Dear Irene and Jon, and Gay (and John),
Nice to meet, visit and talk with you at the Reed College reunion on June 10th. And thank you for getting my book, "Naked Harbin Ethnography," Jon. Nice too to share a Press table next to you, Gay. "Naked Harbin Ethnography:
Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality and Virtual Harbin" is the first book published in the Academic Press at World University and School (which is also planned eventually with machine translation - https://twitter.com/WUaSPress?lang=en ).
Irene, with my ongoing Harbin ethnographic project on hold for the time being (partly because Harbin is closed), I'd just like to say thank you for the offer to talk about Harbin and its workshops further, potentially in something like a Google group video Hangout, but I wonder if we might please postpone this for the time being? It was fascinating to learn of the HAI / Stan Dale workshop(s) you held in an old Victorian house in Portland, Oregon, in the 70s/80s with 75 people attending, and of the possibility to explore these ethnographically further even (and perhaps dovetailing with the Reed Oral History Project / approaches you used in your "Comrades of the Quest," John -
With regard to my Naked Harbin Ethnography's book's project of creating a realistic virtual Harbin Hot Springs for actual-virtual comparison - think Google Street View with time slider / Maps / Earth together with Second Life / OpenSim but realistic and for STEM research -" walk" down in its beginning phase the Harbin road 4 miles to Middletown and "amble" around the streets of Middletown, CA here
~ http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg ( accessible from ~ https://twitter.com/HarbinBook ~ http://bit.ly/HarbinBook ). Eventually, I think we'll be able to visit Harbin in remarkable ways virtually (and re something I'm developing and calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy as a new social science method).
Gay, World University and School, as we seek to begin the accreditation process with WASC senior, would eventually like to reach out to high schoolers who have studied online for their high school degrees, to offer online free CC-4 MIT OCW-centric undergraduate degrees. (Creative Commons'-4 MIT OCW licensing allows for a) sharing, b) adapting but c) non-commercially). Your daughter's teaching experience, Gay, with Stanford Online High School is fascinating here, and students, with online learning / educational experience, would benefit from WUaS's free online MIT OCW-centric degrees enormously. If it's ok with you, I'll be in touch at a later point perhaps to ask further about ways in which we might talk further, and how we might explore collaboration / further communication?
Thank you again and very nice to see and talk with you.
- Scott MacLeod - Founder & President
- World University and School
- 415 480 4577
- CC World University and School - like CC Wikipedia with best STEM-centric CC OpenCourseWare - incorporated as a nonprofit university and school in California, and is a U.S. 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt educational organization.
What did you do your Oxford dissertation about, if I might ask? :) I'm writing with a few thoughts and questions.
Curious to communicate further about your "Fact Factories" (MIT Press) (https://hblog.org/ - just retweeted 2 recent Tweets of yours here - https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch?lang=en) and wiki World University and School - as we combine our fairly newly "front end" WUaS Miraheze MediaWiki i.e. https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Artificial_Intelligence & https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Subjects (planned in ~200 countries' main languages for free for-credit accrediting university degrees) with our "back end" Wikidata structured Knowledge Base (to which WUaS donated itself for co-devleopment in 2015). WUaS seeks to build out A.I.-wise from Google's ecosystem in its 100+ languages, in addition to Wikidata/Wikipedia's in its 301 languages, in terms of A.I.
Wiki World University and School is like Wikipedia in its 301 languages with CC-4 MIT OpenCourseWare in its 5 languages. And CC WUaS seeks to offer free-to-students' CC-4 online MIT OCW-centric Bachelor, Ph.D., Law, M.D. and I.B. (high school) degrees in each of all ~200 countries' official and main languages. And WUaS seeks to be in all 7,097 living languages as wiki schools for open teaching and learning (eventually engaging avatar bots and AI as interlocutors / potentially instructors - in some 50 years perhaps :).
Please keep in mind South Africa World University and School - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/South_Africa - as well as online universities in each of all ~55 African countries' official languages. (Would you have interest eventually even in becoming president of South Africa WUaS?) And how could online MIT OCW-centric universities at wiki WUaS best grow in all African countries, Heather?
Enjoyed your https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPUiPkY42z0. Here are some recent WUaS Youtubes - https://youtube.com/user/WorldUnivandSch. WUaS is an opportunity for every body in the world to wiki-edit the World :) In these regards, you might also be interested re your 'Fact Factories' a new social science method I'm developing which I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - "https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy."
Am curious too about your thoughts about: how best to become the online Stanford / Oxbridge of the Internet in all ~200 countries' official / main languages for free-to-students' university degrees at wiki World University and School?
Languages-World Univ: https://twitter.com/sgkmacleod
Hi M, and Ann,
Just emailed this to D.T. who's on Cuttyhunk Island, which you might enjoy.. (I've known D since the late 1960s, and he came to Xmas in Pgh this past December, Ann :)
I got organic seeds with an interest in exploring home plant breeding / genetics' projects; see, for example, the TomTato video here - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/06/valley-and-water-how-best-to-structure.html.
Sounds wonderful to be there - beautiful & laid back. Gazing at the Bay, gazing at harbors ... :) And glad DC is embracing you. And is your Bullseye in the water already? Might you already even have sailed to Quicks Hole (Nashawena island)?
Glad to have walked into Indian Valley on the side of the ridge where I live toward Mt. Diablo (not the Canyon valley side with PO and school). Except for crossing the fence at the very end, walked through 'Indian Valley' all the way to the road into Moraga for the first time, and saw a herd of horses including mare with foal -
Horse and foal in Indian Valley in EBMUD (East Bay MUD). https://t.co/GNZVDBXpmU :)— scottmacleod (@scottmacleod) June 18, 2018
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1008521103218655232 - near a small hacienda/ranch complex. This valley is so beautiful, nearly pristine, empty, and an old ranch, now owned by East Bay MUD I think - with echoes of Buzzard's Bay. Worth exploring more around here. Just drove back from Stanford yesterday evening, through the ~8 miles of EB MUD between this watershed's southern end, and where I live - it's an open space dream.
Starting a kind of hippie garden in a box on wheels on porch here. As I was in Wal-Mart yesterday getting gardening goods, my smartphone's Google chrome browser was all of a sudden in "incognito" mode - which then clarified that no one can see my browsing, except for wireless service provider, employer and the web site's I'm visiting ... Interesting what's emerging with digital technologies; so, out of curiosity about what I could view in "incognito mode" I went to my blog's URL, which I could see, and then clicked through to the Harbin gate in Google Street View which I could see only a bit of, but it said it was part of "Google Maps." So I deduce that any realistic virtual Harbin/earth for actual-virtual ethnographic comparison, and visiting online, will not belong to Harbin, but rather be in the somewhat open domain of Google/Alphabet, which is generally more I.T. thoughtful and business-oriented re end-users than say Safari/Apple, Internet Explorer/Microsoft, etc. And I hope to create a realistic virtual universe / galaxy at the cellular and atomic levels as STEM field site for World University and School too, and for even something like instruction in tele-robotic surgery in the WUaS Medical Schools in countries' main languages; see this blog post, for example - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/06/long-billed-curlew-numenius-americanus.html. Daily blog is generative idea-wise and re World Univ & Sch too; check out the Cuttyhunk label - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/Cuttyhunk - in the aforesaid blog post. Recent trip to Reed and Pacific NW - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/06/wallowa-whitman-national-forest-saw-guy.html - was fun.
Hope to cross paths somewhere as well. Sounds great to be on Cuttyhunk in the shoulder season.