Hole in the wall fallout

Hole in the wall fallout Originally uploaded by andygavin.

Everything really does happen at once. I'd decided to move on and do all the work that I was putting off on the flat. As soon as this starts, what happens, someone reverses into the wall near my garage. They could have left their name, but didn't. Looks like the garage will need some long needed attention.


Models of learning: teaching for the student

In educational psychology it has long been known that people learn in a very individual way. To be an effective teacher or mentor, especially for new subjects, it is better to understand how the pupil learns--- to have a model representing how the pupil learns. Ski teachers in Canada do this; they have a concept of Student Centred Teaching. The model is quite simple and is works with most people that learn to ski. Pupils will fall, when learning into one of the categories:

Learns by watching. A good listener, prefers to be last in a group.
Practical and functional. Explainations have little meaning, learns by doing.

How to kill a software project

From Anti-patterns: Refactoring Software, Architecture and Projects in Crisis:

  • Show the same demo to the same audience
  • Focus on the technologies, not the problems and scenarios
  • Fail to maximise return on investments; for example, developing proof-of-concept prototypes is more effective than adding additional content to an existing prototype.
  • Change project focus from the larger scale to the smaller scale.
  • Don't maintain consistency between releases.

Seven blunders of the world

  1. Wealth without work
  2. Pleasure without conscience
  3. Knowledge without character
  4. Commerce without morality
  5. Science without humanity
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi


Flight over booked?

I've just been reading some interesting facts about your entitlement if your flight is overbooked. You are entitled in European Law to:

  • A full refund (with a free flight back to your point of departure where relivant)


  • Alternative transport with free refreshments, meals, accomedation, travel to and from the accomedation and two free telephone calls.

This is on top of compensation, payable in either case:

  • 250 euro for flights of 1,500 km or less
  • 400 euro for longer flights within the EU and other flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km

Gorillaz and MTV

Recently a saw Jonathan Ross interview Damon Alburn (famous as Blur's front man) and Jamie Hewlett (who comic enthusiasts will know as the creator of Tank Girl).
They told a story about how, a few years ago, they were sharing a flat in London. Watching the manufactured bands on MTV, they became disillusioned— so they decided to manufacture their own band. A cartoon band: the Gorillaz. Quite amazing to think, this month they won the MTV award for Best Band despite insisting there isn't a band.


Flock and Net Version 2

When I fist saw Flock, a new style of browser, I was skeptical. I thought why does the world need another browser. What's wrong with Firefox extensions. But actually, I've come around to the idea that the net is nothing like it was. Perhaps it is time to rethink the user interface for the IPod generation. The tools that are built into the standard browser now aren't quite what is needed anymore. Most people now don't dial up though a modem, they have at least access to one broadband connection; maybe many. They are far more likely to access the nest from multiple places during a day: from their phone, from their word and from their home.



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