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    Clive Holtham posted a link on 7 December 2008 - 7:23pm.

    Key Questions from Amplified 08

    Very good write up with some pertinent questions from David.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 7 December 2008 - 8:41am.

    Good Wreath

    How to Make a Christmas Wreath

    Pretty up your front door with festive foliage.

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    [video]Raga Rani posted a video on 6 December 2008 - 7:51pm.
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    A Malhar-Basant-Bahar Fusion...

    Ragas, Bandishes and Rabindrasangeet, Sounak Chattopadhyay (see his website )has today established himself as one of the most promising and significant artists of his generation.

    You will enjoy this wonderful performance in the true mood of Raga Malhar (Raga for the rains)...... with the steady rainfall within the auditorium during his performance.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 6 December 2008 - 8:35am.

    Christmas Chemistry

    Make Your Own Snow Globe

    Find out how to make your own snow globe here. Apparently choosing the right liquid and sealant is quite a science. Seasonal Science = fun times.

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    Raga Rani posted a note on 5 December 2008 - 11:04pm.

    Indian Classical Music

    The pillars of Indian Classical Music are

    * Raga
    * Mood
    * Expression

    Raag, in the Sanskrit dictionary, is defined as "the act of colouring or dyeing" the mind and "any feeling or passion especially love, affection, sympathy, vehement desire, interest, joy, or delight".
    In music, these descriptions apply to the impressions of melodic sounds on both the artist and listener. A raag consists of required and optional rules governing the melodic movements of notes within a performance.

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    Raga Rani posted a link on 5 December 2008 - 10:33pm.


    There are an estimated 350 talas in North Indian music, of which ten are in common use.

    Each tala is a number of beats in duration. The beats have different degrees of emphasis within a tala, and are marked with a system of hand claps, hand waves and movements of the fingers.

    The most important point of rhythmic emphasis is the 'som' the first beat of the tala and point to which all variations eventually return. It is represented by the symbol "+," and is marked by a hand clap.

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    Raga Rani posted a link on 5 December 2008 - 10:25pm.

    Rhythm of Life

    The concept of the ever-recurring cyclic rhythms of the universe is one of the basic tenets of Hindu philosophy.

    The perception of the cyclic nature of life is reflected in Indian classical music through the device of tala, a recurring time-measure or rhythmic cycle.

    Just as in the Hindu religion, man is born, lives his life, dies and is then reincarnated to begin a new life, so the tala cycle begins, develops and then returns to the 'som', the first beat of the cycle, the anchor of all melody and rhythm and the leading beat to which all returns.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 5 December 2008 - 8:30am.

    Joyeux Noël!

    Merry Christmas in 7 languages

    French: Joyeux Noël

    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten

    Russian: Счастливого Рождества! Schaslivovo Rozhdestva!

    Italian: Buon Natale

    Spanish: Feliz Navidad

    Polish: Wesołych Świąt

    Icelandic: Gleðileg Jól

    Visit the languages section to learn a whole lot more. Bien.

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    Clive Holtham posted a note on 4 December 2008 - 10:33am.


    Posting by Christa Appleton, Univ of Staffs
    Best Practice Forum

    Slideshare allows you to upload PowerPoints (ppt, pdf, pps, pot, odp, keynote) and store them in your personal presentation area. You can share them with colleagues, link to them or embed them in many social network sites, blogs or VLE’s . There is also a facility to synchronise a podcast with your presentation for virtual presenting (a slidecast).

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 4 December 2008 - 8:26am.

    Silent Night Light

    Make a Tin Can Lantern

    Refrain from putting your empty baked bean cans in your green recycling box - this is a much more festive way to reuse them. Have a look at the Arts & Crafts section to learn more crafty tricks.

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    Peter Brownell posted a link on 3 December 2008 - 2:11pm.

    The other half of "Artists Ship"

    "It's natural for organizations to learn from mistakes. The problem is, people who propose new checks almost never consider that the check itself has a cost."

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    Andy Gibson posted a Blog entry on 3 December 2008 - 1:21pm.

    It's amazing...

    ...what you can learn if you practice every day.

    (Thanks to Johnnie Moore.)

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    Peter Brownell posted a link on 3 December 2008 - 10:42am.

    SchoolofEverything presents on AWS - SlideShare

    Here is my presentation on how we are building School of Everything's hosting infrastructure.

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    Claire Medcalf posted a note on 3 December 2008 - 8:37am.

    Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

    How to choose a Christmas Tree

    Ok so there has been a little media panic about the shortage of Christmas trees this year – but the British Christmas Tree Growers Association have offered some much needed reassurance. Phew. Those of you who would like to branch out best look at this.

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    [video]Richard Perkins posted a video on 2 December 2008 - 10:31am.
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    Guitar Medley

    More videos available on YouTube:

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    [video]Claire Medcalf posted a video on 2 December 2008 - 8:24am.
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    The Proof is in the Pudding

    Make a traditional Christmas pudding to wow your friends and family. If you’re a newbie in the kitchen, visit the food & drink section to find inspiration or a teacher. Take turns to stir the pudding mixture and make a wish – and remember to stir from east to west to honour the three wise men!

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    Charles Hindmarsh posted a link on 2 December 2008 - 7:24am.

    The Snowman

    I was caught in the act at a Corporate Christmas do playing a Childrens Christmas classical horror theme "The Sawman". This particular version was adapted for saw players by that well known composer/arranger Howard Blade.
    It was captured by a colleague on a mobile phone and posted on U-Tube.

    So just a little bit of general advice : Please be careful with what you do at your Christmas party. Its quite possible that someone is filming you.
    Have a good Christmas

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    Dougald Hine posted a link on 1 December 2008 - 7:06pm.

    How to, erm, make like a bear...

    From an article about three guys who are walking round Britain, living without money:

    most of the British population... don't know how to defecate outdoors.

    "We're constantly coming across what we call the Ring of Hasty Poos," Will explains. " People need a crap and they're miles from a toilet, so they panic, go into the woods and fling bits of paper everywhere. These shameful poos are a real problem."

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    Dougald Hine posted a link on 1 December 2008 - 2:32pm.

    The Folksy ruler

    One of the things I really like about (the UK-based crafts marketplace) is the cool stuff they make to promote the site. Looking through their Flickr stream, there are plenty of other examples of them getting involved with the community of people who make and sell stuff through the site.

    There's lots of inspiration there for us at School of Everything - and for any other startup that's trying to find playful ways to spread the word about a useful service.

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    Dougald Hine posted a Blog entry on 1 December 2008 - 12:44pm.

    The 'Why Don't You?' Web

    We see School of Everything as part of a larger shift in the way people are using the web, away from spending more and more of our lives in front of screens, towards making things happen in the real world. Here's an article I wrote about this for the latest issue of the Learning and Skills Network briefing:

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