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What’s the Point of Making Something You Could Buy?

What’s the Point of Making Something You Could Buy?

Why we make the things we make and why making versus buying is far more than just a question of cost and time.

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X-Wing Soap Box Racer

X-Wing Soap Box Racer

From Instructables user The Papier Boy. Complete with freaking-out R2 unit! “The spinning droid was constructed of Styrofoam and painted to look like R2-D2. I used one of my daughter’s old toys to create the motion. The toy had a gear on it that spun when a button was pushed. I cut the toy in half (it was too big) and mounted the toy to the underside of the body and glued the droid head onto the gear. To control the spinning I used an old NES controller. ..”

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Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and Is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?

Why Google Choosing Arduino Matters and Is This the End of “Made for iPod” (TM)?

This week is the yearly Google I/O at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. It’s a meet and greet for lots of people and companies, a big dot-com over-the-top party, and most of all it’s geared towards “web, mobile, and enterprise developers building applications in the cloud with Google and open web technologies… Products and […]

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Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”?

Is It Time to Rebuild & Retool Public Libraries and Make “TechShops”?

To me, public libraries — the availability of free education for all — represent the collective commitment of a community to their future. They symbolize what is most important, a commitment to educating the next generation. The role of a public library should also adapt over time, and that time is finally here. It’s time […]

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Really illegal soapbox derby

Really illegal soapbox derby

Image by Telstar Logistics Slapping a baby into your Illegal Soapbox Derby car: Makes the baby the luckiest kid in the world (or, is he crying?) Will come back to haunt you when aforementioned baby reaches driving age And probably lessens your chances of getting arrested Here’s a good account of what conspired. An excerpt: […]

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