Eleven Principles for Creating Great Community Places Effective public spaces are extremely difficult to accomplish, because their complexity is rarely understood. As William (Holly) Whyte said, “It’s hard to design a space that will not attract people. What is remarkable is how often this has been accomplished.” Lego will fix our broken bricks Two weeks ago, we took part to a workshop leaded by Jan Vormann, artist and creator of Dispatchwork, a nice, colored urban “hacking” practice which consists in filling holes in stone or brick-made wall with hundreds of lego bricks. It was a nice afternoon and we had the chance to talk a bit with the artist about this practice. He came to know very well the pieces he handles and can easily fix whatever kind of hole he finds with a fine, superior technique. It is interesting to notice (or maybe to remember) how much craftsmanship these small bricks need to be wisely combined, but it is even more to learn how to interface them with reality. Building worlds made entirely out of lego is a reminiscence of our childhood but using them to “fix” wall in a urban hacking practice sounds kind of more grown-up game, maybe closer to contemporary street art practices, but in a reversible way, since legos can in any moment be removed, dismantled and turn back to their original shape.
UNESCO's bizarre World Anti-Piracy Observatory Claude sez, UNESCO announced the launch of its World Anti-Piracy Observatory in a YouTube video on April 21, 2010, but according to French Wikipedia - an entry coyly started as "188.8.131.52" - the idea hearkens back to 2005, and reeks of it. Particularly notable: WAPO's "collection of national copyright laws", where each country's page is linked to a "Disclaimer" in which UNESCO claims copyright on the content of the collection and restricts its use to educational, non commercial purposes - even though in most cases, they simply downloaded the copyright law from the official site, renamed the file and re-uploaded it on the UNESCO server. There are also some gems of inaccuracy in the countries' PDFs that are linked to in the sections of WAPO that are listed in the left column - but putting copyright laws that are either in the public domain or copyrighted to the country's parliament under UNESCO's own copyright is the next-to-worst one. World Anti-Piracy Observatory (Thanks, Claude!)
TP-Link TL-MR3020 See also TL-MR3040 and TL-WR703N or TP-Link TL-MR10U, TP-Link TL-MR11U, TP-Link TL-MR12U and TP-Link TL-MR13U Note: Many of these routers are marketed as a "3G travel router" but none actually include a 3G modem - the marketing term rather means that the OEM firmware supports a certain range of 3G/4G modems to be externally connected to USB because it contains drivers for those USB modems! Ignore that, because with OpenWrt ANY router with USB supports 3G/4G hardware … The router is powered through a mini-USB socket stub (5V) and comes with a USB power adapter. Supported Versions Instant WordPress What is WordPress? WordPress is an open source content management system for blogs and websites. You can find out more at the WordPress website. What is Instant WordPress? Instant WordPress is a version of WordPress that runs on your own Windows machine so that you can learn, test and develop WordPress websites quickly and easily.
How To Create Engaging Public Spaces The idea behind creating a public space is not just to build a nice-looking addition to a town, but to create a space that people actually use. A plaza with no one in it is just an empty space. Creating a space that successfully engages people is an artform and a science that relies on the input of the community, the testing of ideas, sharp observation and detailed planning. A few years ago, the Project for Public Spaces looked at 40 years of research and published the report, Eleven Principles for Turning Public Spaces into Civic Places.
From Trash Pile to Fully Functional: the Rough Lamp from Compeixalaigua Design Studio is Anything But Posted by erika rae | 18 Nov 2013 | Comments (2) Sometimes great designs come from leftover waste—look no further than Pothra planters, shipping pallet chairs and clothes hangers made of bike parts are three examples that prove it. We've got another design that's giving new life to old materials: Rough from Barcelona-based Compeixalaigua Design Studio is a clean update on the forgotten pile of wood strips it once was. The designers needed a way to light up their workspace and the perceived trash became a bright idea. The packing tape used to keep the sticks together became the inspiration behind the hanging strips that hold the light in place. The light's height can be adjusted using the hanging strips.
SOPA, Internet regulation, and the economics of piracy Earlier this month, I detailed at some length why claims about the purported economic harms of piracy, offered by supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA), ought to be treated with much more skepticism than they generally get from journalists and policymakers. My own view is that this ought to be rather secondary to the policy discussion: SOPA and PIPA would be ineffective mechanisms for addressing the problem, and a terrible idea for many other reasons, even if the numbers were exactly right. No matter how bad last season's crops were, witch burnings are a poor policy response. Fortunately, legislators finally seem to be cottoning on to this: SOPA now appears to be on ice for the time being, and PIPA's own sponsors are having second thoughts about mucking with the Internet's Domain Name System. Decreasing creative output? One reason is that they already are recapturing much of that revenue through "complementary" purchases.
Seagate Dockstar: Add an accessible serial port « Your Warranty Is Void.com Ok, so not long after I published the article on the hardware teardown of the Seagate Dockstar, I couldn’t help myself so I started working on things to do with this device. I did a lot of research in regards to the capabilities of the Dockstar, including being able to push a customized Linux OS on the device. Once I saw the article at Hackaday that covers exactly how to replace the OS, I knew I had to do it for myself. WordPress on a Stick for Meeting Notes - Dan Masters - Austin Freelance Web Designer Recently Lifehacker.com had an article about how someone figured out how to put a complete WordPress installation on a USB stick. Some would ask what this could possible be used for. Some answers where if you wanted to work on your WordPress blog or theme for your blog offline that this would be a good idea. I thought the whole concept was interesting but did not give it any thought – until yesterday. See in my new position, I attend meetings, a lot of meetings. Some days I am in meetings all day – even through lunch.