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‎ 7 Platforms for Collaborative Creation for the Post-Industrial Age. By Kirstin Butler Reining in the maker movement, or what 3-D printed bikinis have to do with adjustable-height dog dishes. In general, we espouse a less-is-more model for living here at Brain Pickings. And while collaborative consumption is making it ever-easier to own less, collaborative creation is enabling us to make what we do own more meaningful, thanks to a host of platforms and services that transform the things of our imagination into 3-D reality. Here are seven companies and initiatives shaping a new movement of makers. The granddaddy of this latest generation of DIY makers,Thingiverse is the Brooklyn-based brainchild of Zach Smith and Bre Pettis, whose awesome Done Manifesto we featured on Brain Pickings a few months back.

Thingiverse got The Colbert Report treatment earlier this month, but gave back just as as good: Pettis oversaw the real-time creation of a bust of Stephen Colbert himself. Shapeways is your go-to guide for 3-D creation. Social_media_briefing_note. The Man Who Tried to Invent the Like Button in the 1930s. Lucas Maassen · Brainwave Sofa. Sofa by brainwave Technique:E.E.G. / 3D mill Material:Foam / Felt / Pine Size:254 x 67 x 60 cm The design of the Brain Wave Sofa is the result of a brain wave scan measured by means of an electro-encephalogram (EEG), using a set of electrodes connected to the head. A computer application for neuro-feedback displays the data as a 3D landscape image , in which the depth is the frequency of brain-activity in Hertz, the height is the strength of the signal and the length is the progression of time (duration).

In this record and display mechanism, the role of the 'designer' is challenged; even by looking at the 3D visuals, you are directly influencing your design. The resulting 3-second computer file is sent to a CNC milling machine that 'mills out' the Brain Wave in soft foam. The Brainwave Sofa is a collaboration with Dries Verbruggen (UNFOLD). K-HOLE. Beginner's Guide to Crossbow Motes.

The Crossbow processor/radio boards, more commonly known as motes, allow multiple sensors distributed over a wide area to wirelessly transmit their data back to a base station attached to a computer. The motes run the operating system TinyOS, which handles power, radio transmission and networking transparent to the user. The network formed is adhoc, meaning the motes figure out how to form the most efficient network by themselves. The network also supports multihopping, allowing a mote out of range of the base station to pass its information from mote to mote until the data reaches the base station.

With these tasks in place, you can concentrate on building sensing applications. The purpose of this tutorial is to get you up and running programming motes. The rest of the tutorial is presented as follows: NOTE: This tutorial is written for the MICA2 motes running TinyOS v1.1.8. Crossbow offers two options: buy the motes in a kit or buy parts individually. INSTALL TinyOS v1.1.0. Welcome to Apache™ Hadoop®! Seething in Etymological Vacuity (The Story of Theodolite) By Anatoly Liberman I have not yet met anyone who knows the word theodolite . It is absent from the memory of my computer, though dictionaries list it and encyclopedias provide illustrations of this surveyors’ instrument for measuring horizontal and vertical angles.

When I explain what the word means, I usually hear the question: “Is it the same thing as a level or bubble?” Well, not quite: just look at the picture in The Century Dictionary or Wikipedia . The instrument’s name arose in England, but it seems to be better known in Germany and other European countries than at home. Since most of our readers live happily without being aware of the word theodolite , why bother? Because at one time its origin was a matter of a protracted discussion. Theodolite , along with a description of the instrument, first appeared in A Geometric Practice Named Pantometria by Leonard Digges, published posthumously by his son Leonard Digges (1571).

A sorry tale: a forgotten word of undiscovered origin. The Coil Length Calculator. Diigo V5.0: Collect, Highlight and Remember! How do you recover or reset your admin password? This page is only for Joomla! 2.5 and higher versions. If you are still using Joomla! 1.5 instructions can be found here. Normally, you can add, edit and delete users and passwords from the back-end User Manager. To do this, you must be logged in as a member of the Super Administrator group. In some situations, this may not be possible. In these cases, it is still possible to alter the Joomla!

Method 1: Configuration.php file If you have access to your configuration.php file for the Joomla installation on your server, can recover the password using the following method. 1.) 2.) 3.) Public $root_user='myname'; to the bottom of the list where myname is a username with administrator access that you know the password for. 4.) This user will now be a temporary super administrator. 5.) 6.) 7.)

If you have no users who know their passwords and you can't utilize front end registration you may need to make a change in your database as outlined below in this document. Add a New Super Administrator User. About | MooresCloud. MooresCloud is the ecosystem company for the Internet of Things. MooresCloud was formed to create a range of connected, intelligent devices. We believe the whole world is tipping over into greater intelligence than any we have ever known; lights are just the first and most visible element in that transformation. As we redesign the world around inexpensive connected intelligence, the energies released are powering us into another golden age of invention.

We intend to be at the forefront. For over thirty years, computers have grown smaller, faster and cheaper. We are at the cusp of this transformation of an inanimate world of inert objects into a ‘playful’ world of pervasive, connected intelligence. Powerful microprocessors capable of running sophisticated software cost just a few dollars, and can be added to nearly any electrical device. MooresCloud was formed to create a range of connected, intelligent devices.


Open The Pod Bay Doors, MAL: The Rumpus Interview With Lori Emerson. It is summer and the Rocky Mountains loom large and golden over Boulder, Colorado, where the university spreads out in matching brown-yellow stone. Schools of mountain bikers zip past the traffic on their way up, up, up—where endless blue skies and wild spaces await. But I am on my way down, down, down: I’m visiting the Media Archaeology Lab, housed in several rooms of the lower level of an ordinary-seeming house just a block or so off campus. Down the stairs into the cool shade of a cut-rock patio I go, brushing my hand against the rough, cave-like walls.

Through the window I get a glimpse of what I’ve driven 700 miles to see: a working media lab of obsolete computers (and other technology), the only lab of its kind in the country. Walking into a room full of computers that are practically pre-historic in computer-years, I feel the sort of reverence one feels at a museum—at first I want to stand at a distance and take photos. I spoke to Lori Emerson by e-mail, shortly after my visit. World of Logs • View topic - Can't launch WoL client on Mac OS X 10.7.5. There we go. The issue is caused by the recent Java 7 update 9 from Oracle. Currently there seem to be two workarounds: A) Update to the Java 7 update 10 beta developer preview (not recommended, this is a public testing version) B) Start the application by passing the full launcher URL to Java Web Start. I have created a small AppleScript based launcher file that should let you use workaround B without much pain.

Now you should be able to double-click the WOL Client icon and that should launch the client, provided that you have Java installed. Please let us know whether this resolves your issue. THEODOLITE. Paper Machines. Overview Paper Machines is an open-source extension for the Zotero bibliographic management software. Its purpose is to allow individual researchers to generate analyses and visualizations of user-provided corpora, without requiring extensive computational resources or technical knowledge.

This project is a collaboration between historian Jo Guldi and digital ethnomusicologist Chris Johnson-Roberson, graciously supported by Google Summer of Code, the William F. Milton Fund, and metaLAB @ Harvard. NOTE: Paper Machines now bundles Jython to ensure broader compatibility. If you encounter problems using the extension, please create an issue describing what operating system and version of Java you have installed, and the nature of the issue. Prerequisites In order to run Paper Machines, you will need the following (Java should be installed automatically on Mac OS X 10.6-10.7.

Installation Paper Machines should work either in Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone. Usage Word Cloud Phrase Net. Polar Graph with Rectangular Graph. JavaScript: Not as Expected. JavaScript’s ever-growing importance still takes people by surprise. Every time I post about things JavaScript makes possible, I get pushback from people who refuse to be impressed by JavaScript. Why? Because it isn’t what they wanted. In the course of a week, I get to hear from different quarters about how JavaScript is half Lisp, and terrible either because it dares to be half-Lisp or because it only manages to be half Lisp.

Similarly, as functional programming has become more visible, I’ve heard more from people who think JavaScript programming is too functional or not functional enough. It’s tempting to tell the story of JavaScript as a series of historical accidents. The more I think about this, though, the less I think it’s true. Perhaps all of those opponents were flawed, and perhaps JavaScript’s ubiquity was truly a strange accident. Perhaps, though, JavaScript actually fits its role well. I wonder, though, whether there’s another round of JavaScript appreciation to come. Related. Processing/Generative Arts competition winners! Apple Remote Desktop Over the Internet. Google Drive Viewer. The Never-Before-Told Story of the World's First Computer Art (It's a Sexy Dame) - Benj Edwards.

In the late 1950s, an anonymous IBM employee made a lady from the pages of Esquire come to life on the screen of a $238 million military computer. Pin-up program running on an SD Console (Lawrence A. Tipton / Special Thanks SMECC) During a time when computing power was so scarce that it required a government-defense budget to finance it, a young man used a $238 million military computer, the largest such machine ever built, to render an image of a curvy woman on a glowing cathode ray tube screen. The year was 1956, and the creation was a landmark moment in computer graphics and cultural history that has gone unnoticed until now. Using equipment designed to guard against the apocalypse, a pin-up girl had been drawn.

She was quite probably the first human likeness to ever appear on a computer screen. She glowed. In the early years of the Cold War, the United States invested billions of dollars into a state-of-the-art computerized air defense system unlike any the world had ever seen. Beyond the Surface: 15 Years of Desktop Aesthetics. A desktop is a changing record of visual decisions. It speaks to the aesthetics of a particular work-flow and personal space. A desktop exhibits a diagram of your organizational habits and a screenshot of it captures a brief moment of its functional evolution. The image of your desktop becomes an intimate self-portrait and the impulse to decode an unfamiliar desktop is unavoidable. Xerox Star 8010 Workstation - Image via In January, Adam Cruces wrapped up his Desktop Views project. Cruces frames Desktop Views with a quote from Alexei Shulgin’s legendary Desktop Is project, created 15 years earlier in 1997, at the dawn of “”

The Desktop Is site is a deteriorated time capsule. In converse, Cruces’s new iteration, Desktop Views is standardized. Sara Ludy’s desktop, for example, is minimal with a blurred blue smudge of pixels centered on a black background. Martin Murphy's desktop from Adam Cruces's Desktop Views Image via About synchrotrons. This section of the new Australian Synchrotron website contains general information about synchrotrons. To go to a particular webpage or section, click on that heading in the left-hand menu. The ABOUT SYNCHROTRONS menu appears on every page in the ABOUT SYNCHROTRONS section. What is a synchrotron? In simple terms, a synchrotron is a very large, circular, megavoltage machine about the size of a football field. From outside, the Australian Synchrotron, for example, looks very much like a roofed football stadium.

But on the inside, it’s very different. Instead of grass and seating, there is a vast, circular network of interconnecting tunnels and high tech apparatus. Synchrotrons use electricity to produce intense beams of light a million times brighter than the sun. The electron beams travel at just under the speed of light – about 299,792 kilometres per second. OpenFrameworks. This Tiny Gizmo Could Be A Very Big Deal In 2013 - And Beyond. The company is called Leap Motion, and if you want to get an idea of how much everyone in San Francisco is buzzing about them, consider this: A few weeks ago I was visiting a different hot new startup in San Francisco, and in the middle of their demo the executives said, “By the way, have you heard about Leap Motion?”

Then they interrupted their own demo to show me a video showing what Leap Motion’s software does. That mindblowing video has been viewed more than 7 million times since Leap Motion put it on YouTube last May. Basically the engineers at Leap Motion have invented the 3D user interface of the future. You don’t use a keyboard and mouse; you don’t even use a touch screen. The first version of the product will be delivered in a little plastic hockey puck that you connect to your laptop or desktop computer. Welcome To The Future Wired called this "the best gesture-control system we've ever tested. " Now do you see why everyone in San Francisco is so excited about these guys? Media Art History.