Open Chattanooga Civic Hack Night - Trails!

From: Sean Brewer 
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All,

Tomorrow we will have an Open Chattanooga hack night, for trails!:
http://www.meetup.com/cfabrigade/Chattanooga-TN/1188522/

It will be on the 4th Floor tomorrow night starting at 5:30 until whenever
the library decides to kick us out.

Since we finished mapping the trails on Enterprise South Nature Park in
OSM, we will begin creating an interactive webmap from that:
https://github.com/openchattanooga/enterprise-south-nature-park-webmap/wiki/Develop-Webmap

We also want non-devs involved as well! With the ESNP interactive map we
could use feedback, testing, feature request, UX help. You don't need to be
a dev to do that.

Also, there's not a central location where ALL of the local trails are
documented. Chattanooga has a localwiki that folks can edit:
http://localwiki.net/cha/ where those trails could be listed

If you have any other trail related hacks/ideas, bring those and show up!
We'll try to break into teams by project interest.

Chattanooga library 4th floor in the WSJ today

From: Phil Shapiro 
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I've written to the Wall Street Journal complaining that they can't keep featuring the Chattanooga Public 
Library in all their upbeat human interest news stories. Other libraries in the country are also innovating. 
Other libraries in the country also love Linux. 


http://tinyurl.com/nzoxfn3 


Please let other libraries at least have a chance. (heh) 


phil 

New York City is a backwater. You wouldn't expect it to be as advanced as Chattanooga. Give 
it time, though. Give it time. 




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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Extending Chromebook use after cracked screens happen

From: Phil Shapiro 
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These days twenty percent of all laptops sold are Chromebooks. http://tinyurl.com/lg5t6bk 


Quite a number of these end up with cracked screens just because that kind of thing happens sometime. 


Most folks might throw away their Chromebook with a cracked screen. It sure isn't worth paying money to get it fixed. 


But wait, could you donate your cracked screen Chromebook to the public library so they could resuscitate it in some way as a "Chromebox" desktop for some family that needs a computer? 


Why, yes. I'm so glad you asked. 


This little $15 HDMI-to-VGA adapter might be all that's needed. Donated 17-inch LCD monitors are quite plentifully available for free these days. Even a nice CRT monitor could be put to use. 


http://tinyurl.com/keerczy 


I don't know if the Chatt library is the right place to try such an initiative. They're already doing a ton of great things. There might be some other organizations in town interested in bridging the digital divide that could take this on. 


What would be amusing is to get a story written about such an initiative on Slashdot -- and then folks from around the country would start sending Chromebooks with broken screens to Chatt. Give me your poor, your tired, your cracked screen Chromebooks yearning to breathe free. 


It's not what resources you have access to that matters. It's what resourcefulness you have access to that matters. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


New blog post - "Open storytelling to boost literacy"

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This was a fun blog post to write. 


http://opensource.com/education/14/7/content-open-source 


Nate, feel free to grab any of these video files, throw them on the Chatt library 
web site, link to them from the library blog and then link to related readings ( 
such as biographies of Walt Disney or Louis Braille.) 


Anyone within Chugalug know which literacy organizations in town we can get these 
public domain files to? 


Jason Griffey, you're always welcome to use any of this stuff for domestic or international LibraryBox projects. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Learn about OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, at this Tuesday's Maptime on the 4th Floor!

From: Sean Brewer 
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Tim Moreland, from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning
Agency, will be giving a presentation on OpenStreetMap at this Tuesday's
Maptime meetup at 5:30pm on the 4th Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library
downtown.

More info here: https://github.com/maptime/chattanooga/issues/4

The local chapter of Maptime here in Chattanooga has a meeting with talks
every second Tuesday on the 4th Floor at 5:30pm and hack nights every
fourth Tuesday at the same time at the same place.

Outside the Lines -- public library event coming up in Sept, 2014

From: Phil Shapiro 
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There may well be a role for Chugalug members to play in supporting the Chatt library in this upcoming event: 


Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Sept. 14-20, 2014. Follow at @ GetOTL (via @ ilovemyanythink ) 


I'm in favor of lazy action, because laziness is what makes communities strong. If enough of us can be lazy together, we can change the world. 

phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Book - The Art of Tinkering (in the Chattanooga library)

From: Phil Shapiro 
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If there's some youth or adult in Chugalug who'd like to review this book, it would 
be a great book review for Opensource.com Those folks are very encouraging 
of submitted blog posts - and they even provide free copy editing. 


See http://catalog.lib.chattanooga.gov/polaris/search/title.aspx?ctx=1.1033.0.0.5&pos=1 


See also 


https://www.coursera.org/course/tinkering 


Maybe Nate can also post your book review to the Chatt library's blog. 


phil 





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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Fried Thunderbolt monitor

From: Nate Hill 
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Hey all,
I have a 4-5 year old Apple Thunderbolt monitor that needs a new
motherboard.  It is cooked, that is a pricey fix, and I'm not going to make
it happen.
If someone wants to make me a reasonable offer it is all theirs.
If nothing else, that is some sweet scrap aluminum...
-Nate

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Nate Hill
nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

Web developer at Huntsville public library loves Inkscape

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi chugalug community, 

This web developer at the public library in Huntsville loves Inkscape. (He follows Inkscape 
on Twitter.) 


https://twitter.com/webdev

If anyone in Chugalug wants a cheap Chromebook

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This previous Vista laptop is being sold cheap by someone in Chattanooga. It can boot Chromium OS from USB flash drive, 
or you can install Chromium onto the hard drive, too. (You would need to supply the hard drive.) 


See http://tinyurl.com/lsbhfnv 


See http://nickfarmer.me/chromium-on-the-dell-inspiron-1545/ 


and http://nickfarmer.me/installing-chromium/ 


My prediction is that this laptop will sell between $50 to $70. The reserve price (the lowest price the seller 
will accept) is probably $50. Free shipping (since it's being sold in Chatt). 


If you're interested in bidding on this, please let me know so that we don't have Chugalug members 
bidding against each other. I'll put interested bidders in touch with each other so they can figure out 
who wants to be the one to snag this. Hmmm, this might even be a group purchase in Chugalug -- 
with occasional loans to the Chatt Public Library to showcase how older laptops can be turned into Chromebooks. 


Mmmm, Core2Duo Chromebook. You could get a speeding ticket with this thing. 


phil 


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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Yahara Music announced at Madison Public Library

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Whoa -- local library system supporting local musicians -- using open source software. 


http://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/new/yahara-music-library 


This is interesting. Thank you, Madison, Wisconsin. 


phil 




http://www.yaharamusic.org/ 


https://twitter.com/yaharamusic 








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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Find of the Day: ArrestDB

From: Eric Wolf 
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I was looking for an easier way to work with MySQL data and came across
ArrestDB:

https://github.com/alixaxel/ArrestDB

One "index.php" and a little Apache configuring now I can query, insert and
delete using Python requests library instead of hassling with a MySQL
library. For that matter, I can use curl to manipulate the data as well!

-Eric

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Eric B. Wolf                           720-334-7734

Windpax portable, collapsible wind turbine

From: Phil Shapiro 
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When Bob Dylan was writing the song Blowin' in the Wind, he didn't have the words to describe 
a portable, collapsible wind turbine that powers an open source file sharing LibraryBox, so he 
used the language of poetry to describe this. Amazingly prescient. 


See 


http://tinyurl.com/mf9prt3 


The efficiency of this kind of wind turbine is low, but so is the cost. 


Although not a toy, this kind of device can spark an interest in wind 
energy in our youth and could also power a LibraryBox or maybe a node on 
a mesh network. 


phil 

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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Getting Chromium OS Flash drives into people's hands

From: Phil Shapiro 
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At my public library job I love showing people how they can turn their regular Wintel laptop into a Chromebook by booting a Chromium OS Flash drive. This works on laptops from about 2005 onwards whose BIOS can be set to boot from USB. If a laptop's hard drive is broken or if the laptop is infected with viruses, I tell them they can walk away from me with a working computer (booting from flash drive). I say, "You can have this flash drive. I'd just ask you to reimburse me for it..." 


Anyway, I'm getting ready to bid on these 20 USB Flash drives on eBay this evening (Saturday), where I'll be able to pick up a bunch of flash drive for $4 (or less). Just wanted to check to see if anyone in Chugalug wanted half of these 


http://tinyurl.com/kbwmgn6 


phil 





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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Learn to code a webpage - teaching kids to code this saturday

From: Lee Walker 
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For the Chugalguers with kids...

As part of a Chattanooga based effort to teach kids to code, I'm
running a "Learn to code a webpage" session this Saturday at the BDC
on Northshore.
9am-10.30am in the ground floor board room. Everyone welcome.
Bring a laptop if you have one, else I will have 10 Chromebooks to
lend out for the class (thanks to the 4th Floor Library).
Sign up with the link below.

http://codingambassadorsorgdev.devcloud.acquia-sites.com/groups/chattanooga/learn-code-website-beginners

-- 
Lee Walker
Principal Engineer
404-405-1194
l.s.walker (Skype)
www.codejourneymen.com

Code Journeymen LLC
100 Cherokee Blvd
Suite #332,
Chattanooga TN,
37405

OT: Local Hero Film Fest

From: Rod 
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El Jeffe ask me to pass this along. seee the pr spot at the link below.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/61llrtakvhv63x4/LocalHero

Thursday Arduino nights at the library

From: Nate Hill 
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Hey all:

Just a heads up that we've started Thursday Arduino nights on the 4th Floor.
From 4:00 PM til 8:00 there's a nice mix of instruction on basics straight
up to hanging out and building crazy whatevers with your pals.

Tonight/this afternoon I'll run everyone through a simple project making a
theremin out of a photoresistor and a piezo.  Rad.

We also just busted a staff member for order 9, yes 9, boxes of girl scout
cookies.  I'll provide parts for any teams that want to take the challenge
of making a cookiebox alarm.  Cause as things stand right now, those
cookies are NOT safe.


-- 
Nate Hill
nathanielhill@gmail.com
http://4thfloor.chattlibrary.org/
http://www.natehill.net

Library Box 2.0 Beta

From: Mike Harrison 
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Library Box is alive and well. :)  Kudos Jason Griffey!


http://boingboing.net/2014/02/25/librarybox-beta-goes-2-0-self.html

http://librarybox.us/

And I just happen to have a TP-Link MR3020 in my travel bag.. ;)






Developer Event this Weekend

From: David White 
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This email was just sent to the Chattanooga Developer Lunch Meetup group,
and I was planning on sending a similar version to you guys before I event
got that email just a few minutes ago.

So instead of reinventing the wheel, I'll just plagiarize from that email.
I may or may not be able to make it (likely not):

Code Across, which looks like a really cool developer event is taking place
this weekend at the Chattanooga Public Library. Come out and meet with
other developers that are interested in using technology to make
Chattanooga a better place to live.

From the event description:

"CodeAcross 2014 is a weekend of events taking place in cities around the
world. There will be events hosted simultaneously in dozens of cities all
across the globe during the weekend of February 21-23, 2014. Coinciding
with International Open Data Day , the goal of
CodeAcross is to activate the Code for America network and inspire
residents everywhere to get actively involved in their community.

Chattanooga's CodeAcross event will be focused on beginning to build
solutions to some of our City's most pressing transit, housing, and public
safety challenges.  You helped us identify the challenges we need to tackle
at our kickoff event in December - now come help us build the solutions!

Technologists, educators, designers, planners, and thinkers of all kinds
are needed to team up with our Code for America Fellows and Brigade members
to start turning your ideas into accessible, useful tools.  Join us to
build the tools that will build a better Chattanooga."

Eventbrite link with more information:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/codeacross-chattanooga-2014-tickets-10486059085

-- 
David White
Founder & CEO

*Develop CENTS *
Computing, Equipping, Networking, Training & Supporting
Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide
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423-693-4234

Makerspaces and Libraries

From: Dan Lyke 
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Nate? Someone else? This is about school libraries, but...

https://twitter.com/actinginthelib/status/435087223974035456

RT Heather Moorefield ‏@actinginthelib

   Are you a public school librarian w/3d printers and/or a maker space
   in your library? If you would be willing to be interviewed, DM me.