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Black Cat Systems - Macintosh Software
"Black Cat Systems offers a variety of software programs and products, representing the diverse talents and interests of its developers. Most of our programs are available for both Windows and the Macintosh. Our products are listed below by category, click on any item to be taken to the product page for more detailed information. All of our software programs are available for download to try out before you buy. "
hamradio  amateur  radio 
september 2019 by tsuomela
Gqrx SDR – Open source software defined radio by Alexandru Csete OZ9AEC
"Gqrx is an open source software defined radio receiver (SDR) powered by the GNU Radio and the Qt graphical toolkit."
hamradio  radio  amateur 
august 2019 by tsuomela
XFR Collective
"XFR Collective is a non-profit organization that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media – especially unseen, unheard, or marginalized works – by providing low-cost digitization services and fostering a community of support for archiving and access through education, research, and cultural engagement."
archives  citizen  volunteer  amateur  diversity  minorities  media  digital 
february 2017 by tsuomela
Law and Contemporary Problems | Vol 62 | No. 4
"Volume 62, Number 4 (Autumn 1999) Amateurs in Public Service: Volunteering, Service-Learning, and Community Service"
amateur  volunteer  participation  law  effects  psychology  sociology 
february 2014 by tsuomela
Ronin Institute
"For many people, the problem with academia is the lifestyle: the long hours, the stress, the travel. This is where the idea of “fractional scholarship” that Sam Arbesman and I have been pushing comes in. We believe that the people who would like spend ten, twenty, or thirty hours a week doing scholarly research number in the tens of thousands. Some of these would-be fractional scholars have full-time non-academic jobs that limit their hours. Some simply want to be able to pick up their kids from school every day."
scholarly-communication  scholarship  graduate  employment  future  amateur  fractional  work  labor 
september 2013 by tsuomela
The Rise of Fractional Scholarship
"Underemployed post-graduate researchers represent a vast, untapped resource that could be harnessed to address America's thorniest scientific challenges, according to a report issued by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The paper suggests that "fractional scholarship" could employ surplus scholarly expertise to advance scientific research, much as distributed computing projects - which recognize that most computers are largely idle during their lifetimes - utilize spare computational cycles to seek answers to complicated problems."
report  white-paper  scholarly-communication  scholarship  graduate  employment  future  amateur  citizen-science 
september 2013 by tsuomela
Brilliant GRB Blast with an Amateur Twist - News Blog -
"The gamma-ray burst GRB 130427A erupted on April 27th with record-setting power. That made it an easy target for two of NASA's orbiting observatories, major ground-based telescopes, and even one lucky backyard observer. It reached visual magnitude 7.4."
astronomy  amateur  observation  citizen-science  rapid  time-sensitive  ephemeral 
may 2013 by tsuomela
An ye shall know us by our hobbies | Notional Slurry
"What hap­pens is that you stop being part of your Gen­er­a­tion. My wife and I are not really part of any Gen­er­a­tion, X or otherwise—we’re a demo­graphic subspecies. If you needed to name us, it would be OK to call us the Hob­by­ists. Those of you who are not us should fear us. I meet more of us all the time; I like us, because we’re inter­est­ing and talk­ing with the oth­ers among us suf­fuses me with glee."
hobbies  amateur  feedback  community  generation  mortality 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Digital Learning Is Like a Snow Leopard (Real, Beautiful, Rare and Maybe To Be Outdated by a New Operating System) | Easily Distracted
"What gives a digital camera a special kind of capacity for auto-didactic learning? Two things: speed and cost. As in fast and none. Add to that an unusually robust communicative infrastructure for sharing, circulating and viewing photographs, so that aspirant photographers will always have a very large, responsive community of fellow learners available to them."
photography  digital  technology-effects  technology  hobbies  amateur  feedback  online  community  learning 
april 2013 by tsuomela
NOVA | Orchid Hunter | Great Amateurs in Science | PBS
"They are the nonprofessional scientists who every now and then make their professional counterparts green with envy for the enormous contributions they make to their discipline. Here, in no particular order, meet ten amateur scientists who secured such an enviable place in the history of science."
science  amateur  professional  success  citizen-science 
april 2013 by tsuomela
BBC News - The bug-hunters discovering new species in their spare time
"In fact, six out of every 10 of the new species in Europe are discovered by amateurs, often self-taught experts in particular insect and invertebrate families."
citizen-science  science  biology  biological-sciences  species  discovery  amateur 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Entrepreneur of 2012: Limor Fried |
"Recognizable by her signature vivid-pink locks, Fried (or Ladyada, as she is known on the internet) is one of the dominant forces behind the maker movement--a legion of do-it-yourself-minded folks who create cool things by tweaking everyday technology."
entrepreneur  2012  award  makers  online  electronics  engineering  amateur 
december 2012 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: Lovecraft, Science, and Epistemic Subcultures
"Thinking about these communities reminded me of Lovecraft’s earlier interactions. In some ways, amateur journalism and epistolary circles of Lovecraft’s day were not unlike the blogs and webpages that Less Wrong and the chemtrailers use. (Yes, I know the dangers of cross-temporal and cross-technological comparisons.) Still, I think there is much to explore about how such groups produce and distribute their knowledge against the background of an epistemic status quo. If scientists have their journals—as Alex Csiszar has been exploring—the laity have their amateur journalism and their blogs. And such spaces give historians of science and technology and STS scholars a chance to examine and probe the practices of epistemic subcultures." Annotated link
sts  science  media  amateur  history  technology  insider  outsider  boundaries  expertise  laypeople  journalism 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Tom Johnson, 1923–2012 - News Blog -
Thomas J. Johnson, the creator of the modern Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and the founder of Celestron, died early this morning (March 13, 2012), according to Celestron president and CEO Joe Lupica. Johnson was 89.

He ranked among the most important figures shaping the last half century of amateur astronomy.
amateur  astronomy  20c  technology  optics  history  sts 
march 2012 by tsuomela
[1106.1915] Abstract art grandmasters score like class D amateurs
"Hawley-Dolan and Winner had asked the art students to compare paintings by abstract artists with paintings made by a child or by an animal. In 67% of the cases, art students said that the painting by a renowned artist is better. I compare this with the winning probability of the chessplayers of different ratings. I conclude that the great artists score on the level of class D amateurs. "
art  amateur  professional  judgment  abstract-art  modern-art 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Toward a Communication Model for the Socialization of Voluntary Members - Communication Monographs
"Because most socialization/assimilation research focuses on employment as the primary membership role in groups and organizations, the accompanying models have failed to consider the unique characteristics of voluntary membership. In addition, those models have been criticized for being too linear and based on concepts of organizations as containers. Using principles of the bona fide group perspective and a case study, this paper develops a model that emphasizes the unique characteristics of the socialization of voluntary members. The multilevel model also examines how membership in various other groups, such as work and family, influence and interact with individuals' voluntary memberships. With a focus on communication, the model emphasizes the fluid process of voluntary associations in organizations with ambiguous boundaries. "
communication  volunteer  amateur  group  membership  socialization  organization 
may 2011 by tsuomela
Object-ness, enthusiasm and challenges « event mechanics
"There is an incorporeal translation, effected by the mobilisation of the enthusiast, from an object and set of objects that appear to be a ‘problem’ into the object and set of objects that belong to the enthusiast proper as the objects become part of a ‘challenge’. The movement from ‘problem’ to ‘challenge’ is not necessarily a transformation of the object in any normative sense, it is part of the event of enthusiasm. The tangibility appreciated by the enthusiast is a direct result of the appreciation of objects according to the challenges they pose as invitations to mobilisation. Enthusiasts ‘read’ objects according to a semiotics of force and affect. A car enthusiast can ‘read’ how much ‘work’ has gone into a car, how many hours or effort have been required to properly massage a body panel or build and test an engine or even merely to clean a car properly. "
emotion  affect  enthusiasm  hobbies  leisure  serious  amateur  objects 
april 2011 by tsuomela
LSA Home Page
"WELCOME to Leisure Studies Association [LSA] Home Page

The LSA, established in 1975, provides a unique multi-disciplinary meeting and communication forum for researchers, practitioners and students involved in all areas of leisure studies and its many directly and indirectly related areas of interest. "
amateur  leisure  professional-association  academic  psychology  hobbies 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Session: Crossing Boundaries with Citizen Science (2011 AAAS Annual Meeting (17-21 February 2011))
"Citizen science has gained popularity as a means of engaging public participation in the scientific endeavor. Large-scale citizen science research began with bird monitoring in Finland in the mid-18th century and the Transits of Venus Project in Victorian England, but the Internet has literally transformed our capacity to harness the small acts of many to tackle large problems of collecting and processing data. The geographic coverage and quantity of environmental data generated is unprecedented, creating a need for innovation in informatics, cyberinfrastructure, web application development, human computation, and data mining. Recently, citizen science has come under the influence of smart phones and social networking with profound social and scientific consequences. The speakers represent prominent recent efforts in citizen science, highlighting its expansion into new realms. "
citizen-science  amateur  history  conference 
february 2011 by tsuomela
[1101.0684] Scientific collaborations in astronomy between amateurs and professionals
"As our successful Mons campaign to observe WR140 has shown, there is a strong interest among both amateur and professional astronomers to collaborate on specific scientific questions. I highlight here some recent examples of successful collaborations, and outline a number of areas of astronomy where Pro-Am collaborations are making a difference. "
citizen-science  amateur  science  professional  astronomy  physics  co-science  collaboration 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Yavin IV: Exploring space on the cheap with an iPhone, Droid, and Flip
Many a nerd has dreamed of exploring space—the final frontier—as a child. Despite visions in books, comics, TV, and film of a future where space travel is commonplace, that dream is still far from reality. But a handful of "self-admitted nerds" from the interactive design firm Sevnthsin are taking to the skies with a weather balloon, a hacked cooler, and the latest in mobile technology.

Calling their project Yavin IV (after a rebel base in the Star Wars universe), the small group from Minneapolis, Minnesota completed their first full launch on Friday. Ars was on the scene to capture the event, and we spoke with project leader Jamey Erickson to understand what the project is trying to accomplish, and what's in store for its future.
amateur  engineering  space  exploration  hacking  citizen-science 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Mike Simonsen
Variable star astronomer, fundraiser, writer, Slacker Astronomer, jazz musician and master gardener. "I think astronomy is fun. It can even be funny if you look hard enough."
weblog-individual  astronomy  variable-stars  science  amateur 
september 2010 by tsuomela
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