Category Archives: environment

Modularity, Openness, and Glass-Box Enclosure

Though I wasn’t able to attend this year’s Solid conference, I received messages from a number of colleagues there about one talk in particular, Kevin Czinger’s talk on Dematerializing Auto Manufacture. In that talk, Kevin compares the work he’s done at … Continue reading

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Physicality, Conviviality, and Openness

Physicality, conviviality, and openness are the themes of a series of talks I gave last week to the HCI group at RWTH Aachen, thanks to Jan Borchers.  These three ideas run through most of the work I’ve been doing over … Continue reading

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Idle speculation on the shan zhai and open fabrication

Strategy & Business magazine has an interesting article on the shan zhai manufacturers in China at the moment. It’s the first business press article I’ve seen in the US that takes a relatively balanced approach to reporting on them.  It’s … Continue reading

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A novel idea: repair instructions

Given how pervasive the idea of planned obsolescence is, I’m always on the lookout for counterexamples — cases where a company actually wants you to fix what you bought from them, and keep it longer, rather than just replacing it … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking adventures (the complete story)

A few people asked for the story of my visit to Tony Di Fiore’s research site in chronological order.  Here are all the posts in order: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7 … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking Adventures (coda)

I’m home now, after a couple days of traveling back from Tiputini.  The trip home was calm, but not without a few interesting moments. The trip home was basically a repeat of the trip downriver, but with a lot more … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking Adventures (part 10)

18 Jan 2009 Fourth day no big generator. The morning is overcast, and a bit muggy. Summarizing my project notes from the whole trip so far: Notes on gear use Each researcher carries four main pieces of electronic equipment in … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking Adventures (part 9)

17 Jan 09 As to how the new undergrads are: loud.  I know all about the dating lives of the guys in the next cabin now. It’s another sunny day, hot for walking, but very pleasant otherwise. Not much to … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking Adventures (part 8)

16 Jan 09 Big generator still out today so we’re still operating on the small one. Conserving power, and no internet this morning. Running on battery power as long as I can. Proxmity Tracking paper Reading the proximity paper I … Continue reading

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Monkey Tracking Adventures (part 7)

15 Jan 2009 There’s a group of howler monkeys voicing their opinions nearby as I type.  I can hear them through the window. It’s pretty quiet, so they’re probably several hundred meters away in the forest, I’m guessing. Saw tamarind … Continue reading

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