Celebrate The 4th With Ali Spagnola’s Lady Liberty, Constructed From Quarantine Boxes

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  Comedian and songwriter Ali Spagnola has surprised everyone, including herself with this one. Noting the ever growing pile of cardboard thanks to being cooped up for months on end, Ali set off with a goal. She was going to build the statue of liberty. Like any modern day epic […]

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Plan C Live: Re-Opening University Makerspaces

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As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities continues, universities, like schools, are planning how and when to reopen their campuses — including, their makerspaces. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges university makerspaces face and their strategies for re-opening their makerspaces to faculty, […]

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4 Projects For The Perfect 4th of July, Instead Of Buying Fireworks

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Hey, fireworks are cool! They’re fun to look at and fun to set of. We get it! However, they’re also expensive and with times right now being pretty crazy, a lot of people aren’t feeling like going out and buying a bunch. However, there are plenty of projects you can […]

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Mycroft: The Open Source Private Voice Assistant On Raspberry Pi

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Mycroft is an open source voice assistant that respects your privacy. With Mycroft you can listen to music, check the weather, set timers or alarms, ask questions about the world, and much, much more. Unlike other assistants, however, Mycroft is the voice assistant you can trust. Mycroft is private by […]

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Plan C Live: Maker Response To Covid-19 In The UK

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Join Dale Dougherty of Make: Community and Valeria Dammicco and Lucia Corsini, researchers at Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) at Cambridge University to talk with some of the central activators, innovators, and organizers of the open source and maker response to COVID-19 in the UK and, as the pandemic evolves, discuss the future of these […]

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First Look: The Sienci Long Mill Benchtop CNC Router

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Benchtop CNC mills are a great entry point for poeple wanting to use the tools, but who also don’t have a massive shop or massive budget. We’ve seen a few over the years in this size range – under 4 foot by 4 foot. The Longmill by Sienci is a […]

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PLAN C LIVE: Re-Opening Makerspaces in Libraries

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As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities continues, libraries and library makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for libraries in reopening thier makerspaces to the public. We hear from libraries around the US […]

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How to Paint Street Murals: Tips from DC

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Much admired and quickly imitated in dozens of cities across the nation, the Black Lives Matter street mural in downtown Washington, D.C. was painted on June 5 in just hours, by team of D.C. city workers, eight artists who remain anonymous, and volunteer passers-by. If you’d like to paint a […]

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A Quick Download From Ubuntu’s New Library Instantly Turns Your Raspberry Pi Into An “Appliance”

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There are so many of us who are drawn into the world of Raspberry Pi’s and similar tiny cheap computers by the shear potential that they hold. The thoughts of having this tiny dirt cheap system that could be ANYTHING! And many of us found that we really weren’t that […]

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Caitlan’s Maker Chain Connects Over 60 WoodWorkers Around The World

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We just love a good community project that brings people together. This one was thought up by Catlan the Cat, who you might recall from her Maker Spotlight. Her idea was simple. She was going to publish dimensions of a single link in a chain, to be turned from wood. […]

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Plan C Live: The Keys To Re-Opening Makerspaces

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As the process of re-opening offices and stores in local communities, makerspaces are beginning to re-open as well. This week’s Plan C Live program looks at the challenges and strategies for re-opening community makerspaces to members and the public. Certainly, new safety protocols are needed but is it also time […]

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Cool Crowdfunding: DIY Scanning Microscopes, Robot Kits, And Yarn Spinning

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We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our […]

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Make Change: How-To’s for Effective Peaceful Protest

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Taking to the streets in peaceful protest is a sacred right of all Americans, enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. Here’s how to make what you need for safe, peaceful, and effective protest. This list is just a start. Stay healthy out there! SIGNS, BANNERS, EFFIGIES, PERFORMANCE Making […]

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Open Source Hardware Certifications For May 2020

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May was quite a month for open hardware certifications; multiple open hardware friendly companies are now certifying their entire product lines. This month alone Adafruit, Watterott, and Olimex all have added multiple products. I did a quick check of the number of certifications in 2020. In January only 25 projects […]

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