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"Manny Farber, A Critical Eye For Termite Art "

By Ramesh Rao

I was at a gathering in remembrance of Manny Farber at his studio in Leucadia yesterday. Manny passed away on August 17th at the age of 91. A tribute to Manny Farber, that Jean-Pierre Gorin, put together about two years ago, was the first content created at Calit2 in 4K. Manny's detailed paintings have always struck me as being especially evocative when displayed at high resolution on the big screen in Atkinson Hall. At a gathering yesterday at his studio and home, his many students, friends and friends of friends got a chance to remember his remarkable accomplishments through many conversations. One can gather a sense of the extraordinary life he lived by reading his obituaries that have appeared ...

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Communicating in a Crisis

By Ramesh Rao

Am at a meeting organized by the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation in association with the National Academies and the US Department of Homeland Security.

There is a great Family Disaster Plan and Survival Guide distributed at the meeting. You can download a PDF at http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes/docs/FamilyDisasterPlan.pdf.

We are being walked through a hypothetical attack on North Island.

...............Starting hypothetical now..........................

Vague threats were relayed by DHS, warning calls to the UT, Coast Guard interdicts small vessel, too late for the blast, planes fall out of the sky. The media and the authorities seem to be talking to each other largely ...

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Embedded twits

By Ramesh Rao

In the post web 2.0 world of news reporting, twitters might find jobs as "embedded twits" just like today's embedded reporters. Pearls of wisdom being cast about at the NET TECH meeting on Self Response to Emergencies at Stanford.

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Here today and here tomorrow

By Ramesh Rao

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Prime Minister Singh's remarks after securing the necessary votes on the "Vote of Confidence."

http://www.hindu.com/nic/pmspeech-confidencevote.pdf

Perhaps my most memorable celebrity moment was an opportunity to exchange a few pleasantries with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a reception in Blair House. This was about two years ago when he was in DC to secure the US-India Nuclear agreement. Today his government proved it had the votes to ensure passage of the agreement in the Indian Parliament. It was a cliff hanger and the PM's comments are worth reading....

Lapsing back into my own reverie, we in Calit2 have been looking for ways to help pave the way for a high level engagement ...

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Undergrad research

By Ramesh Rao

Sitting in on the undergraduate research presentations very well put together talks. Nice diverse collection of topics. I wish more of our researchers and program development folks were here. -------------------------- Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld

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NIT Trichi - a blast from the past

By Ramesh Rao

Just got back from spending a week at the National Institute of Technology at Trichi. Used to be the Regional Engineering College. Visit was related to being named a distinguished alumni. Spoke with or addressed students, staff, faculty, alumni but couldn't reschedule in time to meet with Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Signs of growth all around. Faculty strength has doubled in the past 3 years or so. Set to increase by another 50%. New classroom complex inaugurated by President Kalam last year. 10 Gbps to all campus nodes and 1 Gbps to all desktops but only _6_ static IPs for the whole campus of about 6,000 students and they let me have one of those. No WLANS except in the guest ...

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Virtual wind tunnel at SJTU

By Ramesh Rao

The Aerospace School at Shanghai Jao Tong is gearing up to help with a massive new government investment of more than $10 Billion in aircraft wing design. The program pulls in people from Instrumentation, Computer Science, Automation and Mechanical Engineering. SJTU is planning to build a virtual wind tunnel to help with this. So far they have three Christies front projecting on a semicircular 10 ft. high wall and another Christie backprojecting on a 6 by 8 Stewart screen. There is a 1 Gbps optical network that threads through the campus and out to parts of greater Shanghai to interconnect their vis node with a supercomputing facility in town and with other parts of campus. Tech support ...

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Arrived in Shanghai

By Ramesh Rao

And I can roam on to a local CDMA network. Blackberry 8300.
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Old Quarrelsome couple

By Ramesh Rao

Uneventful transit through SFO but for a really old, loud and quarrelsome couple and an inventive young Mom who had found a way to strap her infant boy's child seat atop her roll on for a cool new form of transport. Wish I had a camera on my Blackberry
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On my way to Shanghai

By Ramesh Rao

No surprises so far. Weather to the west looks good.
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