Week of April 27

The readings this week are all from the Kahin & Nesson book, Borders in Cyberspace.

Since we haven't had a chance to discuss it, please review the reading from 3/15 (Froomkin) if it's not fresh in your mind. Then, two more readings:

Tuesday, April 27: Perritt (pp. 164-192)

Thursday, April 29: Goldring (pp. 322-351)

Week of March 15

I just want to give you one more thing to read either before or during break: pages 129-156 in "Borders in Cyberspace" by Kahin & Nesson.

Also, when I met with you all about your projects last week, I told some of you to try to get me certain additional writeups either right before or right after break. You know who you are!

Otherwise, keep working on your projects, and have a great break! -- NSB

Week of March 1

Hey, gang, I'm BACK! We'll actually be having class meetings twice this week, on Tuesday and Thursday. Since we haven't had class for weeks, I don't feel too bad about asking you to come early during your lunch hour; how about if we say class will start at around 12:20, so that people have time to grab some food in the cafeteria and bring it with them to class?

The main focus of the week will be discussions of your projects, but this will take place in private meetings -- please make sure to sign up for a block of time with me! (Those of you in a group project should work together and sign up for a time you can all make it.) The signup sheet is outside of Mr. Flynt's office in Science Hall, but will move to my office (Steiner 100, basement) when I arrive on Sunday. The meetings will also take place in my Steiner office.

I don't want you to view the meeting with me as a major ordeal to be endured; I won't bite. Rather, what I want is a chance to talk with you, to understand where you are on your projects (yes, I know it's still early!), and to be helpful in any way that I can. To structure the discussion, I recommend that you (and you partners, if you're in a group project) come prepared to answer a few basic questions:

  • What are you most hoping to learn from this project?
  • What are the toughest issues you see, so far?
  • What would be the most spectacularly successful project outcome you can possibly imagine?
  • What would be the minimal project outcome that you could defend with a straight face?

    In addition, we'll be having normal class meetings, and so of course there are new reading assignments:

  • March 2: Reading Assignment: Miller, pp. 35-70
  • March 4: Reading Assignment: Miller, 319-343, 377-398.
    and The CPSR "One Planet, One Net" Manifesto

    Assignment for February 26, 1999

    Reading assignment: Finish Brin.

    Assignment for February 9, 1999

    Read Brin chapters 6-8.

    AGAIN: Send ~1 page project proposal to nsb+195homework@guppylake.com.

    Assignment for February 4, 1999

    Read Brin chapters 4-5

    Assignment for February 2, 1999

    Read Brin chapters 1-3

    Send ~1 page project proposal to nsb+195homework@guppylake.com.

    ASSIGNMENT OVER WINTER BREAK (*****groan*****)

    Required readings:

  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late
  • Hobbes' Internet Timeline

    Optional reading:

  • A Fire Upon the Deep

    (*****) Atonement pizza from Jimbo's for the first day of class.