On Cyber Utopia...

What civilization do we want to build in the 21st century? What kind of solidarities will we have need of in a world that is as of now interdependent? What will the place of the human being be in a world increasingly dominated by abstract machines and logic? – Philippe Quéau, former head of the French National Audiovisual Institute

Music and beyond

Teaching and learning to co-create

Presenting a book I co-edited and collaborated on that evolved out of the experience of several international multi-lingual networked projects conducted from a less constructivist teaching milieu. The book asks what it is that we learn if our purpose is to learn how to bring out the best in each other’s voices and collaborative action. We were lucky enough to have this opportunity to be so idealistically-directed.

Org-mode is local - even in LaTeX exports!

Universalism, and universal teaching, can become a reality… if someone is willing to do the ‘extra’ work.

Time and the silver platter

Thinking about what we make digitally relevant in terms of helpfulness instead of desserts streamed to the constant ‘now’ on a silver platter…

Appreciative relationalism

‘They are the weapons by which people like you are keeping in slavery people like me,’ he said once, jokingly, referring to my interest in the boiler-room operations and to my admiration of the great captains of industry whose lives I studied and whose work I had seen and admired at the Philadelphia exposition. – Michael Pupin

What can overcome communication

We should be worried by communication that mechanically goes through the motions.

Picturing technology as φάρμακον

Conceiving of technology in such a way as to depart from the world of manipulable things to reach the heart of the world into which we ‘have been thrown by birth and within which we try to orient ourselves by projecting our innermost possibilities upon it’.

Free lunches and the burden of responsibility

This post explores the fun and difficulties of trying to use a computer responsibly as a non-techie but appreciator of the computer art.
“It is easy to use a computer. This is fortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn. It is not so easy to use a computer wisely. This is unfortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn.” – Michael Chrichton

Software for collaborative learning

A description of ideal software tools for collaborative learning with a community feel and general comments on what I found by looking into some available software and their sites.