Sexism in Computers (Female USSR computer operator causes errors)
Computers Help Watch For Corn Blight (Corn Watch Blight Experiment)
Good Things From Oregon Judging from the number of CC subscribers from Oregon and the tremendous number of people from Oregon at various conferences and meetings, it is certainly one of the leading states in computer education. We had hoped to have a comprehensive article about computing activities throughout the state, but apparently the people l spoke to are just too busy doing their own publications to do a piece for us. Hence, we'll just note several conspicuous examples of the good things happening in Oregon. Oregon Computing Teacher produced by the Oregon Council for Computer Education, is an informal magazine of about 72 typewritten pages per issue which appears 4 times a year. It contains a variety of original and reprinted material of interest mainly to high school and undergraduate college faculty. (It is not aimed at students.) We're impressed with the uniformly high quality of this publication. It's available for $5.00/yr from Oregon Council for Computer Education, 4015 S. W. Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221. Computers in Education Resources Handbook is a comprehensive 500-page handbook about the uses of computers in education, primarily at the pre-college level. It covers both instructional and administrative uses of the computer although it is clearly stronger on the instructional side. It discusses hardware (lightly), software (moderately), applications (heavily), training, surveys, and sources of additional information (excellent). First published in 1973 it is quite current, even so a new edition is being published in early 1975. Available for $10.80 from Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403. ECO-NET is a non-profit environmental education network emphasizing the exchange of information relating to the environment, energy, communications and, yes, even computers. A 16-page monthly newsletter is called RAIN. Despite its Pacific Northwest bias, it's one of the very best, ranking along side Whole Earth Catalog, Epilog, and CoEvolution Quarterly. At the moment, the price is right too. Rain is available free (until their grant runs out) from Environmental Education Center, Portland State Univ., P. 0. Box 751, Portland, OR 97207. An apology: The Wizard graphic and note on pg. 25 of the Jan-Feb creative counting came from the May 1974 issue of Oregon Computing Teacher which we neglected to mention. Sorry. A request: When you write for materials such as those above or from advertisers, please mention Creative Computing. That encourages those groups to keep us posted and/or keep advertising with us. *** SEXISM IN COMPUTERS A computer in the USSR did all right by male mathematicians but began giving trouble when a woman tried operating it. Both male chauvinist pigs and women will be disappointed to learn that the reason was not that the lady's input was unacceptable to the computer because of its alleged feminine illogic or that the computer became overheated at the sight of her beauty, but rather that her dress was made of synthetic fiber producing an electric field that affected the computer. *** post! wanted a hot tip? [Image] Do you have something to contribute to Creative Computing? Why not send it to us? As you can tell from the first several issues we are focusing on activities and games for using computers in education and recreation. We also run articles, fiction, and humor on the role and effect of technology and computers on society and people. Our language is non-technical. Contributions should be 500 to 3000 words. Typed, double-spaced. Include illustrations if possible (sharp black on white paper - not Xerox or other copies. Photostats are ok). Also, include photos if available (5x7 or large B+W no slides or Polaroids). If you want an acknowledgement, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. [Image] *** COMPUTERS HELP WATCH FOR CORN BLIGHT PURDUE UNIVERSITY, LAFAYETTE, IN - Mrs. Susan Schwingendorf, LARS Computer Analyst, marks fields on a photo work copy to assist in locating data in the multispectral analysis. The computer listing indicates the crops grown in each field. Biweekly data from ten corn fields checked for blight by Extension Agents are also made available to her and the other data analysts. The Corn Blight Watch Experiment is being conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, NASA, and the Agricultural Experiment Stations and Extension Services of seven states, in cooperation with Purdue University's Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing (LARS) and the University of Michigan's Institute for Science and Technology (IST). (Photo courtesy NASA).