If you aren't already weeping with joy at the incredible potential 3D printing holds for humanity, here's one concrete example:
Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on his left hand. His dad, Paul McCarthy, started looking around for some kind of prosthetic device that could help him, and he came upon instructions for making one with a 3D printer, created by Ivan Owen. Owen says "I've always had this vision of people being able to build their own prosthetic device at home." Owen designed the prosthetic hand, posted the instructions online and Leon's dad found them. Normally, a functioning prosthetic hand like this would have cost between $20,000 and $30,000, according to Leon's dad. He estimates he spent between $5 and $10.
So this is the logo for the "NROL-39" - a spy satellite launched last week by the National Reconnaissance Office. Until I saw this, I had no idea there was such a thing as a National Reconnaissance Office. But I guess there is. What is almost as disturbing as the reality of government spying though - and certainly more insulting - is that they seem to have stolen my idea from the upcoming episodes of Urban Yogini. In the next episodes, there is a character that represents the state and that character is... you guessed it... a giant octopus.
Of course, the next episodes aren't due out until early next year, so there is no way the designers at the National Reconnaissance Office could have known about this. There's no way anyone could have known about it. ...unless they were privy to the e-mail exchanges between myself and my artists.
I'm thinking a lawsuit might be in order.
BTW, here is one of the pages with my giant octopus character, skillfully represented by artists Santi and Elijah. I think it's much better than what the NRO came up with:
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I made these tonight, in preparation for our medieval-themed boxing-day party. The recipe is from A Feast of Ice and Fire - the official Game of Thrones companion cookbook. They're pretty yummy, if a little dense.
War, Taliban, violations of human rights: unfortunately these are the things most associated with Afghanistan today. And yet in a society that has no place for them, 70% of the population of this country is made up of children.
Enter Australian skater Oliver Percovich, who first visited Afghanistan in 2007 with three skateboards in tow. It didn’t take long before he was surrounded by children eager to learn how to skate and his mission became clear. Since then, Olly has permanently relocated to Kabul and dedicated his life with his team to creating Skateistan, a non-profit NGO and full-functioning school where children can not only come to learn in a brand new skatepark facility, but in classrooms where they can choose to explore anything from creative arts to environmental health topics.
Here is a trailer for a documentary about Skateistan:
And for anyone who might be tempted by the delusional idea that the US-led invasion and occupation of Afghanistan has somehow been good for women or girls in that country, please see what I wrote about this in 2010. I doubt much has changed in this arena since then.