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Developing a Thesis Topic

There are many different ways to develop a thesis topic. A student may have a burning desire to learn more about a historical event. Another may be required to design an architectural plan. A third may be directed toward a research project that fits into an ongoing laboratory investigation. In any case, it should be a topic that both the student and the thesis director enjoy, that is limited enough in scope to be manageable, that is original in concept or prospective results, and that is within the abilities of the student to accomplish.

In most cases, students work on a topic within their majors. Students with two or more majors may choose an interdisciplinary topic that integrates material from their majors. In some cases, and only by petition approved by the CHC director, a student may write a thesis outside the major.

Many departments grant credit for thesis work and count it toward fulfilling major requirements. In some cases completion of a thesis is the central requirement for departmental honors. Check with your department. The CHC grants credit for thesis research only when the combined total of credit hours received for the CHC thesis seminar and department research is fewer than nine.

Students writing creative theses must have taken coursework in the genre and must have a thesis director who is a practitioner in the field; for example, a student who proposes to write an epic poem must have taken creative writing courses, including poetry writing, and must have a thesis director who teaches creative writing.

The thesis sometimes takes the form of a creative project, such as an exhibit, a recital, or the production of a play, but in all cases students produce a text of some length. Texts range widely in length, but average about 40 to 50 pages. Students and faculty are urged to browse through the thesis section in the Robert D. Clark Honors College library, 301 Chapman Hall, to get some sense of what CHC students, majoring in every possible field, have accomplished. These theses must remain in the library at all times and can be removed only to copy pages in the CHC office.

The thesis director and student will work together to develop and refine the topic. Often, the biggest challenge is keeping the scope limited enough to be practical. One might consider limitation by time period, geography, works studied, dominant theme, particular formula, specific author, or other range limit. As the project develops, the focus may change to encompass more or less of the field.

Students are strongly recommended to participate in the library's research workshops or a session with a reference librarian as preparation for thesis work. See the UO library website to find librarians to contact for help sessions or resources in your field.If you are working on a topic that involves human subjects, including interviews, telephone surveys, oral histories, questionnaires, or other personal information, you must get clearance from the Office of Human Subjects Compliance. You cannot perform experiments or conduct interviews until your protocols are reviewed and authorized. This process can take weeks, so plan ahead.


Turn Off the Life Support: America is Dead


Turn off the life support. Disconnect the IVs. Bring in the priest for last rites. The US of A is brain dead with no chance for revival.



Beyond Quagmire

By Tim Dickinson

The war in Iraq isn't over yet, but -- surge or no surge -- the United States has already lost. That's the grim consensus of a panel of experts assembled by Rolling Stone to assess the future of Iraq. "Even if we had a million men to go in, it's too late now," says retired four-star Gen. Tony McPeak, who served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. "Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together again."



Beyond Quagmire

By Tim Dickinson

The war in Iraq isn't over yet, but -- surge or no surge -- the United States has already lost. That's the grim consensus of a panel of experts assembled by Rolling Stone to assess the future of Iraq. "Even if we had a million men to go in, it's too late now," says retired four-star Gen. Tony McPeak, who served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War. "Humpty Dumpty can't be put back together again."



The Deserter's Tale

Video Report

US Soldier Joshua Key has told Tony Jones about his new book, which concludes that American soldiers were behaving like terrorists in the Iraq war, as a result of their training.

Video and transcript



George Bush's Samson Option

By Stephen Lendman

Full-scale war on Iran may just be a concocted terrorist attack away from starting the "shock and awe."




The FBI improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about people in the United States, a Justice Department audit concluded Friday.



NSA Pressured LA Times To Kill Domestic Spying Story

Video report

While working at AT&T headquarters in San Francisco, Klein discovered (and had the courage to speak out about) a secret eavesdropping room that all of the company's traffic was routed through.



The Four Unspeakable Truths:

When it comes to Iraq, there are two kinds of presidential candidates. The disciplined ones, like Hillary Clinton, carefully avoid acknowledging reality. The more candid, like John McCain and Barack Obama, sometimes blurt out the truth, but quickly apologize.


Israeli army 'used human shields' :

The B'Tselem group said it had testimony from a 15-year-old boy, his 24-year-old cousin and also an 11-year-old girl.


Nablus: Operation "Hot Winter" - Interview with Human Shield: Video:

This short interview was conducted in the aftermath of the Israeli Occupation Forces' operation "Hot Winter" in the West Bank city of Nablus.



Bedein: Israel On Alert For Iranian Attack :

Israeli officials said their Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry have increased security on embassies and legations throughout the world. They said the government declared an alert after Tehran accused the Jewish state of abducting a senior Iranian official.


Grain of Salt Arithmeticos:


US sends spies into Pakistan to kill bin Laden:

America is stepping up its hunt for Osama bin Laden by dispatching additional CIA operatives and paramilitary officers to Pakistan to kill or capture the al-Qa'eda leader.


Got that Binnie? ;) *yuk, yuk : nuk, nuk*

See ya in the tea room. Georgie has some classif-intelo for you to disseminate to the hood...

Mu Goo Gai in Da Pan...

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gases: Its in the beans they eat so I guess that means what? ;) The GWAR are here...

Let us work towards

Peace & Joy

Tom Feeley

Yo Tom, allow me to clue you in on that: Peace and Joy come when you stop working towards
them and start being them. Got it?

Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among people." (August 1765) John Adams

(Right John, general knowledge. Of what???)




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"Forget the console wars. The real innovation lies with mobile," claims Dr Mark Ollila, Director of Technology and Strategy and Head of Games Publishing at Nokia in this exclusive, pre-GDC Mobile editorial for the launch of Games on Deck

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On A Roll, FON Gets Another $13 Million From Investors []
In Nanotech, U.S. Holds The Lead But China Is Gaining Traction []
An efficient and integrated bootloader solution for portable multimedia systems, Part 2 []
AT&T Boosts Wi-Fi Presence With 13,000 New Hot Spots []
Sony Introduces Its First Wi-Fi Digital Camera []
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Gives Congress Vision Of The Future []
The Mobile Linux Puzzle Comes Together []



When we last spoke to Michael Chang, in September 2006, the ad-supported model of game distribution was still in the process of being proven. However, with more than 1.4 million downloads on within 4 months of launch and new distribution partnerships made with networks such as MobilePro's ProGames Network and more and more publishers signing up for the service, including the likes of Orange Pixel and Kiloo, Chang is more than willing to argue that Greystripe's solution is a revolution in mobile gaming. Games On Deck sat down with Chang pre-GDC Mobile to discuss. Chang opened by describing exactly what he felt the revolution in mobile gaming that Greystripe offered was.

Michael Chang: "A revolution in Mobile Gaming. Free. Ad-supported." really describes what we're about. And the reason we believe that this is truly a revolution is that we're the first company to provide mobile games, free to the end consumer, based on the ad-supported model. Analogies include TV, radio, newspapers... They're all ad-supported, and so we think that model should really be applied to mobile content also.

The business model obviously has to make sense to everyone involved in the value chain, however. It doesn't actually just have to make sense, it has to be valuable. So, the publishers, probably the most important people in our value chain, as they're the creators of the games and the application, well, we really consider our product really a service for them. If you look at it, generally it's hard for even a medium sized publisher to get sufficient distribution; they have to work with certain carriers, and so on, so we want to provide them good worldwide distribution and a revenue from that.

We try and provide an end-to-end, frictionless solution for them to make it as painless as possible for them.

The second party that this has to make sense for is the advertiser. Obviously they are the source of all of the revenue in the value chain, so we have to provide them something worthwhile, of a similar quality to what they would get for their money from TV, for example. And so we do that by providing a full screen advertisement on the mobile.

The last part of that value chain is the consumer. Now, we don't want to say that they're not valuable to us, but it's been proven that the consumer wants their media for free, so while we care about their consumer experience, we don't want ads to hurt the experience or mess with the gameplay, and it makes perfect sense that they want their media for free, but we have to balance that.

It's very important for us to work with this value chain end to end. So at Greystripe we really consider ourselves to be in the distribution business.

Games On Deck: Describe for us exactly what happens for a consumer with a title downloaded from Gamejump.

MC: With a game downloaded over Gamejump, when the game is launched immediately an advert comes up and fills the screen. This is the full screen ad that we sell to advertisers. If the user hits any buttons, they get a menu with which they can select an option. They can continue on to the game, or they can select to do something relevant to the ad - they can click to call, click to mobile web, or click to a jump page. So if they decide to continue with the advert they can. They're typically kicked out of the game, but as soon as they're done they can reload it. We typically serve two ads at the beginning of the game and two ads at the end of the game.

GOD: So how long does that process take?

MC: You know, if they're just trying to get through the ads and into the game, it can take 5 seconds, or even less. It's really only a couple of clicks. It's fairly non invasive, but it gives advertisers a very grand, full screen impression.

Next: Downloading Advertising

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Job Description:

Director, mDisney Product Development
Come play a leading role in the growth of the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG), the online division of the Walt Disney Company. WDIG consists of many of the Web's most popular sites and services, including,,,,, and our own portal, Join WDIG and be a part of the team that makes ideas come to life! WDIG provides a leading Internet web guide, e-commerce, Internet services, and the Best Content on the Web!


This position will be responsible for identifying key properties, business opportunities around the world for content creation under Disney Mobile. This person will be responsible for the creation, development, and management of all wireless games, applications and video content. Responsibilities of this position include the development and implementation of production methodologies, working with internal processes and the external developers and other vendors’ ability to develop and produce high quality wireless games, applications and video content.


5 years experience within a similar industry, such as wireless, internet, media, gaming. Game Development experience preferred

Bachelor’s degree

Product management or leadership experience with proven track record

Manage day-to-day schedule and development

Understanding or properties/brands and how to maximize them for the mobile medium

Knowledge of wireless technologies, industry and wireless market trends a plus – must be interested in this area and willing to learn

Proven experience managing and motivating internal/external development and internal team members...


Understanding of the wireless development platform (specifically but not limited to Brew and Java and its development community)

Strong computer skills - proficiency in MS Office, MS Project, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Final Cut Pro

Must possess excellent creative, organizational, verbal and written communication skills. Furthermore, must be an excellent problem solver and have demonstrated complex product management skills such as negotiation, scheduling and budgeting

Self starter. Team leader. Ability to handle multiple priorities and projects for on time on budget delivery and of high quality

Initiative and quick learner with a flexible attitude to cope within a fast paced rapidly changing arena

An appreciation for design and quality in creative product such as video games and music and other forms of media

Demonstrated leadership and ability to work effectively in a team environment

Outstanding attention to detail and organizational abilities

Strong interpersonal skills

Strong interest and knowledge of the wireless industry and/or entertainment industry (games, music, new media) required

Customer care and quality focused

JOB ID: 55384

Categories: Executive / Management
Studio Name: 2007-03-09 16:00:03
Experience Required: 5 yrs
Platforms: Mobile phone
Minimum Education Level Required: Bachelor's Degree
Work Site: On site


Contact Information:

Contact Name: DIG Recruiting
Email: Click Here javascript:// (apply to job)
Phone: -
Website: [link]
Job Code: 55384-CL


Welcome to The Walt Disney Company!
Yes, there really are dream jobs.

Here, the bottom line is imagination, our culture is magic and wonder, and required previous work experience: childhood dreams.

Think of all the laughter, astonishment, joy and thrills that have come from this one place. Movies, Animation, News and Sports, Music, Television, Books, Theme Parks and Resorts.

After all, a company built on imagination and wonder means the work will be interesting. And always will be. There's room for talented people. It's a dream job.


Walt Disney Co. landed the No. 1 spot on BusinessWeek's inaugural "Best Places to Launch a Career" ranking. Disney's strong on-campus recruiting, solid benefits, and collaborative culture helped put the entertainment giant at the head of the BusinessWeek ranking, which identifies top employers for new college graduates.

Full Press Release "PDF:"




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WTF?!| ;)


May I never miss a rainbow or a sunset because I am looking down.


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14 Mar 2007 @ 20:55 by vaxen : May I...
"May I never miss a rainbow or a sunset because I am looking down." ---


Kickstart Today

Wednesday Mar 14th, 2007: Issue #780

Kickstart Today is published three times each week for
opted-in subscribers only. Publisher: Martin Avis. Your
comments are always welcome - to respond to anything
you read here, please click 'Reply'

Greetings Vaxen!

Experienced website builders will recognize this
phenomenon, and newcomers to Internet marketing would
do well to understand it ...

You lovingly build a website based on a red-hot niche
that you've researched. You follow the instructions of
whichever guru happens to be the flavor of the day to
link all your pages together in the most effective way.
You write an article and blast it out to all the
article directories. You go out and get a ton of
backlinks to your site. You monetize it to the limit.

That's right, you do exactly what you've been told is
guaranteed to work.

And then you wait for Google to put you on the first
page of their index and start sending you a constant
stream of hungry customers who will make your fortune.

And wait. And wait some more.

And then it dawns on you, maybe a month or two later,
that getting Google to index your site isn't quite as
easy as you were led to believe.

What's happened?

Well, the truth is that getting into Google isn't
always as simple as some 'gurus' like to infer. It is
even true that some of the methods that are taught can
*prevent* you from getting that much-lauded Google

There is a very interesting and revealing thread on the
Kickstart forum that looks at just this situation - a
guy who has build a very good site, has followed
instructions on how to promote it, and is now finding
that those instructions may have done more harm to his
efforts than good.

It is a useful thread to read for anyone in, or wanting
to be in, the site building game.

Why not add your own comments or suggestions to the

I like the subject of this thread so much that I'm
awarding the original poster the first free ad on the
Kickstart forum.


There is a well-known online marketer (I'm sure he is
one of those who would happily accept the title of
'guru') who has, in my opinion, begun to lose touch
with reality.

This person, who shall remain nameless (but I'm sure
some Kickstart readers will be able to guess who I'm
talking about) creates some really useful software. I
have bought quite a lot of his programs and use some of
them very frequently. He has a genius for
reverse-engineering and can often find principles that
really work that others have completely missed.

Unfortunately, he also has a very narrow view of the
world and can only see things from his own limited
perspective. That results in an quite astonishing
degree of arrogance.

That's okay. Some people respond well to arrogance from
their teachers and need to be forced down a narrow path
that excludes all other ideas and opinions. If it works
for them, that's fine. The rest of us might find it
uncomfortable to be told that we are wrong for seeing
the world differently, but that's our problem, I guess.

None of this has any particular bearing on whether this
guy has lost the plot or not. His style is, after all,

Where I currently take issue with him though is on the
subject of outsourcing.

His business is based on getting others to do virtually
all his work for him - interns, third party companies
and so on. All good - and an excellent business model.

However, there are some things that I believe should
not be outsourced.

Remember the old saying: 'People do business with
people they like and trust.'

You read Kickstart because you (hopefully) like what I
write, and because I share personal aspects of my life
with you. I could easily get someone else to write the
business and IM stuff in Kickstart (I don't, but I
could) but how would you feel if I told you that all
the personal stuff that I write was churned out by a
ghost writer because I can't be bothered to write it
myself? Cheated? Conned? Abused?

Me too.

Blogs are the same. There are blogs that are very
businesslike and formal, and those could be written by
anyone. But the blogs I like to read (my plot-losing
guru's one included) are full of personal information
that make the writer a three-dimensional person to me.
When blog writers talk about their lives, I feel part
of that life. I feel a connection. And am more likely
to buy from that person in future.

That personal stuff cannot and should not be
outsourced. To do so is to abuse your readers.

And that is why I think this person has gone astray. He
has recently written a blog post that effectively said
that 'do you realize that almost all the posts in my
blog are written by other people - maybe even this

He then went on to imply that his time is far too
valuable to devote to his business and that he believes
that *everything*, even personal blog posts, should he
handled by other people.

Am I just being too sensitive, or is that taking
arrogance to a whole new level?

The guy's software is still good (although I'm now
starting to wonder if I've been brainwashed into
believing that!). His support for that software is
horrible, and his tolerance for people who don't
immediately get his take on life is zero.

Credibility is a lot more than the sum of what your
team of interns can do for you. It takes a time to
build up, but no time at all to throw away.


Speaking of credibility, I was reading a top UK
Internet magazine this morning.

The magazine has a regular section that shows
innovative website designs from top designers. Some of
them are really cutting edge and you have to ask
yourself 'how did they achieve that?'

Well, a reader wrote in to ask just that question and
said could the magazine either list the URL of the
websites or the underlying CSS code so that readers can
learn from the experts.

The magazine then had to admit that the section doesn't
show real websites at all. They are all Photoshop mock

What is the point of that then


On Monday I promised to tell you about the most
important piece of software on my PC.

It is something that I use almost every day - and if
you add up all the hours that I use it, it is by far
the most-used program I own.

I'm using it right now. Kickstart simply wouldn't be
the same without it.

The program is called 'Text Formatter Plus' and it is
the very best program I know for writing text-based
articles and newsletters.

Unlike most text editing software, 'Text Formatter
Plus' doesn't try to be all things to all men. It would
be useless, for example, for writing PHP programs or
HTML files.

But for what it is intended for - writing articles and
newsletters - it is unrivalled.

One of the creators of the program, Francis Miller,
came to the London Lunch last Friday and I was able to
tell him how much I like 'Text Formatter Plus' and tell
him about the only thing that I could think of that
would make it even better (a very small extra feature
that I'd find useful, but that is by no means

Francis emailed me yesterday to say that the feature I
desired will be added to a future release of the
program. How's that for customer service!

'Text Formatter Plus' is a very cheap program, but one
that I find absolutely indispensable. Check it out for


A few days ago on the Warriors forum there was a thread
(I can't find it right now to give you a link) that
asked whether newsletters should have personal
information in them.

That was interesting to me because, as you know,
Kickstart does. In fact, the more personal information
I include, the better the response to each issue tends
to be.

What shocked me was that the general consensus of
replies was that people said that they don't like
personal information in newsletters and would
unsubscribe as a result.

The very opposite to what I have found.

I don't think I could stop now, even if I wanted to,
but the whole subject of personalization and
personification would make an interesting debate on the
Kickstart forum. I'll start a thread in the General
Discussion section - please post your thoughts.


An Inspirational Thought

Much as people like me would love to have you believe
that positive thinking is the answer to everything, it
isn't always so easy to be positive.

We live is a world that seems to relish bad news.

Whenever you turn on the TV or radio, or read a
newspaper, you are bombarded with bad news.

How can you possibly hope to maintain your positivity
against that relentless onslaught?

The trite answer is to watch less TV and stop buying
the newspapers. They aren't bad solutions actually -
think of all the good wholesome time you'd free up!

But no, you can't always divorce yourself from the real
world. Instead you have to find ways to keep a balance.

CNN, Fox, the BBC and all those other networks are in
the business of disasters. Good news doesn't keep the
viewing figures up. There is nothing like a juicy bit
of bad news to help the ratings.

But you know what? the world is full to the brim with
good news. There are positive stories everywhere.

There is a wonderful website at that pulls together all
the great stories into one place.

I try to visit it every day and I recommend you take a
look. It certainly helps to balance you to know that
the world has so much good stuff going on.

Who do you know who would love Kickstart Today?
Don't keep it to yourself - send them to today!


The Quote of the Day

Alfred Crowquill said,

"Do not allow idleness to deceive you; for while you
give him today he steals tomorrow from you."


Today's Power Thought

We've talked in the past about fear of failure - a
hideous mental blockage that prevents us from even
beginning new things.

There is another fear that is equally destructive - the
fear of success.

People who suffer from this are not worried about
starting, but they are terrified of finishing. They do
everything they can to sabotage their own success
because accepting that their lives could change is so
appalling to them.

To the success-phobic soul (and you may be one) the
status-quo is everything. They may crave a better life,
and talk about the better times they can look forward
to 'when their boat comes in', but deep down they are
terrified. Terrified that along with the yearned-for
success will come responsibilities, or that their
friends will abandon them, or that somehow they are not
truly worthy, and they'll get found out.

The subconscious is a powerful motivator and if it has
a faulty program running, there isn't a whole lot you
can do about it.

Or is there?

When your subconscious is trying to prevent your
success because it fears change (yes, it IS your
subconscious doing it, not you) you have to first of
all recognize the problem.

If you can't admit that your program is running wrong,
how can you apply the patch to correct it?

Then, like a child learning, you have to tell it, over
and over again, that there is nothing to fear.

To conquer a fear of success, you must use daily, or
even twice daily affirmations.

"I AM successful and my life IS going wonderfully." "I
have reached my goals and I'm more popular than ever."
"I have money in the bank and my family love me

You must find your own success objective and your
deepest fear about it and turn it into a powerful
present-tense mantra that you can repeat to yourself at
every opportunity.

For a few days nothing will happen except you will feel
a little foolish. But gradually you will become
accustomed to affirming. Chanting your personal magic
words will become second-nature. And when that happens,
your subconscious will start to take notice and believe
what you are saying.

And then ... and then ... your fear of success will
have vanished into the mist.


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