Listening to You Were Right by Badly Drawn Boy
It’s Saturday morning and I’ve spent it listening to the 6Music Chart and reading new weblogs from students (new to the Daybook blogroll) in Weblogs and Wikis. Setting up blogs in class yesterday was more chaotic than in past years, but we’re only two days into the class – 100 minutes – and everyone has a weblog up and running.
It’s going to be a busy semester.
Progress at Covent Garden.
Semester has started, with the usual nervous energy, apprehension, and anticipation. But all of that is overshadowed by a puzzle:
Why are they digging this hole at Covent Garden?
Brian Lamb, over on Abject Learning, has been doing some nifty screencasts – one on folksonomy, and one looking at some of the weblogs at UBC. What’s interesting is how Brian connects the audio to a scroll through the material he’s covering on the UBC wiki, and screen images of sites he’s referring to. That little addition of the screenshot – it’s all text – makes the presentation memorable because Brian’s grounding what he’s talking about in a screen image. The screencasts are tightly focused, concise, and – and this is the important part – they are composed to encourage exploring the topic further. Teasers. Models of the genre.
Collect the whole set and trade them them with your friends! I’ve been porting Brian’s screencasts to my video ipod.
So, we’re listening to BBC Radio London interviewing Londoners and tourists about the fireworks at the Embankment, having a look at how *version 3.1 is doing on a crap evening during the Tube strike, and what Sean’s up to, while Viv is already looking for flights and hotels for 2006’s Hogmanay, because there’s no point in missing another one. Viv made the phone calls to mum and Christine (”It’s been pissing down all day.”) this afternoon, and we’ve just finished a bottle of $6.00 wine that we bought for $12.00. […]
[I lost the original of this post, but found an extract on *version 3.1 that let me re-create part of it. The rest was some blather about New Years past and Kenny Everett.]
I’ve added a Pod and Video Cast category to my blogroll and ran into a netiquette issue: Do I link to the subscription rss feed, or to an info/subscription page? The former means the link might open in a newsreader or podcast client and download or stream a pretty big, unexpected file. The latter adds a step to getting to the source, but it’s more in line with the convention of linking to pages.
I went for the …
The stars come out for chickens in need: MAIL ORDER CHICKENS.
Blue santas watch B52s on their iPod.