Watch how to make patterns in cross-sectioned clay

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Nerikomi is a classical form of pottery where different colored clays are rolled into cylinders, then cross-sectioned to reveal a pattern. So soothing to watch the string cut through!

Faith Rahill has a great step-by-step demonstration here:

Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) is a decorative process established in Japan that involves stacking colored clay and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used as an applied decoration. Nerikomi designs provide a wonderful way to work three dimensionally with patterns and images. The results reflect a combination of both careful planning and accidental surprise, plus it’s exciting work for those who love patterns and are drawn to the wet-clay stage of pottery making.

Here are a couple more examples with far less annoying music. The agate pottery revealed after firing the glaze is especially nice:

• Centuries old pottery gets new layer (YouTube / NHK WORLD-JAPAN)

Creating an SPA Using Razor Pages With Blazor

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In this article, we are going to create a Single Page Application (SPA) using Razor pages in Blazor with the help of the Entity Framework Core database first approach. Single-Page Applications are web applications that load a single HTML page and dynamically update that page as the user interacts with the app. We will be creating a sample Employee Record Management System and perform CRUD operations on it.

We will be using Visual Studio 2017 and SQL Server 2014.

Deploying a Turnkey Raspberry Pi System

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If you only do projects for yourself, you are spoiled. After all, you know your environment better than anyone. You know what power you’ll have, the temperature range, and how your network is configured. This last part is especially problematic if you are trying to deploy something that connects to a wireless LAN. How can you configure, say, a Raspberry Pi so that it can connect to an unknown user’s WiFi network? Fixing that problem is the goal of [schollz’s] Raspberry Pi Turnkey project.

The idea is simple. A Raspberry Pi image boots up for the first time and offers …read more

In the shadow of Apple’s WWDC, the PC industry looks to rediscover its relevance

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Computex has always been the Wintel show.

Before the age of Android-running, Qualcomm-powered smartphones, the dominant software-hardware combo in the world of personal computing was that of Microsoft’s Windows OS and Intel’s CPUs. But now Microsoft is preparing for a post-Windows future and Intel is scrambling to figure out what else it can do beside baking chips for a satiated audience of PC users. So what does that mean for Computex, the annual Taipei-based showcase of the latest innovations in the Intel-Windows ecosystem? It means change.

I’ve travelled halfway round the world to be here for Computex 2018, because I don’t expect the same old Computex. To be sure, Taiwanese powerhouses Asus and Acer will have plenty of traditional…

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Announcing the TechCrunch Ethereum Meetup alongside our blockchain event in Zug

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There are already many, many reasons to attend TechCrunch’s first blockchain event this coming July 6 in Zug, Switzerland. You’ll hear from industry leaders including Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Coinbase CTO Balaji Srinivasan and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, but here’s a further sweetener: we will have a follow-on event the very next day. We’re excited to announce that we’ll […]

Slow Cooking Filament

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Getting good results from a 3D printer is like Goldilocks’ porridge. There are a lot of things that have to be just right. One common thing that gives people poor results is damp filament. This is especially insidious because the printer will work fine and then after some period time results degrade but it is no fault of the printer mechanics or electronics. There are many ways to attempt to dry filament, but [HydeTheJekyll] prefers using a slow cooker modified to operate with low air pressure.

We assume this works because the low pressure reduces the boiling point of water, …read more

It’s UNIX. On A Microcontroller.

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It’s difficult to convey in an era when a UNIX-like operating system sits in your pocket, how there was once a time when the mere word was enough to convey an aura of immense computing power. If you ran UNIX, your computer probably filled a room, and you used it for Serious Stuff rather than just checking your Twitter feed. UNIX machines may still perform high-end tasks, but Moore’s Law has in the intervening years delivered upon its promise, and your phone with its UNIX-like OS is far more powerful than that room-sized minicomputer of the 1970s. A single chip …read more

The white OnePlus 6 will be available this Tuesday

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The first limited edition color of the OnePlus 6 will be available for sale starting this Tuesday, June 5th, at 10AM ET. The Soft White OnePlus 6 features a pearlescent matte white finish, as opposed to the glossy black or matte black surfaces of OnePlus’ other color options. It also has a rose gold metal frame and rose gold fingerprint scanner and logo on the back. It will only be available in an 8GB RAM / 128GB storage configuration for $579.

Aside from the cosmetic differences, the Soft White OnePlus 6 is the same phone as the other colors that went on sale a couple of weeks ago. It has a 6.3-inch, 19:9 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and dual rear camera system. The 6 runs OnePlus’ Oxygen OS software based on Android 8.1….

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Hackaday Links: June 3, 2018

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All the Radio Shacks are dead. adioS, or something. But wait, what’s this? There are new Radio Shacks opening. Here’s one in Idaho, and here’s another in Claremore, Oklahoma. This isn’t like the ‘Blockbuster Video in Nome, Alaska’ that clings on by virtue of being so remote; Claremore isn’t that far from Tulsa, and the one in Idaho is in a town with a population of 50,000. Are these corporate stores, or are they the (cool) independent Radio Shacks? Are there component drawers? Anyone want to take a field trip and report?

A few years ago, [cnxsoft] bought a Sonoff …read more

Turning That Old Hoverboard Into A Learning Platform

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[Isabelle Simova] is building Hoverbot, a flexible robotics platform using Ikea plastic trays, JavaScript running on a Raspberry Pi and parts scavenged from commonly available hoverboards.

Self-balancing scooters a.k.a. Hoverboards are a great source of parts for such a project. Their high torque, direct drive brushless motors can drive loads of 100 kg or more. In addition, you also get a matching motor controller board, a rechargeable battery and its charging circuit. Most hoverboard controllers use the STM32F103, so flashing them with your own firmware becomes easy using a ST-link V2 programmer.

The next set of parts you need to …read more

Sony removed Spider-man spinoff Silver & Black from its schedule

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Sony’s ambitions to try and build its Spider-man cinematic universe without Spider-man has hit another stumbling block: it’s removed Silver & Black from its release schedule and is sending it back for further development.

Word broke last year that Sony was developing the superhero spinoff based on the Spider-man-adjacent characters Black Cat and Silver Stable, and Sony announced that the film would hit theaters in February 2019, just months after its other Spider-man spinoff film, Venom, would hit theaters. Now, Deadline reports that the film is off the schedule completely, and is headed back into development.

Spider-man has long been Sony’s “crown jewel,” according to Ben Fritz in his book The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of…

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