Links for 2013-11-07

  • 10 Things You Should Know About AWS

    Some decent tips in here, mainly EC2-focussed

    (tags: amazon ec2 aws ops rds)

  • Tracing Brazil’s Guy Fawkes Masks

    really fascinating, from Ethan Zuckerman:

    The photo of workers making Guy Fawkes masks is something of a Rorschach test. If you’re primed to see the exploitative nature of global capitalism when you see people making a plastic mask, it’s there in the image. if you’re looking for the global spread of a protest movement, it’s there too, with a Brazilian factory making a local knock-off of a global icon to cash in on a national protest. Because the internet is a copying machine, it’s very bad at context. It’s easier to encounter the image of masks being manufactured devoid of accompanying details than it is to find the story behind the images. And given our tendency to ignore information in languages we don’t read, it’s easy to see how the masks come detached from their accompanying story. For me, the image is more powerful with context behind it. It’s possible to reflect on the irony of a Hollywood prop becoming an activist trope, the tensions between mass-production and anonymity and the individuality of one’s identity and grievance, the tensions between local and global, Warner Bros and Condal, intellectual property and piracy, all in the same image.

    (tags: anonymous globalization manufacturing piracy knock-offs brazil ethan-zuckerman global local hollywood capitalism)

  • ReCreate Ireland – Creativity through Reuse

    Great idea.

    For creative groups, we aim to offer easy access to a rich and varied selection of textures, colours and shapes. Members are also be able to participate in creativity workshops facilitated by fully trained professional artists either in-house or on your own premises. We intend to be the first choice of teachers, early childhood educators and arts animators in the community. For businesses, ReCreate reduces the costs of moving on end-of-line materials. We are a professional, credible and reliable partner organisation and our aim is to divert approximately 115 metric tonnes of clean materials from landfill annually. All collections are free of charge.

    (tags: recreate diy make-and-do recycling landfill art play scrap)

  • 3D-Print Your Own 20-Million-Year-Old Fossils

    When I get my hands on a 3-D printer, this will be high up my list of things to fabricate: a replica of a 20-million year old hominid skull.

    With over 40 digitized fossils in their collection, you can explore 3D renders of fossils representing prehistoric animals, human ancestors, and even ancient tools. Captured using Autodesk software, an SLR camera, and often the original specimen (rather than a cast replica), these renderings bring us closer than most will ever get to holding ancient artifacts. And if you’ve got an additive manufacturing device at your disposal, you can even download Sketchfab plans to generate your own.

    (tags: 3d-printing fossils africa history hominids replication fabrication sketchfab)

  • Makers & Brothers & Others

    ‘A Tiny Seasonal Department Store’, featuring the amazing cakes of Wildflour Bakery among others, at 5 Dame Lane, D2.

    The tiny department store will be a wonderful seasonal gathering of Makers & Brothers favourite local and international brands. The Others in this project are a carefully considered bunch of partners from the worlds of flowers, food, fashion, beauty, homeware, gifts and more.  Makers & Brothers & Others, the tiny department store, promises to be a unique, exciting and engaging retail environment. A place to explore, a seasonal store alive with wonder and served by experts. Kindly hosted by the Fumbally Exchange.

    (tags: dublin shopping food cakes wildflour-bakery makers-and-brothers xmas)

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