Two Cents: Are Credit Unions Better than Big Banks?

Why Fleet Réalta Corps is based on Federated Credit Unions, but with FinTech beyond anything the Big Banks have because as Maker/Hackers, many of whom have been used and abused by these institutions we are highly motivated to now use these elite skills for the good of our Co-Creatives, Families, and Communities we reside in, instead of in the service of Evil.

EventBrite: Maker Faire Bay Area—May 17-19, 2019

Immerse yourself in creative culture with over 800 exhibits and 8+ presentation and performance stages— all showcasing the creative and experimental folks who make, play, tinker and hack in areas like:

  • Robotics
  • Large-scale and kinetic art
  • Digital & analog fabrication
  • Electronics
  • Cosplay
  • Craft, fashion & design
  • Food
  • Science
  • Tools & materials
  • Much, much more!

Plus TONS of hands-on making and learning with drop-in and scheduled workshops for all ages. Literally hundreds of opportunities to try tools, techniques, and materials like nowhere else!

Dates & Hours

  • Friday, May 17, 2019: 1 pm – 5 pm; Special Preview Day “FRIDAY@MakerFaire”
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019: 10 am – 6 pm

Get more Maker Faire with these ticket packages

ALL ACCESS: A three-day weekend of full-on Maker Faire! Valid for entry to Friday@Maker Faire and Saturday & Sunday.

VIP ALL ACCESS: Everything “All Access” PLUS

  • VIP Lounge with Complimentary Beverages
  • 3-day event parking

PATRON ALL ACCESS: Everything “All Access” PLUS

  • Underwrites the participation of selected Makers
  • 3-dDay event VIP parking and Priority Gate Entrance
  • Entry into both Patron & VIP lounges, with Complimentary Beverages
  • Maker Networking Dinner with entertainment Friday evening
  • Limited Edition Maker Faire Swag

Maker Faire is a rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Tickets cannot be replaced or transferred to another Faire.

Visit for more information on program, makers, schedule, transportation and much more.

Click here to purchase tickets at EventBrite . . .

BBC Meets: The Fish Leather Pioneers

“Fish Leather” is not only helping the fashion industry reduce its impact on the environment, but it is also improving the livelihoods of fishing communities around the world.

 Jackie Alder of @FAOfish

By Beth Timmins, May 2, 2019

Atlantic Leather produces fish leathers from four different species

Steinunn Gunnsteinsdóttir admits that it took her family more than a few attempts to be able to make leather from fish skins.

“The first 200 times we just made smelly fish soups,” she says.

Ms. Gunnsteinsdóttir is the sales manager of Icelandic company Atlantic Leather, which owns the only fish tannery in Europe.

Overlooking a fjord on Iceland’s remote north coast, since 1994 it has been processing the skins of salmon, perch, cod, and wolffish.

The tanning process takes between three and four weeks, and 19 employees now produce 10,000 skins, or nearly a tonne, of fish leather a month.

“The fish smell disappears in the early stages, then it smells like any other leather,” adds Ms. Gunnsteinsdóttir, who is the daughter of the founders.

The company gets all its fish from sustainable stocks, via Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroe Island fishing fleets, and unlike the worst examples in the global cow leather industry, its tanning process is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Fish leather is being increasingly used by makers of handbags – such as this example by Italian designer Barbara della Rovere

Read the whole article here . . .

CTV News Ottawa: High school students invent a bio-friendly hay bale wrap

Eric Longley reports on the whiz kids from Russell who have invented biodegradable, edible hay wraps.

It’s one of the biggest environmental problems you’ve never heard of, billions of pounds of agricultural plastic being burned, buried, or sent to landfills.

But have no fear, the A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. are working on it.

“It stands for A Very Energetic Nerdy Group of Environmentally Responsible Students,” explains Rachel Wood.

The A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. is a team of grade 8 and 9 students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell, Ontario, south-east of Ottawa. They have come up with an eco-friendly alternative to the white plastic farmers use to wrap up hay bales.

They call it YAY Bale, an all-natural wrap that is biodegradable, even edible. It can be shredded and left on the field or mixed with livestock feed. “One of our main ingredients is corn fibers to make it more strong and durable,” says team member Rachel Fiset.

Read the whole article here . . .

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