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    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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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 12:33pm.


    I've been blogging for a while now, and I now have four blogs:

    So between that and Twitter I'm pretty busy online, and the prospect of posting lots of content here on my School of Everything Scrapbook felt a little daunting at first.

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 29 October 2008 - 12:32pm.

    I'm now learning yoga with Anja Lange

    I've been looking for a new yoga teacher in the Brixton or Streatham area for a while. None of the yoga classes I'd found were quite right - too far away, too early in the evening, or not quite the right style. So I was dead chuffed when Anja Lange posted a new vinyasa yoga flow class just up the road from my house. I used to be an ashtanga yoga addict, but have let my practice slide in the last year as I've been working so hard; vinyasa flow yoga, is a bit different but really enjoyable - and it's nice to vary my practice from the strict ashtanga yoga sequence for a change.

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 28 October 2008 - 5:48pm.

    Tractor drum machine

    Free Guitar Videos blog has a lovely video of some chaps using a tractor engine as a drum machine for their jam.

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    Mary Harrington posted a note on 28 October 2008 - 5:10pm.

    The Black Cab Sessions

    Just spotted Black Cab Sessions, a site where sometimes quite famous musicians play a song while riding around in the back of a taxi.

    What else could be simplified by happening in the back of a taxi? Siestas, meetings, more?

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    Andy Gibson posted a note on 28 October 2008 - 12:03pm.

    How to play jazz piano

    I was talking to my friend's piano teacher Roland Perrin ( recently about how to play jazz piano, and one of the things he said was that jazz piano rhythms are basically two conventional rhythms layered on top of each other.

    And I've also been following Shawn Cheek's "Easy Piano Lessons" on YouTube, and he says a similar thing about jazz chords, that he hears jazz chords as two chords layered on top of each other., about 1:30 in)

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 21 October 2008 - 1:49pm.

    The Code Book - a brief review

    I've recently started re-reading a book I've had for many years now and I'm enjoying it just as much the second time around.

    It's called "The Code Book" by Simon Singh:

    It's about the history of cryptography and it's very readable. It is written at just the right level in my opinion, not too basic, so it keeps your interest, but not full of mathematics that might be frustrating.

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    Andy Gibson posted a Blog entry on 21 October 2008 - 12:53pm.

    Education Unbound

    I was on a panel chaired by Matt Locke of Channel 4 a couple of weeks ago, talking about the impact of social technologies on education and the classroom.

    Here's me introducing School of Everything and explaining the ideas behind the project and what we're trying to achieve by connecting people online:

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    Mary Harrington posted a Blog entry on 20 October 2008 - 4:20pm.

    Beading Websites: Five of the Best

    (Photo: mollycakes via Flickr)

    Inspired by some of the fantastic beading teachers on School of Everything, I've been looking around for great beading resources online. Here are my five picks for great beading websites, including beading supplies, projects, patterns and discussion.

    Five Great Beading Websites

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    Hugo Rumens posted a note on 20 October 2008 - 4:07pm.

    Beginning Spanish

    I am hoping to finish my beginners Spanish book before my trip to Madrid.
    I've never learned Spanish before although my French is reasonable.
    The thing is I don't like going abroad and being clueless about the language if I can help it, so even if I can just get the basics I'll be pleased.

    It's interesting that some things in Spanish are very familiar if you know French:

    By foot - à pied (French) - a pie (Spanish)
    Bread - pain (French) - pan (Spanish)
    Wednesday - mercredi (French) - miércoles (Spanish)

    but then at times Spanish is very different:

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