The RAF Scout Experimental helped win the Great War
April 24, 2013 — 17:22

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Contributing to the Spruce Mill Project

for COMV 333  creation team “Wartime Whistle-punks”

Participatory culture at the Spruce Mill
April 21, 2013 — 17:16

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About participatory culture



Engaging visitors in a 1918 conversation

This page is meant to outline some possible ways that visitors to the Spruce Mill site could be engaged. This is just a rough idea that future students might use as a jumping off place.

Some of the buttons here could offer gateways to other activities, like The Lucky Loggers game. The screen here only needs to have one Mail Postcard button, for example, because postcard choices could be on a deeper screen. There are three main ways people could engage displayed here, and each of the ways listed could be developed and amplified.

1.       Photos featuring the visitor

Visitors could either post their photos or have them mailed (for a fee). After electing male or female role, the button would take the visitor to a screen with clothing choices.

They would choose their outfit.

The app would have them fill out the address information and mobile phone contact information (twitter handle, email address, phone number for text, etc.)

Next, the app would take them back to their camera and tell them to snap the picture.

Their clothing choice and their photo would be sent to us like any photo attached to a text or tweet. Then, we would have a handy dandy face recognition device that would use the face as a backdrop and do an overlay of the dress or uniform. We would have the contact address from their form.

We would either send the photo back to their phone or we would print it out and mail it in a super cool Fort Vancouver customized mailing packet (for a fee).

2.       Postcards with visitor’s messages written on the back

To get a postcard mailed, they would just have to select a postcard front, then hit next.

Next they would fill out the mailing address information and click next.

Then they would write their message in a jQuery box and hit send.

They would get a message congratulating them and inviting them to come and sign the card at the front office (where they would pay their fee). While in the office they would be able to see the super awesome custom stylized mailer.

3.       Choose a song

There are a lot of old songs out there, if you want to pay for them, they are available for one dollar on the internet. Once a person hits the Choose a song button, it will take them to the next screen, where there are more choices, or they can opt to hear the whole playlist.

4.       Sound

This is easy. You just hit the button and get up to 20 seconds of the airplane, train or sawmill noise, just like a ring-tone.

Sopwith Camel engine roar
April 21, 2013 — 16:55

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Sopwith Camel


Twice the Lights gets twice the clout
April 3, 2013 — 16:19

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Twice the Light hosts WSU Business Mentor Program

Vancouver Wash. is bursting with underreported news about new ways our business community is connecting. One such story is that of Walnut Grove manufacturer Twice the Light. Co-owners Lisa Littleton and her brother Rob showed MAP program manager Mistie Josephson and me how MAP saved $250,000 a year in manufacturing  costs for their energy-saving commercial lighting solutions.

Rob and Lisa showed us how their LED lights reduce energy use by 80% and how their innovative designs in commercial lighting have made bright LED lighting affordable for commercial purposes. They give concrete examples of ways MAP mentoring transformed, and maybe even saved, Twice the Light.

The University of Washington in Seattle has a similar program that has been running successfully for 20 years, but other than that one, WSU Vancouver is the only school in Washington with such a program. MAP has already benefitted over 40 businesses in three years, and has just added two more mentor-based classes to the curriculum. More than 160 graduating business majors have participated in the program so far, but reportage to date has been limited to the Vancouver Business Journal and WSU Vancouver publications.

My short minute piece cannot hope to encompass every detail about this intriguing boost for small business owners, but demonstrates how it helped this one business. Its goal is to leave potential mentors and advisors lining up to participate, and other small business owners lining up to host student teams.