November 23rd, 2008

graphics

Getting Students Excited about Computer Graphics

I've been trying to recruit some students to work on massforge and take my Introduction to Computer Graphics course (CIS 636), which is cross-listed as Computer Graphics (CIS 736) for grad students.

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So, what ideas do you have on engaging students who may be interested in computer graphics, not just for gaming but also other entertainment applications (3-D computer-generated animation, for example), business/scientific/information visualization, etc.?

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Banazir
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Ramanujan Syndrome

In the first of my recent posts on the technological singularity, I remarked on something I called the "Ramanujan Syndrome". Modern biographers of the famous Tamil mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan have often noted that his spiritual devoutness was over-romanticized, as contemporaries such as G. H. Hardy observed. Equally, however, there has in recent decades been a tendency to view his lack of formal training before the age of about 25 (in 1914) as a distinction, almost glamorous.

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What do you think?

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Banazir
politics

Woodrow Wilson's "The Fear of Monopoly", 1912

Here's a little video that one of my students, Ben Perry, digitized for me back in 2003:




The campaign of 1912 pitted four remarkable men against each other for the presidency, all of them with significant reform backgrounds. William Howard Taft, the incumbent, had the support of the regular Republicans and of some of the old-guard Progressives. Theodore Roosevelt was backed by most of the Progressives, who had banded together to organize the rump Republican "Bull Moose" Party. Eugene Debs was the Socialist candidate. And Woodrow Wilson, the enlightened governor of New Jersey, ex-professor of political science and ex-president of Princeton University, was the choice of the Democrats. Failing at first to find an issue with which to stir the voters, Wilson was persuaded by Louis D. Brandeis to stress the problem of the trusts, and with his oratorical gifts he was able to turn it into what was almost a one-man crusade. A portion of Wilson's campaign speech at Lincoln, Nebraska, delivered on October 5, 1912, is reprinted here.
        - Encyclopedia Britannica


It's interesting to read the complete speech today and reflect on how it may apply to modern software monopolies. (An excerpt appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica article above.)

ETA, 21:20 CST Mon 24 Nov 2008: Cross-posted to teunc (here) and Facebook (here), on Thu 26 Jul 2007. The YouTube codecs are a little laggy; you can download the original .mov file from here.

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Banazir
grammar

Poll: Grammar, Style, and Usage

Poll #1303386 Grammar, Usage, and Style

Do you know the difference between grammar and usage?

Yes
10(90.9%)
No
1(9.1%)

Is there difference between grammar and usage?

Yes
6(60.0%)
Yes, but it's moot
2(20.0%)
It's a fine line
2(20.0%)
No
0(0.0%)

In your opinion, what is the difference between grammar and usage, if any?

Do you know the difference between grammar and style?

Yes
11(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)

Is there difference between grammar and style?

Yes
8(72.7%)
Yes, but it's moot
2(18.2%)
It's a fine line
1(9.1%)
No
0(0.0%)

In your opinion, what is the difference between grammar and style, if any?



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Banazir