1. Math, Myth, and the Measure of Maya Time


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    ** watch future Linda Hall Library lectures live at http://new.livestream.com/lindahall ** October 22, 2012, in the Main Reading Room of the Linda Hall Library. William Saturno, Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Boston University. Much has been made this year of the approaching “end-date” of the Maya calendar and its implications for our own society’s future. Keeping track of the passage of time was very important to the ancient Maya and as a result they developed a complex series of calendars to assist them in that endeavor. In this lecture, Dr. Saturno examines the Maya calendar and present aspects of both the mythology and astronomy at the root of its complex cycles. Though the Maya have long been noted for their accomplishments in mathematics and their astronomical proficiency, most of what we know about their astronomy, and the precision of their understanding of the movement of the sun, moon, and planets, comes from studies painted bark paper documents dated to only a century or two before Spanish contact. Dr. Saturno presents a source several centuries earlier, a Classic Period wall painting accompanied by numerical tables that appear to have functioned much like those found in astronomical tables from around the time of contact. These represent the earliest such tables yet found but more importantly give us our first look at the scholarly practices that were part of the foundation of royal power. Video produced by The Video Works of Roeland Park, Kansas.

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    • City and BU Drive Message About Bike Helmets


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      Boston Bikes and Boston University are using new ways to encourage bicyclists to wear helmets. Report for BNN News by Luke Jones. Aired October 22, 2012.

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      • UIST 2012 Student Innovation Contest - Go banana


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        Braille Reader UIST 2012 Student Innovation Contest - Team Go Bananas (Winner 2nd award for Most Useful) Tien-Yun (Sky) Huang, Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Chun-Chieh (Michael) Feng, Boston University. Jaturont (Kid) Jamigranont, Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Idea The idea of the braille reader first started when I saw this identification plate in the back of a cab. It seems to me that braille and the information mirror each other as direct translation. In an attempt to decode I mapped the letters over the configurations of the braille dots. To me this process of learning is done by using my sight to input the known information, to configure the unknown patterns. But braille is made for people without sight, how would they make the connections? The learner would have to depend on another person to generate an input for the known information, to configure the unknown patterns. Aim The aim is to built a stronger connection between the information and the tactile configurations. As the learner apply pressure to the embossed braille letter that they are trying to read the Braille reader automatically translate the tactile interaction into a audible feedback. This system provides a self dependent interactive learning experience, instead of depending on the tutor to tell the learner the character that they are touching the braille reader automatically provide the translation. System The system concise of two main components, one is the platform that contains the Synaptics pressure-sensitive, multi-touch touch pad that provide data for pressure and position of the touch, in a combination with an RFID reader. The second components are sets of preconfigured braille card, equipped with short range RFID to identify each card to the system and a magnet to help direct and secure the card to the platform. The physical shape of the braille cards and the platform were design with a purpose to improvise an intuitive fit. How it works? As the reader swipe their index finger across the embossed braille letters no the card, the system picks up the position and pressure of the touch triggering an audible output to sound. When the reader swipe across a combination of letter that makes up a words the system will detect the intention that the reader is trying to read a world and provide feedback accordingly. Thank you; Brian Lucid & Fred Wolflink for RFID support Edited by Jaturont (Kid) Jamigranont Music by Floating Points "Sais"

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        • The Daily Free Press - Students and residents react to recent armed robberies


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          Boston University students and Brookline area residents share their thoughts on the string of robberies occuring near and on campus. Video by Elvin Wong for The Daily Free Press. Released October 10, 2012.

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          • Growth of a University


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            An animated CGI series of films dedicated to the story of the growth and achievements of Boston University, starting from the Newbury Biblical Institute, Vermont, to the development of a university in Boston, to become one of the largest universities in the world. Hugh O'Donnell designed and directed the video for a special fund raising event. The film segments were projected onto the ice rink of the Agganis Arena using a series of 20,000 lumen projectors and a special mapping software. Music was provided by the Boston Pops Orchestra playing a mashup of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and Arrowsmith's Dream On.This film is both the first segment of the event and the first section of the film series.

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            • BU Students React to Series of Robberies


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              Students react to a series of armed robberies near Boston University at locations in Brookline and Boston, as BU offers a reward for information. Report for BNN News. Aired October 11, 2012.

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              • Lucid Hanging


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                Production I Project II Boston University Sam Hoffman Starring Ilana Berman Special Thanks Jeff Marks Celia Gibson Abi Oshins

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                • SLR Casino Night Sponsor VIdeo 2012


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                  Senior Living Residences has a yearly Casino Night as a fundraiser at their Methuen Village property to benefit the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Research Program. This is a video I created as digital signage at the event to acknowledge the sponsors and donors for 2012. It was displayed on 3 displays in different areas of the Casino night. We supplied the music/PA, cordless microphone setup, LED uplights, digital display and produced the digital signage. For help producing your event, please contact Terry Moran at Crown Entertainment http://www.CrownEnt.com - 888.632.1207

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                  • At the Home


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                    • [trailer] Good Taste *Official Selection of the 2013 New York City International Film Festival*


                      from Kimberly Truon Added 40 0 0

                      A quickie trailer that the talented guys at Boston University put together for their film, Good Taste. *Official Selection for the 2013 New York City International Film Festival and the 2013 Boston International Film Festival* I play the role of Claire who finds herself having more in common with her mysterious neighbor than she thinks. Director: Jake Bann Editor: Daniel Ernst Producer: Jesse Galkowski DP: Richard Woolbert

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