Posted by: heatherbrake | April 6, 2010

Final Project: The Hacker Ethic of a Traveler


Rather than creating my own website, I have decided to use through Google as the platform for my project.  I chose this because I feel that with Bucknell Webmail switching over to Google mail, the likelihood of this students utilizing the blog is much greater.  I am currently playing around with the site and learning how to use it.  I will update this blog when I have the site up and running.


During the fall semester of my Junior year, I went abroad to Australia.  While there, I took advantage of every opportunity to travel and see new things.  I tried pretty much every adventure sport there was to offer and had the time of my life trying new things.  Since returning to the U.S. I have really missed traveling.  It wasn’t until brainstorming for this project however, that I realized my true passion is traveling and seeing different parts of the world.  Since traveling is costly, I have not been able to do too much of it since returning to the U.S.

Reflecting on my trip, I have come to realize that we often take for granted all the cool things we can do in our own state, even our own town.  For my project, I will do research on various “adventurous” things you can do without needing to travel too far or spend too much money.  I will choose some things which a Bucknell student could do in a day and some things which would require a road trip and a long weekend.

I will create a website on which I will post blurbs and pictures of the different places and what all you can do there.  I will try and do as many of the things as possible however the longer trips I will not be able to do since we only have 6 weeks left.  I may run into some difficulties creating the website however I do have a little experience creating a website in highschool for a class so hopefully it will not be too difficult.  I see the website as being something students can go to for ideas on things to do off campus.  Ideally the website will be designed so that students can add comments on the page under each trip.

One of my biggest resources will be the technology department at Bucknell.  I hope to find someone who can help teach me the necessary skills to be able to create the website.  I would like to have the technology figured out and have enough information gathered on different trips that I can get the website up by Friday April 16th.  Throughout the rest of April I will continue to update the website and hopefully see students engaged in it.  I will have my Final Reflection done and turned in by Sunday May 9th.

Posted by: crd012 | April 5, 2010

Coaching Project

The difference for many teams for young kids is how good their coaching is. I have seen and experienced some great coaches and terrible coaches. Usually you can see differences in how the teams perform. One of the biggest differences in quality of coaching is in the quality of practices. There are many coaches who simply do not know how to run a good practice. Without good practices the team’s performance will suffer. Therefore I have designed a baseball practice that will keep pretty much everyone on the team active at all times, which keeps people interested at all times while letting them improve.


Warm Up: Stretching and Long Tossing

Fielding: Alligators/Fly Balls/Multi Infield/Multi Outfield/Infield and Outfield

Batting: Soft Toss/Hitting off Tees/Hitting Cages

Base Running and Pitchers and Catchers Bullpen

Cut off Relays

Perfect 10

Live Hitting

This practice is one that can apply to pretty much all levels. This is a fast moving practice pace that keeps the players focused at all times.

Alligators are when infields throw ground balls to each other and they work on their form in taking ground balls, whether they be right at them, forehands, or backhands. Multi Infield and Multi Outfield is when the outfielders hit ground balls to infielders and infielders hit flyballs to outfielders. The Pitchers and Catchers Bullpen can be when the pitchers need to get their regular work in or when pitchers and catchers need to do workouts. Cut off Relays are when teams of four do sets of cut offs to see which group is the quickest to do the set. The losers would then have to run laps. Perfect 10 is when a coach does infield and outfield with the whole team and the plays have to be absolutely perfect in order for the drill to end. If there are any other questions on how each drill would work I can go into further detail in the comments.

The design of this practice is to give hitters and fielders as many reps as possible, constantly having the ball in their hands so that they feel involved at all times. The more work that each player gets the better the player will perform on the field.

Posted by: mmagill | April 5, 2010

My Newest Proposal: A Formal Business Plan

I have decided to completely change my project idea. After reading the other proposals I decided I want to get a little more creative and potentially explore my passion for music. As a senior Management major, I thought the idea of writing a formal business plan sounded exciting. I have decided to write a proposal for an online music collaboration site. I will be writing out more explicit details about the site this week once I can speak with some family and friends about some vital information I will need going forward. I am excited to learn more about the process of writing a business proposal, developing and articulating an entrepreneurial idea, and potentially creating a business.

I hope to have a formal timeline determined by the end of this week. I will also have an executive summary/description completed by the end of the week.

Posted by: lindabundy | April 4, 2010

Volunteering Today

Per the feedback posed, my final project is shaping up quite differently than I had initially envisioned, but I am a lot more excited about this new “1.0.0” version.

I am passionate about service work and volunteering (truth be told, I enjoy few things more), I also enjoy getting to know people, and I appreciate the writing style of a good magazine. With this said, Through various interviews, I hope to understand what motivates people to give of their time, talent, and treasure. I want to see how technology has influenced efforts and perceived efforts in the midst of catastrophe (such as the earthquake in Haiti) and daily perils (such as hunger in Lewisburg). Through my work and time with others, I hope to gain a better understanding of why I am so passionate about service. I will compile my work into a magazine entitled, “Volunteering Today” using the Pages software. Through my finished product, I hope to educate people about how to motivate others to contribute.

Though the focus of my project has changed slightly, the practical information for the structure of the project (time line, etc.) will remain the same.

Posted by: Jordi | April 2, 2010

Want a wiki?

Heather asked me about a tool that one can use to compare wiki software if building a wiki is part of your project.

Wikimatrix is something I have used to compare wikis.  I have used wetpaint some and can tell you about my experiences.

Posted by: mwc006 | April 2, 2010

Stick Houses


I think this is how I would like to take my stick house photos and turn them into a project.

-Print the photos on high quality paper and turn them into a book.. maybe with a haiku on the side of each photo page that relates to the photo. Or I could go the digital route and present it in a slide show format with music, but I’m not sure what program I would use to do this. I think I would prefer to make a book, possibly with some all-natural binding / cover? Who knows


I was much more of a hacker when I was growing up. Drawing, building chutes and fortresses with blocks, and staging epic battles with army men or action figures were some of my favorite activities. I remember my favorite way to create explosions was to set a mouse trap and spread playing cards over it so that when I dropped something on it, the trap would go off and the cards would go flying. Those were the days. Naturally, I grew out sniping army men off block fortresses with rubber bands, but my creative and artistic abilities carried on throughout high school. I still enjoyed art and drawing so I took art class all four years of high school. As a kid, I drew all the time and filled plenty of sketchbooks, but as I progressed through high school, my passion for art began to die out. In college, I rarely draw or sketch anymore, but I know that I still have artistic interests.

That is why for my project I would like to do something artistic. While pondering what it was I actually wanted to do, I remembered an experience I had while on an Outward Bound hiking and rock climbing trip in the North Carolina, Blue Ridge Mountains. The ‘solo’ is a component of every Outward Bound trip where one must spend 24 hours alone in the woods with the bare essentials. During my ‘solo,’ out of boredom I began to construct little buildings made out of small sticks. Over the 24 hour period, I became a very talented stick house builder. The buildings became very ornate and much larger.

I would like to create these little pieces of artwork again and take artistic photographs of them in nature. This project would combine my passion for photography, nature, and building interesting things. I feel that by the river would be a good setting for my project. I plan on putting the photographs together in either a powerpoint or a photo book.

Posted by: alisonheffernan | March 30, 2010

Marketing Psychology

I was originally thinking about doing something with sports since that is my true passion.  But because they have been such a huge part of my life, I decided to focus on something new that will perhaps is a new developing passion that I will continue to pursue for my life after college. This new developing passion focuses around psychology and its effects on marketing.  Through my marketing class this semester with Professor Traflet, I have started to recognize the great understanding and passion that I have for the material we discuss in class.  I have been particularly interested in psychological marketing and how marketers use different psychological methods to sway consumers. I want to research psychological marketing more in depth which will include interviewing and meeting with my marketing professor (Professor Traflet). I will find at least one or two bucknell alumni through bucknell’s helpful alumni base “B-link” who are in the field of marketing. I believe these people will be great resources not only because we will be able to relate with our college experiences, but also because they can guide me to what I will ideally want to do a few years down the road. I have already found a few interesting studies by professors at the University of Chicago, Stanford and Columbia that show the effects of certain psychological aspects on consumers product choice. For example one study found the theory of “left digit bias” in the reasoning of why prices are $2.99 instead of $3 (people pay most attention to the left most digit). I want to maybe try to develop new marketing strategies. I think that my Professor and a few people in the marketing field will be very helpful resources.

I believe it may be difficult finding Bucknell Alumni who will be in the ideal field of marketing (a higher position with more experience) who will be willing to share their experience etc. However I have had success in the past with Bucknell Alumni so hopefully this will not be as big an issue as I think.

I’m choosing marketing psychology over sports because I have dwelled too long on sports and I know they are my passion.  Since I believe marketing psychology is a new developing passion, I believe this will be most interesting and beneficial to do a project on.

I plan to contact the people I will be interviewing by April 5th. This way they will have time to respond and we can set up phone conservations to have within the week or so afterward. I plan to meet with my marketing professor by April 9th so she can offer some advice on her experiences and direct me in the right path. This is a fairly vague starts, but let me know if you guys have any pointers or tips!

Posted by: tvoc87 | March 30, 2010

Of the People, By the People

The modern political system of the United States possesses certain elements vestigial from a bygone era.  One only needs to consider the first Continental Congress – consisting of fifty-six delegates from twelve of the thirteen, original colonies – and its intimate setting at Carpenters’ Hall to understand the drastic difference in which Congress presides today.  From fifty states, the Senate and House of Representatives now employ 535 politicians in delegation, who – contrarily to their historical counterparts – spend a major portion of their day campaigning for supportive funds, appeasing various interest groups, and abandoning their various individual interests.  The Federal centralization about a single, national President, and an inefficient system of disincentive requires, at the very least, a thorough audit of its structure.  As a genuinely novel perspective of behavioral phenomena, network theory reveals certain prospects for reformation of the current, political hierarchy to a more efficient network of autonomous nodes.

The necessary adjustments for our political system fall upon four pillars.  Firstly, the system must decentralize.  The deconstruction of the vertical model would substantially decrease vulnerability from presidential dependency, and disperse information across borders, as borders become increasingly artificial in the growing political, economic, and social environments.  Secondly, the political system must regionalize to reorganize.  Regionalization disperses political responsibilities along local relevance, and strengthens regional efficiency.  Within regional structures, allocation of government spending in accordance with social demand encourages support for taxation, and improves satisfaction in state production in readily observable surroundings.

Thirdly, the public must demand diversity in its representation by further limiting term durations of congressional officers.  Greater turnover eliminates the concept of political profession, and encourages proper representation of the people, by the people, and not by glib rhetoricians.  With diversity, then, comes the fourth pillar: autonomy.  The promotion of conviction according to personal prerogative, rather than factional status quo, generates greater potential for social movement by preventing individual nodes from incurring debts, devotion, or attachment to any specific group.  With public – or, at least, publicized – funding and caps on individual contribution, individuals possess the freedom from foreign obligation, and honest ability to obey their personal values.

I aim to address the current government, apply network theory, and to determine to what extent each of those four pillars affect congressional policy, efficiency, and accuracy.

Posted by: crd012 | March 30, 2010


Hacker Ethic: Coaching

Throughout my life I have played sports. As a kid I was always on soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. When I moved onto high school I was a varsity athlete in basketball and baseball. At Bucknell I was on the baseball team for a short time. Besides organized sports I also played pick up sports such as football, dodgeball, tennis, etc. If it’s a sport I have probably played it in my lifetime.  Through all of this playing I grew a great love for sports. But what I learned was I also loved to impart my knowledge to kids that are like I was or have not realized their love of sports yet. The two sports that I specifically love coaching are basketball and baseball. They are the two sports that I played the longest, that I was best at, and understand the most. The specific position that I could teach a child the most about is pitching. As a pitcher I had various pitching coaches and have had plenty of experience in it. Therefore, I know about all that you need to know about pitching.

I realized my true enjoyment of coaching was when I was teaching my youngest of my three younger brothers how to pitch. My dad was never a pitcher so when my brother first started playing baseball my dad asked me if I could teach him how to pitch. My dad saw noticeable improvement in my brother’s pitching so he asked me to come to my brother’s practice and show the rest of the pitchers my methods. When I was a sophomore in college I was asked to coach a 4th and 5th grade basketball team to meet the community service needs of my fraternity. Something that I thought would potentially be annoying turned out to be one of the most enjoyable things that I ever did. Through those experiences I realized that coaching was something that I really enjoy and something that I would love to do when I have kids.

For this project I want to design my own baseball practice and talk about the fundamentals of baseball which are batting, fielding and pitching. I would talk about the order of activities that I would do and show the specific lessons that I would teach to all the players.

As far as I am concerned there is nothing that is more rewarding than watching a group of kids come together as a team under your guidance and perform at an optimal level. Seeing kids succeed in sports due to your coaching is something that I enjoy and take pride in.

Posted by: Jordi | March 29, 2010

A Partial List of Past Ideas

Some of you asked me about past projects.  Below is a partial list of past projects without their author’s names.   I need to double-check it is ok with them before I start handing out their work.

Spring 2009

  • A colorful brochure about how to be a hacker accountant pitched towards BU students
  • An ethnography of work ethics among students at Bucknell
  • A rap song and video extolling the hacker ethic
  • A paper on social media in presidential campaigns
  • A photo essay on passion among Bucknell students
  • A blog documenting the hacker’s self-teaching of how to do recycled fashion
  • A podcast about new forms of anarchy
  • A business plan for a fashion (like Gucci) social networking company

Fall-Spring 2007 (partial).  These were before I started using the Hacker Ethic book but did allow students to design their own final project.

  • A blog about terrorism
  • A paper on privacy in the age of social media
  • A documentary (sort of) about how young people use computers
  • A comparison of TV and the Internet, how they diffused, and how they were received by society
  • A study of Bucknell friendship networks to determine if it is a small world network
  • A study of kid-themed virtual worlds
  • A paper examining the networks of cults
  • An attempt to compare viral and traditional marketing techniques for a real internet start up
  • A paper looking at the wikimedia project as an attempt to leapfrog stages of economic development.

I also have some free advice from last year’s students in their learning reflection where I asked them what advice they have for this year’s students.  I’ll post those.

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