Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Wanna stuffa squirrel?

Rosa enjoyed doing just that in the summer:


However, some people take this to extremes, and proving that you can find absolutely anything on the web, we have this for you: squirrel forms.

Thursday, 11 October 2007


I have been playing with a free down load of the software 'Camtasia'.

I have been making rough and ready amateurish videos for the online MA in New Literacies.

I have to say the videos are less Hollywood than they are YouTube. You can see through the cracks of production - very much so.

But that is what web 2.0 is all about isn't it?

Mind you I must admit I have not yet worked out how to put them in a YouTube friendly format ... so an example of Camtasia is here:


Tuesday, 9 October 2007


People seem to feel guilty if they don't regularly update their blog/vlog or whatever online space they keep.
What is it about this stuff that causes people to feel guilty?? (It reminds me of when I was addicted to running and felt SO bad if I had a day off).

But this is something even more strange than that. There is something interesting here about feeling that there is a vigilant punitive audience out there (out where exactly??) judging you the blogger (non-blogger) for not being a proper daily activist. Is it that in not blogging you are lettin the side down? That you are not a proper geek? That you (horror) have nothing to say?

Now come on guys... let's have therapy on this. It is UP TO YOU how often you blog. I always seem to apologise if I have not blogged in a while (sorry chaps) and it seems to be a common thing look here at the wonderful Melissa.

She is SO SWEET.

When I was in NYC and talking to the magnificent Gamma he told me that if someone does not blog for a couple of weeks, he deletes them from his blogroll.

I was mortified. What annihilation ... much as I adore Gamma of course, this is a standard I cannot live up to and get all my other stuff done at the same time.

So different blogs do different things and people start them for all kinds of reasons. Do you feel guilty if you don't blog??

Monday, 8 October 2007

Online MA in New Literacies goes live...

Oh yeah... I am so pleased with our new course which goes live today ... I am so so excited and am looking forward to the students playing around in there and doing stuff on New Literacies.

it feels like its been a long time coming, but now it's here, and we are ready to go.

We'll be doing lots of stuff about new practices around new technologies ... maybe analysing stuff like this very cool video here But I really love the way this video reinterprets aspects of environmental literacy to suit a lovely romantic story...

I love the way people are using YouTube as a way of being activist, or just exploring views. See this one here:

Why don't you do the green thing?? Walk to work ... you know you wanna.