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Salon.com article on wireless communication and urban renewal [Nov. 29th, 2004|07:22 am]
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[mood |insufficiently caffeinated]
[music |something gothic]

I find the aspect of how wireless communications are blurring the line between private and public space particularly interesting. I know I sometimes use my cell phone defensively when I am waiting for someone in a public space and I get tired of having people ask me if I am lost. Once a guy in Cambridge tried to give me money; I still can't believe I gave it back, what was I thinking??
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Historical reenactment/local science fiction convention/Infocomm game based on MIT [Nov. 28th, 2004|06:14 pm]
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Various details I have mentioned to fellow CMSers.

Arisia, a local science fiction convention which is happening the last weekend of IEP, is an event which offers a lot of opportunities to discuss/learn about media and communities. Of possible interest to some CMSers, there is an entire track concerning costuming, and much about historical costuming in particular (note: a track is a series of panels/events intended to occur on a single topic throughout the entire weekend), and another track focusing on media, another on literature, another on art and comics, etc. There are some panels such as "Introduction to manga and anime" and "introduction to comic books for women" which might be useful to some people's projects.

you can find out more about Arisia beginning here on LJ, just search for the community "Arisia." Also, you can go to the Arisia web site
and you can take a look at the panels which have been proposed (these are only proposed at this point, but if you express interest and willingness to be panel members, it increases the chances of the panel actually occuring).

Re historical reenactment: the local SCA group is called Carolingia, and they can also be located by searching LJ undercommunity. The LJ should also contain links to a calendar of events, and to web pages which provide further info. Note: Sunday, january 16, there will be a day of history seminars taught by Carolingians, and this will occur at MIT. This would be a great chance for anyone interested or intrigued to come hear what goes into historical reenactment, and to learn more about the research techniques, etc., which goes on. Alexx is going to be giving a seminar on medieval and Renaissance stories of Charlemagne (there turn out to be many more other than merely "The Song of Roland"). I'll post the room number when I find out what it is.

So, has anyone here ever played "The Lurking Horror," the Infocomm game based on MIT? I just got it installed on my computer, but haven't had a chance to play it yet.
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Sloan, CMS Students Visit Top Entertainment Execs in NY [Nov. 23rd, 2004|04:22 pm]
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New York, NY -- This November's New York Media Trek was a raving success, boasting the extraordinary participation of executives from the entertainment industry's leading firms. Led by Sloan MBAs ('05) Jaime Singson and Nina Tannenbaum, 62 Sloan and 4 Comparative Media Studies (CMS) masters students took Manhattan on November 11 and 12, 2004 to meet with CEOs, executive producers, and senior vice presidents at over 23 firms, including NBC, Miramax, the NBA, New Line Cinemas, CourtTV, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MGM, Sony and Bertelsmann to name a few.

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When Good Technology Means Bad Teaching [Nov. 23rd, 2004|12:25 pm]
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"What we really need instead of smart classrooms is smart teachers
and smart learners."

- Howard J. Strauss, technology-outreach coordinator at Princeton
University. Quoted in "When Good Technology Means Bad
Teaching", The Chronicle of Higher Education (November 12, 2004).

As many of us are planning our final project presentations, I thought this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education might be useful; it includes a list of "don't"s. I don't think that many people realize when they are in front of an audience twiddling with the tech (and there is always twiddling, especially if the presenter has not done a rehearsal in private) that the empty space is much like the dead air in any performance. Also, eye contact with the audience is almost always lost, and this makes it more difficult for them to read your expression, clearly hear your words, etc., affecting their ability to feel they are making sense of the presentation. Whether one is thinking about a career in academia or the corporate world, I think the ability to give a clear concise and memorable presentation is really one of those increasingly vital skills which will allow you to sell your ideas and your projects to your consumers (whether they are students, corporate types, or even readers). Perhaps we could look around for someone who gives workshops in giving presentations?
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Vintage Ads, commercial designs, etc. [Nov. 15th, 2004|02:07 pm]
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From the Book People mailing list

Lately I've been running across a new kind of digital book---not the
typical digital scan or etext transcription of an old edition, but
entirely new books consisting of images taken out of old (but post-1923)
commercial publications. These new collections of commercial art samples
are sold on CD as clip art and stock images for graphic designers, but
they're interesting because they collect and archive works of the recent
past, images that you generally can't find anywhere else in digital
form. They're also profitable enterprises, and I have been seeing a lot
of them on eBay.

Here are a few examples that I've recently found (some are actually
hardcopy publications, but the same questions apply):

Vintage Image CD-ROMs published by Michagan Book and Paper Resources

Retro Ad Art by Ad Graphics [authentic ad cuts from the 1930s-50s
including corporate logos of companies still in business]

Vintage Christmas Cards on high-res CD

Thousands of Vintage Photographs and Images on CD

Scanned slides of Walt Disney World on CD

1930s-1950s Vintage Greeting Card Images on CD

100 Vintage Animal Images on CD

Jankowski, Jerry. _Mail Order!: Clip Art from the 40S, 50S, & 60s_ [Art
Direction Book Company 1999]

Jankowski, Jerry. _Scan, Photocopy, Stat: Mostly Happy Clip Art of the
30'S, 40'S, and 50's_ [Art Direction Book Company 1992]

Jankowski, Jerry. _Mostly Happy Clip Art of the Thirties, Forties &
Fifties_ [Art Direction Book Company 1995]

Solo, Dan X., ed. _Ready-to-Use Humorous Advertising Cuts of the 1940s_
[Dover Publications 1998]
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Classes at Harvard [Nov. 15th, 2004|02:09 am]
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moral language [Nov. 15th, 2004|01:56 am]
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Does anyone know what Claud was talking about in Providence when he kept talking about "moral language"?
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Animation made from graffiti stencils all over town [Nov. 14th, 2004|10:50 am]
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Also from Boing Boing, I thought this was an interesting use of media which occurs both in public and private sphere

An artist created a small animation of a robot walking, then rendered each frame as a stencil. Then s/he went around town and sprayed the stencil on walls,
lamp-posts, etc, and photographed each one. When all the photos are played back in sequence, it creates the animation, but with a wildly flickering background
of cityscapes that is absolutely wonderful to behold.

Link (http://www.vkn.lv/index.php?parent=525)

(via Plastic Bag (http://plasticbag.org) )
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Chainsaw game controller [Nov. 14th, 2004|10:47 am]
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Hey Ilya, have you read the book _Killing Monsters_?
From Boing Boing:

There's a chainsaw-shaped controller for the Nintendo GameCube, inteded for use with the new Resident Evil game. It's spattered with fake blood and emits
chainsaw noises, but it also has all the buttons it needs to sub in for your regular GameCube controller.

Link (http://modernjackass.com/gamers.php/2004/11/12/resident_evil_4_chainsaw_controller_get_)

(Thanks, Jason (http://www.portagame.com) !)
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Subservient Chicken Goes Berserk [Oct. 29th, 2004|03:08 am]
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Another hit - literally - from our friends at Burget King and their miraculous ad agency Krispin Porter + Boguski.

Tender Crisp or Spicy? You fight it out.
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