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The week prior to Easter Sunday was an event held at Makerspace 125 known as Member Week. The STEM center was opened to the general public in an effort to get more members to join the makerspace, which had recently converted into a member-owned cooperative. While I was there a couple of nights that week, I only took pictures on Thursday, April 13, 2017, when there was a demonstration of the various electronics that the makerspace hopes to run workshops on in the future, including open source devices like Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
The decoration of the outside of Makerspace 125 was well underway that night but it was still a work in progress when I took these pictures.
Here is the electronics demonstration itself.
Member Week at Makerspace 125 ended with the 2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival, which was held on the day before Easter Sunday.
Philadelphia museum showing glass bongs as high art. The museum’s directors say that this exhibit is less about potheads and more about allowing an underground community of artists to showcase their work without fear of being stigmatized or prosecuted.
A World War II era photographer in Poland documenting the Lodz Ghetto buried his negatives in 1944 in an effort to preserve his work. After the war he returned to the burial site and and found that more than half of the original 6,000 negatives remained intact.
Last December I was helping out with creating this video. Basically my help consisted of scanning pages from a certain book so excerpts from the book can be shown on screen.
The video is now online. Phil Shapiro reviews Charlie Reisinger’s book The Open Schoolhouse and it includes the pages that I scanned.
While there are lots of great software out there (including both proprietary and open source), sadly there are a lack of manuals that can explain how to use the software that are written in a clear concise manner that doesn’t assume that you are already an expert. This article on Opensource.com has some tips on how to write a software manual that’s easy to follow for the end user which can easily be applied to other types of situations (like writing instructions on how to knit a sweater, for example).
A tool wrap, house slippers, and other things you can make from a pair of worn-out blue jeans.
Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.
This has got to be the coolest use of 3D printed technology yet. Mat Collishaw and Sebastian Burton collaborated together to create a 3D printed zoetrope that does an animated reproduction of Peter Paul Reubens’ Baroque painting Massacre of the Innocents with very impressive results.
Here are some gorgeous Edwardian Era photographs of two girls that were actually shot in color between 1910-1914.
Back in 2004 the spouse of an employee at the video game maker Electronic Arts wrote a blog post about what it’s like to be in a relationship with someone who works for a company that constantly demands its employees to work 12 hour days, six days a week. That post hit such a raw nerve with people that it quickly went viral for a while. Sadly it seems like not much has changed in the video game industry since that blog post first went live, according to this article titled The Horrible World Of Video Game Crunch.
UPDATE (August 16, 2014): I’ve sold the computer but I’m still leaving this post online because I think it’s still worth the time to check out the embedded video of my friend demonstrating one of the many uses of Linux computers. Besides, he can use the attention and the hits. (LOL!)
I’m helping this friend with selling a Dell laptop in exchange for earning myself some extra money. (He works for the local public library’s computer center and that place is constantly upgrading and casting off old equipment.) I’m selling it for only $50. (If you live outside the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, I’ll have to charge an extra $50 for shipping and handling.) If you’re interested, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at kimstark at gmail dot com. Here are the photos of what you’ll get for $50.
The Dell laptop was originally installed with Microsoft Windows. My friend had replaced that operating system with Linux Mint. If Linux Mint isn’t your thing, you can always re-install Windows yourself (or take it to a local repair shop and have someone do it for you).
But before you decide to replace the operating system with Microsoft Windows, you may want to take a look at the free open source software that my friend had also installed on the computer.
The graphics applications include GIMP (an open source version of Adobe Photoshop that’s compatible with Photoshop and other bitmap graphic programs) and Inkscape (an open source version of Adobe Illustrator that’s compatible with Illustrator and other vector graphic programs).
This computer comes with wi-fi already installed and there are two browsers (Firefox and Chrome) that you can choose to surf the Internet with. Plus there is an e-mail program and a chat program that’s compatible with other chat programs.
The computer has multimedia capabilities and the software necessary to use them.
It comes with Libre Office, which is an open source version of Microsoft Office and is fully compatible with that program (as well as similar programs).
The friend whom I’m selling the computer for (in exchange for some extra money on my part) made a video where he demonstrated using a Dell laptop that he installed Linux on.
Of course a power cord will be included.
The computer will come in this really snazzy looking carrying case that’s well padded yet stylish.