Monday, May 22, 2017

Pan: Grateful Dead walking tour, Was at Stanford yesterday wondering about where the Grateful Dead had hung out in Palo Alto in the '60s and '70s, Found these great web pages, with street addresses, Wondering how I could create a Google Maps' walking tour, and think it would be easy * * * Upcoming book projects . . . Comparing the STEM ethos of Stanford with MIT's, "Creating World-Class Computer Science at Stanford: 60 Years of Innovation", Stanford ceili and African languages' event, Most interested in the WONDER in these Stanford / MIT STEM ethos(es) of innovation, Hacking even re Pekka Himanen's book "The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age," He referred to people who did their work because of intrinsic interest, excitement, and joy, The mind-turning aspects of this idea generation


I was at Stanford yesterday, and began wondering about where the Grateful Dead had hung out in Palo Alto in the '60s and '70s, and found these great web pages, with street addresses:

The Grateful Dead: Making the Scene in Palo Alto


The Grateful Dead and Menlo Park


July 2, 1967, El Camino Park, Palo Alto, CA: Mary Poppins Umbrella Festival and Be-In (Early Palo Alto)


It's a far gone lullaby sung many years ago

The Chateau, 2100 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, CA


Wondering how I could create a Google Maps' walking tour, and think it would be easy, but haven't tried it yet.

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Hi C, S and B,

I hope your foot injury heals well, and glad to see you dancing a bit on Tuesdays.

I'm a bit interested too, as a book project in the future, in comparing the STEM ethos of Stanford with MIT's and re - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2016/07/carrot-compare-stem-cultures-of-mit.html - and it would be great to talk with you both as Stanford/MIT students, C and S, for your ideas about this at some point. I'm curious, Bob, about your ideas in these regards as well (This great "Creating World-Class Computer Science at Stanford: 60 Years of Innovation" video - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/pelican-creating-world-class-computer.html - is one example of some further starting places for this project re Stanford).

Calista, are you giving a talk here and re Stanford Prof Brian Conrad - http://mathematics.stanford.edu/organizer/calista-bernard/ ? And is this open to someone like me? If so, I'd be interested in attending, and perhaps getting to know Stanford math faculty re MIT OCW-centric World University and School, and eventual faculty research questions at WUaS.

And is there any chance, Calista, that you will happen to be in the Cambridge MA area in the last 3 weeks of August? If so, and, Sara, if you're already there in heading to MIT for your Ph.D., and have a day open, would you both like to come out together to visit on Cuttyhunk Island (a fun adventure!) taking a ferry from New Bedford (which is an hour and a quarter south of Boston), and where I'll be visiting family, for a day.

See you at the Stanford ceili this Tuesday, although I may get there around 8 since there's an African languages' event - https://africanstudies.stanford.edu/events/african-languages-and-cultures-night-1 - and World University and School plans to create wiki schools for all African languages for open teaching and learning (and indeed all 7,099 living languages).


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Hi Bob, Calista and Sara,

Thanks for focusing this emergent study potentially on student interviews in part, Bob! (I'm publishing a book of poetry this year, and would like too to write a second actual-virtual Harbin ethnographic book re the making of a realistic virtual Harbin Hot Springs - in something like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with TIME SLIDER and which group build-able in something like OpenSim/SL but realistic -  for what I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy), so this book will emerge gradually.

Sara - you may be a prime informant with your Stanford/MIT degrees to come ... Group videos re this conversation with you, Calista, and Sara in the future? Perhaps we 3/4 can stay actively in touch upon your matriculating at MIT, Sara, re some of these questions as well. I'll have to think through what depth of STEM ethos comparison I want to engage in, too - comparing departments (e.g. Stanford's material science and MIT's material science departments), for example, may or may not be the approach I take.

It looks like the world-class Stanford Computer Science department emerged out of the Stanford math department, Calista ... per the great Stanford CS professor Don Knuth in this video ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/pelican-creating-world-class-computer.html ...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDs4mRPJonU

Interesting conversation ahead ... :)

Best regards, Scott

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Hi Bob, Calista and Sara,

Thanks again for your thoughts about this, Bob!

I think I'm most interested in the WONDER in these Stanford / MIT STEM ethos(es) of innovation - and re hacking even re Pekka Himanen's book "The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age" about this, for example - With the word” hackers,” he referred to people who did their work because of intrinsic interest, excitement, and joy ... (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057%2F9781137333544_13 and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_ethic) ...

What words I'd begin to use to differentiate Stanford and MIT's two ethoses over 100+ years, but especially since the creative (and entheogenic!) 1960s - or to at least begin hypothetical conversations with students at these Universities in the 1960s and 1970s about this, I'm not sure, but I think such language would partly emerge in conversation. And it could be fun to do much of this in recorded interviews, like this one with Manuel Castells - http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con0.html - and as part of the publishing process ... what a great way to get to know the creative thinking cultures of these two universities as well! :))

e.g.  Stanford Professor William Shockley
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shockley

But I might need your knowledge and insights, Calista and Sara, to parse some of the creative mathematics and material science/applied physics.

It's partly the mind-turning aspects of this idea generation that I find fascinating. :)

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Starburst galaxy: Language-focused brainwave headset, Brainfingers.com ... and eventual questions of modeling the brain vis-a-vis consciousness ..., How can we best explore coding for consciousness/awareness from within a realistic virtual earth, something like Google Streetview / Maps / Earth with time slider ... and in Google/Stanford's Tom Dean's modeling of fly and mouse brains?, And even, furthermore, re virtual world avatar robotics ?


Hi Juan-Pedro, Richard, Adrian, and All,

Brainfingers.com, which is focused on language use, is the most relevant brainwave-headset to your observations that I've come across, and even tried once, and which focuses on generating language on a screen without using words or gestures. (It's the only one I've tried too). Using http://brainfingers.com, a fairly recent, innovative, human-computer interface which allows an enduser wearing this headband device to pick letters from a key board with only her 'mind,' and to spell words on a screen (like “hello world,” the example Junker and others have used, or any words, letter by letter), without spoken, written or typed language or gestures, - and which, to function well, requires the end user to relax, to become chill. I was able to spell out a word or two using Brainfingers in 2007, as well as play some simple games; one first has to be able to relax. When Andrew Junker, the inventor, brought this to try to the British physicist, and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking, who has ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease and who is also quite disabled and agitated with his conditions, and he tried this, he couldn't relax enough to make the Brainfingers' device function properly, for example, according to Junker (personal communication 2007); Hawking uses other technologies. Andrew also tested it in the US's NIH (National Institute of Health) (http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/12/deep-star-field-ethnographic-field-work.html - and there are few more posts in my blog about Brainfingers and other brainwave devices). Although the potential for research is remarkable, I don't think the research monies combined with clear scientific outcomes have emerged yet with Brainfingers, for example. I hope World University and School can perhaps explore this further, and possibly in collaboration with Stanford/MIT even. From what I've seen, the MIT Media Lab's "Dreadlocks" brainwave headset and Tan Le's brainwave headset don't focus on language in what they enable an enduser on a computer screen to do without words or gestures, or in other ways.

Further research needed,
Scott
http://www.scottmacleod.com/research-group.html

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Ocean sunfish: Co-generating such an AI super-intelligence?, World University and School seeks to develop and research re questions of AI-informed super-intelligence, 8,444 languages (all), with multiple participants potentially in subsequent studies, MIT Media Lab's Dreadlock's brainwave-headset, Tan Le's Brainwave Headset and Brainfingers.com, In what ways could such studies be carried out in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University

http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/ocean-sunfish-co-generating-such-ai.html

Iaraka River leaf chameleon: ""Does Neuralink Solve The Control Problem" may be a straw man" philosophically, "Why This Robot Ethicist Trusts Technology More Than Humans: MIT’s Kate Darling ...," Modeling of a fly brain or a mouse brain, Extended computer science / brain and cognitive science departments/coders (over decades) of the Stanford/MITs, the Oxbridges, the Univ Tokyo+, Conversation with best universities in Chinese, Arabic and Persian languages, for example, seems to me to be important here

http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/iaraka-river-leaf-chameleon-does.html

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How can we best explore coding for consciousness/awareness from within a realistic virtual earth, something like Google Streetview / Maps / Earth with time slider ... and in Google/Stanford's Tom Dean's modeling of fly and mouse brains? ... And even, furthermore, re virtual world avatar robotics ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/costas-hummingbird-avatar-robotics.html ?


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Solar flare: New, Sun-informed 'If, There, and Beyond' Subject coming to World Univ & Sch, How MAKING-oriented can World Univ & Sch become?

New, Sun-informed 'If, There, and Beyond' Subject

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/If_There_and_Beyond

coming to World Univ & Sch -

(http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects) -

(informed by the new age, I'm glad to say) ...


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Anthropologically speaking, can a PLACE, or water, have an informant?

Am I Harbin's informant?


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How MAKING-oriented can World Univ & Sch become,

especially in terms of code,

and easily,

as a further guiding principle even -

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


From the beginning it's been an 'edit this page' wiki group Univ & Sch where YOU can Teach, Learn & Add :)

with an invitation to make something here.


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is excited for the time we'll easily bring together head sets like

Tan Le's (TED Talk) or

Andrew Junker's (http://www.brainfingers.com/)

with virtual worlds like Second Life or World of Warcraft

for telling narratives and learning, at WUaS -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/ :)


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If World Univ & Sch -

like Wikipedia with MIT OCW http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/ -

wants to help develop robust, flourishing information technologies

and surf the next few decades of innovation,

WUaS wonders how to envision versions World University and School 2-10,

so as to be able to wiki-plan and design for this,

engineering-wise,

for accreditation, particularly (BA. Ph.D., Law, Medicine) ...


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What would you add to http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/If_There_and_Beyond ... would 'If There Beyond' be a better name for this subject page (sans 'and') ... what are some 'best ofs' from all the amazing videos et al. you've been sharing? ... send some links to worlduniversityandschool@gmail.com in email if that's easier ... or we can talk soon ... :) >0<










(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2011/05/solar-flare-new-sun-informed-if-there.html - May 11, 2011)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Pelican: "Creating World-Class Computer Science at Stanford: 60 Years of Innovation" video (I was at this), Beginnings of WUaS Corporation Mission Statement, "What is Alphabet's mission statement?", Google's Mission, World University and School's Mission statement as parent to WUaS Corporation


Creating World-Class Computer Science at Stanford: 60 Years of Innovation


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDs4mRPJonU

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I was at this at this and asked a question at the minute mark ... Here's a photo of Donald Knuth and myself at Stanford at this "Creating World-Class Computer Science at Stanford: 60 Years of Innovation" event above  ...


Don Knuth and Scott MacLeod, lotus, at Stanford


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Developing with WUaS Corporation mission ...

Brainstorming and playing here idea-wise exploratorily ...

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What is Alphabet's mission statement?


Google's mission statement is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Does Alphabet Inc. have the same mission statement ?

https://www.quora.com/What-is-Alphabets-mission-statement


Larry Page suggested with the intro letter for Alphabet that the following list contained items they were "excited about" with Alphabet:
• Getting more ambitious things done.
• Taking the long-term view.
• Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
• Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
• Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
• Making Google even better through greater focus.
• And hopefully... as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.
The leaders at Alphabet are "not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products - the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands," so says Larry Page via Alphabet's intro letter.
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Alphabet 
Founders' Letter

2015 Founders’ Letter

https://abc.xyz/investor/founders-letters/2015/


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Google's parent company ...
Alphabet 

https://abc.xyz/

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World University and School's Mission statement:

- Mission statement

The mission of World University and School (http://worlduniversityandschool.org - like Wikipedia with best STEM-centric OpenCourseWare) is to facilitate all levels of teaching and learning through open, editable wikis. WUaS plans to accredit at the university and high school levels to offer online degrees and diplomas. WUaS’s wiki will involve open and editable teaching and learning but also non-editable courses prepared under a Creative Commons’ license. WUaS will facilitate the use of free CC courses as credits toward degrees. Due to the rapid spread of broadband worldwide, WUaS plans to make this accessible to underserved parts of the world and to poor people everywhere. WUaS will explore the possibility of using universal translators to extend the project automatically to any language with time.

http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2015/08/wuass-business-plan-update-and-with.html

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Foundation




What is the WUaS Corporation's mission?


Including these points:

• Getting more ambitious things done.
• Taking the long-term view.
• Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
• Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
• Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
• Making Google even better through greater focus.
• And hopefully... as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can ... 

Around these 10 planned revenue streams, financially,

http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2016/01/14-planned-wuas-revenue-streams.html


  • Developing the for-profit wing and planned revenue streams of WUaS
  • Facilitating the development of inventions and innovations by faculty and students
  • Making World University and School great through financial focus
  • Facilitating ambitious goals of World University and School financially
  • Empowering the educational mission of World University and School financially
  • Make World University and School's 10 planned for-profit revenue streams world class






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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ocean sunfish: Co-generating such an AI super-intelligence?, World University and School seeks to develop and research re questions of AI-informed super-intelligence, 8,444 languages (all), with multiple participants potentially in subsequent studies, MIT Media Lab's Dreadlock's brainwave-headset, Tan Le's Brainwave Headset and Brainfingers.com, In what ways could such studies be carried out in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University


Adrian, Richard, and All,

The brain-computer interface (not addressing control-of-some-super-intelligent AI question - https://www.academia.edu/s/0c5db7bb12/does-neuralink-solve-the-control-problem?source=link) that World University and School seeks to develop and research re questions of AI-informed super-intelligence, 8,444 languages (all), with multiple participants potentially in subsequent studies, conceptually, follows here: Build on MIT Media Lab's Dreadlock's brainwave-headset, Tan Le's Brainwave Headset and Brainfingers.com, for example, and connect this to a realistic virtual earth with avatars and "voice" in all languages, something like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with TIME SLIDER and which is group build-able like OpenSimulator/Second Life but realistic - see, for example, http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/03/escherichia-coli-bacteria-brain.html and http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2016/05/red-lionfish-introductions-aldis-is.html. Further develop a set of research questions in this new research group at World University and School - http://www.scottmacleod.com/research-group.html (and numerous related research groups) - and re CC MIT OCW's brain and cognitive sciences - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/brain-and-cognitive-sciences/ and linguistic and philosophy OCW -
 https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/linguistics-and-philosophy/. Control questions may well play out within the Google ecosystem's "Do no evil" ethic {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_be_evil}, and also in multiple student researchers from their computers around the world with these brainwave headsets, seeking to ask new questions about how to build with brain wave headsets in this 3D interactive realistic virtual earth (which would be a developing AI super-intelligence), and re a new social science methodology I'm calling ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy - http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy.  While I have a specific nascent STEM brain and ethnographic research agenda re my actual-virtual anthropological field site (Harbin Hot springs), including (perhaps while co-
 generating such a super-intelligence) a focus on neural cascades of pleasure, and how consciousness works, numerous other research agendas, and around the control issue, may well emerge as well here.

Thanks for beginning this interesting conversation, Richard, and for your, Adrian, and everyone's good ideas.

Best,
Scott
http://www.scottmacleod.com/research-group.html


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http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/iaraka-river-leaf-chameleon-does.html


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Richard and Adrian,

Any thoughts, comments, or questions would be much appreciated!

https://www.academia.edu/s/0c5db7bb12/does-neuralink-solve-the-control-problem?source=link

Best,
Scott
scottmacleod.com





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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Frigatebird: "Saw my first robotic surgery today πŸ™ŒπŸ½", "Robotic Surgery Demonstration Using Da Vinci Surgical System," Such surgical machines will be usable REMOTELY in all nation states, and on ships around the world ... and will develop with artificial intelligence for precision and details *** Knowledge generation in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atomic, cellular, tissue levels thru coding then physical world experimental program #ActualVirtual >>> EXPERIMENTATION in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atomIC, celllular, tissue levels? Based on knowledge generation in physical world thru experiments, Evolutionary history in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atom, cell, tissue levels? Coding for this math / physics > new questions #ActualVirtual ... Plant Evolution too especially ... Harvard talk at Stanford - Brilliant knowledge Prof. L. Mahadevan https://events.stanford.edu/events/691/69109/ … Into realistic virtual earth with experimentation, NEW SCIENCE re realistic virtual earth/universe


"Saw my first robotic surgery today πŸ™ŒπŸ½"
https://twitter.com/NickeyJafari/status/864120874462523392

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Robotic Surgery Demonstration Using Da Vinci Surgical System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAr7xjKoM5A … > http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Medical_Schoolhttp://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Veterinary_Medicine … Langs
https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/864971279245352960

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Robotic Surgery Demonstration Using Da Vinci Surgical System

https://youtu.be/tAr7xjKoM5A

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Such surgical machines will be usable REMOTELY in all nation states, and on ships around the world ... and will develop with artificial intelligence for precision and details.

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https://twitter.com/HankGreelyLSJU/status/864195410826596353

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Language matters. Q– "What is the collective term for a group of women surgeons?" A- "Surgeons."

https://twitter.com/TheOpenBand/status/864890065255776257



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Knowledge generation in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atomic, cellular, tissue levels thru coding then physical world experimental program #ActualVirtual >>>

EXPERIMENTATION in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atomIC, celllular, tissue levels? Based on knowledge generation in physical world thru experiments #ActualVirtual




https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/865012620402638848

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Evolutionary history in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atom, cell, tissue levels? Coding for this math / physics > new questions #ActualVirtual ...
Plant Evolution too especially ...
https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/864696063696838656

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Harvard talk at Stanford - Brilliant knowledge Prof. L. Mahadevan https://events.stanford.edu/events/691/69109/ … Into realistic virtual earth with experimentation

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Experimentation in realistic VIRTUAL earth at atom, cell, tissue levels? Knowledge generation in phys world thru experimentation>Coding>more experiments in physical world
https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/864655297893122048

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To code for a realistic virtual earth in the early phases, we need the great scientists/physicists/chemists/mathematicians plus who know the physical and natural world to inform the coding. Automation/artificial intelligence will probably eventually speed up the process (conceptually in something like Google Streetview/Maps/Earth with time slider and group build-able ... and for ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy too).

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pygmy rabbit: public television's King Charles III?, Interesting what media shows in any given place (Pgh, SF Bay), and what we watch and enjoy ... unique media landscapes ... and this is America and the Internet Age !!! Ah, identity, place and culture, I'd think and hypothesize ... I'm an appreciator of US constitutional democracy:), Happy Mother's Day, Water, WUAS Corporation, Stanford University Medicine and talks, Yoga, Developing the Ph.D. program at WUaS first in German and English, Just sent a copy of "Naked Harbin Ethnography" off to the editor of Visual Anthropology who said he'd write a review of my book, Online course about the information age at WUaS


Sunday, May 13, 2017
Hi S,

Glad you remembered it was Mother’s Day today.  Since you and Sandy were nowhere close by,  C. M. and I went to the  Pittsburgh Botanic Garden for a walkabout and gourmet picnic.   The weather cooperated - it alternated between windy and cloudy and bright sun.  We were gone about six hours!

There is a production of King Charles !!! on public tv in a couple of minutes.  I saw the stage version in London a couple of years ago - I imagine tonight’s version is a film of the stage version.  We’ll see. In any case, I wanted to get this off to you before it started.

Glad Oregon plans are firming up.  I intend to buy my ticket tomorrow.

L, M


Hi M,

Your long day trip to the Botanical Gardens sounds fun ... and on Mother's Day !!! :)

King Charles III looks interesting too, M ... 

And written in iambic pentameter ... 


Interesting what media shows in any given place (Pgh, SF Bay), and what we watch and enjoy ... unique media landscapes ... and re individual's predilections and worldviews ... (and given the internet now, as well, he writes, finger-typing away:) ... and this is America and the Internet Age !!! Ah, identity, place and culture, I'd think, and hypothesize ... I'm an appreciator of US constitutional democracy.:) 

Enjoy the play on Mother's Day!


L,
Scott


Happy Mother's Day!

How was public television's King Charles III? How did it compare with the show you saw in London a few years ago? The British Isles do drama so well - culturally, I'd say - and thanks much in part to their main dramatic writer of 1564-1616 - Monsieur Shakespeare. What did you think of the iambic pentameter (something I learned about at Shady Side Academy in high school!)?

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King Charles III: Scene on MASTERPIECE - PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/clips/king-charles-iii-scene/


KING CHARLES III on MASTERPIECE | Official Trailer | PBS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8HuNTKx16M

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hi S,

Sunday evening - very cold - maybe even a frost tonight, but then it should be warming up.  

Attended an interesting new opera, Summer King, about a black baseball player, Josh Gibson, who played in the “Negro” leagues and lived in Homestead.  While Jackie Robinson was the player that finally integrated the major leagues, this man, Josh Gibson, just missed being that person.  The singing, staging, lighting were wonderful.   The opera could probably do with a little editing.  It was exciting to hear so many beautiful black voices of operatic caliber and to have the story performed by the Pittsburgh Opera about a hometown boy.  The composer/librettist was a man named Sonenberg from Portland, Maine.

It’s late - thanks for your ‘phone message.

Hope you have a good week.

L, M  

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Hi M,

Thanks very much for your email. "Summer King" sounds edifying - thanks for the heads' up about it. Not sure that it will make it to the Bay Area, but if it's available on YouTube or similar for free I might check it out, having gone to high school in Pittsburgh. Just talked with E who has a big job, and a big family, partly about questions of his being graciously  accommodating, as are you, - as well as about B.

Will probably start replacing my Brita water filter monthly - in its green range - rather than every two months + in its red range - which I've doing for years - re the white crusty stuff in the water here. Do you use a Brita wAter filter? I'll probably also not use filtered water to boil my eggs (to get more filtered water inside me), and also not use Great Value water filters as replacements.  I'd heartily encourage using a water filter for you too given the very old Pittsburgh water system (and given your health episode 3 years ago).

Received the WUAS Corporation address verification, and another related letter yesterday when I checked my P.O. Box. Another momentous baby step to say the least for this big process I'm developing, - and making a living.

The new French President Emmanuel Macron married his high school drama teacher who's 24 years older than he is. They connected in school when he was 15 apparently. Interesting to think/see how this plays out inter-culturally, French-American wise, and in the media too. French sexual practices, shall I call them, probably have and will inform American ones, yet the legal systems remain very different. And Macron is Roman Catholic religio-culturally, and America has puritan roots with plural/diverse religio-culture, (and with growing focus on the 3rd monotheistic religion, Islam) even as secularism grows too.

Will probably play in the Open Band for Scottish Country Dancing at St Clement's again this evening after~2 months. P and B are back from traveling in Scotland, Corsica and Europe. 

Music making is fun.

On the BART train heading to AFSC.


L,
Scott

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... if interested, next read this in this letter narrative ...  http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/summer-summer-king.html ...

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May 9
Hi M,

Scottish Country Dance music-making was fun after about a 2 month hiatus - I can play, mostly tonics last night on both instruments (since the tunes aren't for the most part pipe music settings) - and the music is sweet and harmonizing, and there's space for my / our musical flow experiences to grow skill-wise. Nice that P and B are back and they shared some fun Scottish and Corsica stories, and Viennese chocolate.

... Reed College Reunion from June 7-11 as well as to Cuttyhunk this summer ...

My cough is lessening yet lingering ever so slightly ... and I think I may give up coffee in cafes (I gave up coffee in my teens and some of my 20s) ... since my respiratory / throat system is sensitive and coffee seems possibly to be exasperating my slight cough ... each time in a cafe ... and I'm not sure about the water in coffee too ... Will have to get something edible in cafes perhaps instead... my egg pan on the stove has been "de-calcifying" (losing its white mineral buildup from the water) ever so slowly with my using filtered water, yet I'm going to stop this process and drink the filtered water instead only! Well-water is otherwise good to have in earthquake country and living in this beautiful place above a forest in Canyon. Hypothesizing here about possible sources / irritants of this minor diminishing yet present cough I have.

How are you and what are you up to this week?

L,
Scott

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May 9
Hi M,

While the cat has gotten out of the bag in interesting ways over the past decades in California, and cat herding as it is isn't easy ... (and while I may have written about cat-herding re California culture
to you before possibly too - and in a Twitter post I think which I can't find) ... here are some further thoughts ...

... experienced with Yoga ...

I'm ... Yoga positive ... in many ways ... because one comes to know oneself through the practice of Yoga, often in centering and health-affirming ways as I see it ... And (practicing) it also can be a kind of maturity, as well as generate a balanced neurophysiology ...

ah, ... ... interweaving platforms ... and lack of reliability of some! :) ...

Steve Cole (not Roger Cole) is speaking at Stanford Medicine, who has done some scientific research about Yoga, and is a UCLA Professor -
http://medicinecalendars.stanford.edu/event/medicine-grand-rounds-connection-and-the-human-genome/.

Just got an email today too that the WUaS Corporation has incorporated with the state of California as a common stock company.

Heading to the Stanford ceili now, and may wake up early tomorrow for this talk by Steve Cole ...

L,
Scott

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May 10

Hi M,

Woke up at 4:50am without an alarm clock, so decided to go to Stanford Medicine's Grand Rounds' talk by UCLA's Professor Steve Cole (and Stanford Ph.D.) tying together the biology of the genome and happiness/connectedness re a distinction between hedonics and eudaimonics - http://medicinecalendars.stanford.edu/event/medicine-grand-rounds-connection-and-the-human-genome/. It's interesting work on the hypothesizing at the genomic level of gene-biological connectedness re happiness with much specific research on specific genetic "actions" in the genome, but challenging and exploratory research too at the sociocultural/language/experiential levels, since he brought in so many variables ... Would need a vast body of related literature and genomic studies to focus this successfully further ... and perhaps WUaS can help with sample clinical populations re inducing happiness on the biological side of things such as through music and eliciting loving bliss, for example, although I asked a question about X.

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Some German colleagues at IBM asked yesterday how they could help develop the Ph.D. program at WUaS, potentially in German as well as in English - amazing! They've recently completed Master's degrees as interns employed by IBM there ... a great potential model.

My hair is getting longer, although I'm not growing a beard. I may possibly let my hair grow longer than it's ever been.

Have you had a good couple of days this week so far?

L,
Scott

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May 11
Hi M,

How are you and how's the weather?

Heading to choir this evening probably until the first week of June (end of the season), since the Reed reunion is from June 7-11. Are plans developing for early July in Oregon and a memorial service for
T?

I met B in a Stanford talk by Carla Pugh MD, and Carla's giving the keynote this Saturday -
https://stanfordmedicine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GLxOFjuhlKF2Ch - for the SIMEC II conference. A medical education psychometrician Yoon Soo Park PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago Department of Medical Education ...

Interesting how the Univ Illinois Chicago dean ... was a "tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School,Director of the Cornea Service at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Infirmary" - http://chicago.medicine.uic.edu/about/deans_leadership - and in the photo here looks a lot like Dr. Richard Robb, a family friend since I was a baby, in this photo.

L,
Scott

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May  11, 2017

Hi M,

Just sent a copy of "Naked Harbin Ethnography" off to the editor of Visual Anthropology, Paul Hockings, whom I met with Nelson Graburn in the UC Berkeley Anthropology building, just prior to giving my talk there last Friday.

He said he'd write a review of my book for Visual Anthropology, and I think it's worth it to send him a book gratis (which costs me about ...).

My email to him - and his quick interesting reply - is below, for your reading enjoyment. Paul Hockings is a professor emeritus of Anthropology at University of Illinois - Chicago -
https://anth.uic.edu/uic-anthropology/people/emeritus-faculty ...

It will be good to get a book review in a known journal for my Harbin book - for academically mainstreaming it, as well as for the beginning Academic Press at WUaS.

Heading to UU choir soon - it's nice having a lot of basses and tenors in the choir, and particular a small group of Quakers even ... kinds of men's teams, in a curious way which I haven't engaged all that much in my various careers.

L,
Scott


Dear Paul,

Very nice to meet you with Nelson Graburn in the UC Berkeley Anthropology building, just prior to giving my TSWG talk about it there last Friday (which slides are here -
http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/red-cheeked-cordon-bleu-actual-virtual.html
and previous talks' related slides, video and media here -
http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/astrapia-birds-of-paradise-actual.html).

I've just put my actual-virtual sociocultural anthropological book "Naked Harbin Ethnography" in the mail to you - from Stanford (where I'm visiting), and I look forward to reading a review of it in "Visual Anthropology" when published. Nelson wrote the Foreword, as you'll see.

"Naked Harbin Ethnography: Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality & Virtual Harbin" is the first book published in the new Academic Press at World University and School -
http://worlduniversityandschool.org/AcademicPress.html - planned in all 7,099 living languages with machine translation.

Your "Principles of Visual Anthropology" (3rd ed) looks very germane to my overarching Harbin project, and possibly the creation of a 3D realistic virtual Harbin for actual-virtual comparison, - and I'll have a look at this as I begin my next Harbin book in this project.

Thank you.

Best regards,
Scott



http://bit.ly/HarbinBook
http://www.scottmacleod.com/ActualVirtualHarbinBook.html

http://twitter.com/HarbinBook

Here's the Amazon author's page for Scott MacLeod World University with both versions of "Naked Harbin Ethnography" ~
http://amazon.com/author/scottmacleodworlduniversity


Wow, Scott:
    My idea of technology is still about chipping stone tools! But this will certainly be interesting to look into....

Paul



Wow, Paul,

Thanks for your quick email. I teach an online course about the information age at WUaS -
http://worlduniversityandschool.org/InfoTechNetworkSocGlobalUniv.html - with a slightly different take on technology than stone tools. :)

Scott





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Monday, May 15, 2017

Pygmy mammoth: Stanford Innovations in Med Ed, "... started drinking the Stanford cool-aid, going to medical school here," #SIMECII To http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Medical_School … and teaching /Hospital in all countries' official languages, Developing the WUaS Ph.D. program in other languages beginning with German and English?, Wow ~Stanford Powwow on Saturday (46th) - Elders, Dancers - tents pitched in front - The Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee, Hippies (and at Stanford perhaps still today) can be a bit American Indian ... I hope World University and School's Medical School with teaching hospitals in all nation states' official/main languages can emerge from Stanford Medicine


Some Twitter posts about Stanford innovations in Medical Education (SIMEC II) on Saturday ...


https://twitter.com/GSEC_Surgery/status/863426393366855680
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https://twitter.com/GSEC_Surgery/status/863459257903071232
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https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/863451778607497217
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Stanford Innovations in Medical Education #SIMECII To http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Medical_School … and teaching http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Hospital in all countries' official languages



https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/863435572689256450


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Hi M,

I'm glad to have gone to the Stanford Innovations in Medical Education conference on Saturday which B facilitated by pinning this Tweet to the top of her Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/GSEC_Surgery/status/859495580409634816 and to have heard Carla Pugh MD Ph.D - https://twitter.com/GSEC_Surgery/status/863426393366855680 

S

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Met the great and open Stanford professor and Emergency Medicine doctor ...

Sarah R Williams MD
Stanford cool-aid 

Interesting bio ...

Bio


Sarah R. Williams, MD, FACEP is the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency and oversees the educational curriculum for the residents. She has been on faculty at Stanford since 2000 and has the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. Sarah went to Cal as an undergrad (Go Bears!) and then started drinking the Stanford cool-aid, going to medical school here, the EM residency from 1997-2000, and the chief residency in 2000-2001. 
What is this Stanford cool-aid?

Stanford cool-aid as culture, or counterculture even {and informed too by entheogenic explorations at Stanford in the 1960s/70s}? For me, "Stanford cool-aid" includes its empathic smarts of many many individuals, its academic excellence, as well as California laid backness ... and what Stanford learned from the 1960s and 1970s as a great university with a lot of hippy high achieving thinkers, and coders ... all of which is now in the "fabric of its life" ... Stanford is such a pleasurable university to be a part of, partly because of this ... 

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Dear K, S, G, D and J,

Thanks so much for your email asking how you could support concretely World University and School, and developing the Ph.D. program. WUaS is currently developing our free CC MIT OCW-centric undergraduate Bachelor's degree program planned to begin this autumn - and seeking to develop newly out of CC MIT OCW in MITx - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mitx-related-courseware/

I'll be talking with the Head of Strategic Relationships at MIT's Office of Digital Learning on Wednesday partly about sub-licensing for CC WUaS to use their CC MIT OCW in MITx toward WUaS degrees and in multiple countries' languages (plus much else), so I'll be able to share after this (http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2017/05/el-avila-national-park-potential-mit.html), but part of this process would involve developing approaches to translating CC MIT OCW into German (since this would benefit German speakers and Germany, for example, with new curriculum/courses) per - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/translated-courses/ - and its open CC licensing, at the bottom. Based on the initial CC MIT OCW courses translated, which could then possibly be added to MITx (but also used as WUaS has planned all along - with graduate students learning to become faculty teaching sections to the MIT faculty in video), further developing the Ph.D. program in German would emerge from this. 

With time, and if possible, WUaS would like to compare how matriculated students learn, inter-lingually, in STEM / All subjects, so while no perfect translation of CC MIT OCW seems possible to me (given the limitations of translating books, for example), developing programs that would allow for correspondences for study of how students learn between MIT Ph.D. degree programs in English, and MIT Ph.D. programs in German, at WUaS would be part of this process. For planning purposes here, MIT may offer about 31 majors with Ph.D.s - https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-department/ - and WUaS would also seek to develop correspondences here with MIT (although WUaS is a separate university, engaging MIT OCW's CC licensing), with the possibility of adding cameras in MIT classrooms of specific current courses, for example. 

What is the possible scope of your concretely supporting developing the Ph.D. program in German re World University and School, and re IBM, as well

This would be a most fascinating project, and enormously beneficial for WUaS in multiple languages, as well as prospective matriculating students. 

Best regards,
Scott 


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As I drove into the Stanford along the main front Palm Drive, to the Stanford innovations in Medical Education on Saturday around 7 am, I was surprised and glad to see many tents pitched to one side. 

I later learned that it was the Stanford Powwow ... 

Wow ~Stanford Powwow on Saturday (46th) - Elders, Dancers - tents pitched in front - http://powwow.stanford.edu - http://events.stanford.edu/events/685/68547/ (SAIO) …



https://twitter.com/WorldUnivAndSch/status/864180714484322304


The Stanford American Indian Organization (SAIO) and the Stanford Powwow Planning Committee will host the 46th Annual Stanford Powwow on May 12-14th, 2017 on the Stanford University campus. The Powwow will be held in the Eucalyptus Grove at Galvez and Campus Drives. The Stanford Powwow is open to the public and overnight camping spaces are available. Donations for parking and camping are welcome. There is no pre-registration, and registration is done on a first come, first served, basis. However, there should be plenty of room for anyone who wants to camp. Also, no personal tents or canopies are allowed on the powwow grounds until 3pm on Friday. This gives our facilities team adequate time to set up.

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Stanford Powwow celebrates Native American history, culture

http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/article/NE/20170513/NEWS/170519861
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https://twitter.com/srjessiman/status/864745524229844993

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Hippies (and at Stanford perhaps still today) can be a bit American Indian ...

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I hope World University and School's Medical School with teaching hospitals in all countries' official languages can emerge from Stanford Medicine.

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