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A new project

Hey folks – I haven’t posted in quite a while… it’s been a busy few months. I wanted to forward along a new project that I’m working on called Photosynq.  It’s research, open technology, citizen science, and education all rolled into a little cell-phone based super awesome sensor.  We just got the website up and [...]

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The Meaning[lessness?] of Play

I just got back from the Meaningful Play Conference at Michigan State University, which is all about games used for good – education, learning, medical uses, teaching empathy, or providing complex information in an interactive way.  It was well worth attending, and I really appreciate MSU for putting it on.  However, after the conference, I [...]

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The meandering progression of a board game – The City

As I was preparing the most recent prototype for play testing this weekend, I began pulling out all of the old versions and thought it would be worth comparing them.  I’ve been working on The City for 9 months now.  One of the original concept has nearly been lost (developing intuition about electricity) and most [...]

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Confessions of an open source advocate

  The other day I was talking to a friend who does more open source hardware and technology projects than almost anyone I know.  After some discussion about a very cool project he’s been working really hard on lately, he apologetically admitted that he was afraid of putting the project out into the world.  The [...]

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Farewell Faire, Foam, and F@%#ing horn car!

(featured image from Musebrarian via Flickr) Well, the Detroit Maker Faire is over and I had a blast.  Thanks to everyone who played a game at the Open Source Games booth from Austic Labs. I had a fantastic time meeting people, thinking of trivia questions, stacking foam (18 high, my personal best!), and solving big [...]

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First try at Maker Challenge

Detroit Maker Faire was our first attempt at Maker Challenge (see main page for Maker Challenge for a description).  The questions were provided by John Barrie at the Appropriate Technology Collaborative.  The challenges were: How can plastic be recycled on a small, local scale in developing countries instead of ending up in the landfills or [...]

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Crowd Trivia at Detroit Maker Faire

See the Crowd Trivia page for the full rules and concept.  Otherwise, here’s the updates from the Detroit Maker Faire: The Data: We had about 140ish people play 52 different rounds, with about 55ish questions generated by players throughout the day.  Questions ranged from “Who invented the starter?” (Charles Kettering) to “Where’s Dave-o! at 11:30am” (Dave-o! [...]

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Weekend o’ Games at Maker Faire Detroit

This weekend, July 28th and 29th from 9:30 to 6pm, is the Detroit Maker Faire!  I will be there with the following fun games and activities: 1) Crowd Trivia – the trivia game where you can’t lose, and at worst you can only help others win.  You can be great by getting questions right or [...]

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Awesome New World

Emily Puckett Rodgers and I are working on a program to help connect technically minded folks in Ann Arbor, through A2Geeks.  It’s forced me to think a lot about who geeks are, why they are important, and how they connect with the Awesome New World which is the future.  I have a strong perspective, but [...]

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A Ribbon Cutting

This weekend was the ribbon cutting for the enzymatic biodiesel plant that I played a large role in creating over the course of the last 4 years (regretful patent holder, principle investigator, lab monkey, grant writer, grunt laborer, most things in between). The research process is the most exciting and fulfilling experience I’ve ever engaged [...]


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