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Comment Having recently lost my mom to cancer (Score 1) 698

I wouldn't worry about doing or saying specific things. There is a temptation to make grand gestures. Don't worry about all of that. Spend a lot of time with her and just be yourself. My mom spent the last month of her life seeing people and helping them deal with the fact that she would be gone soon. She focused on making sure that we were as prepared as we could be for her being gone. It was weird and sad and great all at once. The time we spent together was, despite the obvious differences, very much like the rest of our lives together. We got angry, we got sad, we laughed...in short we lived. Nothing was left unsaid. When she did die I was sad for myself but happy that she was done with her ordeal.

Videos are great but again I would focus on keeping it simple. When I watch the few videos we have of my mom I am far more interested in seeing and hearing her than what she is actually saying. I'd rather have a video of her just interacting with people and having fun than a video to me specifically.

What I miss the most are the daily interactions with my mom. I can't have those again but having ways to re-create the experience her being "around" is what means the most to me. Your daughter will have a lot of people to give her advice...what she'll miss is experiencing you as a human being. Maybe you can give her that by just recording your life with her and your family. She is smart and insightful and she'll get what she needs out of it when she needs it.

I wish you all the best.

Comment Makerbot doesn't solve any of the hard problems... (Score 1) 185

All the makerbot does is find the lowest acceptable bar for accuracy and repeatability...which is pretty damn low when comared to even hobby CNC XYZ systems. They can get away with it because the maximum precision the can get from the medium is relatively low as well. At the end of the day the only think that makerbot has going for it is that it is an additive process instead of subtractive.

The real devil with all 3D printing (additive CNC) is that it is, at its core, a materials science problem. You can throw better software and hardware at the problem until the cows come home. Until you solve the fundemental material science problems you will always be better off with a 5 axis mill if you want to build stuff that is actually usefull.

Comment I am so sick of Marcine and his band of re-treads (Score 1) 214

These folks pop up every year or so. I'm assuming it's around when they run out of money and need to find some more suckers to fund them. I've been following them and their "Compressed Earth Brick" huts (sod huts anywhere else) for a few years. They would be better off buying some Oxen, Pigs, Horses and maybe and old 8N tractor. The the concept is fundamentally flawed the hubris involved is off the charts. If they want to be self sufficient the first thing they should do is dump anything invented post 1900. This classic DIY'itis. Gahh so annoying, what a waste of 30 acres of good land.

Comment Self important drivel from a non-contributer (Score 0) 64

The more I read the claptrap coming out of the Brooklyn "Maker" scene the more I realise what the so called maker movement is all about. I think a few other people have pointed out that the hobby engineering community has been around for a long time. We have been hacking , futzing, inventing and maybe even selling since the industrial revolution, hell, long before that even. The "Maker" revolution is really all about exploiting the hobby engineering market. Make magazine only exists to Make money. It has no other useful purpose. We had mailing lists, web sites, forums and catalogues long before Make existed. Torrone and his ilk are salesmen. They make a tidy profit selling other people's work to the masses. There are no "unspoken rules" in open source. The only rules that are worth anything are ones that can be enforced by law. If that were not the case we wouldn't need the open source license in the first place. Phil should stick to riding Limor's coat tails, coming up with new stickers and badges to hock and re-publishing other people's projects.

Comment It's not a framework when... (Score 0) 178

It says CMS in the title!!!

Sorry I've been dealing this crap for years. If Drupal is a framework than so is Jira, Joomla, Media Wiki...hell I'll even throw in Excel. You can extend it's functionality you say??? Oh yah it's a framework now baby. I am so sick of bad developers trying to re-define things instead of just admitting that they are wrong and learning from their mistakes. Besides being a huge bucket of swill, Drupal is the second most mis-used piece of software on the planet (Excel has to be #1). Anyone who suggests Drupal as a solution should have a D branded on their forehead so all will know their sins. GahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhHHHHHH!

We want to create puppets that pull their own strings. - Ann Marion