Ionic, isn’t it? @timeshighered

What a brilliant idea …: Academics from physicists to experts on Scandinavian culture are crafting stand-up comedy routines based on their work. But this is no joke. Matthew Reisz finds that a crowd’s laughter is not the only payoff Here’s an idea of the content: The nominal theme, tying in with a major exhibition, Power of Making, is “craft”, though the audience could not possibly have guessed it. Performers explore Tory drinking rituals and the “extreme Continue Reading →

A truly postmodern moment?

Advertised on the maker’s site as: ““Lemme tell ya, these ain’t no ordinary finches we’re talkin’ about. These here are the Angry Birds, the ones that’s gonna kick you in the ‘nads. And they’re the ones on your side. They must be from Galapadapados, or sumptin’.” – Col. Angus, Bird Expert. The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique Continue Reading →

Clothes-Swap Party

Yesterday, I went to a clothes swap party, and despite expecting to come away with nothing (well, since my chest infection, I’ve put on a lot of weight 🙁 but it’s steadied now – just waiting to go the other way), but I came away with the following: It was a really enjoyable evening – no one was quite sure what to do at the beginning, but Lynne had organised it all very well. Racks Continue Reading →

Talking Carl

Initially, during an ‘app swap’ session at an educational tech conference (#pelc10), I couldn’t see the point of this app, but decided that it was only 59p, and my colleague seemed almost unable to use it for laughing. What Can You Do With It? Strictly speaking, there’s not a lot to this app. Carl will repeat everything you say (and any music you play if loud enough) with a high-pitched voice. Tickle him, he will Continue Reading →

Identifying the (Post)Graduate Student

YOU JUST MIGHT BE A POSTGRADUATE STUDENT IF… you can identify universities by their internet domains. you are constantly looking for a thesis in novels. you have difficulty reading anything that doesn’t have footnotes. you understand jokes about Foucault. the concept of free time scares you. you consider caffeine to be a major food group. you’ve ever brought books with you on vacation and actually studied. Saturday nights spent studying no longer seem weird. the Continue Reading →

The World’s Deepest Bin

I did think that these ‘viral’ adverts (the piano stairs one is doing exceptionally well on Facebook – I’ve seen it several times today!) were from a car company – they were so smooth and polished – and yes, there we are Volkswagen, doing some social action work – and having fun whilst at it. I heartily approve of this! So Far: The Piano Stairs (2,254,386 views) The World’s Deepest Bin (as above) (317,461 views) Continue Reading →

Wordle: Cloudworks

Wordle created for question: What three words would you use to describe cloudworks? —Grainne Conole Thanks to @gconole, I now can work out how to produce a basic word cloud, but want to learn some of the finer points – meantime, however, you can play alongside me! “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Continue Reading →