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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Happy ninth birthday, OpenStreetMap

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fondant map, map cupcakes by Betsy

Another OpenStreetMap birthday celebration has come and gone. Another tableful of map-themed confections has been consumed, or spirited-off in doggy bags. More happy mappers have found their way home after another day of mapping and chatting. And all is right with the world.

Betsy raised the confection bar this year by rendering a Toronto neighbourhood in fondant and using that for toppers on mini-cupcakes. They were awesome. Thanks so much!

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OSM Birthday Party 2013

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OpenStreetMap themed cupcake toppers in fondant.

Mappers love treats. It is known.

The OpenStreetMap Ninth Birthday celebration is being held today at various locations around the globe. These are just a few of the treats waiting for the Toronto mappers.

Yes. This is a highway interchange diorama, in fondant. Yes, an OpenStreetMap logo. Yes. A highway shield for Autoroute 10 in Québec. Naturally. :-)

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