Nicholas from the Participatory Culture Foundation:
Although Amazon tries to push their users towards DRM’ed media, the
new Kindle Fire can in fact play your DRM free videos, if you can
get them on there. Amazon doesn’t make it easy to convert and sync
videos and music to your device without going through their
servers, but a new version of Miro, released today, does just that.
First, Download Miro.
Second, plug in your Kindle Fire with a USB cable and it will
appear in the Connect tab in Miro.
Third, drag any videos or music to the Kindle and they will convert
and sync. That's it!
Note that videos that aren’t purchased from Amazon will appear in
the ‘Gallery’ app on your Kindle, not in the ‘Video’ tab.
Miro is free and open-source software, so if you'd like to help it
reach more devices and add more syncing features, you can <a
the project here.
(Disclosure: I am proud to volunteer on the board of the Participatory Culture Foundation)
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
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