Knowledge Ergonomics (That Thing We Do)

For the last few years I’ve been involved in research and development projects where the goal has been to design, build and evaluate useful and useable knowledge and information interfaces. But I’ve always had a problem articulating this as a research challenge. It’s related to Human Computer Interaction (HCI) but isn’t so much concerned with […]

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District 9: A Watchmen moment?

District 9, the new film directed by Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, is getting a lot of good press. Critics like the vision of the young director: “District 9 proves that genre films, besides being a hell of a lot of fun, can say things you hadn’t considered and show stuff you haven’t […]

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Changing the Blog Roll

It was about two and half years ago that I belatedly jumped on the blog bandwagon. I had resisted for a few years because I already had a perfectly serviceable website, but by the beginning of 2007 it was increasing apparent that if I wanted to continue to teach and research people’s relationship with digital […]

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Thank you for the Music

For over two years now we have been able to download music online – and by music I of course mean music that you have rights to, music that you own, music with no Digital Rights Management (DRM). In fact the trickle of real music download sites became a flood when Amazon stepped in, and […]

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Torchwood Ex Machina

The BBC have just screened the final episode of the five night Torchwood season three, Children of Earth, and already the fan sites are exploding with debate about characters lost, plot holes, and open endings. I don’t normally watch Torchwood, but I was pleasantly surprised by the mini-series. It was well-made, intelligent sci-fi. There were […]

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Ticket to Ride – New UK Map

A few years ago I created a UK board for Ticket To Ride, the excellent board game from Days of Wonder. Since then the board has been downloaded thousands of times, and I’ve received loads of kind comments from players around the world who have tried it out. Earlier this year I was contacted by […]

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Prepare for Disruption

Back in November I wrote a blog article on the momentum that was building behind Open Educational Resources (OER) and I have just published a similar essay in the Language and Linguistics Area Studies (LLAS) Liaison magazine. When I was writing the article I was hoping to address many of the concerns that teachers and […]

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