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Four short links: 11 November 2011 - Technocracy's Blind Spot, Progressive Enhancement, Libraries and ebooks, and Library Fablab

By Nat Torkington
November 11, 2011

Nudge Policies Are Another Name for Coercion (New Scientist) -- This points to the key problem with "nudge" style paternalism: presuming that technocrats understand what ordinary people want better than the people themselves. There is no reason to think technocrats know better, especially since Thaler and Sunstein offer no means for ordinary people to comment on, let alone correct,...

Four short links: 7 November 2011 - City Finances, Low-Power Computers, Future History, and Learner's Mindset

By Nat Torkington
November 7, 2011

California and Bust (Vanity Fair) -- Michael Lewis digs into city and state finances, and the news ain't good. Tonido Plug 2 -- with only watts a day, you could have your own low-cost compute farm that runs off a car battery and a cheap solar panel. William Gibson Interview (The Paris Review) -- It's harder to imagine the...

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing - "MAKE" founder Dale Dougherty was named a "Champion of Change" by the White House.

The maker movement's potential for education, jobs and innovation is growing -
By Alex Howard
November 4, 2011

Dale Dougherty, one of the co-founders of O'Reilly Media, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on "MAKE" Magazine, MakerFaire and the broader DIY movement.

Sensors, data, UI and the future of publishing - Tweets and related information from Tim O'Reilly's Silverchair Strategies 2011 presentation.

By Mac Slocum
October 28, 2011

In a recent keynote address, Tim O'Reilly looked at how sensors, data and interfaces will shape information delivery.

Four short links: 25 October 2011 - Smart Thermostat, Lamer News, Expensive Meaning, and Hardware Kits

By Nat Torkington
October 25, 2011

Nest Learning Thermostat -- learns how long it takes your house to adjust temperature, so can tell you not just "it's 55 now" but "it'll be 65 in 16 minutes". Looks gorgeous as well as being a good example of embedded intelligence. Data really does make everything better. lamernews (Github) -- an implementation of a Reddit / Hacker News...

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.

BioCurious opens its lab in Sunnyvale, CA - Inside a new DIY bio lab.
By Andy Oram
October 16, 2011

BioCurious has officially opened its first lab, with a mission of involving ordinary people off the street in biological experiments, using hands-on learning, and promoting open source hardware and software.

Four short links: 14 October 2011 - Relativity in Short Words, Set Math, Design Inspiration, and Internet of Things

By Nat Torkington
October 14, 2011

Theory of Relativity in Words of Four Letters or Less -- this does just what it says, and well too. I like it, as you may too. At the end, you may even know more than you do now. Effective Set Reconciliation Without Prior Context (PDF) -- paper on using Bloom filters to do set union (deduplication) efficiently. Useful...

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.

Fighting the next mobile war - Recent moves by Apple and Google could ignite the external accessories space.
By Alasdair Allan
September 28, 2011

While you'll likely interact with your smartphone tomorrow in much the same way you interacted with it today, it's quite possible that your smartphone will interact with the world in a very different way. The next mobile war has already begun.

High voltage music: Behind the scenes with ArcAttack - A look at the technology behind ArcAttack's Tesla coil music show.

High voltage music: Behind the scenes with ArcAttack - A look at the technology behind ArcAttack's Tesla coil music show.
By James Turner
September 27, 2011

ArcAttack creates a maniacal combination of music and mad science that uses half-million-volt Tesla coils to play songs. We caught up with Steve Ward, a recent addition to the ArcAttack crew, at MakerFaire NY and asked him about the technology behind the show.

Crowdfunding gets traction in D.C. - New crowdfunding moves from the White House and Congress are positive signals.

By Paul Spinrad
September 9, 2011

President Obama's new jobs plan supports crowdfunded investing and the House Oversight committee will hear crowdfunding testimony next week.

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.

Developer Week in Review: iPhone 5 is still on hold - Waiting for iPhone 5, patent madness continues, and the geeks will soon descend on New York.
By James Turner
September 9, 2011

We've been waiting for months, but the iPhone 5 is still getting ready. Elsewhere, Google lends HTC some ammo for the patent wars, and the Makers will soon gather in New York.

Science hacks chip away at the old barriers to entry - Access to data and tools is putting scientific exploration into anyone's hands.

Science hacks chip away at the old barriers to entry - Access to data and tools is putting scientific exploration into anyone's hands.
By Audrey Watters
August 1, 2011

How can opening access to scientific data, equipment and lab space spur innovation? BioCurious' Eri Gentry and Ariel Waldman from Spacehack.org share a few ideas.

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend - Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 30 and 31

Maker Faire Detroit this weekend - Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 30 and 31
By Dale Dougherty
July 29, 2011

In our second Detroit Maker Faire we're able to see all kinds of examples of how makers have become resources for the community, contributing in Detroit and the region.

Four short links: 8 July 2011 - DIY Bio Hardware, App Store Numbers, Open Hardware Repository, and Science Startups

By Nat Torkington
July 8, 2011

OpenPCR Shipping -- A PCR machine is basically a copy machine for DNA. It is essential for most work with DNA, things like exposing fraud at a sushi restaurant, diagnosing diseases including HIV and H1N1, or exploring your own genome. The guy who discovered the PCR process earned a Nobel Prize in 1993, and OpenPCR is now the first...

Tinkering with technology education - The maker movement's many entry points create a welcoming environment for tech education.

Tinkering with technology education - The maker movement's many entry points create a welcoming environment for tech education.
By Marie Bjerede
June 6, 2011

The maker movement offers an appealing invitation to technology for a broad audience that includes both women and men, seniors and children, technologists and artists.

The secret is to bang the rocks together - Arduino is a building block for the world to come.

The secret is to bang the rocks together - Arduino is a building block for the world to come.
By Alasdair Allan
May 13, 2011

Every so often a piece of technology can become a lever that lets people move the world, just a little bit. The Arduino is one of those levers.

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions - An errand car and a ball-shaped 'bot illustrate Maker Faire's robotic diversity.

2 makers, 2 robots, 2 visions - An errand car and a ball-shaped 'bot illustrate Maker Faire's robotic diversity.
By James Turner
May 6, 2011

In advance of the upcoming Maker Faire Bay Area, here's a look at two vastly different robotics projects: one aims to change the world while the other wants to roll around (and inspire some healthy creativity).

Ignite Education - The Ignite format can connect schools and students to their communities.

Ignite Education - The Ignite format can connect schools and students to their communities.
By Dale Dougherty
March 29, 2011

As was on display during Ignite Petaluma, the Ignite format offers a great way to bring together students, faculty and members of a community.

Four Short Links: 16 March 2011 - Javascript Fiddling, Securing Web Traffic, DIY Jumbotron, and Kinect Tesla Fun

By Nat Torkington
March 16, 2011

JS Fiddle -- an online editor for snippets build from HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The code can then be shared with others, embedded on a blog, etc. (via Darren Wood) SideStep -- Mac OS X program that automatically routes connections through a secure proxy when you're on an unsecured wifi network. (via Gina Trapani) Junkyard Jumbotron (MIT) -- lets...

Four short links: 15 March 2011 - Twitter Numbers, Online News, Emotional Complexity, and Making Described

By Nat Torkington
March 15, 2011

Twitter Numbers -- growing at half a million accounts a day (how many are spammers, d'ya think?), over 140M tweets sent each day. Online vs Newspaper News (Mashable) -- The Poynter Institute, a landmark of American journalism research, has determined that as of the end of 2010, more people get their news from the Internet than from newspapers —...

The NASA Make Challenge - The first challenge: create kits that can be built in a classroom and sent on-board suborbital flights.

The NASA Make Challenge - The first challenge: create kits that can be built in a classroom and sent on-board suborbital flights.
By Dale Dougherty
March 1, 2011

If you are fascinated by space, it's a great time for you to be able to do something as a maker and make a real contribution. Makers can now participate in a new kind of space program, one that expands beyond NASA to include commercial space collaboration.

Four short links: 28 January 2011 - RSS Dashboard, Hardware Filesharing, Making is Learning, and Revenue/Customer

By Nat Torkington
January 28, 2011

NiftyUrls -- open source elegant wee RSS dashboard. I haven't looked into the source yet, but I'm already thinking of applications. The PirateBox -- small piece of hardware that creates a wifi network for local filesharing. Not connected to the Internet. (via BoingBoing) More Hammer, Less Yammer (Julian Bleecker) -- If you’re not also making — you’re sort of,...

What lies ahead: DIY and Make - Tim O'Reilly on how DIY reveals the next tech trends.

By Mac Slocum
December 30, 2010

Tim O'Reilly recently offered his thoughts and predictions for a number of areas we cover here on Radar. In this section he looks at the link between do-it-yourself enthusiasm and future businesses.

Teachers as Makers - Educators discover how hands-on learning can help teach writing.

Teachers as Makers - Educators discover how hands-on learning can help teach writing.
By Dale Dougherty
December 11, 2010

When I began talking with folks from the National Writing Project last year, we hit on the idea that getting teachers to see themselves as makers was a great way to encourage making in schools.

DIY fabrication hits a new price point (maybe...) - If the DIY Desktop CNC Machine gets funded, we'll be closer to personal replicators.

DIY fabrication hits a new price point (maybe...) - If the DIY Desktop CNC Machine gets funded, we'll be closer to personal replicators.
By James Turner
December 9, 2010

The DIY Desktop CNC Machine project on Kickstarter could bring reasonably-priced 3D fabrication technology to the masses.

Four short links: 19 November 2010 - Illegal Opcodes, Javascript News, Computational Ecology, and DIY Communities

By Nat Torkington
November 19, 2010

How MOS 6502 Illegal Opcodes Really Work -- first time I've really seen the chip architecture linked to the machine code and assembly language in an explanation. This should also shut up anyone who thinks I don't post enough hard tech stuff to Four Short Links :-) Javascript Weekly -- weekly roundup of Javascript articles and news. (via Amy...

Four short links: 16 November 2010 - Preserving History, Jimmy's Thousand Edit Stare, Maker Businesses, and Mobile Javascript

By Nat Torkington
November 16, 2010

A Room to Let in Old Aldgate -- a lovely collection of photographs of lost buildings from The Society for Photographing Relics of Old London. Think of them as the Wayback Machine of their day. (via Fiona Rigby on Twitter) Wikipedia Fundraising A/B Tests -- get a glimpse into the science that resulted in Jimmy Wales's hollow haunted gaze...

Open sourcing space - The final frontier is now open to amateurs.

Open sourcing space - The final frontier is now open to amateurs.
By Dale Dougherty
November 3, 2010

The space race has been reignited, but in a much different way. With off-the-shelf components and your own initiative, you can now launch a satellite or weather balloon. Dale Dougherty looks at this new wave of roll-your-own exploration.

Innovation, education and Makers - Thomas Kalil: What would education look like after a Maker make-over?

By Dale Dougherty
October 4, 2010

During a recent workshop, Thomas Kalil of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy explored the impact of the DIY mindset on education and industry. The full text of Kalil's talk is included in this post.

Four short links: 30 September 2010 - Python Exercises, Maker Revolution, Dodgy Memes, and Government Licenses

By Nat Torkington
September 30, 2010

Learn Python The Hard Way -- Zed Shaw's book on programming Python, written as 52 exercises: Each exercise is one or two pages and follows the exact same format. You type each one in (no copy-paste!), make it run, do the extra credit, and then move on. If you get stuck, at least type it in and skip the...

A World's Faire for Makers - A preview of Maker Faire New York.

A World's Faire for Makers - A preview of Maker Faire New York.
By Dale Dougherty
September 24, 2010

The first Maker Faire on the east coast takes place this weekend on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the site of the 1964 World's Fair. Here's a preview of talks, events, and performances.

It's a time-sharing world - "The Mesh" author Lisa Gansky on the shift from ownership to sharing.

By Dale Dougherty
September 22, 2010

Why own when sharing will do? In this interview, "The Mesh" author Lisa Gansky discusses the rise of sharing goods and services and how companies are adapting.

The Louvre of the Industrial Age - The Henry Ford is one of the world's great museums, and the world it chronicles is our own.

The Louvre of the Industrial Age - The Henry Ford is one of the world's great museums, and the world it chronicles is our own.
By Tim O'Reilly
July 30, 2010

I would never in a hundred years have thought of making a visit to Detroit just to visit The Henry Ford museum, but knowing what I know now, I will tell you confidently that it is as worth your while as a visit to Paris just to see the Louvre, to Rome for the Vatican Museum, or to Florence for the Uffizi Gallery. This is truly one of the world's great museums, and the world that it chronicles is our own.

Detroit 2.0: Motor City to Maker City

By Dale Dougherty
July 27, 2010

Maker Faire Detroit opens this coming weekend at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. Our goal is to create a fun, family-friendly event and showcase talented makers from Michigan and aroundthe Midwest. I also think the event gives us an opportunity to consider ways that makers can be part of re-inventing Detroit from the ground-up. This Thursday, just before Maker Faire...

Detroit Can Do Camp - July 29

By Dale Dougherty
July 21, 2010

As part of the week leading up to Maker Faire Detroit, we have organized Can Do Camp for Thursday, July 29 at Eastern Market in Detroit. Can Do Camp is an informal day for makers to meet each other and explore the DIY mindset. This mindset is a powerful and positive force for building hands-on communites as well as fostering...

Four short links: 9 July 2010 - Crowdfunding, Biogrown Blood, MakerBot Spawn, and Real-Time Data

By Nat Torkington
July 9, 2010

Reasons for Artists and Fans to Consider Crowdfunding -- the number of fans acquiring music outside traditional and/or legal means is, well, the majority. Plenty of examples of bands raising money outside the label system. DARPA's Blood Makers Start Pumping (Wired) -- biomanufactured blood. The blood was produced using hematopoietic cells, derived from embryonic cord-blood units. Currently, it takes...

The manufacturing future - Can the United States become more competitive as a maker of things?

The manufacturing future - Can the United States become more competitive as a maker of things?
By Dale Dougherty
July 6, 2010

Dale Dougherty weaves together recent commentary and his own first-hand observations from the manufacturing world. In this piece, he asks: What can we learn from China? Can the U.S. become more competitive as a maker of things?

Makers versus Sponges - School tech should start with a simple question: Will students absorb others' ideas or make their own?

By Elizabeth Corcoran
June 14, 2010

Today's technology lets us choose if we want to absorb other people's ideas or build our our own. Shouldn't that be starting point when we argue about the role of technology in schools?

Four short links: 10 June 2010 - Adventures in Digitization, DIY on TV, Copywrongs, and Web Testing

By Nat Torkington
June 10, 2010

Gallery: Digitizing the Past and Present at the Library of Congress (BoingBoing) -- amazing pictures and stories about preserving and protecting the Library of Congress, it's papery past and its pixellated future. We can't afford any damage to anything," said Eric Hansen, chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division. "Never take a sample; be completely nondestructive. ... We...


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