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My Digital Fiction Presentation for Futures in Literacy Conference

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Lolcats Literacies: oh hai… pass me teh towel?

(note: The lolcat image above is from I can Has Cheezburger which has a “share to your hearts content policy”) This is one of favourite images and captions ever – it really and truly made me laugh out loud.  If you haven’t heard of lolcats before, check out the wiki entry and the associated links, [...]

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Harry Potter and the Spoiling Phenomenon

By 9:01 am tomorrow Australian time we’ll all know the answers to the following: – Did Harry’s scar really contain a Horcrux that carried a bit of Voldemort and ultimately mean Harry has to kill himself to kill Voldemort? – Does Hermione sacrifice herself to save Ron? – Does Harry sacrifice his wizardry skills and [...]

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Australian Politicians Catching Up to the YouTube Campaigning Practices of their US Counterparts

“John Howard pops up in cyberspace to prove that he has caught up the the 21st century” explains some news reporter on the News today. Malcom Turnbull has a Facebook site and his friends seem to love this photo he posted: Meanwhile Peter Garret from the Labour party argued back against the PM’s climate change [...]

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Nudes Descending- Interactive SL Art

Gaza does it again – you might remember Gaza Stripped, an article from Slatenight magazine (now sadly on hiatus for the time being), where Gaza, pictured below, discussed her philosophy about real/virtual/pop art. Nude Descending is another play on an artistic icon, in which falling nude art pieces topple down a staircase, and if you [...]

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We Are The Strange

We Are The Strange is a new indie movie being featured at the Sundance Film Festival. Described as “Mosters Inc. meets The Nightmare Before Christmas inside of a retro Japanese video game”, the film is sure to be a cult hit because it is truly… strange… from the snippets I have seen and the teasers [...]

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Proposed Video-Game School Gets $1.1 Million Boost

I just came across this press release … All Things Considered, June 21, 2007 ยท The MacArthur Foundation board announced Thursday it will fund a $1.1 million grant for a brand new middle- and high school in New York. The curriculum revolves around teaching kids to make video games. The MacArthur Foundation says video games [...]

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Four Eyed Monsters – the full feature film on youtube

In February I blogged about the innovative movie Four Eyed Monsters.  Now the young producers have put the entire feature film on youtube, so here it is: I’m so excited to be able to watch this after missing out on it when it was shown in Second Life.  I love it!

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The Simpsons and my “Today Tonight” Interview

Hey, I was on Australian television again! Did anybody see me on the current affairs program called Today Tonight? I think the show aired while I was away in the States. This time I was talking about “The Simpsons”, media and pop culture, and fan fiction. Below is a cleaned up version, more or less, [...]

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I’m Heading Off for June to Speak, Research, Speak, Plan more Research etc etc…

The major speaking event I have is the featured session at the NMC Summer Conference. I was specifically invited to speak about a “bit of everything” related to my research, so here’s the slides that accompany the talk. I hope I can arrange an audio stream to support the slides for the near future. And [...]

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