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Month: March 2009

Tweeting a talk with our Nobelist

Oliver Smithies
I’ll be tweeting a conversation between UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Research, Tony Waldrop and UNC’s Nobelist Oliver Smithies Monday at 4 pm EDT for details and background

#uncnobel will be the tag

Send me ideas and questions!

UPDATE: I was the twitting twit in tweed. See the #uncnobel tweetstream here.

Vegetarian Thai Red Curry

I whipped this up tonight and added rice noodles (pad thai) at the end cooking them as in a stirfry. This recipe is for Elizabeth C who requested it and from several Thai sources online.

You need:

Olive oil for sauteing
1 red onion chopped
3 or 4 garlic cloves minced
at least a tablespoon of fresh ginger root minced. I use more
A selection of chopped veggies – I used peas, bok choi, and broccoli
1 can of low fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons of Taste of Thai or Tommy Tang red curry paste
1.5 tablespoons of Thai fish sauce
maybe half a cup water as and if needed
Lime juice and zest from half a lime
Pad Thai (rice noodles)
Basil leaves for garnishing
Green onions for garnish
Serve with the other lime half sliced as you choose.

Prepare the Pad Thai noodles for stirfry (most boxes or bags will have directions) usually by soaking in hot water
In a deep pot, heat the oil then stirfry the garlic and onion until the onion is transparent.
Then add ginger then veggies and stirfry until cooked yet crunchy.
Now add the coconut milk, red curry paste, fish sauce and some of the chopped basil leaves
Bring to a light boil and stir well then add the Pad Thai noodles
Cook for about 2 or 3 minutes stirring well.
Serve with green onion and basil garnish and lime sections.

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Cincinnati meets N’rleans

Took red beans and rice to Ohio tonight when I added Cincinnati chili sauce to the mix. It was a great taste and a big success with my family.

For the N’rleans portion, I took a large cut trinity (1 red onion, 1 large green pepper and 4 stalks of celery) along with garlic and sauted them in olive oil until the onion was transparent. Then I added the Cincinnati spices:
1.5 tablespoon of unsweet cocoa
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
(some recipes also add 1 teaspoon of ground cloves)

After they were mixed in well, I added 2 cans of drained and washed red beans, some tomato paste and about 1.5 cups of broth. All of this simmered while the rice cooked. The result was a wonderful spicy mole with still crunchy green pepper and celery. Yum. Thank you Skyline Chili and the sainted Lambrinides family for the inspiration.

No Law (the book, the conference)

No Law!

Anyone who can write a sentence like this one:

No one who has ever savored a Corona Extra and a grilled cheese sandwich hastily cooked on a well-crusted one-burner hotplate and served at sundown from the not-all-that-sanitary hands of besandled sprites in tie-dye apparel, which wandering amidst the jumbled array of gaily painted one-time school buses and VW Micros (ideally the model with opera windows, like the one Arlo Guthrie drove to the dump in Alice’s Restaurant), in a pleasant haze of body odor, burning grease, and patchouli, is likely to forget the experience, or what it meant to one’s understanding of transcendence.

and manages to get it woven into a book from Stanford University Law School Press under the title of No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment deserves a party if not a respectable gathering of legal scholars and a free lunch. Personally I would, if able, give much more. Unable to give more, I give my proper respect and my attendance at the conference.

Tomorrow (Saturday March 21) will not only be the first day of Spring but the Conference to Honor the Publication of No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment honoring not only the book but the authors — David Lange, who surely wrote the sentence quoted, and H. Jefferson Powell.

Our Stories, In Focus, on State of Things and in UMall and in Carrboro

Sally and others were on WUNC’s State of Things today talking about the “Our Stories, In Focus Project” with Laura Leslie (who was sitting in for Frank Stacio). You can hear that interview here.

Our Stories, In Focus

Our Stories, In Focus is a public arts and history collaboration that invites residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro to look more closely at their personal and community histories by participating in workshops that explore two questions: What brought you or your family to this place? and What is the legacy you want to leave in your community?

Workshops sessions feature opportunities to add an image of your memento to the public art project, tell your story for an oral history, participate in journal writing and more:

Saturday, March 21
University Mall, Chapel Hill

10:00 am to 2:00 pm: Art Project, Oral Histories, The New York Times reprint
11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Journal Writing and Story Circle
1:00 to 2:00 pm: Genealogy

Saturday, March 28
Century Center, Carrboro

Noon to 4:00 pm: Art Project, Oral Histories, The New York Times reprint
1:00 to 3:00 pm: Journal Writing and Story Circle
3:00 to 4:00 pm: Genealogy

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The Invisible at Ackland Art Museum

The Wheel That give Life
The Invisible is a band that plays and programs instruments made from consumer and industrial junk. Most of the sound comes from drumming devices activated by the Wheel That Gives Life (my name for it), a three foot in diameter metal wheel with peg holes in it. The wheel slowly turns and the pegs which are inserted and withdrawn by the operator activate switches which in turn activate electro-magnets that then activate hammers (mostly) that tap variously constructed drums, blocks, clappers, etc. Add in video played on old Commodore monitors — some pulled from the Museum’s security cameras, plus some distorted recomposed keyboards and you have a band. Surprisingly great music for museum going or sitting or dancing.

Still don’t know if The Invisible took their name from the DJ Spooky collection by the same name.

More pictures here.

Kahle, Burney, Szulik, Malamud in the news

Brewster in the Economist

The Economist (UK) gives proper respect to Brewster Kahle and in their March 6 “Brain scan: The internet’s librarian.”

It would be easy to dismiss Mr Kahle as an idealistic fruitcake, but for one thing: he has an impressive record when it comes to setting lofty goals and then lining up the people and technology needed to get the job done. “Brewster is a visionary who looks at things differently,” says Carole Moore, chief librarian at the University of Toronto. “He is able to imagine doing things that everyone else thinks are impossible. But then he does them.”

David Burney

David Burney of New Kind writes in Business Week’s Nussbaum on Design that “President Obama Goes Optimistic. Obama Is The Design President.”

Since the earliest days of his campaign, it is clear that President Obama possesses a genuine understanding of design and open source thinking. He is a gifted communicator who aligns perfectly the form/media of his messages with the content he’s delivering. His principles, words and actions are in sync. When he speaks of ‘bottoms up’ problem solving, he ‘gets’ it far beyond intellectual and competitive theory arguments. I’d say that’s a good set of attributes to describe the ‘designer’ of the future.

Matthew Szulik

Matthew Szulik of Red Hat has recommendations for the economic health and the health of health services in North Carolina in an oped piece in the News and Observer called “State Needs a New Economic Plan.”

Create an authentic private/public partnership. In 1980, federal legislation created the Bayh-Dole Act with the purpose of developing public university/private company technical partnerships. Sadly, I believe the Bayh-Dole Act has become outdated in our digitally connected society. The rapid pace of innovation in software and hardware technologies reduces the economic value of these patents to the university system when these innovations could be fully monetized by the private sector. I propose that North Carolina “open source” the university technology and intellectual property portfolios into the public domain and place these assets in the hands of entrepreneurs who can create jobs. North Carolina has an opportunity to take the lead in creating authentic public partnerships through open source and open, collaborative and innovative models.

Carl Malamud

Carl Malamud, who should be the next Public Printer of the USA, gets his proper respect from the Federal Times “Data for the masses” and from Mother Jones (no known relation to the blogger) “President Obama, Appoint Carl Malamud!” which contains the immortal line “Carl Malamud is a badass.”

If appointed as head of GPO, the 49-year-old Malamud promises big changes. Among them: Make all legal materials readily accessible; tighten bonds with the nation’s librarians; create a United States Publishing Academy to educate the rest of government on how to print and publish effectively in the modern age; overhaul the Federal Register to be more useable and accessible; and post government Web sites and information to be more prominent on the Internet. From Federal Times.

WWW2010 logo, 18Hn6Pz next step, Carl Malamud adds to board

WWW2010 logoThe International World Wide Web Conference 2010 has a new logo! The Oak Leaf isn’t covering anything up that I know of; it’s representing the City of Oaks, Raleigh, where the conference will be held next April. See the latest WWW2010 news here.

Our plans for doing a completely revised and revisioned presentation/participation of 18 Happenings in 6 Parts or 18Hn6Pz , an homage to Allan Kaprow (and to the folks of Black Mountain College in the 1950s), has moved up another level. We’ve been invited to apply for a support grant by the end of this month. We’ll also moving from research and ideation stages into taking care of some serious advance work including a tentative budget. The event will take place in February 2010 as part of the Carolina Humanities, Art and Technology Festival (CHAT).
On a personal note, I was delighted to have been able to track down Whitney Jones, who when he was in Laurinburg at St Andrews College in the 1970s put on a Black Mountain College festival. I was able to meet artists and writers and see performances and talks by Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jonathan Williams, Fielding Dawson, Robert Rauschenberg and see works by the Albers – Annie and Joseph. Whitney great work has been a big influence on my views of art and on participatory culture and the avant garde.
Research links for Kaprow and 16 Happenings are on my Delicious account here.

Carl Malamud - he should be Public Printer of the United StatesCarl Malamud continues his campaign for Public Printer of the United States by adding impressive people to his Committee to Reboot .Gov . Like the work of the Happenings and from Black Mountain, Carl can seem disarmingly casual and funny, but he has a very serious cause — freeing the information that we need to better understand our government and to keep it accountable.

Planning Ahead – Upcoming Events & Projects (Some Soon)

Tuesday brings the “Our Stories, In Focus” project to the UNC Student Union following up on the kickoff event at the Hargraves Center. Bring your mementos and your stories for scanning and saving and to be turned into part of a community art project. Chapel Hill News story here.

The Download and Donate site for the INTRAHealth OPEN Project is in full swing with a remix of Youssou N’Dour’s song by Peter Buck of REM coming up soon (and perhaps featuring a special guest). Bring Open Source software to bear on the health initiatives in Senegal and the rest of Africa and hear some great remixes from Nas, Afrissippi, Beef Wellington, Hawke, Duncan Sheik, Q Burns Abstract Message and Toubab Krewe with Umar Bin Hassan (of the Last Poets).

Planning for the International World Wide Web Conference to be held in April 2010 in Raleigh is underway with interest groups at LinkedIn, FaceBook, and an ongoing blog where our most recent announcement is that David Burney of New Kind has joined our advisory board (see the blog for more and more recent news).

Still exploring partners and sites and ideas for 18Hn6Pz an homage to Allan Kaprow’s 18 Happenings in 6 Parts” which introduced the world to the word “happening” almost 50 years ago. We’re part of the February 2010 CHAT aka Collaborations: Humanites, Arts, Technology Festival and we have partners in the Humanities, Arts and Technology — but we could use more and more. (Note that the 18Hn6Pz is a Google Doc that you can edit, amend, and append.

Tired of paying for .gov info that you’ve already paid for? Time to get the Government Printing Office in gear and on the Net. How to do that? Help get Carl Malamud appointed Public Printer of the United States.

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