3D Printed Appendages…What is Next?

http://www.dezeen.com/2013/05/29/3d-printed-robohand-helps-children-born-without-fingers/

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In a remarkable feat of science and technology, a robot hand is now giving children born without fingers the ability to feel what its like to have those  metaparcels. The billions of humans on Earth simply take these complex appendages and feelings from these extremities for granted. If we broke down the amount of energy and nerves required to grab a door handle and perceive that feeling to be conducive, we can gain a better appreciation for each moment we are alive.

3D Printing is  advancing to  the stage in which we as humans can take the technology and apply it not only to the human body to replace body parts, upgrade certain muscles and bones that may have deficiencies, but also to build tools and products that will aid the species in multiple ways.  Not only does 3D printing have the capability of changing us humans towards a new evolutionary path, where we could potentially transcend our biology, but also increasing our aptitude in pursuing space exploration and colonization.  For instance, the International Space Station, will be obtaining its very own 3D printer in 2014, funded by NASA. (http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/28/nasa-3d-printing-international-space-station/).  With such a technology at the fingertips of astronauts, the potential uses could be limitless, including food, lab supplies, clothing, fuel, materials for colonization, the list could go on and on.

Taking this another step, in using 3D Printers and specifically nanotechnology as nanoscale construction devices, the human species will have the ability to stop disease, suffering, regrow limbs, enhance or even replace organs, sections of scar tissue, enhanced surgical recovery, and increased productivity.  3D Printers will also provide us access points to virtual reality, computer brain interfaces, and potentially even mind-uploading.  With all of this in mind, we must appreciate the wonderful opportunity we have to not only enhance ourselves, seek out new world and universes, clean up our current home (Earth), enhance our brains to visualize multiple universes via virtual reality, or an augmented state of consciousness, but also the opportunity to completely change how our species functions at the civilization level, specifically producing tools and technologies.

With all this being said, the tenets of transhumanism will take us to new experiences, new locations and new levels of consciousness  that we currently can barely comprehend.  The next revolution of humanity is coming quickly, and people are anxious and nervous because the changes to global society will be more profound that any of the previous revolutions.  However, we must embrace this change if we are to truly outlive our centuries of misguided developments.(materialism)  A recent book that came out, titled, Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization by K. Eric Drexler (https://transhumanistlibrarian.wordpress.com/books-related-to-transhumanism/), provides excellent context regarding the coming changes to the modes of production for humanity.

There is reason to be nervous about the coming revolution. However, this will completely change what we do in our daily lives, and the focus of the species will turn from one of competition to one of cooperation to attain heights that are unfathomable and exciting.  3D Printed appendages and beyond….What is Next??

First Hike of Summer 2013!….Lincoln State Park!

https://www.facebook.com/LincolnStatePark?fref=ts

http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2979.htm

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Above is the Facebook Link for the State Park and below is a description taken from the Indiana DNR Website.

Discover the boyhood home of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Among the rolling hills and thick forest, young Lincoln learned many life lessons.  Lincoln State Park offers 10 miles of hiking trails, two scenic lakes, and an interpretive center to help you experience early life of settlers in southern Indiana. Your entire family can enjoy a relaxing time at one of the campgrounds, cabins or group cottages. Tour the Colonel Jones Home, the historic home of the merchant and Civil War officer who employed young Lincoln.

The 1,747-acre park was established in 1932 as a memorial to Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. The Little Pigeon Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery, located on the property, is where Lincoln’s sister Sarah is buried.

The Civilian Conservation Corps, a national program designed to provide jobs for unemployed young men during the Great Depression, was instrumental in establishing the park’s recreational facilities. These include the CCC-built beautiful Lake Lincoln, Lakeside shelter, boat rental building (formerly a ranger cabin) and many trails.

Sarah Lincoln Woods Nature Preserve is located in the southernmost portion of the park. A visit to Lincoln State Park is like taking a step back in time to when the land was wild and Lincoln was a boy.

I personally have hiked all the trails in the park at least ten times over, but I am taking my girlfriend there for the first time, to show her a good time and enjoy the great outdoors.  I will finally be adding some more hiking pictures to the gallery on this blog, it has been too long!  Hope you enjoy the pictures tomorrow!

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Publish Your Own eBook? Here is One Way How!

http://www.techdigest.tv/2013/05/how_to_self-pub.html

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https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin (link, directly to the Kindle Direct Publishing site)

As a librarian and information professional, I find the advent of the digital revolution promising and exciting for those in the field and frankly for anyone who has a desire to share information in any capacity.

The traditional model of publishing a book is obviously well established and incorporates a large percentage of the titles that are created and added to library collections around the world, both physically and virtually.  However, this model does not allow for the dissemination of information that can reach the public in a quick fashion, regardless of content.  There are many people in various academic fields who have the drive, desire, and interest in pursuing their own research or book of literature, but do not have the money, proper networking or other means to publish their own eBook.  Publishing an eBook, especially for authors who are just starting out, or an author who wants to venture into the electronic book industry provides an excellent avenue to reach new audiences on the myriad of e-readers, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other computing devices.  A feature that I really think is great, and what sets this apart from the traditional publishing industry, is having the ability to edit, and expand on the published work at any time. How fantastic is that!!

Amazon.com has released what they call the Kindle Direct Publishing Platform which allows for an individual to create an eBook that can be created and then sold on Amazon.com, which for any author out there looking to publish their work or research, this is an exciting prospect.

I have posted the link above, to the location where I originally got the information from. I wanted to share this with all the friends I have on various social media platforms, for I know at least a few of you are looking to get published sometime in the near future.  Amazon.com, has now made it easier than ever to get published and join the information industry.  Happy Publishing!!

How to Share Books & eBooks with Our Troops

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/how-to-share-books-ebooks-with-our-troops_b52089

Everyone loves to read, however the content of what each one of us does read varies considerably.  That being said, below are some excellent ways in which anyone can help donate ebooks and books to citizens in the armed forces of the U.S. military.  Having something to read that interests them while they are stationed somewhere or even off duty can be a welcome reprise to the harsh realities of military life.  As a recent graduate of an MLIS academic program, I am willing to share this information on my blog, and also my social media channels that I take part in.  Here are just a few ideas for anyone who wants to help out a military service member:

If you want to help these men and women far away from home, we’ve collected five different ways you can share books with our troops. For instance, E-Books for Troops will help you send an eReader to our troops overseas. Army Sgt. Andre Corbin explained at the site:

When soldiers deploy, they have a mandatory packing list of equipment/clothing which must be fitted into a rucksack and a duffel bag – and it takes good packing to get everything required stowed. Any personal items must fit into a backpack, that is basically a carry-on bag – not a lot of room. When you only have about 1.5 cubic feet of space to pack personal items to last a year (or at least until care packages start arriving), you have to be very judicious in what you decide to bring … For me, a voracious reader who is addicted to the written word and regularly devours several novels/books a week, having the room for only a few books – even paperbacks tightly packed – could be a very frustrating dilemma.

5 Ways to Share Books & eBooks with our Troops

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1. Books for Soldiers: “Once you are registered, you will be able to view the requests and send troops books, DVDs, games and relief supplies. You will also have access to our Pen Pal area and Post Card Jamboree. On average our volunteers fill thousands of requests a month.”

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2. Operation Paperback sends paperbacks to troops overseas, including to the soldiers’ library in in Wardak Province, Afghanistan (pictured above).

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3. Books-a-Million will let you select and purchase Books for Troops in a special program.

4. Books for Troops: “founded to send “care packages for the mind” for the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by providing a variety of books that help ease their fears, loneliness, boredom, stress and to allow them a temporary escape from the horrors that they see and live daily. It was also founded to raise awareness of the sacrifices, both big and small, that our troops are making to protect us and to remind them that they are not forgotten.”

5. Follow this Google search to find many more options for sharing books with soldiers.

The content of the above is credited to Jason Boog, Editor for GalleryCat.com

I hope that someone out there sees this blog post or visits the article itself on GalleryCat.com, and is able to get books and ebooks to military service personnel. This is something small that can be accomplished, but information and literacy to what is important are aspects of their lives that can be forever changed for the good. Hope you enjoyed this post! Until next time.

Jameson

Amazing Long Distance Hike…Ice Age National Scenic Trail!!

For many of the residents of the U.S. knowing what the National Trails are that have been established by governments both state and at the federal level.  The 2nd of the National Scenic Trails that I will be creating a post about is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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The trail was established in 1980, and is approximately 1,000 miles long that stretches throughout the entirety of the state of Wisconsin.  You can see a picture of where the trail leads in the image above.

The trail is maintained by the National Park Service, and also by non-for-profit organizations in various segments of the trail.

A mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, much of North America lay under a huge glacier. Mammoths, saber tooth cats and cave lions roamed the earth! Some of the best evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin such as the state’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, established in 1980, traces the glacier’s edge. Hopefully some of you will at least get to hike a segment of this wonderful trail. I intend to thru-hike this at some point!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ice-Age-National-Scenic-Trail/148833945142229?fref=ts

I hope to inform all of you that there are some truly amazing hiking trails right here in the U.S.!

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Week 15 Virtual Internship Lubuto Library Project

Well this is the final week, and getting the final things completed. I will be turning in my final drafts of the social media and collection development documents. Other than that, I am all done, and have reached the 135 hours by then. Overall it has been a pleasant experience working with the Lubuto Library Project, and hope to continue helping them in some capacity in the future.

Until next time: Mucaale kabotu! (It means goodbye in Chitonga, one of the many languages spoken in Zambia!)

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