Friday, October 31, 2008
As the anniversary term progresses, it's time to begin acknowledging those who have been instrumental to the creation of the Venice Project Center and to its continued success for the past 20 years. One such individual has been my friend (and best man) Michele Botta. It was Michele who helped arrange the logistics for very first team of WPI students who worked on the legendary "bootstrap project" in term B of 1988. Michele booked the apartments, helped with travel arrangements, organized our office (then in my parents' basement) and was a major player in the launching of the VPC 20 years ago. He's also been a great friend, companion and guide in my trek through life as well as through the Dolomites (with Peggy)... Thank you very much for everything you've done for us Michi!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
It's all happening so fast! I've been doing this for 20 years and you'd think that I would have this process down to an art. In some ways I do. I don't really need to pack much and I pretty much just pick up and go to the airport with a small carry on...
Nevertheless, leaving my family (Jacqueline and Nicolò) behind for two months has always been hard and it's getting harder rather than easier as time goes by. I get to see my parents (Cino and Wilma), my sister Barbara and her husband Alberto and my cute nephews Samuele and Barnaba, but on the whole the process has always been somewhat bittersweet all these years. I wish my loved ones could all travel with me when I go overseas, but school and other obligations conspire to keep us separate, which is one of the real impediments to widespread faculty participation in the global program. It's great to be able to go back to my hometown every year, but it also has its drawbacks. Anyway, off I go...
Next post will be from Venice!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
If you are reading this blog entry, I would invite you too to give us some feedback before we go ahead with the BETA release next week. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.As soon as our router in Venice is fixed and our Venice 2.0 sites get back up to normal speed (they’re slow now), I will be sending out a mass mailing to all our past Venice alumni, to announce our 20th Anniversary initiatives. I will point them to:
Since you are part of an “inner circle” of WPI students and faculty connected with the VPC, I am writing to you to see if you could preview what we have up so far and give us some feedback on this alpha release, by sending emails to me and to the “team” who is helping me put this together, at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. If you are more ambitious and want to spare us some time, you can also enter your comments/reports in our BUGS/SUGGESTIONS WIKI at http://venice2point0.wikidot.com/bugs, which is off our Dashboard (reachable by clicking DASH on the Venice 2.0 main menu) at http://venice2point0.wikidot.com/.
There are many other interesting links on the main menu off the Venice 2.0 site, such as the Fabs link at: http://www.venice2point0.org/fab-lab/ that you may want to explore as well. Click around on all links in the blog as well, if you have time. Any feedback you can give us before the BETA is released next week would be greatly appreciated.
We are leaving for Venice next weekend!
Thanks a lot