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10,000 wax cylinders digitized and free to download

“This looks cool…

The University of California at Santa Barbara library has undertaken an heroic digitization effort for its world-class archive of 19th and early 20th century wax cylinder recordings, and has placed over 10,000 songs online for anyone to download, stream and re-use.

-Mike W”

Post by Cory Doctorow on boingboing:

https://boingboing.net/2015/11/08/10000-wax-cylinders-digititze.html

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Books, a 3D Pen, Camping Hacks, and Fun Maps from Mike W

Book Arts

A blog for creative types interested in the (un)conventional world of Book Arts! Posts here will feature artist’s books, illustration, book binding, typography, sketch-booking, scrap-booking, print-making, paper making, altered books, how to guides, zines, paper engineering and more! Feel free to submit your own work, thoughts around the subject, or even just inspiration new and old. Happy researching!

Smallest 3D Printing Pen

The world smallest 3D printing pen enables you to doodle in the air!

41 Genius Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Thought Of Sooner
https://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/camping-hacks-you-must-try-this-summer

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40 maps they didn’t show you in school

Mike W

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A Homesteader's Philosophical Dilemma

“Interesting article:

‘I wanted to physically make the world a better place,’ Janes said. With his family’s help, he bought 40 acres of forested land on Denman Island. It came with two trailers. Janes and a girlfriend he’s no longer with moved into one, and promptly sold the other — ‘a big, ugly, white vinyl doublewide,’ he said. They planted a vegetable garden and got some chickens. Self-sufficiency ‘was definitely an ideal,’ Janes explained, ‘but we were doing everything we could’ to achieve it.

-Mike W”

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I realized in the ”60s and 70s that self-sufficiency is a DIRECTION. You never will get there, even remotely. In those years we were raising a lot of our own food, and when I planted some wheat and went through all the steps to get it from the field to flour for bread (unlike potatoes or corn, which you eat just the way it comes out of the ground), I saw that self sufficiency is a myth. BUT that’s no reason to give up. The idea is to become as self-sufficient as possible. AND, we weren’t really doing it to make the world a better place. We did it because whatever we could produce was better and cheaper and more tuned in than what we could buy.  Like building one’s own house. AND in doing that, it turns out that it IS better for the world.

-LK

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