Nicole writes, "The Tides Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. The prize annually awards a $10,000 cash grant to an individual who has created or led an effort to create an open-source software product of significant value to the nonprofit sector and movements for social change."
Those nominated for the prize should have developed a software product that is open-source, as defined by the Open Source Initiative, and easily and widely available, and has already demonstrated its value to at least one nonprofit organization. Better still, it should be a product that can be a value to multiple nonprofit organizations.
The Pizzigati Prize honors the brief life of Tony Pizzigati, an early advocate of open source computing and seeks software developers who create, for free public distribution, open source applications and tools that nonprofit and advocacy groups can put to good use. We welcome both applications from and nominations for single individuals. Applicants will be evaluated on a range of criteria by an advisory panel that includes past winners of the Prize. Please visit our website for more information: http://www.tides.org/impact/awards-prizes/pizzigati-prize/. The deadline for applications or nominations is Friday, December 6, 2013.
Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest
Duncan, the good fellow at Brick Tease, has recreated the classic, brilliant, no-hold-barred car-chase-in-a-mall sequence from The Blues Brothers (a movie I watched once or twice a day in tenth grade) with Lego. Then, just to show you how closely he hewed to the original, he released a side-by-side comparison. And if that wasn't enough, he produced a 12-minute documentary showing how he did it.
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KQED created this video of the 2013 Science Hack Day San Francisco organized by BB pal Ariel Waldman! More than 200 people -- makers, scientists, artists, designers, etc. -- spent the night at the California Academy of Sciences and hacked on a fantastically diverse and compelling assortment of prototypes, demos, and experiments. Ariel says "Here's how you can organize a Science Hack Day in your own city!"
Jane from Sugru writes, "We've just announced Sugru's first ever kit - Make Things Magnetic.
Magnets are f***ing awesome! and Sugru's new best friend - sorry LEGO, it's not you, it's us. Once you attach something you love with Sugru and these magnets - you'll never want to go back.
Attach anything to anything with Sugru + magnets!"
I love Sugru, and now carry a couple pouches of it with me all the time. I can't even count the number of things I've fixed or improved with the long-lasting, super-adhesive, versatile air-drying polymer (most recently, a dashboard mount for my phone while I was in LA for a couple weeks). I have often combined Sugru with small rare-earth magnets in just this way, but the kit looks very handy.
Attach anything to anything with Sugru + magnets!
Last March, Evan Booth presented a blockbuster talk at Kuala Lumpur's Hack the Box conference, explaining how to improvise lethal weapons from items in airport gift shops and duty-free stores. He's kept up the work since then on a website called Terminal Cornucopia, and he's presented 10 of his scariest weapons for a Wired story. And though the functional, breech-loading shotgun made from Red Bull cans, Axe body spray, and batteries (above) is impressive, it's only for beginners. There's also fragmentary grenades made from coffee tumblers, and a dart gun that uses braided condoms for its elastic.
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Tim sez, "WindFire Designs Circle Tools are made for beautiful circles. Specifically designed for countless uses, they provide elegant and precise utility. Graceful progressions of sizes in curated sets of circles find a balance of scale between the maker, the studio, and the work. Unlike many products these days, they have zero built-in obsolescence. Instead, like a truly great tool, they are archival objects that will get used by today's makers, and, at least in our imagination, they will be passed down through many generations. In response to the most common request, we are releasing a new larger model, the CTØ11. These are tools that we made because we needed them ourselves. They are hand-finished here in our studio in small batches, and made entirely in the USA."
Circles are hot. Stainless steel is cool
Emmanuel from 2600 Magazine sez, "2600 is turning 30 and, to help celebrate, has put out two new t-shirts simultaneously. The first focuses on what has changed over three decades in publishing, with images of a floppy disk, a CD, and a flash drive on the front and 30 headlines - one from each of the hacker magazine's 30 years - displayed on the back. The second shirt focuses squarely on the NSA, with an iconic picture of their headquarters on the front that got 2600 staffers detained immediately after they took it. The red stamp over the top of the picture represents what could be the popular view on what NSA should really stand for: No Such Authority. On the back is part of a leaked NSA document concerning PRISM, along with a call to arms (or, in this case, stronger crypto). Finally, to help celebrate the 30th anniversary, the 2600.XXX domain is now in operation."
Here's a downloadable papercraft version of the Hatbox Ghost, the semi-legendary animatronic ghost from the early days of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Great craft project for the long weekend!
Make Your Own Hatbox Ghost HERE!
It's a great, makerish Black Friday at Adafruit
: free UPS ground shipping on orders of $75+; a free PCB ruler on orders of $99+; a free 5v Trinket on orders of $250+ and a free Raspberry Pi on orders of $350+!
Jessica sez, "Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Kinematics combines computational geometry techniques with rigid body physics and customization. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body."
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Illustration: Kevin Dart
Boing Boing is building out a Happy Mutant Mobile! Can you please help? Our sponsors at Ford have agreed to customize, modify, and transform a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagine for a Boing Boing vehicle. Here are some of our ideas: Behind the vehicle's side door is a library of curated 'zines, books, and comix free for browsing. The rear doors open to reveal a cabinet of curiosities world of technology, science, and art. The cargo space is a mobile blogging/video studio for on-the-road interviews.
We have a slew of ideas that we'll show you over the coming weeks, and we bet you have even better ones! Please share them with us in the comments over at our BBS, on Twitter (#happymutantmobile), Facebook, or Google+. You can even email us or deliver via passenger pigeon. Doesn't matter if you describe it with a sentence, a paragraph, a drawing on a napkin, blueprints, a 3D model, or an interpretive dance. We're just excited to check out your most ingenious, creative, unusual ideas for how to remake the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into a Happy Mutant Mobile!
Over the next month, we'll pick some of our favorites, get them illustrated by our favorite artists, and post them to the site. We'll be selecting our first batch this coming Monday, December 2. If yours gets selected for posting, we'll send you a Boing Boing t-shirt! Whoever comes up with our absolute favorite idea will be invited to join us in person at the mod shop to see the actual work in process. It'll be an all-expense paid trip. Flights within United States only. Travel and expenses limited to $5,000 total. Posh. Where? Somewhere cool. We'll tell you later.
Below are the modification restrictions. We'll be taking out all of the passenger seats so there's plenty of room inside. Go wild. You're not paying for it. And you don't have to do the work yourself either.
Thanks for helping us make the Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile! See you on the road!
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Very sad news today: Steampunk pioneer and virtuoso maker Richard "Datamancer" Nagy has died, apparently in a car accident in California. Richard's work was nothing short of spectacular (we'd featured it repeatedly over many years) and he was especially known for his keyboards (I'm privileged to own one). Richard was kind, a good friend to many, and gave generously of his time to mentor and support his fellow artists, many of whom came to steampunk through their exposure to Richard's work.
The world is a much, much poorer place without Richard in it. Details about Richard's final arrangements are still sketchy, but I will post as they become available, as well as any information about supporting his family and any nominated charities for memorial donations.
Back in 2011, Love Making in the Kitchen created some smashing pixelated Zelda cookies, using the method documented in this video.
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Laura sez, "Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that draws with conductive silver ink-it makes building circuits as easy as doodling. Electroninks just launched a Kickstarter to fund the pen. They make low-cost, high-quality electronics for STEM education. The pen could replace breadboards and lets you prototype instantly. The pen only costs $20 plus they're offering kits for kids and Makers. You can use it with Makey Makey and Arduino. It's pretty cool, check out the video! I love their utilitarian vibe."
Looks like a good team, too! $30 gets you the basic kit.
Circuit Scribe: Draw Circuits Instantly
Noah Swartz writes, "Jie Qi from the MIT Media Lab and Bunnie Huang of Hacking the Xbox fame have teamed up to make LED stickers! Using adhesive copper tape you can turn any notebook into a fantastical light up circuit sketchbook. I got to play with them myself at FOO Camp and they're as easy to use as the look, and in the time since Ji and Bunnie have gone back to the lab and made a number of sensor and controller stickerss that give you loads of options of what to make. They're running a fundraiser to do a big production run of these over at Crowdsupply, and while they have funding I'm sure lots of people will be kicking themselves if they don't manage to grab some of these while they can."