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example course incorporating howstuffismadeandhowitcanchange

Title: How ‘How Stuff is Made’ is Made / WritingintheInformationAge Course number: E90. 1952 – Adv Proj Ditigal Art I / meet with E90.2952 001 Professor: Natalie Jeremijenko Distinguished Visiting Course Advisor: Colin Beavan aka Noimapactman Time: Thursday, 08:55AM – 02:15PM Place: BARN 402 Example Curriculum: Current classes working on HSIM Madrid:[how architecture is made] […]

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What changes when an essay is a visual essay?

That visual essays are potentially “read” by more people, more quickly, and contain “more” information, is a reasonable claim, moreover that we live in a visual culture. Why then, in this powerpoint age, don't we learn the craft of “writing” visual essays at schools and universities in the cross disciplinary manner that we learn written […]

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The Politics of Food: St. Cloud State

Dr. Tracy Ore, an associate professor of sociology & anthropology at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, has been teaching a ‘Sociology and the Politics of Food’ class featuring an informative website: “This website is put together by students from St Cloud State University in a “Sociology and Politics of Food” class. Students in the […]

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Feral Trade

Having fallen off the wagon over the past few weeks, we’re reentering the fray with Kate Rich’s Feral Trade project. Kate’s a good friend of Natalie’s and via Feral Trade, has established a remarkable series of informal, alternative distribution networks of otherwise locally produced goods – coffee from El Salvador, Sweets from Iran and St. […]

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Wikipedia vs. Encyclopedia Britannica

For those who missed the recent encyclopedia smackdown (we’re still playing catch-up here) Nature published a study in December of 2005 comparing the accuracy of 42 science articles in both Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica. The results: Wikipedia’s entries, created by a diverse group of public participants, were found to be only marginally less accurate than […]

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NatureWorks PLA

NatureWorks has innovated production of a new fiber, polylactide (PLA), derived from an annually renewable resource – corn. This new process basically captures plant carbon by isolating lactic acid which is converted to polylactide, a spinnable fiber with robust, competitive material properties. Applications for polylactide are promising (NatureWorks products are already widely distributed) – including […]

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2D Barcodes: Shop with your Cell Phone

The day when shoppers will be able to walk into a store and use their cell phone to decide which products they want to buy is not far off. Semacode, a Canadian telecommunications company has developed opensource technology linking 2D barcodes with cell phone cameras and urls – in other words, scanning the barcode with […]

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How the New York Times is Made

The New York Times’ print circulation averages about 1.1 million for the daily edition, and just under 1.7 million for the Sunday edition. At over 8 million newspapers at week, or 430 million a year – that’s a lot of paper. Of the Times’ 19 nationally distributed printing facilities, one is located in New York […]

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Edward Burtynsky: China

This fall the Toronto-based landscape photographer Edward Burtynsky introduced a new series of photographs from China. In particular, his ‘Manufacturing’ series, taken in factories throughout China’s southern province of Guangdong, mark a departure from his previous work, characterized by technically skilled but often romanticized depictions of industrial landscapes. His earlier ‘Shipbreaking’ series, for example, documents […]

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similar encyclopedia

Thomas Gale has published this 7 volume (100 product per volume) How Products are Made at http://www.madehow.com/index.html on the web and added a discussion forum which makes the $135/volume resource more accessible, and a good site search engine. This makes a good cross reference for HowStuffisMade entries. The primary difference between these two encyclopedic efforts […]

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