Monthly Archives: July 2014

Trends You Need To Know from #OSCON 2014

The culture of open source continues to make an impact beyond software and programming. The ethos of open source has helped fuel the makers movement.   In the open source convention(#OSCON 2014), speakers reviewed the impact of open source in … Continue reading

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Should You Use an Object Relational Mapper in your App?

  When you write applications that communicate with a relational database, your design needs to solve a fundamental problem.   In most cases, we create systems using relational databases.  (i.e. MySQL, Oracle, MSSQL, etc.)   Similarly, we probably write our web or … Continue reading

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Art and Tech Hacking Using Arduino – Meet up on July 29th

Massimo Banzi has started a movement. He invented a computer technology to teach his student artists and designers how to create simple electronics and prototype products in weeks. (not months) The Arduino has helped make electronics tinkering accessible to creatives … Continue reading

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Stepping Outside the Mainstream

Today is the first day of school for our boys (I know, early right?!). It has been quite the journey leading to this day and I spent some time reflecting on it last night as I laid out clothes and … Continue reading

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3 Tutorials on 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD.COM

In the past, the world of 3D modeling belonged to engineers and designers.   Most 3D modeling software was hard to use and expensive.   The folks at have created a delightful web based tool for artists, students, and … Continue reading

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Pi-Bot: A Great Kit for Learning Arduino Robotics!

  I just finished putting together my first Arduino robot: PiBot .  The PiBot is a fun kit for learning about Arduino robotics.   Using the kit, student inventors and tinkerers learn the mechanical aspects of building a basic robot … Continue reading

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What we can learn from hackerspaces: Catarina Mota at TEDxStockholm

  “Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life … Continue reading

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