Social Webs for dot Edu

The site is built around institutions, and the problem with this is that I'm not sure I want to know who is at institution x,

Spook Country

Book cover
Have just finished reading Gibson’sSpook Country“. Enjoyed it immensely. Gibson’s trajectory is interesting as his early and seminal novels are all in a future not yet arrived, much more plainly sci-fi, but his two most recent books are deeply immersed in the technologically and culturally present. “Pattern Recognition” largely described a proto videoblogging art project while this more recent one combines locative art with post Iraq politics as information exchange and encryption. The cover mentions Chandler, that touchstone of noir writing, but for my money Elmore Leonard is the man here. The mix of characters, their patois of not just voice but practice and a narrative of divergent parts that we just now will converge. Look at his ten rules of writing and then tell me, in “Spook Country” what does Hollis Henry look like? Tito?

Automate Me

The automatic upgrader for WordPress plugin is nice. Install and it then does as the name says. As I teach things like blogging to undergraduates I remain stuck (bemused and muddled) by the ways in which the rapid pace of development and change is either invisible, or perhaps just part of the ether, for these students. Of course it could also be more simply that as I approach 50 things seem to happen much more quickly than when you’re 20! But to think that from when I first started blogging to today the systems would have the sophistication, infrastructure and so on that they do, well, it is up there with the early history of the printing press. A collective, shared, and distributed contribution to the tools and then the writing of the content itself, as well as a shift from something that is so foregrounded as an explicit technology (now install this via FTP, replace this file but not that one) to just ‘click here’ to upgrade and let’s get on with making stuff.

Knots

In honours the aim is to find a knotty problem and then through the course of your research see how the knotty problem leads t

Growing

Got this post about Tom Fishburne via Jeremy. I love this:

We’ve all heard the expression, “you can’t cut your way to growth”, but most organizations are equipped with cutting tools, not with growing tools.

Places and Names

When I went to the annual edMedia conference in 2004 in Lugano I caught a train from Zurich to Lugano. One of those Swiss trains that runs like, well, clockwork (it had to be said). I caught a slow train, stopping at quite a few stations, not one of the bigger faster intercity, inter-country expresses. Leisurely travel along valleys with cloud tagged mountains. One town was called Zug. In English “Zug” is just a wonderful word, bordering on the absurd. There should be more places called Zug. We need more places called Zug.

Phone Etiquette

Hard to be a hip metrosexual middle aged male. Take mobile phones. Every now and then I’ve noticed someone driving talking into their mobile phone as they hold it out in front of them. I guess this counts as somehow hands free since it’s on loudspeak? Today a sharp suited gentleman was walking up the street talking into his phone the same way. I don’t know why he didn’t feel the need to hold it in the conventional manner, speaker to ear, microphone somewhere around your cheek. Perhaps he just didn’t want to appear to be talking to himself, after all sometimes it is difficult to tell. Is this the new phone style?

Straight To Web

Via ars technica , Michael Moore will release his next doco straight to web, for free. ... Seems it is primarily a politica

GPS Cinema

Worth reading the about screen since point two: The movies are also interchangeable and easily matched to any place. By c

Media Symposium

Been going well, the idea is to actually share what we are all working in (since amongst teaching, admin and so on we lose sen

Spring Appears to Have Sprung

Next up is to draft a seminar paper about the virtual and the actual in relation to a large atlas project I'm participating in