Santa Clara Mag Blog

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  •  Hold onto your bots

    Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

    Over the last week or so the Silicon Valley Business Journal has polled readers on what things best symbolizes Silicon Valley: Netflix or Tivo? The Google campus or eBay HQ?

    On Tuesday the universities squared off, SCU vs. Stanford. Imagine the Cardinal's surprise when our plucky Broncos took the lead. Unfortunately, like that old saying goes: When the going gets tough, the tough turn to automated voting bots.

    We'll let Cromwell Schubarth at the Journal's BizBlog take it from here:

    Santa Clara had a comfortable lead until late Tuesday afternoon when the programmed voting for Stanford began. When the plug was pulled, it had built up a 99 percent to 1 percent lead with nearly 200,000 votes cast.

    Much as we would like to believe our challenge has generated that kind of traffic, those votes were generated by only about 5,000 visits to the polling site.

    A winner will be declared by the time the next round begins in September, perhaps after a call to the Markulla Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara ...

     —Jeff Gire

  •  Luminous beauty ... and an award for photography

    Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011



    We like to think we know a beautiful thing when we see it. The photos in Life cycle (Spring '11 SCM) by Susan Middleton '70—like the Brittle Star above—enchant with a lumunous beauty and offer a delight of discovery in the world around us.

    And we're pleased when other folks—like the judges at the University and College Design Association—single out such marvelous images with an award for excellence, as they've done this year. See the photo essay in its entirety here and read an extended Q&A with Middleton here.

    As for Susan Middleton, she's in Hawaii at present—at a conference where she introduced U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin (who's written introductions for her work, in fact) and offered presentations on art, science, and conservation. Read about that in the Washington Post here.

    Steven Boyd Saum