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Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 P.M.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Institute Archives Reading Room, Hayden Library
Building 14N-118 MIT. Light refreshments will be served

To find Building 14, go to the campus map at and type in "14N"

As there are two parts to this event an RSVP will be appreciated.

Email to: Tom Michalak or phone 781-729-9052

MAGNETIC RESONANCE: Four Centuries of Science from the Vail Collection

Gallery tour in Maihaugen Gallery, led by Stephen Skuce, Rare Books Program Coordinator.

The Vail collection, presented to MIT in 1912 by Theodore Vail, president of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and MIT Corporation member from 1913-1920, contains many early works on magnetism, telecommunications, electricity, ballooning, aeronautics, and animal magnetism. The collection spans the late 15th century to the early 20th, and includes important landmarks in the history of science and technology, as well as popular works and some juvenilia. The collection comprises roughly 13,000 volumes and was assembled by George Edward Dering, a reclusive but prolific British inventor who died in 1911. Mr. Vail purchased Dering's library, and donated it to MIT.

The exhibit features scientific classics, copies inscribed by notable scientists, a selection of late-19th century publisher's bindings, works relating to Franz Anton Mesmer and animal magnetism, and volumes that belonged to Mr. Dering, the collector, as a youth.

The Archives Reading Room, adjacent to the gallery, will be open and the Vail Cataloging team will be showing additional rare books.

The Vail Collection tour will be followed by a visit to the Wunsch Conservation Lab, led by Nancy Schrock, Thomas J. Peterson Jr. Conservator, who will showcase rare books from the Vail Collection and examples of conservation treatments.
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Sat. Oct. 20 is reserved for those with a MIT id and one guest, Sun. Oct. 21 is open to everyone, and is also the final MIT flea market of the season.

The Fall 2012

Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st
10am - 6pm
292 Main Street, Cambridge

"a feeding frenzy for the brain"

On October 20th & 21st, the MIT Press Bookstore will hold its legendary Loading Dock Sale. Literally *tons* of books will be on sale at drastically reduced prices--up to 90% off their original retail price. Come browse and enjoy huge savings!

Check out the website for more details:

By popular demand, we will follow the same rules this year as we did at last Fall's sale. Please read on for more details. If you have any concerns, suggestions, or questions email us at

Saturday - "no-book-dealers" day:
Saturday will be the "no-book-dealers" day that many of you have requested. MIT or other University id will be required for admittance. One additional guest admitted per id. There will be a 40 book per purchaser limit. We reserve the right to refuse admittance to anyone purchasing for resale. Book scanning devices are prohibited. Please email us if you have questions.

Sunday - "open-to-all" day:
Sunday will be the "open-to-all" day. All are welcome, no purchasing limits, all gadgets permitted. The tables will be fully restocked before the start. We reserve the right to eject any person behaving in an uncivil manner.

Sunday is also the date of the last MIT Flea Market of the year...worth a visit if you've never checked it out:

For parking or event information call 253-5249, email, or check

Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested!
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Kes: Love this MIT model which has usability and accessibility as part of the same service instead of creating an accessibility ghetto, but that's the good news, because the ebook accessibility Webinar seems to fail to mention that the only way to convert most proprietary format ebooks is to first crack the DRM, and that would count as a big intellectual property no-no, kiddies so, unless you are the Librarian of Congress, it would be wrong to promote such an act, which of course, I totally do not.

1. Free Webinar-Accessibility and Usability: Working Together at MIT
Tuesday, June 26, 11 Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 Central 2 PM Eastern
Presenters: Katherine Wahl and Stephani Roberts from MIT
The Usability and Accessibility teams in MIT's Information Services and
Technology Department (IS&T) always worked closely together, but were formally
merged during a department-wide reorganization in 2009. Our goal in
blending the
teams was to provide a comprehensive service to clients without diluting our
individual practices.
After two years, we have strengthened our ability advocate persuasively for
usability and accessibility with clients, have provided more comprehensive
services, and have observed standards applied more consistently.
This Webinar will share the MIT experience as a model for other
institutions to
Register for this free June 26 Webinar:

2. EASI Free Webinar: The Cutting Edge of E-book Accessibility
Friday June 15: 11 PM Pacific, Noon Mountain, 1 PM Central and 2 PM Eastern
Presenter: Norm Coombs, Ph.D. CEO EASI, Professor Emeritus RIT

The explosion of e-books is changing the face of book publishing and changing
the role of book stores. Different vendors of e-books created their unique,
proprietary document formats which required their being read in e-readers
designed specifically for that format. Imagine having to use different glasses
to read print books depending on who was its publisher! Of course, the
format and the specialized e-readers were inaccessible to many people with
used to be called "print disabilities". The DAISY document format opened up a
wider and richer reading experience for people with disabilities, but DAISY
books were incompatible with commercial e-readers like the Kindle or Nook, and
commercial e-book formats were incompatible with DAISY.

All this is changing while we ponder these problems. Some software and
DAISY players have added the ability to read some books in the epub format,
the next version of that standard will include even more features that will
support accessibility for users with disabilities. This promises to open up a
new and larger collection of e-books for this population.

What will happen to the divergent proprietary e-book document formats? Either
all publishers will adopt a common e-document standard or, as is happening
already, tools to convert different formats will become common. This Webinar
will explore this complicated picture and try to simplify it for the audience.

Webinar participants will learn which formats are already accessible to them,
and they will be introduced to some tools for document format conversion.

Register for this June 15 Webinar
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Gallery Talk with Roberto Rosa

When: Friday, May 11, 2pm
Where: Institute Archives (14N-118)

In conjunction with MIT Libraries'
Glass at MIT: Beauty and Utility exhibition,
Roberto Rosa from
Serpentino Stained Glass
will discuss stained glass art and artists, and his work in the restoration and conservation of historic stained glass.

Rosa has restored windows in some of America’s most prominent buildings including the Massachusetts State House and Trinity Church in Boston. Most recently, he was the chief conservator for thirteen opalescent glass windows at Salve Regina University in Newport RI, designed by John La Farge.

After Rosa’s talk there will be time for questions and viewing the exhibit in the Maihaugen Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact:
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Victor LaValle spoke at last year's Shirley Jackson Awards--he is a really lovely speaker, and I'm wildly anticipating his new book which comes out in August.

I'm posting his review of _The Technologist_ because it will spare me the pain of actually finishing this book. Teh story focuses on the first graduating class of MIT who are attempting to solve a series of technological disasters.It has MIT students, technology, and a mystery, yet the text manages to be dry as dust and twice as annoying. The main characters, both heroes and villains, are complete cardboard, while the prose is tortuously banal. If you are a reader who doesn't care about the quality of the prose, this book will probably go more smoothly for you; for me, however, prose is like the lighting you use for a painting: it either illuminates the image or it renders it as mud.
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Tuesday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Her talk: "Fighting for the Nation's Future: The Founding of MIT in a Time of War"
The theme of the 2011-2012 Lowell Lecture series is “Remembering the Civil War.” This is part of the Boston Public Library’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
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For the past two weeks I've been participating in a neuroscience study which requested blind participants evaluate word pairs for similarities. The person who informed me about the study said each survey would take 4 to 8 hours, and I was all cocky and like, oh, I read and I'm good with words, so it probably won't take *me* that long.

Realization: no matter how good you are at something, doing it 989 times in a row will set off your boredom threshhold until you want to run away screaming "No more, pleeeeeeze!!!"

I now have a whole new respect for lab monkeys.

This made me want to hear a monkey song, so here is my favorite one
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Arthur Ganson, renown for his kinetic sculptures at the MIT Museum leads the 14th Annual Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction Event!

Friday, November 25th
Rockwell Cage Gymnasium at MIT
1 - 4 p.m.

This year we're celebrating the number 14 (where else but here do we have such fun with numbers?) by also running simultaneously a number of Sonnet/ poetry activities.

Join in this afternoon public/community art & engineering event with friends and family - escape the commercial pressures of the world to shop - and come express yourself, enjoy the teams who bring wildly imaginative contraptions to get connected up with each other, and just have fun.
Admission includes admission to the MIT Museum 9open till 6 pm on Friday) a few blocks up the street, as well.

Discounted tickets available until 11/23 at
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Kes: I read about this on the Top Tech Tidbits newsletter, so I don't know any more than what is included in the ad:
Congenitally blind English speaking adults can earn $120 for taking part in a 4-8 hour online survey being conducted at MIT. For information email:
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It's Ling Woo from Allie McBeel
Lex Luthor
--original and witty responses count toward tipping the balance
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From the announcement e-mail

We are pleased to pass along to you two new CMS faculty searches

Tenured position in Comparative Media Studies
Tenure-track position in games studies
Please share the following listings with qualified colleagues:
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1. authors@mit presents:
Jim Ottaviani - FEYNMAN
Thursday, October 6th
5:30pm, MIT 4-370, 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge
Please join us as we welcome Jim Ottaviani to the MIT campus to discuss his new graphic novel about legendary physicist and MIT graduate Richard Feynman.

2. The 2011 Ig Informal Lectures at MIT

DAY: Saturday
DATE: October 1, 2011
TIME: 1:00 pm
ROOM: MIT 26-100, 60 Vassar St., Cambridge

A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, and high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor people whose achievements have made people LAUGH, and then made them THINK. Ten prizes are given to people who have done remarkable things -- some of them admirable, some perhaps otherwise. The Igs are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative - and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.

FREE ADMISSION! No tickets required.

This free event is organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore.
All Ig Nobel Prize activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research.

Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2011
10:00am-6:00pm, E38 Loading Dock, 292 Main St. Cambridge
Literally *tons* of books will be on sale at drastically reduced prices--up to 90% off their original retail price. Some special rules apply this year, check the website for details.

For more information call (617) 253-5249, email, or
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Kes: I'm trying to find out if there will be any description provided for the visually and hearing impaired, but so far have not found contact info., science fiction, and spontaneous combustion--that sounds like good theatre to me.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities  
A performance work by Jay Scheib

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, After Samuel R. Delanyʼs Dhalgren, Adapted and Directed by Jay Scheib

Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14,  7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15,  2:00 pm
Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue, Boston (
Tickets: For ticketing information, please visit:

MIT Professor Jay Scheib, named one of 25 artists who will shape the next 25 years of theater by American Theater Magazine, returns to the ICA stage with
a new work, based on Samuel R. Delany’s epic science fiction novel, Dhalgren.  Bellona is part two of Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems, Scheib’s trilogy
of multimedia performance works.

Bellona, a once illustrious city, has been decimated by a mysterious cataclysmic event, leaving it all but forgotten.  Its people try to understand why
buildings repeatedly burst into flames and city streets appear to rearrange themselves, citing race-related violence and a social experiment gone wrong.
 A parable of the dangers facing the modern American city, Bellona, Destroyer of Cities explores the shaping of space to express complex issues of race,
gender, and sexuality. The production combines passages from Delaney’s novel with original material and video and photography by Scheib and artist Carrie
Mae Weems.

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities is presented as part of Emerging America, the second annual theater festival, co-presented with American Repertory Theater
and the Huntington Theatre Company, launching the new American voices of tomorrow.
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Yup, this must be MIT.

Though really, MIT is merely hosting the Ignoble Awards

My favorite is the study demonstrating that companies can become more efficient by promoting people at random--it's like Coyote's business management plan .

Saturday, Oct 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm.
MIT Bldg. 10, Room 250, 222 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

This event is FREE, and no advance tickets are required. Seating is limited, so please get there early. The Ig Nobel Prizes honor people whose achievements have made people LAUGH, and then made them THINK. For more information on the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, including (soon) video of the event, please visit:
All Ig Nobel Prize activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research. This free event is organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore.

The 2010 Ig Nobel Prize Winners
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The Gambit Lab at MIT will be the scene of
the 2010 Complete Game-Completion Marathon
to raise money for Partners in Health in Haiti. You can contribute to this weekend-long fundraiser at the
Partners in Health website.
and the marathon Web site includes a Web cam so you can follow your favorite team.
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From an MIT e-mail announcement:

In light of the devastation in Haiti following the recent earthquake, several MIT students felt compelled to act in order to offer their support. The group felt that it was not enough to donate individually and set out to raise money for the relief effort on a larger scale and as a community. The result is the Haiti Relief Benefit Showcase where the MIT community can gather to support the relief efforts while also enjoying performances from local students and alumni. Read more about MIT Haiti Relief Efforts in The Tech.
Please consider showing your support for this student led effort. The Showcase, entitled, "L'Union Fait La Force," or "Strength Through Unity" will feature musical, dance and spoken word acts from all over Boston, with a goal of raising $10,000 through donations collected at the door. All proceeds will go to
Partners In Health
a Boston based organization that has been working on the ground in Haiti for over 20 years, bringing modern medical care to underdeveloped communities.
Showtime is 7:00 PM, January 29 at the Kresge Auditorium (bldg W16 on the MIT Campus Map).
Even if you can't make it to the Showcase, donations can be made directly to the MIT
Haiti Relief Fund (search for fund #4014346)
which has been established to "support the work of MIT students, faculty, and staff in Haiti following the earthquake of January 2010."
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Kes: I'm going to this meeting and am adding some travel directions and directions for finding the room below the cut. If anyone would like to meet up and travel with me, leave a comment.

The next meeting of VIBUG will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 1:00 PM
to 4:00 PM at our new home, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, building 5,
room 134, on the campus of MIT.
In addition to our question and answer period, we will feature
demonstrations of the new Book Sense from GW Micro and the IPhone from

directions and such )


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