We always think of an engineer as a guy who has a college degree. But, in the case o William Kamkwamba, who build an windmill from scrap in his village on Malawi (Africa) we just got back to what really powers engineering: Inspiration, Motivation, Information and Dedication. He had the Information available at a library, on how a windmill works, he had the Inspiration to see the windmill would fulfill the necessity of electric power his village had and those factors gave him the Motivation and with Dedication he did accomplish his windmill.
College degrees give us Information, but if we don't have the Inspiration, Motivation and Dedication, we will never be a real engineer. The College degree also legitimates the engineer but in William's case, his windmill legitimates his engineering skills.
A friend had posted on twitter, about a cool tool for project management, called No Kahuna. As an engineer, I have a significant interest in project management, so I had created an account on that site. The system creates a sample project, which I liked, and had cool features. The overall looking of the system seams clean and efficient (I had not tested enough). But what had called my attention most was the nice small (16-by-16 pixels) icons this system has. Looking down at the site footer, It has a note telling it uses silk icons. I imediatly follow that link. They have over 700 icons on that format, which I was looking for my personal systems (web or not).
The icons had a really nice look and I will certanlly use then on my projects.
At the front layer, you can clearly see, from left to rigth, Peter Sunde (green jacket), Richard Stallman (red shirt) and Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian President.
And the second part from Nardol, is the transcription of part of the President's speech, which I do reproduce here: “I remember the first meeting we had at Granja do Torto [which is the presidential country residence – similar to Camp David, but less aristocratic], in which I understood absolutely nothing about what these people were discussing, and there was an enormous…