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1. Popcaan’s latest sounds pretty sweet. 2. Beautiful Illustrations of LOTR.


So this is a regulation being passed to “make the food supply safer” even though there are no recorded problems with the current safety levels of the food. Okay.

The government’s job since at least 2000,defending against anything that might possibly happen.

“If we pay heed to the state-financed scientists who have been found to twist their science to support the political ambitions of their Malthusian pay masters, then we must agree that mankind is doomed in so many ways that the only way out is to reduce our population, our energy consumption, and our standards of living. However, the history of the past two hundred years has proven Malthus and his followers to be dead wrong. Man’s ingenuity combined with a free market consisting of competition, price signals and the motivation of profit will ensure that the peakers remain on the wrong side of history.”
Roger Toutant (via laliberty)

I’m not sure where LA liberty was going with this, but I certainly think that the government has screwed things up enough that profit incentive and pricing are not at present giving anything like accurate signals. And that might make the government’s predictions self fulfilling. I mean, lets assume that CO2 emissions are the true cause of global warming, we have a govenrnment that incenticies more polluting forms of gas, namely corn nased ethanol. They give oil companies billions and subsidize toxic plastics. I have strong doubts that people would drive to their mail boxes in a true free market. Or do much driving at all really. But the government creates perverse incentives and then accurately predicts the results: which may very well be malthusian.


On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools. Advocates have opened up everything from software to science, media to politics…and of course, data.

Here are some of the 10 most promising Open Source Hardware projects that might just save the world:

1. Agriculture: FarmBot

We live on a planet that is experiencing exponential population growth. Everybody needs to eat, so many companies are working to make agriculture as efficient as possible. Problem is, they’re all proprietary (or “closed source”). So Rory Aronson, founder of FarmBot, is taking on the challenge of opening up agricultural technologies so we can all start to grow our food as efficiently as possible.

2. Waste: Precious Plastics

Commercial recycling operations are great, but often the applications for recycled materials, especially plastics, are limited. So Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Dave Hakkens recently showcased a series of open source machines he’s developed for repurposing waste plastics into new and useful things. Now anyone can build a local micro-recycling centre to service their (and their communities?) needs.

3. Housing: WikiHouse

WikiHouse is an open source construction. Users can freely download a series of files, purchase a bunch of plywood, and cut the designs out using a CNC router. The pieces all snap together like a giant puzzle (with instructions) and you can even cut out wooden mallets to help knock the joints together. This project is lowering barriers of entry to house building, so almost anyone can do it.

4. Ecology: Open Source Beehives

Bee colony collapse is a crisis we’ve heard a lot about over the past several years. Many people are aware, but there are very few grassroots solutions on the table. The OSBH project is helping citizens prevent bee population decline by bringing sensor-enhanced bee conservation into their backyards. Confession: I’m one of the founders of this project, but I really believe in it’s significance, otherwise I wouldn’t be putting all my energy behind it. If you care about colony collapse, please  check out our Indiegogo!

5. Connectivity:

With all this talk of “The Internet of Things” there needs to be a piece of hardware that connects your technologies to the Internet, right? And it needs to be open source, so you can change it to suit your needs. Thats where comes in. This Arduino compatible board lets even non-programmers start to make their hardware smarter.

6. Environment: Public Lab

Since our Governments and Corporations have become as corrupted as they are powerful, and democratic process is in many ways broken, the time has come for citizens to look after our own environment. Public Lab is facilitating this movement by developing open source hardware tools to generate knowledge and share data about community environmental health.

7. Fabrication: Lasersaur / Blackfoot

In order to utilise some of the open hardware designs out there, we need reliable digital fabrication tools to bring them from the digital into reality. These two projects give us considerably cheaper access to these tools in the increasingly important areas of laser cutting and CNC milling.

8. Clean Energy 1: The Gasifier Experimenters Kit

Ever wonder if you could turn you compost (or biomass) into energy? With this open source gasifier kit from All Power Labs, you can. This kit, available at multiple levels of energy output, can help you to lower your carbon footprint, while lessening your waste output. As an Open Hardware company, APL offer their kit for sale, but give the plans to make it yourself for free!

9. Clean Energy 2: Zenman Energy

Since energy production is one of the major issues of our time, here’s another open source energy project coming at the solution from a different angle. Zenman Energy have been working tirelessly to develop a cheap solar concentrator for you to harness power from the mother of all energy resources, the sun. Check out what even a mall solar concentrator can do here.

10. Transport: The Tabby

The Tabby is an open source, electric car designed by the team at Open Source Vehicle. According to the team, the whole car (once you have the parts) can be assembled in only an hour. This is a relatively new project, and definitely one to keep an eye on.

Thimgs tonlook at, promise to do, and then forget. Wheee!


Most people miss their whole lives, you know. Listen, life isn’t when you are standing on top of a mountain looking at a sunset. Life isn’t waiting at the altar or the moment your child is born or that time you were swimming in a deep water and a dolphin came up alongside you. These are fragments. Ten or twelve grains of sand spread throughout your entire existence. These are not life. Life is brushing your teeth or making a sandwich or watching the news or waiting for the bus. Or walking. Every day, thousands of tiny events happen and if you’re not watching, if you’re not careful, if you don’t capture them and make them count, your could miss it.

You could miss your whole life.

Toni Jordan in Addition

Song: “What Are We Waiting For?” by Amiina

This reminds me of the Adventure Time episode that ends with Finn showing Jake a future of them washing dishes together and Jake just says, “That’s what I’m talking about, that’s what I’m talking about.”


Late Night Music: Rose Cousins, This Light


You in this light
I give up my fight
In the deepest of the night
I give up my fight

I wanted to say
That though time gets in the way
I want you to stay
I want to stay

Here in this dark
We have made a spark
It has made a mark
Oh my heart



P.S. Change your passwords and stuff if you didn’t already.

For your protection though. Damn security professionals Taki g away one of our nation’s greatest spying tools. How will we stop the terrorists now?