Friday, July 29, 2011
THE MAKER FAIRE
THE MAKER FAIRE NEW YORK
Organized by the staff of MAKE magazine, makezine.com and craftzine.com, Maker Faire is a newfangled fair that brings together science, art, craft and engineering plus music in an energized and exciting public forum. The aim is to inspire people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and become makers. This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers - anyone who is embracing the DIY spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience.
They're currently accepting proposals from the public for demonstrations ('til Aug 8):
•Music Performance and Participation
•3D Printers and CNC Mill
•Textile Arts and Crafts
•Home Energy Monitoring
•Rockets and RC Toys
•Radios, Vintage Computers and Game Systems
•Biology/Biotech and Chemistry Projects
•Food and Beverage Makers
•Shelter (Tents, Domes, etc.)
•Unusual Tools or Machines
•How to Fix Things or Take them Apart (Vacuums, Clocks, Washing Machines, etc.)
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens, NY 11368-2950
Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, September 17th - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 18th - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
SAVING A WHALE
A whale in a whale of trouble is saved when whale conservationists happen along in the nick of time.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
TWITTER, RAIN, & SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
It turns out that the best way to find out whether Shakespeare in the Park in New York is cancelled because of rain may be to check their Twitter feed. They do not seem to post the information on their web site, but did post it in a fairly timely fashion on Twitter:
WEB PAGE - HOME
WEB PAGE - CALENDAR FOR SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
By the way...
They generally ("never" ?) cancel a performance because of rain before 8:00. They may even hold out for an extra half hour or so in the hope the rain will clear up. (That has actually happened to me twice in the last few years... rain stopped or delayed a performance and then clearing allowed the play to go on.)
This year they are performing ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL (a good performance I saw recently) and MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
And... Plan ahead: Coming to the Public Theater in the fall (not in the park) is Sam Waterston in KING LEAR!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Facebook announced today that Skype will be integrated into Facebook for real-time video chat.
It will require only clicking a call button to connect to a friend. If the Skype App is not already downloaded, it will start-up in about a minute or less.
It is not clear if it will work yet on mobile phones.
The announcement also included improvements in Groups and in the layout -- on wide-screen monitors only-- of Friends available for Chat.
Underlying this announcement was an important statement of Facebook's vision of the future:
The most important trends they see are (in this order):
1- the integration of new Apps that will take advantage of the infrastucture and large community of users on Facebook
2- the roll-out of features to mobile tablets & smart-phones
Also very interesting was the fact that the announcement was LIVE on full-screen streaming video. It looked great! It was almost like being there (except for the networking, and they did not use the new Skype feature to allow questions from the Internet in the Q&A).