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Gumroad - How It Works
Your creation and a price → → a short link you can share to sell.
gumroad  makers  sales  business 
december 2012 by deusx
In defense of open source innovation and polite disagreement | hello.
One dynamic that happens in a lot of idealist communities: we praise our opponents who make even a small step in our direction, but we attack our own mercilessly when they make even a small step away from us. It’s counter-productive.
idealism  makerbot  to:fb  diy  makers 
september 2012 by deusx
Home-Brew and the DIY innovation movement. - Slate Magazine
We can learn several crucial lessons from this diverse, creative group, and that understanding will allow us to encourage innovation. For some, the main impetus for DIY is that it provides an outlet from their daily grind: Many employees suffer the life of the cubicle-bound "knowledge worker." In his best-selling Shop Class As Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford argues that the elimination of industrial arts and home economics classes from public school curricula has left us dependent on machines that we don’t understand and frustrated by the outsourcing and off-shoring of production. We also derive little satisfaction from what we “produce” at work. We’ve become a nation of shoppers and consumers. DIY is a way to engage the physical things around us and create durable (and drinkable) objects. Based on informal conversations with other DIYers, some of these motivations include self-reliance, community-building, autonomy, independence from monopolies, an alternative to rampant consumerism, innate curiosity, and the desire to make something cool.
homebrewing  diy  makers  to:fb  beer 
february 2012 by deusx
Makerbot playsets: free, downloadable 3D files for dollhouses, dolls and accessories - Boing Boing
MakerBot has announced "MakerBot Playsets," a series of freely downloadable dollhouses, furnishings and dolls for your 3D printer. Whip up as pieces as needed, on demand, and amaze the wee ones (and compulsive hoarders) in your life.
3dprinters  toys  makers 
january 2012 by deusx
Tinkering: all summer at the Exploratorium
"Tinkering is what happens when you try something you don't quite know how to do, guided by whim, imagination, and curiosity.<br />
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When you tinker, there are no instructions — but there are also no failures, no right or wrong ways of doing things. It's about figuring out how things work and reworking them.<br />
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Contraptions, machines, wildly mismatched objects working in harmony—this is the stuff of tinkering."
tinkering  makers  exploratorium  diy  from delicious
april 2010 by deusx
Father captures pictures of earth using camera fixed to weather balloon - Telegraph
"Robert Harrison used his ingenuity and a collection of cheap parts worth just £500 to take the spectacular shots using a Canon camera which he launched 35km above the planet's surface."
space  hacks  makers  nifty  from delicious
march 2010 by deusx
The Ann Arbor Chronicle » Transitioning Ann Arbor to Self-Reliance
"The assumption behind Transition Towns is that we’re reaching a convergence of three crises: 1) a moment when oil production can’t meet demand, forcing us to confront a future of dramatically lower energy use; 2) climate change, which requires a drastic reduction in carbon emissions; and 3) worldwide economic instability. The Transition Towns movement is all about preparing communities to retool for this future, and the 12-step program is an outline of how to do that."
energy  makers  crafts  selfreliance  annarbor  michigan 
july 2009 by deusx
Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
"When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in. Plus you have to remember to go to the meeting. That's no problem for someone on the manager's schedule. There's always something coming on the next hour; the only question is what. But when someone on the maker's schedule has a meeting, they have to think about it."
makers  managers  productivity  scheduling  collaboration  paulgraham  business 
july 2009 by deusx
The Impact of Emerging Technologies: Losing the Right to Tinker?
"The new year could see new challenges to hardware reverse engineering."
tinkering  makers  hacking  hacks  hardware  gadgets 
december 2005 by deusx

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