The Raven Cycle Locations: Monmouth Manufacturing

1136 Monmouth was a hungry-looking brick factory, gutted and black-eyed, growing out of an overgrown lot that took up nearly all of a block. And everywhere, everywhere, there were books. Not the tidy stacks of an intellectual attempting to impress, but the slumping piles of a scholar obsessed. 


Trailer for The Silver Case’s remake ⊟

I’m really looking forward to going back in time to this early phase of Grasshopper Manufacture, the weird-adventure-game phase. I like the loud-action-game phase okay, but… actually, it’s weird that I can so easily reconcile those two as the same company.


MANUFACTURISM is a new artistic movement developed and established by artists Anthony Harper, Chanel Harper and Manivone Nonthaveth.  

Manufacturism is conceptual art that reflects the model of capitalism through inventing and manufacturing a prototype of provocative and functional products and services that support the idea of CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION.  These products and services or “manufestations”, act as a marketing tool to sell an idea, create awareness, or to stimulate dialogue.

“Unwanted Hair”

Anthony Harper creates a glaring statement about racism in the 21st Century, with a new piece called Unwanted Hair. Unwanted Hair is a three-piece body of conceptual art consisting of a sculpture made of human hair, a donation bank, and a book of photographs with creative commentary from fellow artists. Conceptually, this piece of work is rooted in the fact that, this year a donation of African-American locked hair was deemed “inappropriate,” and rejected by the national non-profit cancer organization.


Manufacturists, Anthony Harper and Manivone Nonthaveth have taken homeless signs off the streets and into an artistic body of work called Dollar$igns. Homelessness is branded by the all too familiar exploitive imagery of an individual holding a brown cardboard sign on a street corner asking for help. While Dollar$igns removes this element of exploitation by presenting “help” signs as art. The signs are products or manufestations of everyone’s reality, money. Given that the signs are purchased based on creative merit not on perception of neediness, the idea is that the individual can make an artistic contribution to the economy. Once a sign is purchased, it must be replaced, forcing new signs to be manufactured.


Minneapolis Moline and “The Moline”

Across the street from what was once the Minneapolis Moline Hopkins plant, developers are erecting a new Moline in the form of luxury apartments.

The Minneapolis Moline Power Implement Company started in 1929, a merger between the Moline Plow Co. (est. 1852), Minneapolis Threshing Co. (est. 1887), and the Minneapolis Steel and Threshing Co. (est. 1902). The company, which began in south Minneapolis, near Lake St. and Minnehaha Ave.,  manufactured a variety of farm equipment including tractors, combines, threshing machines, tillage tools, shellers, harvesters, manure spreaders, and so on. They played a large role globally, leading technological innovation and production for farm equipment on an international scale. The company especially prospered during the 1930s-1940s, and became one of the largest farm equipment manufacturers in the world.

At the outbreak of World War II, Minneapolis Moline also took a major role in the war effort. In 1940, the company created the “Jeep,” which saw significant use by the U.S. Army. During the same year, the company opened a new factory in Hopkins, Minnesota, on what is now Excelsior Blvd., and manufactured massive amounts of munitions and military equipment to both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy., which continued through the duration of the war.

Minneapolis Moline continued to do well into the 1950s, especially with the creation of a number of highly popular harvester machines. Despite this success, however, the profitability and demand for mass produced farm equipment began to wane into the l960s. In 1962, the White Motor Company of Lansing, Michigan merged with Minneapolis Moline, and set an agenda of manufacturing trucks instead of farm equipment. Much of the manufacturing capital of the company became obsolete or unneeded with this move, and the White Motor Company failed to find subtenants to fill this void. This brought sudden decline to the company as a whole. In 1972, the Minneapolis plant closed and the following year torn down, ending the Minneapolis Moline legacy.

That legacy will now live on in the form of “The Moline,” a 241-unit luxury apartment building, set to be completed in 2017.


Visit the James K. Hosmer Special Collections to view the Minneapolis Moline archival collection which includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and trade catalogs.

heaven-s-hell  asked:

Reading that genyatta fic you recommended and honestly it's fucking me up in all the good ways like godamn

dude i fucking k n o w like SHIT ITS SO FUCKIGN GOOD  FHJSHDHJSD
Flora Mutahi becomes first ever woman chairperson of KAM - Hapa Kenya
By James Wamathai

Ms. Flora Mutahi has been announced as the new chairperson of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) board and will serve for a period of two years. She becomes the first ever woman to serve a chair of KAM since the association was founded in 1959.

The Energy Imperative: Why we need to build a "Giga-fab" for Gallium Nitride
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The Field Effect Transistor (FET) based on the compound Gallium Nitride (GaN) is set to displace the venerable silicon MOSFET. The advantages of GaN over silicon stem from its basic crystal structure — not only do electrons flow faster in GaN, the material can also withstand greater voltages before breaking down into a conductive state. These properties enable greater energy efficiency, higher power density and smaller device size.

This new technology promises a revolution in the efficient use of electrical power. If widely deployed, it could have a significant impact on climate change by reducing our dependence on fossil fuel in favor of renewable energy. It could enable discontinuous advances in communications, electric vehicles and medical diagnostic equipment.

But it is still in its infancy, costly, and needs much development. It could take a decade or more to make an impact. As with any young technology, the industry around it today is fragmented, comprised mostly of small players trying to gain a foothold.

The question: Should we let the market develop at its own fragmented pace, or should we make a bold, concerted move at the national level — through industry and government partnerships — to accelerate its adoption for the common good?

Gallium nitride, as a semiconductor material, has been around for a while. LEDs have used it. But now, the GaN FET built on a silicon substrate — in contrast to GaN on a sapphire substrate, or bulk GaN that is favored for LEDs — is on a trajectory that could make these devices producible in volume and thus affordable. The semiconductor industry, recognizing that the power switch of choice, in the not-so-distant future, is likely to be based on gallium nitride, is beginning to react.

A number of companies are supplying “epi wafers” — standard silicon wafers topped with a thin “epitaxial” gallium nitride crystal layer — on which FETs and other devices can be built, but with no real economy of scale. Today, gallium nitride devices for power converters are produced by the thousands each week; silicon devices are made by the billions.

From half a century’s experience with successive generations of semiconductors we know that, notwithstanding the fact that it can do more, a new technology only succeeds at displacing the previous one when it costs the same, or less, and is proven to be just as reliable. But it’s difficult for any single company to advance the state of manufacturing art sufficiently to compete with silicon, which has benefitted from decades of research on how to purify, dope, and grow it.

Let’s look to Tesla for inspiration. Tesla’s “Gigafactory” for manufacturing Li-ion batteries has a simple goal — accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation. This requires cheaper batteries. As with any manufactured good, the cost declines with volume. Gigafactory will make more batteries than anyone has ever imagined. It’s a “Hail Mary” pass.

Now, let’s take a page out of Tesla’s strategy handbook. If GaN is so obviously disruptive, we need a “Giga-fab” to make GaN-on-Si wafers — in the highest possible volumes and of the highest possible size (12-inch diameter), to supply to the device makers.

As always, history serves as a good guide. Tesla is relying on the well-proven concept of the Experience Curve, postulated by the Boston Consulting Group, nearly 50 years ago: Unit production costs fall by a predictable amount — typically 20 to 30 percent in real terms — for each doubling of “experience,” or cumulative production volume. In other words, since you can predict your future costs, you can price for competitive advantage today, stimulating adoption, generating even higher production volumes and a speedier slide down the Experience Curve. The entrenched competition for GaN power devices today is silicon. Aggressive pricing on GaN, based on predictable costs will speed the displacement of silicon.

Giga-fab may smack of industrial policy to economic purists who balk at the thought of the government picking winners and losers.

But here, too, the Gigfactory example is illustrative. Tesla and its major partner in Gigafactory, Panasonic, are industrial companies, but they’re benefitting handsomely from government largesse: Over the next 20 years,Tesla could take in nearly $1.3 billion in tax benefits from the state of Nevada, site of the Gigafactory.

US taxpayers may think they have done their bit already:

PowerAmerica, a public-private partnership of industry, the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) and academia, is attempting to accelerate the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide and gallium nitride into a wide range of products and systems. DOE has committed $70 million to the effort over five years.

DOE’s GIGA project (GaN Initiative for Grid Applications) was initiated in late 2009 at a time when GaN‐on‐Si development efforts in the United States were still in their infancy for power management applications. The project has yielded a number of important advances and valuable insights in the development of GaN‐on‐Si power devices and provided critical proofs‐of‐concept to demonstrate what is possible with GaN‐on‐Si technology.

Proof of concept is one thing. High volume manufacturing is another. The roadmap for semiconductor technology development is long and winding. History shows that it can take as much as 20 years to bring a new technology from theoretical proposal to commercial production. And that requires collaboration, just as much as it does capital. Collaborative efforts on reliability testing procedures and packaging designs are as important as establishing high‐volume production processes.

But, most important, it requires a vision: The GaN Giga-fab would be a collaboration of industry and government on a scale designed to make an impact on the economy in 5 years, not decades. A rising tide does lift all boats


Here it is: the fancy 50s dress that I couldn’t grace w good pictures like I could the last one + my cat

To what extent is the past still happening? There is the white fog that covers everything. There is irony and forgetting. There are competing claims.
I have to try not to dwell on all the intricate mistakes, the multilayered mistakes, the rocks swirling with millennia of mistakes and the mistaken moss on the rocks and the houses built by mistake and the mistaken magazine subscriptions and the words said by mistake next to the glass top coffee tables manufactured in error, the marriages that should never have happened and the children who should by implication not have been born.
—  Hannah Black, Dark Pool Party, 2016
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anonymous asked:

Well it is tragedy, a fate worse than death is to be suspected at times but it might not be the case. Many of the Zero squad members were walking around with IXA lookalikes, and the multiple Arata's at least make it look like he is still alive. And if you really think about it Kuzen was able to get on fine even after Arima ripped his flesh to make the Owl quinque. Perhaps Rize was in that state because Kanou treated her roughly. I mean Shachi made the statement by judging Rize's condition.

Shachi would still have been at Aogiri at the same time Eto brought Yoshimura there so I think he really had seen Yoshimura’s condition with his own eye :C

I’m not sure if IXA would be from Arata- it’s definitely possible but I think Arata’s unique ability of eating the wearer would make it difficult to turn into a Sword-like Quinque. I’m guessing they would probably prioritise his kakuhou towards developing the Arata armour. But who knows though! I really want to find out more about Arata- and what on Earth was that “Arata substitution media” Arima was talking about!!!!!