Several years ago the media program I’m involved in undertook a major review. I took that as an opportunity to lobby, ha

Hard Disk Housekeeping

Well, the hard drive on my PowerBook is getting over full (well, unlike a filing cabinet you can’t over full a hard driv

Return of the Rhizome

A few years ago I made some rhizome templates. I’ve now written an academic essay (coming out in a journal soon) about t

Blip and Facebook

Blip now talks into Facebook. Via the blip blog.

Miro (no, not that Miro).

Democracy Player is now Miro, apparently too many people thought the former was a political application or slogan.

Look, it’s 2.0!

Seems at the moment if you stick 2.0 after something you have automatic network literacy credibility. This is because web 2.0 stuck so well as a meme, though I (and others) still think web 2.0 seems to be the web catching up to what the original hypertext pioneers described in the beginning… but that’s another story. So education 2.0, media studies 2.0, and so it goes on. The paucity of vision here is sad. Five years ago it would have been iMediaStudies, iEnterprise, iEducation. Five years before that eMedia, eEnterprise, eEducation. Apart from knowing how to rebrand to sell mutton dressed as lamb, what have we really learnt?

Videoblog History at AoIR

Richard Show has a proposal accepted for the next AoIR. It’s a videoblog based research documentary come piece about the history of videoblogging.

The videoblog community, partly due to their dissatisfaction with the wikipedia videoblog page (wikiepedia emphasises neutrality over all else, which does mean it tends to be bare bones rather than critical, but it does want to be an encyclopedia after all), have been writing their own history. This is interesting in terms of a self documentation exercise, but as an academic I am intensely uncomfortable, after all I should be in there, but apparently I have to put myself in there to be there. That just runs against the rails of peer review, recognition and judgement. I’m all for forms of self publishing (this is a blog after all) but there is also some sort of line that I don’t know about but feel that I find difficult to cross. (This could just be culturally specific too. In most cultures it is not up to yourself to declare the significance – or not- of your contribution.)

Will be interested to see where Richard gets to with his project. And he should get in touch with Seth who is involved with the videovortex conference and presented a creative research project at AoIR in Brisbane last year.

On the Event of Her First Birthday

Cleo turned one last week. There was a party with family and friends on the weekend. A party on the actual day of the birthday

iPod and Non-Place

Sean suggests that the iPod needs to be considered temporally as well as spatially. Related note, when I had a discussion with

Vernaculars for Knowledge

I’ve been writing an essay about material thought, bouncing out from Paul Carter’s Material Thinking. The essay is a contribution to a larger collaborative project where a range of academics, all (except myself) from design schools, are writing about Carter’s book to develop ideas around material thinking in the context of design education. My approach has become quite different, where I’m interested in how material thinking applies to alternative forms of humanities writing as a research practice – not research and writing as documentation or even a essay outlining what has been discovered, but writing (very broadly conceived) as the activity of research in itself. So, as I’ve tried to write this I have increasingly realised I have a whole epistemological vernacular. It is my own argot, but many of the key terms I use are highly loaded and have became a sort of theoretical shorthand. Even as I write this, which was to be an explanation for a new category in my blog “epistemological vernaculars”, I’ve realised that each of my key terms could easily become a brief essay in their own right! Anyway, one facet (that’s one of my shorthand theoretical terms, so stay tuned) of the writing and thinking I’ve been doing around material thought is that in material thinking we each develop our own vernaculars. These can become habits, well, they are habits, but as habits they are ways of doing and ways of thinking which orientate actions, ideas, and problems.

Recent Writing

I seem to need special writing machines. Once upon a time it was an Olivetti Valentine typewriter, then a Brother electronic typewriter that could store, via a 32 character display, about one page of A4 text. Now it is moleskine’s and a plastic Lamy fountain pen. I’m not sure why I have to bracket off writing as a special activity when I want or need to do ‘real’ writing. Well, I probably do, but the way I make it special is by having specific equipment for it.

Why have I returned to a notebook of fine paper and a fountain pen? Now that the keyboard has become ubiquitous to all forms of formal and informal writing, and most other things I do (video production, banking, teaching, and so on), I enjoy moving to something distinct to write as a professional activity. This distinction is now being realised by a return to an earlier practice, just as back then the typewriter was only ever used to type up a final (and single) copy of an essay.