One cause of the pay gap between men and women may be how women approach negotiations, researchers say.

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One cause of the pay gap between men and women may be how women approach negotiations, researchers say.

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One cause of the pay gap between men and women may be how women approach negotiations, researchers say.

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Sure, sound in a Web page can be horribly misused. But now when it has a legitimate purpose, you won’t have to kill a mosquito with a cannon by drumming up a Flash file just to play a beep.

Imagine if you could grab and manipulate audio with JavaScript just like you can images with Canvas. Firefox experimental builds let you do just that: crazy audio visualizations, a graphic equalizer, even text-to-speech, all in JavaScript! Work in progress; you need a special build of Firefox (videos available), being worked on via W3C.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/fnfEngBMfXE/Breakthroughs-In-HTML-Audio-Via-Manipulation-With-JavaScript

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Sure, sound in a Web page can be horribly misused. But now when it has a legitimate purpose, you won’t have to kill a mosquito with a cannon by drumming up a Flash file just to play a beep.

Imagine if you could grab and manipulate audio with JavaScript just like you can images with Canvas. Firefox experimental builds let you do just that: crazy audio visualizations, a graphic equalizer, even text-to-speech, all in JavaScript! Work in progress; you need a special build of Firefox (videos available), being worked on via W3C.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/fnfEngBMfXE/Breakthroughs-In-HTML-Audio-Via-Manipulation-With-JavaScript

Facebook Logo Upside Down thuPeople are hungry for a privacy-respecting social network. So hungry that four college kids announce they are going to make an open version of Facebook, and pocket $100,000 in donations in the first two weeks.

Read on to find out why so many are steamed up about Facebook and what they intend to do about it.

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Ars Technica has an opinion piece by Sarah Rotman Epps on the iPad and other potential tablets as a new paradigm that they are calling ‘curated computing,’ where third parties make a lot of choices to simplify things for the end user, reducing user choice but improving reliability and efficiency for a defined set of tasks. The idea is that this does not replace, but supplements, general-purpose computers. It’s possible — if the common denominator between iPads, Android and/or Chrome tablets, WebOS tablets, and the like is a more server-centric web experience — that they could be right, and that a more competitive computing market could be the result. But I wonder, too: would that then provide an incentive for manufacturers to try to lock down the personal computing desktop experience as well?”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/2MWIXMzrvjk/Shall-We-Call-It-Curated-Computing

Meanwhile, at Wired, Eliot Van Buskirk takes Epps’ curatophilia even further, citing four realms of digital culture he claims have already been colonized by the curatorial compulsion:

1) Facebook curated the web….

Personal websites remain the domain of geeks while Facebook (and its predecessors), LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr and other pre-fab web-presence providers flourish, despite valid privacy concerns. When faced with social freedom on the web, we chose social curation instead, and now we’re dealing with that choice….

2) Music curation vs. music criticism…

Today, you can discover in seconds how nearly any band in the world sounds, assuming it wants to be heard, on YouTube, MySpace, Spotify, The Pirate Bay and other services. At that point, the role of the music critic shrinks considerably and becomes more about curation than criticism. The fact that your favorite MP3 blog mentions something at all is more important than what they say about it, because you can then download or stream the song and decide for yourself….

3) News publications filter the news.

Before the internet and Google all we had was curated news, in that readers typically got all of their news from one or two paper publications, which are closed systems. When the news went online and the internet opened up news distribution, aggregation became important. A Google News search on a current event typically reveals thousands of articles on the same topic, and the sheer number of current events being reported has skyrocketed in the past decade, which has made curation important once again….

4) Consumption devices curate functionality.

Finally, we arrive at the sort of curation Epps is talking about. The Kindle, cellphone, MP3 player, GPS and other specific-purpose devices curate functionality in order to deliver a better experience than a general-purpose desktop computer could ever deliver. This holds especially true for devices designed around consumption, such as portable MP3 players or big-screen televisions….When a “curated computing” device offers general functionality and a large screen, geeks get nervous because they view it as a blow against computing freedom.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/feeling-overwhelmed-welcome-the-age-of-curation/

Are jargon-happy digerati like Epps and Buskirk only infatuated with “curating” because they’ve run out of other Web 2.0 buzzwords? Or has the proliferation of the once-artsy concept of curating into sectors like journalism and computing helped to reveal its true political merits and liabilities?

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Slashdot comments on the original story:

Ars Technica has an opinion piece by Sarah Rotman Epps on the iPad and other potential tablets as a new paradigm that they are calling ‘curated computing,’ where third parties make a lot of choices to simplify things for the end user, reducing user choice but improving reliability and efficiency for a defined set of tasks. The idea is that this does not replace, but supplements, general-purpose computers. It’s possible — if the common denominator between iPads, Android and/or Chrome tablets, WebOS tablets, and the like is a more server-centric web experience — that they could be right, and that a more competitive computing market could be the result. But I wonder, too: would that then provide an incentive for manufacturers to try to lock down the personal computing desktop experience as well?”

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/2MWIXMzrvjk/Shall-We-Call-It-Curated-Computing

Meanwhile, at Wired, Eliot Van Buskirk takes Epps’ curatophilia even further, citing four realms of digital culture he claims have already been colonized by the curatorial compulsion:

1) Facebook curated the web….

Personal websites remain the domain of geeks while Facebook (and its predecessors), LinkedIn, Tumblr, Flickr and other pre-fab web-presence providers flourish, despite valid privacy concerns. When faced with social freedom on the web, we chose social curation instead, and now we’re dealing with that choice….

2) Music curation vs. music criticism…

Today, you can discover in seconds how nearly any band in the world sounds, assuming it wants to be heard, on YouTube, MySpace, Spotify, The Pirate Bay and other services. At that point, the role of the music critic shrinks considerably and becomes more about curation than criticism. The fact that your favorite MP3 blog mentions something at all is more important than what they say about it, because you can then download or stream the song and decide for yourself….

3) News publications filter the news.

Before the internet and Google all we had was curated news, in that readers typically got all of their news from one or two paper publications, which are closed systems. When the news went online and the internet opened up news distribution, aggregation became important. A Google News search on a current event typically reveals thousands of articles on the same topic, and the sheer number of current events being reported has skyrocketed in the past decade, which has made curation important once again….

4) Consumption devices curate functionality.

Finally, we arrive at the sort of curation Epps is talking about. The Kindle, cellphone, MP3 player, GPS and other specific-purpose devices curate functionality in order to deliver a better experience than a general-purpose desktop computer could ever deliver. This holds especially true for devices designed around consumption, such as portable MP3 players or big-screen televisions….When a “curated computing” device offers general functionality and a large screen, geeks get nervous because they view it as a blow against computing freedom.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/feeling-overwhelmed-welcome-the-age-of-curation/

Are jargon-happy digerati like Epps and Buskirk only infatuated with “curating” because they’ve run out of other Web 2.0 buzzwords? Or has the proliferation of the once-artsy concept of curating into sectors like journalism and computing helped to reveal its true political merits and liabilities?

TWELVE SCHOLARSHIPS have become available to students of the new Transart Institute MFA Creative Practice program validated by the University of Plymouth. Two Developing Country Scholarships, four Achievement Scholarships and six Merit Scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships provide a reduction in tuition from 10 to 50%. More information on scholarships and payment plans can found on the Transart Institute website: http://www.transartinstitute.org/Admissions.html

TRANSART INSTITUTE offers an international low-residency MFA program for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live.

THE MFA CREATIVE PRACTICE is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, curating, digital media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

General information: www.transartinstitute.org For specific information please contact Selina Heaton, Administrative Manager: info [AT] transartinstitute [DOT] org

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Klaus Knoll, PhD Programme Leader, MFA Creative Practice

http://www.transartinstitute.org knoll [AT] transartinstitute [DOT] org USA: 347 410 9905 Fax: 508 682 2853

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TWELVE SCHOLARSHIPS have become available to students of the new Transart Institute MFA Creative Practice program validated by the University of Plymouth. Two Developing Country Scholarships, four Achievement Scholarships and six Merit Scholarships will be awarded. The scholarships provide a reduction in tuition from 10 to 50%. More information on scholarships and payment plans can found on the Transart Institute website: http://www.transartinstitute.org/Admissions.html

TRANSART INSTITUTE offers an international low-residency MFA program for working artists in a highly individualized format. The innovative program consists of three intensive summer residencies with lectures, workshops, critiques, seminars, performances and exhibitions in Europe and two shorter winter residencies in New York. In the four semesters between residencies, students create their own course of study realizing individual art and research projects with the support of faculty and self-chosen artist mentors wherever they work and live.

THE MFA CREATIVE PRACTICE is geared towards the development of a sustainable artistic praxis rather than training in certain media or genres, challenging students to think conceptually and work creatively in new ways. Current students work with animation, curating, digital media, film, gaming, graphic design, installation, painting, performance, photography, robotics, sculpture, sound, text, video, virtual reality.

General information: www.transartinstitute.org For specific information please contact Selina Heaton, Administrative Manager: info [AT] transartinstitute [DOT] org

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Klaus Knoll, PhD Programme Leader, MFA Creative Practice

http://www.transartinstitute.org knoll [AT] transartinstitute [DOT] org USA: 347 410 9905 Fax: 508 682 2853

I’m a big fan of the John Cage | Fluxus Happening | guerilla urban architecture mashup Frozen Grand Central. I’m also a fan of public transportation. So you can imagine my delight when I stepped off the metro at UCLA’s Westwood & La Conte and stumbled upon this:
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If you want to pitch a game concept to the industry, Slashdot has advice for you. But it’s not pretty.

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Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would: •Create and edit promotional materials. •Cooperate in the development and design of web site. •Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should: •Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript. •Be familiar with design standards. •Have strong New Media/Programming background. •Demonstrate strong communication skills. •Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

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Josh Plourde at AEWC Offshore Wind sent this my way.

AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center is now accepting resumes for a paid student research assistant who would:

•Create and edit promotional materials.

•Cooperate in the development and design of web site.

•Take leading role in iPad/iPhone app design and development.

Applicants should:

•Be knowledgeable of several programming languages, including PHP and Javascript.

•Be familiar with design standards.

•Have strong New Media/Programming background.

•Demonstrate strong communication skills.

•Be available and willing to work 40 hours this summer and 20+ hours during the fall and spring semesters.

If interested, send resume and cover letter in PDF format to Elizabeth Viselli on First Class.

Charlie Stross argues that Steve Jobs’ recent fascistic turn — such as his refusal to run Flash on the iPhone — is a side effect of Jobs’ planning for the coming decline in personal computer sales.

According to Stross, the market will be all about mobility. Apple will turn from selling hardware that runs its software to selling hardware that runs its cloud.

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Via Bruce Sterling, who enjoyed the irony of students making a group to protest this invasion of privacy–on Facebook. *I know it’s natural to assume that anything happening in Arizona these days must be insane by definition, but….

http://badgerherald.com/news/2010/05/04/ariz_college_to_posi.php

Students at Northern Arizona University will have a hard time skipping large classes next fall because of a new attendance monitoring system.

The new system will use sensors to detect students’ university identification cards when they enter classrooms, according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer. The data will be recorded and available for professors to examine.

Bauer said the university’s main goal with the sensor system is to increase attendance and student performance.

“People are saying we are using surveillance or Orwellian [tactics] and, boy, I’m like ‘wow,’ I didn’t know taking attendance qualified as surveillance,” Bauer said.

University President John Haeger is encouraging professors to have attendance be a part of students’ grades, but he added it is not mandatory and up to each professor to decide, Bauer said.

Haeger added the sensors, paid for by federal stimulus money, initially would only be installed in large freshmen and sophomore classes with more than 50 students.

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/05/arphid-watch-class-attendance/

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Via Bruce Sterling, who enjoyed the irony of students making a group to protest this invasion of privacy–on Facebook.

*I know it’s natural to assume that anything happening in Arizona these days must be insane by definition, but….

http://badgerherald.com/news/2010/05/04/ariz_college_to_posi.php

Students at Northern Arizona University will have a hard time skipping large classes next fall because of a new attendance monitoring system.

The new system will use sensors to detect students’ university identification cards when they enter classrooms, according to NAU spokesperson Tom Bauer. The data will be recorded and available for professors to examine.

Bauer said the university’s main goal with the sensor system is to increase attendance and student performance.

“People are saying we are using surveillance or Orwellian [tactics] and, boy, I’m like ‘wow,’ I didn’t know taking attendance qualified as surveillance,” Bauer said.

University President John Haeger is encouraging professors to have attendance be a part of students’ grades, but he added it is not mandatory and up to each professor to decide, Bauer said.

Haeger added the sensors, paid for by federal stimulus money, initially would only be installed in large freshmen and sophomore classes with more than 50 students.

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2010/05/arphid-watch-class-attendance/

Viewers from a range of disciplines will get a lot out of this 30-minute interview with writer and digital humanist Cheryl Ball.   Describing issues and concerns for new media education, Cheryl offers concrete solutions and examples from her work at Illinois State University and beyond.

Writers Talk: Cheryl Ball
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(The UMaine community will recognize Cheryl; interview segments with her  were featured preminantly in Magic, a Without Borders installation put together by Still Water‘s John Bell, Vanessa Vobis, and Craig Dietrich.)

From a Slashdot review:

“The Laidoff Ninja” is an extremely valuable resource on dealing with the mental stress and anguish that may come from being laid off. It presents creative and novel ways of finding jobs by leveraging social media. The book is a tool in itself that can help the reader survive and prepare for the battle that is a job-search, and do it in a highly effective way.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/SPxXwexqmuQ/The-Laidoff-Ninja

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From a Slashdot review:

“The Laidoff Ninja” is an extremely valuable resource on dealing with the mental stress and anguish that may come from being laid off. It presents creative and novel ways of finding jobs by leveraging social media. The book is a tool in itself that can help the reader survive and prepare for the battle that is a job-search, and do it in a highly effective way.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/SPxXwexqmuQ/The-Laidoff-Ninja

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