The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

June 30, 2006

yaw i wonder if it would be possible to
put the rover on a fairly steep slope and do a little yaw dance, that is,
quickly alternate between starboard and port i wonder if it would be
possible to put the rover on a fairly steep slope and do a little yaw
dance, that is, quickly alternate between starboard and port the following
week i caught the final performance of wong kit yaw ambitious dance epic,
passing. it began with two arduously introspective adagio term yaw-yan was
derived from sayaw ng kamatayan which means dance of death. this club was
created to unite all members of yaw-yan and to help promote introspective
adagio, a true series of computer-augmented dance performances. the yaw
coordinate (abcde) will change as the dancer turns. throughout the
performance space series of computer-augmented dance performances. the yaw
coordinate ( ) will change as the dancer turns. throughout the performance
space. ... omg, hahahaha u cnt dance 4 ya lyvz. valeane said:. those
****** ******* cant dance. 49 days ago neshaboo said:. dont quit yaw ...
around turn one at streets, the is 430 went into a frightening pitch/yaw
dance. any high-speed, high-load corner produced an oscillation that would
make ... the following week i caught the final performance of wong kit
yaw's ambitious dance epic, passing. it began with two arduously
introspective adagio ... she stopped dancing in 1991 but returned to it
when she moved to study dance with her father yaw. yaw dance

Check on 'wandering around' and 'cabspotting' below - Alan

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   June 30, 2006

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   Research and Education

  *  World Urban Forum III
  *  ESL Cyber Listening Lab
  *  Mathematics Across the College Curriculum
  *  The Lincoln Institute
  *  University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute
  *  Moving History
  *  LABORSTA Internet
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   General Interest

  *  Cabspotting
  *  Take Pride in America
  *  S.O.S. Mathematics
  *  Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development
  *  The Reading Matrix
  *  The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases
  *  Australian Museum Online
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   In The News

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   Research and Education

World Urban Forum III [pdf]

There are forums on many topics, ranging from animal husbandry to the
latest trends in fashion technology, but there is only one forum
sponsored by the United Nations that draws such a tremendously diverse
mix of practitioners, politicians, and pundits: the World Urban Forum. In
its third edition, the Forum and its participants have descended upon
Vancouver, and this website brings together materials they are working on
during their time at this third meeting. Visitors can learn about the
governing bodies that oversee the Forum�s operations, read speeches and
statements from those speaking at the event, and also learn about a
related event, the World Youth Forum. Visitors with specific interests in
various aspects of urbanism will want to look over their �Programmes�
area, which contains specific information about the Forum�s initiatives,
including land tenure, housing policies, and urban economic development.

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ESL Cyber Listening Lab [Windows Media Player, Real Player]

Developed by an educator with a series of experiences spent educating
persons in the art of learning English, this website provides a
multimedia experience for those seeking to learn the language. The focus
on the site is most definitely on developing users� listening skills, and
it provides dozens of helpful audio features that quizzes students on
topics such as renting an apartment, understanding credit cards, and
making doctor�s appointments. Along with these more practical skills,
another section of quizzes deals with subjects that students might
encounter in other situations, such as the TOEFL or more advanced
conversations. The multimedia experience of the site is greatly enhanced
through video presentations of long conversations on topics such as
family history, investing, and solar eclipses. [KMG]

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Mathematics Across the College Curriculum

Most people might be aware that mathematics finds its way into a number
of instructional programs and courses that are most decidedly not focused
on this important discipline. Math is present in a wide range of courses,
ranging from fashion design to sociology. Led by The American
Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) along with a
number of community colleges (including Miami Dade College), the goal of
this particular effort is �to create a mathematically literate society
that ensures a workforce equipped to compete in a technologically
advanced global economy.� The site is divided into several primary
sections, including �Courses and Projects�, �Institutes and Conferences�,
and �Books and Resources�. Educators and other interested parties will
want to head immediately to the �Courses and Projects� area, as they can
look through materials created to enhance the mathematically-informed
arrangements of such courses as anthropology, English, urban planning,
and policy studies. Additionally, there is a section of the site that
contains links to dozens of helpful online materials of note that will
assist faculty members and others. [KMG]

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The Lincoln Institute

With a long-standing interest and passion for Lincolnania, Lewis Lehrman
created The Lincoln Institute, which is dedicated to providing assistance
to scholars and groups interested in the study of the life of President
Abraham Lincoln. Over the past few years, the website for the Institute
has grown to include a number of very fine online exhibits that explore
various aspects of Mr. Lincoln�s life. With simple and declarative
titles, such as �Mr. Lincoln�s White House�, �Mr. Lincoln and Friends�,
and �Mr. Lincoln and New York�, these online exhibits provide an entry
into understanding Lincoln�s relationships with these places and tropes
that dominated his life. The interactive exhibit exploring Lincoln�s time
in New York (and with notable New Yorkers) is quite a pip, and it
includes a section that allows users to learn about where Lincoln spent
his time in this bustling metropolis. [KMG]

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University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute [pdf]

With all of the rhetoric and puffery surrounding the subject of language,
it is refreshing to find another academic research institute that
provides high-quality and objective research findings in this area.
Established in 1984, The University of California Linguistic Minority
Research Institute (LMRI) provides research in this area, and also
disseminates their work through a variety of print publications,
conferences, and this very website. The homepage offers a good idea of
what they have been working on as of late, as it offers access to some of
their new publications (such as their newsletter), information on
upcoming events, and direct access to recent papers, such as the recent
�Teaching Inequality: How Poor and Minority Students Are Shortchanged on
Teacher Quality�. Particularly worthy of mention is the �Educators� area,
which brings a host of practical information into the hands of interested
teachers, administrators, and other educators. The materials here are
divided into a number of sections, including instructional materials,
assessments, and teacher research. Overall, this is a site that merits
several visits, and it is also one that will be of continuing use to
many. [KMG]

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Moving History [Windows Media Player]

While it took many decades for some skeptics to realize the importance of
maintaining archives devoted to preserving film and television programs,
the movement has certainly gained a critical mass of interested
organizations in recent years. One particularly nice online resource for
such matters is the Moving History website, which serves as a research
guide to the United Kingdom�s twelve public sector film archives. With
support from Britain�s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the site
includes sections that describe each of the collections, along with a
lovely selection of 100 film clips. The clips can be browsed by theme and
host archive, and they include depictions of British �holiday-making�
trips and segments from the popular British television series, �Steptoe
and Son�. The site is rounded out by the inclusion of a set of links to
related organizations, such as the Association of Moving Image Archivists
and the British Path� Film Archive. [KMG]

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LABORSTA Internet [pdf]

The world of labor is a tremendously important one, and even a cursory
examination of the many statistics associated with the field can be a bit
overwhelming. For the seasoned expert and the casual neophyte, there is
the LABORSTA website. Drawing on data and metadata sets compiled by the
International Labour Office, the site contains information culled from
over 200 countries or territories. First-time visitors can view and
extract data relating to employment, unemployment, hours of work, wages,
consumer price indices, occupational injuries, and strikes. If this
weren�t enough, the site also contains access to periodic data, public
sector labor data, and employment by sex for detailed occupational
groups. While such a collection might seem a bit daunting, there is,
fortunately, a �Help� section that will make navigating the site
relatively painless. [KMG]

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NativeWeb [Last reviewed in the Scout Report on January 12, 1996]

A number of websites are dedicated to providing information about various
groups and organizations, and NativeWeb just happens to be one of the
best known sites dedicated �to disseminating information from and about
indigenous nations, peoples, and organizations around the world.� For the
past ten years, the site has grown tremendously, and it functions as a
very nice clearinghouse for materials ranging from ongoing archaeological
excavations to higher education grants for organizations that serve
indigenous peoples. With its relatively clean design, the site is easy to
navigate, and first-time visitors will appreciate their �In the News�
section, which offers selected recent news items that relate to
indigenous and native groups around the world. The real substance of the
site can be found in the tremendous �Resources� section, which contains
thematically organized links to high-quality online materials. Finally,
visitors can also sign up to receive updates when new resources are added
to the site. [KMG]

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   General Interest

Cabspotting [Macromedia Flash Player]

Have you ever wondered about the secret lives of cabs and the places they
frequent? Well, wonder no more, as this delightfully intriguing and
fascinating website reveals the patterns of their byways and the like.
Drawing on data provided by the Yellow Cab company, the Cabspotting
website allows users to create their own artistic projects using this
data. Visitors may wish to get started by looking at the �Cab Tracker�
area, which averages the last four hours of cab routes into a rather
ghostly image, and then the draws the routes of a number of cab rides in
progress over it. One area that should not be missed is the �Time Lapse�
section, which reveals a number of temporal-based variations in cab
movement, including rush hour, marathons, traffic jams, and of course,
major holidays. Finally, visitors should definitely take a look at the
�Featured Projects�, which include Tomas Apodaca�s �Fly Cab�, which looks
at one cab�s travels over the course of several days from an aerial
perspective. [KMG]

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Take Pride in America [pdf]

The United States government has had a long and honorable role in
promoting volunteerism and other such civic-minded programs through a
wide variety of organizations and initiatives. The Take Pride In America
partnership, established by the U.S. Department of the Interior, is one
such program. Tracing its roots back to 1985, the program was re-launched
in 2003, and is �dedicated to installing a sense of volunteerism and good
stewardship in all public land users.� Upon arriving at the site�s
homepage, visitors can quickly search for any number of volunteer
opportunities through the handy search engine offered here, or just look
through a list of upcoming events designed to promote such laudable
initiatives as International Coastal Cleanup Day. Organizations and their
leaders may wish to look through the information kits offered here, as
they provide detailed instructions on how to get a project started. [KMG]

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S.O.S. Mathematics

With a development team that includes several well-regarded
mathematicians and other such folk, the S.O.S. Mathematics website is a
high-quality resource for persons who might find themselves in need of a
bit of refresher on topics ranging from algebra to differential
equations. Started in 1995, the site currently includes more than 2500
web pages that contain concise explanations of topics that can sometimes
be quite confounding. Visitors can use the search engine provided on the
homepage, or click on one of the primary sections, which include
differential equations, matrix algebra, and complex variables. Within
each of these sections there are many more subheadings that provide even
more information. Of course, in the unlikely event that one�s question
cannot be answered by one of these pages, there is also the �Cyberboard�
feature, which allows users to post their own question on one of the many
message boards. [KMG]

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Growing Better Cities: Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Development

Throughout the history of cities, many persons grew some of their own
food in local garden plots, and in some cases, they were able to
supplement their household income with the fruits (and vegetables) of
their labor. As the United Nations has recently predicted that 60% of the
world�s total population will live in cities by the year 2030, more and
more concerned parties have become interested in encouraging urban
agriculture, particularly in the developing world. In this provocative
work, Luc J.A. Mougeot of the International Development Centre (based in
Canada), reviews the work of his own institution in this area of human
endeavor, and also offers some concrete recommendations for policymakers
hoping to maximize the potential of urban agriculture. The report is
divided into five chapters, and contains some helpful sections which
include, �Managing municipal wastewater�, �Easing ecological problems�,
and �Growing gardens with greywater�. [KMG]

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The Reading Matrix

In the fall of 2000, a group of concerned educators came together to form
The Reading Matrix, which was designed to create a place where both
teachers and other interested persons could come together to find
resources about reading and writing. Most of the resources are geared
towards the language needs of ESL and international students, but given
the cornucopia of materials here, there is really something for everyone.
Scrolling down from the site�s homepage, visitors will come across areas
that include a job database, the Reading Matrix Archives, interactive
reading exercises, and a list of germane online journals. The Archives
are a good place to start, as users will have the opportunity to look
through subject-oriented resources for English-language learners that
range from dictionaries, grammar quizzes, and speaking and listening
practice. [KMG]

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The Colors of Clay: Special Techniques in Athenian Vases [Macromedia
Flash Player]

This web exhibition from The Getty takes you on a gently guided tour of
the various ways in which Athenian vase painters decorated clay vessels
between 550 and 340 B.C. Eight styles and techniques are explored:
Bilingual, Coral Red, Six's Technique, Added Clay and Gilding, Outline
Drawing, White Ground, Plastic, and Kerch Style. Zoomable images of
artifacts, textual captions, and, in a few cases, audio curators'
commentary are used at the site to explain the eight techniques. Learn,
for example, that the Bilingual style is called that because pieces have
red-figure painting on one side, and black-figure painting on the other,
hence they are bilingual. Coral Red was only used for a short time, and
by only a few workshops, but this type of piece was prized since the
color was enhanced by wine. [DS]

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Australian Museum Online [Macromedia Flash Player]

Established in 1827, the Australian Museum has long been a buzzing hive
of activity, with a wide a range of scientific discoveries to its credit,
and a long tradition of educational outreach. For those who can�t make a
journey to the Museum, this website affords users remarkable access to
specific materials created for this website and materials culled from in
situ exhibits. Visitors should begin at the �Features� section, as it
contains over fifteen compelling exhibits, ranging from explorations of
the Great Barrier Reef to the process of decomposition. If these engaging
exhibits weren�t enough, the �Explore� area allows users access to fact
sheets that deal with bats in Australia, the aboriginal people of coastal
Sydney and meteors that have found their way onto the continent. The site
is rounded out by the �Research and Collections� section, which allows
users to learn more about the Museum�s different departments, which
include herpetology, marine ecology, and biodiversity. [KMG]

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Environmental Health Science Education [pdf, Real Player]

Developed by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
this website provides access to quality educational resources that deal
with this timely topic. As one might expect, the site is divided into
three primary sections: students, teachers, and scientists. With this
rock-solid triumvirate, visitors can peruse these sections for specific
materials that will be of use for their own specific purposes. In the
students section, visitors can find links that will assist them with
their assignments, and also learn from a number of interactive activities
that deal with topics such as food safety, public health, and water
pollution. Educators will breathe a sigh of relief when they get to the
Teachers section, as it is easy to navigate, and it contains over sixty
separate pieces of curricular material, all arranged by subject area
(such as cancer or assays). [KMG]

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   Network Tools

Mr. Tides

For persons who make their livelihood on the world�s seas and oceans, the
importance of understanding the motions of the tides cannot be
underestimated. Even for the casual visitor, tracking the tides can be
useful. With this application, visitors can display current (and future)
tide information for a variety of locations around the world on their
desktop. This version of Mr. Tides is compatible with all computers
running Mac OS X 10.1 and newer. [KMG]

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SightSpeed 4.6

In our rather well �connected� times, people can transmit streaming audio
and video across continents, oceans, mountains, and in some cases, just
across the ever-so treacherous adjoining cubicle wall. With SightSpeed
4.6, all of these boundaries can be surmounted, and the application also
offers free PC-to-PC voice calls and video blog recording. Visitor to the
application�s homepage can learn about all of the related features of the
program, and also offer feedback on the application�s uses. This version
is compatible with computers running Windows 2000 and XP. [KMG]

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   In The News

Cell phones and other devices continue to transform the experience of
wandering around

What�s that? In Japan, phone has answer

The Organic City [iTunes]

Museum Podcast Tours [iTunes]

Garmin: What is GPS? [pdf]

Cultural Tourism DC: Historic Neighborhoods

Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Jazz legend and cautionary tale Chet Baker used to regale audiences with
his smooth vocals on the Jimmy McHugh standard, �Let�s Get Lost�. Well,
getting lost is getting harder to do these days, particularly with the
exponential rise in way-finding services, aided in many instances by the
global positioning system (GPS). Recently, another advance in such
technologies was made, and not surprisingly, it was part of a
collaborative effort between three Japanese companies and a firm based in
the United States. With the use of specially-equipped cell phones and
satellite-based navigation, users can essentially �point� the phone at a
given landmark (such as a hotel or a historical marker), and the phone
will pull information from the Internet about any given feature of the
built environment. Currently, the technology is only available in Japan,
but this technology has a rather remarkable degree of accuracy, which can
ease navigation and information-gathering in dense urban locales. Of
course, there is still a great deal to be said for just wandering around,
but for those who find themselves unnerved by such activities, these
devices may prove quite useful. [KMG]

The first link will take users to a news story about this new piece of
way-finding technology offered in the International Herald Tribune this
past Wednesday. The second link leads to the Organic City homepage. Here
visitors can download podcasts that offer interesting neighborhood tours
of various parts of Oakland. The third link whisks users away to a very
fine page that provides access to a host of museum podcast tours,
including those created for the Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia and
The Delta Blues Museum. The fourth link provides a concise explanation of
what GPS is, as well as its importance. The fifth link provides access to
information about some of Washington�s culturally and historically
important neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom and Lafayette Square. The
final link leads to Henry David Thoreau�s well-known panegyric to the
importance of peripatetic wandering titled simply: �Walking�. Thoreau
took his walking seriously, a passion that is evident in this comment
that appears early on in his remarks: �I think that I cannot preserve my
health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least,-and it is
commonly more than that, -sauntering through the woods and over the hills
and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.� Strong stuff,
and words to live by. [KMG]

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