Jan 282010
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I am a faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I research in the areas of robotics and prosthetics.

We are in immediate need for help with some graphic design and sketching work for my lab. I have a few jobs that an art student with some digital graphics background will be able to complete. This includes making digital sketches for our experimental set ups, drawings of our robot, concept design for future robots and website logo design etc. The artist will compensated appropriately for their work.

Would you be able to help me locate an artist who can help me?

Thanks for you time. Regards, Ashish Deshpande (via First Class)

Jan 282010
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I am a faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I research in the areas of robotics and prosthetics.

We are in immediate need for help with some graphic design and sketching work for my lab. I have a few jobs that an art student with some digital graphics background will be able to complete. This includes making digital sketches for our experimental set ups, drawings of our robot, concept design for future robots and website logo design etc. The artist will compensated appropriately for their work.

Would you be able to help me locate an artist who can help me?

Thanks for you time. Regards, Ashish Deshpande (via First Class)

Jan 282010
 

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I am a faculty in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I research in the areas of robotics and prosthetics.

We are in immediate need for help with some graphic design and sketching work for my lab. I have a few jobs that an art student with some digital graphics background will be able to complete. This includes making digital sketches for our experimental set ups, drawings of our robot, concept design for future robots and website logo design etc. The artist will compensated appropriately for their work.

Would you be able to help me locate an artist who can help me?

Thanks for you time. Regards, Ashish Deshpande (via First Class)

Jan 132010
 

network, sharing, software, Orono, library

If you like the idea, email Deborah Rollins on First Class to ask her to extend the free trial beyond the spring.

Personally, though, I think the title “Windows for Dummies” is redundant. *ducks*

Fogler Library is pleased to provide a 6-month trial to Safari Tech Books Online at

http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp

The database has approximately 3,000 full-text IT titles on topics including certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linus/Unix, Web development, Windows, XML, and more. Publishers include O’Reilly Media Inc., Pearson Technology Group, Adobe, Idea Group, Sams, Wiley “For Dummies” books, and many more. Because there is a limit of 2 simultaneous users, please click “Sign Out & Clear Session” when done using the database. Fogler Library’s trial subscription expires June 30, 2010.

For assistance using the database, please contact Reference (581-1673) or Science & Engineering (581-1691).

http://www.library.umaine.edu/librarynews

Jan 132010
 

network, sharing, software, Orono, library

If you like the idea, email Deborah Rollins on First Class to ask her to extend the free trial beyond the spring.

Personally, though, I think the title “Windows for Dummies” is redundant. *ducks*

Fogler Library is pleased to provide a 6-month trial to Safari Tech Books Online at

http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp

The database has approximately 3,000 full-text IT titles on topics including certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linus/Unix, Web development, Windows, XML, and more. Publishers include O’Reilly Media Inc., Pearson Technology Group, Adobe, Idea Group, Sams, Wiley “For Dummies” books, and many more. Because there is a limit of 2 simultaneous users, please click “Sign Out & Clear Session” when done using the database. Fogler Library’s trial subscription expires June 30, 2010.

For assistance using the database, please contact Reference (581-1673) or Science & Engineering (581-1691).

http://www.library.umaine.edu/librarynews

Jan 132010
 

If you like the idea, email Deborah Rollins on First Class to ask her to extend the free trial beyond the spring.

Personally, though, I think the title “Windows for Dummies” is redundant. *ducks*

Fogler Library is pleased to provide a 6-month trial to Safari Tech Books Online at

http://www.library.umaine.edu/indexesdb/Indexes.asp

The database has approximately 3,000 full-text IT titles on topics including certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linus/Unix, Web development, Windows, XML, and more. Publishers include O’Reilly Media Inc., Pearson Technology Group, Adobe, Idea Group, Sams, Wiley “For Dummies” books, and many more. Because there is a limit of 2 simultaneous users, please click “Sign Out & Clear Session” when done using the database. Fogler Library’s trial subscription expires June 30, 2010.

For assistance using the database, please contact Reference (581-1673) or Science & Engineering (581-1691).

http://www.library.umaine.edu/librarynews

Dec 022009
 

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I really have no patience for the horrific software that is PeopleSoft. I have been burned so many times by its dysfunctional interfaces, constipated navigation, and unusable reports that I have given up all hope that it will ever be fixed.

And yet now, in a time of financial crisis, my university is planning to spend yet more money to construct a user-friendly portal for the outdated system. This seems to me like whitewashing a condemned building.

I propose instead that we simply pay students to mock up some gorgeous interfaces in Photoshop and add a JavaScript alert to the effect that “You do not have sufficient privileges to access this shiny portal.” Such virtual Potemkin villages would impress visitors to our Web site, while the rest of us could just go happily back to manila filing folders.

Dec 012009
 

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I think more of our graduates should be launching startups. While many U-Me graduates end up taking entry-level jobs, we New Media professors don’t deliberately prepare them for the bottom rung of a megacorporation. We struggle to get them to think for themselves.

The conclusion of Paul Graham’s essay on startups versus jobs puts a nice spin on this:

“People just don’t seem to get how different [a startup] is till they do it. Why? The key to that mystery is to ask, how different from what?

“Once you phrase it that way, the answer is obvious: from a job. Everyone’s model of work is a job. It’s completely pervasive. Even if you’ve never had a job, your parents probably did, along with practically every other adult you’ve met.

“Unconsciously, everyone expects a startup to be like a job, and that explains most of the surprises. It explains why people are surprised how carefully you have to choose cofounders and how hard you have to work to maintain your relationship. You don’t have to do that with coworkers. It explains why the ups and downs are surprisingly extreme. In a job there is much more damping. But it also explains why the good times are surprisingly good: most people can’t imagine such freedom. As you go down the list, almost all the surprises are surprising in how much a startup differs from a job.

“You probably can’t overcome anything so pervasive as the model of work you grew up with. So the best solution is to be consciously aware of that. As you go into a startup, you’ll be thinking “everyone says it’s really extreme.” Your next thought will probably be “but I can’t believe it will be that bad.” If you want to avoid being surprised, the next thought after that should be: “and the reason I can’t believe it will be that bad is that my model of work is a job.”

http://www.paulgraham.com/really.html

In his response, Bruce Sterling sums up the connection between artistic and entrepreneurial innovation nicely:

“Basically, founding a start-up company almost exactly like winging it in the world of art or literature, except without any art or literature.”

http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2009/11/what-tech-startups-are-really-like/