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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 1 November 2008 - 12:07pm.

    Digital Health

    I've been thinking a lot about my relationship with technology lately, which is a big deal for someone in my line of work. In particular I've really been struggling to keep up with my level of incoming mail. Every day my inboxes are fuller than the day before. I hate being rude to people, and e-mail seems to be the quickest way to stack up uncompleted tasks. (And don't even get me started on Facebook.)

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    [video]Andy Gibson posted a video on 1 November 2008 - 11:42am.
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    Freeschool Tools with Andy Gibson

    David Wilcox's interview with me talking about how post-it notes can transform education, and how we can build online tools to enrich our experience of the offline world.

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    Ben Toth posted a note on 1 November 2008 - 6:58am.

    Essential reading

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    Paul Miller posted a note on 31 October 2008 - 5:20pm.

    How to scan QR barcodes on a Nokia N95

    I've been really getting into QR 2D barcodes recently. Here's a link to a Youtube video explaining how to scan them on a Nokia N95:

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 31 October 2008 - 2:56pm.

    Language show in London

    If anyone is interested, there is a language show on at Olympia in London today, tomorrow and Sunday, called the "language show" (logically enough).

    It's free if you register in advance, else I think you can pay on the door on the day. I'm going to go and check it out.

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    Dougald Hine posted a note on 31 October 2008 - 12:31pm.

    How to get lost - and what to do next

    I'm going away by car this weekend and I've just been planning my routes, which reminded me of something about learning to drive. When I first passed my test and found myself out on the road on my own, the thing I was least prepared for was not having someone constantly directing me! No one had taught me how to get lost, or what to do next.

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 30 October 2008 - 4:43pm.

    Musicians' social network with free sheet music

    Just stumbled on 8Notes, a UK-based social network for musicians. You can upload your own music, share and download sheet music, and talk to other musicians via a lively forum.

    They have a good-sized collection of not very printable musician jokes too. When I was learning classical violin many, many moons ago it was always viola jokes - from a quick glance round it looks like nothing much has changed...

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 30 October 2008 - 2:29pm.

    Beading Gem: how the Web is transforming crafts

    I've been chatting to Pearl Blay, a beading craftswoman and teacher, about her passion for beads and how she uses the Web to pursue this.

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    Mary Harrington posted a Blog entry on 30 October 2008 - 1:44pm.
    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 30 October 2008 - 11:10am.

    French meetup last night

    Last night I went along to a French meetup event near Charing Cross and it was great.
    There were at least 50 people there and a good mix of nationalities.
    Everyone was very friendly and after a few hours of speaking moderately badly in French, I was worn out(!)

    Definitely recommend this group if you want to practice your French over a glass of wine or two.

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    Dan Jones posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 8:50pm.

    Creative Cow

    Great tutorials at!

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    Peter Brownell posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 7:00pm.

    Drupal, urls, the difference between things and filters, and keeping urls constant

    Disclaimer: The worst bit about this lesson is that, as I have written this note, I have realised that what I had planned to be the lesson was incorrect! Anyway, I will post this anyway because I may need to remember all this next time.

    Todays Drupal lesson: Keeping things and filters seperate. It's going to apply to any kind of social media site, but this is a little Drupal specific note.

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 5:39pm.

    Getting into model helicopters

    Ok, so my rc helicopter interest has become a bit of a joke about the office, but secretly I think they just envy my flying skills..

    When I first went to the shop to buy one, the guy there told me not to buy the nice big one at first but work your way up, else it will all end in frustration, probably tears and definitely end up costing you.
    I think I should say he was totally right! If you are interested in getting into model helicopters, DO NOT go and buy a nice expensive one to start with, because you will crash it and most likely in under 30 seconds. Seriously.

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 5:12pm.

    Watching French news online

    There are various sites that allow you to watch the news in French online and I try and watch a bit whenever I can. If you are trying to learn a language, you definitely want to get as much exposure to it as possible and I think the news is a great way of doing that, even if you don't understand everything.

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    Paul Miller posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 4:28pm.

    Great BBC R4 documentary about neuroeconomics

    I listened to this great documentary by Tim Harford about neuroeconomics last night and now want to know more:

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    Paul Miller posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 4:22pm.

    Trying out

    I'm a complete beginner at guitar and not sure I'm ready to expose my uselessness to a real live teacher so I've been trying out to see how much I can learn on my own.

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    Dougald Hine posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 3:50pm.

    Doing my homework

    I noticed recently how much new stuff I'm learning these days. In fact, it feels like I give myself more homework now than I ever used to do when I was at school or university. For example, in the past week I've been:

    - teaching myself to transcribe 17th century manuscripts
    - helping a friend rewrite a research report on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (which meant getting my head round enough of the science not to mess up the meaning of what I was editing)
    - editing a magazine about "commons" and "common sense"
    - taking part in an extended email discussion about copyright and ethics

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    Dougald Hine posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 3:11pm.

    Archaeology and what it means to be "human"

    One of my favourite excuses for escaping from London is to go and help out with courses at the Blackden Trust. The Trust gives school students the opportunity to come and learn about archaeology, history and geography, working with leading academics in these fields and hopefully contributing to the ongoing process of research on this part of Cheshire:

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    Dougald Hine posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 2:45pm.

    The sound of a black hole

    A few months ago, a friend played me some remarkable recordings made by scientists at the Jodrell Bank Observatory, who had captured and made audible the "sound" of stars. I just discovered that these are available, with lots more information about how the recordings were made, on a recent edition of the observatory's JodCast:

    Particularly mesmerising is the sound of material falling into a black hole (just after 23 minutes in on the podcast), which someone described as "God playing the bongos"!

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 1:35pm.

    National Guitar Workshop - friendly community for people wanting to learn guitar

    Just came across this great online community for people learning or looking to learn guitar. It's run by Jason Shadrick of US-based National Guitar Workshop, and is powered by Ning.

    When I signed up to take a look round (I'm always interested in communities of people teaching and learning) the founder friended me immediately (and not as an automatic response either. And he messaged me back too!

    So if you're after a friendly online guitar community, go check it out.

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