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I have been told this is kind of geeky.
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I have a similar array, although mine are not nearly as cool, as I have various models. I have them clipped inside my backpack to the built-in key clip. Have I needed to use either my Ubuntu or Mint boot sticks in the last two months? Actually, yes...yes I have! Someone had a dead laptop, at the coffee shop, and I booted it, with the stick, to see if the PC was dead. It was fine. A disk check showed the drive riddled with errors. Got her up and running again while I was still there.

Frickin' modern day Batman's Utility Belt.

Rock those sticks, Eric. Don't lets nobody tells you no diff'rent, yo.
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http://itstrategicplan.illinois.edu/2013-it-strategic-plan-symposium-recording/

Paul Hixson's presentation and videos are good - he used the same %age approach I used in the College when looking at IT expenditures. 

Chuck Thompson continues to exemplify the high-energy "get 'er done" approach that actualizes what we all think is intellectually a good idea.

Beth Sandore and the Research Data Service plan is almost the same as I was proposing at UWM - she must be a Librarian.

I have to add.  Having the sub-groups led by Faculty pretty much worked.  In the early days, IT was thought of magic by most Faculty, indeed most, so almost magical mystical "wants" showed up in the IT in-box.   What was refreshing about this plan was the Faculty involvement indicated that they've "matured" for lack of a better word and now have a far more realistic view of what can and is achievable technically.  The plan is good, even excellent, and I think it's because Faculty actually brought their "real-world" IT experience to the table realizing the "art of the possible," that campus IT, and budgets, can deliver.  The "South of Green" cyberinfrastructure needs are weak, even missing, but that can be left for the next iteration.  This plan is a mix of triage with the wireless, and the future, with classrooms.  MOOC's are still gestating and it's too early to pin too many hopes on them, even when the U of I was one of the first into them in a big way - besides, that should be EdTech's Stategic plan, not IT's anyway. :)

All in all, a good afternoon of learning.
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Damn construction on campus - can't swing a dead cat without running into "yet another new building going up."
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Looks like it will be nice when completed
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What's old can be new again on a campus with a $4.45 billion budget. :)
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Mark D. Henderson
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New use for old technology.

These bundled phone books have been here for months with hundreds walking by every day.

Why do they survive?

Because they are the perfect height and weight to prop the door open.
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A few months ago, I looked up their "opt-out" website to get them to stop leaving them st my house.  Ever since then, they started sending 2 at a time instead of just 1.  I tried burning them in the fire pit but they don't even burn well.
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Who says art and science don't go together?

Right across from the block-long Life Sciences Laboratoty is the block-filling Krannert Center for the Performing Arts - both performances of the mind, and body, with similar "thing of beauty" outcomes.
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Decisions, decisions.... do you walk down the center of block north or south -- align the brain or the half the body the half of the brain controls?
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SuperSized problem?
Illinois has you covered.

Mearly big or tall?
Contact one of 49 helper states.
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Always did wonder what happened after the "Lord Of The Rings."
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Apparently, they still have the Bells in Altgeld Hall, so someday, I hope to find the "magic spot" equidistant to both for a Dueling Banjos Deliverance contest. :)
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So I solved Global Warming this morning in a response to a Letter to the Editor of our local newspaper (read down - you'll see it - obscenely long).

http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/30172603-78/eugene-matter-parent-wage-bags.html.csp#
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Introduction
Currently, I manage servers for the University of Illinois - arguably one of the best Research Universities on the planet.  People do not come to Champaign-Urbana for the weather, it sucks, they don't come for the mountains, their are none, they don't come for the ocean or lake or river, there isn't one - they come to teach, lean and do research and that makes for a very nice community of people

Recent history has me managing servers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  I worked with a group that supplied IT support to three Schools and Colleges (Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education and The College of Health Sciences (and the The is important :) - about 20% of the campus. 

Prior that that, I managed server and building support infrastructures at Illinois for Housing, Continuing Education, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, and Sciences, College of Education, and EdTech.  My strongest ability is walking into a site that is in trouble with the use of their technology and turning it around. 

And in my even deeper past, I was a serious Research Scientist working at Cornell, Illinois, and Oak Ridge Natl. Labs in the area of plant physiology and protein chemistry.  Still about a third of the research labs in the country use a modification of the Lowry Protein assay I fostered during my graduate work at Cornell.  I did some earliest modeling working using the Cray computers when NCSA first got going at the University of Illinois and I've published on topics ranging from the modeling of diffusion of Carbon Dioxide in plants to analyzing RuBISCO's from site-directed mutants. 

Oh, and I solved Global Warming.  Not being facetious on this one as I became interested in the area of CO2 early in my career looking at how CO2 moved into and through green plant leaves.  At the time, the modeling allowed me to attach a reason for why Carbonic Anhydrase was a critical enzyme of plants.  That interest led me to an early proposal for the capturing of CO2 at the smoke stacks and cooling it to either a liquid that could be pumped, or cooling it more to blocks of Dry Ice that could be taken by train, to the ocean.  I realized the chemistry of "CO2 hydrates" would be critical for sequestration approaches.  My latest musings on this are available as a posting in a local newspaper discussion forum - a serious reading will indicate a possible solution to global warming.

Bragging rights
Solved Global Warming.