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Rules of Play


  1. Pay attention to deadlines. Be on time.
  2. Success is going from one failure to another with enthusiasm (Churchill?). Support each other emotionally when you stretch and fail.
  3. Give feedback, say what you think doesn't work, and why, so people can see problems and learn from them
  4. Don't use your laptop or phone in class unless the professor says it's OK. You need to concentrate on your fellow students, not Facebook.
  5. Come to class with questions. 
  6. Talk in class, if you can’t talk in class find a way to contribute on blogs, small groups. 
  7. Don’t monopolize conversations, and elicit input from everyone.  Give people time to speak, English is not most people's first language.
  8. In collaborations try specializing away from your strengths. Try to teach other people how to do stuff rather than do it for them.
  9. Don’t try to win arguments. ITP is pluralistic. We can still move forward with many points of view unresolved.
  10. “I can't believe you never heard of this reference" shows your ignorance of how big the world is.
  11. If you use someone else's writing, images, or code, give them credit. It's only fair, it's what you'd want, and failing to give credit is a serious problem.  You will get more credit by giving it rather than taking it.
  12. Experimentation is naturally messy but the results are more valuable when you clear away the stuff that didn't work. Document stuff, don’t store it.
  13. Clean up after yourself. And more. Your mess is invisible to you.
  14. Start by assuming good faith, the person who you are mad at probably meant well.


  1. If you feel like strangling someone try singing or even breathing.
  2. Be nice.
  3. It’s okay to not like things but don’t be a jerk about it.
  4. When you hit a wall take a shower/nap/walk/bike ride etc...