Hydro-fold, a 3D printer of sorts.
By adding water to printer ink and printing fold patterns onto regular paper, self-folding origami is possible. Whilst not quite as impressive as conventional 3D printers, the possibility of printing a self-assembling structure with volume from a normal printer is somewhat exciting
What happened when I started a feminist society at school is a wonderfully written article documenting the troubles encountered by some humans trying to promote their equality with other humans #bookmark #feminism
One of the worst parts of this is the school blatantly victim-blaming:
As such, we will take steps to recommend students remove words or images that they place online that could compromise their safety or that of other students at the school.
Seeing as the activism was happening on the web, I read this as “give up, don’t offend the misogynists, they might hurt you”, which could hardly be called “support”. The pseudo-politicalese “take steps to recommend” is vague and and improvable.
Clearly such institutions cannot be trusted to support the fight for equality.
Battle for the planet of the APIs by Jeremy Keith — nice piece of writing, it’s worth pointing out that Twitter still includes rel=me links back to homepages, but is increasingly wrapping them with t.co, making them fairly useless.
Whilst I admire RSS as a rallying cry for the openness of data on the web, I don’t like it much, mainly due to it’s DRY violation. microformats2 is the better solution.
Wikipedia article of the week: List of Sandwiches
Create Digital Music has an excellent article on the creative values of presets in whatever context (e.g. Instagram): createdigitalmusic.com/2013/06/daft-presets-reasons-audiomatic-retro-transformer-claims-to-be-instagram-for-your-music
I was astonished to learn that the 2012 value of the $30 Henry David Thoreau spent building his house beside Walden pond in 1854 could actually vary from $846 to $128,000!
Using hand built circuitry I was able to turn my sister into a fully functioning theremin, the idea being that eventually the equipment could be used by dancers to create music that relies entirely on choreography and body movement to generate sound as they dance. In this way the visual performance and the audio become intrinsically linked and thus the viewer is able to ‘see’ the sound as it is created.