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Tuesday
Jun172014

Technology that Misses the Mark

The Ekocycle Cube 3D is yet another 3D printer.  While I understand the concept of using recycled materials to print in 3D this concept is a hollow one. The printer doesn't allow you to recycle your own waste instead the printer uses filament cartridges (not useful across platforms) to deliver material to the printer.  The issue here is that although the idea is provoking its not new.  This printer is advertising itself as an eco 3D printer.  The printer looks great and the marketing is well thought out however lets not delude ourselves here.  This printer is selling the idea of recycling but its not actually recycling your waste. 

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Friday
May302014

Growing Bricks? Deliberate Redesign/Old Process

A few years ago I first heard about the incredible amount of CO2 that was generated via the concrete and brick industry.  I even heard glimmers of research into ways that brick and concrete could be redesigned such as the replacement of concrete with a overhauled version of the type of cement the Romans used which unlike our current day Portland cement doesn't toss quite so much CO2 into the air.

But then

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Thursday
May292014

Personal Log:  Graduation

After many years I went back to college just one class a night via an online program at the very college I started at back in 1997.  I did well class to class able to focus on one set of assignments despite having a job and a family.  I won't lie it wasn't super hard but its wasn't easy by any stretch and some of the classes really pushed me to look at some subjects that were pretty uncomfortable.

I am a tech geek as you all know but my degree is in behavioral science because

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Tuesday
May202014

Robot Catching

I read about this a week or so ago but for some reason I never got to look for a video of the robot in action.  More than that I had no idea that they were teaching the robots by demonstration which feeds into my personal opinion that telerobotics will actually be the best way to teach robots to do human like actions.  This isn't telerobotics but having a human manipulate the arm to "teach" it how to catch feeds into this design concept quite nicely.  

Monday
May052014

I generally try to avoid these conversations...

When you argue equality and your argument generalizes and points at another group you are creating a division you are enforcing an "us vs them" mentality.  You are not winning anyone to your argument.  It simply doesn't make any sense at all.  
[insert group here] are not jerks...jerks are jerks. They cross every gender, race, religion creed.......they cross all damn boundaries. Jerks are an infestation and if you look inside your own group you will find them.
I often find myself the subject of some kind of article.  I am White and Male and Cisgendered and .....I am the hum drum.  As such easy to identify with a group.   Yet I am constantly trying to improve myself.  I am all of the horrible things but I try not to be.  I try to be fair and impartial and argue with facts and not feelings. I do everything I can to do that right thing.
But I am apparently sexist and racist and genderist and a million other ists that I have never heard of.  
I am not these things.
My name is Dan and if you really want to have equality you should stop grouping all your enemies and friends into one group and yelling at them all at once.   Build consensus not argument.  Do not do to other groups what you do not want done to you or your group.
Even if I think you are right I don't want to side with someone who is actively hitting me on the head with a stick.  Call me crazy but it sends a mixed message.