FindDay #17

Every Friday I share the five coolest things I’ve found on the web in the last week.

 

1 – Create books directly from Wikipedia articles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Books

This has been around for awhile (apparently before 2014) but I had never heard of it before this week. Simply put, Wikipedia has a built-in feature that lets you bundle-up single or multiple articles into an e-book you can download, or even have printed.

I love and rely on Wikipedia. I’ve taken a few stabs at creating a local replica that I can take with me in leiu of access to the website. While you wouldn’t use this method to capture all of it, it’s a pretty slick way to carve out some of the parts you find useful and keep them handy.

 

2 – Cheap and easy platform bed

https://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-easy-low-waste-platform-bed

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Aside from being simple and attractive what I love about this design is that it makes a conscious effort to reduce waste without compromising the structural integrity of the results. Engineering FTW!

I ran across this great project a few months too late, but the techniques can be applied to projects other than bed-building. aeray also has a number of other projects designed with the same philosophy which I might take a stab at.

via Instructables newsletter

 

3 – Hacker Calculus

https://hackaday.io/project/20621-hacker-calculus

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If you’re like me you struggle with math not so much because “math is hard” but because there’s something about the symbology, or the abstract nature of talking about math.

This project addresses that communication problem by rendering calculus into physical objects. By interacting with math using more senses, the abstract constructs can be more accessible to those who have trouble relating to them using more traditional methods.

 

4 – Primitive Technology videos

https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2945881

I find it fascinating to watch these videos. I believe that a lot of good ideas get left behind not because they are worse than the ideas that continue on, but because some of them under-perform within the context of various cultures. There’s a lot of cool techniques demonstrated in these videos and I respect the commitment the author makes to living up to idea.

 

5 – Pietenpol Annual Reunion

http://www.pietenpols.org/annual-pietenpol-reunion/

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My first flight experience was in a wide-open ultralight, so I have an affinity for bare-essentials flying. Few aircraft optimize this better than [the Pietenpol Air Camper)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pietenpol_Air_Camper].

I was introduced to this aircraft by a friend-of-a-friend and found out that an annual gathering of these aircraft and their builders happens within my neck of the woods. I’m planning to attend at least one day and bring some pictures (and perhaps video) back with me.

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