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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sand Glumac

There is already a precedent for an MQP taking place at the Santa Fe Complex
Jon Glumac (CS) has been working with Steve on "theatrical primitives" as part of the Ambient Computing effort.
Here he is, looking like a primitive sandman on a skype call with Steve and me.  
Couldn't get more theatrically primitive than this!
We should soon begin to see some online demos of Jon's work.  
He will finish his MQP, which is being conducted on the WPI campus, at the end of term D.

Monday, February 23, 2009

More Educational Viewing: Acequia Documentary (From JP)

UPDATE: This embedding works when I preview it, but doesn't seem to work when I publish the post. Here is the link to the page where you can view the video if the embedded version isn't working for you either.

UPDATE TWO: (This one's exciting though, I promise!) The embedding now works, but I left the link above just in case you guys still need it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Santa Fe Complex Walkscore

Here is the walkscore of the Santa Fe Institute

Cultural Research

Roy Wroth, a member of the Santa Fe Complex, recommended using the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center's website, to get a better idea about some of the groups that we hope to work with in Santa Fe. Its an excellent way to get a better understanding of the traditions of the tribes and nations near where we will be looking.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Educational Viewing

The TV show 30 Days had a rather insightful episode about living on a reservation. It provides a valuable perspective about one of the tribal cultures near Santa Fe.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Off Campus MQP Info

As per Fabio's advice, and I totally agree, we need to get going figuring out

  • What is the most effective way to get faculty advisers?
  • Once we have them what is the most effective way to have them communicate with students?
  • Which of the underserved majors would be able to commit a fulltime faculty to a project center?
  • What project centers already exist and how do they go about these things? (Andrew I believe has a list of existing project centers and the numbers associated with them)
  • How many majors would we be capable of supporting at any given time?
I'm sure there are more questions that need answered, and that's why I'm posting this on the blog. I was hoping we could have a pretty solid list for Monday and then we can go about figuring out who to ask all these questions to specifically.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Santa Fe Complex Project Cloud

Here is a word cloud taken from the SFx Project Cloud page. Click on the picture to see the larger version...

Wordle: SFx_Project_Cloud

Cool uh?!  
Now, here is an MQP topic: can we make the word cloud dynamic? That is, can we read the project cloud page from the Santa Fe Complex web site and dynamically re-create a new cloud that is automatically reflected in this blog entry?  
If so, let's do it!

Understanding the Santa Fe Complex

To know what we will be doing in Santa Fe understanding the Santa Fe Complex will be quite beneficial to members of our project, and future projects. While a cursory overview Complex's website, will let you understand the skeletal frame work of the center, to truly appreciate the complex further research and reading would be advised, the use of Center's wiki should allow a more robust image to be found. To avoid losing the forest because of the tree's try to take advantage of the the basic principles pages that members of the Santa Fe Complex have posted to make their institution more approachable.