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How to use a touch of Gothic

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The New Yorker quietly adds just a smidgen of Gothic to a technology essay: The primary interface element of Now is what Google calls “cards,” which are modelled after real cards. They present a clean, trim canvas for information—one recalls...

Triggers for experience

For “art works”, we might substitute “content”, or “educational resources”. Via the mighty BAVATUMBLR, on the occasion of Brian Eno’s birthday. I know we’re supposed to revere Eno for his contribution to ambient art, but my warmest feelings are reserved … Continue reading ?

Cannibalism in Syria

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Today's story of cannibalism comes from the Syrian civil war, where a rebel apparently gnawed on a dead soldier's heart. According to one account, In the clip, Sakkar cuts into the chest of the dead soldier before ripping out his...

TTT#345 Detroit Future Schools & Boston w/Ammerah Saidi, Danielle Filipiak, Christina Cantrill, Fred Haas, Chris Tsang 4.17.13

Download. On this episode of TTT we learn more about connected learning, city as school, using media in justice-based education and more! Educators from the Detroit Future Schools (DFS) program share their experiences of attempting to re-invent the practice and purpose of education. Show More Summary

More scary short videos from Popcorn horror

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

We shared the fine short video "Click" a few days ago. Now it's time to examine the other Gothic tidbits from the contest which "Click" won, Popcorn Horror. Warning: all of these have scenes of extreme violence, pain, and death....

Inhabiting an abandoned skyscraper

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

A Venezuelan skyscraper failed to fill its spaces with business, and fell empty. Gradually poor people moved in, squatting in what sounds like a disturbing ruin: ‘rooms with a view’ lacked walls, working electricity, running water, windows, balcony railings and...

The immersive guillotine

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

What is it like to be guillotined? One enterprising group built a simulation, using the Oculus Rift gaming rig. Disunion - The guillotine simulator from André Berlemont on Vimeo. (via Slashdot)

"Click", a fine piece of short, understated horror video

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"Click" is a good example of how to establish horror without any gore whatsoever. The plot is quite simple, concerning some kids exploring an abandoned building. That building makes for a terrific setting, a vast, uninhabited ruin with its own......

Siri, the horror movie

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The terror of Siri, from the Rooster Teeth guys: (thanks to Owain)

Brushes with Yacht Rock greatness… oh, what can I do?

I was meaning to blog this when it happened a couple weeks ago. I was unduly pleased to receive a celebrity Twitter “favorite” to a smart-ass retweet: One of things I love about this exchange is that Micheal McDonald’s Twitter … Continue reading ?

Gamifying against surveillance

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Anti-surveillance Germans organized a protest game this past February. It involved taking out surveillance cameras. [P]oints are awarded for the number of cameras destroyed and bonus scores are given for particularly imaginative modes of destruction. Axes, ropes and pitchforks are...

Goodnight... Moon.

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Watch out for the woman whispering hush: Previously on Infocult: Goodnight Dune. (thanks to Andy Havens)


Stephen Downes’s recently wrote a post on the great rebranding of MOOCs, arguing “MOOCs were not designed to serve the missions of the elite colleges and universities. They were designed to undermine them, and make those missions obsolete.” It clearly … Continue reading ?

Baby vs zombie

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"Cargo" (2013) is a very short zombie tale with an unusual focus: a father and baby during the zompocalypse. (via MetaFilter)


C12_manifiestoBOBESPONJA_02 shared CC by AMASTÉ A quick note to share my latest excuse for sporadic blogging. Due to a somewhat unexpected resignation, I’ve been asked to serve as the interim Director of Marketing and Communications for TRU Open Learning until … Continue reading ?

Dear Colleagues,

You have recently received several handouts from the New Action caucus touting their opposition credentials. While I support many, if not all, of the goals set out in these handouts, I found it disingenuous that hey failed to make clear...Show More Summary


As spring increasingly asserts its will in a back-and-forth battle with winter, the temperature swings are creating wild effects here at Paul Lake. A couple weeks back, a long stretch of very warm temperatures had melted an inch of water … Continue reading ?

Middle Aged Gaming

We bought a new Xbox during the Christmas holidays, complete with Kinect. Apart from the bundled games, the first game my youngest son bought was NBA 2K13 as the house has sort of gone basketball mad over the last 18 months. Despite my interest in games, I have never really gotten into any serious games. [...]

The velveteen touch of a dandy fop

Closed until further notice shared CC by simon.hucko I may not get a lot of readers here in my cozy little lovenest of ed tech subversion, but I couldn’t ask for a better class of visitor to drop by… Witness … Continue reading ?

Robots take one step closer to planetary dominion

3 years agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

We're seen how the Big Dog robot can stomp around. Now it can also pick up and toss huge cinderblocks over its "shoulder." Presumably to destroy human rebels. Watch the video of humanity's overlords to come in action: One commentato...

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