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Things I Learned This Week – #30

Offline this week I learned that 3 year-old boys’ nostrils can accommodate quite large chickpeas, what amniocentisis means, and that objects in your wing mirrors may appear more distant that they actually are… :-p Read more →

Things I Learned This Week – #29

Offline this week I learned that our two man tent is very waterproof (thankfully!) that the PS3 game Heavy Rain is all kinds of awesome, and that after three months I’m still just as likely to get on the wrong Metro
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Things I Learned This Week – #28

Offline this week I learned that running two 10k’s in a week doesn’t actually kill you, that ‘location-based task chunking’ aids productivity and that the Kindle rocks (although technically the latter can go online as well…) :-p
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Things I Learned This Week – #27

Offline this week I learned that sometimes you’ve got to just grab the bull by the horns and take the lead, that lemon curd has never stopped being insanely tasty, and that camping with a 3 year-old is actually quite fun!
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Things I Learned This Week – #26

This week I bought an iPhone 4. So shoot me. :-p



Productivity & Inspiration

If I wanted to keep anything, I had to buy it for a dollar (Just one dollar!) at a time. You soon realise that you wouldn’t pay a dollar for that CD in a junk shop — so why are you keeping it? All the money I paid went to charity, the amount of stuff I didn’t want also went to a charity store. It’s amazing how unappealing that old sweater looks when you have to pay for it.

Education & Academic

I yearn to travel to a place with colleagues were we decided to do something, create something, make things, build stuff. “Workshops” are a bit of a misnomer, you do a little work, but its mostly about an exercise in training, not with a goal of creating something.

Likely what I am dreaming of would be a bit more local… What if people with various skills (graphics, coding, instructional design) descended on a selected institution and focused on one project for a week? Revamp their web site, implement an online portfolio tool, set up a word press multiuser service? I dont know what would be done or how to organize it, but I’d bet, that not just the host location benefits, as people would share ideas, learn from each other.

I for one, would be more energized perched on the roof driving nails than sitting in rows listening to talks.

Data, Design & Infographics

  • You can’t see wireless networks (obviously!) but they play an important part in our lives. The following video shows them in a visual way which is aesthetically pleasing:
  • Need some quick feedback on your website design? Try Bounce App! (here’s an example from swiss miss)
  • Years ago I attempted to make a font out of my handwriting. Here’s a way to do it quickly, easily and with great results!



It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top. (Henry Ward Beecher)

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt)

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville)

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. (Confucius)

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. (Paul Tournier)

Image CC BY-NC BasBoerman

Things I Learned This Week – #25

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

This week I learned to make my freakin’ mind up and stick to it, that there’s a lot to be said for not putting yourself in positions you know are going to be frustrating, and that you’re onto a losing battle when you try to reason with a 3-year old. :-p



  • Apple’s newly-revamped MobileMe looks good. If I had an iPhone anymore. And didn’t have GMail. For free.
  • Americans, eh? Got to love them. Why should the US President have an internet kill switch?
  • Clay Shirky’s got a new book out about technology and society. Guess what? It’s awesome (apparently).
  • Google, apparently, classify mobile users as ‘repetitive now’, ‘bored now’ or ‘urgent now’. Which is probably a good way to think about it, actually.
  • Not sure whether to buy a new gadget? This flow chart should sort you out.

Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

  • Michael Gove, the prophet of doom UK Education Secretary, has outlined how the setting up of Free Schools is going to work. If, as he reckons, it leads to parents and teachers setting up schools in the most disadvantaged areas, I’ll eat my metaphorical hat.
  • YouTube launched an online video editor this week. Hopefully, this will mean the demise of the awful, crash-prone, but seemingly-loved-by-teachers Windows Movie Maker:

  • The Angry Technician reminded me this week why, in many ways, I don’t miss being the resident techie in a school.
  • The Google Scholar team now have their own blog.
  • AQA, an exam board in the UK, is developing separate exams for boys and girls.

Data, Design & Infographics

  • There’s not a lot of point in information for it’s own sake. Which is why I liked this trailer for a forthcoming activism video, in itself a great example of a well-designed product!

  • Who’s the best footballer in the world. Messi? Ronaldo? Nope, it’s either Sergio Ramos or Xavi Hernandez. I’ve got proof!



If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves. (Thomas Edison)

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. (Titus Livius)

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Do or do not, there is no try. (Yoda)

You don’t have to get it right; you have to get it going! (Mike Litman)

Things I Learned This Week – #24

This week I learned that not being contactable is actually quite nice sometimes, to always back up the contacts on my SIM card, and too much stuff to list here from ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever. 🙂



  • Confused/annoyed with Apple’s recent decisions (e.g. about Flash)? Aza Raskin’s recent post about the history of Apple (and his dad’s role in it) is a must read.
  • LED-powered lights with built-in speakers for wireless music in every room? Yes please!
  • Boxcar has launched a free, ad-supported, version of its push notification service for iPhones and iPads. It allows you to get instant notifications of everything from Twitter replies to emails.
  • Been under a rock or on a different planet this week? Here’s a rundown of what’s new in Apple’s new iOS4 operating system (which is powering the new iPhone 4 and, presumably, future devices)
  • Again, if you’re not aware, the football World Cup has just started in South Africa. Google has made its Street View imagery available inside each stadium as well!

Productivity & Inspiration

The obsession with current events is relentless. We are made to feel that at any point, somewhere on the globe, something may occur to sweep away old certainties—something that, if we failed to learn about it instantaneously, could leave us wholly unable to comprehend ourselves or our fellows. We are continuously challenged to discover new works of culture—and, in the process, we don’t allow any one of them to assume a weight in our minds. We leave a movie theater vowing to reconsider our lives in the light of a film’s values. Yet by the following evening, our experience is well on the way to dissolution, like so much of what once impressed us: the ruins of Ephesus, the view from Mount Sinai, the feelings after finishing Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Education & Academic

  • I like the sound of Trebor Scholz. Not only has he got a sweet name (geddit?) but he rejects the ‘digital natives’ label and gets students even in large lecture classes to produce publication-quality books. Awesome.
  • Futurelab has a new resource called the Futures Thinking Teachers Pack:

Education is about the future. Educators aim to prepare young people for the future and to support them to fully participate in all aspects of civic, cultural, social, intellectual and economic life. It is therefore important for young people to be given opportunities to think carefully about that future and their role in it.

The Futures Thinking Teaching Pack supports teachers and learners to develop approaches to exploring the future that are not about making predictions, but about considering possible, probable and preferable futures in order to support action and decision making in the present.

The pack, which is closely linked to National Curriculum requirements, engages Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students in grounded inquiry into current trends and possible futures. The activities in the pack encourage students to critically examine their place in the world, the structures and features that bring about the societies they live in, their own beliefs and their agency in shaping their preferable future.

Data, Design & Infographics

Repairing the world is not about individual virtue; instead, it’s a design problem. Bacigalupi wouldn’t have to fly to the American Library Association meeting if America had decent, comprehensive high-speed rail (which is certainly not zero-net, but is less harmful than flying). People wouldn’t pour so much surplus income into goods if they could jaunt down to the Neighborhood Share Center for shareable tools or toys or camping equipment.

(Image Created by Wellhome.com Insulation and Energy Audits)


  • My wife and I finished watching the last episodes of Lost this week. We’ve been watching it most of our married life and tend to like to watch it in a concentrated period of time after obtaining the whole series (we’ve done the same with 24, Prison Break, Flash Forward, etc.) I’m delighted, therefore, to find out that there’s going to be an epilogue on a forthcoming DVD about how Hurley deals with being the ‘chosen one’ on the island! 🙂
  • From the random-but-made-me-smile department comes The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. I liked this one in particular:

open source blindness
n. the tangerine-slice glow of summer sun through closed eyelids, which is your body’s way of telling you that the drawbridge obscuring your emotions from the world is about as effective as peekaboo.

  • Like the bar chart above, this is something that should probably go in the design/infographics section. Kayak have got an awesome mashup that shows you visually how much it costs to travel to various places:


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King)

You know how many committees we have at Apple? Zero. We’re organized like a startup. We’re the biggest start up on the planet. (Steve Jobs)

The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work. (Michael Jackson)

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. (Aesop)

Your life is what your thoughts make it. (Marcus Aurelius)


Things I Learned This Week – #23

I’ve learned this week that there’s a sweet spot between gut instinct and meticulous research when it comes to most things, especially gadget-buying. I’ve also learned that cous cous is a viable lunch option. :-p



  • Lifehacker reports that scientists have confirmed that your anxiety levels are raised when someone’s phone goes off who has the same ringtone as you. So don’t be the loser who still has the CTU ringtone from 24. Get something individual. I’ve now got the music from Super Mario when Mario got the star of invincibility. No copying! 😉
  • I doubt ‘data life’ in the future will actually look like this. But the concept’s cool.

Productivity & Inspiration

  • Mashable has a great post entitled 10 Free Android Apps to Boost Your Productivity. Having just invested in a Dell Streak, I’m excited to see some on there of which I’m already aware but also some I’m not! (they’ve also got 60+ Awesome Android Apps whilst you’re there…)
  • Seth Godin reckons there’s different voices inside your head trying to get you to do various things. Which is one way of thinking about it, I suppose, from a getting-more-stuff done point of view. I’d like to think that my ‘artist’ and ‘evangelist’ voices shout loudest, but I fear it’s often the ‘lizard’ and the ‘zombie’!
  • Over at alternaview they’re proposing the ’30 day challenge’ to get stuff done. Which is kind of like my ‘calling myself into the office’ idea, except it sounds better. :-p
  • I don’t get people who are addicted to email. How difficult can it be to not do something? Anyway, if that applies to you, then check out Why you’re hooked on email – and how to stop.
  • After reading another wonderful guest blog post on productivity by Scott Belsky I’m definitely going to buy his book!

Education & Academic

  • If you don’t already subscribe to Free Technology for Teachers, then you should! And this post on using a combination of Viddler and drop.io for cover/substitute teacher lessons is exactly why.
  • The Rapid E-Learning Blog featured 10 Free Audio Programs to Use for E-Learning. Which was handy.
  • The excellent timelines.tv site has been relaunched with some new content. If you’re a History teacher, or just interested in history, check it out!
  • To continue with the History theme, Historypin is an awesome augmented reality mashup of old pictures and Google Streetview. Makes me wish I was back in the classroom…
  • There’s now a Google Docs demo site up, which should help you influence the influencers in your school/organization! (implementing Google Apps was one of the best things I did in my previous position as Director of E-Learning)

Data, Design & Infographics

  • This visualization of supercomputers across the world by the BBC is worth playing with (it’s interactive on their site). Click on ‘OS’… :-p

  • In the UK we call them motorways, in Germany they call them autobahns, and in the USA they call them freeways. Whatever you call them, it’s annoying when the traffic on them slows down for seemingly no reason. This well-designed graphic explains how that happens:



Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper. (Francis Bacon)

You have to choose where you look, and in making that choice you eliminate entire worlds. (Barbara Bloom)

It’s Human Nature to Find Patterns where there are None & to Find Skill where Luck is a More Likely Explanation. (W. Bernstein)

You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event, it is a habit. (Aristotle)

Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. (John Wooden)

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Things I Learned This Week – #22

I learned so much from attending the Thinking Digital conference for 2.5 days this week that I’ll have enough for several blog posts when I eventually go through my notes! What’s below is what I learned apart from those times that I was in the magnificent Sage in Gateshead. 🙂



  • I haven’t got one (yet!) but if you’ve got an Apple iPad and want to display what’s on your screen to a projector, you need to jailbreak it and install Display Out via Cydia.
  • Of course, you should be waiting for an Android tablet:

  • Viewer2 looks like something that should be Mac-only but is actually Windows-only. What is it? An exceptionally cool way of organizing and tagging photos, that’s what!
  • Want your Android phone to act like an iPhone on certain websites? Here’s how.
  • You can probably tell I’m heavily considering going Android this week – here’s Lifehacker’s guide to the best bits of the 2.2 ‘Froyo’ operating system update.

Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Twitalyzer produces nice graphics related to the stuff you do on Twitter (it thinks I’m generous, which is nice – and live in Doncaster, which is wrong…)

  • At the conference I mentioned in the introduction, I got a chance to have a go at some origami. My efforts were feeble, which is why I have the utmost respect for these awesome examples of paper art!
  • Twitter Streamgraphs produces some very pretty visuals of… guess what? 🙂

  • I thought Walk With Me, a ‘soundtrack for walking’ was a great design idea (and it’s free!)


  • A 13-year old boy has become the youngest person to climb Everest. Turns out there were age restrictions in place on the Nepal side, so the team ascended using a more difficult route within China!
  • Mark Twain requested that his autobiography not be published until 100 years after his death. It’s time.
  • If Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings) decided to be Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for a day, this is what it would sound like:


We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. (Douglas Adams)

I never learned from a man who agreed with me. (Robert A. Heinlein)

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. (Vernon Law)

Luck is a dividend of sweat. (Ray Kroc)

There is no more dangerous error than that of mistaking the consequence for the cause. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Image CC BY-NC-SA ::hap

Things I Learned This Week – #21

I learned lots and had a great time at the bMoble Conference in Bradford on Thursday. Shame I didn’t get home until 1.30am the next morning due to trains being massively delayed at every connection! My 7-minute micropresentation went down very well at the associated TeachMeet, presenting using the Lessig method. I’m going to try and sync the video stream and my slides when I get time! 😀



  • You’ve got to love search engine mashups. The latest I’ve come across is Goofram, which puts Google and Wolfram Alpha side-by-side!
  • LiteSwitch makes Command-Tab on Mac OSX a little more useful. 🙂
  • Looks like momentum is growing for a move from Facebook to something more open like Diaspora. Proof? 4772 people pledged $174,323 towards a $10,000 goal. Wow!
  • Amazon S3 is a cloud storage solution. It kicks ass; lots of start-ups use it. Now Google’s getting in on the act.
  • I really like the CoolIris presentation method and have used it a couple of times before. Alan Levine’s got an updated guide on how to do it. Awesome!

Productivity & Inspiration

  • Lifehacker’s got a great post entitled The Set-It-and-Forget-It Guide to Never Missing Important Events. I needed to re-visit my labelling ‘regime’!
  • Another post on Lifehacker explains how useful procedure lists are. It’s something I’ll be looking into soon…
  • As I’ve said eleventy-billion times before, running makes you more productive. Barefoot running looks interesting but potentially painful. Thankfully, Zen Habits has a guide for that!
  • MicroMobs looks like a very productive way to get groups communicating effectively (ReadWriteWeb overview here)
  • On Friday it was the 30th anniversary of Pac-man. The Google home page featured a commemorative logo with a playable game. Apparently it pretty much ground many people’s productivity to a halt… 😉

Education & Academic

Smartboards don’t change the model that’s broken. They just make that model way more expensive.

  • You’ll be delighted to know that that the Boltzmann Equation has finally been solved after 140 years. And just as I was about to publish my own solution… 😉
  • Futurelab is partnering with HP to launch the Catalyst Initiative. As part of this, Futurelab has been invited to facilitate the ‘Pedagogy 3.0’ consortium. They’re taking applications to be part of it. The aim is to:

explore new models of teacher preparation that will better equip teachers to facilitate powerful 21st century STEM learning experiences for students. Projects engage new teachers during their pre-service and induction years, and involve in-service master teachers, teacher education faculty, and engineering/science content experts and faculty.

  • Zooburst is a 3D, augmented reality storytelling tool that I think educators are going to love! Example below from Alan Levine (hint: try clicking & dragging!):

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Want a well-designed visualization of the 2010 World Cup schedule? Look no further! (shame it’s in German…)
  • Ahh… I always wondered where cursors came from… 😉

  • George Siemens has posted a list of useful data sources for those wanting to research and/or find out statistics.
  • Confused about the political situation in Thailand? Need a quick, nicely-designed overview timeline of recent events? Here you go (CC BY-SA wltpim):



I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either. (Jack Benny)

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish. (Jean De La Fontaine)

Prosperity belongs to those who learn new things the fastest. (Paul Zane Pilzer)

Never, never, never, never give up. (Winston Churchill)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry & narrow-mindedness, & many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. (Mark Twain)

Image CC BY-NC-SA Claudio.Ar (not too much online)