Links for 4th November 2009

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Contraptor

    "Contraptor is a DIY open source construction set for experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing, prototyping and bootstrapping." Sweet.

    Tagged with: hardwareprototypefabbingmanufacturingelectronicsprototypingopen-source3d-printing

  2. Resisting Representation: The Informal Geographies of Rio de Janiero

    "When it comes to favelas, which by definition evade or exceed administrative or bureaucratic oversight, both the efficacy and the politics of conventional mapping (and of statistics and demographics) must be questioned. Statistics, etymologically a “science of the state,” have historically been an instrument of power. The indeterminacy of data on informality makes it particularly vulnerable to fabrication and manipulation. Census taking in favelas provides a notorious example. Population estimates for individual favelas vary widely, with differences between what the city declares the population to be and what the citizens themselves claim—usually a larger number that would give them a greater opportunity for political agency."

    Tagged with: technologyurbanmappingfavelabrazilculturecartographypoliticseconomicsrepresentation

  3. Are Hackers Essential to Resilience?

    "In almost every resilience scenario I can imagine, there seems to be an intense need for people that can fix, repurpose, replicate, or build from scratch machines, systems, and tools. They are needed in roles from maintenance of existing social activity to externally focused trade to local defense/offense. The implication is that if you don't have people in your community, group, gang, or tribe that can do this, you only have two options: either a bare bones existence (hardscrabble) or a predatory one. The reverse is also true. The better and more innovative your hackers are, the wealthier and safer your community will be."

    Tagged with: John-Robbresiliencescenariohackinginnovationgrassrootsnew-southsea

  4. Customize MediaWiki into Your Ultimate Collaborative Web Site

    Beginner's guide; could come in handy.

    Tagged with: websitemediawikidiytutorialwebdevsetup

  5. Weaponsgrade Kavelaars – Open Source Sentry Gun

    "If you’re like me and wanted to make one of these you would probably ran into the same issues I have. So to help all you poor suckers out the software we developed is open source and freely available on the website. The only reservation we have is that you make it a point not to hurt anyone or anything, we take no responsibility for anything.

    The point of making it open source is to encourage joint development of the software and hardware possibilities." No kidding; complete hard- and software specs for your very own sentry machine-gun pod, just like the ones outta Aliens.

    Tagged with: hardwaresoftwareelectronicsprojectautonomoussentrygunopen-source

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