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Wild Goose Talk – Audio Download

Apologies for dodgy sound quality – just put my phone to record by the PA, but the audio of my talk at Wild Goose is available here: The feedback from Wild Goose has been incredibly positive. Well done to all those who put it together – it deserves to have a really positive impact on [...]

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Wild Goose | US Edition of Other

I got back from Wild Goose early yesterday morning and had to travel immediately to work to teach. So just about emerging from a jet-lagged coma and appreciating what a good time, and a good thing, Wild Goose was. The dream of having an ‘American Greenbelt’ seemed – to talk to lots of US people [...]

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Why Go to Festivals When the Music Sounds Sh*t?

Interesting piece in The Independent yesterday, asking why people bother going to festivals when the sound quality is crap, there’s mud everywhere, you can’t sleep, and people push and spill beer all over you. I visited Glastonbury once, many years ago now, and left utterly mystified. Why, I wondered at the time, did so many [...]

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Roll Up! Roll Up! A Dastardly Seminar Attempt at Wild Goose…

Quite simply, you HAVE to be there. See you on site. Limited edition hand-printed bills may be available.        

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The Turing Test Corollary: Can You Prove You Are Human?

  Interesting video from the RSA called ‘A Defense of Humanity in the Age of the Computer’. Though the camerawork does look rather like a throwback to the 70s, it has some good angles on the Turing Test. Put simply, you have a keyboard and a display. Questions come up, and you answer them, and [...]

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Wild Goose | Help Needed! | Plug ‘Other’ and get 2 rows closer to God

This time next week I’ll be North Carolina enjoying the inaugural Wild Goose Festival. I’m going to be speaking in the Geodesic Dome venue on Friday evening at 8pm: Loving Others in a World of Fractures From noisy neighbours to racism, fundamentalism, issues about immigration and terrorism, the problem of dealing with ‘the other’ has [...]

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Tsskk Tsskk… Why Do Kids Play Music on Buses?

Interesting piece yesterday looking at why kids might play their crappy, tinny music through their stupid phones when on buses on trains. And why good, responsible adults might find their blood boiling when it happens. With mobile phones in many a teenager’s pocket, the rise of sodcasting – best described as playing music through a [...]

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‘I Believe in God, and the Internet is my Religion’ | The Radical Commons | Marx

  Thanks to @designbygecko for putting me on to this extraordinary talk by Jim Gilliam at a web conference recently. Jim was brought up a fervent evanglical – and remains so, except that his faith is now truly in the Internet. He has his reasons for his conversion: he’s suffered multiple cancers and had to [...]

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Are Google Guilty of Insider Trading?

I’m currently consulting on a BBC programme to be broadcast in the autumn which is all about the mathematics of everyday life. Not allowed to say any more about it, but there is a section there about how Google can inform hospitals of impending flu epidemics days before they actually hit by tracking the search [...]

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Le Quattro Volte | Putting Humanity’s Role into Perspective

  I went to see¬†Michelangelo Frammartino’s new film last night, Le Quattro Volte. This is a very difficult film to do justice to on the page, but I will simply say: try to go and see it. Do all you can to get to see it at the cinema. This is cinema. Not plasma TV [...]

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