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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.

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Here is the electronics demonstration itself.

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Members Week at Makerspace 125

Member Week at Makerspace 125 ended with the 2017 Greenbelt Maker Festival, which was held on the day before Easter Sunday.


There’s no glory in overworking. It’s just imminent burnout.

Tesla is now worth more than Ford and Elon Musk is already rubbing it in to everyone who ever doubted him.

14 stunning embroidery Instagrams.

Magic moments marking 170 years of British photography.

A Singapore man who lives with more than 9,000 Barbie dolls.

YouTube will now block ads on channels with under 10,000 views.

This robot will literally make you a salad.

A beginner’s guide to microblogging on Mastodon, the open source alternative to Twitter.

An interesting story on how writing on Medium each week has changed one woman’s life.

A 27-year-old entrepreneur talks about how he launched a seven-figure snack business in 18 months.

3D knitting brings tech to your sweaters—for a price.

There’s more to tech stock photography than hokey gold bitcoins.

3D printing in-store is very close and retailers need to address it.

A comparison of six free web-based SVG editors.

Nine anime things that Astro Boy did first.

Chinese man “marries” sex robot he built for himself after he failed to find a girlfriend.

Seven integral WordPress plug-ins.

White toddler girl defends her choice of a black doll to a cashier at Target.

Animated vloggers like Kizuna Ai could be the future of YouTube.

Chobani founder, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, stands by hiring refugees.

Brands see the future of fashion in customized 3D-knitted garments produced while you wait.

3D printing: Don’t believe all of the hype.

Five free graphic design tools.

Top 10 WordPress plugins for business sites in 2017.

Hollywood’s whitewashed version of anime never sells.

New robots just want to be your child’s best friend.

How to make a coin sorting machine from cardboard.

How Harvard Business School has advocated the propagation of immoral profit strategies.

Photos showing 100 years of people knitting.

Talking bendable Justin Trudeau doll for sale.

WordPress for Google Docs lets multiple users collaborate on content in real-time.

Six of the most innovative 3D printing companies.

GIMP is crowdfunding critical updates like high bit depth and layer effects.

This man makes amazing surreal animations from famous artwork.

Open Collective is a GoFundMe-like service for open source projects.

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 look at one crafter who renders pop culture figures in embroidery.

Knitted knockers for breast cancer survivors.

A girl who lost her eye to cancer got the best lookalike doll.

Adobe is currently developing AI that turns selfies into self-portraits.

60 free and easy Easter crafts to make for this holiday weekend.

Improvisation is the heart of Cuban animation.

Researchers are working on robots that can monitor and care for the elderly, such as the animal-like MiRo.

As the ballerina moves, this robot paints the dance.

How to get Microsoft Word for free.

What we can learn from the brief period when the government employed artists through its Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Software engineer starts unlikely business: A weekly newspaper.

Russian startup company Renca recycles industrial waste into 3D printable cement.

Can collecting digital art make museums more competitive?

New business fad: Tripping on Ayahuasca.

“Pink Tax” forces women to pay more for gender-specific items than men.

Adobe and IBM are rolling out more artificial intelligence tools for brands.

ISIS recruiting videos hit YouTube after London attack.

Elon Musk wants to merge your brain with a computer.

In the 1970’s this 25-mile-long art project by conceptual artist Christo Javacheff wowed the Bay Area.

A double-amputee toddler gets a doll with prosthetic legs.

Not all animators yearn to direct big studio films.

The disturbing YouTube videos that are tricking children into watching them.

Microsoft Word macro malware automatically adapts attach techniques for Mac OS and Windows.

Little girl mistakes a water heater for a robot and gives it a hug.

Easy Easter crafts that will bring an element of nature to your home.

3D printer helps revive 103-year-old Delage Type-S car.

Virtual anime girl Kizuna Ai rises to fame. She was created using the same software that was used to create virtual pop star Hatsune Miku.

Is YouTube turning against the marginalized community it built its network on?

Italian artists craft the world’s first 24-carat gold-plated shoes that costs ₤21,000 per pair.

The new world of 3D printing and counterfeiting.

Why Piet Mondrian could be considered to be the first digital artist.

Microsoft provided information to the British authorities after the London attack.

Google launches new site to showcase its open source projects and processes.

Open source software is for everyone—so where are the women?

A free tutorial on making a pocket jack-in-the-box in order to keep children occupied while traveling.

New tools makes 3D printed objects look less 3D printed.

How the sudden unexpected fame of the 13-year-old Cash Me Outside How Bow Dah Girl has highlighted the double standard between the way that white teens and teens of other races are treated.

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.

Viddyoze is a fully automated video animation that allows marketers to create magnificent animations in just a few clicks.

Microsoft’s Top 10 grammar mistakes made in Word and Outlook.

This Lego-compatible tape will turn anything into a Lego-friendly surface.

This self-taught Polish embroiderer’s 3D embroidery creations using polymer clay are one-of-a-kind.

Open source prototype turns any room into a 3D printer.

YouTube takes on Facebook with real-time video sharing app Uptime.

The best free PowerPoint alternatives in 2017.

Just as liberals will go into political correctness, conservative extremists will delve into patriotic correctness.

Retirees knit small sweaters to keep chickens warm and cozy in cold weather.

Adobe’s plan to reinvent itself for the era of AI and VR.

More millennial dads watch parenting videos on YouTube than moms.

Experts say that psychopathic CEOs, enabled by protective investors and weak human resources departments, are rife in Silicon Valley.

Texas woman uses plastic bags to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless.

How the AxiDraw is designed to make handwriting obsolete.

Sixteen months later, YouTube Music is still a missed opportunity.

Uber’s “hustle-oriented” culture becomes a black mark on employees’ resumes.

How to get started with drone photography.

Can Japan make anime great again?

How (and when) to use Microsoft Word footnotes and endnotes.

A New York Times article about the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, which specializes in art from outsider and self-taught artists.

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.

Here’s a little change of pace since today marks the official kickoff of Labor Day Weekend.

A few weeks ago I happened to check out this yard sale in my neighborhood, which had a variety of vintage items from the 1920’s-1960’s. I saw a pile of sheet music that was on sale for 25 cents each. I thumbed through them and I saw that they were really old sheet music, some of which dated as far back as the 1910’s. I was also attracted to the beautiful illustrated covers, which were works of art in ways that the sheet music I used to use when I was learning how to play guitar as a teenager weren’t. (The sheet music I used basically just had the title along with a photograph of the band or singer responsible for the song.) I had never heard of any of these songs but the covers were gorgeous.

So I decided to take a risk by buying a few of them. I didn’t have much money on me so I only purchased around six of these sheet music titles for $1.50. I thought it would be cool to see if I could somehow input the music notes into GarageBand and see what it would churn.

But the big hassle is that there isn’t a sheet music equivalent in GarageBand that I could find. I know that GarageBand is easy for dropping various loops in order to make a song and it’s also good for inputing music using an electric guitar or MIDI keyboard hooked up to the computer but I couldn’t find anything in that software that had an interface I could use for inputing the music notes on printed sheet music.

I looked around for a few alternatives and I found this open source program called MuseScore 2. It  has an online sheet music interface where you can drag and drop music notes. What’s even cool is that you can play the piece while you’re working on it (which is great for picking up any wrong music notes) and you can even export the audio as a standalone file. I ultimately brought the audio files into iMovie where I also imported photos of the sheet music covers and I even typed the lyrics to the songs (which is for those who want to sing along). Here are the songs I’ve worked on so far. Enjoy!

Free Tutorials

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 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.

Miscellaneous Links

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.

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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.

Here is what the laptop looks like.
Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledHere’s a close-up view of the keyboard and track pad mouse.
Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed
If the track pad mouse isn’t your thing, there will also be an extra two-button mouse with a click wheel.

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledThe 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).

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed

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).

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledThis 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.
Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledThe computer has multimedia capabilities and the software necessary to use them.
Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledIt 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).

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint InstalledFor the kids there is Tux Paint, which is an open source version of Kid Pix.
Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed

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.

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed

The computer will come in this really snazzy looking carrying case that’s well padded yet stylish.

Dell Laptop With Carrying Case and Linux Mint Installed

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