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Collider is presently buffered in the HCIL, overflowing the cubicle of +Michael Gubbels. Come to the HCIL (in Hornbake, South Wing) to dig into it.
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I just did a bit of sleuthing about the making and hacker scenes around Lincoln and Omaha. (I have been in Nebraska for the past few weeks for the holidays, and am currently in Lincoln, where I lived while studying undergraduate computer science.)

There are some really intriguing, relatively recent developments in the maker scene. The University of Nebraska—Lincoln should soon be the home of a maker space, set to be "student-run" (reportedly), sure to be facilitated by a combination of students, professors, and others. I read that the maker space will be built on the new Innovation Campus (http://innovate.unl.edu/), which itself, I think, is an intriguing, larger, project that seems to be, in effect, creating a convergence context for the university and private organizations. I can see the maker space and the Innovation Campus as important resources that provide supportive spaces and foster the tooling of the creative makers of Nebraska, especially in Lincoln. Nice.
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A nice story about the use of #Blockly in the #HourOfCode .
Something quite interesting is coming to Kenwood and Carrie Busey this next week; the Hour of Code. You can read a little more from Stephanie Stuart's recent Unit 4 news item. Or you can jump right...
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Last night, some of us Terrapin Hackers flew a makeshift banner with our mascot using quadcopters.
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In the sleuthing for my previous post, I discovered the Lincoln Makerspace. The space looks like a good one for anyone of the Lincoln-Omaha area (or those, like myself, visiting it). The Omaha Maker Group wrote an article about the Lincoln Makerspace at http://omahamakergroup.org/2012/05/15/lincoln-makerspace/. The article provides an intriguing impression of the makerspace. The Omaha Maker Group seems like a good group, too (http://omahamakergroup.org/). Generally, a growing community seems to exist, not to mention a growing number of resources and enough creative energy among the diverse range of Nebraska makers to support any makers in the area—simply finding out about this stuff is exciting.

I also stumbled upon FUSE, a coworking space in Lincoln (http://www.fusecoworking.com/). I see this space as a different part of the the Lincoln rendition of the larger ethos of creative making. It's got good location, too. It's above The Mill in the Haymarket District.
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I had a lot of fun dreaming and building at MAKEwithMOTO Media Lab with Daniel and Jason (and Victor and others). I like what they're doing. They're exploring the country, bring people together to invent and make, all while trying to figure out a more creative mobile platform.
 
Daniel and Jason are giving a TEDx talk in San Diego about MAKEwithMOTO and Project Ara.
Watch TEDx San Diego live:
http://www.tedx-sandiego.com/events/livestream/
Or skip to 2:30:00 to see Jason and Daniel. 
#projectara  
TEDxSanDiego 2013 is sold out, but you are invited to visit this page on December 14th to participate via Livestream for free at any point during the day. To see a list of event activities, download the program. You can join in the conversation on Twitter by using hashtag #TEDxSD, or follow the ...
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I have seen a handful of open source humanoid robotics projects at different stages of completion. I'm happy to say there's another one. This is cool.
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Human-Computer Interaction Researcher, Designer, and Artist
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  • FutureMakers
    Collaborator, 2013 - present
    I facilitate workshops on making, centered around electronics, programming, and physical materials. I helped co-design and co-facilitate a workshop, Tomorrow's Toys, with Michael Smith-Welch.
  • KID Museum
    Collaborator, 2013 - present
    I help set up and facilitate events such as Re-Inventing the Wheel and the Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire. I collaborate closely with Michael Smith-Welch, Creative Director of KID Museum on these projects.
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2013 - present
    I am a researcher in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Google
    User Experience Research Intern, 2012 - 2012
    I helped to design and launch the first Power Searching with Google massively open online course and to study and design SearchParty (now XParty) in collaboration with Ben Bederson in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. I was hosted by Dan Russell and worked closely with him as well as Tasha Bergson-Michelson (Google) and Ben Bederson (HCIL).
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Graduate Research Assistant, 2011 - 2012
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011 - 2011
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2009 - 2011
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