More advice from Savage Minds to grad school applicants…

(More) advice on graduate school applications

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology ? A Group Blog by Rex

Deadlines for graduate school applications are coming up again. Last year I wrote some quick pointers on applying to graduate school but since then I?ve developed my boiler-plate for our school even more as additional requests for information have entered my mailbox. So here is the latest iteration of my advices for applying to graduate school. Although it is written for where I teach, most of what I say is applicable to anywhere. Good luck!

Not Just Drones: Militants Can Snoop on Most U.S. Warplanes

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


Yesterday, news broke that insurgents used a $25 application available online to hack into US military drone video feeds, and view, copy, and potentially distribute their contents. Hmmmm… Unauthorized copying of audio and video material? Some on Twitter have suggested that we might just send the MPAA or RIAA after them — then, for sure we’ll at last find Bin Laden. But Wired Danger Room’s Noah Shachtman says,

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

from Contemporary Art Daily by Forrest

Artist: Herbert Brandl

Venue: Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck

Exhibition Title: Spektrolith

Date: November 14, 2009 ? January 29, 2010

Artificial intelligence reborn at MIT

from Boing Boing by David Pescovitz

 Newsoffice  Images Article Images 20091204121447-1-1 MIT has launched a new $5 million, 5-year project to build intelligent machines. To do it, the scientists are revisiting the fifty year history of the Artificial Intelligence field, including the shortfalls that led to the stigmas surrounding it, to find the threads that are still worth exploring. The star-studded roster of researchers includes AI pioneer Marvin Minsky, synthetic neurobiologist Ed Boyden, Neil “Things That Think” Gershenfeld, and David Dalrymple, who started grad school at MIT when he was just 14-years-old. Minsky is even proposing a new Turing test for machine intelligence: can the computer read, understand, and explain a children’s book. More details after the jump.

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Science fiction fandom is 80 today

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

80 years ago today, the first ever science fiction fan group, the Scienceers, met for the first time at organization president Warren Fitzgerald’s apartment in Harlem (Fitzgerald, the first-ever big name fan, was black). Happy 80th, fandom!

Philosophy prof won’t go to jail for making unofficial Derrida translations available to students

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Horacio Potel, the Argenine philosophy professor who was facing a possible prison sentence for posting unauthorized translations of unavailable Derrida works for his students to read, has been exonerated by an Argentine court:

Dianna Molzan at Overduin and Kite

Dianna Molzan at Overduin and Kite

from Contemporary Art Daily

Artist: Dianna Molzan

Venue: Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles

Exhibition Title: The Case of the Strand

Date: November 8, 2009 ? January 9, 2010

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