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Historian Nils Gilman, a consultant at Global Business Network/Monitor, is co-author of a forthcoming book on the subject.

“Deviant Globalization” Nils Gilman, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday, May 3.

This is one of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) organized by The Long Now Foundation. Free audios and my summaries of all previous talks are available for download.

http://www.longnow.org/seminars/

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More on the talk:

Historian Nils Gilman, a consultant at Global Business Network/Monitor, is co-author of a forthcoming book on the subject.

“Deviant Globalization” Nils Gilman, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday, May 3.

This is one of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking (SALT) organized by The Long Now Foundation. Free audios and my summaries of all previous talks are available for download.

http://www.longnow.org/seminars/

Notes on the Sustainable Orono meeting of April 28, 2010: From: Sustainable Orono

Aproximately 30 persons attended the meeting at the Orono Public Library. We viewed the documentary, In Transition 1.0, which, for those who were unable to attend, can be viewed online at:

We discussed a variety of ideas for making Orono more sustainable, including the establishment of a town farm; having community gardens on town land with personal plots that could be cultivated by those without access to land; having a municipal hydroelectric plant; increasing the number of households that heat with natural gas rather than heating oil, as an interim way of cutting the carbon footprint of the town until more sustainable methods can be employed; and the importance of more comprehensive recycling. A number of persons spoke about the importance of having a strong community in facing the challenges of peak oil and climate change.

A steering committee for Sustainable Orono was formed to ensure continuity until a more formal structure could be created. This committee can be contacted at sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

A committee that will examine and work on initiatives for local food production was also formed, with Claudia Lowd as the committee convener (Email: clowd at myfairpoint.net)

There were also volunteers for a committee on local energy use and production, but as of yet there is no convener for that committee. If you wish to serve on any of these committees, please contact sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

We tentatively decided that the next Sustainable Orono meeting would be held on May 26 at the Birch Street School, if it is available at that time, as the library meeting was too small to comfortably accommodate the group.

Finally, until a better means of communication is found or developed, the Sustainable Orono group on Yahoo Groups (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_orono/) can be used for posting notices and reports of meetings and activities Sustainable Orono committees and any other local groups that are working on sustainability issues.

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Notes on the Sustainable Orono meeting of April 28, 2010: From: Sustainable Orono

Aproximately 30 persons attended the meeting at the Orono Public Library. We viewed the documentary, In Transition 1.0, which, for those who were unable to attend, can be viewed online at: [vimeo groups]

We discussed a variety of ideas for making Orono more sustainable, including the establishment of a town farm; having community gardens on town land with personal plots that could be cultivated by those without access to land; having a municipal hydroelectric plant; increasing the number of households that heat with natural gas rather than heating oil, as an interim way of cutting the carbon footprint of the town until more sustainable methods can be employed; and the importance of more comprehensive recycling. A number of persons spoke about the importance of having a strong community in facing the challenges of peak oil and climate change.

A steering committee for Sustainable Orono was formed to ensure continuity until a more formal structure could be created. This committee can be contacted at sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

A committee that will examine and work on initiatives for local food production was also formed, with Claudia Lowd as the committee convener (Email: clowd at myfairpoint.net)

There were also volunteers for a committee on local energy use and production, but as of yet there is no convener for that committee. If you wish to serve on any of these committees, please contact sustainable_orono at hotmail.com.

We tentatively decided that the next Sustainable Orono meeting would be held on May 26 at the Birch Street School, if it is available at that time, as the library meeting was too small to comfortably accommodate the group.

Finally, until a better means of communication is found or developed, the Sustainable Orono group on Yahoo Groups (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sustainable_orono/) can be used for posting notices and reports of meetings and activities Sustainable Orono committees and any other local groups that are working on sustainability issues.

Virion Exhibition dates are from 19 July – 1 of August

Virion is a screen based digital art exhibition that links to public sites across Brisbane, focused in the Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network.

Virion provides artists the opportunity to display their work across a network of public screens and access a diverse audience. The exhibition is open to all users from professional and emerging artists to people experimenting with cameras and scanners. There is no juried selection process and each work is given equal showing time. Submissions may be in the form of digital stills or video files up to 100MB each.

Each screen will play a compilation of diverse images and video that represent a wide & integrated range of local and international art practices and styles. Screens are located across a range of public, gallery and institutional sites to offer unique viewing experiences and to maximize & diversify Brisbane audiences’ exposure to new media practices.

All submissions also play on the Virion website: www.virion2010.com.au

Throughout the exhibition the audience is invited to respond and participate by contributing further content to the show. Sites will be updated progressively to include all work.

Online Artist submissions will open in early May. To be included in the opening of the exhibition submissions must be received by July 14.

For Exhibition questions please e-mail [email protected]

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Virion Exhibition dates are from 19 July – 1 of August

Virion is a screen based digital art exhibition that links to public sites across Brisbane, focused in the Kelvin Grove Urban Screen Network.

Virion provides artists the opportunity to display their work across a network of public screens and access a diverse audience. The exhibition is open to all users from professional and emerging artists to people experimenting with cameras and scanners. There is no juried selection process and each work is given equal showing time. Submissions may be in the form of digital stills or video files up to 100MB each.

Each screen will play a compilation of diverse images and video that represent a wide & integrated range of local and international art practices and styles. Screens are located across a range of public, gallery and institutional sites to offer unique viewing experiences and to maximize & diversify Brisbane audiences’ exposure to new media practices.

All submissions also play on the Virion website: www.virion2010.com.au

Throughout the exhibition the audience is invited to respond and participate by contributing further content to the show. Sites will be updated progressively to include all work.

Online Artist submissions will open in early May. To be included in the opening of the exhibition submissions must be received by July 14.

For Exhibition questions please e-mail [email protected]

I ran into Jon last week at a social networking training session for the Belfast CoHousing & EcoVillage. He filled me in on this blog and the sweet tech behind its synchronous posting / commenting from Twitter and Facebook; very cool stuff! Jon asked if I would let you all know there are indeed great jobs in Maine in the technology industry, and more are coming each day! I graduated from NMD/ART last May and I freelanced through Craigslist for a bit. By July I landed the lead Web Developer position @ Pica Design, LLC here in Belfast. This industry in general is quite fun because of its every-changing nature. When new tech comes out I get to learn and use it for client websites. Recently we launched a media community for The Maine Windjammer Association in which I was able to work with the YouTube API and Flickr API to push / pull content to / from the website. I landed this job through Owen Smith. So, work hard; someone will notice and recommend you!!

Waterfall Arts presents Still Water Co-Director Joline Blais talking about her work in ecology, the New Commons, and cross-cultural networking on Monday 26 April at 7pm.

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Have you ever played a guitar that sounds like a thunderstorm? Worn glasses that automatically upload a photographic history of your everyday life? Schussed down Sugarloaf with skis made from organic materials?

MelansonThis Wednesday, thirty-five New Media seniors will rock the U-Me campus with a night of curb-jumping capstones.

CatalinaHeld in Lord Hall from 4 to 6pm on Wednesday 28 April (Maine Day), this event showcases senior projects that reveal or transform what we take in with our eyes, ears, and even taste buds. More than one-off student projects, many of these startups already have sizable audiences, proving that an economy in the dumps is little deterent to the creative undergrads of the University of Maine’s New Media Department.

Open Your Eyes: The 2010 Capstone Night

Wednesday 28 April 4-6pm

Lord Hall

Find out more about projects featured in the 2010 Capstone Night

Screen shot 2010-04-24 at 12.46.51 PMOur company of actors and chefs will be arriving in the form of an alchemical laboratory that engages all of one’s senses through a media-rich exploration of food, music, video and theatrical performances. The University of Maine’s new Intermedia Graduate program will be launching a revolutionary collaborative effort, under the guidance of Professor Leon Johnson, where graduate students engage as designers, authors, performers, with a range of communities, to cultivate conversations with local artists, farmers, students, teachers and businesses to generate a uniquely immersive dining experience.

Guests will enter into a bubbling laboratory, rich with history beyond our time, as wandering scientists of questionable origin stop to observe the local inhabitants. Supported by a backdrop of music, video, custom designed sets, original script, an eclectic cast of characters, and a multi-course dinner prepared live from the finest local produce, the project looks to activate as many local artisans as possible. Collaborative efforts have already begun between the team of students and several artists and venues, and all are looking forward to the launch in April.

The students hope to demonstrate that this nomadic structure based on conversations with local communities around convivial spaces can become a sustainable architecture for artists and farmers alike. The collaborative model looks to activate new models of learning and engagement in the world that stimulate conversations that can carry on beyond the scope of a single project, generating opportunity and awareness for a host of groups and individuals throughout numerous communities. The theater will serve doubly as a mobile art gallery, as all artifacts that comprise the set will be custom designed artworks created specifically for that evening’s performance. From photography to furniture making and cooking, artisans of all types are encouraged to participate in this model. For more information on joining us as a guest or a collaborator in a dining experience like no other, please feel free to contact us.

Performance Dates May 5th, 6th, 7th
For Ticket Information, Please Contact [email protected]

> http://www.swfme.com/view/1046212

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> http://www.swfme.com/view/1046212

(via Ari Epstein)

EditShare will release its video editor as open source this summer. Lightworks handles high-definition media, DPX, and RED, shares projects with Final Cut Pro and Avid, and was recently used by Academy- award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker on Shutter Island. Introduced in 1989 and bought by EditShare last year, it ‘has come from over one million hours of software development,’ says EditShare’s James Richings. But he says releasing the source will ‘generate concepts and capabilities never seen before. I expect that the Lightworks Open Source initiative will transform not only the technology, but also the opinions on what a professional editing tool can achieve.’” From the press release’s description, it sounds like the “open source” phase will follow a period of free-as-in-beer downloading.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/ljYlL-nNins/Lightworks-Video-Editor-To-Go-Open-Source

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EditShare will release its video editor as open source this summer. Lightworks handles high-definition media, DPX, and RED, shares projects with Final Cut Pro and Avid, and was recently used by Academy- award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker on Shutter Island. Introduced in 1989 and bought by EditShare last year, it ‘has come from over one million hours of software development,’ says EditShare’s James Richings. But he says releasing the source will ‘generate concepts and capabilities never seen before. I expect that the Lightworks Open Source initiative will transform not only the technology, but also the opinions on what a professional editing tool can achieve.’” From the press release’s description, it sounds like the “open source” phase will follow a period of free-as-in-beer downloading.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/ljYlL-nNins/Lightworks-Video-Editor-To-Go-Open-Source

A hacker gets Google’s Linux-based Android operating system–which allows Flash and other non-Apple-approved applications–running on an iPhone.

Could this be the salt that melts the ice of the increasingly closed Apple ecosystem?

(via @zeveisenberg)

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This is a really nice demonstration of how a mic, a speaker, and some software can animate inert objects. I would love to see a kindergarten go at these toys.

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Wired magazine spoke with Science writer and Hack the Planet author Eli Kintisch about the moral and scientific dilemmas of considering global interventions to solve climate change. On reading the interview, I’m terrified to learn how many companies are itching to get into the geoengineering business, by marketing sun-absorbing aerosols to disperse in clouds or patenting new types of algae that munch up carbon in the oceans.

Kintisch makes the analogy between nuclear weapons and geoengineering as two horrific projects that scientists research, all the while hoping they will never be used. If that analogy is justified, then we should no sooner entrust private enterprise with saving the planet than we should put them in charge of building and deploying atomic bombs.

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Advice from Slashdot contributors on how to land an entry-level tech job in this economy.

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Recently got to see some fantastic work coming from the NMD department capstone class. Would like to specifically note The Everyday Maine documentary project by new media student Ben Brazier which is a series of 1 minute audio and still documentaries about various people throughout Maine.

This sparked me to start checking out job opportunities in the documentary film field and i came across this: [ http://www.documentary.org/community/IDA-resources/jobs ]http://www.documentary.org/community/IDA-resources/jobs

Think this would be useful to those new media students (such as myself) who couldn’t code themselves out of a box, or ever write a code that made a box for that matter and let people know that what we learn in New Media is more then graphic design and webpage development.

This would be especially useful for anyone who HAS taken or WILL be taking the Camden International Film Festival class next year.

Recently got to see some fantastic work coming from the NMD department capstone class. Would like to specifically note The Everyday Maine documentary project by new media student Ben Brazier which is a series of 1 minute audio and still documentaries about various people throughout Maine.

This sparked me to start checking out job opportunities in the documentary film field and i came across this: http://www.documentary.org/community/IDA-resources/jobs

Think this would be useful to those new media students (such as myself) who couldn’t code themselves out of a box, or ever write a code that made a box for that matter and let people know that what we learn in New Media is more then graphic design and webpage development.

This would be especially useful for anyone who HAS taken or WILL be taking the Camden International Film Festival class next year.

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