Monthly Archives: October 2015

DIY Benches for Outdoor Education and Recreation Sites

Over the last few months, I’ve been collecting photographs of benches that I’ve seen at various locales around the Intermountain West.  Some have sandstone seats: Benches can be made of a combination of rock and steel. Other benches are made … Continue reading

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Fun Times Installing Playground Equipment on the Navajo Nation

Last week (Oct 2015), we made a fun trip to the Navajo Nation.  On Wednesday, we worked with Emmanuel Mission School located near the Sweetwater Chapter House in arid northeastern Arizona.  The school (K-12) had asked for assistance in making … Continue reading

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How Important is Mormon Internationalism?

The LDS leadership’s commitment to its global membership was recently brought into question by the selection of three elderly white Utahns to the Church’s Quorum of the 12 Apostles.  To make matters even more bizarre, two were  businessmen and one … Continue reading

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John Lennon: “Imagine” a Better World

Happy 75th Birthday John Lennon. Listening to Lennon’s hymn Imagine has always been a spiritual experience for me.  It causes me to stop and recommit to my assumptions. “Imagine there’s no countries/It isn’t hard to do/Nothing to kill or die for/And … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Highway to Dhampus”

This excellent movie had a limited release over this last weekend and extending into the week.  I encourage everyone to find and watch “Highway to Dhampus”.   It has romance, tragedy, relevance, and gorgeous scenery.  The Nepali actors are great, particularly … Continue reading

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3D Printing: Innovation at Risk from Regulation

by Larry Downes, Special to the Washington Post Rapid price deflation for industrial prototyping has led investors to bet heavily on the consumer-oriented 3D printers that can make fully function items–including, perhaps in the not to distant future, food, electronic … Continue reading

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3D Printing: One of Seven Technologies That Will Change the World

by Gray Scott (from, 29 Sep 2015) Today we already have 3D  printers that can print clothing, circuit boars, furniture, homes and chocolate.  A company called BigRep has created a 3D printer called the BigRep ONE.2 that enables designers … Continue reading

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Giant Plastic Building Blocks

by Sarah Begley (Time, 12 Oct 2015) Build anything, anywhere, one piece at a time.  That’s the idea behind EverBlock, a new product that aims to be Lego for grownups, offering jumbo plastic blocks–the standard one measures 12 by 6 … Continue reading

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