probably wondering so we'll just tell you - NOTE is an acronym.
It stands for Naturally On the Edge. Why? Why not? Everyone in NOTE
has found themselves on the cutting edge of technology at some point
without realizing it, so we decided to legitimize what most of do
as hobbies anyway and start an organization to make it feel really
official. We will always think of NOTE as a temporary name, but
since no one can think of anything better we just went ahead and
designed a logo anyway. Backed with a mysterious acronym and a logo
the rest pretty much comes out in the wash doesn't it?
We started this
whole thing as a means to actively perpetuate our own laziness.
Basically, we just wanted a few of the web services that most prestigious
institutions have - online student directories, some course registration
assistance, an online facebook, and hey, what about web-based e-mail?
And revitalizing the Amherst newsgroups? Na´ve as we were, we just
kept thinking of ideas. So then we had to do something about it.
We kicked an idea around about starting up a student organization
that learned about and used technology to develop projects that
would help Amherst in some way. We're didn't limit ourselves to
web applications, either - If someone wanted to build robots to
be butlers in the dorms we'd say, "go for it!" Our hope was that
NOTE would provide a knowledge-base for students who wanted to experiment
with new technology in any field they were interested in - from
the guy who wants to learn HTML to the girl who wants to design
a compiler for some language she developed herself.
Well, this idea
intrigued someone, who introduced us to someone else, who knew this
guy who maybe was into 'that sort of thing,' who referred us to
this woman who pointed us in the direction of Stacey Schmeidel in
the Public Affairs office. Stacey liked our idea and miraculously
got us some money so that we could buy a computer and some books
and the next thing we knew we had a full-fledged organization -
with an acronym and a logo to boot.
Much to our
surprise and delight there were actually a bunch of people at Amherst
who had the same interests we did and had actually started working
on some of the stuff we had talked about, but to us were just ideas
on paper. So wouldn't you know it? Now we had student interest too.
Another goal of NOTE is live longer than the founding members' tenure
at Amherst. Our hope is that people will continue to come out of
the woodwork to join NOTE to keep Amherst on the edge with us.
So, NOTE is
kind of amorphous. It's anything and everything we want it to be;
NOTE's only limits are creativity and time. By our standards, if
you've ever had an idea - ever - you have creativity, so please
come join us, or e-mail us expressing your interest in our organization.
As for time, no one around here has any of that, so don't worry
about it. We'll get you started and welcome you in. If you don't
want to join us because you think we're crazy, you wouldn't be the
first, but we hope you find our work useful. Feel free to e-mail
us with any suggestions or ideas you might have. Pleased as always
to serve you,
Baker and Seth,
founders of NOTE