Tag Archives | Book

…BristleBots are part of a controversy?


Remember BristleBots, the tiny little ‘robots’ that use little more than a pager motor, a battery and a toothbrush head to create locomotion?

Well apparently, Klutz and Scholastic claim to have thought of the exact same idea with the exact same name at the exact same time as Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, and are making a book with the bots without giving credit to the original inventors.

It’s still up in the air as to what will happen with this whole situation, and you can follow the updates on the MAKE: Blog, but hopefully this will all get resolved in the right way, and credit will be given where credit is due.

[MAKE: Blog – BristleBot Controversy]

…It’s Website Wednesday: The Places We Live?

The Places We Live

The Places We Live is a fascinating look at some of the poorest slums on earth.

It’s the work of Jonas Bendiksen, who traveled to Caracas, Venezuela; Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya; Dharavi, Mumbai, India; and Jakarta, Indonesia from 2005 to 2007, documenting life in these slums, and capturing images of the diversity of personal histories and outlooks found in these dense neighborhoods that, despite commonly held assumptions, are not simply places of poverty and misery.

Yet slum residents continuously face enormous challenges such as the lack of health care, sanitation, and electricity.

The site does really well at simulating the experience of living in the slums, and you can listen to a narration of numerous different stories told by the people who lived them as you examine their home and listen to the sounds of the slums all around you.

In addition to the website, Jonas has also published a book that includes 20 double-gatefold images, each representing an individual home and its denizens’ stories.

[The Places We Live]

[Via: Kottke]

…It’s Things Thursday: Things That Might Kill You?

Things That Might Kill YouLooking for a bit of light summer reading?

Then pick up The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-Diagnosis for Hypochondriacs.

Filled with symptoms that you probably have right now (or as I like to call them, warning signs) this book will make sure no runny nose goes unchecked, no upset stomach gets ignored, and no headache is experienced without a clear understanding of their direct link to measles, mumps, and/or the plague.

Plus, there are plenty of cute illustrations for the kiddies.

[Via: Uncrate]

…It’s Things Thursday: Something?


Are you the type of person that likes surprises?

Then you’re probably the type of person that would like the SomethingStore, a website that sends you “something, an item selected randomly among many things from our inventory, for $10 (free shipping) and you will find out what your something is when you receive it”.

What could this something be?

    It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire. (Though it also may be total crap.)

    Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or…

    Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

So SomethingStore can send you anything?

Well, besides “items or services that are illegal to trade in United States”, yes!

Sound good?

Then discover your something is today.


[Via: FreshArrival]