Hypothes.is - Taking peer review to the Internet. by Dan Whaley 11/13/2011 - THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED US HIT 100k AS OF 2am PT THIS MORNING! A FEW HOURS LEFT TO GO. SUNIL WILL STILL MATCH ALL GIFTS THROUGH THIS EVENING! 11/9/2011 - Big News: SUNIL PAUL HAS GENEROUSLY OFFERED TO MATCH ALL DONATIONS MADE VIA KICKSTARTER - THIS MATCH DOUBLES THE IMPACT OF ALL GIFTS MADE SO FAR AND ALL GIFTS MADE THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING 11/13! Why are people helping us get started? Our website has more details: Solving the World’s Biggest Challenge. Frustrated by the media? Imagine: If as we encountered new information, in text or video, we could easily know the best analysis and insight on it—sentence by sentence, passage by passage. What if we had confidence that this analysis truly represented the combined wisdom of the most informed individuals in those domains—not as dictated by a top-down hierarchy, but as measured objectively, statistically and transparently over time. These goals are achievable with today’s technologies. Exactly what is it? 1.
100 Websites You Should Know and Use Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword. Among them: “hliziﬁkh,” a wild but powerful strike; “hrakkarikh,”a quick and accurate strike; and “gezrikh,” a fake-out or decoy strike. Culture My Year of TED: How 54 talks changed a life By Kylie Dunn What do you get when you cross a 39-year-old perfectionist with 54 TED Talks and far more honesty than any person probably needs to experience?
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters B-Squares: Modular Solar Powered Electrics. by Jordan McRae Hello Kickstarter! Thanks for visiting our project page and helping take B-Squares from prototype to product. This project started on January 26, 2011 with a quick sketch while both myself and Shawn were trying to prototype another solar product. We were getting frustrated that it was so difficult to integrate solar energy into our professional and for-fun ‘electric graffiti’ projects. So, after three months of intense development, with B-Squares we now think we have a technology that can bring solar, energy storage, and interactivity into a range of projects, instantly. And we need your help to complete the journey. B-Squares is a 3D modular electronics system with an emphasis on (but not limited to) solar power and expandable energy storage. What is “3D” about B-Squares? From the moment we developed the first crude foam prototypes of B-Squares, we were surprised to discover new applications and combinations of Squares each day. “I just made a solar-powered iPod Square!” 1. 2. 3. 4. 6.
Privnote - Send notes that will self-destruct after being read publishing - A major journal in my field is published by Elsevier. How can we move the field to a less objectionable, more open publisher? - Academia - Stack Exchange First one must assess whether researchers in the area agree that the community should leave Elsevier. If there isn't strong support for leaving Elsevier, then any move is likely to fail, as it will probably involve a new venture (such as a new journal) requiring the support of many, many researchers in the area, perhaps as authors, editors, or readers pressuring their university to subscribe to the new journal. If the research community is not supportive, this may because they have very good reasons or it may be out of ignorance / lack of imagination of the alternatives. Discussion of the possibilities in your researcher community serves to explore the options, educate, and potentially build support. You may be able to start a discussion of the issues on mailing lists, social media, or run a conference symposium/satellite related to this topic. If there is community support, there are a few possibilities for actually making the move.
Deezmaker | 3D Printing Fun Introducing Annotum to Wordpress Bloggers Version 1.0 of Annotum, the free WordPress theme for writing scholarly articles, was announced in late November. Back in June I wrote about the first public version of Annotum, but until now using Annotum was experimental. Annotum is available in the WordPress Themes Directory at WordPress.org (and has been downloaded more than 9,000 times in the past three weeks), and is also available for users of WordPress.com. I have installed Annotum 1.0 here, please drop me a note if you want an account. But how is an Annotum blog different from a regular WordPress blog? Annotum is a WordPress ThemeWordPress can be extended via Plugins and Themes. Annotum uses articles and not posts Annotum uses the custom post type article for scholarly content. The Annotum editor knows about document structure Scholarly articles have more structure than blog posts, and you can add this structure with the Annotum editor (see below). Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics and Product Manager, PLOS
Bukobot 3D Printer - Affordable 3D with No Compromises! by Diego Porqueras Affordable Desktop 3D Object Printing for EveryoneGreat First Printer..or Second..or Third! Easy to BuildEasy to Expand or UpgradeHigh Quality ComponentsFaster than most printersDual Extruder OptionGreat DocumentationOpen Source Environmentally Friendly Options You can create almost anything you can dream up with a Bukobot 3D printer, right on your desk! The Buko framework is the next generation of Open Source 3D Printers. 3D printers using this new framework are called Bukobots. With many months in development, I have combined the best ideas from the open source community and some new ideas of my own into an extremely flexible open source 3D printer design. 3D printing is the process of creating solid objects from digital files. Here's a timelapse video of a Bukobot making the CrashSpace Pyramid logo by theron ( Note: I have no association with thingiverse.com, I just love the site! All kits will include a 1lb of plastic filament to get you started!
Ninja Blocks: Connect your world with the web. by Ninja Blocks Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Want to bridge the things in your life with the web? Maybe you want to get an alert when your friends are playing on Xbox Live, or send an SMS to your phone when someone is at your front door. Even if you're an electronics expert, or a programming prodigy, these are complex, finicky projects. Ninja Blocks puts aside the complexity of electronics, networking, and coding and allows you to focus on creating. A Ninja Block (with old style case) with Motion Sensor connected. Connect your Ninja Block (with old style case) to your favorite web apps using Ninja Cloud. This is the Internet of Things the way it should be: Ninja Cloud is seamlessly integrated into your Ninja Blocks, allowing them to easily listen and talk to web services such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Weather and more. Ninja Blocks are simple but powerful open source hardware backed by an amazing web service called Ninja Cloud that allows your Ninja Block to talk to your favorite web apps.
OpenBeam - An open source miniature construction system by Terence Tam With funding about to close, I will no longer be able to edit the project page here. So, please visit us online at the following locations for the latest updates: - for the latest news and updates. - OpenBeam's webstore and knowledge base. - OpenBeam's parent company. Introduction: T-Slot extruded aluminum framing systems have been in use throughout the manufacturing and automation industries for machine building, prototyping and robotics applications for the past 30 years. Example of a 60mm Film Maker's rig, built from OpenBeam components I designed OpenBeam to be a low cost construction system aimed at the hobby and Maker market. OpenBeam Extrusion and Joining Plates OpenBeam connector plates are injection molded out of a metal-replacement engineering resin to bring the recurring costs down. Off-the-shelf M3 nuts are used - no speciality T-Nuts that costs 30-70 cents each! An OpenBeam trebuchet. Thank you,