Animation tools and workshop

Please see updated version with some additional links from one of my AV colleagues and I’ve added in augmented reality (Aurasma) too


In the workshop they had a play with PowToon as a starter but it wasn’t too phone friendly – slightly better on Android. Some of the group gathered a bunch of leaves which had blown into the room and started to make an animation & story using leaf colours, shapes which became families and friends.

Professor Piers Robinson: Iraq, Syria, Russia and propaganda

Professor Piers Robinson is Chair in Politics, Society and Political Journalism at the University of Sheffield, UK. His inaugural speech below – he is setting up a unit to study propaganda which is very welcome news. He is also speaking at Media on Trial this week.

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Microsoft #WannaCry #Wannalie? – Pattern reinforcement 2 Networked Dictatorship 2

“It wasn’t me, Miss, it was North Korea”

And silicon valley superwealthy M worried that some of the superwealth may no longer be coming their way in the future tell anyone and everyone anything about why it happened.

Microsoft are one of the cornerstones of Pax Americana since the 1980s and probably the most invasive company on the planet, turning the American dream into the rest of the world’s nightmare.

One day, probably not in my lifetime but assuming there are historians in the future… since the 1980s the infrastructure of the American dream is finally installed across the world and the relentless profiteering ($s and data) brings us to the present day where there are still no easy to use alternatives (yet but there might be) and they can still say and do whatever they like. But for how long?

Either way, the majority of the world cannot claim they are better off with Microsoft products because there have a) never been offered serious alternatives or the chance to do things differently and b) the connectivist transhuman idealists will continue to exploit the poorest using superwealthy donors who privatise research for the benefit of their stakeholders and interested others.

Microsoft and it’s relationship with the NHS is as profiteering as Google’s with Tony Blair giving them large amounts of NHS cash and still not paying taxes at a decent rate then David Cameron giving Google NHS hospital and patient data (via PA and DeepMind), large amounts of NHS cash and free access to all NHS research. As the NHS is disappearing – silicon valley is poised to make large amounts of cash from its demise. Somehow I don’t think North Korea is in the same picture. And isn’t it rather strange that all the countries where silicon valley has not fully invaded are always enemies of the US.  Maybe the ‘silicon valley’s of China, Japan, Russia and others will try and be more ethical – who knows, but they will be competition possibly. But for many people, they are too busy trying to survive to care.






Affective immunology – Professor Fulvio D’Acquisto

He has joined Roehampton University this autumn and just presented his research about emotions and the immune system. His background includes pharmacology and development of a drug to counteract overexpression of T cells, therapy, molecular biology and he is also professionally interested in anthropology. Some of his work is available at:

Affective Immunology

Life is Shit




Found out about Talklondon today where residents can input into consultations etc
In the early phases of egovernment as it was called then (2005), I helped a local council put in an online engagement system. It’s good to see a London example too in practice. Nice stats on the homepage of it. I’ve skimmed one discussion so far and the online facilitation is good – asking further questions to bring out more information etc