EVERYTHING IS A REMIX

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Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.

This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

Bootstrap, from Twitter

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Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for popular user interface components and interactions. Bootstrap is designed to help people of all skill level—designer or developer, huge nerd or early beginner. Use it as a complete kit or use to start something more complex. Originally built with only modern browsers in mind, Bootstrap has evolved to include support for all major browsers (even IE7!) and, with Bootstrap 2, tablets and smartphones, too. Check it out

R&D-I-Y : A web platform for mass collaboration

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R&D-I-Y is a web platform with 18,000+ global citizens collaboratively innovating for environmental stewardship and quality of urban life. The platform is currently being developed, building on their alpha project. The community is working to integrate personal scale innovation for environmental stewardship + quality of life into the existing infrastructure of cities. They are applying open source software development techniques to physical systems development, developing hydroponic systems, LEDs, solar, aquaponics, sensor systems, nutrient sources and alternative energy . . . all using open source techniques and as many readily-available materials as possible. Check them out at http://www.rndiy.org/ or watch the TEDtalk…

App Inventor moves to MIT…:-)

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The App Inventor Team informed us that…

“By the end of 2011 Google will be making the complete App Inventor source code publicly available under an open source license, so that anyone can study the code and modify it as they desire.

In order to ensure the future success of App Inventor, Google has funded the establishment of a Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab.  Sometime in the first quarter of 2012, the Center plans to provide an App Inventor service for general public access, similar to the one Google is currently running.

In order for you to continue working with your projects in an open source instance (MIT or otherwise) of App Inventor you will need to download your data from appinventorbeta.combefore December 31st and later upload them to an open source instance as it becomes available.

Please visit the App Inventor user forums to get future updates on App Inventor.  You can also visit http://mobilelearning.mit.edu/ “

…is this good news or what..:-))

GardenBot – an open source garden monitoring system

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Visit Gardenbot.org for a collection of tutorials for how to build things (like a soil moisture sensor), software for running GardenBot, resources, links, and more.

To get started, you will want to browse the “How-To” section to see what is required to build the various modules.

The ultimate goal of the GardenBot project is to be a complete garden monitoring and automation system. A key design consideration is to keep everything as easy as possible — especially for users new to Arduino and DIY electronics projects.

GardenBot is currently a work in progress. This project is built upon open source technology, so it is free to be used and modified in any way you see fit (provided you adhere to GardenBot’s license).