Toucan Bluetooth Speaker Teardown

Goal: Teardown the Toucan Bluetooth Speaker to find out what is inside, and particularly, can I fit a RaspberryPi inside it?

The Toucan Bluetooth Speaker is a ubiquitous promotional product. It is availabe from a large number of vendors, who customize it with your desired brand. A web search will find many potential sources. Read more about Toucan Bluetooth Speaker Teardown

Weekend to End Women's Cancers 2014 - wrapup

Before

It had been raining all night. Pretty hard at times. The event started at the stadium, so we walked there in a drizzle. But we were cool. We had trained in worse weather, and we had our rain gear. So here we are, mostly confident and mostly dry. Read more about Weekend to End Women's Cancers 2014 - wrapup

Walking desk conversion

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I built a project from wood today. Shown in the image are the drops from the little bit of cutting I had to do. Yes, the facets are supposed to be asymetrical; only the uncut sides are intended to be parallel. No, the faces are not supposed to be that wobbly. Oddly, the one in the foreground was cut second and should have had the benefit of improving with practice. It did not improve. I'll say that I had the first piece positioned better in the vise. I'll have to remember that.

What did I make? Read more about Walking desk conversion

OpenStreetMap Meeting MatchMaker

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We know that OpenStreetMap has great data. Looking deeper, we know that the best data in OpenStreetMap is where there are more local contributors. If you want your city, state and country to have better data, you need more local mappers. Here are steps you can take to improve the quality and quantity of your local data by making mapping more fun for more mappers. Read more about OpenStreetMap Meeting MatchMaker

Courtyards! Multipolygon Relations in OpenStreetMap

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A Courtyard is a building with a hole in it.

Or rather, it is the portion of the building that is constructed without a roof. This may combine the shelter and safety from the surroundings provided by the building walls, with the benefits of natural light and a clear view of the sky. What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner with your favourite person, under the stars, in the courtyard?

But wait! Trouble in paradise. My building with a courtyard just looks like an ordinary building in OpenStreetMap! How do I fix that? Read more about Courtyards! Multipolygon Relations in OpenStreetMap

Every Day is Open Data Day

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Don't let Open Data Day become a stunt. Every day is Open Data Day. Here is how you can make it so.

Government Open Data in Canada is Doomed Unless you Fight to Fix It

Municipalities, Provinces / Territories and the Feds, all seem to think that Open Data needs their individual governmental fingerprints all over it to be successful. Those governments have instead, poisoned the Canadian Open Data environment with a series of odious, mutually incompatible, custom written Open Data licenses. Read more about Every Day is Open Data Day

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