Yesterday my boyfriend was complaining about Facebook before I’d been awake ten minutes.
He usually lets me read Morning Spoilers on io9 before he reports on the fresh technology hells of the day. He was irate that Facebook was announcing Instagram for Video. “Who would want to make a 15 second video?” he asked. “uh, maybe 13 million Vine users?” I mumbled. “Or…. not?”
Doc Brown would have loved Inventables. The Chicago-based “marketplace for technology and materials for developers and designers” sells everything from Sugru (air-curing silicon molding putty that’s all the rage with geeks) to circuit board blanks. Continue reading →
Even though MakerBots have pushed development and adoption of consumer 3D printing, they have a built-in braking speed: their looks. A classic MakerBot Replicator looks like it belongs in a hackerspace or a high-school shop class; it looks feral. You wouldn’t put one in a corner suite.
When I saw a picture of the Stratasys Mojo, a prosumer 3D printer released in India earlier this year, I said to myself: that looks like something that every office has. That’s an ugly office machine. Coffeemaker? Inkjet printer? Who knows? Who cares? Sure, it’s not gorgeous like the Apple-slick Buccaneer, or as crazy-cheap. But it won’t scare the horses, and that indicates a design intention to make it a ubiquitous workplace object.
The Buccaneer, now, that’s a desire object- at a quotidian price. Which is why their Kickstarter is at $860k of their $100k goal, as of this writing.
I just watched the video of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, with my boyfriend. He looks like any of our cute, smart young friends in the security industry; we know quite a few guys like him. But he’s also special, because he’s done something that appears to be very, very brave.
I don’t think he’s a plant, or a Chinese spy, or a sociopath who wants attention. I also don’t think the data he leaked is a big deal, because I’m a tad jaded and always figured Panopticon was the status quo. Plus, as David Simon very intelligently explains, wholesale recording is nothing new. It’s actual listening without court orders that’s the really bad news, in terms of the wheels coming off our whole freedom deal.
But I believe that Edward Snowden feels he saw wrongdoing that was poisonous and that he had to make public. I believe he is a badass geek with a fine brain and serious principles. The video is absolutely tight, an incredibly well-stated message from a thoroughly articulate thinker who appears to have stepped up and given away the life he had for his principles. It takes Fox-level signal corruption to in any way construe that this guy wanted to give aid and comfort to anybody, let alone enemies of the nation.
I saw this article from The Atlantic and it happened to have to a sidebar with the header, “Millennials vs. Earlier Generations”. I didn’t watch the video, even though it appears to a straightforward economic projection, because I’m already plenty sick of hearing subtext about how Millennials are lazy and entitled. As a Generation X’er, I’ve dated Millennials for the last fifteen years, because I think they’re amazing. Millennials are the NOS turbocharger for the 21st Century, and Edward Snowden just flipped the switch.
In London, the Le Web conference is on, and the startups are duking it out.
What’s interesting? Anthropomorphizing the Internet of Things with a cartoony lamp that talks to your mom stationed overseas, TimeRepublik, which lets you trade time, and the Bowie-esque “co-dreaming” site WeCanBeHero.es.