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I've been sayin'...

Learn how to do stuff.
In The Wall Street Journal, Josh Mandel writes that taking pride in learning to make and build things can begin in high school. Plenty of jobs await.
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thinking about teaching shop
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So a laser inside a laser could create a path of least resistance, triggering lightning strikes down the beam. 

all we need now is a cadaver on a slab, and a hunchbacked assistant.
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Yup yup, +Laston Kirkland the not dying is a key issue 
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I'm picturing a mild mannered lab coated pharmacist sitting beside the machine, sighing as he plays a game with his smartphone, waiting for the bottle to pop out so he can hand it to the endless line of customers, Thinking that he went to school for years for this.
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People being awesome.
Egg painting awesome
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At one point I shared an elevator with ten drunken gnomes with very tall red hats. 

Easter Sunday, back from Norewscon. I had a blast. Spent the bulk of my time attending panels on nanotechnology, future of farming, future of food, future of medicine, asteroid mining, 3d printing, backyard space programs, sustainability, and long term data. Panel discussions with very interesting people doing very interesting things. 

I came for the science, but there was much whimsy too. Pictionary with a science fiction/fantasy flair, (someone guessed my "Something Wicked This Way Comes" in less than ten seconds. I got "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" about as quickly) 

Costumes ranged from the "Yip Yip" muppets, to elaborate and lavish queen victorias, Glowing fairy princesses covered in  LED's, comic book characters of every type. 
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Robots being awesome
morpHex awesome.
 
WALK & ROLL: The most impressive real-life transformer robot I've ever seen. It can be a ball, a spider and a wheel!
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Really neat. 
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quadrotors being awesome
musically awesome
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Nice!
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3d printed cube being awesome
complexity is no longer the limiting factor, awesome
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I honestly don't know, but it would be possible with a good printer for the entire thing (minus the metal) to be printed at one go and fully attached... but probably printed open, rather than closed.
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Mesh networking is coming. 

Any town with a well established mesh will do what was originally intended with the internet. Provide a means of communication that cannot be shut down or controlled. 
The State Department and other agencies are spending millions around the world to finance local systems, called mesh networks, as more secure alternatives to the Internet.
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and remember, those subway phones aren't talking to a tower... all of them only talking to each other
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THIS. pay attention to things like this.
 
A $50 3D Printed Hand Outperforms a $42,000 Myoelectric Prosthetic Device. 
Over the last several months, some of the more inspiring stories around 3D printing have had to do with the printing of prosthetic devices, particularly hands.
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Oh star trek. Thanks for the replicator. A Google employee joked with me one about Star Trek and Google Glass. I can't wait till I can get my hands on one of these printers. You should look up the caduceus coil and it's effects on water. I believe this coil (built with the golden ratio/fractals in mind) will prove to be a prevelant shape in the future. 
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“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don't bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” ― Richard Buckminster Fuller
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