In the past month since publishing his essay, "Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege
," Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang
has become a hero
of many in right-wing politics for his refusal to believe that he enjoys privilege. [more inside]
Patrick Roche is a slam poet
, and a member of the Princeton Ellipses Slam Team. He was recently awarded Best Persona Poem for "Siri: A Coping Mechanism
" at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. [more inside]
In the early 20th century, the men of Princeton came up with a way to protect their two or three nice suits worn daily on campus from spilled beer (and the more likely vomit)
: The Beer Suit
. Originally worn only by seniors and as white denim overalls, shirt and tie, with a white denim jacket over the top, future classes began decorating their jackets with slogans and designs of the day
with current classes often going for black and orange jackets with tiger elements
. You can see some of the original Beer suits at the Fashion Institute's Ivy Style exhibit
in NYC, going through January 2013, or catch a Princeton class reunion
where the beer jackets must be worn (unwashed) until your 25th reunion, when you can don a proper alumni blazer.
Your change, with thanks
— Among the refinements of middle-class Victorian shopping was the giving of change not directly from hand to hand but in paper packets. The envelope, known as a ‘change packet,’ measured some 60 mm (2 ½ in) square and was printed with the legend ‘The change, with thanks’, often in a decorative roundel or other device. [more inside]
"Institutions of learning should be devoted to the cultivation of curiosity and the less they are deflected by considerations of immediacy of application, the more likely they are to contribute not only to human welfare but to the equally important satisfaction of intellectual interest which may indeed be said to have become the ruling passion of intellectual life in modern times." -Abraham Flexner
, in his 1939 Harper's Article "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge" (available at Harper's
for money or in PDF
from the IAS for free)
"My case illustrates how success is always rationalized. People really don’t like to hear success explained away as luck—especially successful people. As they age, and succeed, people feel their success was somehow inevitable. They don’t want to acknowledge the role played by accident in their lives. There is a reason for this: the world does not want to acknowledge it either." Michael Lewis's address to the Princeton Class of 2012
- free, online, introductory- to upper-undergraduate level classes in a wide variety of subjects, led by instructors from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and the University of Pennsylvania
Princeton's 5th annual Art of Science Competition
"The Art of Science exhibition explores the interplay between science and art. These practices both involve the pursuit of those moments of discovery when what you perceive suddenly becomes more than the sum of its parts. Each piece in this exhibition is, in its own way, a record of such a moment."
Like voting things
against other things
? Princeton University has applied this concept to the suggestion box to create All Our Ideas
, a website where you can create a suggestion box and allow others to vote on and add suggestions. As an example, here's one for MeFi
! [more inside]
A worrisome set of posts from Princeton University's 'Freedom to Tinker"
In many situations, it may be far easier to unmask apparently anonymous online speakers than they, I, or many others in the policy community have appreciated. Today, I'll tell a story that helps explain what I mean.
Second post: what BoingBoing knows about John Doe
. Third, and most concerning post: The traceability of an online anonymous comment
. Related post: a well researched review of the privacy concerns around the roll-out of, and push-back against, Google Buzz.
In 1966, NBC broadcast a GE College Bowl
match between a team from Princeton University (all male, of course—Princeton wouldn't go co-ed until three years later
) and a team from Agnes Scott College, a small women's college in Decatur, Georgia. In one of the most exciting upsets in the history of the program, after trailing early
, Agnes Scott came from behind
to win, pushed over the edge by Karen Gearreald's final answer
, with only one second left on the clock. "That young lady, by the way, was the only person in the theater who could not see the clock," the program's host, Robert Earle, later wrote
. "She is blind." [more inside]
collects lectures on a wide variety of subjects
from UC Berkely
that the universities have released under Creative Commons
. The site is still in beta
so it doesn't quite have the thousands of lectures its frontpage promises. It has many full courses, for example Benjamin Polak teaching game theory
, Amy Hungerford on the American novel since 1945
, Charles Bailyn's introduction to astrophysics
, John Merriman on the history of France since 1871
, Shelly Kagan on death
and Oussama Khatib's introduction to robotics
The Subway Sun and The Elevated Express
&reswere posters used to inform passengers travelling on the IRT. A couple that tickled my fancy - the unlikely to happen Sociability Limit
and an Obnoxious Custom
More than fifty selected articles
from The Princeton Companion of Mathematics
, password: PCM
) — a thematically-organized compendium of mathematics and mathematicians from Fields Medal
-winner Tim Gowers.
Introduced to Western culture by the Beatles in their single Norwegian Wood
, the sitar
has featured prominently in North Indian classical music for centuries. Princeton-based computer scientist Ajay Kapur updates the instrument with his ESitar
, an audio and video controller that uses gesture input
(PDF) and machine learning
algorithms to facilitate joining the computer with Ajay in his sitar performance. Undergraduate engineering students at the University of Pennsylvania work from the other direction, building RAVI-bot
, an award-winning
, self-playing robotic sitar
(YouTube) programmed to generate music from classical Raga scales and melodies
all on its own. For those in the Philadelphia area, be sure to check out a live performance of RAVI-bot at the local Klein Art Gallery.
Art of Science 2006 'images, videos and sounds—produced in the course of research or incorporating tools and concepts from science.' Previously
"...the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything is..." "Yes? Yes!?" "...42."via Dyson, Montgomery, Princeton, a cup of tea - as presented by Seed Magazine.
is a service from Stanford University that allows the public access to free speeches, lectures, forums, and more via iTunes. Want more academic audio content? Check out the University Channel
at Princeton or the Havens Center
Art of Science Competition 2005
- A gallery of images celebrating the aesthetics of research at Princeton University. (via Amygdala)
Princeton Students and Polticians Stage Filibuster --
Princeton students started a filibuster at the Frist Campus Center at Princeton University
to protest the impending unloading of the "nuclear option
" in the United States Senate.
Bill Frist is a Princeton alum and his family donated the building the filibuster is in front of.
It's been going on for a whopping 78 hours already and looks to at least go through the weekend. Congressman Rush Holt
(D-NJ) spoke earlier today, and NJ Assemblyman Reed Gusciora
was there yesterday. They've even got physicists (one
) and a Nobel Prize winner
Researchers have created a 3D search engine.
Sketch the object you're looking for and the search engine will attempt to find it.
Generic Rap Song by Princeton student.
An excellent undergrad piece that lampoons the current state of rap music. Includes a satirical rap song (complete with downloadable MP3, streaming audio, downloadable DivX video, and streaming RealVideo) and an analysis of each verse. Even an essay that compares the satire in the piece with some 200 year-old satire ("A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift). Amazing, accurate, and funny as all get out.
Plagiarism is an ugly word.
Ung Lee, a Princeton Graduate, has one numerous awards
for his writing, under the tutelage of Joyce Carl Oates. It's just that so many of those words were not his own
Ever visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
I haven't...I live in Florida. In honor of football season, however, check it out online. It has some pretty neat features, like how football teams got named
, concise team histories
, and a timeline
of how American Football came about. Princeton vs. Rutgers in 1869 started it all....
Princeton Disciplining Staff for Yale Web Site Break-Ins (NY Times)
What a great example to set for the students. Princeton officials in the admissions department hack into the Yale Admissions department system.
No one gets fired and the university official who first performed the dastardly deed, Stephen E. LeMenager, "...would be moved to another job at Princeton."
Also, "...its longtime dean of admission and Mr. LeMenager's boss, to remain in place until next June, when he will retire as previously planned.
What is Yale's take on this? "Yale's president, Richard C. Levin, said in a statement yesterday that he was impressed by the thoroughness of Princeton's investigation,...".
This is the best, "...when Mr. LeMenager told a Yale admissions official of his ability to enter the Yale Web site at a meeting of Ivy League admissions officials in May, Dr. Tilghman said, the ensuing discussion at the meeting was about security issues, not about the impropriety of the action."
The president of Princetons final words on the situation, "We will learn from this and make changes," she said, "and move on as a better place."
And now who is surprised by what happened at WorldCom, ENRON, TYCO and on Wall Street ?
Shouldn't Princeton make an example of these clowns?
Shouldn't Yale demand more satisfaction?
I guess they don't call it the Ivy League
Fire the bastards!
Princeton admissions officers broke into Yale's admissions system
using prospective students' birth dates and Social Security numbers. They "viewed Yale admissions decisions" of 11 students; Princeton's dean of admissions says "[i]t was really an innocent way for us to check out the security." The FBI is "assessing the information to see if there is a federal violation."
The Washington Post makes fun
of foolish freshmen at Princeton.
Jeff Linkous must have been a Yalie.
Can the human mind affect random number generators?
Sounds absurd (especially to a diehard skeptic like me), but this research is coming out of Princeton, not some fringe group. And here
is an independent experiment which seems to confirm the effect. I've emailed CSICOP
and The Skeptic Magazine
about it, but haven't heard back yet. Anyone know anything about this stuff?
Princeton's Global Consciousness Project Readings Spiked on September 11.
Was there, as The Boundary Institute believes
, a "disturbance in the force" recorded by Princeton's GCP? Seems crazy to me, but the "princeton.edu" in the URL and the complicated-looking graphs must mean something.
Princeton president pines for peculiar persons. "Princeton University's new president, Shirley Tilghman, says her campus has a problem: not enough weirdos. 'I would like to think we could begin to attract students with green hair. We will take pink and blue and orange hair, too.'"
The rest of the article is pretty bland, but that quote is hilarious.
Princeton Backs Down
costly, time-consuming, and uncertain, regardless of the merits of the
other side's case. We remain committed to free speech and to the value of
scientific debate to our country and the world."
Sorry for the drama, but as a scientist I have to go off and vomit now.
It seems the SDMI team would rather declare victory
than actually be victorious. In order to qualify for the prize, you have to sign an NDA and not reveal how you broke in. The Princeton team refused to sign and apparently SDMI no longer thinks they count. Instead, the Princeton team intends to publish their results, including how to deactivate all the systems. But since Princeton won't get any money, that apparently means SDMI is secure. What a bunch of maroons.