Laptops and Looms I spent a wonderful three days last week in Derbyshire talking about how we could use everything we’ve learned about creating and supporting digital technologies to start a renaissance of making things. Instigator-in-chief was Russell Davies who wrote a little bit about why we were getting together in his Wired column last month: We need an economy that makes things again. And I’m not alone in thinking this. The generation that built the web is tiring of the immaterial and is turning back to objects: to 3D printing, to laser-cutting, to Arduinos. And maybe they can — as with the web — transform hobbies and eccentricities into industries. We kept it all a bit Bilderburg as we[…]

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as we deal with stories about god's wrath and politics, i remind journalists that we deal in fact, not belief. papers, not pulpits. # i absolutely loathe "was the story over hyped stories" media are so lame when they refer to themselves in the third person. #notroyalty # @annatauzin really, a credenza. huh. in reply to annatauzin # well heeeelllllooo css layouts. RT @bkmacdaddy: CSS3 Flexible Box Model – http://t.co/ULhlLkM # @annatauzin still. credenza isn't a word i'm used to seeing on twitter. especially from you. you're multifaceted. in reply to annatauzin # @annatauzin i am in your hood today. will let you know how the day shapes up. in reply to annatauzin # @ksablan thank you sir. great line.[…]

Science deals in reality, and it isn’t there to make you feel comfortable about things. Belief is how you explain the un-explainable. And it must change as new evidence becomes available. A fantastic Op-Ed by Krugman today: Mr. Perry, the governor of Texas, recently made headlines by dismissing evolution as “just a theory,” one that has “got some gaps in it” — an observation that will come as news to the vast majority of biologists. But what really got peoples’ attention was what he said about climate change: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or[…]

Making education accessible and relevant will have to be the driving force in reforming our educational model. In many ways, current online university options offer some insight into how education could evolve to provide uniquely tailored education to individual students rather than teaching classes of students whose age may be the only common factor. Instead of lumping students together by age without regard to ability, interests and learning style, the flexibility of online learning could allow for greater engagement and allow individual strengths of students to be assets rather than liabilities. via edudemic.com