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Stanford Creative Writing Class produces a graphic novel

Adam Johnson and Tom Kealey, two instructors of Stanford Creative Writing Program, orchestrated the production of a graphic novel called Shake Girl with their students. Shake Girl is a massive collaborative project between fifteen students and the instructors over the course of Winter quarter(2008).

"The Stanford Graphic Novel Project independently published several hundred copies of Shake Girl that we are using to create awareness about the issues of violence against women, and more specifically, the phenomenon of acid attacks in Cambodia. For these same reasons, we are publishing Shake Girl for free on the web."

"In retrospect it seems a little miraculous that the fourteen students of the Stanford Graphic Novel Project wrote, illustrated, and designed Shake Girl in six weeks time. But here, we seem to hold the evidence in our hands.

We began without even a story. We had a mission that we wanted to tell a narrative from the real world and that the creating and publishing of it should make a positive difference in the lives of others. At one point we looked at the blogs of American soldiers in Iraq, and at another time we looked at the story of ISHI (look that one up). In the end though, it was Eric Pape, our visiting journalist, who told us the story in class that would ultimately be the foundation of Shake Girl. After tossing ideas back and forth for what seemed like ages, we settled on Shake Girl in about ten minutes."

International Year of the Potato 2008

2008 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as the International Year of the Potato. According to the UN, this is to raise awareness of the importance of the potato - and of agriculture in general - in addressing issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment.

Why Potato?

Paper Ebook

Manolis Kelaidis at the Royal College of Art in London designed digitally interactive printed pages. The picture is a traditional book over-printed with conductive ink. This conductive ink creates hyperlinks on the page which, when touched by the reader, activates a processor concealed in the cover of the book. This processor then connects via bluetooth to a nearby computer, triggering different actions.


Sunlight Foundation launched

Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit organization which develops and deploys new Internet technologies to make government information more accessible to citizens, is launching a new site called The website is a place to post bills, to allow citizens to comment on, suggest edits to the substance of the legislation and promote participation. The idea of is based on Transparency in Government Act of 2008. The site is built with Django, Python, MySQL, and Debian.

This project is not intended to be the ultimate technical solution to the challenge of drafting legislation online, but an experiment in online collaboration. By collecting legislation, summaries, resources and commentary in a single linkable location, provides a simple, blog-like framework for soliciting feedback on this legislation.

FCC Debates Open Internet at April 17 Stanford Hearing

Federal Communication Commission has confirmed that they will be holding a second hearing about Open Internet at Stanford University on April 17.

The Stanford hearing promises to bring consumers and producers of innovative online content together to educate the FCC about the future of video on the Internet. The field hearing is also linked to the FCC's ongoing investigation into the blocking of legal content by Comcast and other Internet service providers. At the first hearing last month at Harvard, Comcast admitted hiring seat-fillers, blocking interested citizens from attending the event.

-- source: free press

Stanford Library has recent FCC hearings under subject heading United States Federal Communications Commission.

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