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April 15, 2007

Computer Foo

The weather was unusually sketchy yesterday, which forced me inside for the first Saturday since I bought my bicycle. As I still don't have a TV, I spent a good part of the day hacking around. Here are some random highlights:

  • The Thunderbird 2.0 release candidate is great! It looks considerably better than 1.5. Perhaps I am blind, but it still doesn't have "virtual folders" or enhanced tag support for better categorization of messages. Maybe there is an extension... As soon as I finished installing it, I noticed an article on Slashdot about calendaring in Thunderbird. If you use Google Calendar and Thunderbird, I highly recommend you check it out!
  • I am getting really excited about KDE 4. Following the easy directions, I managed to build it. Although I have yet to run a nested or solitary session, I can barely contain my excitement. The UI looks much more polished and, as always, you get the awesome assortment of KDE applications. I can't wait to switch over as soon as the first beta is released.
  • I came to the depressing realization how slow my PC is. On one hand, I am surprised it still runs applications well considering it was assembled in the summer of 2002, right before I started college. The only upgrades have been memory (now 1G compared to 512) and many more hard drives (originally 2x80 and I've added a 250, 120, and 80GB (yes, I have 5 disk drives in the machine)). I finally realized it was slow when I was benchmarking some scripts I was writing for work and realized my laptop was handling about 8x more requests per second. Bottom line, I'll definitely be in the market for a new desktop by the end of the year. I think I'll wait for the quad core chips to come down in price...
  • After toying around with spare-time project ideas for the last few months, I think I finally decided on my project. I am attempting to build a calendaring server. However, being challenged in the UI department, I'm going to focus more on the middleware part. I'm aiming to build a RESTful calendaring server (much like the Google Calendar API) that scales horizontally at the web service layer. I want to decouple the storage backend as much as possible so people can plug in whatever storage medium they want (relational database, triple store, MegaData, etc. And, once you have a good data access API, the pretty UI's have a way of appearing. So, check back in a few months. Hopefully I'll have something worthy.
  • I am still trying to find a suitable replacement for Great Lakes Brewery. When I'm in Cleveland in May, I think I'll bring an extra suitcase to smuggle as much back with me as I can! In the meantime, the closest I've gotten to microbrewery bliss is Drake's. I've only had the IPA so far-- which is AMAZING-- but I'm hoping the quality rubs off on the others. The whole search process has been a challenging endeavor, but I'm up to the challenge. ;)

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April 15, 2007

Oh what a night ... Red {an orchestra} in OneCleveland Second Life

Sold Out!

Kudos to the extraordinary talented and visionary team of collaborators who worked with Red {an orchestra} in the launch of "That Red Guy" and the premier of OneCleveland's Second Life platform.

Patron's of the arts from New York to California (and beyond) joined the live streaming of Red's evening of beautiful orchestral music. All three venues in Second Life were sold out. Conversation at the intermission was simply spectacular.

Thanks to the entire team from ITAC@Case, OneCommunity, Tom Knab, Len Steinbach, Jared Bendis, and our partners from the NMC for making the launch such a memorable evening.

For a look at the early collection of snaps of the evening, see If you took snaps please add a tag in Flickr for "red-nmc" along with "red-cleveland2.0"

Please feel free to comment on your experience here.

There's lots of talk about next productions in OneCleveland's SL platform. Please let us know what we should be doing together to build on this enormously successful launch.

There will be a PBS story on the performance and the SL launch available soon. Details to follow.


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April 15, 2007

Digital Literacies: Siva, Intro

Shades of earlier readings...SV's extremes are sounding familiar: the "oligarchy vs. anarchy" debate sounding somewhat like the "us, now vs. them, later" distinction established by Lessig, authority being the power behind the switch that transforms a society from dreads-n-squats anarchists to a regulated, top-down market. Dialectic or polarized ideology? You decide!

I'm not sure, however, how the "collapse of inconvenience" maps neatly onto the two-sided struggle SV attempts to describe. Certainly we live in a digital ecosystem/network in which plenty of good stuff is "inconvenient to find, distribute, or deploy." LL's point, for instance, is not that inconvenience has collapsed, but that it has become a full-on business plan. On the other hand, for every technology that removes the friction implicit in earlier systems, SV claims technologies are also produced that engineer different varieties of friction. The problem (beyond the slightly competitive nature of these twin claims) in these arguments is the simplicity of the technologies that SV imagines: both "blunt" and "simple," the technological tools are presented - as perhaps the earlier information systems were reduced - in fairly autonomous terms, ignoring the social values and contexts within which they work. But the social context is what makes these sorts of argument work; if SV is going to treat p2p systems as tool instead of concept, then he's got a technical argument on his hands, when he actually wants to make a cultural argument about the effects of regulating p2p on a conceptual level.

By this I mean that, in the case of information systems, one argument that LL and SV must prove is that, beyond the technical specifications and use-value of such systems, that they promote and provoke information exchange as a form of public discourse. In other words, the files we send through the network are not simply valued as data or objects, they are valued as discourse. "Human deliberations," as SV puts it - and, as such, our understanding of self really takes shape as a function of the media we work with. So, while SV attempts to understand regulation as technology and p2p as tool, SV also wants p2p as discursivity and regulation as embodied by specific technologies. So there are series of mediations: between these antinomies, concepts and tools, practices and ideals. The tension rises out of SV's desire for mediation at these levels and the presence of "unmediated communication" - when the software and hardware level disappears, how do we understand deliberation as a function of technology, and how do we develop and foster critique? This is the original point of the digital literacies concept: how do we make the rules and negotiations of discourse apparent while engaging in discourse itself?

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Sound check dress rehearsal at 11:00am in the Chapel

Performance at 2:30 pm.


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April 14, 2007

IEEE Xplore Demonstration

The Kelvin Smith Library is sponsoring two sessions for Case faculty, staff, and students to learn more about the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Xplore Database. The campus community is invited to participate from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on April 18 in White Hall, Room 411. The session will include pizza and a chance to win prizes. RSVP to Brian Gray.

An alternative session will occur from 2-3 p.m. the same day in Nord Hall, Room 310.

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April 15, 2007

Blush is off the organic apple for Wal-Mart

It appears that Wal-Mart's organic strategy isn't working too I expected. There's a sizeable part of Wally World's clientele that hasn't yet learned to buy produce, let alone organic produce. People who shop W-M are shopping price-first, and while it would be lovely if they saw the value in organic-at-10%-premium (if W-M could ever deliver that), there's no guarantee they will...or that the people who do would get off their liberal high horses and shop at the eevul exploiting Wal-Mart. Nor are organic farmers in a hurry to let their deal go down; this is not a business based on volume. And let's not even get into "China organic."

Unlike many slow-fooders, I'm not a Wal-Mart basher, though I don't shop there much. But turning their business model 180 to go upscale doesn't make any sense to me at all.

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April 14, 2007

Cite Jon Corzine for no seatbelt!

Beck explores at length and volume how it is that a citizen can ride a foot or so away from a state trooper and not be made to wear his seat belt, just because that citizen's job title is "governor". NJ citizens should pray for Corzine's soul, because if his body makes it, there will be no end to enforcement.

There's an odd factoid in the Guardian article Billy linked to:

The accident marks the third straight time a New Jersey governor has broken a leg while in office. McGreevey broke his leg in 2002 during a nighttime walk on the beach, and Christie Whitman broke her leg while skiing in the Swiss Alps in 1999.

Given the popular association of Joisey wit da Mob, you have to wonder."If you sign that bill, you might break a leg."

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April 15, 2007

Retirement Savings

Retirement Confidence Survey

Overall, 40 percent of respondents said they are not currently saving for retirement while 34 percent said they didn't have any retirement money saved whatsoever. A full 25 percent, meanwhile, said they had no savings at all - retirement or otherwise.

This is really scary. I hope people enjoy working until they are 70.

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April 15, 2007

Cleveland 2.0 Wired for Wellness - NPR WKSU

WKSU (NPR) ran a feature piece on Northeast Ohio's leading effort in the area of networked health care. Case Western Reserve University, Netwellness (Susan Wentz), Stacy William's VIXAR Lab, OneCommunity, the Cleveland Clinic and John Hay High School are all featured in Vivian Goodman's piece.


You can listen to Vivian Goodman's piece here or read the transcript below.

Technological innovations have changed the nature of the patient-doctor relationship. Health care consumers now have a wealth of health information at their fingertips. Health care professionals now have new methods of communicating with their patients and clients. Health care providers like hospitals and clinics are using high-speed internet and wireless applications for public health education and to educate young people by videoconferencing with schools. In "Wired for Wellness", the third segment of What You Don't Know Can Hurt You, we examine the effectiveness of these new technologies in health education.

Sitting in a darkened auditorium they speak in excited whispers as they watch and wait.

In their gleaming white lab coats they look like doctors...very young ones.

Then up pop the real doctors on the giant screen.

"Good morning and welcome we're in operating room 44 over at the Cleveland clinic obviously and its our pleasure today to share with you an operation we're going to do . This is a woman in her seventies who has severe heart ..."

Watch the entire video online:

(Video Courtesy The Cleveland Clinic)

35 students at John Hay High School for Science and Medicine are watching open heart to the latest interactive videoconferencing technology.

It's a civic education initiative of the Cleveland Clinic. One of the many ways health educators are using a new broadband communications network called Onecommunity that links more than 300 of the region's hospitals, libraries, museums and schools.

Most of the students watching today's aortic valve replacement hope to be surgeons themselves someday.

"Yeah there you can see that little black hole we're just gonna close that hole by sewing it shut ..."

Thoracic surgeon Joseph Sabik can teach a 9th grade biology class without ever leaving his OR. While he snips away at a diseased heart, his audience is about 10 blocks away.

"What does the heart do? Someone must know something. Somebody's got to guess. Take your guess. It pumps blood? Okay. How does it pump blood? Does anybody have an idea how it pumps blood? Because it beats, you're right the heart beats, there's muscle that contracts. Now why does the heart go one way?..."

9th grader Tonya Merchant has seen four live surgeries this school year.

"You seeing the real thing and not just a picture its like live and everything so I say its better than a book and better than a teacher cause you can see with your own eyes and make your own judgment about it, so."

"This is not just about training our kids this is about the whole life cycle of health care management and health care education. "

Mark Ansboury, Chief Operating Officer of OneCommunity, says one example is Metrohealth Medical Center and the Cuyahoga County Library System using the network to educate seniors .

"Typically they don't go to their doctors on a regular basis but then something happens and they wind up in the emergency room and with our growing aging population we need to look at ways of pro-actively managing that care. "

Over the next 6 to 9 months, OneCommunity will host another pilot project called the Second Life Platform. It's a virtual Three-D web connecting Case Western Reserve University with schools, hospitals and community centers. Health care consumers will soon enter this virtual world space as Avatars, as in a video game, not only to research their health care needs, but also to review their health care records and even consult with doctors in real time about diet and exercise.
CWRU's Chief Information Officer Lev Gonick says wireless video conferencing is already being used to help homebound diabetics in the inner-city:

"Old style Marcus Welby home visit except that the doctor is still sitting in her office."

The patient can relax on her front porch wearing a device that monitors her vital signs. Gonick says the only other equipment is a web camera and a television set:
" Which allows the patient whose in the community to simply press on and up comes the doctor who is waiting for them back at university hospitals or metro health and of course that gives the patient the opportunity to say you know I've had this particular ache and pain and actually being able to show it but not having to spend the time obviously commuting to the doctors office spending time in the doctors office waiting room."

Susan Wentz of Case Western Reserve's Urban Health Education Center is logging on to the website she helps run. :

"For every topic as you can see if you look over to the right side of the topic there's something called an ask an expert. There's a place for a person to ask their question and then after you've written the question you title it and hit submit and that's it."

The Netwellness website provides Health and wellness information from the faculties of the Universities of Cincinnati, Ohio State and Case Western Reserve. It's been up and running for 12 years but Wentz says it wasn't until the development of high speed broadband technology that it's really taken off.

" In the beginning every month we got about twenty-five thousand hits a month and in those days it was more from a regional audience now today 8 million hits a month and its worldwide."

"I noticed in red on this page this is not an emergency service.""Exactly, that's a really important thing we want our visitors to know this is not medical care, its not medical advice, its medical information. This is something to use to help you work better with your doctors to ask the right questions to get timely care to do things in your own life but if you need information in an emergency fashion or in an urgent fashion pick up the phone call your doctor and get the help you need. "Use the old fashioned technology".... "Yes exactly. "

"Hello, welcome . You have successfully accessed the tools to produce fully immersive video, web and mobile-ready content featuring a customized talking digital host. "
Stacy Williams, a speech pathologist at Case Western Reserve University, introduces us to our virtual host, an animated woman who blinks her eyes and nods her head as if she's really there with us:

"The nice part about this particular piece of software is just a click of a button I can change her and make her a man or we can make her a child or anything we want. So it holds possibilities for us in the future we're excited."

They're even more excited about the new speech lab where they'll use some of these animated videos . They call it VIXSR.

"Which stands for the virtual emergence center for simulation research."

It's a kind of interactive theater that just opened on the CWRU campus. People with speech and hearing problems walk in and approach a variety of wall-sized projections...Today it's the counter of a fast-food restaurant with actors who appear to listen and talk to us. It's a new way to learn how to communicate in a virtual real-life situation. Like ordering a cheeseburger.

"Would you like fries with that?"

As patients progress the therapist can make the counter girl get a little testy, or put in other challenging distractions like babies crying, cell phones ringing, people sneezing.

"Their therapist is actually located outside of this therapy environment. They are sitting at a command station which has a series of computers in front of it monitoring a variety of things. There are video cameras located within the theaters that are actually pointing and recording the client."

On the floor of the virtual McDonalds there's a green box with wires coming out of it attached to biofeedback probes:

"They actually go on the clients fingers and what it measures is their heart rate and skin temperature cause this tells us how real they are responding to it."

Williams says the VIXSR lab's new technology addresses one of the biggest challenges in speech language pathology: getting clients to transfer the skills they learn in a clinic setting to the outside world.

Case Western Reserve's Lev Gonick says health concerns are a huge driver to adoption of broadband internet connectivity. He thinks Northeast Ohio will get the latest innovations and become the model for the rest of the country because of what he calls our sense of the value of community.

"A sense that we are facing significant challenges where we have to come together. Here in Northeast Ohio there is a community that is connected to each other, collaborating with each other and engaged in the reinvention of how to use technology to address priorities like health care education."

I'm Vivian Goodman, 89.7, WKSU

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April 13, 2007

Cleveland in Second Life .... the Buzz... It's all Red

The launch of Cleveland in Second Life tomorrow night is all the buzz in SecondLife. Red {an orchestra} has grabbed the top story of the day at

The launch and debut was carried on NPR radio at noon here in Cleveland. A special concert buffet and bar has been set up in OneCleveland. Here are some exclusive snaps of the concert hall set up on the NMC Campus. See you either live at the Masonic or in SecondLife in OneCleveland or the NMC Campus.



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April 13, 2007

Grand opening set for new Swagelok® Center For Surface Analysis And Materials at Case Western Reserve University

Endowment from Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust provides renovations for important research center


The Swagelok® Center for Surface Analysis and Materials, a nationally renowned materials characterization facility at Case Western Reserve University, will formally celebrate a grand reopening on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m. on the ground floor of the Glennan Building on the university's campus. Previously known as the Center for Surface Analysis and Materials, the center will now bear the name of a longtime Case School of Engineering corporate partner, Swagelok Company of Solon, Ohio.

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April 13, 2007

Friday April 13--from 1300s to Today

It's Friday the 13th, and interesting things have happened on other ones. Find out what happened on any date, with library and online resources! Other April 13ths over the centuries:

  • 1970:"Houston, we've had a problem here," Mission Commander James A. Lovell reports the Apollo 13 oxygen tank explosion.
  • 1964: First African-American Best Actor Oscar—Sydney Poitier, for his role building a chapel in Lilies of the Field.
  • 1997: Tiger Woods@21 wins first major (Masters) by record 12 strokes in Augusta, GA.
  • 1360: Hail kills 1,000 English soldiers in Chartres, France on “Black Monday,” the storm's devastation a factor in the Hundred Years’ War between England & France.
  • 1939: Oscar winning Wuthering Heights premieres, starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, and David Niven.
  • 1943: James Boarman, Fred Hunter, Harold Brest, Floyd G. Hamilton unsuccessfully attempted to escape Alcatraz.
  • 1861: Fort Sumter surrenders, beginning the Civil War (the only casualty was a Confederate horse.) Before the Union forces were allowed to leave for the north, soldiers fired a 100-gun salute, killing one soldier outright, mortally wounding another in an accidental cartridge explosion.
  • Happy Birthdays to: President Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence (1743); F.W. Woolworth, pioneer of the discount variety store a century before the emergence of retail giants like Wal-Mart & Target (1852); Butch Cassidy, last of the great western train-robbers, Beaver, Utah Territory (1866); Southern writer Eudora Welty, Jackson, Mississippi (1909)
  • RIP: His Imperial Highness Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (1981);Annie Jump Cannon (1941), instrumental in creating the Harvard Classificaiton Scheme for cataloging stars.

    Find more about past days in history with reference books and online databases like Chase's Calendar of Events, 20th Century Day by Day, or the (free on the web) History Channel This Day in History (enter date & select either "General Interest" for a wide variety of events, or choose from 15 categories.)

    Use newspapers like the New York Times Historical, on the Research Database list, a QuickLink from the Case Catalog page. Search 4/13/1907 &"Front Page" option to find the same range of local & national items we might read over the ages:

  • WOMEN'S POKER GAME RAIDED; Police Drop In on a Party Playing Just Like Men.
  • CATS ANNOY YALE MEN; Students Shoot at Them, Are Arrested -- Mayor Sympathetic.
  • MAMMOTH FOUND IN GLACIER; May Figure at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
  • RUSHING ALASKA RAILWAY; Guggenhelm's Road to be Completed as Rapidly as Possible.
  • H.H. ROGERS'S TALK STIRS WASHINGTON; Roosevelt's Friends Find Evidence of the "Rich Men's Conspiracy."

    Ask a KSL Reference Libarian, for help with all our other newspapers & historical resources, whether it's for fun or research!

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    April 13, 2007

    SSE-managed Windows Servers Patching

    Problem: All SSE-managed Windows Servers will be patched.
    Cause: All SSE-managed Windows Servers will be patched.
    Systems Affected: All SSE-managed Windows servers.
    Start Date/Time: 3:00am Tuesday, April 17 2007
    Resolve Date/Time: 6:00am Tuesday, April 17 2007

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    April 13, 2007

    How Men And Women Shower

    I just watched this and thought it was pretty funny.

    How To Shower - Men & Women - Click here for this week’s top video clips

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    April 15, 2007

    Gra-merci beaucoup!

    Wednesday night's concert by the Gramercy Trio (Sharan Leventhal, violin; Jonathan Miller, cello, Randall Hodgkinson, piano) at Guzzetta Hall at the University of Akron was a true delight (though a delight, alas, shared by only 2 dozen people). The performance of my trio was sensitive, well thought out, and virtuosic.The 1st movement was played in a very light style that emphasized its scherzando qualities...not the way I'd conceived the piece, but it worked very well, maybe better than a more Sturm und Drang conception would have. I was thrilled with the performance.

    Gramercy would like to do the whole program somewhere else, and Sharan Leventhal said that she would like to include my piece on some other concert. That would be wonderful if it happens, because I've had NO penetration on the coasts, which is where most American cultural consensus is built.

    I see that Sharan is also a member of the Kepler Quartet, which would explain her remark about a "Ben Johnston-y moment" in the trio, and her good intonation. (They're recording all the Johnston quartets.)

    Half my flute s'notta on the 22nd, then nothing scheduled until spring of '08, I guess I have time to compose and to promote some compositions.

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    April 15, 2007

    My Source Poster

    I presented my poster in senior project seminar last Friday, and have made significant improvements to it since then. A lot of the suggestions made in class have been put into place, but I would really like to have a nice poster because I'm pretty anal about this kind of thing (and it will most likely end up at home after the SOURCE Symposium and I want my Daddy to be proud). It's attached here as a pretty giant PDF, and I figured a blog entry would be the best way to get comments that others can read and comment on as well. Don't be afraid to be mean to me. I'm mean to other people.

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    April 13, 2007

    Cuyahoga Boat Song

    A bit of salon music for piano, a little barcarolle about dreamily floating down the river that burned.

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    April 13, 2007

    ShowCASEd--the GeoHunt Winner!

    At the April 12 Research ShowCASE, there were several booths with the Freedman Center, Kelvin Smith Library posters & projects, KSL reference librarians, and our GeoHunt.

    The winner of the 2-point, 1 minute GeoHuntGeoHunt was James Laird, Dept. of Chemistry, who used the GPS unit to locate the lightpole outside of Veale and the Spitball sculpture on the quad. James wins a $50 gift certifcate from the bookstore— congratulations to James!

    Other ShowCASE highlights:
    Online Historical Archives: Kelvin Smith Library, Digital Case, and the Future of Open Source Electronic Research Repositories, Poster Session, Mark Eddy, Social Sciences Librarian

    Staff members Justin & Ann at the Freedman Center & GeoHunt booth:

    Jared Bendis & the Stereoscopic Camera and the Freedman Center:

    KSL Reference librarian, GIS & Freedman Center Staff:

    Ann, Center for Statistics and Geospatial Data, and a GeoHunt contestant:

    Engineering Librarian Brian talks with Case staff:

    Reference Librarians Bill & Catherine talk with Researchers & give out gifts:

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    April 13, 2007

    Problem Report: Hopefully the final test of a new problem

    Problem:   Hopefully the final test of a new problem
    Cause:     I want to move on to editting existing posts
    Affects:   No one
    Started:   04/13/2007 12:57 AM


    This is hopefully the final test like this.

    I just need to test some of the formatting stuff I added.

    Now you should be able to indent a line and have it "stick":

    See how that works?

    Created: 04/13/2007 12:59:52 by dak


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    April 13, 2007

    Case Daily

    Greek Life Receives High Honors from National Organization

    Greek Life The Mid-American Greek Council Association (MGCA) recently distinguished Case Western Reserve University's fraternities and sororities as the best overall Greek community in the Midwest, with both Interfraternity Congress (IFC) and Panhellenic Councils receiving high honors.

    The MGCA recognized the university's IFC and Panhellenic councils as the most outstanding in its respective division. Both organizations received acknowledgements in the categories of academic achievement, council management, community service and philanthropy, leadership and educational development, membership recruitment, public relations, risk reduction and management and self-governance and judicial affairs.

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    Campus News

    The Common Reading for the 2007-08 entering first-year class is The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler. The author examines the causes and consequences of poverty in society by profiling the lives of Americans struggling to make ends meet. All first-year students will receive a copy of the book during the summer. Faculty and staff will be invited to enter the essay contest. The Common Reading Selection Committee invites faculty to consider the reading, when appropriate, in designing course curricula.

    The Case Men's Glee Club is seeking a new director. As the oldest a cappella ensemble on campus, the group arranges, sings and performs a wide variety of music, including the annual Singing Valentines event in February. Interested graduate students, faculty, and staff are asked to contact Steve Mayes.

    For Faculty & Staff

    Electronic equipment can contain materials that are a hazard to the environment. The name e-Waste has been give to these discarded electronic devices. If you have computers, printers, laptops, monitors, fax machines, or other electronic devices that you wish to discard, please fill out the e-Waste form on the Facility Services Web page and submit it to Customer Service. The form will then be used as a work order to pick up the devices from your location. Please also write on the device with a permanent marker the building and room where the device came from. A custodial worker will then remove the devices to a staging area were they will be processed for disposal.

    For Students

    Case Scheduler, the definitive course scheduling utility for undergraduates and graduates alike, is available for scheduling classes for summer and fall 2007 semesters. Case Scheduler allows users to search for classes based on enrollment numbers, permit requirement, and the user's other scheduled classes and events.


    The Share the Vision committee is hosting an open forum, "Bringing the War Home to Case: An Open Dialogue on the Conflict in Iraq" led by individuals with a personal connection, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., today at Kelvin Smith Library oval (rain site Thwing Center atrium). Refreshments will be served.

    Alpha Phi Omega is hosting the Second Annual March for Marfanbeginning at 11 a.m. on April 14; registration is $20 and begins at 10 a.m. in Nord Hall's atrium. The 5K-race/3K-walk will benefit the National Marfan Foundation, and will include food, music and a raffle. E-mail questions to

    The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is hosting "Addicted to Gossip: Girls' Talk?" at 7 tonight in Thwing Center, Room 309. All women on campus are welcome to participate and talk with women from diverse backgrounds. Food and beverages will be served. Call Jiling Yang at 368-0985 for additional information.

    For a list of other events and activities on campus and in the community today, refer to the WebEvent calendar.

    Et al.

    Michael Scharf, professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, was selected as a cochair of the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law.

    U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Case Western Reserve University's School of Law's international law program number 15 in the nation, up from number 23 in 2006.

    Qilei Hang, a third-year student majoring in chemistry, created a Web site outlining the literary debate between Arnold Bennett and Virginia Woolf. Her piece, "Character, Politics and Literary Controversy: Arnold Bennett and Virginia in Cyberspace" was recently published in The Arnold Bennett Society Newsletter. Hang's project was funded by SOURCE. Her faculty mentor is Kurt Koenigsberger, an associate professor in the English department.

    Christina Mastrangelo and Amie Jackson recently won the Robert A. Dubick Case Study competition at the Ohio College Personnel Association and the Ohio Association of Student Personnel Administrators joint conference. Mastrangelo is an assistant second-year coordinator and Greek Life practicum student, and Jackson is the Greek Life assistant for citizenship.

    April 13, 2007

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    Case in the News

    New technology gives doctors a graphic view of what ails you

    The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2007
    Technology for peering inside the body has moved light years beyond X-rays, ultrasounds and CT scans. Six local scientists discussed these cutting-edge techniques and their significance in a panel Thursday at Case Western Reserve University's Fifth Annual Research Showcase. J. Martin Palomo, associate professor at Case School of Dental Medicine, described one of the technologies which produces 3-D views of the jaw, complete with teeth, bone and nerves.

    Wired for wellness

    WKSU News, April 12, 2007
    Technological innovations have changed the nature of the patient-doctor relationship. Health care consumers now have a wealth of health information at their fingertips, and health care professionals have new methods of communicating with their patients and clients. This story references OneCommunity and the Second Life Platform, a virtual 3-D Web connecting Case Western Reserve University with schools, hospitals and community centers.

    Case professor contributes to discourse on global warming

    The Plain Dealer, April 13, 2007
    Matthew J. Sobel, a Case Western Reserve University mathematics professor and an economist, is one of 19 contributors to "Forecasting the Effects of Global Warming on Biodiversity," an article in the March edition of the academic journal BioScience.

    Finalists selected for Walter Byers scholarships

    NCAA Sports, April 12, 2007
    The NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Committee has chosen six finalists for the annual Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships. One of the finalists is Stephen Hrinda, who participates in cross country and track and field at Case Western Reserve University.

    Higher Ed News

    College presidents plan 'U.S. News' rankings boycott

    Christian Science Monitor, April 12, 2007
    A revolt is brewing among college presidents against the influential college rankings put out each year by U.S. News & World Report. Dozens of schools have recently refused to fill out surveys used to calculate ranks, and efforts are now afoot for a collective boycott.

    Beyond grades: business students put their start-up ideas to the test

    The New York Times, April 12, 2007
    These days, hundreds of business schools hold competitions involving students presenting startup ideas to a panel of judges. Usually, winners receive money, from $5,000 to $100,000 or more. In some cases, they are also given free legal, public relations and accounting advice. For many entrants, the No. 1 spot is not the ultimate prize. Having a successful business is.

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    April 13, 2007

    They lynched Imus...who's next?

    Media Matters takes credit for Imus' downfall

    Beware of Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog organisation bent on censoring and using misinformation to take down radio talkshow hosts, blogs that may be considered offensive, or basically anything that goes against their agenda.

    In Defense

    A small California radio station (KCAA-AM) in San Bernardino says it will run a "Best of Imus" series next week in defiance of the firing of radio host Don Imus after he made a "sexist" and "racist" joke on his nationally syndicated show.

    Did you remember?

    Imus' dismissal is not the only one. Bob Grant, a popular New York radio host, was put off the air for calling the African-American mayor at the time a "washroom attendant." And Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder lost his CBS job on NFL football pre-game telecasts by saying black athletes were superior to white athletes.

    Satellite radio, A place of refuge?

    What are the chances for Imus to appear on satellite radio, following in the footsteps of Howard Stern?

    Hypocritical words by Jesse Jackson

    Jackson called the firing “a victory for public decency. No one should use the public airwaves to transmit racial or sexual degradation."

    Sharpton too...

    Said Sharpton: “He says he wants to be forgiven. I hope he continues in that process. But we cannot afford a precedent established that the airways can commercialize and mainstream sexism and racism."

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    April 13, 2007

    Meet The Curmudgeon! The Career Services Office is pleased to welcome Mark Hermann, author of The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law, to the law school on Tuesday, April 17 at 12:00 pm in Room A57.

    Mr. Hermann, a litigation partner in the Cleveland office of Jones Day, will discuss The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law, which has cracked the "Amazon Top 500." Don't miss the chance to see the author of this fun collection of insightful and humorous essays offer practical and honest advice for law students and lawyers.

    According to the book’s back cover, "The Curmudgeon knows everything about the legal profession, and he's willing to share his keen observations from the corner office. He offers practical and honest, if blunt, advice for surviving and thriving in a law firm. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice. He tells you what you need to know about billing, managing your assistant, drafting internal memos, dealing with clients and building your law practice."

    Hear the author talk about what drives law partners crazy, what you can do to impress them and what mistakes you should avoid. Be sure to attend for your chance to win a copy of The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law! Read more about the book and Mr. Hermann at and

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    April 13, 2007

    Scheduled Maintenance: Test of scheduled maintenance

    Problem:   Test of scheduled maintenance
    Cause:     I am still testing
    Affects:   No one - this is still the test blog
    Started:   06/30/2007 12:00 PM
    Resolved:  06/30/2007 12:50 PM


    Still just testing.

    Wanted to see how formatting works.

    Here's stuff:

    and yet more stuff.

    Created: 04/12/2007 14:58:05 by dak


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    April 13, 2007

    Test: LDAP Copy from Real

    Problem:   LDAP masters and replicas will be restarted.
    Cause:     Adding some new attributes for extended functionality
    Affects:   Anything using LDAP - authentication, SSO, mail, etc.
    Started:   03/27/2007 04:30 AM
    Resolved:  03/27/2007 06:00 AM


    [03/27/2007 08:30 AM] - The backup master LDAP has been fully reinitialized and appears to be operating normally now. We will continue to monitor both master LDAPs through the course of the day to verify that they are functioning correctly.

    [03/27/2007 06:30 AM] - The upgrade so far has been only partially successful. While the actual restart was uneventful, our attempts to reinitialize the backup master LDAP have caused problems for both the backup and the primary master LDAPs. We have recovered the primary and are in the process of reinitializing the backup master now. We will post a further update once the reinitialization of the backup master LDAP has been completed.

    We will be making some additions to the Case portion of the LDAP schema to add some new functionality to the identity management system. Each of the replicas and both master LDAPs will need to be restarted for the additions to be applied. Each restart is expected to take less than a minute, so the maintenance should be transparent to end-users. We are restarting each LDAP one at a time, and will verify the proper operations of each LDAP before moving on to the next one.

    Problems, questions or concerns about this scheduled maintenance can be e-mailed to

    Created:03/26/2007 13:43:23 by dak

    Updates:03/27/2007 06:30:14 by dak, 03/27/2007 08:30:33 by dak

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    March 30, 2007

    Cool Photography Technique: Light Traces with Stop Motion

    While covering an Ellen Allien techno concert at B-Side in Coventry, a fellow photographer (didn’t catch his name – but I think he goes to Case) told me about a cool technique he likes to use. The idea is this (for a perfectly dark room with a few small intense but discrete light sources):

    • Set your camera to manual exposure
    • Set the ISO to 100 for ultimate sharpness
    • Set the shutter speed to more than 2 seconds
    • Adjust your flashes output manually to get an aperture more than 5.6-ish
    • Focus on your subject (and then I usually set it to manual focus so it does not hunt)
    • While shooting the picture, optionally purposefully move the camera and then manually fire the flash at your subject

    The goal is to either use the available motion in the light sources/subject to create a blurring “light trace” and then to manually fire the flash which you hold in your hand to “stop motion.” If done correctly, the results can be very interesting and beautiful:

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    March 30, 2007

    Back from Amsterdam and back in the saddle

    Yes, I survived Amsterdam. It’s been awhile since I last posted on here so here is the quick 2-minute summary. Amsterdam was a blast. I learned much more than I even expected to learn about the Netherland’s drug policies, palliative care issues, and met many new friends. I know this previous single sentence is a vast underwhelming summary, but at least I have some awesome pictures of the Netherlands in the gallery to tell the tale.

    Getting adjusted to the time difference wasn’t horrible but I was definitely a bit hazy the week after I got back. All the work I should have been doing over spring break was dumped on me when I got back. It wasn’t pretty.

    All is not horrible and I got quite a bit of good news this week. My pictures of Rockwell Automation and GE Lighting for the Case Alumni Association appeared on the front cover of their Spring 2007 – vol 19 – no. 1 magazine and throughout the articles. This magazine is sent out to all Case alumni!

    Also in photography news, one of my photos of artwork from the Huichol Sierra region in Mexico was published in the student textbook “Anthropology – the Human Challenge” version 12e by Haviland, Prins, Walrath, and McBride (ISBN 978-0-495-09559-0). You can see my photo on page 585 in the article on “Peyote Art: Devine Visions among the Huichol.” They sent me a copy of the textbook and it’s totally cool to see my photo with my name next to it in a textbook!

    Finally, I am working with on developing an RSS Photo Slideshow screensaver. They are creating a website which delivers image content to digital picture frames. They allow users to set up RSS Feeds based on news services and their own photos. Of course, this idea is very similar to the project that Andrew Witte and I worked on. I updated the screensaver for their purposes and I’m hoping they like it.

    Of course, one of the most exciting photo shoots was covering the movie premier of Perfect Stranger at Valley View Cinema where Halle Berry and Giovanni Ribisi made an appearance. I’m not a big fan of paparazzi, but I had a fun time – it’s sort of like a mosh-pit with a purpose. I met some other photographers, including Leslie who is a photojournalist from Kent State. We had a fun time hanging with the “pros” and sneaking her into the theater. The movie wasn’t so great, but I have a very fun evening.

    Oh, and school. I’m toiling away on my master’s project. I have a lot on my plate, but I feel I’m still on schedule. I just have a lot of work ahead of me and need to make sure I keep at it.


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    March 30, 2007

    Travelling to Amsterdam

    Tomorrow I am heading to Amsterdam to study health policy over spring break with a number of other Case students. I received an email today from an employee working at a photo store in Holland asking if they could use a picture of mine in their store publication. I don’t think they were expecting me to trade the picture for in-store credit, but they’re going to try to hook me up with a discounted B+W 72mm UV filter if I stop in their store in Rotterdam. Sweet deal.

    I need the filter for my new Canon 35mm f/1.4L lens. Oh baby, what a fine lens. This is my first L-series prime lens and…wow. This is one sharp lens. I picked it up used from a guy on Normally, I use a 24-70L as my walk around lens, however, the clarity on this lens is so impressive that I might start to try to use this lens instead. Having the zoom is certainly a major convenience, but I really want to get that extra sharpness in my shots and I know this lens can deliver. I’ll see how it goes in Amsterdam – expect plenty of shots.

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    March 30, 2007

    WordPress AutoViewer Flash Intro Page – done right

    As you might have noticed, I recently changed my website around a little. Aside from the new banner navigation image, I changed around the flash intro page that I wrote about before.

    I really wanted to have the flash embedded seamlessly into my website’s theme. Before, the flash page was completely disjoint and the style didn’t look like anything on the rest of the website. It was totally unprofessional and a total hack job, but it worked.

    I ended up using the Kimili Flash Embed plugin to embed the AutoViewer flash into a WordPress page. I then set this page in WordPress to be the default page by going to Options, Reading, Front Page = the page I just made.

    I then moved the XML file (gallerydata.xml) and images folder that AutoViewer looks for into the root directory – done! Doesn’t it look beautiful?

    PS – If you don’t want your new flash intro wordpress page to show up in the navigation menu, you might want to check out this quick WordPress hack for removing pages from the navigation menu. Simply add an &exclude to the php function and insert the Page ID numbers separated by commas you wish to exclude from showing.

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    March 30, 2007

    IBM Extreme Blue India

    I received the best 7am phone call ever on Tuesday morning. A lady from IBM India told me that they were accepting me into the Extreme Blue program in Bangalore, India. This is excellent news because it means that they will cover my housing and flight costs, whereas before I would be on my own. I was pretty worried about my housing situation (because I really had none), so this definitely will make things much easier in India. Also, the Extreme Blue projects are always very interesting and involve cutting edge technology. I know I was very excited before I got into Extreme Blue India, but now I am even more excited.

    I still am waiting on hearing more details about what type of project I will be working on. I am also a little worried that I will be either arriving late or leaving early. Hopefully the details will come soon and I’ll figure these issues out as soon as possible.

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