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The Corporation

by: Rich Hauck

Check out The Corporation, a documentary that presents big business’s impact with society. Granted, I’m not a huge Michael Moore supporter (did they have to end it with him?), and I don’t agree at their finger wagging towards IBM’s involvement with the Holocaust (the film points out that IBM hardware was leased to the Nazis to assist in accounting for Jews—it falls under the old “guns don’t kill people” argument), but it’s quite an eye-opener, otherwise.

What’s particularly interesting to me is that I once wrote about my belief that corporations should endorse culture and the arts as if it were their responsibility to make society a better place for both their employees and their customers. After all, our purchases practically vote these corporations into some higher office; shouldn’t they give us just a little more back? My views changed upon hearing Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman talk about this very subject in the film. Friedman points out that these corporations are structured to return on their stockholders’ investments, not on saving the trees or helping the poor. Do we really want a corporate entity that’s built for making money or excelling in some particular business to tackle these problems? Shouldn’t saving the world be left to the legitimate foundations? Hmmm…


Categories:General
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Mud Coffee and On Exploring the Town

by: Rich Hauck

Mud CoffeeOne of the things I love about New York is the opportunity to discover new things simply by taking a walk. Sometimes, when the weight of the school week is past me, I will navigate an unfamiliar course home. This time, I went to check out Mud after seeing one of their gourmet coffee-dispensing trucks positioned at Astor Place. Called the “Joe of the East Village” by a friend, I found the coffee to be, well, liquid crack. It’s good, and only finals will tell, but in the meanwhile I’ll stick with Joe (Joe: The Art of Coffee, 141 Waverly Place).

De Robertis
My little adventure took me to De Robertis (I’m a sucker for the old “founded way before you were born” sign), a pastry shop nearby the original Coyote Ugly, for my ritual of cannoli taste-testing. Overall, pretty good, though the pictures on the wall made me wonder if this was really the shop that Tom Cruise stopped at during his night out in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Alas, IMDB trivia doesn’t reveal the truth.


Categories:NYC
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What is a NOMA?

by: Rich Hauck

It’s always refreshing to take a stroll through downtown Harrisburg when I come back on the weekends. While I like the occasional martini, I never cared much for the upscale atmosphere of the downtown bar NOMA (though it’s not their fault that I find that most bartenders improperly overpower martinis). Seeing NOMA converted into a wannabe beach bar this past summer, though, proved to me what a poor business model the place had. It’s like those vacant spots that have been inhabited by multiple restaurants over the course of a few years; it’s a red flag that something’s wrong. Well, fortunately, the nicer-looking NOMA has returned as “NOMA:Remixed.” I guess the beach scene just didn’t work out, but at least they could have named it something nicer. While I know that NOMA was really named for North-Of-MArket [Street], according to Merriam-Webster a noma is “a spreading invasive gangrene chiefly of the lining of the cheek and lips that is usually fatal and occurs most often in persons severely debilitated by disease or profound nutritional deficiency.” Nice.


Categories:Harrisburg
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Pulled Over in Harrisburg

by: Rich Hauck

So, I was pulled over for speeding on Colonial Road last night. Maybe I should blame it on the fact that I don’t get to drive my car that often (since I leave it in Mechanicsburg), or perhaps I should just be grateful that I’m not on a NYC subway this weekend with all of the terror threats going around. Regardless, I was shocked to only get a written warning—not a citation. I later found out that a friend of mine got the same treatment on the same road. The irony to all of this, though, is that I’m actually more inspired by a warning to not drive as fast, as if I’m fulfilling some karmic duty. In the end, the experience makes me wonder if this is some reverse psychology technique created by the police. I don’t want to credit them for being so cunning, but with all of the persuasion I’m studying these days it would be pretty interesting to hear about the police force trying a different approach (and saving me money in the process).


Categories:Harrisburg
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Web Developer Extension for Firefox 1.5

by: Rich Hauck

I find myself using Firefox more often now with the release of version 1.5. In the past, Safari was faster (IE isn’t even a consideration) and both rendered CSS fairly effectively. While I’m not happy that Firefox has decided to endorse Apple’s <canvas> tag prior to W3C approval into the XHTML spec, extensions make Firefox leagues ahead in terms of surfing. The incredible Web developer extension by Chris Pedrick is now available for Firefox 1.5. This is worth installing even if you only dabble with XHTML. Now I’m just hoping the get the bookmark synchronizer back…


Categories:webdesign
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Thesis Up

by: Rich Hauck

For writing five pages in a rush, I’m pretty happy with the context. It’s all a work in progress, but the preliminary parts of my thesis project are done and posted on my ITP site. I’m planning on creating an online community for Pro55essing and/or Flash visual programmers to see if “tandem programming,” or programming in which people swap and share code, can yield successful results.

While I probably don’t have a huge audience reading this yet, I’d love to hear from anyone on what they think of the idea. I’ll be presenting it at Monday’s ITP Thesis Pub, but the project will be ongoing through the fall (and possibly spring). One of the issues I have is what domain name to purchase…e-mail me if you’re interested in helping me pick.


Categories:ITP
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A Clock That Cooks Bacon…Only at ITP

by: Rich Hauck

Matty

Last week I did some product shots for one of Matty Sallin’s projects, the WAKE n’ BACON, for an upcoming magazine article (For those of you wondering, it’s the wooden alarm clock to the right, and yes, it really cooks bacon!). I’m happy to report that the bacon smelled good and was cooked to perfection…and to think, the people back home wonder what students do at my school.


Categories:ITP
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Social Facts on Podcast

by: Rich Hauck

Abe Burmeister has just posted some trial podcasts of Clay Shirky’s Social Facts class off of his site (boy, does my voice sound weird to me when I hear it!). Listening to it, I’ve realized that it’s a bit difficult to know what’s going on without context. I only listened to part2.mp3, where the class continued a discussion on how ITP would decide where $1 million in grant funds would go. Who knows, maybe Rushkoff’s persuasion class is next.

UPDATE: Looks like more of Abe’s class podcasts are up.


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About Rich Hauck

Rich Hauck

I'm a creative technologist at Hauck Interactive, Inc. and an adjunct instructor at HACC. I live in Harrisburg, Pa. with my wife and two boys. I enjoy good coffee, Trappist beers, Orioles baseball, and good design.