Pia Mancini: Could We Open Source Democracy? Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Open Source World About Pia Mancini's TED Talk Pia Mancini wants to upgrade democracy with the open source mobile platform Democracy OS. It aims to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and to get politicians to actively listen to what they say.
Open Source for Humanitarian Action Ushahidi develops free software that allows volunteers to map humanitarian crises from their mobile phones. Angela Oduor teaches two new volunteers to install the Ushahidi platform at the iHub in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Jon Shuler/copyright © 2011 Ushahidi, Inc.) In the days following the Jan. 10, 2010, earthquake in Haiti, chaos prevailed. Transportation was limited, if not impossible.
Strings as Structural Elements? Engineers Devise Mathematics for New Age Structures March 27, 2006 -- Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have devised two mathematical tools considered to be a major contribution to the optimal design of a new generation of deformable bridges, buildings, shape-controllable airplane wings, radio antennas, and other alternatives to current structural technologies. Two reports will be published in the International Journal of Solids and Structures, with the first appearing in the April issue. The deformable characteristic is made possible with strong, ultra-light truss-like arrangements of rods suspended by strings or wires. The resulting structure incorporates tensegrity, a combination of “tension” and “integrity.” “Although tensegrity structures are not yet part of mainstream design engineering, we think their amazing properties explain why you find this arrangement in spider webs, the protein cytoskeleton of cells, and many other biological structures,” said Robert E.
15 Psychological Studies for Social Media Marketers to Know — Social Media Tips 1. The Endowment Effect When we own something, we tend to value it more highly. If we have to sell it, we want more than it is really worth. The research: A study at Duke University found that students who had won basketball tickets valued the tickets at $2,400. Those who had not won tickets would pay $170. Milling Time: Testing the Shapeoko 2 CNC Machine Over the past few months, I've been working with various desktop CNC milling machines. I first tested the Othermill, which I really enjoyed using. The next desktop CNC machine I tested was the Shapeoko 2. Why You Should Open-Source Your Startup - CodeCombat Blog When we open-sourced everything a month ago, we were nervous. What if no one contributes?, we worried.
Akten - Simple Harmonic Motion Simple Harmonic Motion is an ongoing research and series of projects investigating complexity from simplicity; exploring the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of simple multilayered rhythms. It is inspired by observations of natural physical and mathematical phenomena; as well as works by the likes of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich, John Cage, Gyorgi Ligeti, Edgar Varèse, Brian Eno. Behind the different incarnations, at the heart of the project lies the concept of creating complexity from simplicity.
Slow Food Publications Slow Food Italy created a publishing house in 1989 to publish books and magazine that raise the profile of quality food and wine production; safeguard endangered artisan specialties, vegetable species and animal breeds; inform and educate consumers; and promote clean, sustainable agriculture and a new idea of gastronomy. Slow Food Editore publishes gastronmic guide books (olive oil, wine, osteria etc), regional recipe books, food literature, critical thinking on eco-gastronomy, slow travel guides, educational textbooks and the Slowfood magazine for Italian members. Based in Italy, the majority of books are available in Italian only, however a few key books have been translated into English, including:
Build a Skype Server for Your Home Phone System One irritating feature of Skype is that it must be running on a computer for you to make and receive calls. That is, when your computer is off, Skype doesn't work. Moreover, when you run Skype on the computer you use day in and day out, Skype's performance (call quality, reliability and so forth) can suffer if you are doing other things that deprive it of the runtime resources it needs. My solution was to build a Skype server that provides 24/7 phone service with the minimum of hassle and fuss. By dumping your regular phone company and taking back control of your home phone wiring using a Skype server, you will have not only a phone system with nearly the same capabilities as before—indeed, in some ways better—you will also save a bundle of money! In my case, I save a little less than $700 US each year (this year, next year, and the year after that, and so on), or about 82% off of my old phone bill.
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Ingredients These ingredients are laid out in stages relating to the Transition process, and let's be clear; there is no right way to do Transition. Every initiative does it differently, and that’s part of the fun of the whole thing. Think of it like cooking. There are all kinds of amazing ingredients we can assemble in order to make, say, a cake, and the creation of every cook will be unique, reflecting his or her abilities and culture, and the local resources available.