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The Secret Service has America’s safety in mind, but sometimes isn’t sure how to take a joke. In 2012, an Irish man was taken into custody at LAX because of a tweet that said he was going to “destroy America” — which he meant as slang for crazy partying. So, the Secret Service is searching for software that would not only discern sarcastic comments from real threats, but would eventually be able to automate social media monitoring. In the meantime, Twitter users are providing lots of testing material with sarcastic comments about the project.
President Barry Mills was asked to deliver remarks at a meeting of 280 employees of The LEGO Group June 2, 2014, in Stowe, Vermont. Joining a panel of guest speakers that also included Toys R Us President Hank Mullany and Kerry Phelan, former executive vice president of consumer products for Dreamworks, President Mills was invited by Michael Moynihan ’89, LEGO’s vice president of marketing, to inspire LEGO’s sales, marketing and operations personnel on a strategic and emotional level and to help celebrate the broader value of the toymaker’s work.
Mills spoke of his family’s history with the familiar little colored blocks, and the similarities the venerated toy company has with the College, including the challenges posed by technology. Read President Mills’ remarks.
When Apple’s iTunes was launched in 2001, it was a tool to organize and search music by artist, genre, and other similarly straightforward categories. Today, iTunes organizes your music, TV shows and movies, podcasts, and iPhone and iPad apps, not to mention syncing all of your Apple devices and iCloud storage and offering “iTunes Radio,” a nod to taste-based music shuffling programs like Pandora. This is just one example of how Apple — the brand still famous for being streamlined and straightforward — has grown increasingly complex over the past decade.
On the other hand, Apple and its competitors are all facing the increasing complexity of the technological world, and Apple’s line of products is as straightforward as ever — they still do not include instruction manuals.
You might already be aware that exercise can boost concentration and mental alertness. Poets, novelists and songwriters alike have noted the creative energy they feel after a long walk or run in the woods. But just what is it about certain kinds of exercise that leave you feeling more revived than others? The Washington Post says the secret to a good “brain boost” from exercise is a clear mind. When you read or use programs like Wii Fit to keep you going during a workout, you might not reap as many brain benefits; you are still focused on external stimuli and using the same “higher-order thinking skills” as you do for other tasks outside of exercise. Even if you hate running, a low-impact activity such as yoga that focuses on relaxation and mind-body presence can improve clarity and focus. Remember: a clear mind during exercise is the key.
Seventy years ago this week, an inexperienced typist in the Associated Press’s London office pressed the wrong button, sending out a false broadcast report that the Americans’ D-Day invasion in France had begun. The news spread like wildfire, despite its unconfirmed status and a hasty retraction; far more Americans were exposed to this false broadcast than to Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” broadcast. However, the mistake was largely forgotten after true reports of the Americans’ landing in France arrived. With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching, Slate describes how the rules of the radio broadcast era contributed to the erroneous report of a significant event in world history.
Each year in May, Bowdoin gathers the family and friends of seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from college. The students and guests are treated to a lunch the day before graduation. Leana Amaez, associate dean of multicultural student programs and the event organizer, says it is her favorite moment of the year. “While tomorrow’s events will be filled with tears, and laughter, and hugs, and many goodbyes and even more pictures…it will feel like a whirlwind,” she said. The First-Generation Lunch, on the other hand, provides a pause to focus on and honor the Bowdoin seniors who are “blazing new trails” in their families. It is also a chance to recognize the supporters and family whose sacrifices and support helped the soon-to-be graduates get to where they are. Read the full story and see the slideshow.
Relive Reunion Weekend 2014 in fast forward. Take a golf cart ride, then attend the Bowdoin Brewfest and campus-wide reunion lunch. Spend an afternoon on the Quad, go to the 2009 Mini Ivies, and finally watch the 5K Fun Run with Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79. Video by Collin Burke ’14
Also view “The Complete Bowdoin College Commencement Experience — In Minutes,” for which Burke provided the footage — obtained while wearing a videocamera during Commencement.
Hey sociology majors — anyone ever told you that your major is impractical? Well, you can tell them some of the nation’s CEOs are on your side. These seven CEOs, including Ken Chenault ’73, CEO of American Express, catapulted their careers from a wide variety of undergraduate majors such as medieval history, sociology, philosophy and interdisciplinary studies. Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell, even began pursuing his dream in the computer business partway through a pre-med program.
The more notes you take, the more you learn, right? Wrong. Though it may seem counterintuitive, new research shows that students who take notes by hand learn more and retain information better than their laptop-using counterparts. Typing allows for faster note taking (and practically verbatim dictation of the professor’s lecture), but this method of saving the lecture for later does not necessarily mean you get more out of class.
Taking notes by hand forces you to process the information as you go, choosing what is most pertinent to write down. In a study by Mueller and Oppenheimer, pen-and-paper note takers demonstrated a better memory of conceptual and factual detail, as well as a better ability to synthesize the material. Scientific American tells the full story.
The Bowdoin College women’s sailing team had an excellent showing in its first-ever appearance at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association’s Sperry Top-Sider Women’s national championship last weekend, earning 13th place overall. Read more about the impressive showing.
When traveling to a foreign country, you can learn from guidebooks whether to tip a taxi driver and which streets to avoid during what times of day – but what about blending in on underground public transportation? What’s considered courteous in one system – leaving a newspaper behind in the London Tube, for example – might provoke glares in another.
Whether it’s about eating, personal space, or conversation volume, The Atlantic’s Citylab tells you what your subway map cannot about how to get around Europe this summer.
Apple has created an empire of sleek products lauded for their innovative, elegant designs. But the secret behind Apple’s design genius is not locked away in some legendary idea vault, nor does it require a team of thousands of specialized designers (and just for the record, it wasn’t as scary to work for Steve Jobs as rumor would have it).
Former Apple designer Mark Kawano debunks and clarifies myths about Apple’s design team, discussing its small, collaborative nature and propensity for informal experimentation and innovation.
“Startups are not just what you read in the press,” says Christina Wallace, Vice President of branding and marketing at the Startup Institute and former cofounder of Quincy Apparel. “The real story is much more volatile and human, and we do our community a disservice pretending otherwise.” Wallace’s startup may have failed, but as these famous entrepreneurs all say, success comes to those who don’t give up. Despite hard work, failure is something that all entrepreneurs can expect to encounter in one capacity or another. For those who persist and view failure as a chance to learn, new understanding and new opportunities are waiting on the other side.
Comedian Hari Kondabolu ’04 has scored some pretty big gigs — Conan, Letterman and NPR’s Fresh Air, to name a few.
He recently chatted with PRI’s The World about some of the serious issues he tackles in his comedy — topics such as racism, poverty and anti-immigrant sentiments. Just make sure you pronounce his last name correctly.
Your Netflix habit is fairly good for the environment if you’re streaming movies rather than renting DVDs. DVD players and the driving required to pick up a movie or have it delivered to your home add up to a larger energy consumption than watching a film on your iPad or TV at home.
Based on 2011 data, the researchers calculated that if everyone that year who had watched DVDs instead streamed their movies, they would have avoided emitting 2 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide and saved enough energy to power 200,000 U.S. households for a year. (The energy consumption the researchers looked at included all the energy needed to get a movie from Hollywood to home, including DVD manufacture, shipping and delivery, storing files on data servers and methods of playback and viewing.) Plus, the researchers found that DVD players, even when they’re not in use, eat up a lot of energy. “Older versions, in particular, are big energy guzzlers,” according to Smithsonian. Meanwhile, “movies streamed at home usually depend on more-efficient, newer devices.”
The worry now is that the energy efficiencies of video streaming could be offset by increases in streaming of more complex — and more energy-demanding — video content, according to Smithsonian.
TWOXFS. No, that’s not an indecipherable vanity plate. It is, however, code to set you down the road to savings when it comes to booking flights. ABC News shares a few secret codes used by airlines in the fine print.
Among all the events and activities held during Reunion Weekend, Reunion Convocation is the largest and perhaps the most unifying. In his address, President Barry Mills spoke of the common good and the values held by the College. Read the text of President Mills’ address.
Awards honoring outstanding leadership and service to the College were presented during the ceremony. The Common Good Award, selected by the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees, this year has three recipients, each of whom embody a profound and sustained commitment to the common good: Communities Without Borders co-founder Dr. Richard Bail ’64, San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor Ed Lee ’74, and Forest Foundation founder Mike Poor ’64.
The Alumni Service Award and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff, chosen by the Alumni Council, recognize members of the Bowdoin community for their exemplary achievement and dedication. The Alumni Service Award was presented to Bowdoin College Trustee Emerita Tracy Burlock ’81, and the Alumni Award for Faculty and Staff went to 40-year Dining Service veteran Patricia Pye.
Images by Bob Handelman
This list might seem a bit obvious, but it never hurts to remind college students to take advantage of all the resources their school offers them. In her Top 10 list of things to do in college, the Huffington Post’s Sarah Juliet Lauro includes going to professor’s office hours, meeting with your academic advisor, learning about different political views, and attending campus events, such as film screenings, poetry readings, guest lectures and student art shows.
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