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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/29/2014 2:56:23 PM
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@Patrick: I've been evaluated psychologically as a 'pragmatic idealist'

And that's what they said to your face LOL

As an aside, an anagram of "pragmatic idealist" is 'I am a drastic piglet' -- remember that you heard it here first :-)

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patrick.mannion   4/29/2014 6:04:41 AM
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I really like the prize, and enjoy some hacks, but I look at the video and I look at the criteria and I ask myself the same question as I often have: Why?

Yes, the video looks like the guys had fun, but maybe criteria for the competition might also be how useful it is? What problem does it solve? Who does it help? what does it enable? How many people would want to do it themselves? I've been evaluated psychologically as a 'pragmatic idealist' (among other things:) in one of those work-related training programs. Maybe they're right...

This is a fun hack/project I got excited about on EDN: Home Depot buckets used to make pretty decent outside speakers: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/diy-zone/4430026/2/Make-Great-Sounding--40-Bucket-Speakers-in-an-Afternoon

I also enjoyed Junko's analysis of "Will 'makers' help chip guys' bottom line" http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1321992

 

 

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