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More About Bre Prettis

bre_prettisI’m Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. We’re leading the next industrial revolution to empower creative explorers to make anything. MakerBot is setting the standard in desktop 3D printing. We’re changing the face of personal manufacturing and changing the way the world thinks about THINGS. I’m proud to have been a public school teacher. I started NYCResistor. I’ve made a lot of videos. I’ve been on the cover of WIRED and I play clawhammer banjo to relax.”
-Bre Pettis

Pettis was raised in Ithaca, New York. At the age of 13 he moved to the Seattle area, where he later graduated from Bellevue High School.Pettis is a 1995 graduate of The Evergreen State College,where he studied psychology, mythology and performing arts.

After college, Pettis worked as floor runner and camera assistant on feature films in Prague and as an assistant at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop in London. He then attended Pacific Oaks College and graduated with a teaching certificate. He worked as an art teacher for the Seattle Public Schools from 1999 through 2006.

Pettis and Kio Stark have a daughter, Nika Stark Pettis, born July 8, 2011

You can follow Bre Prettis on his blog. Contact Leigh Bureau if you would like him to speak at your next company event.

More About David McGill

david_McGillDavid has helped people with limb loss for nearly 15 years.

As VP of Reimbursement & Compliance at Ossur (2006-present), he has obtained 2 of only 3 lower-extremity prosthetic codes granted by Medicare since 2006, improving all amputees’ access to devices that improve their mobility while generating millions of dollars of incremental revenue for Ossur.

David also teaches prosthetic facilities how to operate more effectively. His in-person presentations focus on the mechanics of drafting a successful insurance appeal and how to employ a systematic approach to the claims process. David also delivers monthly regional reimbursement webinars directly to Ossur customers. Thanks to these unique reimbursement support offerings, Ossur reaches an estimated 400-500 customers a year.

David authors two blogs and records a monthly podcast: Ossur R&R (reporting on and analyzing reimbursement and regulatory issues affecting the O&P industry), less is more (dealing with limb loss, insurance issues, and how prosthetics reshape identity), and Amp’d (addressing issues of interest to amputees).

David is the current VP of NAAOP (2009-present), an AOPA board member (2012-present), and a former board member/Chair of the Amputee Coalition (2003-11).

At the 2012 AOPA National Assembly he was part of a panel discussion about reimbursement of new prosthetic technologies, and he was a keynote speaker at the 2011 National Assembly, describing ethical and legal issues confronting the O&P profession.

David presented at Fast Company magazine’s 2012 Innovation By Design Awards, and has been interviewed by CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and BBC Radio.

David also has a successful history of business leadership and innovation, co-founding a prosthetic facility (2001-06). He oversaw and drafted all insurance appeals, achieving a greater-than-90% win rate that generated more than $1M of incremental revenue.

More About  Majora Carter

Majora-Carter“I believe that you shouldn’t have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one.”
– Majora Carter

Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) is an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host, from the South Bronx area of New York City. Carter founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx[2] before entering the private sector.

Carter attended the Head Start Program and primary schools in the South Bronx. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, she entered Wesleyan University in 1984 to study film and obtain a Bachelor of Arts. In 1997, she received a Master of Fine Arts from New York University (NYU). While at NYU, she returned to her family’s home in Hunts Point, and later worked for The Point Community Development Corporation.As associate director of the community development corporation, Carter advocated for the development of Hunts Point Riverside Park. Carter was “pulled by her dog into a weedy vacant lot strewn with trash at the dead end of Lafayette Avenue. As the pair plowed through the site they ended up, much to Carter’s surprise, on the banks of the Bronx River.

From there, Carter helped secure a $10,000 grant from a USDA Forest Service program to provide seed money for river access restoration projects. Working with other community groups and the Parks Department, over a five-year period she helped leverage that seed money into more than $3 million from the mayor’s budget to build the park.

In August 2001, after an unsuccessful campaign for City Council, Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), where she served as executive director until July 2008. During that time, SSBx advocated the development of the Hunt’s Point Riverside Park which had been an illegal garbage dump. SSBx has also been involved in other restoration projects on the Bronx River waterfront. In 2003, Sustainable South Bronx started the Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training program. This was one of the nation’s first urban green collar training and placement systems. Other SSBx projects have centered around fitness, food choices (including the creation of a community market), and air quality.

A December 2008 New York Times profile called Carter “The Green Power Broker” and “one of the city’s best-known advocates for environmental justice” but reported that some South Bronx activists (who would not go on record) stated that Carter has taken credit for accomplishments when others should share the credit as well as taking credit for uncompleted projects. Other Bronx activists (who did agree to be named) stated that her recognition was well deserved.

Carter was a torch-bearer for a portion of the San Francisco leg of the torch relay of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Many portions of the torch relay, including the San Francisco leg, were met with protests concerning the policies of the Chinese government toward Tibet. Although Carter had signed a contract pledging not to use an Olympic venue for political or religious causes, when she and John Caldera were passed the torch during their part of the relay, she pulled out a small Tibetan flag that she had concealed in her shirt sleeve.

Members of the Chinese torch security escort team pulled her out of the relay and San Francisco police officers pushed her into the crowd on the side of the street. Fellow torch-bearer, retired NYFD firefighter Richard Doran, who was honoring the firefighters who died in the September 11 attacks, called Carter’s actions “disgusting and appalling” and said that he thought “she dishonored herself and her family”. Another torch-bearer, retired NYPD police officer Jim Dolan, agreed with Doran.

More About Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart

leanne_Mai-Ly_HilgartLeanne Mai-ly Hilgart is “the Rebel of Fashion Week” (CNN Breaking News), “A Game Changer- embodying courage, conviction, and creativity” (Conde Nast & Mazda’s Mazda6 Campaign), “1 of 40 Redefining Green” (Grist.org) “the vegan scene queen, a badass businesswoman—informative & inspiring” (Bust Magazine) and Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Fashion Expert on theKindLife.com.

Known as the artist in the class, at 8 she ran her first campaign for animals by coordinating friends to create arts & crafts they sold door to door to raise money and awareness for homeless animals at the local shelter. At 12 she took the title of her Social Studies Fair Project (on Vivisection, the Fur Industry, and Factory Farming), “Being Cruel Isn’t Cool,” and sold it to a national tee shirt company. Later she waged a campaign against cat dissection at her high school, which soon helped push a bill into law in IL that required alternatives to be given to all students. A year out of school, Leanne soon gave up on her college degree career path—teaching—and spent the next few years among a couple of seemingly unrelated careers: developing grassroots marketing strategies at Sittercity.com and for other companies while modeling with Ford Models in Chicago and on contracts in Asia. During this time she realized that business was an amazing opportunity to create positive change through every aspect of the process. She just needed to figure out where she was needed most. It was on her contract in Hong Kong that she discovered that a winter dress coat which was at once warm, stunning, & vegan did not yet exist—and realized that cold weather clothes were the last excuse to wear animals so she could aim to eliminate our dependency as a society on wearing animals if she focused on developing something better than wool or down.

Without a background in fashion, but with a love for ballet class silhouettes, 50’s & 80’s vintage, jewel tones, origami, and a deep excitement to create art again, and most importantly- the animals in her heart, she started VAUTE.  Her reading list that summer included Rules for Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki and How to be Lovely, the Audrey Hepburn Story—both of which inspired the birth & brand of her company, Vaute Couture, which she started that September, of 2008.

More About Michael Johnson

michael-johnson“My goal is to become the first paralyzed driver to participate in the IndyCar Series and race in the Indy 500.”.
– Micheal Johnson
On August 13, 2005, 12-year-old Michael Johnson took part in a dirt-track motorcycle competition at Hiawatha Horse Park in Sarnia, Ontario.

While making his move into the lead going into the last lap at the half-mile track, Michael ran out of tear offs and was wiping his helmet shield when he hit a rut, and veered off the track. His 250cc bike went between hay bales and crashed through a fence, sending him over the handlebars.
Michael broke his collarbone, right ribs, left ankle and left leg. He had also fractured the T5 and T6 vertebrae in his back that caused paralysis from the mid chest down.

Michael was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Sarnia, and then transferred to Children Hospital in Detroit.

Two days later, he underwent an 11-hour surgery, and he still has four rods and 15 screws in his back. In 2009, Michael had stem cell surgery and currently follows an aggressive physical therapy program in hopes to improve his condition. Nevertheless, he resolved to resume racing, setting a goal to become the first paralyzed driver to participate in the IndyCar Series.

More About The Soccket Ball by Uncharted Play

The-Socket-Ball_uncharted-playOver 1.3 billion people worldwide live without reliable access to electricity. As a result, households use kerosene lamps, diesel generators, and wood burning stoves, which are harmful to the environment and cause nearly 2 million deaths per year. Living with fumes from 1 kerosene lamp is the equivalent of smoking two packs of cigarettes every day.

Each Portable Power Kit consists of 1 SOCCKET and 10 Portable Lamps. That way, children living in off-grid communities can play with a single SOCCKET ball as a team at school and still have their own personal light for reading and homework at home each night. The pendulum-like mechanism inside the SOCCKET captures the kinetic energy generated during normal play, and stores it in the ball for later use as an off-grid power source. 30 minutes of play can power a simple LED lamp for 3 hours.

Funding for Portable Power Kits comes from a portion of the proceeds of retail SOCCKET sales. Once we have financial support to provide enough Power Play Kits to meet the needs of a school or community center within our implementation partner’s network, we ship them and begin aggregating kits for the next school or community center.

Compiled By:
Josh Martin
Sources:
David R McGill,
Bre Pettis
Majora Carter
Wikipedia.com
VauteCouture.com
Michael Johnson
MichaelJohnsonRacing.com
UnChartedPlay.com
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Posted by on August 22, 2013 in technology, Uncategorized, Video Blog

 

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All About The 2013 Mazda CX-5

THE 2014 CX-5. CAREFULLY ENGINEERED TO ELIMINATE COMPROMISE.

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Introducing a feat of engineering previously thought to be impossible: the crossover without compromise. Not only does the Mazda CX-5 offer confident driving, versatility, all-weather capability, spaciousness and advanced features, but it does so with the best Highway MPG of any SUV in America—including hybrids. To make this possible we developed an engineering philosophy called SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, including a new 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engine, which reimagines every component to work together in unprecedented harmony. Brochures & Downloads

Source: Mazda USA
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The 2013 CX-5 isn’t the first compact crossover SUV from Mazda, but it might as well be the best. With this all-new, athletically minded and generously equipped compact SUV, Mazda gets the recipe right.

Starting with an all-new unibody, Mazda’s engineers set out to combine a relatively roomy interior, sharp driving dynamics and a lightweight overall package. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will be initially offered with one fuel-efficient engine, a sophisticated 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder making 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, putting the CX-5 at the top of its class for efficiency.

Choosing a vehicle in the compact SUV segment can sometimes mean settling for less when it comes to modern amenities. Not so with the CX-5. Even on the base trim, an impressive list of standard equipment will keep budget-minded consumers happy. Moving up the range will naturally net you a more comprehensive roster of equipment, with the top-of-the-line Grand Touring equipped essentially like a luxury model.

In terms of storage and cargo capability, the CX-5 is on par with its competitors. The base model CX-5 Sport has 60/40-split-folding rear seats, but for those who enjoy four-up skiing and snowboarding, the Touring and Grand Touring models feature a special 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat to accommodate long objects in the cargo area. Maximum cargo capacity is class-leading.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is conventional in concept yet still offers engaging styling and driving dynamics, class-leading fuel efficiency and modern amenities.

Source: Edmunds

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The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an exceptional SUV

Unlike the Mazda Tribute, the CX-5 compact SUV that takes its place has no Ford roots. It comes with front- or all-wheel drive and a high-tech four-cylinder engine. An automatic transmission is optional on the CX-5’s base Sport trim level and standard with the higher Touring and Grand Touring trims. The automatic is also required with all-wheel drive. At a press preview ahead of the car’s early 2012 launch, I drove front-drive prototypes with both transmissions and couldn’t be more satisfied.

Source: Cars.com

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All About The 2013 Mazda 5

THE 2013 MAZDA5: DESIGNED FOR LIFE UNEXPECTED.

mazda-5With sporty performance, pure athletic style and a roomy interior, the Mazda5 defies category labels while delivering on versatility. The 6-passenger seating is easily accessible by two sliding rear doors, while the 2.5L DOHC engine delivers impressive power without compromising fuel efficiency. Because calling it a minivan doesn’t mean it has to drive like one.

Source: Mazda USA

Traditional minivans keep getting bigger, and for smaller families that don’t need such vast acreage, the 2013 Mazda 5 splits the difference. Completely redesigned last year, the Mazda 5 remains a mini-minivan for those with discriminating needs. If you seldom ferry more than five passengers, there’s a good chance you’ll simply enjoy the nearly 55 cubic feet of cargo space offered by keeping the third row semi-permanently folded.

The Mazda 5 offers another advantage that can’t be understated: It’s very fun to drive. Some automakers may boast that their minivan handles like a car, but with a sporty suspension and precise steering, the Mazda 5 actually does. This holds true whether you’re taking the road less traveled or just navigating the strip mall parking lot. And its humble size makes the 5 easier to maneuver through tight spaces and slot into compact parking spots.

The 2013 Mazda 5 is for everyone. Larger families will need little more space. There’s something to be said for V6 power, especially in hilly terrain or with a full passenger load. The 5 works best as a niche — very appealing — alternative to mainstream vans.

Source: Edmunds.com

The Mazda5 has been something of a curiosity since it debuted. Its sliding side doors technically make it a minivan, but its driving experience and roominess make it more of a large hatchback.

It’s been updated for 2012 with new styling and a new engine, and it gives minivan buyers a smaller alternative to traditional models. It also gives them something they likely are interested in (nimble handling) while sacrificing nothing.

The 2012 Mazda5 won’t work for every family, but if you don’t need that third row and want minivan practicality, it’s just right for you.

The Mazda5 starts around $20,000, but the as-tested price for our top-level Grand Touring trim was $24,720.

Source: Cars.com

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Cinema Studio Illuminates the World with Modern Gesture Technology

Experiencing the 2014 Mazda6 in Lights created by “Cinema Studio”

Mazda6 Light Moves

cinimod studio mazda 6 lightsCinimod Studio created a memorable interactive lighting installation to mark the launch of the new Mazda 6.  Using innovative software and hardware, the car’s sculptural form was explored and revealed by visitors.  For every hand gesture a new intimate detail was exposed.

Delfina restaurant and bar, in the heart of the popular Bermondsey Street in London’s city centre, became host to this big reveal.  Opening its doors to the public, the essence of Mazda was presented in a way never experienced before.  The clean white gallery space provided a perfect canvas for a beautiful play with light against the car’s contours.  Cinimod Studio allowed the visitor to search the lines and form of the car’s body by designing a motion tracking system that allows individual exploration.

With the use of six moving head narrow beam lights controlled by an array of 3D and thermal cameras, each visitor is able to highlight spots of light on the car, discovering and highlighting details of the surface with small movements of the hand.  Via larger gestures, light sweeps across, illuminating and revealing a larger surface area.  As each visitor explores a different aspect of the car, the underlying philosophy of KODO form language is translated; depicting the feral curves of motion.  It is the ultimate exploration of a car’s reveal.

About Cinimod:

Cinimod Studio is a cross-discipline practice based in London specializing in the fusion of architecture and lighting design. It was started by the architect Dominic Harris, whose passion for interactive art and lighting design has produced built projects now found across the international art and architecture scene.cinimod studio mazda 6 lights

The ongoing work of Cinimod Studio is both visually stunning and technologically advanced. A dedication to research and development ensures that the studio stays abreast of the latest technologies and fabrication techniques. The studio is currently involved in several projects in both the UK and abroad, and has designed bespoke lighting products that are now in production.

It is a fundamental belief of the studio that we should design the experience first and then use our best technologies and techniques for making it a reality.

Credits

Client: Mazda UK
Creative Agency: Redwood

Design and Production:

Cinimod Studio – Lead Design and Production
Dominic Harris – Director
Claudia White – Producer
Christian Dennis – Production
Joseph Mounsey – Software
Tom Czapka – Lighting

SXS Events:
Rehearsal Production

Dumpling Productions
Film and photography
Dan Froude – photographs

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Blog Source: Cinimod Studio

 

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Mazda MX-5 Cup at Laguna Seca Hosted by Playboy Playmates

Top Speed” Said:

Most guys won’t admit this off the bat, but the truth is, men are pretty predictable when it comes to their interests. Ask them their top three interests and you can take it to the bank that two out of those three will be cars and girls.

So what happens when you put one and one together and bring Playboy Playmates to participate in an actual racing environment?

You won’t have to imagine that anymore after Playboy served as an official sponsor of the MX-5 Cup at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca. Not only do you get your fair share of high-octane MX-5s that have all been tuned to race, but you also get hotties like Pilar Lastra and Deanna Brooks acting as the faces of the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup.

In addition to being two of the finest playmates in Hugh Heffner’s stable, both Lastra and Brooks have, at one point in their lives, traded their lingerie for racing suits.

Check out the video and listen to their personal racing stories around Laguna Seca!

Car Buzz Magazine” said:
Chicks who actually know how to drive, courtesy of Playboy and Mazda.
Playboy is sponsoring the MX-5 Cup at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. How on Earth would Playboy promote the event, you might wonder? With Playmates who drive hard and go fast, of course. Pilar Lastra and Deanna Brooks are the spokespersons for the event and are the faces of the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup. Both girls have a history in racing and are true automotive enthusiasts.
 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Automotive, Video Blog

 

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Mazda 2 road test – Video Blog


Who Stole My House? is a great children’s book that my little daughter and I enjoy reading together. It tells the story of a snail who takes off their shell to have a bath and then forgets where they’ve left it. A common problem, you can imagine.

Nature knows that the weight of a snail’s shell cannot be too heavy otherwise it would have disastrous consequences.

The same is true in car production and the engineers at Mazda have given it considerable thought with the Mazda 2, which weighs a tad over 1,000kg, almost 100kg lighter than Vauxhall’s Corsa.

temp4That sack of spuds difference leads the manufacturer to claim that its 1.3-litre petrol five-door hatchback will return 56mpg as its lighter shell makes for a more efficient vehicle. All sounds good on paper and should mean that the 42 litre tank will see the car travel 500 miles.

A lighter body does mean that it feels a bit leaf-like in high winds or when a lorry overtakes. But overall it provides an enjoyable drive and its five-speed gearbox is smooth and decisive – among the best on the market.

Distinctive and attractive styling boosts the Mazda 2 package as you can in the video at testdrives.biz. It’s a good quality and well put together vehicle. But to me the rear wiper looks out of place and the rear washer could be better positioned as water seems to miss the wiper when cleaning the screen.

Source: Canada Free Press
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Automotive, Video Blog

 

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First Time Racers Go To The World Famous Mazda Raceway in the Monterey Peninsula – Video Blog


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Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest and a beautiful new road racing facility was born on November 9, 1957.

The earliest development of the local area occurred in 1867 with the founding of the nearby Laguna Seca Ranch, which has operated continuously for 140 years with grazing and equestrian uses.

The track was built in 1957 at a cost of $1.5 million raised from local businesses and individuals on part of the US Army’s Fort Ord (a maneuver area and field artillery target range) after the nearby Pebble Beach Road Races were abandoned for being too dangerous. In 1974, the property was deeded over to the Monterey County Parks Department and continues to be part of the park system to this day.

The first race, held on November 9, 1957, was won by Pete Lovely driving a Ferrari. In the intervening years, the track has hosted USRRC, Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA GT, Champ Car, American Le Mans Series, Grand-Am, Superbike World Championship and MotoGP motorcycle races and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

The track itself has undergone significant changes over the past two decades to meet evolving safety homologation requirements of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and other sanctioning bodies. Changes include the addition of the entire infield area in 1988 (present day turns 3, 4 and 5, eliminating the straight that started at present day Turn 2 and ended at present day Turn 5) extending the track from its original 1.9-mile length to its current 2.238-mile length, plus the relocation of pedestrian bridges and embankments, and the expansion of gravel pits for additional runoff.

The original media center was demolished in 2006 and replaced by the Red Bull Energy Center, a modern entertainment facility with commanding views of the facility.

Perhaps one of the most famous moments of racing took place at the Corkscrew when Alex Zanardi passed Bryan Herta on the inside of the Corkscrew on the last lap of the 1996 CART race to take the victory.

The Corkscrew:

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile jewel of a road course on California’s beautiful central coast. While the track is a favorite of racers and fans worldwide, many focus on one specific section—officially Turns 8 and 8A—or more commonly known as The Corkscrew.

The Corkscrew is a one-of-a-kind turn in motorsports. Here’s what makes the hard-left, hard-right combination so spectacular:

At the apex to Turn 8 (the lefthander and entry to The Corkscrew), the elevation change is a 12 percent drop. By the time a race car reaches the apex of Turn 8A (the righthander), the elevation is at its steepest – an 18 percent drop. The Corkscrew drops 59 feet between the entrance of Turn 8 to the exit of Turn 8A—the equivalent of a 5½ story drop—in only 450 feet of track length. From Turn 8 to Turn 9, the elevation falls 109 feet, or just over 10 stories.

Source: MazdaRaceway.com
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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Automotive, travel, Video Blog

 

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