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juego a chave digital

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General

Gabriel Dance sends a link to his flash version of the Spanish game “A chave” for interested people to test out. He’s changing some of it as I type and supporting materials will join the game as well so’s you’ll have some idea of the history of what you are playing.
And yes I have knocked down the pin! Twing!

Should Library Schools Keep Libraries

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons

Jessamyn West asks “Do library schools need their own libraries?” She’s refering to the Paul Wasserman Library — an independent library at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies — which is being folded into the central campus library.

UNC has a fine library in the School of Information and Library Science.

Blog Teach-in – Saturday July 30 noon – 2

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

MisterSugar alerts us to A significant community event:

Download this poster [pdf] for more information.
RSVP to anton@blogtogether.org or 919.225.0969.

Truth and Reconciliation – G’boro style

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, News of News

Ed Cone is intensely blogging (is that a term) with photos, the hearings of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Well worth reading and seeing and the best coverage I have found (as several of his commentors note).
The Commission is digging into the 1979 killings of Communist Workers’ Party marchers by members of the KKK and of the Amercian Nazi Party. The killers have never been convicted. The complex relationships between the Communists, KKK, G’boro police and hints of FBI involvment are being discussed by all sides (and reported by Ed).

ACLU blogs on PATRIOT Reform

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, News of News, Virtual Communities

ACLU has just put up a new blog, called “reform the patriot act” aimed at alerting folks about the PATRIOT Act issues as the Act approaches renewal and rewriting (with RSS, talking points, FAQs, write your congress critter forms and all the rest).

They’ve also put up tools for bloggers including more feeds, images and icons, tag suggestions and links and more.

Via Lotus Media (thanks Ruby).

Bob Moog at Duke Hospital

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

Moog logo
Bob Moog, creator of the synthesizer that bears his name and major developer of the Theremin, is over at Duke Hospital being treated for a brain tumor. He and his family are using CaringBridge, an in-hospital blogging setup, to let people know about his progress and so that folks can sent good thoughts and notes his way.

Go to here to participate. Especially to sign the GuestBook.


Via News and Observer Tar Heel Blogwatch.

Landscapes by Sylvia Garrard

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

surprised by daisies
Talented singer, painter and friend, Sylvia Garrard‘s landscape paintings are part of a three person show at Tyndall Galleries from July 13 – August 20. Although I’ve known Sylvia for a while I realize that I’ve not seen more that a few of her wonderful paintings together in one place. I can’t wait to get down and have a good look.

Her work is being shown along with that of Jacob Cooley and Gayle Stott Lowry.

Patrick Herron and Ken Rumble – Indy Arts Awards

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, literature

Patrick Herron, former (as of a week or two ago) Carrboro Poet Laureate and Carrboro Poetry Festival creator, and Desert City Reading Series producer Ken Rumble were recognized for their work by the Independent Weekly. Patrick and Ken are winners of the 2005 Triangle Arts Awards.

Woo Woo!

Merchants of Cool – test version

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General, News of News

Among the Frontline shows that we’ve been testing out for streaming is Doug Rushkoff’s Merchants of Cool. Help us and test it out for yourself. It’s a good show. The stream should work on any player. I used quicktime on the Mac.
Let us know what you think.

Folkstreams documentary site – survey

Paul, · Categories: Amusements, General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Our IMLS funded initiative to build up the collection of films streaming from the Folkstreams.net site is going full steam ahead.

We’re up to 36 films online now including a great one on herbalist and healer Tommy Bass

At the time of his death in 1996, “Tommie” Bass, was probably the most well-known herbalist in the United States. The subject of scholarly and popular books, television features, a front-page essay in the Wall Street Journal, and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines, Tommie Bass lived his entire life in the Ridge and Valley region of Alabama where he devoted himself to “trying to give ease” to the many people who sought his advice.. “Tommie Bass” is a biographical portrait of Mr. Bass, told almost entirely in his own words.

Painted Bride

This 1990 video features the exquisite mehndi body painting tradition as it is practiced among Pakistani immigrants living in Queens, New York City. The film follows a mehndi artist, Shenaz Hooda, as she prepares a henna paste and paints intricate designs on the hands and feet of a bride-to-be, while the bride’s friends sing humorous songs mocking the groom and the future in-laws.

Sadobabies: Runaways in San Francisco

A 1988 8mm video documentary about the street children of San Francisco. The video documents the expressive traditions of a group of young runaways who formed an alternative family in an abandoned high school building near Golden Gate Park. Shot in an urban setting with a “one-person crew,” Sadobabies demonstrates small-format, low-budget production.

And many others.

When you visit the site, be sure to fill out our simple and fast survey.

Occupation: Dreamland (Sept 17)

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General, Virtual Communities

Going to coffee can result in getting a lot of work done quickly. Not just because I become caffine-charged. Because I meet folks that I need to talk with. Today as I was wondering how to get the mini-conference and discussions about the documentary Occupation: Dreamland going I ran into two of the people that are essential to making that a success.

Briefly about Occupation: Dreamland. It’s a soldier-focused documentary about men in the 82nd Airborne in Iraq.

The official word says:

Occupation: Dreamland is an unflinchingly candid portrait of a squad of American soldiers deployed in the doomed Iraqi city of Falluja during the winter of 2004. A tense and grimly humorous study of the soldiers unfolds as they patrol an environment of low-intensity conflict creeping steadily towards catastrophe. Through the squad’s activities Occupation: Dreamland provides a vital glimpse into the last days of Falluja. The film documents the city’s waning stability before a final series of military assaults began in the spring of 2004 that effectively destroyed it.

Occupation: Dreamland chronicles the escalating tension between its two main characters: the squad and the city. Beholden as they are to differing languages and worldviews the two antagonists collide repeatedly. A distinct sense of unease grows as the chain of misunderstanding and distrust tightens. Daylight patrols on bustling downtown streets turn from casual conversation to brief, confusing firefights while nighttime raids reveal a local populace caught in the middle. The narrative follows a downward spiral of civil destabilization and personal frustration, borne by individuals trapped on both sides.

Filmmakers Garrett Scott and Ian Olds were given access to all operations of the Army’s 82nd Airborne. They lived with the unit 24/7, giving voice to soldiers held under a strict code of authority as they cope with an ambiguous, often lethal environment. The result is a revealing, sometimes surprising look at Army life, operations and the complexity of American war in the 21st century.

First, I ran into Bill Balthrop who is just done being Chairman of Communication Studies and is a specialist in rhetoric and cultural practice. Bill and I will be co-sponsors of the mini-conference. He knows more about all the issues than I ever will and others in his department like Cori Dauber (especially) will make a big difference in the quality of what we can set up. Full steam ahead here!

Next, I ran into Tom Rankin who is director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. We have a couple of Tom’s films online as part of the Folkstreams.net project. Tom’s Center was just involved in an NPR production called “Married to the Military.” Obviously we want to work together on the mini-conference.

Dylan Stealin’ and Borrowin’

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General, Information Commons, literature

Lewis Hyde and David Bollier of On the Commons ask the musical question: Where did Bob Dylan steal/borrow/appropriate/get an inspiration from for his songs and melodies and arrangements?

If you know your Dylan and know your folk music, see if you can tell them a thing or two.

Jonesmania – poetry edition

Paul, · Categories: General, literature

Sometime today, I should be online as the NC Arts Council’s Poet of the Week. Poet Laureate Kay Byer selects a different poet to feature each week with introduction, brief bio and a couple of poems. I’m up for July 11 – 18. Betty Adcock read me her introduction over the phone, but I haven’t read it myself yet.
The page is up and the essay/intro from Betty is wonderfully flattering and in the parts about the techniques employed in the poems mostly accurate.

Confusion of Names: Laurel and Ivy

Paul, · Categories: General

Lost a bet of a sort over local mountain terms for plants this weekend whilst up in Ashe County (Note: Ashe County is a long ways from Asheville but both are in the NC mountains).
Our host claimed that what we call “laurel” is called “ivy” and what we call “Rhodendron” is called “laurel.” Seemed to wrong to let pass.
But when we checked with the highest possible authority — C. Richie Bell’s Wild Flowers of North Carolina. We found he was right.
Mountain Laurel aka Kalmia latifolia is widely called Ivy and Rhododendron maximum is known as Great Laurel. The pink to red or purple flowered Rhododendron catawbiense is still called Rhododendron, but both Rhodos are some times called Rosebay.

Ruby makes Change

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

Ruby Sinreich was just recognized as the Public Allies North Carolina Change-Maker Award for 2005! Read her own take on it here.

Negativland does No Business

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General

Ole friend and culture hacker Mark Hosler writes to promote his new anti-commercial Negativland project called “No Business.” Please buy it, he says.

The No Business promotion material reads:

“NO BUSINESS” is not only a term Negativland’s accountant can identify with, but also a tenaciously pure attempt to make new music out of old, or to make old music new, whatever the critics decide this dubious case may be. Critically acclaimed by those same critics in Newsweek, NY Times, Washington Post, Urb, Spin, Blender, Rolling Stone, etc., and with their work now being taught in college courses nation wide, “NO BUSINESS” may be a race with Walt Dizzy to commit legal suicide, or it may be the most thoughtful novelty record you’ve ever heard. But either way, Negativland passes through your consciousness once again, this time with nothing original at all!

“NO BUSINESS” is all about stealing music, file-sharing, the supposed collapse of the music industry and a nice piece of pie. Taking famous and not so famous music from the whole array of show business, Negativland recomposes it all to make a project of thoroughly un-original music and dialog they hope to copyright themselves.

“NO BUSINESS” is in a deluxe 5 x 11 inch die cut sleeve that comes with a laff-a-minute CD tribute to stealing and jamming popular culture, and a 56 page essay about the cultural public domain which isn’t one bit funny, just for contrast. And then, just when you’re getting all serious, there’s a trademarked Copyright Whoopee Cushion included in every package, as well as a “Universally Computer Compatible Video Short~A.” This video, which uses one of Negativland’s old chestnuts of criminal music, “Gimme The Mermaid,” was made working with a now former Disney animator using Disney’s own computers to create it and render it after hours when they weren’t looking!

So, if you are a copyright lawyer, you’ll want to hear this, see this and read this as soon as possible. If you have no respect for music or the music industry, this will confirm your suspicions. Whether you’re going to a party or appearing in court for stealing music, take NO BUSINESS along for the laughs and stitches that will keep them staring at the speakers till it’s over.


Mark is interviewed at the Onion A/V club
and will be in NYC celebrating 25 years of Negativland September 9 through October 22 at the Giagantic Art Space

200 mile run “In Memory of Jay Clark”

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

My collegue and co-worker Scott Adams is planning a 200 mile run along the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway starting at Mile Post 0 and running over the course of four days (July 27-30) to Mile Post 200.

Scott and Les Chaffin, who will be supporting Scott by biking beside him, chose this way of honoring the memory of their friend Jay Clark who passed away this May. Jay was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer in 2000.

To find out more and to donate to the American Cancer Society or National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations in memory of Jay Clark and in support of the run, visit Scott’s website, Run to Live … Run to Endure.

London sources – liveblogs

Paul, · Categories: General, News of News

500 comment spams per hour!

Paul, · Categories: General, Spam Memes

Until this morning, all looked fine here using WordPress with authimage removed. A few spam comments were thwarted by the new spam filter and good comments came through. But in the past 2 hours, I’ve been hit by about 500 comment spams. These message have no links in them and are mostly vacuous “love your site” comments. What’s the point?
I am training WordPress to deal with them using the new spam detector. These are mostly annoying, but they are still coming.
authimage may return.

Orson Scott Card at Quail Ridge Books

Paul, · Categories: Amusements, General, literature

Last night we drove over to Raleigh to hear Orson Scott Card at the Quail Ridge Bookstore. OSC is Tucker’s favorite author, of the moment anyway, and Quail Ridge is one of our favorite bookstores.
OSC is beginning a tour to promote his new book, Magic Street, which features a cast of entirely African-American characters as well as an homage to Midsummer Night’s Dream (he says).
First off, OSC announces that he will not read from the book because, in part, the audiobook version, which is not yet listed for sale, does a much better job than he could possibly do. Instead he will answer questions from the audience. He’s got several amusing answers in the can and as a guy who started as an actor and playwright in Utah, he can make the answers seem fresh and even improvised.
Several newsy items are announced. His extremely popular Ender’s Game is being made into a movie. The announcement that the guy writing the screenplay would be the same guy who wrote Troy was greeted by a level of disappointment that OSC obviously didn’t anticipate. [the Internet Movie Database lists Troy screenwright David Benioff not as the writer, but as the executive producer. Several others including OSC are listed as writers. The director of Troy, Wolfgang Petersen, is listed as the director for Ender's]. OSC explained in various ways what Troy is a fine movie and how it shows how well Benioff and Petersen will understand and do a good job of Ender’s Game. At any rate, the movie isn’t due out til 2007.
In the meantime, OSC thinks that Magic Street might make it out as a movie first. According to him, Queen Latifah [warning Mama and Papas cover playing here] is looking at Magic Street. OSC even wrote one character with Latifah in mind after having had a conversation with her. He is very optimistic that Magic Street will be a movie and went on a bit about that.
He also had a lot to say about what a deal it was to write about/as black characters. Then true to OSC, and other writers, immediately said it wasn’t such a big deal. He did a lot of research, but then he really only talked intently to friends who are from the African-American culture.
OSC gives advice about writing that is teaching writing or not teaching writing. Mostly he rants about the Scarlet Letter for a while. His attitude toward the Scarlet Letter approaches that of a Scientologist’s toward psychiatry although it seems to be more for entertainment purposes. His approach to teaching writing too is highly varied and contradictory. First allow a lot of free writing. Don’t enforce rules. Then teach grammar and spelling. No Great Books. But he needed Great Books to be the writer he is. To be fair to OSC, he has age dependent contingencies for these suggestions. And he’s written a few books on how to write in his time.
Speaking of learning to write. About half the audience came over from the Duke Creative Writer’s Workshop in a big bus. The shoppers were given a choice of going to a Durham Bull’s baseball game or coming to a bookstore to hear OSC. Lots came. They were accompanied by their teachers, fellow WW grads Mimi Herman and Floyd Harris.
Much amusing OSC patter continued for about an hour then the signing began. Long lines with happy people.