Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The End is Near!

The semester is just about over. Our last day is this Friday, and then we'll re-open on January 2, 2008.

Here's our schedule for this week:

Monday: 10am - 9pm
Tuesday: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday (last day of final exams): 10am - 9pm
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday (our last day until 1/2/08): 10am - 5pm

Have a great holiday and we'll see you in the new year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Trashing Posters

Just a quick FYI. Lots of people have printed posters here in the lab and then never picked them up. We'll be throwing out any and all posters left in the lab on December 21. If you have a poster here, please pick it up ASAP.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Staying Late

Please be sure to thank the lab consultants who have been voluntarily staying past closing time at 9pm so that everyone can work on their assignments.

Please keep in mind that this is a special, end-of-the-semester thing, where we do our best to stay open to give people as much lab time as possible, and our official closing time remains 9pm.

Also, please give yourself plenty of time to save your work (video, in particular, can take quite a while) before the announced time that the lab consultant on duty has said s/he's going to be closing the lab. Otherwise, you might have to take your chances and leave your project saving overnight.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

iChat Videoconferencing Demo

Friday at noon, we will hold a Technically Speaking session in the Weigle Information Commons in the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center on the new iChat videoconferencing software for Macs.

Connect anywhere using the built-in video camera and Internet-based videoconferencing. The new version of iChat includes video backdrops, Photo Booth effects, photo slideshows and sharing of Keynote presentations and movies. iChat builds on the capabilities of Apple’s new Leopard operating system. Presented by Mike Wolk, Apple Systems Engineer.

Friday, December 7, 2007 at 12:00 noon, in the WIC Seminar Room.
This is a free and open session. There's no need to register in advance!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Art Exhibit at the Rotunda this Thursday!

I thought I'd mention that there's an exhibition opening this Thursday at the Rotunda (Walnut Street, just west of 40th) featuring work by one of our lab consultants (Nick Salvatore) and two former lab consultants (Jesse Harding and Michael Highland) and a few frequent users of the lab, as well. (A chili cook-off is also mentioned, but I never know how seriously to take these things.) Here's the info. See you all there!

Join eleven artists for the opening reception of Extra-Personal Science, an exhibition of site-specific installations that activate the space of the historic Rotunda.

Fatema Abdoolcarim
Lauren A. Every-Wortman
JiaJia Fei
Laura Goldberg
Jesse A. Harding
Michael Highland
Antonio McAfee
Nick Salvatore
Manya Scheps
Artie Vierkant
Liz Yohlin

Opening reception (and chili cookoff):
Thursday, December 6, 5-7 pm

Additional viewing hours:
Friday 12-5 pm
Saturday 5-7 pm
Sunday 12-5 pm

Massive III: starting at 7 pm
Video Hippos
Audio/Visual Performance

Monday, December 3, 2007


We're swamped!! (get it?? Creature from the black lagoon? Swamped?? I slay me.) When we opened the lab this morning at 10am, there were people who had already been waiting an hour to get in.

It's the end of the semester, so lots of assignments are all coming due at the same time, and of course, everyone waits until the last minute to do their work.

We'd just like to ask two things of lab users:

1) Please be patient. The lab is first-come, first-served, and right now the best way to get a machine is either to show up right at 10am when we open, or to grab a seat and wait for a workstation to free up.

2) Please try to limit your lab time to academic uses to give everyone a chance to finish their assignments on time.