paint. The LCD panel, the PCB that drives it, and the light diffuser sheets were all removed, leaving just the backlight and inverter PCB. A bit of probing with the multimeter and he even found a place to connect a toggle switch to actuate the inverter’s power. You can see the silver switch he added to the bezel in the image above. The full build video is embedded after the break.





Karma Controller makes Reddit a game [HackADay]

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[Will] likes Reddit so much he built this dedicated controller that lets him play the social website like a video game.

He calls it he Karma Controller. In this case, ‘Karma’ refers to ability to accumulate a large number of net up-votes on a Reddit post. The device features seven buttons which are all it takes to up and down vote, navigate up and down on the Reddit listings, toggle images, as well as open and close new tabs for the comments section. We’re wondering if it allows you to follow a link to the post source too?

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from Hack a Day

'Buycotting' via smartphone

Smartphone app (iOS and Android) lets you showroom for conscience....
"Buycott, designed by US-based developer Ivan Pardo, allows users to trace products back to their corporate sources.

Shoppers scan a barcode of a particular item, and the app provides them with the corporate "family tree" of that product.

Users can highlight particular companies they want to support or avoid, and the app alerts them if the product they scanned falls under one of these "buycott" or boycott campaigns."
http://buff.ly/12llSFt

via Facebook http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201305152010-0022759

Lawrence Lessig - Make Corruption Your Issue

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Make Corruption Your Issue - Rootstrikers
In just six weeks, Lawrence Lessig's TED talk We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim has reached more than 800,00 people.

Now, he's decided it's time to pass the torch, and it's up to us, Rootstrikers, to take it the rest of the way.

Lessig is retiring his TED talk, which means that this will be the last you see of it coming from his mouth.

Instead, he is challenging Rootstrikers to ensure it builds the movement it demands by making it their own.

If Lessig's talk moved you to take action against the corruption that cripples our government, then now it's up to you to move at least five friends to do the same.

50% off Papa John's Pizza for the Week : RandomActsOfPizza

Prove your love of esports to PapaJohns (and get 50% off a pizza too)
Papa John's has just backed several prominent competitive video game teams and launched a new campaign offering 50% off orders with the coupon code "PIZZAGG"



Check out the website http://pizza.gg/ to back specific teams or players and apply the coupon. If you don't know anything about eSports, then just choose a random person.
via Facebook http://www.reddit.com/r/RandomActsOfPizza/comments/1eppd3/50_off_papa_johns_pizza_for_the_week/

Microcontroller as USB printer — can be programmed by printing [HackADay]

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This is a fascinating concept. We’re not sure of its usefulness, but it definitely stands on its own just for the concept. [Dean Camera] just added a new HID class to the LUFA project that lets you flash AVR chips by printing to them. This means once you have a file like the one seen open in Notepad above, you can just click on File, then on Print, and the firmware will be uploaded to the chip.

Warren Ellis on the Internet's effect on TV

Warren Ellis » Some Thoughts On The Disruption Of TelevisionThe scheduling of television has quickly become meaningless, and it’s hard to describe to kids of a certain culture
how there was once a time when you had to watch tv shows when they were broadcast, in realtime, because you might never see them again. Time was, the BBC wiped their own tapes.  Now a significant number of people watch most of their selected BBC output in a timeshifted manner through the iPlayer.When Amazon start commissioning drama series to follow their comedy and kid’s slates, television is going to take a new turn. 
Not only are Amazon in a position to take chances, but they have possibly the best analysis in the world of what people watch and will pay money for.
Just crunch down that DVD-box-set data by year and genre. Amazon could actually own genre drama television within eighteen months if they chose to,
either by Nate-Silvering those numbers or simply by creating five times as many productive relationships …

Google Plus Daily: Remote Desktop & Ability to Call 5 Telephones Added to Google+ Hangouts

This can let you roll your own small group conferences, using either video or voice. The remote desktop option (allowing the target desktop to initiate and disconnect) is nice add on as well....
"the Google+ Hangouts team is now allowing users to add up to 5 other users to join a Hangout via telephone instead of the mobile app or desktop versions of Hangouts.

Previously, users were capped at only having 2 users in a Hangout via telephone at once. This is great for when someone doesn't have Internet or data, but want to join a Hangout with everyone else. It also makes it easier to hangout with those that haven't made the switch to Google+." http://buff.ly/13DB6by
via Facebook http://www.googleplusdaily.com/2013/05/remote-desktop-ability-to-call-5.html

Clear HD Video Glasses | Record Hidden Video and Audio

Video recording glasses which can take prescription lenses - selling for @$110.

Not Google Glass by a far shot, but it's also not Google Glass $$$$
"These glasses record crisp high-definition audio and video with the touch of a button.

Glasses are always a great choice for recording hidden camera video because once you put them on whatever direction you are looking is exactly what you are recording.

These glasses offer 720P HD Video & Audio Recording with 5 Megapixel Still Images. The glasses record onto an SD Card (4GB Included) and video can be accessed by connecting the included USB cables to your computer.

Take these to an Optician to have your own prescription lens fit. These frames are not as bulky as most Video Glasses and come in a hip Buddy Holly style frame."



http://buff.ly/10DWPPj
via Facebook http://www.spytecinc.com/hidden-video-camera-glasses.html#.UZhgFLVKp8E

You don't have a moral obligation to cook

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I have found myself frustrated with Michael Pollan lately. In the course of promoting his new book about cooking, he's taken to spouting some opinions that I'll frankly call claptrap. He's mocked women who felt trapped by the kitchen drudgery that they got stuck with simply because they owned a vagina. He's implied that it's easy (if you're not lazy) for everyone to make every meal an ideologically sound slow-food meal. In general, he's disparaged the very idea that some people don't like to cook.Thankfully, my personal food guru, Lynn Rosetto Kasper, is here to call shenanigans on all this nonsense. She gave a fantastic interview on NPR this afternoon, shooting down the idea that everyone would love to cook if they only tried it. In fact, says Kasper, you don't have a moral obligation to cook at all. The world needs eaters, too.
Tom Crann: What are some of the pressures, and why? Where do they come from, for people who feel pressured to cook if they…

Black Code: how spies, cops and crims are making cyberspace unfit for human habitation

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I reviewed Ronald Diebert's new book Black Code in this weekend's edition of the Globe and Mail. Diebert runs the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and has been instrumental in several high-profile reports that outed government spying (like Chinese hackers who compromised the Dalai Lama's computer and turned it into a covert CCTV) and massive criminal hacks (like the Koobface extortion racket). His book is an amazing account of how cops, spies and crooks all treat the Internet as the same kind of thing: a tool for getting information out of people without their knowledge or consent, and how they end up in a kind of emergent conspiracy to erode the net's security to further their own ends. It's an absolutely brilliant and important book: Ronald Deibert’s new book, Black Code, is a gripping and absolutely terrifying blow-by-blow account of the way that companies, governments, cops and crooks have entered into an accidental conspiracy to poison our collective…

Woman smacks cop so she can go to jail and quit smoking

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Sacramento's Etta Lopez apparently waited outside the Sacramento County Jail for a cop to emerge and then slapped him, so that she could be thrown into jail. She wanted to go to jail because she believed it would help her give up smoking. According to deputies, Lopez knew she'd immediately be arrested, and slapped a cop to kick a habit. Lopez allegedly admitted she sat in front of the county jail for hours intent on assaulting an officer to get arrested and be put in jail, where she would be forced to stop smoking cigarettes.
"There's easier ways to stop smoking besides hitting a cop," Roger Spearman, a neighbour, said. The neighbour Lopez says she does smoke a lot, and they used to smoke together. "I have not heard of something like that before," Kimberly Bankston-Lee with the anti-smoking group Breathe California said. "If it led somebody to doing something like that to quit, that lets us know in the community that we have a real problem."…

Reading Lists: Rachel Rosenfelt, James Moran, Jason Howard

Rachel Rosenfelt, editor, The New Inquiry
I’m planning to read Brad Gooch’s Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor alongside her collected short stories.
I’m also planning on Woman Hating by Andrea Dworkin, and Albertine Sarrazin’s Astragal.

James Moran, screenwriter (Doctor Who, Cockneys vs Zombies)
I always feel guilty when asked what I’m reading, as for the past 4 years or so, I’ve had something I quite wankily call Reader’s Block – I can’t seem to read prose fiction anymore. I always used to read, a lot, several books a week, but lately I’m completely unable to concentrate on them. I’m fine with non-fiction, also comics, TV shows, movies, magazines, etc. Just not prose fiction. After half a page, my attention wanders, I start picking it apart, seeing the construction of the fake story, and my brain says "I don’t give a shit, this isn’t real, who cares?" It’s really, really annoying and upsetting, because I’ve got a stack of books that I know I’ll never read. I think it’s a …

Giant Sock Monkey

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Giant sock monkey costume/puppet.
By: Maxwells

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from Instructables: exploring
http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Sock-Monkey/

How to Build and Tune an AM Radio

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Introduction and Motivation The purpose of this Instructable is to demonstrate how to design and build a resonator circuit that will let us tune to a given AM radio frequency. We will also briefly discuss how radio frequencies are transmitted and how amplitude modulation (AM) works. Equipment ...
By: nyc640

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from Instructables: exploring
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-and-Tune-an-AM-Radio/

Jeri Ellsworth Unveils Augmented Reality CastAR at Maker Faire

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Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson and formed the company Technical Illusions to launch a new product that brings augmented reality to you via a pair of high-tech glasses. The product, called CastAR, was unveiled at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend. Unlike systems that try to close you off from the real world while immersing you in the virtual, CastAR allows you to continue to see in front and around you. The real is mixed with the virtual: augmented reality.Read the full article on MAKE


from MAKE
http://blog.makezine.com/2013/05/19/jeri-ellsworth-unveils-augmented-reality-castar-at-maker-faire/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+makezineonline+%28MAKE%29