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Live Controlled Floppy Drives

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We’ve seen many examples of floppy and hard disk drives being sequenced to make music, but the Moppy can be controlled by an external keyboard. Sammy1am created the Moppy using and Arduino UNO and some stepper motors to set the frequencing of the spinning disk drives. [via Arduino Blog] ...

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Burrito-Building Robot

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BurritoB0t is Marko Manriquez’s thesis project at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Burritob0t is a platform for rapid prototyping and tracing the source of food in our lives to reveal hidden issues revolving around fast food: labor practices; environmental consequences; nutritional values. Mexican fast food is emblematic of the assembly line, mass produced era of modern consumables – appropriating the authenticity of the ethnic food sensibility it purports to embody while masquerading as an edible like substance. ...

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It’s OK to eat alone: Q&A with Susan Cain

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By far the most viewed talk from TED2012 was given by an introvert who doesn’t like talking. Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, quietly and powerfully delivered a call to action: take introverts seriously and understand what they can do in the right environment. There is, of course, much more to say, and maybe an introvert should also talk in a one-on-one setting. So TED’s Ben Lillie called her up for an extended conversation about the terrors of public speaking, how her...

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New in the Maker Shed: sugru

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We sold sugru at Maker Faire San Mateo and due to the overwhelming response, we now have it online in the Maker Shed! For those that don’t know, sugru is an air curable rubber with millions of uses. It molds like Play-Dough, cures within 24 hours, sticks to nearly anything, and is abnormally tough. I used it to fix my aging MagSafe connector then became addicted. Next, I added some to my space pen (it kept sliding out of my pocket) and a guitar pick (for extended Rocksmith sessions). After that, I decided to embed a tiny NdFeB magnet...

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Mini Tabasco Bottle Mood Lamp

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Mike from Nootropic Design created this Tabasco bottle lamp: I love Tabasco and always though that their cute little miniature bottles could be the basis for a great specialty lamp. I was very happy to find that a 3mm LED fits perfectly in the bottle opening of the miniature bottles. By designing a custom circuit board I was able to make a lamp that looks like a bundle of dried peppers. Each bottle is individually controlled with a TLC5940 16-channel PWM driver. The software running on the ATmega328 is Arduino code that implements different...

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Micro-metal management: Fellows Friday with Damian Palin

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Biomineralogist Damian Palin (watch his TED Talk) collaborates with bacteria to mine valuable minerals from desalination brine, the toxic byproduct of desalinating seawater — creating wealth from waste while protecting the environment. You work in the field of geomicrobiology. What is it, and why is it becoming increasingly important? Geomicrobiology is a field of science that studies the role of microorganisms in geological processes or cycles of the planet. Microorganisms are everywhere, and are as far as we can tell the oldest living...

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Never enough time

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Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson!, via oh-eric [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more!...

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ZeroBundle 2 is released!

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And here’s our new ZeroBundle! This is our second ZeroBundle, and this time we put the focus on icons! Everyone loves icons and this massive bundle includes hundreds of exclusive and amazing icons from great designers. Thanks to these wonderful designers for their contribution: Umar Irshad, Pink Moustache, Launched Pixels, Larsson Patrik, Kamil Khadeyev, IconDeposit, Von Glitschka, FreshPixels, Asif Aleem, FanExtra, Matthew Skiles, Jamie Peak, Dave McNally, Alessio Atseni, Valery Zanimanski and Nicholas Craig. If you still don’t...

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On the Playful Search for Beauty

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Over on the Tuts+ Premium blog, Skellie has listed 20 Must See TED Talks for Creatives. This is one of them. “The ceramics designer Eva Zeisel looks back on a 75-year career. What keeps her work as fresh today (her latest line debuted in 2008) as in 1926? Her sense of play and beauty, and her drive for adventure. Listen for stories from a rich, colorful life.” ...

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ACLU Not So Sure If It’s Going To Help The KKK Adopt Georgia Highway

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After a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was denied its application to be part of Georgia’s adopt-a-highway program, the group is turning to an unlikely potential ally — the American Civil Liberties Union. It seems the ACLU is slightly uneasy about helping the KKK, but not because of the group’s beliefs. The ACLU isn’t sure if the KKK’s freedom of speech has been violated or not. “We are considering next steps and whether or not we will support the group,” said Debbie Seagraves, executive...

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