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Four short links: 22 January 2013

Open Pushing Innovation, Clear Intentions, Druids vs Engineers, and Reimagined Textbooks

  1. Design Like Nobody’s Patenting Anything (Wired) — profile of Maker favourites Sparkfun. Instead of relying on patents for protection, the team prefers to outrace other entrants in the field. “The open source model just forces us to innovate,” says Boudreaux. “When we release something, we’ve got to be thinking about the next rev. We’re doing engineering and innovating and it’s what we wanna be doing and what we do well.”
  2. Agree to Agree — why I respect my friend David Wheeler: his Design Scene app, which features daily design inspiration, obtains prior written permission to feature the sites because doing so is not only making things legally crystal clear, but also makes his intentions clear to the sites he’s linking to. He’s shared the simple license they request.
  3. The Coming Fight Between Druids and Engineers (The Edge) — We live in a time when the loneliest place in any debate is the middle, and the argument over technology’s role in our future is no exception. The relentless onslaught of novelties technological and otherwise is tilting individuals and institutions alike towards becoming Engineers or Druids. It is a pressure we must resist, for to be either a Druid or an Engineer is to be a fool. Druids can’t revive the past, and Engineers cannot build technologies that do not carry hidden trouble. (via Beta Knowledge)
  4. Reimagining Math Textbooks (Dan Meyer) — love this outline of how a textbook could meaningfully interact with students, rather than being recorded lectures or PDF versions of cyclostyled notes and multichoice tests. Rather than using a generic example to illustrate a mathematical concept, we use the example you created. We talk about its perimeter. We talk about its area. The diagrams in the margins change. The text in the textbook changes. Check it out — they actually built it!
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  • Charlie

    I like these link collections you share, but it always frustrates me that you share them grouped together this way.

    I just saw a great alternative at thebrief.io — that site shares a handful of links per day:

    http://thebrief.io/days/monday-january-21st

    …but the items can also be referenced individually:

    http://thebrief.io/news/note-from-the-editor

    They have an RSS feed for the grouped once-a-day collections:

    http://thebrief.io/days/feed

    …but they also have a feed for individual items:

    http://thebrief.io/news/feed

    Treating these things individually allows me to mark or star a specific item rather than the whole collection it was part of.

  • mikeduffy

    Nat,
    I just realized how much I look forward to the 4 short links every day, and realized (as well) you probably don’t get many thank-yous for all the effort it must take. Thanks for an extremely high signal to noise ratio that makes me look smarter to my friends/co-workers when I share what I read here.