Brad Burnham On Iceland, Economic Development, and Networks â AVC -
Fred Wilson’s blog post pointed me to this video of his partner, Brad Burnham.
He’s talking about opportunities for Iceland, and that’s interesting… but a lot of what he says is relevant to other small and nimble countries (Scotland?), and even to the lumbering incumbents…
Worth a watch…
Biostamp temporary tattoo wearable electronic circuits by MC10
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RT @Geewiz: “Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice.” — Elizabeth Mattijsen— Tom Raftery (@TomRaftery) February 26, 2014
12-year-old invents Braille printer using Lego set
The Braigo printer cost its inventor about $350, making it more affordable than other Braille printers that can retail for more than $2,000.
And because I seriously side-eye this Western journalism trend of never crediting and NAMING the actual inventors in the headlines (especially when they’re young POC)
this inventor’s name is Shubham Banerjee, and he is making his glorious design completely open source, publishing it online FREE of charge! Just remember this kid’s name before some crusty old white dude “innovates” his design and takes all the credit.
(Source: mothernaturenetwork, via notational)
Kimono will “API-ify” the web, apparently -
A new Y Combinator-backed startup called Kimono wants to make it easier to access data from the unstructured web with a point-and-click tool that can extract..
Another take on a problem area that existing companies like import.io and scraperwiki also tackle.
Each of these companies is approaching the challenge of turning web content into addressable/ programmable/ computable data from a slightly different direction, and each is probably aimed at a different community of adopters and users.
It’s still not clear which market opportunity is going to be largest… or most defensibly sustainable moving forwards…
A Berlin-based conceptual artist , Aram Bartholl, has published a website to assist the craft-inclined and surveillance-averse in the making of their own Faraday cage pouch for their cellular telephones. The site’s launch followed a live, participatory event Bartholl staged at Hamburg’s Chaos Communication Congress in late December 2013. Such pouches have long been prized for their ability to restrict the transmission of electromagnetic waves, limiting both active-transmission devices, like cell phones, and inhibiting passive connections to RFID units embedded in devices or documents like passports. The material Bartholl instructs his participants to use is ”a copper or silver coated cloth or fleece especially developed for electromagnetic protection.” — Kill Your Phone: Artist Targets Surveillance (via notational)
When we realize that coding is a creative act, we not only value that part of the coder’s labor, but we also realize that the technologies in which we swim have assumptions and ideologies behind them that, perhaps, we should challenge. — Michael Widner in “First Stanford code poetry slam reveals the literary side of computer code”, Mariana Lage (2013)
(Source: news.stanford.edu, via notational)
fogus: 10 Technical Papers Every Programmer Should Read (At Least Twice) -
The papers chosen herein are not intended to act as a C.S. hall of fame, but instead hope to accomplish the following:
A lot of people think technology is a solution, but it’s really just a canvas for your work. It can make good things amazing, and bad things terrible. — The Medium and the Message: A Conversation with David Droga (via sanatgersappa)
Buddycloud in the Mountains Update -
We have enough food, drink, wood for the fire, good wifi and it looks like we might be snowed in. We’re in the Austrian mountains working on a really simple and quick way to host a new Buddycloud site.
Some background: We have worked hard to organise our install docs and make buddycloud…
Bending the Java spoon with op4j -
This is one of those java libraries that I feel “should have discovered a long time ago”. Now that I have found it, I’ll dig it. The examples in the blog definitely have some sex appeal.
P.s. Stumbled over it, while reading up about "fluent api"