"The best — maybe the only? — real, direct measure of “innovation” is change in human behaviour. In fact, it is useful to take this way of thinking as definitional: innovation is the sum of change across the whole system, not a thing which causes a change in how people behave. No small innovation ever caused a large shift in how people spend their time and no large one has ever failed to do so."
Butter lays it down.
"We just put ourselves in the Syrians’ shoes. We need Internet. We need barbershops. We need workshops. We need art. What we need as Turks, we give them.” He shrugged as though this were totally obvious. “We’re humans."
How to Build a Perfect Refugee Camp - NYTimes.com
Human-centered humanitarian aide can be a mind boggling and wondrous thing.
"What is often lacking is not creativity in the idea-creating sense but innovation in the action-producing sense, i.e. putting ideas to work."
— Difference Between Creativity And Innovation - Business Insider
""What has been the staff of life is now perceived as the spirit of disease," he says. "Symbolically, you can look at bread as a representation of our society through history," he says. "If you look at gluten as what holds bread together, and you look at bread as what holds our society together, what is ‘gluten-free bread,’ then? Is it not a symbol of our times?" McDowell calls the rush away from bread as it’s commonly made now a "wake-up call" and "opportunity" for bakers to reestablish bread as a healthy, delicious staple. And he sounds genuinely undaunted by the project of doing just that."
— Could This Baker Solve the Gluten Mystery? | Mother Jones
"My house has: Hard wired Cat-6 back to a wiring closet. 3 Wifi access points with the same SSID’s on both bands (Airport Extreme’s). Most drops have PoE for security cameras, or I power PoE inline
Fully outfitted Insteon automation hooked to a MacMini running Indigo, software from Perceptive Automation. I have all the lights, the garage door, ceiling fans, the water fountain in the front yard, the thermostat and motion sensors wired in. I can do logic in the software to for instance turn on all ceiling fans when the AC turns on
A few light switches are KeyPad Link which have four custom LED buttons on them. The one in our master bedroom uses those to indicate the garage door status and control it, as well as turn the reading lamps on in our room
Indigo has plugins which also let us do “presence” indication for my wife and I. Using the HTTP endpoints for Find My Friends in combination with looking for our phones MAC addresses on the wifi, the house knows if we’re home, and when we’re approaching home. It configures itself automatically (ie, lights on at night when we get home, shut off all lights when we both are gone).
We have a babysitter mode to suspend the above
An iPad with a custom control panel controls all this. It sits in our entryway. Other plugins hook into the Sonos and our Denon receiver so they can be configured along with lighting, and lighting can auto-adjust when things on the receiver change (ie, switching to “Movie Mode”)
On the iPad is a shot of our kid monitor for our son. There is also a dedicated app for that that supports sound. It’s a PTZ controlled IP camera
Our phone system uses OnSip virtual PBX. It has rules set to turn away late night calls, forward to our cells, etc
All our lights are LED now. We replaced the regular lights as they burned out.
The MacMini that drives the house also has two DAS systems attached. One of them is a Drobo Elite with about 12TB and the other a regular high speed DAS with 4TB of drives in it. All machines in the house TimeMachine to that box. It also has my DropBox account synced to the 4TB DAS and time machines that to the Drobo. Lots of redundancy. We store raw BluRay rips on that, and down-compress them into iTunes for the two TV’s in the house."
(4) Technology: What do engineers change in their houses that other people would not think of? - Quora
Inspired Home Automation
"What if someone made a piece of software that displays Yale’s course evaluation data in a way that Yale disapproves of, while also (1) not infringing on Yale’s copyrights or trademarks, (2) not storing any sensitive data, (3) not scraping or collecting Yale’s data, and (4) not causing damages to Yale’s network or servers? If Yale censors this piece of software or punishes the software developer, it would clearly characterize Yale as an institution where having authority over students trumps freedom of speech. Guess what? I made it last night."
— Yale censored a student’s course selection website. So I made an unblockable replacement