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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2009-03-06 15:00
Subject: Watchmen as a Saturday morning cartoon
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Possibly the most awesome YouTube parody video ever...

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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2009-03-03 12:36
Subject: PMOG is dead. Long live Nethernet.
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During the past two weeks, students in a Trinity University seminar on hacking have been experimenting with the educational applications of collaborative web surfing. Students have been using a tool called PMOG to create "missions" related to topics such as RFID chips, social engineering, geek subcultures, anonymity, and brain hacking.

On Sunday, March 1st, PMOG changed its name to Nethernet. (Arguably, this a more catchy name.) Nethernet "lets you play, create and explore vast new layers of the Internet: lay traps, create connections between sites, and gift friends with just a click of a button! Turn your web browsing into an adventure!"

There are still a few bugs in the system, and the most interesting features are only available to higher level users, but the system definitely has potential. Check it out at: http://thenethernet.com.

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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2009-03-02 15:55
Subject: Texas Steel
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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2009-02-13 12:46
Subject: Tenure Track Assistant Professor (Fall 2009) Public Relations
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Public Relations
Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Fall 2009
Department of Communication

Communication: Trinity University. Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Communication, Fall 2009. Ph.D. required by August start date. Teach six undergraduate classes per year (nine contact hours per semester) with primary teaching responsibilities in the practical application and critical examination of public relations. We are particularly interested in candidates who can speak knowledgably about the realities facing industry professionals, the ethical obligations of all communication practitioners, and the field’s deeper theoretical foundations while also teaching specific skills and practices.

Candidates would be expected to develop both theoretical and applied courses in their area of specialization, and be active in teaching core Communication courses.

Embracing the liberal arts and sciences mission of Trinity University, our department stresses an integrated, non-sequenced approach to communication. Typical course sizes in the department are 15 students (for courses emphasizing media production) and 25 students (for media studies and media management courses.)

Our core is composed of three courses: Mass Media (focusing on structural relationships within mass media industries), Media Interpretation and Criticism (emphasizing communication theories regarding aesthetics, interpretation and criticism), and Media Audiences (exploring how audiences use and are affected by media). In addition to core courses, the major is composed of three content areas: Media Studies (classes focusing on such topics as "Magazines in America," "The Role of Hackers in Popular Culture,” “International Communication,” “Violence, Sex and Media Effects,” “Film Noir,” and “Media Fandom”), Media Management (courses preparing students for organizational and managerial responsibilities in media industries), and Media Messages (courses combining hands-on production with critical analysis). The major culminates in a Senior Capstone Experience in which students synthesize their understanding of communication theories and practices with a substantial academic paper, professional project, or creative work.

Trinity University is a highly selective liberal arts and sciences institution with a primary focus on undergraduate education. Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,500, including students from all areas of the United States and many foreign countries. For more than 15 years, Trinity has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide in the category of institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master’s programs in the Western part of the United States. Boasting a $1 billion endowment, Trinity has an ideal student-faculty ratio and excellent facilities, equipment and services. Salary is competitive.

San Antonio, located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, is an attractive city of more than one million people offering diverse cultural opportunities and an appealing year-around climate. It is the center of a diversifying and vibrant South Texas economy. In a 2009 Pew Research study, San Antonio was ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas where people would like to live. In 2008, Forbes Magazine placed San Antonio near the top of its list of cities characterized by affordable housing and robust job growth, noting that "Austin and San Antonio lead the list of places where your money goes the farthest."

Deadline for receipt of applications is March 16, 2009. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, graduate institution transcript(s), and teaching evaluations (if not available, additional letters of reference specifically addressing teaching abilities and experience) to Dr. William Christ (wchrist@trinity.edu), Chair, Search Committee, Department of Communication, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200, Fax: 210-999-8355. Electronic submissions preferred. EEO Employer

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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-12-19 14:43
Subject: Onslaught
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A student in the propaganda course mentioned that she was impressed with this commercial, so we watched it during class. This powerful piece of video left me speechless, which doesn't happen very often.
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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-12-08 11:10
Subject: Proposition 8: The Musical
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See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die
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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-10-24 19:48
Subject: Whassup Redux (Awesome)
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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-10-10 23:03
Subject: Guess who's coming to graduate school!
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Reprinted from an excellent academia-related web comic posted at http://www.phdcomics.com

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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-10-07 12:03
Subject: What do you think? Is this an alternate reality game?
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The UK tabloid newspaper The Sun recently published an article about a creepy, life-like robot that boasts "silicon skin."  According to the article:

"It has 50 sensors and a series of motors to help it move and has been built to help pensioners and disabled people move better. Japanese boffins from Tsukuba University developed the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) suit using flexible silicon skin. And robotics company Cyberdyne Inc are set to start making it on a mass scale on Friday." (Full article at: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1777667.ece)

In addition to the overall creepiness of the robot (see the video on the tabloid's site), there are other red flags which suggest that this might be a promotional alternate reality game (ARG). HAL is the name of the artificially intelligent computer in 2001, and Cyberdyne is the name of the evil company that cranks out human-exterminating robots in the Terminator series.

A new Terminator movie (starring Christian Bale) is on the horizon, and the (totally awesome) Sarah Connor Chronicles just started its second season. Therefore, all signs point to this being part of an alternate reality game. Right?

There's just one small problem: Cyberdyne is a real company and it has been garnering headlines for the past four years. An article in Japan Times on August 13, 2004 discussed the HAL suit and describes it as a "culmination of science fiction dreams." An article about the HAL suit and Cyberdyne appeared in London's Daily Telegraph on April 4, 2006. The Nikkei Weekly noted on September 3, 2007 that Cyberdyne was opening an Amsterdam branch to handle European accounts. An article about the company's bionic super-suit appeared in New Scientist on April 9, 2005. (See: http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=mg18624945.800)

These are not mocked-up HTML pages, but actual newspaper articles in the Lexis/Nexis database. So, there seem to be two possible explanations:

1. This is part of an elaborate alternate reality game that has been planned for the past several years, or

2. There is actually a company called Cyberdyne that specializes in creepy, life-like robots and bionic super-suits that can increase an individual's strength by a factor of ten.

Either explanation is fairly mind-boggling. What do you think?

 

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Aaron Delwiche
Date: 2008-10-01 13:47
Subject: Whiskey Rebels -- This could be huge
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The New York Times just published a great review of The Whiskey Rebels, the new book by David Liss. Noting that Liss "makes some telling observations that are startlingly relevant to today’s financial turmoil," the reviewer describes the book as "a fabulous new work of historical fiction."

Although the book was not officially published until September 30th, more than 40 readers have already posted glowing reviews on Amazon.

In light of the current financial crisis, the book may be on its way to becoming a best-seller. Stay tuned...

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