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Rodney Berry
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"...self-sufficiency is not a new idea—communities survived for centuries before there even was a grid from which to disconnect..."

https://www.fastcoexist.com/3065412/fast-cities/the-future-of-neighborhoods-five-projects-that-show-how-well-live
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Here's a great example of something that can easily be done with a mouse and screen on a normal computer but having something chunky and tangible made fit for purpose makes for a different musical experience.
https://youtu.be/9XMfKYVu_fg
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I have mixed feelings about my recent experience with Microsoft's customer service. I had a Surface Pro 3 tablet whose drive failed. They promptly replaced it with a new Surface Pro 4 with double the RAM as well (it was all they happened to have in stock on that day).

Great result, but it highlights the fact that a $1300 product has absolutely nothing inside that can be repaired - it's essentially disposable. This totally gets rid of pesky labour costs and the costs of sourcing and storing parts. It's cheaper to have more pre-built units ready for replacement.

This kind of thing prompts the following...

http://motherboard.vice.com/en_ca/read/a-new-advocacy-group-is-lobbying-for-the-right-to-repair-everything
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Curious about writing your own GLSL shaders but a bit intimidated by the weirdness of parallel processing etc.? The Book of Shaders goes through it step-by-step with interactive and editable WebGL examples. The explanations are very clear, even for a beginning programmer. I can see that, as I go along, I'll have to dive for a mathematics textbook but it's all quite articulate and makes a daunting thing much more attractive to me (a math-o-phobe from way back).
http://patriciogonzalezvivo.com/2015/thebookofshaders/
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This is pretty cool...
a3D Printed digital sun-dial
https://youtu.be/wrsje5It_UU
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You might've noticed I'm a fan of Humble Bundle. It helps me be less tempted by those friendly Russians with PDFs. This bundle is all books about Raspberry Pi, Arduino, sensors and other Maker-ish matters...
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