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I had the pleasure of working with Neal back in the day when we were helping run the Chicago chapter of the International Game Developers Association. Recently, Neal took on the undertaking of running for Chicago mayor, and has been speaking on this really excellent podcast about his campaign. If you want to get an inside look in a campaign, check it out!


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TSW* Ep. 14 – Andrew Sowa, PCB Art, Overcoming Challenges, and Community

 

Andrew Sowa talks about the persistence behind making, his work in KiCad and PCB art, and how he views the influence of community and culture on his work.

Check it out over here.


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My work for the last five or six years has focused on hacking and making game consoles and game interfaces. That’s what the Alternative Computing Club is about, and that’s where I see the medium headed. Lately, I’ve noticed more and more folks have been getting involved in this space.

So I was really excited to see this new, curated page on Hackaday today that lists all of the different game/hack projects out there. There are some really cool builds in here, and as always, the Hackaday community makes really awesome stuff. Check it out!


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TSW* Facebook Page

This Should Work* has a new Facebook page! If Facebook is your preferred way of following new news, join the page to keep updated on new podcast episodes and other updates.


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Easily one of the best podcast episodes I’ve listened to on creativity and curiosity.

Francesca Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, shares a compelling business case for curiosity. Her research shows allowing employees to exercise their curiosity can lead to fewer conflicts and better outcomes. However, even managers who value inquisitive thinking often discourage curiosity in the workplace because they fear it’s inefficient and unproductive. Gino offers several ways that leaders can instead model, cultivate, and even recruit for curiosity.


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Great post over on Hackaday about 3D printer safety.

I’ve been warning folks about this problem with 3D printers forever. Anything that burns things creates some kind of a gas that you should avoid inhaling. Especially when you start talking plastics.

Perhaps it’s not surprising that aerosolized plastic is harmful to breathe, but the sheer magnitude of particles detected in this study is worth taking note of. If you don’t already, it might be good to run your 3D printer in the garage or at least in a room that isn’t used as living space.


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Free Professional Development STEAM Workshops for Educators

More info here.


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TSW* Session 13 – Which 3D Printer Should You Buy?

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FIRST Robotics at the IRL

Some video of the FIRST FTC Meet at the Idea Realization Lab that was organized by Jackie Moore of the Chicago Knights last weekend. Loved having this at our space, and look forward to helping host many many more!

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I continue to learn how to promote a podcast and find an audience with every new episode of This Should Work*. My newest discovery? Getting people to rate and comment on your podcast helps its discoverability.

So! Here I am asking you, dear audience, to check out This Should Work on iTunes and, if you’ve been enjoying it for the last several months, please leave a nice comment and rating for us. It would go a long way in keeping this work going!

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