BARCAMP IRELAND failed to make the daily theme cloud on IrishBlogs.ie but that lack of electronic social networking on the day does not diminish the power of the face-to-face social networking in Cork's Webworks. Self-organising events like BarCamps do not allow participants to attend all the sessions since up to three scheduled talks occur simultaneously. Two sessions made their way into our research notebooks for upcoming podcasts. We also made a 55-minute podcast that includes segments in it. [45.6 MB 112 kbps MP3 file]
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IT COULD BE that my brain is getting mushy after too many episodes of That Guitar Man, but I resolutely do not believe in the war on terror as orchestrated by the executive branch of the US government. Let me explain--I hope you read to the end.
Thirty years ago, I took a college course from a trained assassin. He knew terror first-hand. He was an instrument of the US government. He taught me and 10 others the theory, the tactics and the strategy of the anti-terrorist elite--all for college credit in an "International Relations" module. In his first hour of instruction, he laid down the facts that about combating terrorism, including the principle that you do not mount a traditional frontal assualt. You train your response to come down the smokestacks as laser bombs, into bedrooms cloaked in black, or through the walls of sitting rooms with a battering ram. This is a dirty business and not very civilised. You do not marshall forces in a line as rank and file. You do not take up arms in a hostile territory as a standing army. Most of his examples were non-American, including Viking invasions of Ireland.
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THIS WEEK RESULTED in me manually cleaning a minimum of 300 comment spams from my moderation queue during each of the past four days--that's more than 1000 unwanted spams in a work week. That's more spams than I've endured in three years with Typepad. I resorted to a manual clean-up task since it appeared that a combination of comment moderation and manually blocking unwelcome IPs was working. Sometime later this weekend, I will reopen my comments and see what happens.
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IRISH PODCASTING is really a little tot in a shop full of big players. Take academic podcasting, for example. Several third level institutions in Ireland, including our stuff at podcasting.ie, play around with education and podcasting, but when you look at the service statistics, nothing in Ireland can compare to the University of California in Berkeley. They have served 132,253 streams and 19,087 downloads in less than one academic year. Check these numbers out from Obadiah Tarzan:
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