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Stylish & Elegant Apple Skins by Clique Shop

New York-based boutique Clique Shops’s main mission is to bring beauty and glam to all gadgets. Husband and wife duo are true aesthetes, who have a love for Apple products and all things “techy.” Their personal statement reads:

“We noticed how much time we had our iPhone in our hand and although we love our Apple products, we quickly became bored of the same color tone and at the time there were not a lot of fashionable and stylish cases cover-ups that would help us fell in love with our Gadgets once again.

In a way we just wanted to make the product for our selves, we didn’t have any graphic design background and taught we were not creative enough to start a business that required a lot of creativity. One night we read a Quote from Rene Brown – I’m not very creative doesn’t work. There is no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t – This had a huge impact on our decision to start Clique Boutique. We started to learn about Color and emotion and applied this our work at Clique. “ Find their entire collection in their Etsy shop.

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How I detect fake news
How I traced the falsity of one internet meme, and what that teaches us about how an algorithm might do it.
By Tim O'Reilly

Via Tim O'Reilly:

I tell this story of two maps to emphasize that when people are discussing the truth or falsity of news, and the responsibility of sites like Facebook, Google, and Twitter to help identify it, they somehow think that determining “truth” or “falsity” is something that only humans can do. But as this example shows, there are many signals of likely truth or falsity that can be verified algorithmically by a computer, often more quickly and thoroughly than they can be verified by humans.

O'Reilly provides a nice example but we still think human oversite is most important. Yes, signals can be verified algorithmically, but the importance and nuance of those signals is still best handled by flesh and blood.

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Tanmay Coding Tip #1

The world’s youngest cognitive coder Tanmay Bakshi is helping us celebrate Computer Science Education Week by sharing his top tips for aspiring developers. Here’s what he had to say about getting started:

“Start Small, start Easy, start Playful. Make sure to have fun while you code, and as I like to say, code when & what you want to, not when & what you need to!”

Start coding with Tanmay, check out his tutorials →

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The silence of post-election Silicon Valley is deafening

On July 14, 2016, nearly 150 tech leaders signed an open letter denouncing Donald Trump, calling him “a disaster for innovation.” This month, leaders from some of the companies included in this letter might take a seat at Trump’s table — a controversial move for those who publicly slammed his candidacy just months ago. Read more

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david-b-pinter  asked:

My name's Mason I'm in undergrad for lighting design. I've been doing it for the better part of a year, and my school only has one class on design. Which is just general over view of the design process. I was wondering if you had any recommendations on books specially geared toward lighting design. Or just any advice for a aspiring designer.

HI Mason!

I was taught from the 5th Edition of this, but a friend of mine took the same class when the 6th Edition came out

https://www.amazon.com/Designing-Light-Introduction-Stage-Lighting/dp/0073514233/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=3M954JHHTT5FDE2DZV5P

It’s pricy, but it’s a very highly regarded textbook on the subject.

That said, in my experience no amount of theory and reading will compare to the practical application and implementation of it. Learn the theory, then test it out a bit then try subverting the theory. There’s a lot of really interesting positions and lighting choices you can do that go beyond the basics taught in the book. 

When it comes to designing: network. Talk to other designers. most of them will be more than happy to talk to you about their process and their background and the things they like and dislike. Always look at an examine and deconstruct the way lighting looks on stage and in films and on TV and in real life. I keep a journal where I write things down that I found really amazing after shows I watch and work on. Things I want to try, things I would like to do differently, things I found beautiful and effective. Colors that I want to use, angles and lighting positions and fixtures I want to play with, textures and patterns I liked. 

A lot of the time I either jot down these notes in a pocket notebook and write about them later. I rely on Google Keep a lot. I have a folder saved on my computer full of different things that inspire me and things that I like to reference. I keep a Youtube playlist full of things that inspire me.

Talk to directors, make personal friendships and connections. You might get a chance to design something that way, or connect with people who will let you be their ALD. The professors at my university are very active in the professional community in our city as well as active within the university program.

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alphonso-p-spain  asked:

Unpopular Opinion: While some of these campaigns saying that "Technology is ruining our society and we need to completely disconnect!" are annoying and preachy, I kinda agree that we can't really let technology take over our lives. Sure, we can do things now that people a few decades ago couldn't, but we shouldn't live our lives tethered to a computer screen. Enjoy life in moderation; enjoy tech in moderation

Strongly agree. I… yeah I just agree with everything you said I ain’t got nothin’ to add.

Samantha Payne’s startup Open Bionics allows anyone in the world to download and 3D print their own bionic limbs. 

Tilly was just 15 months old when she had to have her hand amputated after contracting meningitis septicaemia. Now, with a bionic arm from Open Bionics, Tilly can move all of her fingers and perform more complex movements. EMG sensors on her arm detect muscle movement, telling her bionic arm how quickly or firmly to squeeze its fingers.

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AxiDraw V3

New version of precise plotter drawing machine from Evil Mad Scientist which can draw with almost any pen and with very high precision:

This new AxiDraw has been redesigned from the ground up for high performance. It features smooth rolling wheels on custom aluminum extrusions, specially designed for high stiffness and light weight. Its sturdy, rigid construction gives it finer quality output and in most applications allows it to operate at up to twice the speed of the previous AxiDraw, which it replaces. 

As with the previous version, AxiDraw is a simple, modern, precise, and versatile pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with fountain pens, permanent markers, and other writing implements to handle an endless variety of applications. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the body of the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself. 

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The tool has been a big creative tool hit this year - here is a video by Hansje van Halem demonstrating various visual graphic design examples that can be produced with the machine: