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]
posted by netbros
on Aug 8, 2012 -
"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)
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Jul 16, 2012 -
"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
posted by vidur
on Jun 4, 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
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Apr 19, 2012 -
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."
posted by dhruva
on Nov 15, 2011 -
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]
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 5, 2009 -
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
posted by Kattullus
on Feb 4, 2009 -
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.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Apr 19, 2007 -
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.
posted by timbley
on Jan 15, 2004 -
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!
posted by flatlander
on Aug 14, 2002 -
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.
posted by jeb
on Jul 10, 2001 -
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.
posted by DiplomaticImmunity
on Apr 27, 2001 -
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.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Nov 9, 2000 -