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.

What would a maker conference center look like?

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi Chugalug community, 


I'm preparing a blog post for MAKE on the topic of what a maker conference center might look like. Here's a screencast I made that will accompany this blog post. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ4Gu9LJ

An interview with Bob Coggeshall of Small Batch Assembly (in Reston, VA)

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Here is a MAKE magazine blog post I wrote today. 


Inside Small Batch Assembly : http:// wp.me/p22K2I-1xK2 (Featuring an interview with Bob Coggeshall of @ SmallBatchA ) # makermovement 


Kindly share with any electronics hobbyists you know who might be interested. 


phil 


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One of the best videos about makerspaces

From: Phil Shapiro 
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This newly posted TEDx video is one of the most convincing demonstrations about the value of makerspaces. 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uIXJclJE2Y&feature=youtu.be 


Please share within any youth or adults you know who are new to the idea of makerspaces. And then take a moment to explain how open source is deeply ingrained in the maker movement. 


phil 

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3d printer for sale..

From: Mike Harrison 
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Saw this, thought I would spread the word:

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http://www.chattanoogan.com/Classifieds/?ListingID=73926

3D Printer MakerFarm 8" i3

The world of 3d printing, being able to print almost anything you can 
think of, with tons of free support, information through blogs. This is a 
personal 3d printer that is well reviewed.

Technical information:
Configured with .40mm Magma hothead for 3mm ABS filament, Greg's extruder, 
heat bed, LED lighting, LCD display (for printing without PC), 8"x8"x7.25" 
build envelope, RAMPS 1.4 electronics, 50 micron later height. Open source 
software can be used (such as Pronterface and Sli3r) to operate printer.

Willing to deliver depending on distance for an extra fee. Call 
256/302-1378 Stephen


Open Data Specialist position at the Chattanooga Public Library

From: Nate Hill 
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Don't hesitate to ask me any questions.
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http://chattlibrary.org/jobs/open-data-specialist-ods

Open Data Specialist (ODS)

The Chattanooga Public Library (CPL) is seeking a qualified candidate for a
newly created Open Data Specialist (ODS) position.  The successful
applicant will join our fantastic digital projects team on The 4th Floor, a
14,000 sq ft public maker/hackerspace in Chattanooga=92s city center.  This
is a unique library job that combines the diverse talents of a seasoned
collection development specialist, a web developer, a data scientist, and a
community outreach specialist. The ODS position is a year-long grant funded
position awarded to the CPL as one partner in the Open Chattanooga
collaborative. With demonstrated success, we intend to extend the position
beyond the duration of the grant indefinitely.

The ideal candidate for the ODS position is an open data evangelist and an
expert who can work with representatives from city government as well as
citizen groups like Open Chattanooga to coordinate contributions of data to
a public platform or portal. This portal will be hosted by the library and
accessed alongside our other digital collections. The portal=92s exceptiona=
l
construction, performance, and maintenance are all the responsibility of
the ODS.  The ODS will coordinate with partners to ensure that all data
added to the portal is useful, useable, and accessible like all of our
other public library collections. While this position does not require the
candidate to be a degreed librarian, it is important that the candidate
demonstrates an understanding of professional collection development
principles, since this government-produced data will be treated as a
library collection.

The first and most important task the ODS faces is the buildout of the
platform itself, as well as the creation of a sustainability plan and
documentation of the open data portal as a library collection.  Currently,
the library has a beta version of a data portal available at
opendata.chattlibrary.org; this was created using DKAN.  The ODS will
either continue work using this platform, or will present a case for the
adoption of another open source platform, such as CKAN.

Chattanooga Public Library considers this data portal a key piece of our
digital infrastructure as we develop more online library services and
migrate some of our traditional library services into a networked
environment.  The ideal candidate will bring innovative and creative
thought and workflows to our already robust digital services team.
 Eventually, the CPL anticipates serving more than just open government
data from this platform.  A candidate with a passion for developing cutting
edge services, skills to build and deliver applications and products, and a
desire to have fun working collaboratively with the rest of us will find
CPL to be a satisfying work environment.

Other qualifications, requirements, and preferences:

   - Undergraduate degree or equivalent experience in CS or related field
   - Demonstrated understanding of data structures and APIs
   - Familiarity with the Drupal CMS and DKAN or with CKAN
   - Familiarity with the LAMP stack; demonstrated PHP development
   experience
   - A strong history of contributions and commitments to open source
   projects
   - Please provide a link to your github account or another online
   portfolio
   - Bonus points for the applicant with UI / UX / design experience

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Sorry, this is not a remote
work opportunity, you will have to work in the library.

The salary for this job is $55,000/year.

Email application, resume, and portfolio to cooper

Funding idea for Chatt*Lab

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Makerspace are about ingenuity, so it would be sure interesting to use that ingenuity to help in funding the space. 


For example, check out this nice dog pet bed made from an older television cabinet. 


http://tinyurl.com/lprtcc6 


(scroll down) 


This kind of thing could sell for $75 or more. True, it takes some real labor to remove and dispose of 
the television guts -- not to mention picking up the cabinets from donors. 


Just wanted to share the idea, though. This kind of thing makes for an easy newspaper 
article topic -- and the newspaper article exposure could boost the makerspace, too. 


phil 


btw, there's a neat open source subtheme to these kinds of conversions. People might 
ask, "What else can I convert to new uses?" -- and the obvious answer is -- Windows and Intel Mac computers to Linux. 





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First Church of FOSS.

From: Mike Harrison 
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On Thu, 24 Oct 2013, Stephen Kraus wrote:
> He's a warlock.

Flushy was a Warlock grade Wizard 20 years ago... but focused (as far as I 
know) on the nobler more sociably responsible uses of his powers.
I don't even think his constant use of Java has turned him to the dark 
side. (Yet).

I have no idea what secret powerful incantations he can muster nowadays, 
in what arcane languages. But I hope for the sake of humanity, he uses 
those powers for good.

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As a community: Hackers/Makers/Doers/Wizards/Geeks/Builders/Etc.. 
inclusively; if we develop a new vernacular and verbage for ourselves, our 
wonderful clueless government will just create a new category for our 
potentially subversive and dangerous group.

It all depends on how they spin it.

Perhaps, we need to assume identies within a different sub-culture and 
subvert it? Anyone want to admit that they are a Brony?

But I really think forming a religion might be the answer, we have some 
prophets: Torvalds, Stallman, Cox.. and sacrements should include 
encryption, compiling code, and creating divine objects as inspired by 
God (3d printer optional, but required for certain observances of the 
gospel. Same for machine shops, soldering irons and voyages of discovery 
(taking things apart to see how they work).

The First Church of FOSS anyone? I think Gary has experience being a 
Cardinal and looks good in red (especially with heels on: there are 
pictures) and I already have some white robes (ala Burning Man) and would love to be Bishop..
I like the pointy hats (sans mask). But as a pudgy bald guy, I let off 
Buddha vibes.

First prayer:

Let us Configure.
Make Clean.  (chant; Our souls are clean)
Make         (chant: Compile as commanded, Lord..)
Make Test.   (chant: We have been tested and found pure) 
Make Install. (chant: Place us along the righteous paths you have given us)
Let us pray while invoking the commands the lord has given us.
(chant: Life is given, It lives. Amen.)


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I'm in Guyana S. America rigt now, I feel the urge to build a compound.. .
Kool Aid anyone ?  --Mike--













Atlanta Mini Maker Faire is tomorrow!

From: Jason Brown 
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Tomorrow is the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire! http://makerfaireatl.com/#!

I'm going, anyone else from the list?

--Jason Brown

Chatt*lab kickoff and my new project (linux webtop on smartphone with killer dock)

From: Phil Sieg 
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Tim and Jason and the rest of the Chatt*labers did a hell of a job on Saturday. Not only that the space is fantastic. Just wish I could have stayed all day :-(

If you are interested in, or believe deeply in the value inherent in the "Maker" movement, PLEASE find a way to be a part of Chatt*lab. It truly takes a village with these sorts of things...


No on to some *NIX geekery.

At the Chatt*lab there was a Motorola Lapdock (netbook like dock for about 10 different motorola android phones) that was hooked up to a little ARM board (think Pi) and was doing a heroic job of running Lubuntu.

These Lapdocks sell for $40-75 on eBay and are very high quality doohickeys. I have been searching for a way to use one (so I can buy one) and after seeing it in action, I just had to have one. I googled around and found out with $20 of connectors and no soldering it can be turned into a battery powered console/KVM for headless systems (of which i have a few). I have ALWAYS wanted a super portable KVM solution for my "kit" and this is the best option I have seen yet, so I ordered one, and all the connectors.

Then I started googling the "other uses" that people had found and struck gold.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1281528

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1617684

Both Ubuntu, and Gentoo running on the Motorola phone as a full desktop when it is connected to the Lapdock. These are fairly advanced hacks. A far easier solution is to use one of the  "chroot" linux installs on the Play store and launch it from the "webtop" screen. These essentially run *nix virtualized and allow you to VNC into it for desktop access. Prolly a bit slower, but a lot easier to install on the front end without the fear of bricking the phone.

The coolest thing is that last generation Motorola smart phones with very good specs are Dirt Cheap, especially if they are Verizon/CDMA units. For $50-100 you can have a dual core with 16gb and a 4.3 inch screen that is a very capable device. Buy one of these and a Dock and you have an Android laptop/tablet for less than HALF the going rate.

Further coolness: MOST of the Verizon Motorola phones (if they are 4G) have GSM (think ATT & TMobile) compatibility if you hack the cellular radio. This is a fairly easy hack and means you could have $45 a month unlimited Talk/Text/Internet (through StraightTalk) with 4g speeds for next to nothing (comparatively). Since the Lapdock is a "dumb" accessory you can turn your phone into a 4g laptop for no extra monthly charge or tethering hassle.

If anybody is interested in collaborating on this let me know. I have already ordered the "bionic" lapdock, and a Verizon "Droid Bionic" as my test bed. 

A word of warning: There are at least 3 different Lapdocks, and a dozen different phones that can "dock" but they do not all work together ;-) So a little research is required. It is probable that I will order a couple of more sets of these as presents for my nieces and nephews overseas. at $150 or less "all in" plus some hacking, they make kick ass Christmas gifts for teenagers.

Phil Sieg
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"The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds."

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011





mysql vs mariadb (was: "How libraries can be a haven for makers")

From: Ed King 
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Digging up old emails... =A0 =0A=0AWe've been on the new servers for a few =
weeks now, and things are hunky dory =0A=0Abut...=A0=A0 we stuck with mysql=
 instead of putting mariadb into production.=A0=A0 After setting the mysql =
transaction isolation level to "READ COMMITTED" we stopped getting those pe=
sky "lockwait timeouts" and that was our main beef with mysql.=A0=A0 Yeah w=
e don't trust Oracle but then again...=A0 can we trust Monty?=A0 He sold ou=
t the first time; he might do it again ;-)=0A=0Aso no mariadb war stories t=
o tell=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A=0A

Mozilla AppMaker announced (pre-alpha)

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Via Hacker News 


https://twitter.com/MozillaAppmaker 


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"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Another switcher from Windows to Linux

From: Phil Shapiro 
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A longtime Windows geek friend of mine told me this morning that his middle school son's three year old Windows laptop was acting sluggish and the son was begging his dad for a new laptop. Dad, wanting to foster independence with his son, said, "Why don't you try installing Ubuntu Linux and see if that makes your laptop more responsive." 


The kid (a middle school student) installed Ubuntu Linux on his own and now loves his laptop. Dad was going to help him dual-boot Windows and Linux, but the kid said he'd prefer to install Linux only on the laptop. 


Now the two younger siblings in the family are begging to install Linux on their laptops. The middle school son has created bootable USB drives for his young siblings for now. It's only a matter of time before the young one's say: "No more bootable USB drives for me." 


Anyway, just wanted to share this story. I just wasn't expecting to hear such a story from my friend. My response? Your kids will now have something in common with the smartest tech geeks at their school - who invariably use Linux. They'll also be well equipped to dive head first into the maker movement at any makerspace. My friend's response to me: "You're right." 


phil 



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"Learning happens thru gentleness." 


Maker Media is ramping up

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Maker Media is ramping up. Currently the same size as Exxon/Mobil 
(when counting the number of letters in its name.) 


http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1465553 


phil 
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"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

CNN covers Ethan Schlussler's treehouse bicycle elevator

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Hi Chugaluggers, 

I spotted this video on YouTube and sent it over to MAKE magazine last week. 


http://makezine.com/video/bicycle-powered-treehouse-elevator/ 



CNN picked this up a day ago. 


http://tinyurl.com/p9x7g6p 


It's great seeing maker culture getting such exposure. 


"The mind , once stretched by a new idea , never returns to its original dimensions." - 
Ralph Waldo Emerson 


With maker culture so closely connected to open source -- this is good for open source, too. 


phil 


It looks like the original YouTube video is going to smash through a million video views in 
the next few days. I'm glad the inventor of this bicycle elevator turned on monetizing (advertising) 
on this video clip. 


If you created a widely sensational YouTube video, do you know the steps for turning 
on monetizing? It's not difficult at all. A couple of check marks in your YouTube account. 



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

"A librarian's guide to boosting the maker movement"

From: Phil Shapiro 
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In case this might be of interest. 


"A librarian's guide to boosting the maker movement" http://tinyurl.com/odzkzbx by @ philshapiro 


Does anyone happen to know if there's anyone at the Chattanooga Public Library 
interested in the maker movement? It's a long shot, but maybe... (heh) 


Check out how I worked in a mention of LUG email lists into this blog post. 
I'm pretty much equating the maker movement with the open source software/hardware movement -- 
which in truth it is. 


phil 


Kindly share the above link with any school librarians you know. If you don't know 
the librarian at your kid's school, please introduce yourself to them. Librarian's are the CPU's 
of the human infosphere. It pays to know and be friends with librarians. 
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"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

Slashdot video interview with me

From: Phil Shapiro 
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The Slashdot web site got interested in my blog post last week about the possibility of converting 50 closed Chicago schools into 50 makerspaces. They did a video interview with me via Google Hangouts. The video ought to be coming out in a day or two on the Slashdot web site. I'll share the link when it's out. 


Meanwhile, kindly visit the original blog post at http://tinyurl.com/k5yuyhu once a day for the next few days. If MAKE magazine can say that this blog post garnered a lot of views, that helps propel the ideas in the blog post forward. 


Along similar lines, do make it a habit to visit opensource.com at least once a day. The folks running this web site are keeping careful traffic of web traffic. Their goal is to keep expanding the scope and reach of the web site so that it becomes and more and more common Internet destination. I find I'm constantly learning interesting new open source stuff on that web site. And please do register on the web site. That allows you to post supportive and informative comments on the blog posts. 


phil 






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

New blog post - Young makers define classroom learning

From: Phil Shapiro 
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"Young makers define classroom learning" http://tinyurl.com/k3uhkex 


Kindly share with any maker families you know. 


phil 




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


Can 50 closed Chicago schools become 50 makerspaces?

From: Phil Shapiro 
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Chugaluggers, 

Here's a blog post I wrote for MAKE magazine this morning . 



Can 50 closed Chicago schools become 50 makerspaces? http://tinyurl.com/k5yuyhu 


If the ideas in this blog post resonate, please talk about this 
with friends and family. If the conversation enlarges wide enough, 
some forward motion might potentially take place. 


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


Room reservation system for Chatt*Lab

From: Phil Shapiro 
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As Chatt*Lab grows, it might have a need for a room reservation system. This open source tool looks excellent. 


http://www.bsu.edu/libraries/getopenroom/ 


Come to think of it, being familiar with such a free tool can help Chatt*Lab leaders explain future growth plans. "We plan to use an open source room reservation system so that all 45 rooms of our makerspace get the most possible use." 


phil 

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