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A variable media class in the New Media Department at the University of Maine this term introduces undergraduates to concepts of new media preservation and gives them hands-on experience with some of its tools.

Raymond LinuxwarsThe NMD205 syllabus includes a range of preservation strategies such as emulation, migration, and reinterpretation. As part of their coursework, students study technical vulnerabilities in well known new media artworks, resurrect an obsolete game using an emulator, and create new works based on reinterpreting or remixing works by other students in the class.

NMD205 students use The Pool to find works to remix and establish relationships among related works that can be tracked long after the course is over. This term U-Me students are joined in The Pool by students from UC-Santa Cruz, opening up their work to feedback from a wider range of participants.

ABOVE: Joe Raymond’s Linux Wars, a remix of the vintage game Space Invaders from NMD 205.

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Planting treesLocal plant supplier Fedco has donated over fifty fruit trees and other plants to help with LongGreenHouse’s planting marathon this weekend.

More plantingOld and young permaculturalists, from both the Wassookeag home school and the university and Native communities, drew on this generous gift to populate the first catchment of food forest in the LongGreenHouse plot on the southern edge of the U-Me campus.

Thanks, Fedco!

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Green U-Me participants

Paul Schroeder

At LongGreenHouse’s Green U-Me event, sustainability experts re-designed UMaine’s campus to nourish the body as well as mind. Several dozen faculty and students from across the campus also participated in this green design charette, whose goal was to reimagine the University of Maine as an edible food forest.

Mark FulfordMaster gardener and orchard expert Mark Fulford, who spoke eloquently to the plight of Maine’s farmers who try to grow organic but have to compete with Big Farming. Fulford opined that growers used to think farming was all about chemistry, whereas now people are realizing biology is the more important factor.

Andrea ReedNew Forest Institute founder Andrea Reed spoke to the role art can play in designing sustainable gardens and communities, while Intermedia grad students and UMaine Permaculture founders Bill Giordano and Julian Epps described the range of sustainability programs under way at LongGreenHouse.

Green U-Me participantsAfter the introductory presentations, Green U-Me participants broke into workshop groups based on issues of green building, water, community, and food forests. This design charette focused on the bioregion at the southern edge of campus, near LongGreenHouse, York Village, and the Eastern Athletic Fields.

Bill Giordano and Keith ZalzbergThe intense brainstorming sessions uncovered numerous common themes among the research of workshop participants, including faculty and students from soil science, cooperative extension, engineering, and new media.

Bill GiordanoPaul Schroeder of Common Coordinates described his organization’s grass-roots approach to getting local governments to pay attention to ecological issues.

LongGreenHouse staffers Joline Blais, Bill Giordano, and Julian Epps are documenting and collating the designs produced for revitalizing U-Me’s southern edge for future reference.

Green U-Me participantsIn the meantime, for more information on LongGreenHouse and permaculture at U-Me, please contact Joline Blais via LongGreenHouse.

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Green U-Me Announcement

What if you could pick breakfast on the way to class? LongGreenHouse is sponsoring a Green Design charette on Friday 1 May that reimagines the University of Maine campus as an edible food forest.

jacke_edible_forest_gardens_coverPermaculture experts and U-Me faculty and students will be joining LongGreenHouse founders Joline Blais and gkisedtanamoogk in a green brainstorm session Friday afternoon. Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens, will lead a workshop on using permaculture principles to transform university grounds from decor to dinner.

Also participating will be regenerative design engineer Keith Zalzberg, master gardener and orchard expert Mark Fulford,  New Forest Institute founder Andrea Reed, and UMaine Permaculture founders Bill Giordano and Julian Epps.

Following Friday afternoon’s workshop will be a food forest planting on Saturday 2 May from 10-3 at LongGreenHouse, with a bonfire to follow.

longgreenhouse_logo_pinAll events are free and open to the university and community. For more information, please contact Joline Blais via LongGreenHouse.

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U-Me student debateToday Wassookeagers and their friends were treated to a presentation by the University of Maine Debate Society, whose members conducted a debate on whether the US should sign the Kyoto Accord. After the formal debate, the U-Me students held a free-form discussion about climate change as well as their experience of the debate process itself.

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This recipe is from “The Complete Book of Raw Food”, a really awesome cookbook that I will bring to our next potluck for anyone who would like to learn about it. I also was thinking that perhaps at the next potluck we could try a sort of “ceremony” where we announce the food we brought and its ingredients, or tell a story about it, or suggest the best way to eat it, or something to honor the meal. What do you think?

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UMaine Computer Lab

UMaine Computer Lab

Wassookeag students and parents took a trip to UMaine last Friday to learn about G.I.S., a program that  displays and analyzes geographic information. Paul Smitherman (Lucia’s dad), is a researcher in the Spatial Information Science and Engineering Department and has been working on some exciting projects. Students were shown information on seals that wore tracking devices over extended periods.

 

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Music Day!

 Last Wednesday was a wonderful day of music! Some of us have been really excited about beat-boxing lately, so we started out with a simple “booms” and “clacks” and ended in full a acapella song. We then shared songs, including “Three LIttle Birds” by Bob Marley, and some traditional folk songs. But the day certainly would not have been complete without a full tilt percussion jam! What a day of rhythm and vibration.

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pizza party

pizza party

Wassookeagers enjoyed making and eating pizza the week before Thanksgiving. Friends smoothed their own dough, and covered with toppings agreed on by all. The lesson to look in the stove before preheating was learned when the job of turning on the oven was performed, (there were a few cast-iron pans with wood handles hanging out in there -oops!) Thanks to a full house of cooperating community, this was fixed up fast and friendly.

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Science teacher Tony Sohns will be teaching classes for homeschoolers at LongGreenHouse on Thursdays starting this week. Renowned for his work with Bangor’s Discovery Museum, Tony’s energy, knowledge, and interaction kids is outstanding, and we are lucky to have him involved with our community.

Tony will be teaching two sessions. The first 8 week session will run Dec. – Jan. and the second session will begin in March and run thru the end of the year.

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