Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Maker Faire Detroit 2013 Photos

Another Detroit Maker Faire has come and gone. Even though the weather could have been better, it was a great event as usual. Here's a few pictures from Sunday morning.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Henry Ford [Heroes of Science and Technology]

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford

One hundred and fifty years ago, on July 30th, 1863, Henry Ford was born on a farm in Greenfield, Michigan. A dubious hero to be sure, but Ford did much for the American worker and the American landscape. As Ford said and Richard Snow asserts in his biography of Henry Ford, "I invented the modern age." It might be that Ford did more to change the face of America than any other man of his age.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

New Cosmos Trailer Debuted at Comic-Con

I was... I am a big fan of the 1980, 13 part, original Cosmos series. I have very high hopes the 2014 version. Thanks in advance to Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Don't let me down, people.

Friday, July 19, 2013

How to Disable Website Pinning in Windows 8

One of the new features in Windows 7 was the ability to “Pin” websites to the desktop. Microsoft carried this feature over to Windows 8, but it’s still contrary to how some people work. Fortunately, website “pinning” it’s easy to disable. Let’s take a look.

Friday, July 12, 2013

How to Repair a Broken Raspberry Pi SD Card Slot

The SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi is easy to break. A four foot drop, SD card first, on a hardwood floor turned my brand new Raspberry Pi into a doorstop. I had ideas of duct tape, hot glue, and bubble gum before deciding that replacing the SD card slot shouldn't be too hard if I could find the part.

Friday, July 5, 2013

We Are Makers

Another excellent little documentary.
What if everyone is creative, and the tools to shape our world are within reach? 
This is a central question of the Maker Movement, a title Dale Dougherty famously assigned the cultural shift sparked by new tools and communities that emphasize learning through the process of creation.
There’s no question new technologies like 3D printing, micro-computers and online social networks create a perfect storm for the movement. But beneath these platforms lies the human element—the one theme that emerged again and again in our conversations about the future of making.
We Are Makers visits the workshops, garages and studios that are bringing making into the realms of education, public policy, commerce and communities everywhere.
The film was produced by a four-person team from Abilene Christian University in West Texas. Campus conversations about the potential impact of the movement on education inspired a film we hope will spark broader discussion of the power of learning through making and the many contexts that have nurtured its growth via Adafruit

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader

It's official, Google Reader is dead. It didn't take Seal Team 6 to kill it just Google's apathy.