November 2011 Archives

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So happy to see that a story about the Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio was on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle. The full text of the story is online, here.
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No knitting time today - though I did take the scarf-in-progress with me.
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Ah... I went through so much struggle last year when I worked to create an ePub book for my iPhone.  Today I made one from a Pages file in a matter of moments. Step one, begin with a file where you've used styles to format chapter titles, headings, subheadings, body text, and so on. Step two, if you created a table of contents for your paper version using the Pages TOC generator, delete that. Step three, put a cover image on your first page. Step four, export as ePub file, choosing the use-first-page-as-cover option. And there you are.  And then I put the new book on my iPhone without needing to sync it, by using Dropbox. Very satisfying when these things that ought to work actually do work in practice.
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I had a little time late this morning, so I knit more on my scarf.
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Began knitting a scarf today - will post a snapshot when it's more than just a ruffle along the knitting needle.  The yarn came from Habu Textiles, and it's pale green wool and 25 % stainless steel. 
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Tried to observe "Buy Nothing Day" today, but we were out of milk. 
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So much to be thankful for.
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How augmented reality software Layar works with the most recent issue of Make magazine, and some instructions for how to create your own...
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What to get your maker friend who has everything? The Googly Eye Arduino Shield kit, that's what. See, it's a shield, and it has googly eyes.

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I just saw a link to this documentary about Arduino, The Arduino Project, and it's jumped to the top of my "watch next" list.

Arduino The Documentary (2010) English HD from gnd on Vimeo.

(via lialila)
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If you live in my immediate neighborhood, please submit work! Assemble is a great space in our community, and I was so excited to read about this show:

Assemble

Nov 22-28th Call for Artists/Makers/Technologists- Opening this December 3rd, join us for the first annual HyperLocal Show + Art Bazaar at Assemble, a community space for arts + technology.

For this show- we are inviting makers/artists/technologists who live in a 5 to 10 block radius from Assemble to submit one work that they have made. Size is not an issue. Work includes everything but food or edible material. New media art, robots, sculpture are encouraged and so are crafts.

This is open to ALL AGES.

Please drop off your work at Assemble between 4-9pm from Nov22- 28th

With your submission include your NAME/ Address/ AGE/ PRICE / WHY YOU LIKE TO MAKE THINGS. We request that the artists kindly donate 20% sales back to Assemble. Come buy your neighbors art! For more information:: email assemblepgh[at]gmail.com

Assemble
5125 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1636

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...and thanks for some kind words

People tell me they hesitate to post work or create a blog online - worried that the responses will be mean and anonymous.  After maintaining a blog since 2002, and posting daily since the end of 2004, I think I can remember one cranky/snarky remark among more than 4000 comments. Commenting has been very quiet of late, because my whole website got caught in a storm of spam, and I had to turn comments off for a month.  I've turned them on again, now that the spammers have moved on, and I hope the conversations can pick up again. I know that through posting my work every day, and posting links to work I find interesting or inspiring, I've had conversations and have learned things that change how I see the world. If you are considering starting a blog, jump in! (And maybe let us know in the comments, so we can come visit.) You may find that the fiercest critic you have to contend with is yourself. 
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This box allows the display of analog animated gifs. Something like it would be fun to build - especially if you found a way to repurpose salad-spinner technology to spin the card of pictures.
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keep drawing from studio shelter on Vimeo.

Love this video. (via This is Colossal)
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Looking forward to next week's holiday, and thinking time. I've been in idea gathering mode for the past few weeks, and now I really need to sort through the possibilities...
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Not quite back into the rhythm of home - still need to unpack.
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Traveling for work this weekend, so mostly offline. 
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Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.


Breathtaking.

(via Chookooloonks)
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Exploring Computational Thinking teaching resource page - with lots of Python activities to use across the curriculum, and especially in math.
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Had a wonderful visit in New Orleans, now back home again.
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I decided to get an ink bottle as a souvenir.
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Traveling for much of the weekend - uncertain internet access - may not be online much or able to post.
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Do a Google search for the word, "tilt," or the word "askew," or the phrase, "do a barrel roll" without quotation marks...
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"Slates are as necessary as black boards, and even more so. But they are so liable to be broken, it will be said, as to render it expensive to parents to keep their children supplied with them."
William Alcott, 1842 - advocating for blackboards and slates to be provided in common schools. (via Ira David Socol)
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This was the view from my office this morning. (I continue to be happy with the camera in my iPhone.)
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