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Sun, Jan. 9th, 2011, 03:23 pm
Vote to help i3 Detroit win a Laser Cutter!

Metro Detroit's art and technology workshop, i3 Detroit, is in the running to win a laser cutter, but they need YOUR help! The laser cutter is an awesome machine that can cut intricate and precise designs out of wood and plastic. If they win, it will be available for the public to use at their space in Ferndale. They are neck and neck for first place and the contest ends tonight. A single vote could decide who wins!

Please register for a free instructables account here: http://ow.ly/3xzb6

And vote for the Ammo Box Speakers here: http://ow.ly/3xzbM


Mon, Feb. 1st, 2010, 05:26 pm
Vote for my Ignite Detroit talk

I've signed up to give a talk for Ignite Detroit, but I need your help! The internets (ie. you) are choosing the topics, so if you have a minute, please vote for my topic! You get 6 votes and can use up to 3 on any single talk.

Vote here: http://ignitedetroit.uservoice.com/forums/39694-ignite-detroit-1/suggestions/464527-something-about-dopamine?ref=title

The talk is:

Something About Dopamine

Research into the brain is uncovering how we make decisions. The limbic system, an ancient and primal part of the brain, and the neurotransmitter dopamine turn out to play a very important role.

The emerging understanding of dopamine in the limbic system is shedding a new light on addiction, compulsive behaviors, and some of the quirkier parts of human nature.

Fri, Nov. 20th, 2009, 09:59 am
Mystery Hunt

Any MIT types going to Mystery Hunt this year?

Tue, Sep. 15th, 2009, 04:03 pm
I'm a cliché!

From an interview with Ira Glass:
There are definitely certain things ... that we would never do today because they just seem like a cliché today.... It's such a trope of our own show, and of thousands of memoirs that have been written. Especially you get this kind of memoir where it's a really smart person who had a really rough childhood of one sort or another but then went to a really good college and now basically they're living in brooklyn or park slope or something and they write a book about, you know, where they go back to have the conversation with their dad that they always meant to.
Well, given that Ira Glass is a probably a good judge of the zeitgeist, it sounds like I should give up on writing my memoirs. Ok, I'm not really writing my memoirs, but it's still kind of disappointing to find out that my life is a cliché. On the other hand, I think the reason stories like that have become a cliche is that the Internet is giving access to new social support structures, and making it easier for kids in tough situations to envision something better, and that is kind of awesome.

Sat, Sep. 12th, 2009, 03:02 pm
New logo design

If you have a minute, please send me your feedback, either here or to philentropist@gmail.com.

Thu, Aug. 27th, 2009, 10:34 am
What adjectives would you use to describe me?

I'm fishing for accuracy and specificity, not compliments. Responses welcome here or to philentropist@gmail.com

Thu, Apr. 23rd, 2009, 01:40 pm
Things that have gone right

in one 24 hour period:
  • I went to Staples to test out chairs, not planning to buy one, but found a great chair for 50% off. I am now exceptionally comfortable.
  • I bought two 1 liter soda siphons for a reasonable price, only to discover that they were actually 2 liter siphons.
  • I got an email from someone setting up a hacker space in Detroit.
  • My office mate is working with a community center that wants to set up a computer lab for teaching resume building and web design, and may recommend me as a contractor to help set it up and/or teach classes.
  • Sharon and I have tickets for This American Life Live tonight.

Sat, Apr. 18th, 2009, 09:09 am
TAD Print Poll

I'm going to have some framed prints of my tad drawings made, and I need to pick the best 18 for the first set. If you enjoyed any of the drawings, please let me know which ones you like the best. You can see them all here. This is mostly for my own amusement, but if you're interested in buying a print, it could be arranged. Thanks in advance for your input!

Tue, Apr. 7th, 2009, 09:58 pm
paper chain

paper chain, originally uploaded by philentropist.

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