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yesterday I took a tour of CARTAH. They are moving into a nice new space and often ask for money from the Techfee; so they invited some committee members to check it out. It was really neat and made me wish that I had some reason to integrate some digital arts into my studies.

then the usual monday of meetings, pub quiz, office stuff, etc.

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today, I had the idea of working from home. In my mind, I see myself multi-tasking domestic things with academic stuff like writing code for statistical analyses and looking things up on the internet while I sit in my living room and the sun comes in through the blinds. It turns out more to be carrying laundry up and downstairs and making lunch and revising the table15 website until the laundry is over and then I go to victrola_cafe for chemical mental stimulation and reduced distractions. Yet it sort of works, and still the optimistic vision of it remains.

I really want to see City of God now that it's been re-released (a result of the Academy Award nominations?). Maybe tonight or tomorrow.

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i'm starting to get the impression that we ask for some... interesting things. for example, if you look around for a proposal involving several large plasma televisions... i think that's us.

if you ever get bored, i'd be really interested to read more about what the techfee meetings / eval. process are like.

Re: speech communication?

yes. (2004-134?) Actually, I'm supposed to email the proposal author about those giant plasma screen televisions to see if they're really necessary. Or if it's necessary for them to be so big.

the evaluation process is basically: committee members read proposals in advance (a couple people are assigned to each proposal to deal with questions and to do a more careful meeting), then we discuss them in a committee meeting (1:30 pm on fridays at the HUB) to decide whether to give them money. There are a few things that we don't fund: infrastructure, instructional technology, ongoing or staff costs, etc. but the rest of the guidelines are pretty flexible and often depend on who's at the meeting and if they're in a good mood.

None of us are particularly experts and I often think that people asking for video and art type stuff have an advantage since we don't know much about that kind of equipment.