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“On the Eve of the Triple Crown” – a poem

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For your enjoyment, from Gary Margolis: “Another new poem that also references the Arthur Healey paintings in the library.”

On the Eve of the Triple Crown

Victory’s standing asleep in his Belmont stall.
The runner-up, a half-door down, lies
in his sawdust bed. In the stands
their owners are smoking Galois,

as Arthur Healey the Irish Sweepstakes
painter did. Wives are toasted in their brimming
hats. God is a length away from being led
from his paddock. Last night

I couldn’t sleep. I saw words running
around a track, a mile and a half.
I was afraid I was seeing things, carnations,
I wouldn’t be able to write down.

Victory’s remembering what I thought
I dreamt, waking with a pen in my hand.
Seeing myself raising a glass in the infield
and not in the stands. Holding a brush

as Arthur Healey, the watercolorist did.
Urging the flash of colors in one
winning stroke. Inhaling a strong cigarette.
The moment you hear They’re off.

Moodle 2.6 Update

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Middlebury’s instance of Moodle will be updated to 2.6 on June 3rd, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm.

In March, we shared some information on the new features of Moodle that will be available in this update: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/ The include

  • New whole-course formatting options (eg. entire course design is forum-based)
  • Annotate uploaded .PDFs in-browser, with tick and cross stamps
  • Enhanced mark-up, feedback & grade-review/release options
  • Backup & restore courses larger than 4 GB More responsive, flexible
  • TinyMCE editor for multi-device design, readability
  • Better performance & functionality–faster, and uses fewer resources

You can see more of the new features at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/lis/2014/03/16/whats-new-in-moodle-2-6/#sthash.xh0gC3pY.dpuf

One change to note: the links to edit an activity in Moodle are no longer displayed as small icons, they now appear in an EDIT menu.

Before

Before

After

After

If you have questions about the new features in Moodle, please contact your Liaison (http://go.middlebury.edu/liaisons), Joe Antonioli, or Heather Stafford.

Printing to Public Printers — Minding P’s & Queues Just Got Easier

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Blue PrinterDo you print at the College libraries?  At any of our public computing labs?  If so, on your next visit, expect a streamlined list of printer choices offering expanded locations where you can go to release your print job(s).  It’s easier and more flexible!

Look for two new print queues — Library_Printers and Non_Library_Printers — that are now available for use.    (FollowMeBW will be retired.)

Remember…  For fastest results, print directly from a lab computer.  Visit go/howtoprint to view our updated instructions on how to print to a public printer.

Friday Links, May 23, 2014

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Fun and inspiring CSS examples and animation effects – Get inspired by the elegant use of CSS, CSS3, and jQuery or JavaScript in these examples. Also, learn about a fantastic new resource for brushing up on your CSS vocabulary.

Chronicle of Higher Education: Middlebury Faculty Seeks to Cut Ties With Online-Education Company.  In a nonbinding vote, professors overwhelmingly opposed a business venture with a company called K12 to sell online language courses to elementary and secondary schools.

Friday Links – May 16, 2014

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Tim Parson’s blog features a survey of “the twelve oldest trees on campus” featuring photos from the Archives in Special Collections in Davis Family Library.

Astronomy Welcomes New Experts - The Observatory will resume its public-viewing sessions thanks to two recent hires.

Here’s a short post on the Faculty and Staff Author’s reception held recently in Special Collections.   What isn’t mentioned here is that the food was FANTASTIC!  Don’t miss it next year!

Macintosh – Middfiles – Mmmmm… News You Can Use

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Mac users…  Are you having the best possible experience with Middfiles?  It may be time to update how you connect to Middfiles, as well as create some useful shortcuts!

First, check your connection.  In the Finder, click on the Go menu, then click Connect to Server.  You should use cifs://middcloud.middlebury.edu/middfiles and remove any “smb” middfiles favorites you may have stored, as shown.

Go>Connect to Server

Removing outdated SMB favorite

Now it’s time to create some powerful Sidebar favorites for easy access to your frequently-used folders (see sample below).  Sidebar favorite locations are visible in all your programs!  Refer to our wiki article for complete details on how to create these favorites & get rid of outdated ones.

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Sidebar Favorite Sample

Technical stuff:  We use the SMB protocol to connect to Middfiles almost exclusively on campus and the latest revision is CIFS.  To use the most current version of SMB you must specify CIFS in your connection.  Outdated connections may results in errors when saving to Middfiles or be slower.

Sunday morning maintenance May 18, 2014

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This Sunday morning between 8 and 10 am we will be upgrading three of our sites from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. The three sites are:

  • Davis Projects for Peace: http://www.davisprojectsforpeace.org
  • Davis United World Scholars: http://www.davisuwcscholars.org
  • Middlebury College Museum of Art: http://museum.middlebury.edu

Each of these sites will experience a period of 10-20 minutes during which it will not be usable.

There will also be a short period of under one minute during each upgrade when file assets on the other Drupal 7 sites may not be available. These sites include:

  • Davis Fellows for Peace: http://www.davisfellowsforpeace.org
  • Secure Forms for Middlebury: https://forms.middlebury.edu
  • Secure Forms for MIIS: https://forms.miis.edu

We do not anticipate any impact on other services.