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Bookbinding

Why?
Bookbinding let’s you stitch your stories together. Like papermaking, bookbinding has a long history of being an excellent resource for recording thoughts. To bind a book you simply need to attach pages together. Stitching techniques can be as decorative as you’d like, or as simple as a staple. Binding your own book means you can bind your own sketchbook, and no artist should be without a sketchbook.

What else?
Bookbinding gets us thinking about the sequence of things – the cover, the beginning, the middle, and the end of the book. Construct your own narrative of a real (or imagined!) event by writing, illustrating, and binding your story. More curriculum connectors can be found here.

1 day ago 409 notes

13-Year Old Mongolian Eagle Hunters

by Asher Svidensky

During my last voyage to Mongolia, I flew over to Ulgii (or ölgii), the capital of the far west. I went there in order to document the Kazakh eagle hunters’ lives in west Mongolia. These eagle hunters, who preserve an old tradition that’s passed from generation to generation, tame eagles and use them for hunting smaller animals, such as foxes and marmots. The eagle hunter’s families live on this side of Mongolia after having migrated between Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia until the fall of communism and closing of all borders. The tradition’s preservation was what drew me to them. They preserve it without any touristic nature, unlike in Kazakhstan. These Kazakh eagle hunters, who live in Mongolia today, are the last ones on earth who still deserve the title “Eagle Hunter”. It is not merely a title to them, but a way of life.

At first, I was doing everything according to my plan. I hired a chauffeur and a local translator who would guide me and take me to the eagle hunter’s families in the mountains. I made sure I would spend at least a day with every family for the sake of personally getting to know them. I had played with the children and I had taken photos that document their way of life’s atmosphere. Afterwards, I had gone to the mountains with the family’s father, and documented him over the course of a hunt. I also photographed him during sunset, on horseback, proudly holding on to his golden eagle.

On the way back from the mountains, however, it felt like something was missing. I felt like all the photos I’d taken over the last few days were a mere reflection of previous photos and stories, distinguished only by slight light and place differences. It wasn’t enough for me. I knew I had to find another way and tell a new story that was not yet told in the snowy Mongolian mountains. (Read more)

1 day ago 182 notes

DIY & Heartbleed

Last week a security vulnerability known as “Heartbleed" was announced that impacted a large number of internet services which use a piece of Open Source Software called "OpenSSL". Unfortunately this vulnerability made it possible for attackers to potentially gain sensitive information from any system that used OpenSSL including usernames and passwords. We are happy to report however that this bug did not impact DIY users’ credit card verification and billing information.

DIY is one of the many services that use OpenSSL, and within 24 hours of the vulnerability being announced we had patched our servers. We have also rotated our private keys to ensure the security of everything served over diy.org and our iOS app.

While we have no indications that DIY user information was leaked, we recommend that you take the following steps to ensure that your DIY account is safe:

  • Change the password on your DIY account
  • Update the DIY iOS app to the latest version (2.5.3)

You can learn more about Cryptography, Systems Administration, and Open Source Software at DIY. As always, feel free to contact us at help@diy.org if you have any questions or concerns.

3 days ago 11 notes

DIY Club Spotlight

Susie, a teacher at an International School based in Indonesia started using DIY in April of last year to plan after-school activities and field trips. Since then, she has used the app as part of her core curriculum - incorporating challenges and projects in her class of 5th and 6th grade students. For more updates on what this club is up to, be sure to check out their portfolio.

6 days ago 115 notes

17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250

Combining a Nintendo Power Glove with 3D-printed parts, 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle has designed an incredible robotic prosthetic arm. Made from LEGO bricks, fishing wire, and surgical tubing, LaChapelle’s robotic arm earned him 3rd place in the Colorado Science Fair of 2011 – which inspired him to go even further with the 3D-printed design.

At the Science Fair, LaChapelle encountered an entrant who wore an $80,000 prosthetic arm that would need replacing as she grew. Inspired and intrigued, he decided to take his homemade robotic arm, which could only grip a soda can, to the next level. His new goal was to create a high-tech prosthetic arm that was not only highly functional, but also affordable.

Read more: MAKE

6 days ago 1,239 notes