Thursday, August 30, 2007

154, 161, 162,166,167, 169,170, 173 First Video Lecture Trial

Message no. 154 Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Monday, January 29, 2007 9:20pm Subject: Week 2: First video lecture trial!

Hi class, good evening. Here is an attempt to post what is for me a first: a trial solar powered video lecture. Check it out and tell me what you think (I can spend more time and get fancier if the format works for you!). This is an attempt to create that "personal" classroom feel where you get to sit bored in the back of the class while the professor natters on about arcane subjects in front of you! So give it a look. If it seems to have potential I will make actual video lectures so you can have a more faithful classroom experience without leaving home (and burning fossil fuels and contributing to global warming etc...!) And you will know that the lecture was "carbon neutral" too! Doesn't that just give you the warm and fuzzies?

Here is the link:

T Message no. 160[Branch from no. 156] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:48pm Subject: Re: Google Mapping your environment - how the landscape surrounding us affects our lives.

Great memories Janita, thanks for sharing! When we get to chapter four of the text, the chapter on noise, it will be great to hear from you about why you think noise doesn't bother you (the adaptation/habituation model, perhaps? Or an association with positive experiences in the Pavlovian conditioning sense? Or a perceived sense of control?). The changing nature of the cemetary is also fascinating -- how spaces get imbued with new meanings. This is all fertile area for environmental psychology research. Keep sharing! We are all ears!


Message no. 161[Branch from no. 159] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 12:57pm Subject: Re: Week 2: First video lecture trial!

Thanks for the positive feedback, y'all! If the effort seems worth it, as you are indicating, I'll be more creative and do a lot more! And Patricia, don't apologize for "writing so much" -- write more! and more! and more! :) Just imagine we are in a class discussion and say everything that is on your mind. You can't be too long. In this new environment what we each will learn to do (me especially) is to MAP our writings (with different heading styles, fonts, the use of bold, italic and underline and Caps, with tables of contents, with hyperlinks, with graphics etc.) so that the FORMAT reduces fatigue and habituation on the part of the consumer of the ideas (the reader).

Unfortunately, this discussion area doesn't make that easy to do, but we will all get to it.

The trick is the use of the HTML editor. Unfortunately it isn't working well right now. The blog HTML editor is actually much much better. But of course it takes time.

Don't worry about that for now. For now just write and write and read and think and write. One can never say too much, or post too often!

At some point we will try working in the chat and white board areas and you will see that those environments imply their own behavioral protocols. And we can try Skype (with video!) and classes in Second Life. Each affects our behavior in different ways.

But this discussion area is the place to write and write and write. So keep up the great work you guys!


Message no. 162[Branch from no. 159] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 1:25pm Subject: Would the real mother nature please stand up!


As we get into chapter 2, the big debate, already started by Patricia, will be "just what the heck is nature anyway?!"

This cartoon (and website) may stimulate some thought:

Click here


Message no. 166 Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 3:05pm Subject: The Psychology of Behavior

Here, class, is the video presentation I have spent the week working on here in Sonoma County (wine country) California (near Napa Valley). It is our entrance to the Tree Hugger TV video contest for "walking the walk" not just "talking the talk". We are entering it into the EPCI International Contest (EPIC stands for "Ethical, Progressive, Intelligent Consumer). We have tried to capture the psychology of behavior that makes some people try to improve their local and global environments and others to damage them. We are using the hypothesis that competition for status, with the idea that "bigger is better", has driven alot of poor consumer choices that have led to regional and global environmental problems. Please tell me what you think!

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You can rate it on youtube by clicking here: Message no. 167[Branch from no. 166] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 3:06pm Subject: Re: The Psychology of Behavior

Here is another try to make the link work (see, we all have these problems!):

Message no. 169[Branch from no. 168] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 4:56pm Subject: Streaming videos...

Thanks for replying Danielle -- what you are experiencing is low bandwidth - i.e. a slow internet connection. What you should do is hit play and then, a few seconds later, hit PAUSE. Then wait a few minutes until the video completely loads (usually you see a red bar grow under the video; when it fills the space, the video is loaded.) Then it PLAY again and it should play smoothly.

Do this for all videos you watch on the web -- what the videos do is called "Streaming", and they are supposed to play as they download. But bandwidth gets clogged up. Essentially you should download the whole video before playing (by doing what I suggested above) unless you have a really really fast connection (and this varies with time of day.)

Hope that helps Message no. 170[Branch from no. 169] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:15pm Subject: The Tree Hugger Environmental Video contest

Hi all,

You can do your prof (and the world?) a real favor by going to watch and rate our video "Keeping Up With the Greens: Frank's House -- of Father and Suns" at . As usual, you create a login account for free and then you can rate videos.

It is also visible here at . This is the big place for environmental videos. We will really need your rating here when that option it is available! We'll let you know when the rating and voting system is ready there, and you can help us win!

And here's a challenge to you all: The contest deadline is February 28th. If you make a video entrance showing how you are helping to preserve or enhance the quality of our collective environment, and satisfy the requirements of the "Ethical, Progressive, Intelligent Consumer" guidelines and post it to the contest, you can consider it your midterm exam project. Think about it! Get your family members and friends involved and go Hollywood!

Whattaya think?

Lights, camera, action!

Message no. 173[Branch from no. 170] Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 5:33pm Subject: Re: The Tree Hugger Environmental Video contest

Ooops again! The link is here:

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