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Sunday
Mar212010

Have I mentioned that I love NYC?

The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

I'm from Seattle which has in it's favor the color green and family and good friends. I lived in or near Seattle for nearly 21 years. It's a great place.

But now I love New York. It's been so good to me. I moved here to get in the action and it's just a wonderful place full of people who do things. I've made great friends, started a business with a few of them and I get to be here where I believe the most exciting adventures are to be had.

Before i moved here, I was scared of it in the same way I am scared of steam engines. There is potential and it takes time to get to know how it all works. I spent 3 weeks going the wrong way on subways and planning a lot to just go out and see a movie and figure out how to navigate to a bar called burp castle to connect up with the movers and shakers.

This little movie makes me happy because it captures the action of New York. People are here to get stuff done and it's expensive and it can be hard and the only way you'll make it is if you give all of yourself and if you do, NYC gives back.

Come visit and just walk around. Go see art. Ask directions on the street from strangers. Walk over bridges. Eat food from streetcarts. Get to high places. Act like you're on your way to the most important meeting of your life and you'll feel the energy of the streets. If you like it, find a way to stay or find a way to return here when you can. NYC will remind you that you are a powerful creature walking this earth and that humans like you can make amazing things happen.

Monday
Dec212009

Get Seen! Steve Wrote a Book!

Steve and I met in 2005 at Gnomedex and we were the guys with video cameras when the conversation was all about audio podcasting.

Since then, Steve has continued being Steve! He has his camera with him all the time and he shares his life and his perspective with the internet, which is basically my version of a saint. He interviewed me for his book and it shows up on Amazon now. Cool!

His reach now goes into the realm of old skool books. He's coming out with a book called Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building Your Business about putting yourself out there on the internet. You can pre-order it today. Get it!

Thursday
Nov192009

Digital Designs in iTunes?

When Mark Frauenfelder was asked to think of an imaginary future Apple product, he came up with a 3D printer in full Apple style, glossy and sleek.

I've always imagined that someday soon, everyone will have a 3D printer at home. Mark's vision of the Apple-y future really shook me up and made me think about how designs circulate. In the future Mark posits, designs could be like songs, or iPhone apps in iTunes.

"To create a product, you visit the iTunes Store to choose from among tens of thousands of product designs--prices range from free to $9.99--purchasing one just as you would a song, video, or app. The 3D data is sent to the iMake, which builds the parts, layer by layer, out of high-quality plastic. The iMake will also make the circuit boards. Then, all you do is snap the pieces together! After purchasing a 3D model from the iTunes Store, it takes about 15 minutes to print a 3D part."

Imagining a digital design branch of iTunes unsettled me, because one of the main focuses of the current DIY 3D printing movement is to be open source--and focus on sharing ideas and designs freely. The collective goal is to build out a large library of digital objects that anyone can download, modify, customize and share.

Should designs be free? It's really a provocative question. Would designers be more motivated to create designs if they could make money off of them?

I'm really curious to hear what you think about this in the comments! And, thanks to Mark for the thought-provoking vision of the future!

Friday
Nov062009

Autorouting

Raphael is teaching me Eagle, which is software for laying out printed circuit boards and I'm fascinated by the autorouting feature. It's beautiful. You are watching the computer think about the best ways to connect the dots.

Friday
Oct232009

EFF Awards

Limor accepting her award.

Last night I attended the EFF Pioneer Awards. My friend Limor of Adafruit Industries recieved an award for being awesome. She is an obsessive electronic engineer who has a successful open source hardware business and she pushes the limits with projects like an open source cellphone jammer.

This is an important one. Limor is an awesome engineer. My favorite kind that won't sleep till something works and obsessive about things like order fulfillment tool chains. The open source hardware world is small and growing and Limor is a true pioneer in this frontier. Getting recognized by the EFF, is big to me. It says, "Hey, don't mess with Open Source Hardware because the EFF knows about it and recognizes it as awesome."

Besides getting to see my friend have an award ceremony moment, I got to see other people get awards including the gentleman who broke the diebold voting system.

I feel very strongly that information should be freely shared and I've been a big fan and supporter of the EFF for years. They are the rockstars of the laws that I care about and so after the awards when I got to meet a few of them, it was kinda like being backstage at a rock show. The lawyers are all badasses, but they are also nice people and they all have a strong sense of humor. If you ever get a chance to go to an EFF event, you should. If you aren't a supporting member, here's the link where you can go support these lawyers that are kicking butt to defend digital freedom.

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