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Video: Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com http://tumblr.com/xiyf9d4gr

Video: Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com http://tumblr.com/xiyf9d4gr
Aug 8

Photo: swissmiss | Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler http://tumblr.com/xiyf9cy7k

Photo: swissmiss | Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler http://tumblr.com/xiyf9cy7k
Aug 8

"I admire the falling stars, flung faceless through the septic black by an invisible hand & dropped like…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf9ctpd

"I admire the falling stars, flung faceless through the septic black by an invisible hand & dropped like..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf9ctpd
Aug 8

"As the web is becoming ubiquitous, interactive, and multimodal, technology needs to deal increasingly…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf9cndy

"As the web is becoming ubiquitous, interactive, and multimodal, technology needs to deal increasingly..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf9cndy
Aug 8

"I think one of the important things about photography is to preserve memory of what was, even beyond the…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf9ciha

"I think one of the important things about photography is to preserve memory of what was, even beyond the..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf9ciha
Aug 8

"I see this all the time, quick, “fluent” readers who have no idea what they’ve just read, or why…."

“I see this all the time, quick, “fluent” readers who have no idea what they’ve just read, or why. Kids who form letters perfectly but who can’t express themselves. Kids with memorized math facts but no ability to leap into algebra or beyond…So please, when your kids have trouble w/ “skills” of school, offer them way around, path to “why.””

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Frank Chimero

Hm. Of course, in the kinds of classrooms I’m invited into, the adjacent issue would be that of students who’ve been instructed to analyse poetry without being challenged to develop their understanding of why people would write poetry in the first place, or what poetry might actually be good for. 

Although I was always a wordy, bookish kid (glasses, library card, roleplaying aka interactive storytelling (or story-gaming, perhaps?), AND junior emcee) the most inspiring English teacher I had at school was Mr Jackson - a man who’s passion for words and the musicality of language was plain to see. That definitely made an impact in his lessons on Shakespeare, Betjeman and Heaney…

Aug 8

Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on…



Jane McGonigal: Gaming can make a better world | Video on TED.com

Aug 8

swissmiss | Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler



swissmiss | Charlatan, Martyr, Hustler

Aug 8

"I admire the falling stars, flung faceless through the septic black by an invisible hand &…"

I admire the falling stars, flung faceless through the septic black by an invisible hand & dropped like pennies into the sky above dumb & overcome cities. For a moment I’ll want to reach up & swing them back around… maybe tag a note: This is fun. How’s the weather? But instead they explode & I go home in bland clothes & grow older.

Some nights I sleep so deeply I cease to exist. My belongings, as well, unravel. Picture the ocean poured endlessly over the ocean, et cetera. Then erased. Still the morning comes & I’m there, half awake & holding my coffee in the doorway.



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CursiveBuildings:

If the web is a world, Tumblr’s my favourite city. Simples. It’s amazing - the people you “meet” just walking the street some days. 

Aug 8

"As the web is becoming ubiquitous, interactive, and multimodal, technology needs to deal…"

“As the web is becoming ubiquitous, interactive, and multimodal, technology needs to deal increasingly with human factors, including emotions. The present draft specification of Emotion Markup Language 1.0 aims to strike a balance between practical applicability and scientific well-foundedness.”

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Emotion Markup Language (EmotionML) 1.0

(via Nine Days Off)

Aug 8

"I think one of the important things about photography is to preserve memory of what was, even beyond…"

“I think one of the important things about photography is to preserve memory of what was, even beyond the lifetimes of the people who remember themselves. It’s a reminder for us that people have gone before us and failed and succeeded and lived lives much like our own, done all the things we do, felt all the things we feel, and whether it was happy or tragic, it was all a part of human existence and whatever happened, we’re still here and continuing something much bigger than ourselves.”

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The Photon Fantastic | Reader Responses: On Repair as a Way of Life

I’m still in “Ritual and Tradition” headspace - the theme for a major body of work that I’m scoping. (Positive responses to proposal! Go me!) The full text that I’ve taken this quote from has a slightly different focus, but this extract really resonates with my current thinking… 

Aug 8

"New Society was visually arresting. In its writing and its photography it consciously followed in the…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf6m2db

"New Society was visually arresting. In its writing and its photography it consciously followed in the..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf6m2db
Aug 7

"New Society was visually arresting. In its writing and its photography it consciously followed in…"

“New Society was visually arresting. In its writing and its photography it consciously followed in the footsteps of Picture Post, for which its first editor and publisher had worked. The magazine carried a large number of illustrations and black and white photographs, which, as its editor Paul Barker wrote, ‘helped to give statistics a human face.’ In doing so, it engaged with young British photojournalists working in the tradition of ‘concerned’ photography and recognised early the talent of figures such as Brian Griffin, Martin Parr, Chris Steele-Perkins and Homer Sykes. Many have gone on to achieve wide acclaim.”

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The Other Britain Revisited: Photographs from New Society - Victoria and Albert Museum

I managed to catch this exhibition at the V&A at the weekend, and I’m glad I made the time. I have a feeling that I’d be a loyal subscriber of New Society if it existed today (probably even more likely if it existed as an iPad app). 

Unfortunately: 

“When the magazine finally died (absorbed into the New Statesman) it was in part the victim of its own success: newspapers now have social policy features (and the social work ads); mass culture gets arts page space. But New Society was also the victim of the 1980s corruption of public debate about both society and the arts: its belief in sociology as a kind of reasoned sympathy was mocked both by the new political orthodoxies of the market and by the new cultural populism of the press.”

(via Times Higher Education)

Aug 7

"The screen mimics the sky, not the earth. It bombards the eye with light instead of waiting to repay the…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf3nq3l

"The screen mimics the sky, not the earth. It bombards the eye with light instead of waiting to repay the..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf3nq3l
Aug 6

"The screen mimics the sky, not the earth. It bombards the eye with light instead of waiting to repay…"

“The screen mimics the sky, not the earth. It bombards the eye with light instead of waiting to repay the gift of vision. It is not simultaneously restful and lively, like a field full of flowers, or the face of a thinking human being, or a well-made typographic page. And we read the screen the way we read the sky: in quick sweeps, guessing at the weather from the changing shapes of clouds, of like astronomers, in magnified small bits, examining details.”

- Robert Bringhurst, from The Elements of Typographic Style (via viafrank)
Aug 6

150 actionable email items down to 17, in a straight 4 hour sitting. Dear To Do list, can I go write some poems now? Pretty please?

150 actionable email items down to 17, in a straight 4 hour sitting. Dear To Do list, can I go write some poems now? Pretty please?
Aug 6

House Gallery seeks proposals for Friday evening events… http://bit.ly/bnXomO

House Gallery seeks proposals for Friday evening events... http://bit.ly/bnXomO
Aug 6

#Poetry Foundation’s website is back up and running… www.poetryfoundation.org

#Poetry Foundation’s website is back up and running... www.poetryfoundation.org
Aug 6

There’s something strangely debilitating about losing a notepad. Even a small pocket-sized one.

There's something strangely debilitating about losing a notepad. Even a small pocket-sized one.
Aug 5

"I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an…" http://tumblr.com/xiyf0nfh2

"I am comfortable with the idea of being a photographer, just being a photographer. I don’t want to be an..." http://tumblr.com/xiyf0nfh2
Aug 5