Welcome (back) to Medici University

In a few days the Medici University College of Avatar Architecture & Virtual Urban Planning opens. Welcome! Welcome 2MU! Whether this is the first you've heard of MU, or whether you've participated in the past, Welcome to Medici University! image: Art Oluja & Oona Kicker Drake. Photo by Oona. Be…

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Isabella Medici, Curriculum Vitæ

Isabella Medici Curriculum Vitæ (course of life) @mediciprincess isabella.medici@mediciuniversity.co.uk 1-202-812-3527 Baroncelli Villa Piazzale del Poggio Imperiale, 1 50125 - Firenze Born: 31 August 1542, Florence Murdered: 16 July 1576, Cerreto Guidi Twitter Resurrection: 16 January 2014, Cyberspace Teaching Experience Provost, Medici University, 2015 - Medici University…

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Medici University 5 Simple Rules

We've worked hard at Medici University to create a university free of rules. A university without a thick catalogs of programs designed by other people. MU is the university that puts you in control. MU's mission is to empower you the learner to create your own program. To give you…

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Ponte Vecchio with Edie

Edie and I went to hang out on the Ponte Vecchio on Sunday. The PV is that old medieval bridge (1345) across the river Arno with all the shops on it. You might know that my dad build the "Vasari Corridor" along the PV back in 1564 (I was 22)…

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Memphis

Memphis E is for Egypt Memphis Memphis (Arabic: منف‎ Manf pronounced [mænf]; Greek: Μέμφις) was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch, the first nome of Lower Egypt. Its ruins are located near the town of Mit Rahina, 20 km (12 mi) south of Cairo. According to legend related by Manetho, the…

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This Magic Moment

Medici University is only 9 weeks old, yet so much has already happened. A Brief History of MU We received the 6.5 hectare LEA23 land grant on 1 January '15. The first couple of weeks were spent thinking about what size would be optimal for Learner Studios (back in…

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A Conversation with Art Oluja

RP as Artist [09:08] Izzy: It's interesting how significant the "RP as Artist" is in SL. For example, "Creative Writing" is our largest department at MU. Also, by goals stated on application, they are probably the "most serious" students. Yet it seems like some have not had too much…

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No Students; No Faculty

Goodbye I'd like to announce a structural change to Medici University. Today, Valentines's Day 2015, we're going to take a step closer to fully sharing the love; a step closer to fully sharing the knowledge, and the quest for knowledge, that Medici University represents. Effective today, Medici University will no…

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Sometimes Separate But Equal is Better?

Brown v. Board of Education On 17 May 1954, 9 white guys unanimously ruled that separate but equal, is not equal. Guerilla Girls A few decades later The Guerrilla Girls noted that it's easy to get in the museum as a naked female model. But almost impossible to get in…

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Isabella's Salon

"Wit, beauty and talent made her conspicuous among all the women of the day, and she captivated every heart except her husband's. Speaking Spanish, French and Latin fluently, a perfect musician, singing beautifully, a poetess and improvvisatrice by nature, Isabella was the soul of all around her, and the fairest…

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Dear Alexandra, (a letter to)

Dear Alexandra, Thank you so much for your lovely email. It would be my pleasure to do an interview sometime in March. I am flattered and grateful for your interest. You asked a few contextual questions and I started to type an email response to them. Realizing that it was…

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What Would Jesus Do?

We love to speculate what a historical figure like Jesus might do in contemporary times. Or what Socrates might think of the current state of affairs. Or any number of other notable figures from the many times and places along the river of the human adventure. Of course these speculations…

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Just In Time Learning

Just in time (JIT) is a production strategy that strives to improve a business' return on investment by reducing in-process inventory and associated carrying costs. -- Wikipedia Last year one of my undergraduate assistants (yes, Medici Princesses need assistants too!) complained that as a psychology major he was suffering through…

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What is Medici University?

Today's bored student is tomorrow's unfulfilled worker. 24/7 media has eliminated boredom from all aspects of life. Except the classroom. And the workplace. At Medici University we believe there's another way.   We live in the 21st century. Yet most universities today live in the 19th century. Education as…

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Medici Feminists; Medici Misogynists

my parents & siblings / peopleplotr WTF Italy? Silvio Berlusconi in the 21st century? My brother Francesco I in the 16th? Why do you hate women so much? My brother was a misogynist and a misanthrope who took pleasure in senseless murders and torture. I do not forgive him. I shouldn't…

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New Hampshire Rebellion

The 21st century has so many advantages over the 16th. But one thing that seems a little bit lost is the simple pleasure of walking. So today I opened a "Treadmill Gym" where you can walk and work. We have Virtual Treadmill Desks for avatars, and also encourage typists to…

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Of Roman Roads & Internet Fast Lanes

Up until the mid sixteenth century, the Italian carriage had changed little since the times of ancient Rome. Not much more than a covered wagon, it had little to protect a passenger from the jostles and jolts of the road. It was a slow and unglamorous form of transporatation, not…

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Vegetarian

Hello Dear, I'd honestly rather live in your century than think about mine, but since you're so keen on bits of history, here's one you might not know: I was a vegetarian. I suppose being murdered by your husband at 33 can give one a harsh perspective on life, the…

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