Last fall Stanford Professor Sebastian Thrun offered his CS221 course ‘Introduction to Artificial Intelligence’ online, for free.

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/01/23/udacity-and-the-future-of-online-universities/

Thrun told the story of his Introduction to Artificial Intelligence class, which ran from October to December last year. It started as a way of putting his Stanford course online — he was going to teach the whole thing, for free, to anybody in the world who wanted it. With quizzes and grades and a final certificate, in parallel with the in-person course he was giving his Stanford undergrad students. He sent out one email to announce the class, and from that one email there was ultimately an enrollment of 160,000 students. Thrun scrambled to put together a website which could scale and support that enrollment, and succeeded spectacularly well.

Just a couple of datapoints from Thrun’s talk: there were more students in his course from Lithuania alone than there are students at Stanford altogether. There were students in Afghanistan, exfiltrating war zones to grab an hour of connectivity to finish the homework assignments. There were single mothers keeping the faith and staying with the course even as their families were being hit by tragedy. And when it finished, thousands of students around the world were educated and inspired. Some 248 of them, in total, got a perfect score: they never got a single question wrong, over the entire course of the class. All 248 took the course online; not one was enrolled at Stanford.

Yesterday at the  DLD (Digital Life,Design), Conference in Munich, Germany, Thrun made an announcement regarding online education.

he concluded that “I can’t teach at Stanford again.” He’s given up his tenure at Stanford, and he’s started a new online university called Udacity. He wants to enroll 500,000 students for his first course, on how to build a search engine — and of course it’s all going to be free.

Its not exactly an accredited university, but it is free. You can enroll now for his next course which starts February 20th:

CS 101: BUILDING A SEARCH ENGINE

Learn programming in seven weeks. We’ll teach you enough about computer science that you can build a web search engine like Google or Yahoo!

udacity.com/

Have you recorded a podcast, or written songs? These internships may be for you.

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if you are interested in any of these jobs, contact these folks directly or via New Media Department chair Larry Latour or Jon Ippolito.

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Like making stuff? Like filming movies? This film festival is looking for you.

Power of Making On Screen

Call for Submissions:

You are invited to create a short film that celebrates making – Each film can be between 10 and 120 seconds in length and will celebrate the power of making – it may explain, illustrate and/ or observe ‘making’ skills, techniques and process.

The films will be creative, inspiring, exciting and perhaps unexpected, and will explore a diverse range of skills and look at how materials can be expressed in imaginative and spectacular ways.

Around 40 of the submitted short ‘making’ films will be selected for inclusion in the forthcoming V&A/Crafts Council exhibition Power of Making (6th September – 2nd January 2012) and screened throughout the duration in a dedicated area of the exhibition known as the ‘Tinker Space’.

We are looking for short films that depict and/or creatively respond to the making process of an object, including; crafting, experiments, demonstrations of making skills, use of tools, equipment /machinery, hacking objects etc.,

Films do not need to be highly polished and edited and we welcome material from hi and lo-fi sources such as digital camera or mobile phone.

Keywords that describe the ways in which skills and craftsmanship should be demonstrated in the type of film we are looking to select, are;

• Innovative

• Engaging

• Skilful

• Improvised

• Witty

• Meticulous

• Dexterous

• Experimental

Submission requirements and guidelines:

• You can submit as many films as you wish – they can be old work or new work, however we cannot accept nudity, sexually explicit scenes, swearing and violence.

• Your film must be non-commercial; all your own work, and you should have obtained copyright or relevant permissions for all images and films used in your piece.

• Acceptable film lengths range from a minimum of 10 seconds to a maximum of 120 seconds of content.

• Each submitted film must include a black front screen with text credits WHITE ON BLACK –to include your name and title of the film/work, your geographical location (town & country) and the date the film was made. This front end section should be no longer than 5 seconds in total.

• Each film may have acknowledgements at the end which should not exceed 5 second on screen. Each film must end with a 1 second FULLY BLACK screen.

How to enter:

• Go to craftscouncil.org.uk/powerofmakingfor full instructions on submitting your film(s) to the dedicated Vimeo site, and if your work fits the brief we will publish it. If selected by our Panel of Experts, your film will feature in the Power of Making exhibition.

• Should be no longer at 136 seconds long (max 10secs Title credit / max 120secs film content/ 6secs end-screen).

Closing date for submissions is Sunday 31st July 2011 For more information see craftscouncil [DOT] org [DOT] uk/powerofmakingor contact exhibitions [AT] craftscouncil [DOT] org [DOT] uk

The Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) is hiring someone with writing, technical and graphics skills at the MERI Center for Marine Studies in Blue Hill, Maine. Meanwhile this Tuesday the Bangor Chamber of Commerce is showcasing business advice from L. L. Bean, Black Dinah Chocolatiers, and yes, Shipyard Brewing Company.

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Wind deadline is 18 May, requires “strong social media skills” and a laptop (sounds like an NMD student to me). Also two internships in the health sector.

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Check out these summer opportunities from past NMD grads, media organizations–deadlines soon!

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If Slashdot is to be believed, Google and Microsoft have begun an “epic” hiring war. And nude coders have never been more in demand.

http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/04/21/0312235/Google-Microsoft-In-Epic-Hiring-War?utm_source=rss1.0&utm_medium=feed via Byline

“Looking for a new job? Then Google and Microsoft have 6200 roles globally this quarter up for grabs, the first salvos in a costly war for talent. Google alone will hire 6200 engineers, executives and sales staff this year — its biggest intake ever. This story details where the biggest bucks and most fun jobs are to be had and how you can apply for them. There’s even a job for an Xbox PR person — fancy being paid to play with toys all day?”

Another company hiring is AVOS, run by the founders of YouTube, which just purchased the bookmarking site Delicious: http://www.AVOS.com/jobs

Of course, different companies have different…perks.

http://idle.slashdot.org/story/11/04/05/157229/Software-Firm-Looking-To-Hire-Naked-Coders?utm_source=rss1.0&utm_medium=feed via Byline

Nude House, a Buckinghamshire computer software and naturist company, is looking for coders who aren’t afraid to let a few Cheetos fall where no Cheetos have fallen before. The company would like to become the first all nude tech business. From the article: “Company spokesman Chris Taylor told The Register: ‘As far as I am aware this is not only the first UK office job for naturists in web-coding or web-selling, but is also the first worldwide facility for naturists to earn substantial sums of money from work that incidentally provides them with the capability to work entirely without clothes.

09orono lgh Perma may 03 illWant to try a helping of edible landscape? Mosey over to LongGreenHouse this Friday and Wednesday for a permaculture field day.

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EFF logoThe downside: no pay. The upside: save the Internet. Apply by 22 April.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters, to be exact, a Minor League baseball team located in Burlington. And the Boston Red Sox are looking for interns for their TV and Video Production department.

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A documentary Film

For many of us our parents encourage us to attend college and get a higher education so that we can have a choice of what we would like for ourselves in life an not just have to settle for what we can get. When i first when to college I was filled with the idea when I got out I’d have a leg up on the rest of the world, that I’d have to beat employers off with a stick and choosing a my career would be like choosing which gift to first unwrap at christmas; exciting, somewhat expected, and always with careful and thoughtful deliberation. A year out of school and I quickly found out that was not the case at all. Instead of exploring new areas and growing into adult hood I found myself back in my old room and in many ways back into adolescence. Now don’t get me wrong I would not change my college experience for anything, not only was I expose to classes of people I wouldn’t normally interact with and create strong bonds and important relationships, college helped me view the world beyond myself, brought my attitude and intelligence to a higher level, and help form me into a daring, risk taking, creative person. Still I wish my income could reflect those four years that help me grow so much.  Though I understand that times are tough and I am not the only person with such ‘after college shock’ and what’s helping me get through this difficult time for our nation is in fact my background in higher education.  I’m realizing that to be an adult is to tackle responsibilities that may not make you happy  while still pursuing that thing that motivates you.

The link above is a link to my blog for a documentary film I’m working on about this very subject. Titled: Overqualified At first this film was going to be a broad documentary about what it means to be a college graduate in todays economy but as things evolved it has become more to focus about a certain individual named Rachel. Rachel graduated top of her class in both high school and college, she is driven, smart, articulate and struggling, like may of us are.  I won’t go into more detail because that is what the blog is for. If you have the time check it out, give me some feed back and hey if you feel like supporting a local filmmaker and fellow black bear, donate a dollar or two.

  1. Graphic artist wanted for high-profile comic novel
  2. Logo needed for environmental research course
  3. French Web site looking for student artists

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Lewiston/Auburn is hosting it’s first ever film festival sponsored by various local establishments as well as MPBN. This is a great opportunity for students to get their work shown and be apart of bringing exposure and culture to a part of Maine that is definitely on the raise as far as the arts go. Being a past student of the Camden film fest I can attest that there are some very talented filmmakers in the UMaine community, here is your chance to get your film shown and maybe open up some future opportunities.

Check it out here: http://www.lafilmfestival.org/

Student Administrative Aide wanted–apply by September 17 2010.

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Starting your own online business? It sounds like this open source software makes it easy.

http://books.slashdot.org/story/10/08/25/1245213/PrestaShop-13-Beginners-Guide?from=rss via Byline johhnyb writes “PrestaShop 1.3, Beginner’s Guide by John Horton does exactly what is suggested by the title in that it provides a comprehensive and detailed guide to novices looking to set up their own online shops. While it is aimed at total beginners it never talks down to the reader and neither does it merely scratch the surface of the topic requiring you to go off and search for the real valuable information somewhere else. This book takes you from clueless beginner (which I undoubtedly was) to someone equipped with the knowledge, resources and additional support to be quite confident in setting up an effective online retail presence (which I believe I now am).” Keep reading for the rest of johhnyb’s review.

Good news for any students needing access to books etc. from Amazon (via Matt Leavitt and Owen Smith).

This is pretty great, all people with a .edu address gets a year of free amazon prime!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info

tell everyone!

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Might be helpful advice for anyone looking to beef up a resume or portfolio.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/g18mBf6K2Pk/Finding-Open-Source-Projects-Looking-For-Help via Byline

aus writes “I’ve been doing web development for about 10 years now. It’s been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn’t all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I’m looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I’ve tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat … is there a site somewhere that I’m not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post ‘job’ listings?”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Might be helpful advice for anyone looking to beef up a resume or portfolio.

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/g18mBf6K2Pk/Finding-Open-Source-Projects-Looking-For-Help via Byline

aus writes “I’ve been doing web development for about 10 years now. It’s been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn’t all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I’m looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I’ve tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat … is there a site somewhere that I’m not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post ‘job’ listings?”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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