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Workshop on Humanities Applications for World Community Grid

IBM Presents:
A Workshop on Humanities Applications for
World Community Grid

On October 6, 2008, IBM will be sponsoring a free one-day workshop in Washington, DC on high performance computing for humanities and social science research.

This workshop is aimed at digital humanities scholars, computer scientists working on humanities applications, library information professionals, and others who are involved in humanities and social science research using large digital datasets. The session will be hosted by IBM computer scientists who will conduct a hands-on session describing how high performance computing systems like IBM’s World Community Grid can be used for humanities research.

The workshop is intended to be much more than just a high-level introduction. There will be numerous technical demonstrations and opportunities for participants to discuss potential HPC projects. Topics will include: how to parallelize your code; useful tools and utilities; data storage and access; and a technical overview of World Community Grid architecture.

Brett Bobley and Peter Losin from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities have been invited to discuss some of the NEH’s grant opportunities for humanities projects involving high performance computing.

If attendees are already involved in projects that involve heavy computation, they are encouraged to bring sample code, data, and outputs so that they can speak with IBM scientists about potential next steps for taking advantage of high performance computing. While the demonstrations will be using World Community Grid, our hope is that attendees will learn valuable information that could also be applied to other HPC platforms.

The workshop will be held from 10 AM – 3 PM on October 6, 2008 at the IBM Institute for Electronic Government at 1301 K Street, NW, Washington, DC. To register, please contact Sherry Swick, Available spaces will be filled on a first-come, first served basis.

More about the World Community Grid

World Community Grid, a philanthropic initiative developed by the IBM Corporation, offers researchers a unique opportunity to accelerate the pace of their work while also mobilizing people worldwide around critical social issues.

Launched by IBM in November 2004, World Community Grid uses grid technology to harness the plentiful, underutilized resource of PCs and laptops to support humanitarian research. Today, volunteers around the globe have donated the computational power of close to 1 million PCs; World Community Grid is harnessing their power when the computers are on but not in use to help advance promising research. Results on critical health issues have already been achieved, demonstrating World Community Grid’s potential to make significant inroads on a great range of future projects that can benefit the world.

World Community Grid is available free-of-charge only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of IBM’s commitment to advancing human welfare, all results must be published in the public domain and made public to the global research community. Current research partners include The Scripps Research Institute, The University of Texas Medical Branch, New York University, University of Washingon, French Muscular Dystrophy Association, the University of Cape Town and The Ontario Cancer Institute.

Looks like Ill be at this:)

August 29, 2008   No Comments

a book crowdsourced from mechanical turk

Amazing but True Cat Stories is a collection of stories about feline antics, illustrated in vivid 8-bit color by true mspaint artists. Stolen pants, pooped-on veterinarians, fur on fire, foretold seizures, and much more! This book was entirely written by the anonymous crowd. All stories and illustrations were submitted by workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.



darn wish i would have thought of that….

August 29, 2008   No Comments

Curious Expeditions » Blog Archive » Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries

Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries

[From Curious Expeditions » Blog Archive » Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries]


i’d love to take a trip where i went to great libraries and instead of looked at them, actually used them.

August 29, 2008   No Comments

Toolbox – Graphics program for Mac

Toolbox can do MANY things. It allows me to construct cool graphics with building blocks and just like playing with Legos everything can be built this way. I personally use Toolbox for creating textures, icons and some photo tasks. You may find it useful for experimentation and eventually figure out a task that its good at solving for you.

It’s not Photoshop. The interface is different and requires another mindset to use. If you are a master of Photoshop layers then you should have no trouble understanding the superior concept of building blocks. Toolbox is not intended to be a Photoshop replacement. You can use it as a supplement or for leisure.

[From Toolbox - Graphics program for Mac]


going to have to play with toolbox.

August 29, 2008   No Comments

The Feisty Foodie: The Omnivore’s 100

[From The Feisty Foodie: The Omnivore's 100]


here is mine:

How the Omnivore’s 100 Works:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.

2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.

3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.

4) Optional: Post a comment at Very Good Taste, linking to your results.

My Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison

2. Nettle tea

3. Huevos rancheros

4. Steak tartare

5. Crocodile

6. Black pudding

7. Cheese fondue

8. Carp

9. Borscht

10. Baba ghanoush

11. Calamari

12. Pho

13. PB&J sandwich

14. Aloo gobi

15. Hot dog from a street cart

16. Epoisses

17. Black truffle

18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes

19. Steamed pork buns

20. Pistachio ice cream

21. Heirloom tomatoes

22. Fresh wild berries

23. Foie gras

24. Rice and beans

25. Brawn, or head cheese

26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper


27. Dulce de leche

28. Oysters

29. Baklava

30. Bagna cauda

31. Wasabi peas

32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

33. Salted lassi

34. Sauerkraut

35. Root beer float

36. Cognac with a fat cigar

37. Clotted cream tea

38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O

39. Gumbo

40. Oxtail

41. Curried goat

42. Whole insects

43. Phaal

44. Goat’s milk

45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more

46. Fugu

47. Chicken tikka masala

48. Eel

49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut

50. Sea urchin

51. Prickly pear

52. Umeboshi

53. Abalone

54. Paneer

55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal

56. Spaetzle

57. Dirty gin martini

58. Beer above 8% ABV

59. Poutine

60. Carob chips

61. S’mores

62. Sweetbreads

63. Kaolin

64. Currywurst

65. Durian

66. Frogs’ legs

67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake

68. Haggis

69. Fried plantain

70. Chitterlings, or andouillette

71. Gazpacho

72. Caviar and blini

73. Louche (ouzo) or absinthe

74. Gjetost, or brunost

75. Roadkill

76. Baijiu

77. Hostess Fruit Pie

78. Snail

79. Lapsang souchong

80. Bellini

81. Tom yum

82. Eggs Benedict

83. Pocky

84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.

85. Kobe beef

86. Hare

87. Goulash

88. Flowers

89. Horse

90. Criollo chocolate

91. Spam

92. Soft shell crab

93. Rose harissa

94. Catfish

95. Mole poblano

96. Bagel and lox

97. Lobster Thermidor

98. Polenta

99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

100. Snake

August 25, 2008   No Comments

10 Futuristic User Interfaces | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine

10 Futuristic User Interfaces

[From 10 Futuristic User Interfaces | Monday Inspiration | Smashing Magazine]


The one from mozilla labs is hawt! I can see that if people just learn to use an interface like this that they might get more done perhaps.

August 23, 2008   No Comments

Calvin – Nihilism.jpg


[From Calvin - Nihilism.jpg]


consider the lilly

August 22, 2008   No Comments

Aviary – Creation on the fly / blog / How to draw anything (in 1 step)

How to draw anything (in 1 step)

[From Aviary - Creation on the fly / blog / How to draw anything (in 1 step)]


i’ve always wanted to draw this well….

August 22, 2008   No Comments

I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button | Election 2008 | AlterNet

I can verify that John has an infamous reputation for being a hot head. He has a quick and explosive temper that many have experienced first hand. Folks, quite honestly that is not the finger I want next to that red button.

[From I Spent Years as a POW with John McCain, and His Finger Should Not Be Near the Red Button | Election 2008 | AlterNet]


This is an introduction to the POW’s perspective on John McCain. It is an interesting read because it reveals the differences between the media, the hype, and the communal knowledge that it spins.

August 21, 2008   No Comments

12 New Rules of Working You Should Embrace Today

The workplace, more and more, is changing, and with this change comes a whole new set of rules. [From 12 New Rules of Working You Should Embrace Today]


some interesting ideas about working that are worth considering.

August 21, 2008   No Comments