Hackerspace Video Series

Hackerspace video series: Vimby is producing a very well made series of videos about hacker spaces called ‘Take On The Machine,’ hosted by my friend and and MAKE contributor Mitch Altman (inventor of the TV-B-Gone, a universal TV power remote control keychain). Presented by Scion, ‘Take On The Machine’ is a competition reality series hosted…

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Adam Savage: Busting Myths on Problem Solving

Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame recently gave a talk at a MakeFaire regarding his process for problem solving. What made it fantastic was that it was not some academic lecture on theory; rather a collection of practical, hands-on thoughts he goes through on every project. Here is the talk: A blogger over at Velvet Gazebo…

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“Geek Dad” by Ken Denmead

Looking to ensure your protege is raised to be a heir of your geekdom? ┬áCheckout “Geek Dad” by Ken Denmead (of the Wired.com GeekDad column) for dozens of ideas of inspiring the geek culture of exploring, making, gaming, tinkering and countless other traits that helps lead to a long and fulfilling life. ┬áSome of my…

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Electronics for Kids: Vibra-Bot

Vibra-Bot Over the weekend my family attended RobotFest at the National Electronics Museum. It was an awesome event that introduced my daughter to soldering, rockets, and R2-D2. Hopefully this will inspire her to find her inner geek. The highlight for me was watching my daughter solder her first bit of electronics. It was a simple…

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Books for Learning Electronics

I recently picked up “Make: Electronics” by Charles Platt from Amazon from $23 (vice $34 on MakerShed). It is one of the best introductory books written for those with little or no electronics experience. It is fantastic mix of theory and practical, and is all based on experiments that are well explained and illustrated. The…

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The Space Shuttle Was Designed For Roman Horses

I heard this story by watching a recent lecture given by MIT’s Open Coursware initiative. It traces the history of how the rocket booster design of the Space Shuttle was influenced by Roman Empire horses. t goes a little like this. Thoikol is a Utah-based company that builds the rocket boosters. The boosters are transported…

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Why The Hell Do We Still Watch Jeopardy?

As of today, our children are in deep trouble with respect to their education, especially as they get into high school. This is mainly because the world is ran by baby boomers who were raised to naively believe that if you study hard, get good grades, go to college and get a degree that you…

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Product versus Platform

I have been having an interesting discussion with friends on the future of various businesses. One topic that we keep hitting on is the idea a company providing a product vice providing a platform. A company that provides a product is the traditional corporate model. Some market research is done, a product is designed, and…

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OpSys and Governments.

Now, I am sure someone else has had this stark realization already, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this burning topic. That is, how to modern computer operating systems compare to various forms of governments. The similarities are striking.The Dictatorship. Apple is definitely dictatorial in its closed control of hardware and software. I…

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Engineering and Science for America’s Youth

President Obama today addressed the National Academy of Sciences and made a quote that harkened back to his book “The Audacity of Hope” where he wished the world had more engineers and less lawyers (which is a bit ironic coming from someone who was the president of the Harvard Law Review). He challenged the members…

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