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Drupal Community on Identi.ca

Drupal community for swapping tips and finding people to help you with all your Drupal-related problems.

Information design 101

This is a fantastic little book about information design, a fantastic primer for anyone wanting to get started with it. (Via Thriving.)

Tim Davies: one-page guides to online tools

Fantastic one-page guides to using YouTube, Twitter and many other online tools.

Copy as interface

Great presentation from Erika Hall at Web 2.0 Expo (via Matt Locke) on how to write copy for web 2.0 applications. Key message: write less, and write for action.

View more presentations from Erika Hall.

(School of Everything's old design gets a mention too, hopefully we haven't broken it with our evolutions since then!)

Michael Wesch and the Future of Education

"The Explainer" (TM Wired Magazine) turns his attention to social media tools for education and media literacy.

Interesting show-of-hands survey of a class:

"How many of you like coming to school?" - c. 50%
"How many of you like learning?" - all of them

And my two favourite quotes:

* "Being human is all about learning, it's the hallmark of humanity."
* "Helping students create meaningful connections, because that's where learning really happens"

Couldn't have put it better myself.

Top ten PR tips for small businesses

Nice post from David Meerman Scott about online PR here:
http://www.webinknow.com/2008/05/top-ten-pr-tips.html

I don't know David, but I liked his statement: "I realized that sometimes there is value to top-of-mind ideas. Nuggets of value may be lost when you obsess over getting every detail perfect." Couldn't agree more.

Here's his list:

1. The old ways to get noticed were to buy expensive advertising and beg the media to write about you and your products. The best way to get noticed today is to publish great content online.

2. Don't talk about what your products and services do. Instead talk about how you solve problems for your customers.

3. Be enthusiastic and have fun. People want to do business with people they like.

4. Don't rely on spamming the media with your press releases and PR pitches.

5. Use press releases to reach buyers directly.

6. Comment on blogs, forums and chat rooms (but don't talk about your products and services).

7. Read the popular books in your market and write a review on Amazon. Use your real name and affiliation.

8. Shoot a short video and put it up onto YouTube

9. Know what search terms people are using to find products and services like yours and create content that search engines will reward with high search engine rankings.

10. Don't be egotistical. Nobody cares about you and your products. Your buyers care about themselves and solving their problems.

The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500

Great article (via @guykawasaki) on how the expectations of the next generation are reshaping the businesses they work for. 12 points about how the new workplace will need to reflect the principles of the social web.

Here are my favourites:
* All ideas compete on an equal footing.
* Leaders serve rather than preside.
* Resources get attracted, not allocated.

Great stuff, and all reminiscent of Ricardo Semler. Very interesting to see how this actually plays out in commercial and non-profit workplaces in the UK.

Silobreaker - information visualisation and exploration

This is an interesting site - enter something you're interested in and it will show you a map of related topics in the news. Slick.

Straight A's in Love

"If they'd give me a mark for learning in the dark, I'd have straight A's in love."

Ah, the genius that is Johnny Cash.

Improvisational piano teacher in London

I've been pootling around on the piano for a couple of years, but I need a teacher. The trouble is, I'm looking for quite a specific thing. I don't read music, I'm interested in being able to play different genres of improvised music and accompaniments, to interpret what other musicians are playing and generally play around in pleasing ways. I'm looking to learn patterns and shapes that I can reuse and combine, to make my improvisations harmonically richer and more rhythmic.

Specific styles I'd like to grasp are:
* gospel piano
* pop piano (think Carole King, Randy Newman, Elton John)
* jazz ballads (I don't want to show off, I want to play Gershwin and Billie Holiday songs slowly and beautifully)
* ragtime piano (I harbour a secret dream to accompany Buster Keaton movies on the piano)

I practice and I'm very enthusiastic if taught well, and I have a genuine passion for making music. And I'm convinced there's someone out there who can really help me learn all this - whether it's a good teacher or a more advanced learner.

Any takers?

How to be a social entrepreneur

Liked this:

How to be a social entrepreneur

(Via SSE and forimpact.org)

21 bad habits

A helpful Amazon reviewer has taken the time to summarise the 21 bad habits (well, 20 actually) outlined by Marshall Goldsmith in his book "What Got You Here Won't Get You There".

I've reposted them below:

Letting winning get in the way of relationships you need
Dropping too many ideas on those who work for you
Being judgmental rather than helpful
Slamming people in public or behind their backs
Making comments that indicate you disagree with everything that's just been said
Showing off how smart you think you are
Saying anything in anger
Being negative
Keeping secret what others need to know
Not recognizing the contributions others make
Claiming undeserved credit
Refusing to take responsibility for bad results
Being focused on the past
Favoring those who agree with you
Not apologizing
Ignoring what others are saying or shutting them up
Being ungrateful
Shooting the messenger who brings bad news
Blaming others for everything
Insisting on sticking with you bad habits after you're aware of them

I think I'm currently doing seven, but I'm not telling you which.

MA in Everything

I've been thinking for a while now about going back into full-time education.

I'm very clear that I don't want to be an academic or study at an academic institution though. I want to spend a year studying all the various things I'm interested in - some quite formally, some just for the fun of it. I want to design my own Masters course and spend a year learning everything I've always wanted to.

So I've been thinking about what I'd like to study. So far I've got:

* Pop, jazz, gospel and ragtime piano
* Folk guitar
* Singing, particularly soul/gospel vocal
* Graphic design
* Karate (or possibly Jeet Kun Do)
* Philosophy - particularly Nietzsche and Wittgenstein, although I'm open to suggestions
* Mythology, including Joseph Campbell's work and comparative mythologies around the world
* Farsi, so I can read Rumi in the original
* Modernist art, particularly Bauhaus and abstract works
* Film scriptwriting - practical classes working on scripts with my peers
* Formal logic - particularly modal logic

Hmm, this could take more than a year. I'm going to keep thinking and I'll post again in a bit.

40 Key Elements to Getting Started In Social Media

Really good set of practical tips for everyone looking to get online and get started with 'web 2.0'.

How start-ups can save money

Handy money-saving tips for start-ups in these lean times.

Lessons learned from 37 Signals

Great summary of Jason Fried's talk at SXSW 2008, sharing his learnings from building Basecamp, Ruby on Rails etc etc. Great tips for tech start-ups and software project managers everywhere.

What is web 2.0?

Just so we know what we're all talking about, here's a definition piece from the guy who coined this infamous term.

IT procurement: some harsh lessons

Nice post about the perils of building or buying IT systems. Lots of good lessons learned.

Persian alphabet tests

Quite useful for testing your recall of the sound of each letter.

Beginners Farsi

Free introductory lessons in Farsi Persian, with supporting audio.

Dari alphabet

Nice summary of the Dari alphabet, including English equivalents.

Teach yourself Dari

Nice set of tips on how to speak this particular dialect of Persian - although the techniques could presumably apply to any language.

Public vs. Private

An old observation of mine that seems to be becoming more and more significant - as anyone who has had to add their boss as a Facebook friend will be all too aware...

Knitting SOS

Free knitting patterns, classes and emergency services from our very own Aneeta Patel.

Britney Spears "Toxic" on the ukulele

It actually sounds like a proper song!

The Human Intranet

Here's the presentation I gave at the NCVO yesterday, now with added Zappa.

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: km sociability)

Bohemian Ukulele

Terrifying video, but the song has to be playable. Anyone got a tab?

Inspired teaching - free e-course

My friend Nick worked on this course with a friend of his who has sadly passed away, but he's made it available now for free in his memory. It includes a PDF guide plus two hours of supporting audio comprising seven easy lessons in how to identify what you know and competently teach it.

As Nick says, "we would love you to have access to Rick’s material free of charge – with just one condition – please use the material to teach what you have to share."

Might be of interest to all those "long-time learners, first-time teachers" out there?

Learn While My Ukulele Gently Weeps

This guy is, of course, the daddy. I've been looking around for tabs and people who can show me how to play this song, and here's the best I've found so far: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=y3avcHBZ4xY

How to play Randy Newman, Political Science on Ukulele

This is pretty doable I think. And I love the song.

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