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But if you want to see the website of a makerspace that has grown up to be a phenomenal facility, so much do they were able to design and build own facility, then click on this link and explore what they have to offer.

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BARN has great prices. Wish there was something like that where I live. Looks pretty awesome.
 

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I ordered a 10” tablet on Amazon prime day. It does have dual sim slots. The online manual says it is AT&T compatible. That might be very handy for a secondary cell connection. My primary account is Verizon but in some busy locations those towers get overwhelmed but my friends in those areas such as Quartzite when Version slows down to useless they had better luck on AT&T towers.

Where I am camped right now is an issue as I only have intermittent Verizon service which is marginal at best. Fortunately the couple I am camped nearby to has let me log onto their Starlink service. That has been handy for loading the apps I need onto my new tablet. A few more to go and then I will see about getting a SIM card or two into it and working. The manual I found online says it will work on AT&T towers. That would be good for the Quartzsite area.
 
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Wow I read that and was focused on the first picture until you mentioned the reference in size for the second pic. It looks so much bigger in the first one, which does show the detail when it's blown up a little. It's laser the only way to make those cuts? Or just the best way?
For double thick mat board a laser is easiest and most accurate…once you figure out the right settings on the laser cutter. For cardstock a vinyl cutter is easiest. What you can’t see in that photo is that the matt board structure is covered in cardstock. With the white cardstock areas covered with a special white powder mix that had a bit of glitter in it to give it stucco like coating.
 
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Web3 international conference is now taking place in Tokyo. (Will the internet continue as we have known it ?)

Web3 Conference

Between 2001 and 2010 there was a search engine known as Kartoo. (developed in France) Some thought it borrowed from Apple's "aqua". It may have been way ahead of it's time yet it's GUI concept could be reworked and lend itself to Block Chain searches.

Kartoo Search Engine

kartoo.jpg
 

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Of course increasingly people are using AI assistants (Siri and Hey Google are AI research assistants) to look and analyze those connectivities in the background when they ask questions and then have the answer presented as a simple result in a sentence or two and or graphics.

Having a tiny screen on a cell phone as many people’s current primary, everyday, computer interface would never be compatible with that search engine from
France’s graphical result for a display of interconnections. Therefore it is not surprising that particular search engine from France’s display methods failed in achieving widespread popularity. It simply does not work on the screen of a computer that fits into people’s pockets. What works on very small displays is an AI verbalizing the results and perhaps also presenting easy to click on links to the relevant websites.

There will always be deep dive researchers in science, in marketing in educational fields and other businesses so there is a place for that connectivity to the solar system display as it enables connectivity of thinking about such things.

I do miss having a large monitor but one will not fit into my tiny vintage trailer with limited surface space for solar panels and big screen displays. 😢
 
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It will be interesting to see what this conference will turn up. Just as Desktop Computers gave way to Laptops and on to Cell's (with anything from Palm Pilots to Tablets in between) time will likely present us with newer forms to replace Cell's.

I've been wondering how long it will take for implants to be offered that would connect our brains so we won't have to have tote so much
hardware around. Even the notion of a Cell that could project a interactive holographic screen the size of a Laptop's screen would already be a notion for the past.

As for Kartoo in it's time, I thought it's search technique was a preview of the future. Although it is an old idea now that's been retired, such things have an odd way of showing up again later in revised forms. (often referred to as "re-marketing")
 

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It is already being worked on and is in the early testing stages in blind persons. For the rest of use we could close our eyes and be wirelessly connected to visuals. But the translation of thinking complex commands and having our brains execute them is also being researched and tested for quadriplegics who have very little deliberate motor function beyond eye movements.
 

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Yeah makerspaces! One of my daughters picked up some wood turning skills at one. Great equipment and mentors. Libraries are adding these spaces, too.

I'm all for shared space, resources and knowledge/experience. (I once day dreamed about buying a building in a small downtown for a sewing lounge downstairs with living up. My husband asked how I would eat. "Easy," I replied. I'd live off fresh baked muffins visitors would no doubt bring!
 

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Funny thinking about shoes. My feet were extremely narrow (quad A), and it seemed I would never graduate from very childish lace up styles. (There is less difference these days.) More than anything, I wanted penny loafers. I just knew I would be less weird if I only had penny loafers like my classmates. LOL!

Fast forward, and I wore high-heeled, open toed sandal styles year round for work and play. One job actually required pumps (with a minimum heal height specified, no less) be worn. I always dreaded the prospect of loosing a shoe on an escalator or stairs--which did happen on occasion.

At my ripe old age, I finally have grown-up feet, which live happily in lace-up flats 99.9% of the time! Oh... And I'm no longer weird!
 

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The monsoon rains have finally started. I was going to go to town this afternoon to ship out 4 orders and do some laundry. But that game got called on account of thunder, lightening, hail and heavy rain.
I will head out to do that stuff tomorrow morning instead. No point in driving on wet roads into areas of Flagstaff that can get flash flooding.

The storm has cooled things off considerably. I might as well fix myself a hot meal tonight. Chicken curry is what I will be fixing.
 

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Yay, got to go kayaking today! Hadn't been in ages. Seems like a kayaking jinx has followed me ever since I left Florida (or maybe it's just 100x easier to rent a kayak in Florida). Was great. Had the river to myself most of the way.

Got stuck on a sandbar -- with the current going one direction, the wind blowing the other, branches sticking up, and water too muddy to see where it was shallow/deep. It's actually kind of fun trying to problem-solve something like that -- especially if you've got all afternoon to figure it out, no macho types breathing down your neck, good cell phone service with someone a mile away who could come rescue you if needed ... and water so shallow you could probably walk back to your car if you had to. Outward Bound for wimps! Good fun.
 

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(or maybe it's just 100x easier to rent a kayak in Florida).
Renting has gotten easier at many Texas state parks, where self-serve kiosks are now in place. (Haven't checked prices, but hopefully less potential for being disappointed to find the rack/shack closed.)
 

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I didn't know that was even A Thing! I hope it catches on more places.
 

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Lots of places to rent kayaks in Arizona on the rivers, lakes and reservoirs. They are often delivered from a nearby town to launch sites and then they pick them up afterwards. For instance a company in Williams AZ has an arrangement with the National Forest Service paid campgrounds at the Kaibab and Dog Town Resevoirs a few miles outside of Williams to deliver kayaks to those campgrounds. But you do not have to be staying at the paid campgrounds to rent the boats. You can camp on the free dispersed NFS lands near those paid campgrounds. The parking at the boat launches is also free as is using the vault toilet by the launch. Those are no swimming allowed bodies of water, no motors allowed either, but there is fishing allowed with a license required.
 
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I saw a posting from HOWA on their Facebook page. The said they are doing a BYOV event this fall. But it is not actually a hands-on build event as there is no actual work on anyone’s vehicle going to be done. What they are going to do is give out some of the components needed for a DIY build to low income people who submit applications and qualify to receive the items. Then the recipients either do their own installation or find someone on their own to assist them. I think they did mention they might setup some type of virtual online bulletin board to help make people make connections.

HOWA is also, if finances permit, going to provide some build components to other groups who are holding those casually arranged build events.

Go to the official Homes On Wheel Alliance website to see the application information or their Facebook page for better information on what changes they had to make so they could obtain some liability insurance coverage while still helping people in need.

All this stuff is still a HOWA work in progress at this time. Patience required!
 
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Lots of places to rent kayaks in Arizona on the rivers, lakes and reservoirs. They are often delivered from a nearby town to launch sites and then they pick them up afterwards. For instance a company in Williams AZ has an arrangement with the National Forest Service paid campgrounds at the Kaibab and Dog Town Resevoirs a few miles outside of Williams to deliver kayaks to those campgrounds. But you do not have to be staying at the paid campgrounds to rent the boats. You can camp on the free dispersed NFS lands near those paid campgrounds. The parking at the boat launches is also free as is using the vault toilet by the launch. Those are no swimming allowed bodies of water, no motors allowed either, but there is fishing allowed with a license required.
Good to know. We are debating whether or not to bring our kayaks when we go across the south next year. I want to kayak but they are a pain to hall around.
 

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Yay, got to go kayaking today! Hadn't been in ages. Seems like a kayaking jinx has followed me ever since I left Florida (or maybe it's just 100x easier to rent a kayak in Florida). Was great. Had the river to myself most of the way.

Got stuck on a sandbar -- with the current going one direction, the wind blowing the other, branches sticking up, and water too muddy to see where it was shallow/deep. It's actually kind of fun trying to problem-solve something like that -- especially if you've got all afternoon to figure it out, no macho types breathing down your neck, good cell phone service with someone a mile away who could come rescue you if needed ... and water so shallow you could probably walk back to your car if you had to. Outward Bound for wimps! Good fun.
Lucky you!!!
 

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Good to know. We are debating whether or not to bring our kayaks when we go across the south next year. I want to kayak but they are a pain to hall around.
There is another issue beyond just the physical inconvenience you will want to research before you make a decision about bringing along a kayak and using it in various locations on your travels.

I have a nomad friend who got an inflatable kayak. The issue he ran into while traveling is that he had to buy a special permit to use it in pretty much every state he went to. Then there are the rules about having to wash them. It is all about not bringing contaminating water weeds or small creatures from one body of water to another. He decided to leave it at home base instead of paying all those fees and doing all the special decontamination processes.

If you are going to spend the whole winter in one location and use it often it would be worth bringing along. If you are thinking you can just stop and use it here and there then do check out the rules for where you may might want to do that.
 

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Typically the “permit” doesn’t have a charge. But the biggest pain I would think is in traveling you are required to stop at the boat check stations. Out west I know is more of an issue. And in some states like you say you need a certificate that you have been checked. In Minnesota they have people at your major lake boat launches that are employed to check your boats coming in and out of the water. One thing you need to watch for is your not carrying any kind of weeds like even a lily pad or you could be fined. Hauling canoes and kayaks coast to coast I got to know the boat check folks pretty well… I places where they didn’t see a lot of boats they might not mind so much me with 27 canoe and such. I sometime printed out a list to hand them to fill out as they had free time. Usually hardly two boats went to the same place. And many were new and never saw water before and wrapped.
Carrying kayaks could be kind of a pain if there were lines during busy times. And now with paddle boards and such there are areas where you could potentially be waiting a bit. That’s where renting would make more sense. Actual licensing of boats are usually just be done in your state if said boat is only in state so many days… or less. Try and enforce that rule. Haha.
 
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