Thursday, January 31, 2019

British robin: Quantum Computing and in a Realistic Virtual Earth, Stanford SLAC, Longevity * * * This realistic virtual earth idea, conceptually with Google Translate / Wikidata/Wikibase (in Wikipedia's ~300 languages), would open avenues for further "formulating an ISSIP-WUaS challenge - recall the drivers test translation in all languages challenge." Conceptually, this is all a very Google Cloud-centric vision, but offers much potential for AI assistants re avatar bots, potentially, and ISSIP Grand Challenges especially, "Thanks Scott - you have no shortage of big ("gigantic") vision!," Here's the MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito's article on longevity re the promise of gene editing research and longevity ... (as well as mentioning 9 main scientific approaches to longevity): "He is currently experimenting with age reversal in dogs using gene therapy ...," CRISPR gene editing technologies into Google Street View (Again, in terms of a realistic virtual earth ... Chancellor Oakley, head of California's 115 Community Colleges, was more than great (as was Stanford Prof. Mitchell Stevens), Am often somehow sitting in way far out left field



Quantum Computing & a ? Am thinking Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') & per am curious how Qubits of molecules will develop 1-1 w/ algorithms?

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090724580279279616

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731210421104640

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731665381412864

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731500058755073

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https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090641521236295681

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Quantum Computing & a #RealisticVirtualEarth ? Am thinking Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / @TensorFlow (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') & per https://engineering.stanford.edu/events/introduction-quantum-computing-software-engineers-joe-latone am curious how Qubits of molecules will develop 1-1 #PhysicalDigital w/ algorithms?


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https://twitter.com/Scobleizer/status/1090724597584916482

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https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090724994374496256


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Combine chemistry molecule QC Qubits to form new chemical molecules Build out #RealisticVirtualEarth in Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / @TensorFlow (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') for 1-1 #PhysicalDigital w/ algorithms?" https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090724580279279616 ~

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731210421104640

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Combine chemistry molecule QC Qubits to form new chemical molecules Build out #RealisticVirtualUniverse in Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / @TensorFlow (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') for 1-1 #PhysicalDigital w/ algorithms?" https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090724580279279616 ~

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731500058755073

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Combine chemistry molecule QC Qubits to form new chemical molecules Build out #RealisticVirtualUniverse in Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / @TensorFlow (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') for 1-1 #ActualVirtual w/ algorithms?" https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090724580279279616 ~

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090731665381412864



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 ISSIP Board Of Directors Call - Jan 30, 2019

FYI: ISSIP Service innovation progress and update call, Wed Jan 30, 2019, 12noon PT (tomorrow)

Please register here to join https://bit.ly/2TMFrYd.

Slides and recording will be posted here:  http://www.issip.org/2401-2/

Some highlights:
AI initiatives
Service Innovation Awards
Honoring 2018 President
Announcing new ISSIP president - and 2019 plan
MOU signing with Society of Serviceology
Publications, conferences, discovery summits, speaker series, SIGs
Thanks to volunteers - ISSIP Ambassadors, Committee Leads, Editors, etc.
2018 end of year financial summary

Thanks, -Jim

Jim Spohrer, PhD
Director, Cognitive Opentech Group (COG)
IBM Research - Almaden

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Jim, 

Thanks, and congratulations on the impressive vision, growth, and organization of ISSIP, since June 2012! (You're amazing:).

It would be interesting to follow up on -

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090488114919858176
 - potentially. 

Thanks for an interesting Board meeting (which is a model too for World University and School). Thank you.

Best, Scott


From Me to Everyone: (11:56 AM)

Hello Jim and Yassi and ISSIP!

From Yassi Moghaddam to Everyone: (11:58 AM)

Hi everyone! Welcome!

From Susan Malaika to Everyone: (11:58 AM)

Heellllllllloooooooooooooooooooooo - Happy 2019 everyone ............................

From hyurko to Everyone: (11:59 AM)

helloooo!

From Ammar to Everyone: (11:59 AM)

Helloooooooo

From hyurko to Everyone: (11:59 AM)

Heather Yurko - Facebook

From Ammar to Everyone: (11:59 AM)

Ammar Rayes - Cisco

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:00 PM)

Jim Spohrer (IBM) and ISSIP (Board of Directors), also a regular on the CSG speaker series http://cognitive-science.info/community/weekly-update/
From Paula McCarty to Everyone: (12:00 PM)

Hi All - I'm with Persistent and am back after a 4 year hiatus.   Salesforce is my deal and Oracle implementations

From Me to Everyone: (12:00 PM)

Hello Everyone - Scott MacLeod, MIT OCW-centric wiki World University and School, planning online universities in each of ~200 countries’ official / main languages (scottmacleod.com)

From Susan Malaika to Everyone: (12:01 PM)

Susan Malaika, at IBM in open technologies group  - based in New York - I run the CSIG speaker series usually - but taking a small "sabbatical" - will restart very soon. Hope to get suggestions for AI speakers for the series today

From Ammar to Everyone: (12:06 PM)

Welcome  Heather and Gtnhard!!

From Me to Everyone: (12:12 PM)

Thank you, Jim!

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:12 PM)

thanks you, Jim

From Sunil’s iPad to Everyone: (12:12 PM)

Thank you Rama!  Welcome Heather & Gerhard!

From hyurko to Everyone: (12:13 PM)

can you unmute the 646  number?

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:17 PM)

Academic-Industry collaboration are key - so many opportunities for service innovation together
Award nomination are due tomorrow - http://www.issip.org/recognitions/excellence-in-service-innovation-award/
ISSIP Hack-a-thon = contact Yassi and Heather

From Me to Everyone: (12:19 PM)

Reach out to whom?

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:20 PM)

Student projects ,need advice? contact Haluk Demirkan (Washington, and ISSIP Board of Directors)

From Me to Everyone: (12:20 PM)

thanks

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

Welcome Christine Leitner, Critina Mele, and Francesco Polese

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

Hi, I’m Cristina.
thanks you

From Me to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

Welcome!

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

thank you

From hyurko to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

great to meet you!  welcome!

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:21 PM)

Thank-you Christine and Cristina for joining - I know it is lat in Europe

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:22 PM)

yes, Jim

From hyurko to Everyone: (12:22 PM)

thank you so much for your service!

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:22 PM)

but not too late

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:22 PM)

:-)
JST = Japan Science and Technology, and ISSIP institutional member (thank-you JST)

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:36 PM)

Thank-you Susan Malaika for leading CSIG speaker series
Thanks to all the ISSIP SIG leaders - your efforts are much appreciated; an ISSIP BEP book is a nice goal for some of the SIGs as well

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:42 PM)

it is my great pleasure to be ISSIP ambassador

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:42 PM)

Thank-you Cristina - and give our bet to Francesco as well - we are happy to have ISSIP more involved in Naples Forum on Service!!
See you in Ischia in Jun!

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:43 PM)
From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:43 PM)
👍
From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:44 PM)

Thanks to Salvatore and Michele for great work on ISSIP Newsletter - it is a great summary of materials, and the interviews are very interesting as well.   Keep interviewing ISSIP members - they are all unique and interesting - with important innovation stories
Thanks to all the ISSIP volunteers!  Your collective efforts are what make ISSIP a great aggregator of global service innovation activities

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:50 PM)

Please contact me Jim Spohrer <spohrer@us.ibm.com> if you wold like to work on a service innovation self-assessment with me and others
Thank-you Rama - we really appreciate all you have done for the community - great work, and fun for us as well!

From Me to Everyone: (12:52 PM)

Thank you, Rama and ISSIP!

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:53 PM)

Thank-you Pankaj!

From hyurko to Everyone: (12:54 PM)

the future of work is now

From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:54 PM)

in deed!

From iPad di Cristina to Everyone: (12:55 PM)

also the future of education is now

From Me to Everyone: (12:56 PM)

Glad to say The Chancellor of California's Community Colleges is speaking at Stanford today about The Future of Learning, Opportunity, and Work in California 
https://events.stanford.edu/events/814/81444/ … WUaS might network re transfer students & scaling multiple campus databases, online learning & careers+++

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090488114919858176
From Jim Spohrer to Everyone: (12:56 PM)
From Me to Everyone: (12:56 PM)

Might there be interest by ISSIP in exploring collaboration here (and re World Univ & Sch too)?


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Thanks Scott for attending the ISSIP video call - and for capturing the chat below!

Thanks also for formulating an ISSIP-WUaS challenge - recall the drivers test translation in all languages challenge.

We have not gotten much traction yet with Challenges, but Yassi and Heather are keen to experiment with hack-a-thons, and then I think we could try to do a global challenge to collect data that helps realize a part of the WUaS vision.

Have fun at Stanford today - and thanks for the suggestion of connecting with the colleges.

All good ideas - once we find a want to make things more connected.  I want my workforce of AI assistants to help me get more of the great ideas done!

Thanks, -Jim

Jim Spohrer, PhD


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Hi Jim and Yassi, 


Any chance your AI assistants could / will develop as Avatar Bots (am thinking Pegman growing in Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth at the cellular/atomic levels with QC computing / TensorFlow with Hangouts into Avatar Bots in something like Sansar / Second Life / OpenSim, but realistic ... and eventually for physical-digital tele-robotic surgery in conjunction with Stanford Medicine's Center for Digital Health, and as part of emergent online CC-4 MIT OCW-centric Stanford Medicine OCW medical schools - in something like Project ECHO - with online teaching hospitals -  in something like Duke/Stanford's Google's Project Baseline into avatar bots -  and for online clinical care ? 

All of this would emerge, conceptually and coding-wise, in a realistic virtual earth - 

"Quantum Computing & a #RealisticVirtualEarth ? Am thinking Google Streetview with TIME SLIDER / Maps / Earth / @TensorFlow (where TensorFlow is 'algorithm machine') & per https://engineering.stanford.edu/events/introduction-quantum-computing-software-engineers-joe-latone … am curious how Qubits of molecules will develop 1-1 #PhysicalDigital w/ algorithms?" ...

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090724580279279616 ...

- and potentially with Quantum Computing, per a recent Stanford talk on QC by an IBM colleague who said he knows you well - https://engineering.stanford.edu/events/introduction-quantum-computing-software-engineers-joe-latone.

This realistic virtual earth idea, conceptually with Google Translate / Wikidata/Wikibase (in Wikipedia's ~300 languages), would open avenues for further "formulating an ISSIP-WUaS challenge - recall the drivers test translation in all languages challenge." Conceptually, this is all a very Google Cloud-centric vision, but offers much potential for AI assistants re avatar bots, potentially, and ISSIP Grand Challenges especially.
Thanks again so much, 

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Thanks Scott - you have no shortage of big ("gigantic") vision!

We have a long way to go to get to where you are suggesting below.

However, in 10-20 years, yes.  Since I am 63 now, I hope to make it and sees this world you describe below.

Here are some related links:
https://www.amazon.com/Mirror-Worlds-Software-Universe-Shoebox/dp/019507906X
https://improbable.io/

Thanks, -Jim

Jim Spohrer, PhD


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Thanks so much, Jim,

And great! "Mirror Worlds Software Universe Shoebox" (OUP 1993) may be a kind of executable code for such a vision too, but the Google Cloud TensorFlow Platform re Quantum Computings' possibilities (what will be these algorithms?) with Stanford SLAC holds much promise as I think about this. 

Maybe we'll all live much longer than the 122 outer limit (Jeanne Calment - see 'Longevity' at WUaS below), and in these regards, 

Here's the MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito's article on longevity re the promise of gene editing research and longevity - https://web.archive.org/web/20180605002848/https://www.wired.com/story/the-responsibility-of-immortality/ - containing the idea that Harvard researcher George Church is doing gene editing research now with dogs, having moved on from mice, (as well as mentioning 9 main scientific approaches to longevity):
"He is currently experimenting with age reversal in dogs using gene therapy that has been successful in mice, a technique he believes is the most promising of nine broad approaches to mortality and aging—genome stability, telomere extension, epigenetics, proteostasis, caloric restriction, mitochondrial research, cell senescence, stem cell exhaustion, and intercellular communication."
I've also updated this blog entry - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2018/06/koi-longevity-mit-media-lab-eternal.html - also in this tweet - https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1004033825691717632 - with this article's new web site address. And I just added this article to the Longevity wiki subject - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Longevity - at World Univ & Sch as well. 

I wonder how such gene editing will emerge into a realistic virtual earth (and at World University and School) beyond CRISPR gene editing digital technologies - or with CRISPR gene editing technologies into Google Street View (Again, in terms of a realistic virtual earth, I'm thinking conceptually in terms of Google Street View with time slider / Maps / Earth / TensorFlow AI software / Brain).

(And to my friend-from-childhood, Dr. Richard Robb MD, a retiring Harvard Professor of Medicine, in a related vein: it would be great to explore perhaps co-creating a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Continuing Education Module (CME) on clinical ophthalmology and eye pathology for online medical students, and medical doctors online too, which could eventually be translated into all ~200 countries' official languages, and offered even in the first two years of online medical schools in same countries and languages (potentially at WUaS - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/World_University_Medical_School). It would also be fascinating to explore how this ophthalmological subject could be developed clinically and research-wise in a realistic virtual earth at the cellular and atomic levels, as well (and perhaps in conjunction with Google's Project Baseline, and Project ECHO). )

I'd like to keep innovating through the centuries if this might be possible :) 

Regards, Scott
World University and School - https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch
Academic Press at WUaS Corp / Bookstore - https://twitter.com/WUaSPress

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Hi Scott,

Thanks for attending the call.  And, thank you for sharing your great ideas! As Jim said, may be in a few years….:-).

Also, thank you for the pointer about the event at Stanford. Coincidentally, I got a text  this afternoon from another colleague at a Stanford ( Martha Russell, Exec Director, MediaX) about the same event.  So, I signed up, and hope to see you there.

Thanks, 
Yassi

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Great, Yassi,

And thanks for holding the ISSIP Board meeting in Zoom today!

Looks like there's a reception for - https://events.stanford.edu/events/814/81444/ - beginning at 6:45 in the Stanford Graduate School of Education on the first floor!

See you soon, Scott

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Hi Yassi,

Are you here at Stanford? I don't see you yet. Am sitting in the far back stage left.

See you soon I hope, Scott :)


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Hi Scott,

I was sitting on the 2nd front row (business class section:-)), and I saw you in the back.  I had to run out quickly at the end of the talk. - Yassi


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Hi Yassi, 

Thanks for your email, and that you were there. Chancellor Oakley, head of California's 115 Community Colleges, was more than great (as was Stanford Prof. Mitchell Stevens). Was glad to meet and talk with both of them afterward, and re MIT OCW-centric wiki World University and School. 

I'm often somehow sitting in way far out left field, like last night, so perhaps we can sit together at another Stanford gathering. (Didn't see Martha Russell either). 

What did you think of the conversation?

Cheers, Scott

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Migration via quantum mechanics



robin
British Robin
Image by Diamonddavej at en.wikipedia
A perplexing property of quantum mechanics could be allowing birds to see and navigate the planet’s magnetic fields
One-fifth of Earth's 10,000 bird species migrate over great distances, crossing seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they follow the seasons.
Demoiselle Cranes fly to altitudes in excess of 20,000 feet as they pass over the Himalayan Mountains. The Arctic Tern travels from pole to pole in pursuit of an endless summer, a distance of some 40,000 miles.
Scientists have long speculated that certain animals are making use of magnetic fields to find their way, but biologists are mystified as to how they might do it.
Now some answers might be coming from one of the most perplexing interactions in physics.
Quantum entanglement dictates that if two electrons are created at the same time, the pair will be “entangled” so that whatever happens to one particle affects the other. Otherwise, it would violate fundamental laws of physics.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Panthera leo melanochaita: Anthropologist friends from Norway (visiting UC Berkeley) 2 years ago #GooglePhotos (https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Anthropology … wiki Subject @WorldUnivAndSch and Norway World University and School https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Norway planned in Norwegian languages Bokmal & Nynorsk https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Languages * * * Power just went out in Canyon where I live, so no wi-fi from dish on roof, but am getting internet * * * Glad too to be hearing the Chancellor of California Community Colleges * * * Since Stein Mathieson studies the Sami peoples and is a Professor at the University of the Arctic in Tromsø, Norway, I found this Sami music ...


Anthropologist friends from Norway (visiting UC Berkeley) 2 years ago
#GooglePhotos (https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Anthropology … wiki Subject @WorldUnivAndSch and Norway World University and School https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Norway  planned in Norwegian languages BokmÃ¥l & Nynorsk https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Languages  )


https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090641521236295681


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Web results

Norwegian: Bokmål vs. Nynorsk - Språkrådet



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Hi M,

Thinking about Dad today on his birthday.

Power just went out in Canyon where I live, so no wi-fi from dish on roof, but I'm getting an internet signal thru my phone carrier. Since no electricity, will head out soon since various batteries run down quickly.

You might enjoy these photos of friends Stein and Metta Mathiesen from Norway
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090641521236295681. A professor of anthropology too, he studies the Sami peoples of the arctic. They visited me in Canyon in Jan 2016. May blog about them today ...

Glad too to be hearing the Chancellor of California Community Colleges (possibly ~130 public colleges ... actually now 115, with the new "Online Community College 115") at Stanford today -

https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090488114919858176 - and re WUaS networking.

Happy birthday, Dad!

Hoping you have a good day. How are you?

L,
Scott


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https://twitter.com/EloyOakley/status/1091035664810795008


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Scott MacLeod sgkmacleod@gmail.com

Sat, Mar 26, 2016, 8:44 AM
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Hi M,

My Norwegian friends (Stein and Mette, where he's a professor of Anthropology at Arctic University of Norway in Tromso and studies the Saami in the far north) and his son Kristoffer, M&S's first and new granddaughter, Serine, and her mother Miriam, are coming over tomorrow on Easter (happy Easter!) which is great, but I'll clean my house today, a little earlier than anticipated.

I met M & K, S, and M & S yesterday at a small "Berkeley Smoke" dive for ribs in Berkeley yesterday, after heading to Stein and Mette's place for the year, where the woman's husband who ran "Berkeley Smoke" had made a key film about Ishi who was an Indian Berkeley Anthropologist Kroeber (the UC building is named after him) found half emaciated in northern California around 1900 and the last of his people and brought back to the SF Bay Area to live, and Kroeber learned a lot from Ishi.

The story of Ishi and that the founder of Harbin is named Ish or Ishvara (a minor divinity meaning Divine Commander in the Hindu pantheon - which I understand in a hippy sense) may be something I build on over time, in sharing about Harbin, because the story of Ishi has captured many people's imaginations in northern California and around the world. The story of Ishi, for example, was written by Theodora Kroeber, Alfred Kroeber's wife, and their daughter is Ursula K. Le Guin who wrote "The Wizard of Earth Sea" trilogy as well as "Always Coming Home," a book I write about in "Naked Harbin Ethnography" :).

How are you and what are you up to today? Soon to clean house as well as continue to publish my book in a new press ...

Scott

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Since Stein Mathieson studies the Sami peoples and is a Professor at the University of the Arctic in Tromsø, Norway, I found this Sami music ...


Found this music

Sami people song -


https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090649980099067907

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090648603780149248

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090648301282750464

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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/1090647487231217665


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Music of the Sami/ Saami/ Laplanders - YouTube





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Panthera leo melanochaita: Anthropologist friends from Norway visiting UC Berkeley https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Anthropology - @WorldUnivAndSch Norway WUaS https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Norway in Chancellor of California Community Colleges * * * Since Stein Mathieson studies the Sami https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2019/01/panthera-leo-melanochaita.html ~

https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1091116783824658432


Panthera leo melanochaita: Anthropologist friends from Norway visiting UC https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Anthropology - @WorldUnivAndSch @WUaSPress @scottmacleod Norway WUaS https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Languages Chancellor of California Community Colleges, Stein Mathieson studies Sami https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2019/01/panthera-leo-melanochaita.html ~

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Northern carmine bee-eater: Robbie Burns' Night after the Scottish Country Dancing, Piping in the Haggis, Nice to play my harmonious and mellifluous Scottish small pipes, Scottish_smallpipes_and_borderpipes (check out the wiki 'World University and School Links' in these pages too) - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Scotland (Beginnings of best STEM CC-4 OCW-centric Scotland World University and School online), Delightful, also a tiny bit Scots' American dystopic, Seeking to pipe some today (and how to grow this online interactively? ... eg I could and may record the Green College of Piping Green Tutor's tunes to Youtube playing them on the small pipes in A, so that other pipers could play with them digitally when learning, "Southern carmine bee-eater: Robbie Burns' "To a Mouse" ..."



Hi M, 

Nice to hear from Marilyn & Bill Stocker about Burns' Night last night. Marilyn repaired my kilt a few years ago, and did an excellent job. She's originally from Canada, and Bill is a retired anesthesiologist: 

Dear Friends,
Thank you very much for the great Robert Burns’ party last night. We had such a good time. Marianna, the haggis was delicious as was all the food. Jamie( with Star’s  helpful humorous translation) gave a great dramatic recitation. Juliet, you made Tam O’Shanter come alive. Scott, your piping added just the right touch of atmosphere. Kathy, thanks to you and all the band for the music during the dance and for Auld Lang Syne too. Star, your “ Afton Water” was beautifully sung. Dilip, thanks for the very enjoyable dances and excellent teaching.
It was a delightful evening.
Marilyn and Bill

Not so clear how to seek, circulate and then connect with a partner ... 

How was your day? 

L, Scott



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Scott MacLeod sgkmacleod@gmail.com

3:30 PM (3 hours ago)
to lln.lvllJamesKathrynBillMariannaJulietjennifer.seward@sbcglobal.netdilip.sequeira@gmail.com
Thanks so much, Jamie, (Robbie Burns' himself!) and All, 

Besides thanking all of you for a wonderful evening (you're a sketch, Juliet!:), I wanted to thank too the guardians of the haggis (Alan & ...), sword bearers' extraordinaire in our wee figure 8 procession around the chairs, and the other musicians (whose emails I don't have)!

Very delightful evening,
Scott
Collection of Tweets here with a video and some pictures - https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090370780393684992 :)

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- Scott MacLeod 
https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Scottish_smallpipes_and_borderpipes (check out the wiki 'World University and School Links' in these pages too)
https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Scotland (Beginnings of MIT OCW-centric Scotland World University and School online)


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Hi M,

How best to describe last night's Burns' Wow celebration? ... a woman from the far north of Scotland recited Burns' Tam O'Shanter enacting it with the audience with big cards on sticks identifying characters from the poem like "Alloway Church" "Tam O' " (the main character of the poem) "The River Doon" which people held becoming part of the play. A parlor play. It was a hoot ("Everyone knows in Scotland that witches can't cross rivers or flowing bodies of water":), very Scots'/British audience interactive, and fascinating somehow ethnologically (Folklore-wise - Scots' in this case) in a small wooden American Legion hall that the Scottish Country Dance group uses in San Jose, California. What a transplant - and time transport/travel. Cosy, humorous, almost too 'old,' yet good identity/ community-wise, bawdy in parts as Burns' can be - amazing in its British drama evocation of an old way of life ...  (The Scots' woman has lived in the US for decades). Took video of the end of Tam O'Shanter, which I hope to post. People sang other songs too from the podium (which could have been 'nicked' from a church, or procured at a second hand yard sale:), and the master of ceremonies' process was good/creative. Jamie Tanner was MC and wears beautiful and creative Scottish clothes. 

Piping went pretty well. Piping in the Haggis around two sets of chairs, echoes of church pews, or a far north Grange Hall ... a big figure or eight in a little parade with Alan and another "dead head" - very California long hair, hippy-even, regular Scottish Country Dancer in Mountain View and San Jose SCDs whom I like, but emotively is a a bit dead head. They carried large swords behind me in this wee procession. Later Jamie's wife, Star (who sang a song) - Jamie went some to UC Santa Cruz, I think, but after the 1970s, and so while kind of California-'out there' aren't all that hippy, and are good Scottish Country Dancing folks, not too bent out of shape by California's curiosities-culturally. :) When I asked her about what she thought about Jamie's swords in the food line, after everybody got their haggis, she said she got them for him. Apparently he has a sword room at home ... the full nine yards. He's ruddy-cheeked, and looks the part of a Scot as well, and I think I saw somewhere that his family has been in California for many many generations.

Glad Ellen Lovell was there, and too bad Jonathan Lovell wasn't. Glad Alan Thwigg was there too. These three are all pretty smart, and California-wise too. Alan went to Stanford as an undergrad in the'70s, with a medievalist study focus, and the culture of the post-Stanford SF Bay Area hasn't wigged him out too much in intervening decades. :) And Jonathan is pretty cheery as a now emeritus Professor of English at San Jose State University (with high achieving degrees from both Williams & Oxford, as well as Ph.D. from Yale). He's a great reader, and also a grandfather. Ellen has some roots on the Isle of Skye.

Learned a bit from this mind-turning Burns' night ... all a bit unexpected ... Am thinking through too why Burns is kind of beloved. (He wrote To a Mouse and To a Louse in 1785 & '86). I think he gives a voice to the people of Scotland for one - and in a language that is theirs, writing in the Scots' language (bog perhaps:) - and even possibly offers a vision of freedom/happiness out of that wee fen of history/culture. (All the above gave new meaning to the word 'sincerity' for me - which takes on new meanings in a California world that sometimes culturally somehow 'burns' this away - and which also leads me to seek to head up to Harbin ... to get away from it all.

Heard and tuned into a lot more Burns' poems this whole weekend than ever before ... e.g. blogged about Friday's Burns' celebration here - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2019/01/southern-carmine-bee-eater-robbie-burns.html ... 

Calling NSF's FastLane this morning per NSF's E.C.'s suggestion yesterday ... the vetting process for this WUaS grant has been long and involved indeed. 

What are you up to for the rest of the week. And has the deep freeze begun to settle on Pgh? Stay warm! :)


Seeking to play pipes more and more ...

L, Scott 


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Wore the beautiful kilt hose, too, which you had knitted for me in NZ in 1993! They're a bit thinner, and have holes, but they work well in my fairly new (somewhat discount) Nordstroms' Rack 'kilt shoes' which are working out alright (replacing the quite used pair of 'wing tip' kilt shoes I bought brown in Pgh around 2007 from a thrift store because they fit well, and then died black). Haven't found the Gore Tex water proof, very well fitting, pair of Ghillie Brogue kilt shoes yet, but thank you for the gift of 'piping' and Scottish garb ... which can be beautiful. 

While I appreciate the envisioning from the 1960s and '70s to make the world a better place, as well as Dad's modeling of this ... am seeking to explore spaces of 'loving bliss" generation more fulsomely as well ... some of the older patterns I observed last night were also (believe it or not) a tiny bit Scots' American dystopic (as have SF Q processes been for me as well) ... 'realism' re Lacan and George A has merit here ... with ongoing seeking to begin a family, and to begin to grow World Univ & Sch financially as well. 

Appreciative of the Desiderata here too (re George) ... http://mwkworks.com/desiderata.html ... 

Also appreciative of last night's Burns' celebration because the women there were all pretty feminine ... but I also appreciate the egalitarian vision of feminism ... and have found this lacking in Scots' culture at times and in some ways :) ... in Burns' poetry as well. The future is ahead! :)

And I think I was also somehow 'received' into this SCD community, (this troop of people who dance and identify Scottish) because I piped in the Haggis on Burns' night there ... interesting culturally. Now how to change the world for the better? :)

Nice to play my harmonious and mellifluous Scottish small pipes last night (- And as I said something like this to everyone, just as I was beginning to play, I 'apologized' if people were going to miss the skirl of the GHB ... :) But I don't miss playing the GHB very much, am glad I play this SSP now and would like to take it further ... and Youtube video recording-wise ...

More later ... hope you have a good day, and stay warm, Ma! 


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Hi M, 

Burns' night continued ... re piping

I learned from Juliet I think her name is - the Scot who recited Tam O"Shanter which mentions the word cuttysark, in the poem, that 'cutty' means 'short' and 'sark' means 'skirt' ... makes me wonder too further about other origins for Cuttyhunk Island (beyond as a derivative from the Wampanoag word for lands' end, or point of departure, something like Poocuohhunkkunnah - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuttyhunk_Island - meaning ) ...

Here's the video and some photos:

video of the end of Tam O’Shanter:

Jamie Tanner, the MC: 2nd from right:
Jamie and his wife have a creative eye / minds with regard to Scots' garb ... 


Ellen Lovell, standing taking photos

Got home late, woke up early ... seeking to pipe some today (and how to grow this online interactively? ... eg I could and may record the College of Piping Green Tutor's tunes to Youtube playing them on the small pipes in A, so that other pipers could play with them digitally when learning, and then build from there to playing other tunes I enjoy a lot ... and then build interactively from there ... sun's shining, why not now? ... out on the porch, with the nice ridge in the background? ... may do so ... :) ... 

How's your day going? And how are you?

Scott


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Played the 6/8 'Seamus MacNeill' in the wee figure 8 with procession around the chairs. May record another version of this, and just keep the pictures:

Scott playing “Honey in the Bag” on Scottish small pipes at the San Jose Scottish Country Dance class … and Robbie Burns' Night celebration:

https://www.facebook.com/jamie.tanner.92/videos/3049357145079865/?t=21


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Sun. FEB 3, 2019


Catherine S. Vodrey: I wanna see it but it won’t let me!

Scott MacLeod (https://www.facebook.com/macleod): Thanks for the heads' up (& re a loss of openness on web platforms too) ... may re-record eventually outside of FB and re-post here - https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2019/01/northern-carmine-bee-eater-glad-to-have.html - (accessible via https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/bagpiping )

Scott Gordon K MacLeod (https://www.facebook.com/bagpiper): Would like to re-post too the photo above to my https://www.facebook.com/bagpiper page, but it won't let me, Catherine! :)


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Wed. JAN 31, 2019
Scott playing “Honey in the Bag” on Scottish small pipes …
https://www.facebook.com/jamie.tanner.92/videos/3049357145079865/?t=21 …
> https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/Scottish_smallpipes_and_borderpipes … - https://wiki.worlduniversityandschool.org/wiki/World_University_Music_School … - @WorldUnivAndSch - @TheOpenBand - @scottmacleod - @sgkmacleod ~

https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090445143495200768
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090445242342330368


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Piped in haggis at Robbie Burns'
Vid of Tam O’Shanter:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090322435604238336
Jamie Tanner, the MC: 2nd from R:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090321023382126592
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090325142926852096
E.L @jlovellsjawp, standing taking photos
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090324576645505024
https://twitter.com/HarbinBook/status/1090321244266713088
@scottmacleod @HarbinBook ~

https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090371112343457793


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Again, here's the video and some photos:

video of the end of Tam O’Shanter:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090322435604238336

Jamie Tanner, the MC: 2nd from right:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090321023382126592
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090325142926852096

Ellen Lovell, standing taking photos
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090324576645505024
https://twitter.com/HarbinBook/status/1090321244266713088


Piped in haggis at Robbie Burns'
Vid: Tam O’Shanter:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090322435604238336
Jamie Tanner, the MC: 2nd from right:
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090321023382126592
https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090325142926852096
E.L @jlovellsjawp, standing taking photos
https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/1090324576645505024
https://twitter.com/HarbinBook/status/1090321244266713088
@TheOpenBand @HarbinBook ~

https://twitter.com/scottmacleod/status/1090370780393684992


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Southern carmine bee-eater: Robbie Burns' "To a Mouse" could be about a young woman: Gone too far (in this interpretation:), Hope the hew & cry re this possible blaspheme doesn't deafen! :) * * * Stanford 2019 State of Latino Entrepreneurship Forum #StanfordSOLE Spanish language business * * * Grateful Dead https://youtu.be/rpgqRZNx_fk "Grateful Dead - 3/1/70 - Soundboard - Complete show" gets me there a bit, No great shakes & thanks for tuning us in to Mouse & Louse by Burns, Ants!

https://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2019/01/southern-carmine-bee-eater-robbie-burns.html -


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