I have one small edit: MAKE LESS, TEACH
It all happens Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist – A Film by Bob Toy
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
6:30PM Doors Open
7:45PM Q&A Panel Discussion
Academy of Art University
491 Post Street
Admission is free!
Seating is limited, come early
The School of Art Education
The Department of Liberal Arts
[UPDATE: District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will be there to speak out.]
An anti-Shimano bike rally will take place this afternoon at 5:30 PM. Think of it as a kind of Critical Mass for the oceans.
Here are the deets:
“On Thursday, September 9th, anti-corporate greenwashing and cycling advocates are organizing the Put the Sea in Cycling rally and ride, featuring speakers, bike-powered music, and dance performances.
The Bad Guy is the Shimano Corporation, which has been funneling millions of dollars to finance efforts to block ocean protection. Shimano and other fishing industry groups are actively working to derail conservation efforts across the nation, including California’s landmark ocean protection law, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA).
Hundreds of ocean experts will be in San Franciso next week for the 2010 California and the World Oceans Conference to talk about ways to manage the ocean more sustainably. Cyclists and conservationists are showing up voice their support for ocean protection and call on Shimano to stop trying to block the creation of “underwater parks” in California and elsewhere.
The show starts at 5:30, and concludes with a ride up Market Street at 7pm, followed by an after party at Triple Crown.”
At 7:00pm, we’ll “Put the Sea in Cycling” with a bike ride to Triple Crown (1760 Market Street) for an after-…party complete with food, beverages and music.
We are rallying to call attention to the fact that the Shimano Corporation—makers of the derailleurs, cranks and wheelsets that keep us riding—is financing efforts to derail ocean conservation in California and elsewhere. Many of us who ride bikes are also avid surfers, swimmers, and beach-goers, so we care deeply about the health of our treasured marine environment.
Why would Shimano fight ocean protection? Because in addition to making bike components, they also manufacture rods and reels for fishing. And while Shimanoclaims to be committed to conservation, healthy oceans, and environmental stewardship, the truth is that Shimano has pledged to oppose any efforts to create new marine protections that would impact their short-term bottom line. The irony of Shimano’s campaign is that protecting our oceans is good for business; the long-term health of our ocean ecosystems is good for everyone—wildlife, fishermen and the fishing industry.
Unfortunately, in addition to spending millions of dollars to oppose California’s new marine protected areas—underwater parks, proven to improve the health of ocean ecosystems—Shimano has funded efforts to fight ocean protections across the nation, in places like Oregon, Washington and the Gulf of Mexico.
So while our bike lanes and paths lead us to the ocean, our bike parts may be leading us away from protecting our precious coastal resources. We need to put the sea back in cycling. Help us tell Shimanoto stick with derailing bike chains, not ocean conservation
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So that’s something new under the Sun. Read all the deets, and a pitch for “TripGlasses,” right here:
“We’re ecstatic about the fact that we now have Maker Shed kiosks, with magazines, books, and electronics kits, in several California Fry’s stores. We think this is big news, not only for Maker Media, but for all indie makers — a major retail chain is now giving small kit-makers this level of exposure. And, we think it’s particularly cool that we designed and built these kiosks in-house, and even personally delivered them to the stores! What other publisher could claim that?
Here, Assoc. Publisher and General Manager of Maker retail, Dan Woods explains more:
Maker Shed kiosks are now installed in four of Fry’s largest superstores. Each kiosk merchandises current and back issues of MAKE, Make: Project books, and kits, with an emphasis on maker-made kits produced by indie makers like Limor Fried’s MintyBoost, Mitch Altman’s Brain Machine, Ken Murphy’s Blinky Bugs, Dale Wheat’s Tiny Cylon and Wee Blinky kits, and Amy Parness and Ariel Churi’s DIY Design Electronics kits. This indie maker angle was a really important selling point to Fry’s. The kiosk’s themselves are all-MAKE in their design and construction. The challenge was to create a merchandising/branding kiosk that could show off maker-made kits, as well as our books and magazines, all in a 2′ X 2′ footprint. The design we came up with incorporates the Maker Faire workbench framing as the internal structure, refurbished fence boards from West Sonoma, and some nicely weathered corrugated shed aluminum that was locally salvaged. The result is a nice combination of weathered shed and repurposed industrial tubing. They’re uniquely MAKE, and Fry’s is ecstatic. In fact, they were even trucked down and setup by Heather (Harmon-Cochran) and Rob (Bullington) in one day.
These are the stores that currently have kiosks. (San Diego will be set up by Fry’s staff next week)
San Diego, CA
9825 Stonecrest Boulevard
San Jose, CA
550 E. Brokaw Road
43800 Osgood Road
1077 East Arques Avenue
The Maker Shed kiosks, designed and built with locally-sourced reuse materials, just popped up in Fry’s stores in San Jose, Fremont, Sunnyvale and San Diego this week.
The San Francisco based company, Cornfield Electronics is very happy to share in this expansion of the Maker Shed’s exposure and availability to a wider consumer audience. The TripGlasses™ will now be available alongside other fantastic electronics kits, magazines and books from MAKE Magazine’s signature store.
The TripGlasses™ are a light and sound machine that induces brainwaves to synchronize with the sequence of meditation (a process known as “entraining”). In a state of tranquil meditation, many users experience visual hallucinations of unique patterns and vibrant colors. The do-it-yourself version of the Trip Glasses™ is one of the most popular projects published in MAKE Magazine (Volume 10) and available through the Maker Shed.
Wonderful gifts for curiosity seekers, crafters, budding scientists and makers of all ages are now available at select California Fry’s stores. Let’s get making!