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Monday, August 31, 2009

With thanks to Islayblog Armin for the tipoff...
Another one to look forward to...

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Animoto now has the ability to add short video clips...

Here's a quick video I put together to try it out...

Now when people ask me at CPD sessions "can you put videos into Animoto" I can say, "Yes, yes you can...."


Another Twitter tipoff is the CULTURAL MUSIC maps (thanks to the #musicmapping hashtag, which is worth further investigation)

This uses the GRACE NOTE service, which is used to add TRACK INFO to iTunes and other music player software, such as my Creative Zen XFi....
As you can see, the map can be used to focus on a particular country, and you are then presented with the current most popular Top Ten artists and albums for that country.

So in Spain for example, there is currently an interest in Michael Jackson and U2, but also some local artists.
This is particularly interesting when related to places such as China or Japan.
These seem to have fewer European and American acts, particularly Japan. Mousing over the acts and albums tells you a little more about them.
Worth using for investigating cultural globalisation and the spread of certain musical artists worldwide.

Which countries have indigenous artists resisting the cultural imports ?

Lady Gaga big in China ? - enquiry into why ?

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

A message from Urban Earth creator Dan Raven Ellison...

We've three events for you to join if you're going to be in the UK - if not, we'd love it if you would set up an event of your own. See below.

27th August - URBAN STORY: LONDON RED This walk will track through some of the most deprived parts of Greater London.

10th October - URBAN EARTH: WEST YORKSHIRE URBAN AREA The West Yorkshire conurbation includes Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield. This is going to be a 25km, 8 hour walk.

29th January - URBAN EARTH EVENT: CANTERBURY (UK) Invade, capture and expose Canterbury (UK) by joining over 60 people in this intimate weekend. Get 10% off the weekend with the code: tenpercentoff

Create an event..

Creating an event is easy - you can post one on our Ning at http://urbanearth.ning.com and invite people to take part. There are currently three different types of URBAN EARTH event so all you have to do is pick one and get going...

1. URBAN EARTH This is a walk from one side of an urban area to the other. The length of the walk should represent the size of the city's urban footprint - the route should represent the proportions of the city that are occupied by people living in different levels of deprivation. Sound tricky? Get in touch for some help or organise an URBAN STORY...

2. URBAN STORY This walk could be across an entire city, but the next one in London is from the outskirts of the urban footprint finishing in the city's centre - the focus of this type of walk is to stay within a particular socio-economic or environmental profile - for London we've looked at a map to see where is most deprived and we're staying in those areas. Next time we'll focus on ethnic groups...

3. URBAN EARTH EVENT - Choose a city and then invade, capture and expose it within an 'event' (and party with plenty of dancing and urban missions).

For any of the events all you need to do is plan it and then whack it up onto our Ning at http://urbanearth.ning.com Need help? Get in touch.

Visit URBAN EARTH at: http://urbanearth.ning.com


Image by Alan Parkinson from his "staycation" in Devon this year... Creative Commons licensed...

Staycation is one of those words which has appeared this year, in response to an apparent effect of the financial crisis affecting many households, and the relative weakness of the pound against other currencies, particularly the Euro. It's an American term, which is a combination of two words of course.

A recent article in the Times provided a glossary of new terms which were being applied to
particular types of holiday or short break...

How about asking students as part of a unit on tourism to provide a definition for the following terms:

1. Weighcation
2. Gaycation
3. Sackedpackers
4. Palidays
5. Minimoons
6. Voluntourism
7. Babymoons
8. Surfaris
9. Advultures
10. Setjetter
(perhaps the place below would be visited by one of these people - it's where scenes from James Bond movie "Die Another Day" were filmed)

Image by Val Vannet made available under Creative Commons - more available HERE
Assessment: come up with a new term that describes a particular niche form of tourism...

Answers coming shortly....
Happy to have suggestions for answers or other terms added as comments to this post...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Jan Garbarek double live CD out in September.

Visit the ECM WEBSITE for a taster of some of the tracks on this: the first live Jan CD.
New musical soundscapes to explore...

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

A little Flickrslidr slideshow of some of my favourite Devon images from my recent family holiday...

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Latest Tony Cassidy production.... Look forward to trying it out...

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Fieldwork Guidance
Now available via Slideshare embed...