Last week I went with my friend GK to the Maker Faire UK in Newcastle, one of the many instances of what they call the greatest show and tell on earth.
It was quite amazing to see so many people, particularly children, interested in all this DIY using technology. It’s not every day that I see so many people around me soldering electronic components… :) It as all very inspiring!
I don’t think this is going to be totally mainstream and everybody is going to be a tinkerer creating and tweaking their own hardware and software.
Maybe this mix of electronics, software, industrial design, robotics, art, crafts even biology, that makes accessible and easier to create new and customized things, will have a part in changing our unsustainable and going bankrupt consumer economies to something more prosumer or more based in creation.
Some people call it indie capitalism – rather than global and for the masses, something local more social and community based, closer to the people and by the people.
Or maybe not… :P
Here’s my photos.
“We’re not just making this because we want to sell it. We’re making this because it needs to exist. Ghost is about the future of the freedom of speech and it needs your voice.”
The video just blew me away! I’m backing #Ghost on Kickstarter. :)
This is a note to self about how to install the WebObjects development environment on Mountain Lion:
1. Install Java by launching /Application/Utilities/Java Preferences.app
2. Install WebObjects downloaded from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL688
version 5.4.3 what else?…
3. Install Eclipse from http://www.eclipse.org
version 4.2.2 64-bit
4. Install WOLips with Eclipse Plugin Manager:
Go to the Workbench > Help > Install New Software
Add new software site: WOLips http://jenkins.wocommunity.org/job/WOLips42/lastSuccessfulBuild/artifact/temp/dist/
Select WOLips and WOLips Goodies, this one from WOLips (Optional)
WOLips reference: https://github.com/wolips/wolips/
WOLips for Eclipse 4.2.x: http://jenkins.wocommunity.org/job/WOLips42/
5. Install git from http://help.github.com/articles/set-up-git
6. Checkout Project Wonder
7. Build and install Project Wonder
8. Install PostgreSQL from http://postgresapp.com
version 22.214.171.124 (13)
9. Install postgres plugin from http://jdbc.postgresql.org/download.html
version JDBC4 for Java 1.6 and 1.7
more info: http://wiki.wocommunity.org/display/documentation/PostgresqlPlugin+Framework
10. Install some useful Eclipse plugins
For a system installed from scratch to install svn: launch Xcode > Preferences > Downloads > Components > Install the Command Line Tools.
Install the Subversive connector for your system.
My first try with sugru was this protective layer to my Bose headphones jack. It felt like going back to my childhood when I had such a great time playing with modeling clay – we called it plasticine (pt: “plasticina”).
After that I used it in some old MacBook power adapters.
Trivia about sugru or Formerol: it’s a silicone rubber created by an Irish called Jane. She named it after a word in Gaelic that means “play”. It’s waterproof, thermally and electrically insulating. Go get a pack!! :)
It felt so good to build this Technic Mini Mobile Crane set: relaxed and happy just like a kid! :)
I have to get some more Lego sets…
I’ve just watched a TED talk by Sherry Turkle called “Connected, but alone?”. I’m amazed by how she totally expresses what I feel about being connected.
In 1996 Turkle was on the cover of Wired with the article “Sex, Lies and Avatars” about how technology and our lives on the screen could help us connect with others regardless of distance, gender and culture, express and learn about ourselves and take that knowledge to the “real world” to live better lives. I remember loving reading this interesting and provocative article back then, when Wired was almost my bible :)).
Today as I watch her TED talk, I have to share her disappointment on how things turned out and I how I agree that this sense of being connected and sharing all the time is actually making us disconnecting from ourselves and from others. Here are some bits I found interesting:
- Our little devices in out pockets are so psychologically powerful that they do not only change what we do, they change who we are.
- We turn to technology to help us feel connected in ways that we can control.
- Constant connection is changing the way we think about ourselves – “I share therefore I am”.
- We end up isolated if we don’t cultivate the capacity for solitude. Solitude is where you find yourself so you can reach out to others and form real attachments. When we don’t have that capacity we turn to other people in order to feel less anxious or to feel alive, using them to support our sense of self.
- We have this false feeling that being connected is going to make us feel less alone but what happens is the opposite and if we’re not able to be alone we’re going to be more lonely.
- It’s time to think about how to use technology and develop a more self aware relationship with our devices, with each other and with ourselves.
- Make room for solitude.
- We’re so busy communicating that we don’t have time to think and to talk about the things that really matter.
- Listen to each other, including to the boring bits because it’s when we stumble, when we hesitate and lose our words that we reveal ourselves to each other.
- Use technology to make this life the life that we love.
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.
That’s what the storm’s all about.” –Haruki Murakami, Kafka On the Shore
I started writing an online journal before blogs became popular.
Back then, in 2000-2001, sharing my personal life and exposing myself online was considered crazy and inappropriate by some of my friends.
I guess a lot has changed since then… ;)
And I stopped writing at some point. In a web of noise and nonsense I had nothing important to say or to share anymore.
Or so I thought…
Here I want to share with likeminded people things that I find interesting. I set the rules, I’ll share what I want, I’ll talk about what I like or I don’t like, in my own time.
This is again my little corner on the internet. :)