Thursday, 3 May 2012

Seen and heard: March 2012

How Users Matter, edited by Nelly Oudshoorn and Trevor Pinch (MIT Press 2003) - collection of sociology of science papers on how users have co-constructed technologies such as the telephone, mass electrification, internet cafes, and the Minimoog music synthesiser.
ROLE (Responsive Open Learning Environment) project workshop on desktop gadgets to support self-regulated learning, hosted by the British Institute for Learning and Development workshop, 14 March 2012.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Quintessential Phase - the 2007 radio version of the Douglas Adams's pessimistic (but still wickedly funny) conclusion to his sequence, when the new edition of the Guide has the single word "Panic" on the cover and the Earth is destroyed by the Vogons again, but this time finally and irrevocably.
Still Life - gritty and disturbing adventure game noir from 2005.
The Artist, Oscar-winning soundtrack to the  2011 film, by Ludovic Bource.
Kyrie, from Missa de Meridiana Terra, by Neil Van der Watt (music for choir and percussion, 2005) - heard in a Jesuit Media Initiative podcast, recording unfortunately not available in this country.
Empire (TV series) -  Jeremy Paxman nicely combining ironic historical detachment with personal empathy for the survivors of the British Empire, colonisers and colonised alike.

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