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Thanks

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A week ago my friends, family, and a few others came together to surprise me with a birthday gift to bring back The Bike Arch. On the surface the gift is a bunch of money - $1,303 as of this post. But infinitely more important than that is the comments, social shares, campaign description, secret scheming, fliers, love, and the will that went into making this happen...

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Projects That Matter

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Last month I was invited by another Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, Daniel Lombrana Gonzalez, to give a talk about my work at Medialab Prado's Madrid Urban Laboratory - 2nd Workshop and International Symposium. I was asked to not only talk about my work with the FarmBot Project and OpenFarm, but also my Beach Wheelchair Senior Project. And for good measure, I threw in a bit about the Bike Arch. My talk is titled: Project Development for Things That Matter. I have copied it below. You can also download the slide deck here. Intro [Intro Slide: Black Screen] Hi everyone, my name is Rory Aronson. I'm a...

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Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship Year 1 Application

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As the November 1 deadline approaches for applying/re-applying for the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, I am looking back on the application that I sent in nearly 1 year ago allowing me to start a fellowship back in March. What an amazing opportunity this has been for me so far (full post coming when the year is up in March of 2015), and I can't wait to submit my re-application by the end of this month - of which I will be posting openly here on the blog! In the spirit of living in the open, here is my application from last year...

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OpenFarm – Learn to Grow Anything

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I just launched a Kickstarter campaign for OpenFarm, a free an open database for farming and gardening knowledge! OpenFarm came out of the need for FarmBot to access structured, detailed data for how to grow a plant in a specific environment with specific growing practices.We found that this data did not yet exist and figured the best way to obtain it was with a website where anyone could contribute the data, much like Wikipedia. We then figured that if we were to build such a database, it should not be exclusive for FarmBot users, but accessible by anyone. Thus, OpenFarm...

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Heading in the Right Direction

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When I graduated 8 months ago, I had no idea what I was going to do for a job or what field of work I wanted to go into. But perhaps the one thing I was certain of, was that I wanted to pioneer my own path, that I would do things on my own accord, driven by my intrinsic desires, motivations, and values.To ensure I embarked on my journey in the right direction, I opted to take my time in surveying both my own thoughts and the landscape of opportunities. I spent the first half of my Summer thinking...

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Absolutely Fantastic Advertisements

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It's a shame that great advertising is hard to come by these days. I've been appreciating some of Apple's more recent ads such as the iPad and iPhone TV spots below. But what really prompted this blog post is this perfect 1981 LEGO ad. This ad is not trying to be flashy or "appeal" to a certain demographic; rather, it is showing me something that really matters, something that everyone can relate to, something that is human. It feels incredibly genuine and conveys the ethos of why LEGOs were ever invented in the first place. Bravo! ...

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A Story About The Community Cabinet

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I submitted a brief story about the Community Cabinet to a new organization called Peers, which advocates for the Sharing Economy. They ran the story on their blog, posted it on their Facebook, and then it got shared by the Story of Stuff Project which has a huge following, and so the story got shared another near 200 times! Pretty cool how quickly good things propagate through that series of tubes!See the original blog post here: http://peersorg.tumblr.com/post/61502788316/the-community-cabinet-a-few-years-ago-i-had-a Post by The Story of Stuff Project....

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FarmBot – Humanity’s Open-Source Automated Precision Farming Machine

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It has been over two and a half years since I had this idea and it wasn't until now that I got everything down into one place. I introduce to you: FarmBot, humanity's open-source automated precision farming machine, presented in a 53 page white paper. Please enjoy, and share it with all who may be interested in this potentially game changing technology! And visit go.farmbot.it, wiki.farmbot.it, and blog.farmbot.it.FarmBot - Humanity's Open-Source Automated Precision Farming Machine by Rory Landon Aronson...

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