Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Harbin waters: Interesting wedding dress, suit and corsages in the last Harbin wedding in the warm pool from 2001 (on Xmas), Planning to document some aspects of Harbin before the fire in my "Naked Harbin: Harbin Hot Springs' Actual~Virtual Ethnography" ...http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html ...


Interesting wedding dress, suit and corsages in the last Harbin wedding in the warm pool from 2001 (on Xmas)

Credit: Tracy Stormy Edwards?

A wedding in the Harbin warm pool in 2001 on Christmas Day ... Harbin is rebuilding ... smile emoticon

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This would be a mistaken and absurd Harbin interpretation: "At weddings at Harbin, they wear their corsages in circles on their heads, compared with contemporary or current practices of wearing them on the chest or lapel."




Planning to document some aspects of Harbin before the fire in my 
"Naked Harbin: 
Harbin Hot Springs' Actual~Virtual Ethnography" ... http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html ...




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Harbin Hot Springs, N. Calif. ‘hippie’ haven, consumed by massive wildfire




Native traditional methods revived to combat California drought, wildfires






Harbin to BOS: We’re rebuilding!




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Our Spring Water

http://harbin.org/features-and-services/our-spring-water/


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Red Maple: World University and School: Wiki Data-centric Education, Knight Foundation News Challenge


World University and School: Wiki Data-centric Education

https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/data/entries/world-university-and-school-and-data

WUaS seeks to make data work for individuals and communities by creating wiki schools for free CC degrees for highest quality education.




Photo of Scott MacLeod

Written by 





In one sentence, describe your idea as simply as possible.

Under the umbrella of World University and School, we will set up wiki schools in as many of the world’s languages as possible and will gradually expand from single courses in many areas into degree programs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecsy8lfW-yQ





Open wiki data-centric schools in many or most of the world’s 8000 languages, the incorporation of courses created under Creative Commons licensing, and open-courseware universities and degrees provided to citizens of any of the world’s 200 countries will generate much data and allow learning-oriented sharing of data. This will benefit many individuals and communities. WUaS presently allows people to teach and generate data by wiki-adding news articles in any language, and is planning both school newspapers as well as Journalism Schools focusing on online news in each of the 200 countries. WUaS also seeks to help facilitate and define the educational web and the flow of open education information and knowledge generation interactively as conversation, and both inter-lingually and in terms of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Briefly describe the need that you're trying to address.

World University and School will address the problem of affordable education for poor students in many parts of the world. This need extends to courses of the highest academic quality that can be delivered online at essentially no cost for degrees, unlike those provided by current online institutions where the fees charged are beyond the resources of many students and the courses often are of questionable value.

What progress have you made so far?

Over several years, WUaS has developed a wiki platform, which has about 700 areas devoted to open teaching and learning. World University and School (EIN:27-3105368) is a 501c(3) organization licensed in California (CA Corporation #:3289561). WUaS is also Google-verified.

What would be a successful outcome for your project?

World University and School would like to become a major academic employer in all languages, and a leading on-line educational institution in all countries. A successful outcome in the first year would be enrolling at least 500 students in at least 100 courses. By the end of 2020, a successful outcome would entail awarding undergraduate degrees to at least 25 students, delivering courses in 100 languages, and enrolling students in 75 countries.

Please list your team members and their relevant experience/skills.

1. Scott MacLeod has a B.A. from Reed College and a M.A. from the University of California. He’s been developing the WUaS web site for 7 years, and has taught courses on the ground and online.
2. Larry Viehland has a B.S. from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He is a tenured professor of chemistry at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
3. With funds World University and School will build a team.

Location

While incorporated in California as a non-profit initially for accreditation reasons, World University and School seeks to be online in all countries for accrediting university and degrees.


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Monday, September 28, 2015

Gumwood: Jethro Tull - "Locomotive Breath" ... and "Aqualung" [Full Album] - with interview at end ... 56:00 minute mark "a lot of overdubs ...", "Thick as a Brick" is kind of cool too, Kind of brought me back to Edinburgh, and appreciate the amalgam of classical, blues and rock ... flute ... + ... and read the Youtube video notes ... Ian Anderson dubbed much of this because ... Scottish hippies? Naw .... Beginning World University Music School planned for ALL instruments and ALL languages, each a wiki subject page to begin, Flute, Classical_Western_Music, Blues, Folk_rock_music


Jethro Tull "Locomotive Breath" ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJkmHQ2q--I ...
... heard it here first today ...
http://www.pandora.com/station/play/1993110561942645189 ...

Locomotive Breath
Song by Jethro Tull
In the shuffling madness
Of the locomotive breath,
Runs the all, time loser,
Headlong to his death.
He feels the piston scraping
Steam breaking on his brow
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won't stop going
No way to slow down.
He sees his children jumping off
At the stations one by one.
His woman and his best friend
In bed and having fun.
He's crawling down the corridor
On his hands and knees
Old Charlie stole the handle and
The train it won't stop going
No way to slow down.
He hears the silence howling
Catches angels as they fall.
And the all-time winner
Has got him by the balls.
He picks up Gideons Bible
Open at page one
God He stole the handle and
The train won't stop going
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way to slow down.
No way…

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung [Full Album] -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUEA5NWlQU0


with interview at end ...

56:00 minute mark "a lot of overdubs ..."

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Thick as a brick is kind of cool too ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9JEPeeohYs ... lyrics-wise and in many ways ...


Did you ever get into Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" ... and Aqualung ... which you'll also find here with lyrics ...

https://plus.google.com/+ScottMacLeodMusic/posts/1CEXPNU9eMc ?

Kind of brought me back to Edinburgh, and appreciate the amalgam of classical, blues and rock ... flute ... + ... and read the Youtube video notes ... Ian Anderson dubbed much of this because he was having trouble communicating his ideas to band members :)

There's a lot of a kind of hippy response to Scottish society in this music ... surprise, surprise ... Scottish hippies? Naw ....


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Here's the beginning World University Music School planned for ALL instruments and ALL languages, each a wiki subject page to begin -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Music_School -

and here's where I'm posting related enjoyable music -
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ScottMacLeodMusic/posts


And some related Jethro Tull musical wiki subject pages - 

Flute - 

Classical_Western_Music - 

Blues -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Blues

Folk_rock_music -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Folk_rock_music







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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Nilgiri marten: Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting (Quaker) Dime-A-Gallon Fund, To develop a “Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series.”


Friday, September 18, 2015


Dear clerk(s) of the Strawberry Creek Dime-A-Gallon Fund,

With Leonard's guidance, I'm resending this rewritten proposal renamed "Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series". 

Friendly-informed CC World University and School, which is like CC Wikipedia with best STEM CC OpenCourseWare, is planning to offer free online CC university degrees, and would like to apply to the Strawberry Creek Monthly Meeting (Quaker) "Dime-a-Gallon" fund - https://sites.google.com/site/dimeagallon/dag-guidelines - to develop a “Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series.”

World University and School’s project aligns with the “directly reduce the use of fossil fuels,” “support sustainability education,” and “support the healthy interdependence of people with nature,” grant-making goals of the Dime-A-Gallon fund by seeking further to develop a sustainable online environmentally-conscious University and School with this Friendly lecture and conversation series.
                                       

Here’s World University’s mission statement for this “Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series”:

World University is planning free best STEM CC OCW accrediting online degrees, and is a CC free online wiki for open, educational resources, where YOU can teach. The mission of the “Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series” is to develop Friendly-informed World University to “directly reduce the use of fossil fuels,” “support sustainability education,” and “support the healthy interdependence of people with nature.” With these talks World University seeks to generate a Quaker Great Universities' learning conversation on the web about these themes, which will include a focus on an environmentally activist Friendly academic Internet perspective, engaging Friends' Testimonies broadly construed. In these talks World University seeks also to offer, partly by building out into cyberspace and learning from this, a forum for Friendly thinkers, academics and Quaker graduate students online, for example, to share their environmental activism research in these D.A.G. areas on the World Wide Web and re Friends' education “to align our behavior with our Quaker values,” with Quaker Q&A sharing of ideas to follow presentations.


- How much support is being requested?

$1000

5 week lecture series to be streamed online and saved.


Budget detail –

Honorarium to speakers: $50 per talk, or $250 for 5 weeks

Production of “Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series,” contacting potential speakers around the world, setup with laptops, probably in Google + group video Hangouts, etc. - $670 or $124 per event

Rent in Berkeley Friends’ Meeting new Community Room for Quaker group - $16 per time x 5 = $80
                               

$250 honorariums
$80 rent
$670 series’ production
= $1,000


World University and School will seek Friendly speakers who are especially reaching out on the web especially to “directly reduce the use of fossil fuels,” “support sustainability education,” and “support the healthy interdependence of people with nature.”


World University engages some of these environmental goals via the following main WUaS Subject pages:


- “Ocean & Climate Management Plan” wiki page and related links at WUaS -

- “Solar Energy” page and related links - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Solar_Energy#World_University_and_School_Links - and for both Solar Vehicle and Electric and Hybrid Vehicle).

- “Energy Courses” World University and School page and links -

- and many other related WUaS wiki pages. 


- These "Green Quaker Great University Brownbag and Online Talk Series" events will also be aggregated and curated on a Youtube page, and eventually added in the new upcoming WUaS wiki to the  “Quakers – Religious Society of Friends" wiki page at World University and School -


- Are there any opportunities for the Strawberry Creek community to participate in the project apart from donating funding? If the proposal is for a non-Quaker community initiative, are any Strawberry Creek members or attenders already actively involved?

Yes. WUaS would welcome Strawberry Creek members to talk about these SCMM goals to  “directly reduce the use of fossil fuels,” “support sustainability education,” and “support the healthy interdependence of people with nature,” with an online Quaker education if possible. I've talked with Leonard Joy about this, and he has encouraged me to submit an application.


- If the project is for individual travel/educational support, how will this experience be re-invested in the meeting and/or enrich the Earthcare witness of other Quaker bodies?

There are many environmentally oriented wiki pages/schools at World University with much MIT OpenCourseWare, which will eventually be for credit, for example.


In addition to presenting, Strawberry Creek Friends and Bay Area Friends are of course very welcome to come to these Brown Bag talks at Berkeley Friends’ Meeting.


Thank you very much for your consideration of this proposal.

Sincerely,
Scott MacLeod



- Scott MacLeod - WUaS Founder & President
- Member of San Francisco Friends Meeting
- Tel. 415 480 4577 - P.O. Box 442, (86 Ridgecrest Road), Canyon, CA 94516
- sgkmacleod@worlduniversityandschool.org
- meeting@worlduniversityandschool.org
- Friendly-informed World University and School is like CC Wikipedia with best STEM CC OpenCourseWare, and is is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization.