In Praise of the Ephemeral

There is a creeping view in our society that data is forever. For some reason whilst we are happy for our spoken words to vanish into the ether, our written words and media must be hewn in stone (or at least backed up at an off-site data centre). Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, […]

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The Batman #Wins!

This Summer three collosal superhero franchises came to do battle in our cinemas. The Amazing Spiderman, The Avengers and the Dark Knight Rises. Looking back at the three films it’s interesting that they all took different approaches at making the ludicrous entertaining. Spiderman took the low road, rehashing old action tropes and spouting 3D webgasm […]

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Danny Boyle’s Neverland

Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London 2012 olympics was a triumph. An absolute triumph. I would normally hesitate to lavish such uncritical praise in public, but the potential to get this wrong was so strong, such a whirlpool of possible failure, that to steer such a certain and confident course deserves nothing less than […]

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Whose Games is it Anyway?

I used to be excited about the London Olympics. It was a measured, rational excitement (I don’t do giddy), but I was definitely looking forward to them. I was also happy to argue with those that said that they would be a waste of money, or doomed to fail, but in the last few months […]

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You Can Type This Shit, John Carter…

Last week I managed to get to the cinema to watch John Carter (who is definitely not from Mars, no Sir, not at all) a 250 million dollar Disney extravaganza, carefully pitched at people who don’t like Sci-fi or Fantasy, but do like epic escapist legends set on other planets. Considering the source material is […]

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RedFeather: Light and Fluffy OER

We’ve been building teaching and learning repositories at Southampton for a number of years now, ever since we were brought into a couple of projects dealing with Learning Objects and decided that there really must be a better way. I’ve written before about the EdShare software we created and how it was more like a […]

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