Converting an Inkjet Printer to Print PCBs Recently one of my focuses has been to find a way to make the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) creation process easier. I like being able to design something based on what I want in a circuit and just making it myself on the random weekend. While the toner transfer method has been my go to in the past it’s just not nearly as consistent as I would like it to be. What Bottled Water Costs the Environment—and Your Health Bottled water is the world’s best-selling drink, and Americans are its most loyal customer. You pay hundreds or even thousands of times more for the prepackaged water than you would if you got it from the tap. Yet nothing has proved that “ultra-purified,” “mountain-sourced,” “glacial-runoff,” or “oasis-obtained” water is any better for you. What we do know is that bottled water takes a lot more energy, resources, and—yes—water to produce and transport. That takes a toll on the environment and your health. Below are a few of the lowlights for water bottles:
20 Things Life Is Too Short To Tolerate You don’t have to settle, it’s simply a choice you make every day. If you feel like you’re running in place there’s a good chance you’re tolerating things you shouldn’t be. It’s time to reclaim your life. Starting now, stop tolerating… People who bring you down. – Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Techniques to Evaluate Ideas Since you can't and probably wouldn't want to use every idea, harvesting is the process of narrowing down the list to those most practical, valued and actionable. As a target, try to narrow initially to twice as many ideas as you believe you can implement, keeping in mind the Idea Funnel, above. Try to gain group support to the practical number of ideas that could be implemented, with practical consideration of other competing interests and intiatives, resources and alignment with organizational goals. While the original brainstorming group can certainly complete this harvesting activity, consider expanding the group to include senior leadership, other process stakeholders and customers and other interest groups -- like patients.
Networks Without a Cause: A Critique of Social Media Description With the vast majority of Facebook users caught in a frenzy of ‘friending’, ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’, at what point do we pause to grasp the consequences of our info-saturated lives? What compels us to engage so diligently with social networking systems? Networks Without a Cause examines our collective obsession with identity and self-management coupled with the fragmentation and information overload endemic to contemporary online culture. With a dearth of theory on the social and cultural ramifications of hugely popular online services, Lovink provides a path-breaking critical analysis of our over-hyped, networked world with case studies on search engines, online video, blogging, digital radio, media activism and the Wikileaks saga. This book offers a powerful message to media practitioners and theorists: let us collectively unleash our critical capacities to influence technology design and workspaces, otherwise we will disappear into the cloud.
3d printing documents Various interesting documents, books, guides, presentations,studies and policy papers related to 3D printing. Free downloads: 3D Printing basics by Carlo Fonda, ICTP SDU (great presentations for novices to DIY 3d printing field, sort of "3d printing for dummies") Ecology in a Changing World: the #ESA100 centennial video The Ecological Society turns 100 in 2015. When the society was founded in 1915, ecology was a new field, still defining its scope as a discipline rooted in the study of the relationships of organisms to each other and their environment. The last century has seen the development of the foundations of ecological theory. The discipline continues to expand its boundaries with new ideas, new experimental tools, and the recruitment of young scientists from previously excluded social groups. Who is the face of ecology in the new millenium? Where do ecologists work and what research questions engage the community?
18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You Live by choice, not by chance. Make changes, not excuses. Be motivated, not manipulated. Work to excel, not compete. Listen to your own inner voice, not the jumbled opinions of everyone else. This is the way to inspire people! notthisbody personal cargo Some thoughts on the New Aesthetic. A few days ago Bruce Sterling posted an "Essay on the New Aesthetic", summing up his most recent thoughts after a panel at SXSW, similarly titled "The New Aesthetic - Seeing like digital devices". The focal point of definition for this New Aesthetic is well documented and a gestalt emerges quite quickly on the New Aesthetic tumblr, a juxtaposition of quotes, images, sensations, videos highlighting myriad examples of that which its curators are recognizing is already happening. In short, New Aesthetic touches in some sense the bleeding of the virtual dimension into the actual and our increasing reflection of our own methods of sensing in machines, and vice versa. What's surprising about Bruce's usually sardonic critique of modern culture is that he acknowledges his own excitement and novelty with NA, that perhaps it does indeed holds the potential for something new...
HOW TO: Do Good on Twitter This series is supported by Toyota Prius and presented by harmonytweets, a Twitter-based platform for filtering conversations around design, sustainability, eco technology and philanthropy. Leverage Twitter to communicate around ideals you care about at harmonytweets.com. Twitter is good for a great many things, from sharing music to building your brand, from finding friends to playing games. But while we know all about what Twitter is good for, is it possible to actually do good on Twitter? Micro paper robots (cyborg crab) Its a hexapod robot, its only a few millimeters high and its made almost entirely from paper ! Each of the mechanized insect's legs are fully articulated and it has the capacity to move at speeds of up to 240 steps per minute. Once built this robot can move sideways much like a crab and the legs have a synchronized walking pattern thanks to the mechanism which I will explain in the instructable. Also, this little creature is so small you can store it in a match box or even at the bottom of your pocket and although it is pretty fiddly to make once you get the hang of making them you can make yourself a swarm of miniature, paper robots! Furthermore,because this robot is made only from paper and salvaged electronic components your robot army can cost you virtually nothing ! WARNING: this project is very reliant on the correct dimensions and precisely cut components because it is so small and if there is even a slight error in the measurements the robot is liable to jam and stop working.
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