Daily Archive for Saturday, October 21st, 2006


Rebecca: cyberian
Rebecca: you there?
Sent at 12:18 PM on Saturday
me: hey
saw you flashing
you still there?

Sent at 1:48 PM on Saturday
Rebecca: are you still there?
i got absorbed in something.
and washed dishes.
me: hi
Rebecca: i wanted to ask you if you’ve checked out our classes that we’re supposed to have after fly-out week.
me: nice to have clean dishes
Rebecca: i think we’re supposed to do the radio class, and i don’t know if you’ve invited our guests!
it would be great to have ben walker.
me: jake is coming. let’s email ben
Rebecca: oh, that’s great too.
yeah, let’s email ben.
we’ve been listening to his theory of everything show.
it’s a pretty interesting show.
me: you mentioned that
he’s a genuinely interesting guy
Rebecca: also, i’ve been thinking about whether it would be a good idea to try to incorporate little second life trial advocacy exercises into your evidence class this winter.
i think it would be a good idea.
me: me too
been thinking about it
Rebecca: i think we could do them in ames and possibly make them public events sometimes, so that people could come watch but not say anything.
like going to a real court argument.
me: wanting to try it out with my reading group
Rebecca: and if you wanted, i bet we could sign up a jury or several.
ok, i’m up for it.
me: dynomite
Rebecca: i think it would be very good for your evidence class in particular.
me: did you see ivygate
Rebecca: because i think you could do a little return to the rules.
me: (smiley)
Rebecca: and do SL trial exercises that are practice on the different rules.
what’s on ivygate?

me: google it
it’s a blog that has interest in our class
worried about nick
Rebecca: i think it is going to be ok.
there are a couple of sites out to get him in a very venomous way who have been doing this since the beginning.
gawker and idolator are run by the same people, same audience.
gawker is the politics arm and idolator the music arm, so nick ends up on both.
there has been interesting discussion on wayneandwax.com, our wiki, a little on a blog at blackmail.com.
not everything is anti-nice.
i think it is interesting that ivy gate feels it fair to cut the argument down in that way. i don’t think you actually hold the opinion they are trying to hand to you.
and i think nick spoke really well and convincingly in class.
i don’t think he is worse off after this, except that it kicks up a little dust.
me: ivygate put up a seven minute clip on youtube
Rebecca: anyway, do you think we should write to nick to make sure he’s ok?
i see that.
i haven’t watched it, obviously.
is it really bad for nick?
me: we are in the court of public opinion
Rebecca: indeed we are.
me: suppose nick’s case were to be a moot court
Rebecca: we could do it, but i seriously doubt that nick will want to participate himself.
we can see.
me: not as a witness
Rebecca: but i think that if i were him i might want to put the whole thing to rest at this point.
me: i was thinking i’d like to have his humor on my side when i’m judging
Rebecca: hah!
well, there’s no harm in asking him…
me: i love this guy
i want to adopt him
Rebecca: i am sure that there will be lots of extension students and at-large participants interested in working on the moot court.
me: would nick have fun typing away in second life
Rebecca: i’m not sure.
you’d have to ask him.
me: of course
Rebecca: i would love to see what kind of avatar he would create.
Rebecca: And I think wayne and i have settled on a first second life appearance for him.
in conjunction with his appearance in our class.
i think he’s going to do a talk with another ethnomusicologist about open access scholarship and copyright issues.
the other guy is anthony mcann.
apparently interested in ways that academic discourse can happen without the need for people flying all over the world to conferences wasting lots of carbon.
me: i’m just this minute sending email to christina xu, feedback on her project, which is open access,
inviting her to the first I&S breakfast, nov 1, faculty club, to which you are cordially invited.
Rebecca: (smile)
me: in fact just posted my response to her on eon
Rebecca: well, i’ll let you get back to that.
i should get back to what i was doing too.
nice chatting with you.
me: :

open access to open discourse

hi christina
i’m excited by your project, which you open beautifully. i love the organization you are bringing to it, evident both on paper and in person. the plos event was wonderful. i loved the lucidity of thought from connecting points of view, the library, the student body, wow, chris and christina and open collections. yes, we will organize breakfasts across the university. we have a budget from the provost of ten grand to get us started. first breakfast is november 1 at the faculty club. please come. please bring three others with you whom you think would best move you forward. can we get the essence of the work that has been done at northeastern and mit? can we focus on things we faculty and students and staff and alums and friends can do to make this spiral of breakfasts expand up through the university in expression in action of what we do and who we are.

On 10/19/06, Christina Xu wrote:

Hi everyone,

You are receiving this reminder because you RSVPed for the Roundtable
Discussion about Open Access. The event is tomorrow from 12-1:30 at the
Berkman Center’s Conference Room, and sandwiches will be served.

Thank you for your interest in open access! If you have any questions
about the event (like if you get lost on the way), please email me or
call me at 614-599-1316

The Berkman Center is located at:
23 Everett St.

Thanks again!
Christina Xu