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June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 10:29 AM
 
Away we go.
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 05:23 PM
 

Malcolm, I wrote down we were meeting at noon at Jerry's on the 8th - would you like to change to 9 AM?  Please advise.

Susie

PS Happy Birthday to Marcella!~big grin

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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 10:31 AM
 
Susie--

9 would be better, since we have to get back for the Moodle Moot conference.

Hope that is OK with you.

Look forward to seeing you.

(Can you share in editing the "Introduction" at the top of the middle column on Page One of borderstudiesassociates.net? The next three days are very crucial.)

Please....thank you.....

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 11:42 AM
 

HI, I don't know how to get into that page, nor how to write anything there, sorry.  I can print it out and mail it to you in the mail, but getting into it online is a complete and utter mystery to me.

Susie

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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 09:55 PM
 
Susie--

On the Front Page at the top of the middle column it says Introduction.

Just click.

Need not even log in.

We are in Room 254 at The Courtyard in Marina Del Rey.

See you Sunday at 9 at Jerry's. Hope it is not an inconvenience.

Very eager for participation in editing process in the next couple of days.

--Malcolm

p.s. This certainly applies to one and all.--MMcA
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Thursday, June 5, 2008, 01:05 AM
 

Malcolm - I can read it but I can't write in it, nor can I comment on it anywhere.  I don't know how to proceed.

Susie

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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Thursday, June 5, 2008, 12:16 PM
 
Susie--

Thanks for sharing these last hours.

Actually, I came to realize just the word Introduction in text is enough to click on. Someday, I will get the hang of this.

I added a "course" under Research and Development called "Edit Introduction"
I suggest that suggestions be put there and then moved to latest version of
actual document at Introduction.

I also suggest we communicate through the Public blog. Experience has shown that if we get several forums going, no one knows where the action is.

I will add chat soon. I am right here in the Southland--be in touch--will see you Sunday at the Sherman Oaks Jerry's.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Thursday, June 5, 2008, 02:04 PM
 
11:00 AM Thursday

Finished "Edit Introduction" under R&D.

Hope it is not too Mickey Mouse. Just click on "Add submission" and then "Edit Submission", as you like. It seems like primitive groupware. I wish it had headings more in the spirit of constructivism--"assignment" and "submit" do not sound much like us.

Big problem with amateur administration in moodle is inability to get to source code and even change headings like those.

Allons--off to my memoir group at granddaughter's school. Never thought I would be creating second grade course resources.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Ted Whiteneck - Thursday, June 5, 2008, 11:30 PM
 
It appears there is great enthusiasm fo Obama. It is hard to grasp McCain's appeal. The international aspect of both parties affects everyone.

Unclear Polosi has done all she can on behalf of her constituencies, especially regarding stopping the war.

What can we do to review Constitution, Federalist Papers etc?
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Friday, June 6, 2008, 12:11 AM
 
It's amazing that enthusiasm and appeal are the only criteria for nominating a Presidential candidate...I am wowed by the naivete of the American public.  It reminds me of other times, other potential leaders, other countries, not so long ago....and that is just downright scary.
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 6, 2008, 11:36 AM
 
I do not understand where rhetoric ends and something scary begins.\

I turn off the TV when it gets exciting. Since we are forced to listen to sportscasting in the hotel bar where dinner is served, I get a sense of the tones of voice people evidently need.

If you figure we will be on the planet several 100,000s more years, I wonder if dailiness is getting people down? That seems to me close to the issues raised by Seanchan http://borderstudiesassociates.net/mod/book/view.php?id=92 and Nancys' poetry and by my experiences with the memoir group. Without the theistic myth systems, this is a pretty lonely place to be UNLESS you enjoy people and sunsets and Summer and all that.

Glass's trilogy of operas of famous people, including Ghandi (sp) and King, seems to suggest, according to the NYT review, that Glass is antiAristolian because he does not believe in character plus plot plus conflict.

My resident experts, you and Dennis, have taught me most of what I know about music in my own time. Just the NYT reviewer's comment that Glass does NOT engage in mindless repetition, since as many as 32 repeats are each different, looks to me like the way out of dealing with dailiness.

Much better than charisma.

Wish you and Dennis could do a reprise on our year of chatting about music, the arts and everyday life.

See you day after tomorrow. Working on a draft Adam and I will work on tomorrow at 4:00 PDT. Will have another draft by then. Eager for your reaction to draft at Introduction at top of middle column on First Page. Hope the frame-of-reference for pitching in using the pseudogroupware at
R & D Edit Introduction is intriguing.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Friday, June 6, 2008, 03:53 PM
 

HI here are a couple of comments on the introduction stuff - I still cannot begin to get into anything on this site but this blog.

First under 'how do we know'  I would like to add

'from the reports of experiences of others'

then under 'where and when do we act' I would like to add

-- personal life

Next section, I don't recall having asked these questions??? Wonder what the genesis of all this is...

Then, 'finally 'they' (the royal *they*) asked where and when...... would like to add 'how'.

Don't know where one arrived at "three sorts of activities structure what comes out of a day" but disagree.....I don't agree that these are the activities that structure my days.

Under ' Evidence Based knowing" under doctors we should add that we know that the law requires physicians to prescribe drugs you must purchase in the diagnosis of any ailment - this keeps the wheels of capitalism turning..

Later, under 'About Human Nature' it should read "...all PERSONS are created equal" not 'all men'..

In general I had trouble with this entire document.  I believe it is long, overly so, and rather convoluted in explanations.  It would be good to really make it as 'simple as possible' because I don't believe it is there now.

Susie

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Re: June 2008
by Michael Glandon - Friday, June 6, 2008, 04:30 PM
 
84 e-mails today.

Big meeting on global simulation tomorrow.Global Commons aka Global Marshall Plan

Will look at Introduction soon.

--Michael
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 6, 2008, 04:40 PM
 
Susie--

Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

Been up since 5 so I will take a break, since Marcella is off to lunch with Lael.

Will get back to you very soon--may go up to Topanga Canyon.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 6, 2008, 09:52 PM
 
Susie--

All your points are well taken. Will work them in to next draft.

Sorry you cannot get into rest of system--will talk to hosts in morning.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Seanchan Owen - Saturday, June 7, 2008, 01:35 AM
 
Malcolm--
I agree with Susan upon the point of simplicity.

If someone is trying to sell a movie idea they have to keep it very short. I think it's less than a page.

The human brain can only taken in so much information in one sitting.

Where is the hook?

Are there any concrete examples of pupils work which is done that people can look at.

In closing, I would like to reiterate a statement Malcolm said a few days ago," It is more important to understand and speak to the questions of your audience than it is to tell them what you want to tell them." at least I think that's what he says, it might have been something I read on the back of a bubblegum wrapper.

--Seanchan
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Saturday, June 7, 2008, 05:57 PM
 
Susie--

If you can get into system this far you are past issues like passwords.

Can you be specific about what you cannot do?

Prepared to make house call tomorrow--will check out a WiFi in Sherman Oaks tomorrow after Jerry's.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Saturday, June 7, 2008, 06:07 PM
 
Seanchan--

Much to the point.

A one page summary is an excellent idea.
Please refer to Dennis, Ken and Teds' sites at top of middle column as illustrations of "pupils' work. Also current blogs and Feb, Mar, Apr blogs in archive in R & D under "Common" in middle column.

Redid upper right piece as hook--not much of one.
Have had well over 7000 hits with no response except for 4 guys from Western Somoa.

Jon Allen and Jason Cole are hard at getting you hooked in Tuesday at 2:00.

Please be ruthless.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Saturday, June 7, 2008, 11:11 PM
 
8:00 PM PDT

Adam and I are at Starbucks==join us if you like
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Sunday, June 8, 2008, 12:42 AM
 
malcolm, I just got in the airport tonight at 11 PM _ too tired to meet you at Jerry's at 9 on Sunday - so sorry - just wiped out...

let me know what I can do - I feel totally disenfranchised by the moodle right now...

Susie
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Sunday, June 8, 2008, 10:43 PM
 
Susie--

We will get you reefnranchised. I see your site, so that is a step along with your getting in at all. As I begin to understand it, a variety of problems can emerge as we go along--just have to improvise!!!

Will spend the day tomorrow in training for administrators and course developers. That is my first formal stuff since two years ago. Should help.

Hope you have gotten rested--I will be back next weekend--lets try again.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Monday, June 9, 2008, 09:49 AM
 
This is just about it.

Thanks to one and all for pitching in on making it a common venture.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 01:30 AM
 
Malcolm - I will be there in SF on the 21st for the monthly meeting - is it at the regular place? I will be staying with Greg Moore in the Maybeck Studio in Berkeley starting Thursday through Sunday...let me know where our meeting is on Saturday?

thanks!
Susie
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 09:07 AM
 
This is it.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Thursday, June 12, 2008, 09:49 AM
 
Its over.

See Administrators' blog in upper left corner of Front Page for more details.

Again, thanks to all....

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Friday, June 13, 2008, 05:22 AM
 
Malcolm - did you get my message about the 21st? Is there a gathering that day? There is a memorial concert at the Julia Morgan Mausoleum in Oakland from 5-9 PM that evening - wonderful amazing new music event - an open walk through of the Garden of Memory there. I hope there will be a meeting of Border Studies folks that morning in SF because I will be in the Bay Area.


www.gardenofmemory.com


thanks,

Susie
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 13, 2008, 02:30 PM
 
Susie--

What more can be said--IF you are here THEN there is a Border Studies meeting. Say 11:00 at 3101 Geary--Royal Ground Coffee Shop--Back Room.

We also meet tomorrow--hope to go over unfinished document from Tuesday at the Moodle Moot. (Session Wednesday at 2:00 went well--will be available soon on the net--unsure where, when how--will get back to you.)

Will get the Tuesday document up somewhere soon--will get back to you on that.

Administratively yours

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 13, 2008, 11:32 PM
 
Good day. We meet here tomorrow at 11:00AM at Royal Ground Back Room.

Peace.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Monday, June 16, 2008, 06:19 PM
 
Met at 11:00 and at 4:00 Saturday at Royal Ground.

Two great sessions.

Back at it today, Monday.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 12:47 PM
 
Still at it--finishing revision of Introduction aka "As Simple...."
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Wednesday, June 18, 2008, 11:07 PM
 
Its a dance.

Susie will be here next three days--hope to improve arts stuff.

--Malcolm

See Scott's entry in Administrator (b)log--great stuff. Must all go into Intro.
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Friday, June 20, 2008, 02:31 PM
 
Remarkable session with Susie in Berkeley yesterday.

Meeting again today with Siva, Michael, Ben and Taha. Susie will have copies of her book for all of us to pursue. Ted is coming up.

Please note Scott's piece in "Administrators' (b)log".

Also note proposed drafts of additions to Main Menu, also in upper left of Front Page.

Adding more material as day wears on.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by scott s - Friday, June 20, 2008, 05:16 PM
 

Acknowledging World Refugee Day today (June 20).  It's important to acknowledge the challenge refugees and immigrants face wherever they are and wherever they are being received.  It's not uncommon for refugees to be displaced due to human rights abuses.  It's also not uncommon in the U.S. for refugees or immigrants without "status", many of them children, to find themselves welcomed in a detention center (more often a criminal jail) for some length of time, a location where they have no rights and may be stripped of their dignity.  Current U.S. immigration practices are unfriendly, belligerent, and foster a climate of fear that does not serve us well nor the rights we take for granted - rights for "us", but not "them".

Do we "welcome the stranger"?  Or look the other way?  Reach out with an open hand?  Or merely scratch our heads?

It's important to take a look, however fleeting, at our own attitudes toward the stranger, the refugee, the immigrant, the displaced and consciously act on our consciences.

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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Saturday, June 21, 2008, 10:55 AM
 
Much to the point.

The 11 million figure underlines the magnitude of the issue but your piece hits at the real cost in human values. Thanks for reminding us of an important issue.

Six of us meet later in the morning. We may adjourn to a cyber cafe and experiment with being online together. Perhaps you could join us at 3 EDT, or shortly thereafter.

Thanks again re the immigrant issue reminder.

--Malcolm

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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Sunday, June 22, 2008, 11:44 PM
 
Very happy to have meet with Border Studies Associates on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last in the Bay Area, and am very grateful to those who have taken the time to look at my rough manuscript for my book. It was a wonderful trip - cheers!
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Monday, June 23, 2008, 02:21 PM
 
The Susiefest was mutually everything Susie just said herself.

Her manuscript captures the imagination and moves the emotions. Portions of it are on her web site and more will follow. There are a couple of copies in Northern California in the lending library. Ted has my copy--incidentally, he could not get to SF until 5:30 after the others had left--had a fine talk.

He will be putting time into the system in the next couple of weeks, while on vacation. He suggests we read the manuscript of "Simple as Possible.." in two sittings, the weekend of the 12th and 13th. Will work at doing it as a podcast.

Have a good week--last of the month and at "midterm" in the academic game.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 09:11 PM
 
The booklet is now a PDF file--will post soon.

Great Tuesday Lunch.

Keep in touch.

--Malcolm
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Re: June 2008
by Malcolm McAfee - Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 10:01 PM
 
Here are three pieces in today's New York Times, at "Ann's" suggestion:

1) The Dia Foundation has a new director.
2) Jerry Seinfeld on George Carlin.
3) Home Depot recycles fluorescent bulbs

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Re: June 2008
by Susan Allen - Thursday, July 3, 2008, 03:15 AM
 
Can we begin July? I have another question: Have been invited to do a radio show at Stanford on August 14 - is the 16-17 a Border Studies meeting weekend? If not, please let me know if there is a meeting in August? I would like to coordinate the trip with a meeting. Thanks!!!!