November 29, 2007
OCW Event Announcement
Open CourseWare: Surprises and More Surprises When You Open Up Your Teaching Materials to the World"
29 November at 4:00 p.m.
1110 Ford Classroom, Weill Hall, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Shigeru Miyagawa is Professor of Linguistics and Kochi-Manjiro Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, MIT. Miyagawa was on the original MIT faculty team that recommended Open CourseWare. He has won numerous awards including MIT Class of 1960 Innovation in Education Award, Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education, Best of Show at the MacWorld Exposition, Distinguished Award from Multimedia Grandprix 2000, and was named by the magazine Converge as one of twenty national â€œShapers of the Future.â€?
Refreshments will be served.
OCW Speakerâ€™s Series Organizing Committee: Joseph Hardin (School of Information, SAKAI), James J. Duderstadt (U-M President Emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering), John King (Office of the Provost), Judith Olson (School of Information, LS&A, and Business Administration), John Wilkin (University Library), Ted Hanss (Medical School), John Merlin Williams (Digital Media Commons)
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763.3266.
Leading institutions of higher education in the United States, Europe and Asia are embarking on Open CourseWare (OCW) projects. An international discussion is underway around the value to institutions of higher education, their faculty, students, alumni and their states, of making the materials generated in undergraduate and graduate courses available to the world on the web, including:
* recognition to faculty
* ease of access to materials for students, of past, present and future courses
* availability of materials to alumni
* unlocking the resources of universities to the populations of the states in which they reside
* a way to enhance traditional learning paradigms
* contribution to global education
November 28, 2007
Squeak and Scratch
Remember the innovative made-for-sharing, made for technological illumination, and made for forming/tethering a community Scratch?
Well to the scratch possibilities, please add Squeak, an open source, as stated at the Squeak site, full-featured implementation of the Smalltalk programming language and environment that being object-based should be easy to learn and implement.
The XO (and XO-1)
can run Squeak! (read about the XO in this long 280 limited fork impact post of mine --go ahead; you won't regret it)
Want to try Squeak (could make for quite an aspect of enclosure)?
Then Squeak by example!
Kindle & Kindness: the rise of the e-book, outsourcing impact, & a laptop for every child
Kindle (active-link version of comment from Leslie's Blog & more)
At this moment, Amazon is heavily promoting Kindle, a new wireless interface reading device whose advanced technology is supposed to simulate the visual qualities/properties of paper (not the texture, of course --Limited Fork, by the way, studies interactions in visual (any/all forms) systems and tactile systems --among others);
Kindle certainly has texture, but not the texture of paper. And it is a device to hold; there is an expected protocol of intimacy in the use of the device. A book itself is a device.
Anyway, an entire book (100+ pages) can download wirelessly, no computer connection required, in about a minute (or so).
There's also the Sony Reader, side by side with Kindle:
(from Gizmodo online gadget guide --read the specs on both).
The laptop keyboard on which I'm typing this, by the way, has interacted with my fingers; there's been structural adaptation on the part of the keyboard, adaptation that reveals patterns of use and variance in pressure as keys are depressed, so there are actual depressions in the metal keys, some deeper than others, some more like greatly-reduced scale glacial gouges. Varying degrees of discoloration, some letters completely worn off the keys. So as I use my laptop more, the laptop increasingly responds to the use, becoming more my laptop. It has been marked; I also mark my books, but in different iterations of mark.
At the moment, it is easier (for me) to overcome protocols that restrict sharing through digital means.
I have about 4,000 books in my home, and I continue to acquire them, continue to enjoy them (but they are turning my home into a warehouse --not a library because I have no space for the display they deserve, so there's quite a bit of stacking and rotation of books from shelves to stacks on the floor.
An electronic system that would allow linking of texts and passages in my library is quite appealing --and Kindle supports note-taking, cross-referencing, linking, and so forth --that sounds good, but I'm not planning on acquiring Kindle this year. Now if someone gives me one, I'll try it out, eager to see whether or not and/or how quickly it's able to show evidence of tactile interactions with my hands.
You should know that Kindle has prior association for me; I've been shaped by what has become a memorable encounter some years ago with the technologically-advenced remake of A Little Princess in which Sara Crewe sings Kindle My Heart as she does in this video tribute to the movie:
The following documentary explores the impact of high-tech outsourcing to India on traditional Indian society and communities:
Kindly watch the following update to Shift Happens, a video made available to you in a previous Illuminating post:
& now the kindness of giving the gift of technology (+ related impact): the one laptop per child get one/give one program (until 31 December 2007)
The following Wall Street Journal video about Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC project and the impact of friendly (both sides for the global good) rivalry between OLPC's AMD-chip based os and Intel's own low-cost Classmate laptop:
Read the WSJ article here
Explore XO (as the laptop is called) features here
Here Laptop Magazine offers a comprehensive review of the XO
as seen in this detailed diagram:
The interface for XO is Sugar instead of Jaquar or Windows Vista, for instance, and is discussed in full in the following You Tube video:
Of course, the XO has unergone evolution since its inception when it was not called XO, and by now (November 2007), the XO itself has been superceded by the XO-1 which is the focus of this Wikipedia entry
(which you can compare with the OLPC wiki).
Finally, a global lens to further illuminate and possibly shape how you configure/reconfigure your blog/video components of impact of technology enclosure:
Image from the Global Denim Project, an initative-lens (and form of enclosure) attempting to understand global impact through investigating denim as a phenomenon that crosses cultures, and most global boundaries, in some way. Spend time, please at the Global Denim Project site.
The Abstract for A Manifesto for the Study of Denim by Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward:
This paper considers the challenge to anthropology represented by a topic such as global denim. Using the phrase â€˜blindingly obviousâ€™ it considers the problems posed by objects that have become ubiquitous. While there are historical narratives about the origins, history and spread of denim, these leave open the issue of how we make compatible the ethnographic study of specific regional appropriations of denim and its global presence in a manner that is distinctly anthropological. Ethnographies of blue jeans in Brazil and England are provided as examples. These suggest the need to understand the relationship between three observations: its global presence, the phenomenon of distressing and its relationship to anxiety in the selection of clothes. As a manifesto, this paper argues for a global academic response that engages with denim from the global commodity chain through to the specificity of local accounts of denim wearing. Ultimately this can provide the basis for an anthropological engagement with global modernity.
THE IMPACT FACTOR: Impact Videos: must see docs about academic/technology interfaces (& reform)
The first video in this post has a Creative Commons share-alike license inviting reworkings, extractions, transformations, enhancements, & so forth, of content, so you are encouraged to download and use some/all of this footage in some form --provided you give the proper source credit and that you in turn share it-- in preparing your impact videos.
Download options are available at this You Tube link.
The second video is a response to the first.
The next video, from the same university introduces a class studying You Tube (& related online) Culture --Oh the impact value!:
The Impact Factor continues with more impacted fillmmaker videos about the impact of technology:
Next a consideration of the impact of innovation in math education on math education (followed by a few video responses to that impact):
(By the way, how did you learn math in middle and high school, and what was the impact of the calculator on that math education?)
Hey: check this out: The Future of Books SUPPLEMENT (aka The Future of Libraries plus revival of links dead elsewhere)
Tine extension (from a comment in Leslie's Blog where the links in the comment are not active):
What about the future of libraries?
Physical space of libraries may not permit the warehousing of all titles, so criteria of selection related to significance, local user need, shared inventory avoiding duplication of certain titles in a region, those books available to customers via loans.
So books are routinely withdrawn from circulation, others added.
And not all books are likely committed to some form of digital preservation.
Physical copies of newspapers may not be stored intact, some? many? not stored at all.
This article, E-books and Their Future in Academic Libraries is from a Journal with content directed toward porfessional librarians.
A few years ago, Nicolson Baker published Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper, a book that ignited quite a furor among Librarians, Patrons of libraries, and other lovers of books, including those whose livelihood is book-related.
The following excerpt is from part of the enraged part of the Library community against Baker's Book:
Pulling no punches, novelist Baker (Vox) is a romantic, passionate troublemaker who questions the smug assumptions of library professionals and weeps at the potential loss of an extensive, pristine run of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World. For him, the wholesale destruction of books and newspapers to the twin gods of microfilming and digitization is an issue of administrators seeking storage space not of preserving a heritage. He contends that the alarmist slogans "brittle books" and "slow fires" are intended to obscure the reality and the destruction. Throughout his book, Baker hammers away at the Orwellian notion that we must destroy books and newspapers in order, supposedly, to save them. Particularly singled out for opprobrium are University Microfilms Inc. and the Library of Congress. This extremely well-written book is not a paranoid rant. Just this past October, Werner Gundersheimer, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, said at LC's "Preserve and Protect" symposium that, amid all the smoke and fury, Baker was essentially pleading for "a last copy effort of some kind." Double Fold is the narrative of a heroic struggle: Picture Baker as "Offisa Pup" defending "Krazy Kat," of the printed word, against the villainous "Ignatz Mouse" of the library establishment all in glorious, vivid color on brittle (but unbowed) newsprint. Highly recommended for all libraries.
-- Barry Chad, Carnegie Lib. of Pittsburgh; Library Journal, 12/00
The following links go to articles and commentaries that respond to the implications of Baker's expose (that italicized e is a proxy for an accented e) and/or to the death by digital technology of the book:
"Preserving" vs. "Conserving": Librarians and their hatred of paper
Libraries, Books, and Academic Freedom: Can academic freedom survive the death of the book?
A review of Double Fold from Science Matters Bookclub
Do Online Resources Destroy Student Research Papers? by John Jaeger, Reference Librarian
Paper Chase:Nicholson Baker makes a case for saving old books and newspapers
Preservation Advice for Libraries, Historical Societies and Home Collections from The Connecticut State Library
Q and A in Response to Nicholson Baker's Double Fold from ARL: Association of Research Libraries
(image of Brian Dettmer's Book Autopsy from Future Feeder.com)
Here's something else (also from my comments in Leslie's Blog with the links made active):
Whether or not a manuscript becomes a book free-of-charge to the writer is usually up to book publishers who often have an economic decision to make, and an aconomic reason for making those decisions --I'm not approving/disapproving that right now
because I want to emphasize that some manuscripts are not going to become print books unless the writers absorb some or all of the cost. A variety of online companies including/notably Lulu.com and Cafe Press are offering self-publication services, including, especially with Lulu, available (for a fee) distribution services, both domestic and international. --This is quite a shift from the vanity presses of the past. Blurb is offering a service to turn blogs into print books.
So digital means of text production & text delivery (the only way to submit work --for audio and video discs also, and an assortment of 3D objects including T-shirts -- to Lulu, Cafe, Blurb is via digital interface, I believe) are extending/enhancing the life of print objects. The sense of touch itself is powerful, and touch still dominates in how digital devices/materials are used. We get a feel for what we use.
Anyway, both Lulu and Cafe Press offer their authors storefronts and print-on-demand services, so customers can purchase print object or digital versions. Online bookstores (and other cyber retailers) also sell some of the Lulu and Cafe Press merchandise. Blurb, too, has an online store, but last time I checked, no separate storefront for each Blurb author.
Amazon is inviting authors to submit direct-to-Kindle work.
I began this comment with economic choices and conventional publishing (publisher-controlled author work, permission to use portions can be granted/denied by the publisher, usually not by the author) and return now to that tine, the other bifurcations adding texture/context to what follows:
I have amassed a number of manuscripts that my publisher has deemed unmarketable. Now if I insist upon conventional publication, I can revise the work, so that it adheres better to protocols consistent with economic hopes of the publisher for the book (the costs for book production must be recovered, and surely, some reasonable --at a minimum-- profit margin, or I can submit it to other publishers until, if ever, there's acceptance of the ms. on terms mutually agreeable to publisher, author, and, often, also to an agent who will try to negotiate the best contract for a work the agent considers marketable (we all have to eat).
That said, I've set up e-fib e-(forked indie books) where I'm thinking about offering some of my conventionally unmarketable print poams in both electronic and print object forms (so it's set up just in case for if and when I commit to this idea). I'm also using the blog A Limited Forker Girl's Tines as a place to deliver active content, content in which the behavior and activity of a neural network specifically, and other dynamic systems more generally, is important to the emerging themes.
Work there, such as Neurological Winter, subverts conventional publication protocols and allows display more compatible with the implied structure of the poam; even reveals meanings of structure as well as meanings of content --even renders/can render implied structure active through links and motion graphics.
Hey: check this out: The Future of Books
Hey; check out this 280 post by Leslie: The Future of Books
as you think about the packaging, the system(s) of enclosure you're going to use to (temporarily) conclude (for the purposes of a class) your 280 blogs with a showstopping bang concerning well, of course, given an anticipated showstopping bang, impact, technology, and what's yours in that, what has joint ownership (covert and overt) in that, and so forth.
I'm so looking forward to the videos!
(need help with that?)
I'll be posting the fatter packaged entry on packaging soon.
Remember to re-visit, offer further comments on posts in this blog and posts in your blog and the other 280 blogs --and yes; you can leave comments on your own posts (oh the lovely layering, the meeting of so many interior/exterior surfaces).
(Mike C has links (in a link list) to most of the 280 blogs in his 280 blog, so that link list (that's in a convenient/prominent dedicated--static, that is-- blog location) can easily function as a 280 blog-access hub. Leave a comment with your blog's URL if you're not on the list, and Mike C --you will, won't you?-- will add your blog to the link list --Oh, Mike C.; please add this blog and the related Limited Fork Academic Split Tine to the list --that is, if you don't mind --I promise not to hold it against you if you do mind. Thanks)
--how's that for pressure, mild abuse of power?)
November 27, 2007
eWaste or after the thrill is technically gone
So, what to do about the old technology's buildup of devices?
What have you been doing with your old devices?
What can/should be done do with (your) eWaste?
--feel free to poll others
Here's a view of some of what happens to eWaste:
Read e-Waste: Dark Side of the Digital Age from Wired.
At eWaste.com, you can find solutions for eWaste from technology end-of-life specialists --2,800 clients nationawide; what fraction of need do you think this number might represent?
Here's the Wikipedia offering on electronic waste.
BAN would like to turn back the toxic tide
The thrill of innovation, of empowering developments can be incredibly strong. Cyles of growth and demise while natural, and often helpful, still present situations that require attention to how to respond to the waste products of demise.
As one area is relieved of eWaste, does that area also relieve itself of responsibility for the eWaste now in possession of another geographical area?
There are (at least) two sides to surfaces; please do not overlook gestures and the related consequences
Here are two video responses to the wasteland that the Salton Sea became:
Now: THE ART OF e-WASTE:
More galleries of e-Waste here
Does ART provide some solutions? How much can ART do? What are the limits of ART as eWaste Intervention? What are the consequences of ART as eWaste intervention?
Finally (for this post): T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland as hypertext.
Read, Experience, Think, React, Respond, Embrace in any/all of the ways that you can meaningfully respond.
Oops! --an addendum already:
Jack and Joan Spratt had a solution to waste that allowed, between two of them, a platter licked clean
& Don't forget about the use found for an old kettle in The Story of Little Kettle-head But which was better according to which specified lens/context/mode of enclosure; the kettle replacement head or the doll head as replacement head?
How do the multiple lenses trained on a particular situation of fork (here used as a bifurcation stream in a larger system) work together? What is the relationship between the multiple lenses focused on a particular situation? Etc.
--okay; that's it.
Little Kettlehead, after acquisition of the Kettle:
(from Sterling Times)
November 20, 2007
More ILLUMINATION (resisting, for as long as possible, a Lights Out philosophy & policy)
To know that we are in fact seeing, to be able to recognize (our own, self-constructed) barriers â€”there's need to determine what those barriers could be, what they are, and whether or not these barriers may be manipulated.
Once somehow determined that we are in fact seeing, perhaps we will be more able to take advantage of what is illuminating, what can be illuminated, what we have the power to shine light on.
Hence your opportunity to play The Situation of Fork mind-tech game.
Please record the situations and how well the situation illuminates the fork, is illuminated by the fork.
What happens as the situation changes? what happens as the fork changes?
What are the limits of seeing --as suggested by the situations you construct?
What are the limits of fork --as suggested by the situations you construct?
What are the qualities of your seeing? How can you use really seeing the fork to help with other seeing?
How does transparency affect the situations of fork? How does transparency affect really seeing and the sameness of your forks?
How do you determine the situations in which you attemot to see the fork?
How do you determine that seeing has occurred? That really seeing has occurred?
Have you seen the fork in the situations that best exemplify the possibilities of fork?
By the way, are there differences in illuminating the fork and in being illuminated by the fork?
In debate, the spotlight can bounce back and forth; a light show, a substitute for either aurora in the light play, borealis, australis.
And that light bounce brings to mind (awareness: inner illumination, firing of a neural network) searchlights, the 20th Century Fox twin columns of moving light, the light columns standing in for the WTC, police searching for perpetrators with light).
--Have you visited one of the course resources Malaran.com? Specifically, have you seen her photo essay Watching the Changes? --a slideshow of photographs, taken from her East Village bedroom window, of the NYC skyline over a period of years, including images, as was her routine, of the skyline (with WTC+ and WTC-) on the morning of 11 September 2001. A Watching the Changes poster is available. Cynthia malaran's project began as a tribute to the view she grew up with from her bedroom window. --Did you know that the exterior of the WTC twin towers was a system of forks? See that here, a large-scale (on some scales) situation of fork.
Cynthia Malaran's Watching the Changes poster:
(image from: 9-11 Research)
SO I AM THANKFUL
(okay, so there might be some coercion from the approaching holiday; if you like, check out, out some light on The Culture of Glass, a poem about Columbo at poets.org)
for the technology, for the machinery of the mind that can be used to reshape, reconfigure, reassess.
(rendering of Columbo with fork (!) --Trident Columbo--from: OpenLSD
Let us consider, for a few moments, the technology of The Limited Fork, the primary technology I use to reshape, to reconfigure, to reassess; my light source so as to see better what is occurs in the reshaping, the reconfiguring, the reassessing.
**Please note: to reshape implies shaping has previously occurred; to reconfigure implies that configuring has occurred before; to reassess implies that assesment has occurred before**
And to do it again requires giving some thought to the prior shape, the prior configuration, the prior assessment.
WE'RE GOING TO TALK FORK
Take your fork, examine it; come up with (at least) 10 properties of fork, and 10 ways that each property could have some impact on reshaping, reconfiguring, reassessing.
Work solo or in groups.
Enlist input (including me) from others or do not.
Reconvene at 8 p.m.
Read & listen to Fork by Charles Simic.
Using the technology, the machinery of the mind to reshape, reconfigure, reassess is to use that technology to make, remake; to keep structures active, maybe even an attempt to make structures (more) accountable (according to some criteria --that must be made); Make magazine might help keep the illumination going in the mind (at the very least, a forked experience).
I'm going to shine a spotlight on an article from Make's Heirloom Technology section:
The Widowmaker: Cutting Down a TREE.
Please also check out Moco Loco for forked disign.
--okay; of course you can eat some turkey with your fork--
(that is: remember to have fun with your fork; Alan Sokal did; read/re-read all about the Social Text Affair).
Rethink, reconfigure, reform: watch this video:
and visit Orlan.net.
November 13, 2007
Give me this one, please: Art illuminates, positively or negatively. It focuses the observer's gaze (for someperiod of time) positively or negatively. Art extends us in some direction for some period of time. The effects of art may not be permanent, but it has some, which may be ignored, but it has some.
So now we turn toward the impact of technology on illumination as a means of extending us
--and to be extended requires some thought about what/where we are, so that extension has a reference point: extended from which location(s) (since the extension may not be the same for all of us)
So, please specify some reference points for the extension
and examine the following (in your blogs, identify additional high/lo tech illuminations, of course):
Now some ILLUMINATION by design:
This is a site where you can be illuminated by illumination: Bert Hickman's TeslaMania
Enjoy! --and ask to take a look at my Lichtenberg figure (it's among us right now â€”in DL1
(my queen ant in amber pendant is here, too â€”ask to see it) **The Lichtenberg and the queen ant in amber illuminate me**
Next: The Illumination of Word/Meaning Mapping as Neural Network
â€”I hope that you enjoy (and use often) this funky online graphical dictionary
Finally (for now, that is), I hope that recall the collection of photogrpahs by blind photographers Shooting Blind and Touch the Universe the first ever book of images from the Hubble Space Telescopes in Braille
because illumination for you and for the blind continues with Seeing with Sound: Vision Technology for the Totally Blind --be sure to try the downloads (the application is for windows only at this time, but the other downloads are mac compatible), the examples, the everything the site offers: See for yourself!
November 08, 2007
(Arts & Crafty?) Media: Authors & Owners of Cultural Identity?
Let's try to measure some of the impact of technology on (our) cultural identity
through keeping an impact diary in which you record each instance of contact
with technology (low & high) that seems to have shaping your behavior/decisions/choices/thinking as part of the technology's purpose.
Please keep this impact diary in your blog.
Of course, the impact diary may take multiple forms --including a graphic novella.
Please also â€”try the Mujo, other Pierpont Commons locations, and other local gatherings (other than clases)â€” conduct a brief impact survey of (at least) five persons you find on north campus; record/make a list of their encounters today with technology that could influence their behavior/decisions/choices/thinking etc.
Please return to DL1 after you've spoken with the five or by 7:30 pm â€”whichever comes first.
Then, please watch and comment on (in your blogs, of course; also leave a comment at youtube on the video's page if you like) the following videos about this impact.
Where do you go when you're seeking reliable information?
Where do you get the news?
Do you crosscheck information or make other efforts to verify
the information that you receive?
Do your favorite/trusted news outlets give you a sense of the world? of your local community?
What are the alternatives for information to the sources you've indicated?
Are more alternatives needed?
Be as detailed as you can in explaining how these alternatives would be structured, managed, reviewed, etc.
And please exceed these questions; start here, and keep gpoing!
Have a nice and informative day!
**ADD-ON ALERT! ADD-ON ALERT!
To the above videos and links, I'm adding this video link to R Kelly's Trapped in the Closet, a hip hop opera, hip hop video novella media hyped as innovative, genius, and you where such comments go...and go...and go....
â€”Is this innovative?
â€”Is this genius?
â€”What does this illuminate?
November 06, 2007
Oh the Possibilities!
For you to consider as we enter a conversation about the impact of technology on the theme of Composing, please examine the following emerging forms of expression derived from hybrids of artististic expression, technological and other scientific research:
Subfusion: an audio visual thesaurus
Amorphoscapes: code-based artworks
Sound Toys: net place for new works by audio visual artists
The Central City: explorations of the organic identity of the city
Genomixer: DNA portraits, prints, and interactive bio art
Seeing with Sound: vision technology for the totally blind
Lost in Translation: for Babelizing text in multiple languages
Banana Slug search engine: adds a random element (from specified parameters) to internet search results
Googlism: Google search modified poetry
To start, offer definitions of compose and composition that try to correspond to your sense of US social, economic, academic, political, and tech culture.
What can you imagine as futures for composing in ten years, twenty years?
It's always in season to give gifts, but this time of year is gifted in its remarkable focus on gift-giving.
Anyway, technology brings to us more options than ever before, including --and this anricipates my dream/goal of trees genetically altered to produce poems in the leaves, alphabet-patterned veins--
Should I order a Limited Fork message plant?
Enough to plant all over campus?
The Limited Fork Garden?
The Gift of Life, too:
Scenes from the Alive Day Memories project by James Gandolfini:
THE GIFT OF A SECOND CHANCE: Somali Refugees Adapt to life in the technologically-rich US:
from Rain in a Dry Land