A crosswalk in central Germany seeks to both inform and entertain pedestrians waiting to safely cross the street.
— Jane Roberts, Seth, "The Nature of Personal Reality" (via meditationsinwonderland)
Myles Tan developed an app to enter the locations of bike racks at the University of Waterloo, so the data can be added to the UofW Open Data Catalogue. | Waterloo Region Open Data Day Event | #ODD2014 #dataWR | Video on Archive.org
The prototype is available at mylestan.github.io/MapManual :)
Today I went down to KWartzlab in Kitchener and participated in KW’s Open Data Day 2014. It was a great opportunity to meet people from the local open data community.
There were some great project ideas thrown around: my favourite being an app that let you find the cheapest place to eat nearby, for the more budget-restricted folks in the KW area.
I was initially going to add all of the bike rack locations at the University of Waterloo to the uWaterloo Open Data API. I then realized the monumental task of manually creating that data set, and while watching those around me go through that process for their own projects, I decided to prototype a tool that would help make that easier.
It’s called MapManual. The prototype is available here and the code is on my github. The prototype is simple: click a location on the map to define where the feature is, add the attributes, and add the feature to the list. When you’re done, download the features as a CSV file. I hope the tool helps make the process of creating geo-datasets more efficient.
I’m hoping to get some great feedback on the value of a tool like this. Maybe it will grow into something great, who knows!
Myles is entering the location of University of Waterloo bike racks for inclusion in the UofW Open Dataset | #ODD2014 #dataWR
I’m glad to have been able to contribute to open data day today!
Recently, Saddleback Leather’s CEO Dave Munson released a 12-minute video walking people through the process of making a Saddleback Briefcase, and where it would be possible for copiers to cut corners, thus making it cheaper. This was meant as a satirical post to highlight the quality of the design and manufacturing. However, my briefcase was made based on the design for a Saddleback Leather Briefcase, and many of the techniques Mr.Munson mentions, I actually did (at the bottom this is a list of his suggestions, which I followed, and why).
The general pattern is that I ‘cut corners’ when I was consciously aware of a higher quality alternative but I could not justify it financially, or I was unaware from my research and conversations with people in the industry that a higher quality option existed. I was able to follow most design-oriented quality steps outlined by Mr. Munson.
I still believe the compromises I made are justified given the situation, and I am still satisfied with the result of the project. This video does a great job of highlighting some best practices in leather design, and, to be honest, offers great tips for people who want to get started but might not be able to afford top-of-the-line materials, or who might just want to play around with the craft at first.
Don’t worry Mr. Munson, I’ll be getting a Saddleback bag soon enough.
Corners I cut:
- I used a split-grain hide as opposed to a full-grain, which is less expensive, less durable, prone to fading and rubbing off, and is a lower-quality material. As this bag was to be my first ever creation, it was hard to justify spending a large amount of money on a top-quality hide. I saw this creation as a test, a prototype for future ones.
- I used nylon thread as opposed to a polyester. It was the highest quality available at my supplier.
- I used Nickel-plated components instead of stainless steel. It was the highest quality at my supplier, and I did not want to use bronze pieces for aesthetic reasons.
However, there were some guidelines I did follow:
- Load-bearing attachment points were stitched and riveted.
- Straps were reinforced with nylon.
- The handle surface was reinforced with an aluminum bar.
- All major sections were created as a single piece of leather as opposed to multiple joined pieces.
With respect to stress, it’s healthier to chase meaning than avoid discomfort.
- On people "having their shit together"
It is sadly too often that we hear of a star or celebrity who struggles with mental illness or addiction....
- I'm afraid.
Note: I actually have a song I’d like you to listen to while you read this, if you intend to, it kind of helps to set the background.
- When You're Feeling Stressed, Overwhelmed & Want to Recenter
Ever find yourself staring at the computer screen in the middle of a crazed day,...
- “I’ll fight for you, but I will not compete for you. There’s a difference.”
San Francisco - The Mowgli’s
Here’s a song to make you happy no matter how your day is going.
- “We’re fundamentalists on the belief that we should not charge for language education.”