I have been interested in the directions of new technology and the power of networks to do work. Here’s an interesting video about self-assembly, which is the coordination of unorganized parts into a new structure. This is food for thought that hints at some interesting new directions of science and technology.
Self-assembly: The power of organizing the unorganized – Skylar Tibbits
Description: From something as familiar as our bodies to things vast as the formation of galaxies, we can observe the process of self-assembly, or when unordered parts come together in an organized structure. Skylar Tibbits explains how we see self-assembly at work in biology and chemistry — and even in our future technologies.
But now you have something else you can think of when you hear Criterion Collection. The library has just added The Beastie Boys Video Anthology to the collection, and it is pretty amazing, too. It gets the full Criterion Collection treatment. 18 music videos including Intergalactic, Sabotage, and Sure Shot, each with multiple video angles and remix audio tracks available. This 2-DVD set also includes audio commentary by the band and the video directors, including Tamra Davis, Spike Jonez, and Evan Bernard; still photographs; storyboards; and more.
We are excited that a film based on World War Z starring Brad Pitt will be released June 21. Wen we were looking at potential books for our One Book program, we thought that the film and the book would provide an interesting study on the connection between literature and movies.
The word on the street is that the movie has undergone serious revisions and re-shoots. Evidently, the movie has very little to do with the book. In fact, even the zombies are different. The book has the classic, slow zombies and the film has the super-charged, fast zombies. If you go to Max Brooks’ Facebook page, you’ll find some unhappy fans telling Mr. Brooks that he sold out when he gave away the movie rights.
Most of us in the library are excited to see the film just to see how different it will be from the book. Most importantly for MVCC students who have to read the book for classes, don’t just watch the movie and think you understand the book!
On October 18th, we welcomed seven MVCC faculty members to the library to discuss the November 2012 elections. Yes, this election is now part of history, but it is interesting to look back at this discussion. The faculty members brought up a range of issues that were left unaddressed by President Obama, Governor Romney, and other candidates.
Even though that panel was held leading up to the election, many of the issues discussed are still important.
For the next few film posts, I’m going to be focusing on George A. Romero’s zombie films. Some people credit Romero for his “fresh” perspective on zombies. Up until Night of the Living Dead (1968), the zombie genre involved a voodoo element. Romero’s zombies fed on the living, which, as we all know, is a very common element to zombies today.
We often have students looking for research paper topics, and they often select climate change (global warming) as a topic. The debate they enter often exists within journalistic and political information sources. The debate doesn’t really exist within the scientific community. Scientists are really working on the mechanics behind climate change. They are working on the “how” question and not on the “what.”
This Friday (May 17) is graduation when we honor Moraine Valley’s newest alumni!
When a student graduates, it is traditionally the faculty to bestow the degree on the students. The faculty as the keepers of their academic disciplines confirm that the students have completed their course work and have earned the degree. This is why the faculty process into the ceremony in their fancy robes.
Of course, this always leads us to to the question about the crazy, colorful, and sometimes eccentric looking robes worn by faculty members and graduates. The academic regalia (as it is known) is an 800 year old tradition dating back to middle-ages Europe. At that time, monks were the keepers of knowledge, and they lived in old, drafty monasteries. Their robes were practical at first (to keep warm), but over time, the robes evolved into academic fashion statements.
If you are interested in learning a bit more about the meaning and history behind academic dress, take a look at this video from the UCLA Newsroom: Decoding Graduation Caps and Gowns
UCLA explores the meaning and mystery behind graduation attire.