I Dream of 2D Printing

The kind like 3D printing, except where height and depth matters little, only a general thickness like paper. In fact, I dream of printing paper, into whatever shapes desired, rather than by the sheet that have to be cut into some shapes. Even size may only matter in one dimension if printed on a treadmill like surface like done for some 3D printing, constrained only by the width of the rolling surface.

And what would that 2D paper printing be used for?

Well, sewing patterns for one thing, to save paper waste between the pieces, as well as time to cut out the pieces. Crafts of all sorts, for another, from kirigami to frames to other intricate cut outs for activities like scrap booking, creative cards, and so on. Even blueprints where pieces would otherwise have to be cut out to rearrange for options in layouts, mixing and matching, etc. Imagine the possibilities of what is either not possible, or not feasible given the effort and/or resources required that would stop many from fulfilling their artistic ideas!

But doesn’t this technology exist?

Maybe. Hard to say. It seems a simple enough concept it should. Searching for terms with some form of “print” and “paper” won’t get you anything but the paper you print on, or the printers that print on that paper. Anything resembling a 2D printer I am imagining is really a 3D printer that prints out some plastic or rubber like sheet, rather than paper. The 2D sheets from 3D printers aren’t generally useful for all the things I’m thinking about.

And so I come back to my original idea…

And I dream of 2D printing.

Hoping someone will be able to fulfill that dream.

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Hiding Like (and Follower) Counts to Reduce Social Media Addiction

Word on(the)line is that Instagram is considering hiding the number of Likes posts get!

I don’t know about you, but I see that as an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT way to reduce social media addiction.

Lots of people posts to get those micro-dopamine shots from the Likes others give them on Instagram. Part of it is the notifications and numbers, but a big part of it is also knowing others can see that number, too! If it were not for the latter, the former would have limited meaning. You’d have to make an effort to tell one person at a time how many Likes something got, and update it. And if you were to make a post, lots of people might see it but would only call you out for vanity on it.

Now, think about if Instagram also hid the number of Followers! If Likes were micro-dopamine shots to the brain, Followers are milli-dopamine shots! If you’re not yet metricized, that’s 1000 times more potent for Followers to Likes. Imagine what hiding the number of followers will do! All kinds of people’s egos and image will be shattered. All those fake followers they paid for to make others believe they’re popular will no longer be seen! Some will lose their entire identity! No, seriously. Some will lose their entire identity! That was not sarcasm by exaggeration!

Now, think about if Twitter and other social media services did the same? Let people do all those Likes and Follows, just don’t show the totals!

Wow! What will the social media cartel do? Oh, wait. Those social media platforms are the cartels! Well, all the better on them, then!

What Will They Rebuild at Notre Dame?

As you probably have heard by now, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was partially badly destroyed in a fire. Some parts were saved, like the Towers. Others were not.

For the parts destroyed, what will they rebuild there?

Will they go old school and build a replica of what was there? It wouldn’t be authentic.

Will they build something new that probably wouldn’t go well with the old towers?

Will they build something still of the cathedral architecture scheme, just a tad more modern so as to avoid the authentic comparisons, but still maintain the gist of it?

Will they dare take the entire thing down and rebuild something new all together?

What will they rebuild at Notre Dame?