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January 26, 2007

Ghost In The Shell: Standalone Complex 2nd Gig

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Not exactly a review, since the DVD isn’t released until Feb 26, but if the first gig is anything to go by, this will be the highlight of my year anyway. Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex is part political intrigue, part cop show, and part extended discourse on Cartesian mind-body duality (or ghost-shell duality in the terminology of the series). If you miss the buzz you used to get from cyberpunk in its heyday, this will hit the same spot. The series is set in the near future where crimes are committed by, for example, hacking into people’s minds (everyone in the world of GITS:SAC are linked together through cybernetic implants, except for vagrants, or those who suffer from a standalone complex), or swapping brains, or stealing wine (the only standard international currency). Section 9 combat organ-leggers, cyber-terrorists, clones, and all with a combination of philosophical discourse and kick-@$$ action. Standalone Complex is the epitome of posthuman cool.

January 22, 2007



One of the conference proceedings I’ve been working on has just been published. It’s the third in the set of three collections of papers from the DIVERSE conferences (in the best tradition of geek culture, volume 1 is due out later this year and volume 2 next year)

DIVERSE is all about using visual technologies in learning and teaching, so this covers everything from popping a video on for a class to handheld learning

I arranged the papers into four themes:
Video and Multimedia-based Learning, Teaching & Assessment
Videoconferencing for education
Learning through the Creation of Video & Film
Comparative studies of (Learning) Technologies

Ref: Childs, M., Cuttle, C. and Riley, K. (2007) (eds) Proceedings of DIVERSE Conferences 2005 and 2006, Glasgow: Glasgow Caledonian University

If you want a copy, let me know.

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