So one of the hardest half terms has drawn to a close. Do I say that after every damn half term? Probably. Regardless, this time I really do mean it even more than usual. But still, here’s to a week of leisure. Well, kind of.
First off, we have the Blogging in Education conference to attend on Friday. Well, any excuse to pop up to London has to be grasped, right? Right. Plus it should be really exciting and interesting, seeing what other people are doing at the cutting edge of putting the technology into practice in schools. Fingers crossed there are lots of ideas and practical experiences to draw upon as well as share. On a related note I had a nice email today from a teacher in Singapore who had stumbled upon my digital arts podcasts. It remains to be seen if he might actually make use of them in practical ways, but fingers crossed.
All of which leads onto other duties I need to address over the next week; preparing some more on-line resources, and playing with our newly established Moodle installation. I predict a steep learning curve ahead.
Aside from that, I finally figured out and fixed (I hope) the problems with the Tangents Loudblog powered podcasts. The Flash player should now function properly, and downloads should also work fine (I think they always did though). I hope you enjoy them. Next step is to actually run music together in a radio show stylee with spoken bits by yours truly. Should be a gas. And actually I think it would be really cool for school too. We should do a school radio show as a podcast. How cool would that be?
Hmm, so yes, recent listening: I’m still listening to a lot of Scritti Politti, both old and new. The new album is so delicious, it almost hurts. Nice piece by Simon Reynolds (who else?) on Green’s triumphant return in today’s Guardian on-line, incidentally. Otherwise, it’s been the remastered Swagger by Blue Aeroplanes, a record I knee-jerked against so strongly on its initial release but which now sounds rather fine. And call me an old sucker, but it’s lovely to hear Rodney Allen on the rather fine ‘Careful Boy’ and of course the classic ‘Different Now’. It’s now strangely sweet to find oneself in a record, though I did not always feel the same of course. Such are the joys of growing up, growing old.
Elsewhere, the new Sambassadeur EP is charming and lush and all the things you would expect by now from classy Swedish Pop, whilst the You And The Atom Bomb album on Sink And Stove is glorious edgy angular Pop that should have all the Big Flame and Wolfhounds fans dribbling in delight. Or maybe that’s one of the not so great joys of growing old… the dribbling I mean, not loving You And The Atom Bomb.