1. From writer and entrepreneur Molly McAleer’s Instagram


  2. fastcompany:

    Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation

    Picasso’s apocryphal line, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal,” can apply to any industry, not just art—and it can create real innovation, not just derivative knock-offs, if done correctly.

    Here’s the story.


  3. Welcome to the new economy!

    From VentureBeat:

    Crowdfunding is getting so much bigger than Kickstarter. Last year alone, it generated 1 million successful campaigns and $2.7 billion across the globe.

    Research firm Massolution gathered that data from 308 active crowdfunding platforms (CFPs) worldwide via the website for its 2013 Crowdfunding Industry Report. The information shows that crowdfunding nearly doubled last year, with an 81 percent increase over 2011. North America and Europe, taking second, dominate the market, with a more than 95 percent stake.


  4. maxistentialist:

    So I get asked to speak about Kickstarter pretty often, and I almost always open with this video of Steve Jobs, where he says:

    I’ve actually found something to be very true. Most people don’t get those experiences because they never ask. I’ve never found anybody that didn’t want to help me if I asked them for help.

    I always call them up.

    I called Bill Hewlett when I was twelve years old and he lived in Palo Alto and his number was still in the phone book. He answered the phone himself, “Yes.”

    “Hi, I’m Steve Jobs and I’m twelve years old. I’m a student in high school and I want to build a frequency counter. I was wondering if you had any spare parts I could have?”

    He laughed and gave me the spare parts to build this frequency counter. Then he gave me a job that summer at HP working on the assembly line. Putting nuts and bolts together on frequency counters. He got me a job in the place that built them. I was in heaven.

    And… I’ve never found anyone who said no or hung up the phone when I called. I just asked. When people ask me I try to be as responsive, to pay that debt of gratitude back.

    Most people never pick up the phone and call, most people never ask. That’s what separates, sometimes, the people who do things from the people that just dream about them.

    I’ve gotten a tremendous amount of help with all of my projects, and I love helping people with theirs, but lately, I’ve been really overwhelmed by the number of people I’ve been talking to, so I’m going to try to organize it a little better.

    For the next few weeks, I’m going to set aside time every Tuesday and Thursday to talk to people about their projects. Here’s how we’ll do it:

    • You’ll get on a G+ hangout with me and Elaine at 4:00pm CST on a Tuesday or Thursday
    • If it’s possible, you should have a prototype or a demo or something more than an idea
    • I’ll invite friends who have also done successful Kickstarter projects like Jana and nickd, maybe some of our friends who work at Kickstarter will join us after work
    • We’ll talk about your project and ask you questions and give you what advice we can
    • This whole thing is not affiliated in any official way with Kickstarter, it’s just you and me and any surprise friends who can make it
    • This whole thing is free, but you should pay the favor forward by helping people yourself

    If you’re interested in grabbing one of these meetings, email me at help@maxistentialism.com. See you on the hangout!

    It’s easy to be kind of enraptured with Max: he’s got a fantastic mind, and, as the creator of Cards Against Humanity, must possess one of the world’s most hilarious and horrifying senses of humor. 

    We are even more impressed by Max’s generous offer to help others with their Kickstarter projects! His free consultations and emphasis on paying the kindness forward mirror the spirit of MyProject.is. MPI makes asking for help less intimidating with AI that finds the people best suited to your need, and those who are the most likely to answer your call for assistance. We are building the home base to a culture of do-ers, helping and receiving recognition for their generosity.

    (Source: maxistentialist)



  6. Come see beautiful visualizations of humans’ daily public transportation migration patterns in Geneva, Zurich, and San Francisco made by programmers, artists, and data scientists from Geneva, Zurich, and San Francisco. The winners of the Urban Data Challenge will be announced tomorrow morning at the Gray Area Foundation of the Arts. Come to downtown San Francisco to check it out. (It’s free too!)


    10:30 am doors open
    11:00 am award ceremony
    12:00 pm brief panel discussion with city representatives from Geneva, Zurich, and San Francisco
    12:30 pm brunch and project exhibition


  7. shapeways:

    Machines (at NY Designs)


  8. Teton Gravity Research made the stunningly detailed and vivid video above with their initial footage from their new RED Epic-equipped gyrostabilized camera platform: The GSS C520. 

    Their press release explains a litte more about the relationship between Teton Gravity Research and Gyro-Stabilized Systems: 

    (Teton Village, Wyo.) - Award-winning action sports production company and lifestyle brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) has become the first to acquire the new Gyro-Stabilized Systems (GSS) C520 system, the most advanced five-axis gyro-stabilized camera platform in the world. GSS, which specializes in the development of leading-edge camera systems and other custom stabilization technologies, has awarded TGR a number of exclusive benefits that position TGR as the premier carrier of this platform.

    The GSS C520 is the first fully upgradable and interchangeable portable gyro-stabilized system, able to accommodate a range of existing cameras like the RED Epic and Sony F55 that shoot at 4K resolution, as well as future advancements in camera technology. The portable platform allows TGR to capture stunning, Ultra HD cinema, about four times the resolution of regular 1080p HD. Widely predicted to become the new worldwide standard for HD programming, 4K footage approaches the limits of what the human eye can process. The Cineflex Elite, the current leading gyro-stabilized camera system, maxes out at 2K (just above 1080p).


  9. backrs:


    Yaba is the latest portable speaker to take Kickstarter by storm. Harnessing the surface of whatever object it’s placed on, the team behind the product claim Yaba is the world’s most powerful portable speaker.

    The Yaba X model doubles as a mini guitar amp.

    Quite possibly the…

    Agreed! While we’re being a little cantankerous, can you imagine the havoc the Yaba will wreak when it’s used on public transportation?

    (via ccnorth-deactivated20131217)


  10. shapeways:

    How To 3D Print at Home with an iPhone and a Magnifying Glass (VIDEO)

    While looking for a way to recycle our excess Nylon powder we found a way for anyone to 3D print at home with an iPhone and a magnifying glass.

    At Shapeways we recycle most of the Nylon powder from our industrial 3D printing process but sometimes the powder does not meet the standard required for use in our 3D printers.  We were looking at the testing process when we made a really exciting discovery, with a tightly focused beam of light you can solidify the Nylon powder into a solid.  

    We did some experiments and discovered a way that anyone can 3D print at home using an iPhone and a magnifying glass with our Nylon powder.  Take a look at the simple video below and email freenylon@shapeways.com and we can send you (for the cost of shipping) some of our excess Nylon for you to try at home.

    In a relatively simple step by step process that almost exactly replicates the way in which our industrial 3D printers work it is easy to 3D print a basic form with an iPhone with a ‘Torch’ app, a strong magnifying glass, a ruler and some fine Nylon powder.

    1. Prepare the Nylon powder to around 3mm thick on a clean flat surface.  The smoother this first surface the better quality your 3D print will be as this is the foundation of your entire print. (This is the same way that our 3D printers prepare for your 3D prints)
    1. Use the Torch App to activate the flash on your iPhone and a magnifying glass to focus the light into a tight beam. You will need to experiment to fid the perfect distance from the Nylon and the time it takes to solidify the powder so that you do not burn the Nylon.  (Our industrial machines use much the same process except with a laser to speed up the printing time and give greater accuracy)
    1. Use a ruler or other straight flat item to gently cover the first layer of your 3D print with around 0.5mm of Nylon powder, you will be printing your part from the bottom up, tracing the existing layer to ensure the melt together. (Again, this is the exactly the same process our SLS 3D printers use, except the layer of Nylon is in the Microns yet still building objects from the bottom up)
    1. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to print your object, ensuring you melt each layer to the layer below, as you gain confidence you can try to 3D print simple interlocking parts like a chain. (please note: The strength of the part is reliant on the uniformity of the bond between Nylon particles, we do not recommend you use this process for any parts under stress.  The industrial 3D printers Shapeways use are high precision machines that 3D print high quality parts. Home 3D printing with this process is an experimental process for fun more than function.)

    Take a look at the video below to see our results, if you want to try this yourself at home contact us freenylon@shapeways.com and we can send you some Nylon (for shipping costs) so you can try this at home too.

    It’s easy to understand how Shapeways makes a 3D print from this video demo of the process using household tools and powdered nylon. Those are some inspirational MacGyver skills!

    (Source: youtube.com)