* To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is (2013-May-17) [The Guardian] …First, creativity, like learning in general, is a highly personal process. We all have different talents and aptitudes and different ways of getting to understand things. Raising achievement in schools means leaving room for these differences and not prescribing a standard steeplechase for everyone to complete at the same time and in the same way.
Second, creativity is not a linear process, in which you have to learn all the necessary skills before you get started. It is true that creative work in any field involves a growing mastery of skills and concepts. It is not true that they have to be mastered before the creative work can begin. Focusing on skills in isolation can kill interest in any discipline. Many people have been put off mathematics for life by endless rote tasks that did nothing to inspire them with the beauty of numbers. Many have spent years grudgingly practicing scales for music examinations only to abandon the instrument altogether once they’ve made the grade. … — Ken Robinson
* A better, brighter Flickr (2013-May-20) [Flickr Blog] In the beginning, Flickr innovated the way people share and discover photos. Today, we are shifting the photo-sharing landscape again. We’re releasing a Flickr that’s more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere.
* Campus Life? What Campus Life? (2013-May-16) [New Matilda] What happened to the lively Australian university campus? The needs of the marketplace took over from the needs of the academy, writes UNSW student Sophie Duxson
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (Ebook) [Kindle Edition] $0.00
A free Neil Gaiman eBook? Thank you A free ebook-only edition of Neil Gaiman’s short story ‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ and an exclusive preview of the new THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us – available in June 2013. ‘How To Talk to Girls At Parties’ was previously published in FRAGILE THINGS
* You Don’t Know How to Run (2013-Mar-20) [Outside Magazine] Christopher McDougall started it, throwing a brick at long-held theories about striding styles and shoe designs in Born to Run—and inspiring believers to wear minimalist shoes or no shoes at all. What followed was a war, pitting lightfoots against traditionalists and filling shoe stores with a mind-numbing array of choices. Who’s right? Andrew Tilin jogs into the fray to find out.
This one popped up on my Twitter stream the morning after I finished reading Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run – how timely
* BBC Proms 2013 – Prom 2: Doctor Who Prom [BBC]
Saturday 13 July 7.30pm – c. 9.45pm, Royal Albert Hall Doctor Who returns to the Proms to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the popular BBC series. As well as showcasing Murray Gold’s music from the past eight years, the concert also journeys back to the early days of Doctor Who and the groundbreaking work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
Online: Live and ‘listen again’
2.) The Happiest Dead Boy in the World – Lightspeed Magazine, February 2013 (Exclusive E-Book content). by Tad Williams, featuring Orlando from the Otherland series.
The original story was first published in Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy (2003) an anthology edited by Robert Silverberg.
* Facebook ‘erodes any idea of privacy’ (2013-Apr-08) [The Age] Prominent tech blogger Om Malik wrote that Home “erodes any idea of privacy”. “If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action,” said Mailk.
* Paris-Roubaix 2013 – Hell of the North, Queen of the Classics – it doesn’t matter what you call it, this year’s Paris-Roubaix lived up to the expectations and delivered a brilliant race. Spartacus was brilliant, with Cancellara racking up is third win. Where Omega Pharma were drastically unlucky with two of their riders who made the critical break involved in collisions with spectators on the Carrefour de l’Arbre sector.
* Damsel in Distress: Part 1 – Tropes vs Women in Video Games
* io9 is running an exclusive full chapter from THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES. (SPOILER NOTE: It’s a flashback chapter). The publication of THE REPUBLIC OF THIEVES, the third instalment in Scott Lynch’s popular fantasy series that began with The Lies of Locke Lamora, will release on October 10, 2013 in the UK and Commonwealth and October 8, 2013 in the US.
* Video conferencing use for enterprise productivity growing: survey (2013-Mar-27) [SMB World Asia] … Desktop PCs and laptops are the most common device used for video conferencing (71 percent of respondents), followed by room/group video systems (65 percent), tablets (34 percent) and smartphones (33 percent).
Conference rooms are the most popular environments for video conferencing today. 79 percent of respondents use video in conference rooms, 69 percent use video in offices. …
* Felicia Day’s Geek & Sundry Sets 3 New Series (2013-Mar-25) [Hollywood Reporter] The web sensation’s production company and YouTube Channel has renewed TableTop and Space Janitors and announced an April 1 start date for new shows Felicia’s Ark, Fetch Quest and The Player Ones. … while TableTop will return every other Thursday. …
* Glitch costing iPhone users dearly (2013-Mar-23) [The Age] Apple iPhone customers are potentially being overcharged by hundreds – possibly thousands – of dollars because a software bug is leading to excessive data being drained from mobile phones.
… not as as if the Telco’s haven’t know about this fault since November 2012!
The IM Melbourne was also on yesterday (where we helped out on cycle station C4 and run station R7) here’s the calm before the storm – before the runners start to come through.
* Neil Gaiman – “Down to a Sunless Sea.” (2013-Mar-22) [Guardian] A rainy encounter in London on the banks of the Thames unlocks a tale of loss and grief in this exclusive story from Neil Gaiman, Down to a Sunless Sea
* Online Music Piracy Doesn’t Hurt Sales, European Commission Finds (2013-Mar-18) [TorrentFreak] New research published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre shows that online piracy doesn’t hurt digital music revenues. The researchers examined browsing habits from 16,000 Europeans and found that there’s a positive link between online piracy and visits to legal music stores, irrespective of people’s interest in music. The study concludes that the music industry should not see piracy as a growing concern. …
* Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere (BBC4)
Neverwhere begins with an hour-long episode at 2:30pm on Saturday 16 March on Radio 4 and continues with five 30-minute installments stripped across the week on Radio 4 Extra from Monday 18 March.
All episodes will be available to catch up on demand until 29 March 2013.
* Cory Doctrow – Audio from my Homeland tour presentation
A 40 minute talk about the promise of technology to improve our lives, the risks from allowing technology to be used to surveil and control us, and the contributions Aaron Swartz made to this cause and to the book. Recorded by Thomas “Command Line” Gideon.