They are almost lovely and would be if not for the associations that we all have with them. The shallow rooted Bradfort Pears are in bloom in the parking lot of every Southern shopping center. In every slightly upscale trailer park. In every wish-this-were-really-an-upscale development (mostly in the mediums).
In many ways the bradford pear is a perfect landscaping tree. It’s heat resistant. It’s drought resistant. It’s fast growing (to a point). Few pests are interested in it. It will grow in polluted air (say those mediums).
Because of the fast growth, the trees tend to split easily. Ice storms and snow will strip them down to the trunk if not splitting the trunk itself.
But the worst feature of the bradford pear is that they stink! Not just a little, but they are putrid. And later their stone sized fruit is translated into dark bird poop which will definitely end up on a difficult to reach place on your car (because you parked near one on an unaviodable trip to the mall). There are more reasons why we should all avoid bradfords. But that’s a good start. Did I mention that they have nasty thorns and are an invasive species?
The British graffiti artist, Banksy, practiced the art of giving art at four of New York’s fine museums.
At the Amercian Museum of Natural History, he hung his drawing of “Withus Oragainstus” a beetle with sidewinder missiles and satillite dish in the Hall of Diversity.
Just getting around to seeing Quiz Show (1994). The scandal of the fixed quiz shows of the 1950s is revealed by a tight focus on three characters, contestants nerdy Herb Stempel and handsome Charles Van Doren — and the author/producer of the movie Richard Goodwin played Rob Morrow. Goodwin is by far the most complex character. Stempel is portrayed as a sort of stock character almost. Van Doren as an over privileged WASP trying to get his famous father’s attention.
Not unlike the phoney “news” shows of today, our phoney press conferences, etc, the quiz shows were seen by the networks and sponsors as entertainment while leading the public to see them as reality.
But the story after the story is more telling. The after credits tell us of the fates, as of 1994, of most of the important characters. Even a brief bit on Goodwin:
Richard Goodwin became a speechwriter for the 1960 Kennedy campaign and then a member of the White House staff. After the assassination of Robert Kennedy, he retired from politics to become a writer.
It makes you wonder what she was thinking as she was watching Quiz Show. What was in her mind when the Goodwin character questioned the Van Doren character about his book in progress on Lincoln? What is she thinking now as her next book, due October 2005, is “Master Among Men : The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.”
WHERE: N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Auditorium, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh
WHY: A remarkable dinosaur discovery in the Hell Creek Formation of Montana has exposed a never before seen specimen. This discovery
could change the way modern scientists view fossilization. This is part of an embargoed story that will appear in Science Magazine this week.
WHO:? Leading author, Mary Schweitzer, Ph.D, Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at N.C. State University, and Jack Horner, Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana will be available to answer questions.
Note: News Release will be available at 2 p.m. on Thursday when the embargo is lifted.
Went over to hear Robert Hass (don’t be an ass; it’s pronounced Hass) read his poetry as part of the Morgan Series. Hass read new poetry which has not yet been collected. Several of note including tributes to Milosz (Hass worked with Milosz on translations for about 20 years) and to influences including Pound (whose politics are the polar opposite of Hass’ own). Hass ended his reading with a prose poem, currently called POEM, (slightly reminicent of “Pascal Lamb”) that included Viet Nam and Iraq and aerial bombardment and the shift over the 20th century from army deaths (90% in the first 20 years of the 20th century according to Hass) to civilian deaths (90% in the last 20 years of the 20th century according to Hass).
Professor Pamela Samuelson, an extremely influential expert on intellectual property in the information age, will be delivering the annual Meredith and Kip Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property at Duke Law School this Thursday, March 24, at 12:10. You are invited to attend. Details are below.
Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested in attending.
Professor Pamela Samuelson of the University of California at Berkeley
Enriching Discourse on the Public Domain
Date: 03/24/2005 Time: 12:10pm Location: Duke Law School, Room 3041 Reception to follow
Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Pamela Samuelson is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, with joint appointments to the School of Information Management Systems and the School of Law, where she is a Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. An internationally renowned expert on intellectual property in the information age, she teaches in the areas of intellectual property, cyberlaw and information policy, and has written extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law. Professor Samuelson is an advisor for the Samuelson Law, Technology and Public Policy Clinic. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Meredith and Kip Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property is a lecture series that was established in 2000 by Duke Law School alumnus Kip Frey ’85 and his wife, Meredith, to increase discussion about emerging issues in the areas of intellectual property, cyberspace, and science and technology law. Noted intellectual property law scholars Lewis Branscomb, the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Stanford University, and Yochai Benkler, professor of law at New York University, delivered previous lectures in this series.
Who: librarian.net’s rarin’ librarian Jessamyn West When: Monday March 21 2:00 (Vernal Equinox) Where: Freedom Forum Conference Center, 3rd floor, Carroll Hall What: Postcards from the Other Edge of the Digital Divide. Political Choices and the Information Poor
About the talk: While we read blogs, tag content and swap lifehacks, people in rural areas are still learning to type. Public libraries are making many more technological choices just to provide basic information and Internet resources nowadays, yet the paradigm for learning to work well with technology differs dramatically from learning to work well with books. Jessamyn West will be talking about being a tech-savvy librarian in a profession struggling into the 21st Century.
More about Jessamyn West: Jessamyn West is wrapping up her job as an outreach librarian at a rural public library in Vermont. She has worked in public, special and college libraries and done stints of on-the-fly reference at Burning Man, the WTO and the Democratic National Convention. She has maintained librarian.net, a weblog for radical librarians and other interested parties, since 1999. She is fascinated by the intersection of technology, the public sphere and politics.
The Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK) is a collection of technologies from IBM’s software development and research labs that have special relevance to IBM’s emerging software strategy. An ETTK technology indicates that IBM has attached importance to the emerging technology area, and is dedicated to giving it appropriate incubation and exposure.
These technologies are bundled to help technologists learn about a subject area by providing tools, example code, documentation and executable demos that illustrate IBM’s current approach on these topics.
The technology list below has links to the latest ETTK technologies. On-line demos or presentations are also available that show what each downloadable package has to offer. A Laszlo-powered technology navigator helps to get a quick sense of each ETTK technology (Macromedia Flash viewer required). Please be sure to subscribe to the ETTK RSS feed to receive notifications as new ETTK technologies are added and updated.