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April 09 2015

FriendFeed was shut down on April 9, 2015. We maintained the service since we joined Facebook in 2009, but the number of people using FriendFeed had been steadily declining and in the end, the community was just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we decided that it was time to start winding things down.

We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support.

- The FriendFeed team

March 09 2015

Dear FriendFeed community,

We wanted to let you know that FriendFeed will be shutting down soon. We've been maintaining the service since we joined Facebook five years ago, but the number of people using FriendFeed has been steadily declining and the community is now just a fraction of what it once was. Given this, we've decided that it's time to start winding things down.

Beginning today, we will no longer accept new signups. You will be able to view your posts, messages, and photos until April 9th. On April 9th, we'll be shutting down FriendFeed and it will no longer be available.

We want to thank you all for being such a terrific and enthusiastic community. We're proud of what we built so many years ago, and we recognize that it would have never been possible without your support.

- The FriendFeed team
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April 26 2013

Posterous backup tool will be available until May 31 - http://blog.posterous.com/postero...

Posterous backup tool will be available until May 31

  Posted by Sachin Agarwal

Posterous is closing on April 30. This means your sites will not be accessible after that date.

However, the Posterous backup tool will continue to be available until May 31 so you can download all of your Posterous Spaces including your photos, videos, and documents. 

To request a backup, visit http://posterous.com/#backup.



Last chance: Switch to Posthaven for the only perfect import available

  Posted by Garry Tan

Hi, I'm one of the cofounders of Posterous. I'm sorry we weren't able to save the site after the company was acquired. I left the company in 2011 over disagreements with my cofounder about strategy. 

I'm happy to say though that there's a new site I've created, called Posthaven. It's just like Posterous, and we're writing it from scratch, just me and another one of our Posterous cofounders Brett Gibson. It's $5/mo per user, and we pledge to keep the site online forever. 

I tried the Wordpress, SquareSpace and Tumblr options, and none of them did what I wanted. Here's my migration guide for Posterous alternatives, including Posthaven. There's detailed instructions on how to switch to another site, and what you do get and what you don't. 

Switch to Posthaven -- you only have a few days left

I personally guarantee we will bring back everything you liked about Posterous. Because we wrote much of it the first time, and we'll make it even better this time. 


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April 25 2013


April 21 2013


First Open Source Ecology Annual Report


We've been quiet but very busy lately -  and we have a lot of good news to share with you. First, here is Open Source Ecology's first ever Annual Report for download. It shows a good graphical picture of what we've accomplished in 2012 - highlighting our busiest and most productive year so far.

We have been busy developing machines and optimizing their production. My favorite highlight is that we have reached a single day production time - for our automated Compressed Earth Brick (CEB) Press. Now we aim to reach this production speed for each of the 50 Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) machines. In my TED Talk, I mentioned that I "built a tractor - in 6 days." Well, it gets even better.

We are starting to see international adoption - more than a dozen GVCS machines have now been replicated from our open blueprints - in 5 countries around the world. Our next step is pilot projects - to prove our machines further - and make them ready for widespread use.

At the same time we realized in 2012 that we had hit ceiling of what we can do as volunteer driven organization, so now we are spending 2013 strengthening the foundations of OSE. We've faced some challenges over the years, learning how to scale a mission-driven organization in challenging circumstances, while working without a strong organizational foundation or full-time core group.  While we've had great contributions from many volunteers and part-time contributors, we believe that the groundwork we're laying now, finally, will really provide OSE the solid backing to grow quickly and effectively, and the capacity to incorporate passionate and talented volunteer contributors from around the world. As an organization we faced many growing pains in pursuit of a vision we feel very strongly about. I want to show my personal gratitude for the patience and support you've offered me and our team as we've learned, through our victories and mistakes.

I am glad to announce that we have just recruited a full time Operations Manager, Product Lead, Technical Community Manager, and Documentation Manager. With a solid core team, we are now ready for OSE 2.0. So stay tuned - more updates on these exciting developments are forthcoming.

Thanks for your support in making our goals a reality.  Our goal is nothing short of the next industrial revolution - the Open Source Microindustrial Revolution. 


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April 20 2013


Clementine is in town!

  Posted by clementine

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Reflection of me

  Posted by clementine

Dear followers you can follow me in Posthaven now.

You can reach Clementine's reflections from the following adress;

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April 19 2013


Welcome to the pleasuredome: Fellows Friday with Antonio Torres

  Posted by Karen Eng


Squishy, vivid, frozen, frothy – architect and artist Antonio Torres’s wildly colorful and whimsical built spaces are often created using membranes filled with gases, liquids and organic materials, inviting people to crawl in, jump, touch and play. Here, we ask him about his incredible works and where his inspiration comes from.

Tell me about yourself and how you became an artist – because, as I understand, you were originally trained as an architect.

Actually, the first time that anyone called me an artist was the TED Fellows team! I have always considered myself an architect, but after graduate school, my work became more multidisciplinary, bringing aspects of art into architecture and playing with it. So this is new for me.

Do you object?

No, not at all. I think it’s good when somebody describes you as an artist and you don’t have to call yourself one.

But I always knew I wanted to build things. It has been part of my life for a very long time. Most of my family is in construction and landscaping, so everyone has a pretty natural grasp of materials and how to put things together. I don’t know if that’s what got me involved in architecture, but it definitely is something that plays out right now. I was always around job sites, from when I was 13. At some point I was even thinking of doing civil engineering. That road would have probably been a big mistake! Now I’m trying to explore new architectural possibilities in unifying art, sculpture, soft and living materials and hilarious forms in the hope of finding different building blocks in architecture. I think I have a pretty good grasp of how to put traditional methods together – now it’s about trying to challenge what it means to build.

I grew up in a small village in the state of Michoacan until I was 12, and then my family moved to Chicago. That’s where I did my undergrad, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In my last year, I had the chance to study at the School of Architecture in Verailles, France – a pivotal moment for me. When I came back, I ended up doing a three-year master’s degree in architecture at UCLA, where I met my partner in crime, Michael Loverich, with whom I founded The Bittertang Farm, our design studio. Now I am back in Mexico and it has been very receptive to me and my work.


“Ice caves of the Polar Regions are a rare treat to those who travel there. Created by hundreds of years of accumulation and erosion, to enter an ice cave is to be immersed in color, color that only ice can create. Our Ice Palace attempts to get close to this intense environment by creating vertical thick walls of dyed ice.” Photo: Bittertang Farm

To read the full interview, visit the TED Blog >>>



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April 16 2013


Jessica Green: Guggenheim Fellow and Paris-bound!

  Posted by Karen Eng

Jessica Green at TED2013. Photo: Ryan Lash

A few days ago, TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green was named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow – awarded to people who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or creative ability in the arts. We caught up with Jessica to find out what receiving the Guggenheim Fellowship means to her and her upcoming work.

"Winning the Guggenheim Fellowship is a game-changer for me. I applied for the fellowship to get the resources I needed to go on sabbatical in Paris, where I'll have an opportunity to work on what I love with people I love: evolutionary ecologist Helene Morlon, currently at the Center for Applied Mathematics at Ecole Polytechnique University, and artist Steve Green. 

With Helene, I will be working on the development of biodiversity theory in urban environments. She was the first person ever to join my lab group many years ago. It feels so good that I will now be joining her lab group! With Steve, I will be working on a graphic novel, "Cities Unseen," about – guess what? – microbes. Think Contagion, but flipped on its head: the spread of microbes among humans that brings society great benefit. I'm very excited about this.

The TED Fellows program helped me in many ways with the Guggenheim application. I'm particularly grateful to Creative Capital's Colleen Keegan, who shared the Creative Capital business plan with me and helped Steve and me go over it as we worked on a plan for the graphic novel. I'll be seeking contributions from Fellows to the novel for those who are keen, so I expect quite a bit of interaction between the two fellowships."



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April 12 2013


The future unfolding: Fellows Friday with Skylar Tibbits

  Posted by Karen Eng


Skylar Tibbits makes things that assemble themselves, with potential large-scale applications from self-adjusting water pipes to self-assembling structures in space. At his recently founded Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, he’s pioneering 4D printing — using smart materials to make objects that change shape and evolve. Here, he explains how 4D printing works, and describes his journey from architect to artist to leading inventor of self-assembly technology.

Why is this process called 4D printing?

The reason we call it 4D is because the object changes over time. So whereas 3D printing simply creates an object,Skylar Tibbits: The emergence of "4D printing" the 4D-printed object is printed using smart materials that are activated by various sources — like heat, water, current, sound, pressure, and so on.

Objects are printed with the multi-material printer using a combination of smart material and standard 3D printing material — currently, Stratasys’ Connex highly precise multi-material 3D printers can print two materials — in whatever shape you want. Then when you activate the object, it changes: swells or contracts or moves.

Right now the material we’re using is a polymer-based water-absorbing material that expands 150%. For the non-4D material, Stratasys has a whole line, everything from soft rubber to plastic. Right now we use their hard black plastic, just a standard plastic material, alongside the 4D material as the activator.

So the expanding material does one thing and the rigid material holds the shape, is that right?

Right. The rigid material gives it structure and constraints. If you have two pieces and you want them to fold, how do you make it go the right direction? That way or another way? Well, you put a very thin piece of rigid material on the side you want to fold. So that means that the expanding material is going to expand, and that super thin material is going to bend. And so this basically creates a force. But then the question is, how do you make it so that the bend stops at the correct angle? So you add rigid limiters. You also use the lengths of the segments to achieve the shape you want. The rigid material is the code, and the expanding material is the energy.

It’s just become a really elegant process from start to finish, where my hands are out of it the whole time. I build intent, but the object is manufactured as a streamlined piece. You dip it in water and it goes by itself.

Video above: A demonstration of 4D Printing, the “MIT” self-folding strand in action.

The first time you saw the test object fold by itself in water, were you incredibly excited?

I had one surprising moment. I set it in water, and I had my camera set up doing a time-lapse — the process is so slow you can’t see it moving in real time. A few hours later I came back and it was folded. And I thought, “Oh, cool. It folded. It works.” But then I looked at the time-lapse and went, “Whoa!” — because it looks like a live worm. It’s not just click, click — MIT. It takes weird dynamic forms to get there. So that was cool.

How did you originally connect with Stratasys?

It’s actually a funny story. I was at a coffee shop, in Cambridge, right across from MIT, and the person across from me had a shirt on that said Objet — the 3D printing company that later merged with and became Stratasys. We started talking, and I introduced her to the department of architecture at MIT. I showed her the work I’m doing, saying, “I wish there was a way we could print this stuff so that we could embed the energy directly into it.” She connected me with their materials science division, which was developing this material that expands in water. Together we realized this wasn’t just a weird material that we don’t know what to do with, but a new paradigm for what you can print.

You are the only person working on designs for this material and this particular process. So do you get all the credit for 4D?

Well, Stratasys developed the materials and the machine, so this wouldn’t be possible without them. I had the vision of how this would be a real change in the game of 3D printing. This only became a reality once we produced the prototypes and demonstrated that it is possible. But I think 4D printing is something that in the future anyone can do. If the materials were on the market, everyone would be 4D printing tomorrow.

To read the full interview, visit the TED Blog >>>


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Jessica Green named 2013 Guggenheim Fellow

  Posted by Karen Eng

The Guggenheim Foundation today announced its new class of Fellows, among them Senior TED Fellow Jessica Green, who studies the role of microbes in our bodies and environment. The fellowship is awarded to "men and women who hae already demonstated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." We'll soon be talking to Jessica to find out how she's taking the good news. In the meantime, watch her TED2013 talk (above) and her TED-Ed video to see what the fuss is about! Congratulations, Jessica!



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April 11 2013


April 09 2013


TED Fellows Skylar Tibbits Explains Self-assembly: The power of organizing the unorganized

  Posted by TED Fellows

This year at TED2013, Fellow Skylar Tibbits unveild his latest invention, a 4-D self-assembly printer. You can see his talk on that here.

This week, he's teamed up with TED-Ed to talk about the mechanics of self-assmebly and how such a seemlingly far fetched idea is not only possible, but has already been perfected by nature.


Source: TED-Ed

Learn more about Skylar's work here.


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April 06 2013

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