Jim’s WebLetter for 9/14/13

Hi-ya friends!

According to Wikipedia, “The maker culture is a contemporary culture or subculture representing a technology-based extension of DIY culture”.  It’s that culture that caught my attention again this week.  The thing about technology is the fact it’s becoming easier and less expensive to jump into.  Let me give you some examples in today’s JWL.

This week it was reported that Google has created an association with the makers of a small unit known as Raspberry Pi.   With Coder, users can develop their own apps for the web and then host them on a miniature server located directly on the Raspberry Pi.  Google is providing the education for free, along with the coding to run the software.  Sources like Codeacademy also offer classes to enhance the coding experience.  Get the story and check out the video … http://gigaom.com/2013/09/13/google-and-raspberry-pi-join-forces-to-create-coder/

Originally built by a small team of makers in the UK as a means for teaching young people the principles of computing, Raspberry Pi is a little computer which measures about 3×5 inches and costs as little as $35.  That includes its motherboard, USB drives and Ethernet port or wifi connector, and software powered by Linux.  It’s usefulness has spawned a place on such websites as Makezine.com, which contains a storehouse of how-to stories and videos for making things … http://makezine.com/category/electronics/raspberry-pi/

The next piece is a story about a man who, as a father to two boys, made a means for his boys to transport their teeth to the tooth fairy and have the tooth fairy “respond” with payment.  This is a clever contraption called a Tooth Fairy Transport System that is explained in detail in a video.  http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/09/13/this-guy-built-a-machine-to-transport-his-kids-teeth-straight-to-the-tooth-fairy/

=== HuMoR ===
I was preparing lunch for my granddaughter when the phone rang. “If you can answer one easy trivia question,” a young man said, “you’ll win ten free dance lessons!”
Before I could tell him I was not interested he continued, “You’ll be a lucky winner if you can tell me what Alexander Graham Bell invented.”
“I don’t know,” I replied dryly, trying to discourage him.
“What are you holding in your hand right now?” he asked excitedly.
“A bologna sandwich.”
“Congratulations!” he said. “And for having such a great sense of humor……”
(thanks, Randy)
And that’s what I saw this week on the Web. 
Being a Maker isn’t something new, but because of technology today anyone can do it.  I hope you may become inspired by what you have just read. 
As always, my friends, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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