Scientists build a $1,500 open-source 3D metal printer
“Similar to the incredible churn in innovation witnessed with open-sourcing of the first RepRap plastic 3D printers, I anticipate rapid progress when the maker community gets their hands on it,” says Pearce. “Within a month, somebody will make one that’s better than ours, I guarantee it.”
Now, we are getting somewhere.
I almost dated a girl named Charity in high school, but that’s not what I’m thinking about.
My wife and I often discuss charitable giving. She is one of the most charitable people I know. We have been greatly blessed, and she desires to share what God has blessed us with. I’m the skeptic, “Is that money being used wisely? Is it really making a difference? Is the Gospel being preached through that ministry?”
John Stossel has a good piece at Reason, “Support Real Charity.”
So where should we give? Charity-rating services try to separate good charities from scams, but they get conned, too. The definition of “charitable work” is rarely clear. How should the board of a nonprofit’s first-class hotel expenses during a trip to Africa be classified?
1992 Ford F150 Flared Side Regular Cab, 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SuperCrew
Here are my two trucks. The little one was my college graduation gift to myself. The other one is my new daily ride.
I have been playing with 3D printing, and variations on the classic dog tag. Here is a model of a “daisy dog tag” that I made for my SweetWife.
I do not have a 3D printer, nor am I planning on buying one in the near future. I am using Shapeways.com, which allows me to have prints made in a variety of materials and colors without having to pay for the “care and feeding” of printers and gives me lots of options. I should be receiving a print of this model in the next couple of weeks.
“There is a common assumption in Chicago that guns are the equivalent of free-roaming cobras, being lethal and unmanageable by any means except elimination.”
- Steve Chapman, Reason.com
“Demolishing Guns and Common Sense” http://feedly.com/k/1g6xfet
We watched Stephen Spielberg’s War Horse.
It was a movie.
About a horse.
I always find it fascinating that people value what they do, but often do not value what other people do. I see this kind of thing too often.
Please pardon the detour today. I need to rant. I’d like to share with you the ballsiest request for free picture use that I have ever gotten…
Ever feel like you are being taken advantage of as a photographer? Or that people in other professions think so little of us that they assume we would gladly work for free?
Read the whole thing. It’s pretty funny: Strobist: Your REALTOR® Would Like Some Free Photography, Please.
Another day, another claim. Weigh it, measure it, test it.
It looks like Joseph Atwill is building his whole argument off of a new way to interpret the writings of Josephus. A way that might even be hard for people to understand. He even admits in the article that he thinks he has seen something in Josephus that all other scholars have missed. He writes, ” Many of the parallels are conceptual or poetic, so they aren’t all immediately obvious. After all, the authors did not want the average believer to see what they were doing, but they did want the alert reader to see it. An educated Roman in the ruling class would probably have recognised the literary game being played.”
Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’ « Parchment and Pen
At least many are dropping their pretense about not having an agenda.
“There is an atmosphere of intimidation at Lackland Air Force Base,” said Steve Branson, the pastor of Village Parkway Baptist Church in San Antonio. “Gay commanders and officers are pushing their agenda on the airmen. There is a culture of fear in the military and it’s gone to a new level with the issue of homosexuality.”
Branson tells me at least 80 airmen attended a private meeting at the church where he heard them voice their concerns about religious hostilities at the Air Force base. It was a standing-room only crowd.
“The religious persecution is happening,” the pastor said. “It’s getting bigger every day. Gay and lesbian airmen can talk about their lifestyle, but the rest have to stay completely quiet about what they believe.”
Airmen say Air Force is punishing evangelical Christians | Fox News
If the idea of only “moderate to severe drought” gives you a sense of relief, …. you might live in New Mexico.
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4
For the first time since early April, a part of the state is officially drought free.
Shawn Bennett from the National Weather Service says that a section along the southern border of New Mexico, which includes Doña Ana, Otero, and Eddy counties, is considered not in drought.
Another interesting note: the Pecos River received most of the water that it would usually get from a winter snow-melt this September alone!
Although the rain has been great, we still need more since the majority of the state is still in a moderate to severe drought.
via Parts of New Mexico now drought free | KOB.com.
“The Matter of American Exceptionalism” is a very well written explanation of what “American exceptionalism” is:
“American exceptionalism” does not mean that all Americans are, by virtue of being American, somehow superior by nature. Nor does it mean that everything that the American people or their government does or has done is above reproach. Far from it. The phrase is also not meant to imply that all other nations are bad or their people inherently inferior. Rather, “American exceptionalism” is the notion that says the United States of America, as a nation, is “exceptional” both in the sense of being very unusual and in the sense of being special and, yes, better at some things or in some areas. I suppose one might say that it is the collective “Spirit of America” that makes it superior. Grounded in its founding ideals, this spirit has led to America’s economic success and ability to be a huge force for good in the world.
Some people think it is self-righteous and arrogant to think America is better than any other nation. I’m not just referring to Putin. President Obama was asked at a 2009 press conference whether he believed in the idea (ideal?) of American exceptionalism. He agreed, but then went on to equate such exceptionalism with national pride. He said that it was no different than how Greeks feel about Greece or Brits feel about Great Britain, etc. So, really, Obama does not believe that America is any more exceptional than any other nation. This smacks of politically correct relativism. After all, we can’t have an “enlightened” world leader admitting that he thinks his own country is special! (Although, I’m not so sure the President does, since he is so focused on the negatives, perceived and otherwise. In fact, he seems increasingly “trans-national”.) Everybody and every system is equally good, valid, and “special”, right?
No, not in my book.
“McDonalds and the minimum wage” http://feedly.com/k/14mJv44
The effects fall heaviest on low-skill teenagers, especially minorities. Tom Sowell is eloquent on this point, for example in a recent New York Post OpEd. I was unaware until reading it that minimum wage laws were initially backed in part as conscious efforts to discriminate against minorities and preserve jobs for white people. Sometimes, I guess, policies do have their intended effects.