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Britain’s First Home Computer Terminal from 1967
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/tomorrows-world-home-computer-terminal-20-september-1967/

Check out this retro clip from the BBC archives, which shows us the capabilities of Europe’s first home computer.

Derek Cooper reports on Europe’s first home computer terminal. Installed into the home of industrial consultant Rex Malik (pictured above), it includes an electric typewriter and can send and receive messages, update his diary and check his bank balance. Even his four-year-old son Nicholas can use it to work out basic maths problems. Can we expect a computer like this in every home in the future? Time will tell.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answer #MakerEducation
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/30/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-species-genetics-is-changing-the-answer-makereducation/

Via SmithsonianMag.

For Charles Darwin, “species” was an undefinable term, “one arbitrarily given for the sake of convenience to a set of individuals closely resembling each other.” That hasn’t stopped scientists in the 150 years since then from trying, however. When scientists today sit down to study a new form of life, they apply any number of more than 70 definitions of what constitutes a species—and each helps get at a different aspect of what makes organisms distinct.
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Elevated Forest Park Includes a Trampoline to Bounce Among the Treetops
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/30/elevated-forest-park-includes-a-trampoline-to-bounce-among-the-treetops/

via My Modern Met

A sky park seems like something you’d find in a fantasy novel, but Studio Dror have envisioned it as a reality for Istanbul. They’ve created the plans for Parkorman, which, among other things, features an elevated playground with pathways, swinging hammocks, and a giant trampoline. This unconventional concept works with the city’s lack of green space and is to be located six miles north of the city center.
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Post-APAHM the #WikiAPA Effort Continues | #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth @Wikipedia ‏
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/30/post-apahm-the-wikiapa-effort-continues/

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for 2017 is nearly over. But that doesn’t mean our awareness of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States should cease. Which is why the #WikiAPA call for action is ongoing and important. Regardless of time or place, #WikiAPA seeks to continuously expand and improve upon the entries of APAHM names, places, and historical events inside the Wikipedia reference base. Whether that’s elaborating on a figure’s biographical information, giving context to an invention or discovery, citing press articles about an event or engagement, etc.

These events more broadly are known as edit-a-thons and #WikiAPA is an edit-a-thon with a specific topical purpose. And no you don’t have to be an “expert,” simply have knowledge that doesn’t already exist in Wikipedia that is worth reading to better understand an article on Wikipedia. Especially for subjects that are otherwise marginalized or simply overlooked.

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Japanese Woodworking Tip – “Kigoroshi”
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/28/japanese-woodworking-tip-kigoroshi/

Kigoroshi is a woodworking technique for removing gaps in notched woodworking joints. Japanese Joinery shared an amazing video detailing the process! Free and Handy shared this definition of Kigorishi:

Kigoroshi (木殺し) – a woodworking technique used for mortise and tenon joints (or other notched joints) to aid in snug fits. By hitting the appropriate part of a tenon with the rounded end of a hammer, hard enough to compress the part in question but not too hard that you crack or otherwise damage it irreparably, you can join the mortise and tenon with ease. Prior to joining, wipe or splash some water into the mortise; this will cause the compressed wood to expand to its original dimensions.

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Log Your Hampster’s Runs with Arduino
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/log-your-hampsters-runs-with-arduino/

via Arduino Blog

We’ve all seen hamsters in a cage, furiously running nowhere. Perhaps you’ve thought about the pointlessness of this activity, before going to the gym to lift weights up and down or run on a treadmill. From an outside perspective, both activities seem pointless, but when you realize the benefits, maybe tracking what “feats of strength” you’re able to accomplish, things become much more clear.

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Tone Selector with LCD #Arduino
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/tone-selector-with-lcd-arduino/

From cronenborg on Hackster.io:

This is a small tone selector with the ability to change the frequency by a potentiometer and to see the result on a 16×2 display. It also has an automatic testing mode at the beginning.

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Mini Golf Marble Machine Build
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/mini-golf-marble-machine-build/

This project from Ben Tardif is seriously impressive. The above video is Part 23 of 23. To see the whole build video series, go here.

This is the twenty third and final part of a multi part series that shows the construction process of the Mini Golf Marble Machine. It is a themed marble machine with 4 different tracks and about a dozen holes. All four tracks are now complete and it works! In this video, I finish all the elements that still needed to be completed such as the waterfalls, painting the outside walls, and sealing the paint. Follow along as I finish building this marble machine!

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Log Your Hampster’s Runs with Arduino
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/log-your-hampsters-runs-with-arduino/

via Arduino Blog

We’ve all seen hamsters in a cage, furiously running nowhere. Perhaps you’ve thought about the pointlessness of this activity, before going to the gym to lift weights up and down or run on a treadmill. From an outside perspective, both activities seem pointless, but when you realize the benefits, maybe tracking what “feats of strength” you’re able to accomplish, things become much more clear.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/log-your-hampsters-runs-with-arduino/
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The First Email and the Origin of the @ Symbol
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/29/the-first-email-and-the-origin-of-the-symbol/

The First Email and the Origin of the @ Symbol via Today I Found Out on YouTube
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