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February 11, 2008

Sharia and English law

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I had a very interesting discussion with Professor Shaheen Ali this morning on the current debate around the place of ‘Islamic Law’ within the UK legal framework following Dr Rowan Willams’ comments.

The podcast is a bit longer than normal, but probably worthwhile as Shaheen has some really interesting opinions on the current debate as well as giving some really useful contexts for considering the issues.

September 24, 2007

Writing Challenges – New Podcast

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Today we launched a new podcast – Writing Challenges with David Morley.

The series relates to his recent book The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing but takes one element of the book, writing games, a bit further.

Each week David will discuss an aspect of creative writing and then set a challenge which will give your creative gene a little work out.

What we want is for listeners to send in the results of their challenges to us (via and David will read out and discuss some of the submissions in a special edition of the podcast later in the term.

So have a listen and get writing!

August 01, 2007

New podcast mini–series

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A new podcast mini-series is up, this one related to Peter Pormann’s new book on Medieval Islamic Medicine:

Lot’s of stuff covered in this one, but it’s very interesting. There’s a good discussion in episode 3 on Baghdad and its importance in the translation of Greek and other learning into Arabic, and thus by a process of the spread of ideas back to europe. Considering the current state of that city it’s good to be reminded of its critical role as a hub of knowledge and learning.

Anyway, hope you enjoy it!

May 04, 2007

Beauty is Truth – A short history of symmetry

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I am very pleased to publish the first podcast mini-series we’ve done – A short history of symmetry with Professor Ian Stewart.

This is a series of 7 episodes (first two available today) focussing on key chapters of his new book, Why Beauty is Truth.

We’ve pushed the boat out a bit here – we have music!

It will prove to be a really interesting exercise – is this a format and approach that will be attractive; will it sell more books! We shall wait and see.

So, check out episode 1 and 2 – an introduction to symmetry in maths and physics and an overview of Babylonian mathematics, Greek geometry and a breif appearance by Omar Kyham.

In the next few weeks:

  • Renaissance Mathemeticians getting shirty with each other
  • Revolutionary mathematics in revolutionary France – a tale of tragedy, misunderstandings and an idea that reshaped most of physics and mathematics
  • What the physicists did next – Einstein and symmetry
  • Symmetry gets tough – quantum mechanics
  • An equation for every occasion – string, superstring theory and symmetry (plus a bonus track (cough) – what about an asymmetric universe?)

January 25, 2007

Podcasting get together/workshop

There has been a lot of interest in podcasting around the University in the last 12 months for both elearning and communications.

There are many projects currently underway across the University examining how we can best use podcasts, whether audio or video, to enhance the way we deliver teaching and raise the profile of both departments and individuals.

On March 1st the Communications Office and eLab’s elearning team are hosting a half day workshop on podcasting.

We will be examining the practicalities of delivering podcasts for teaching and communications and exploring why you might want to start a podcasting programme. The aim is to show how communications and elearning are drawing together to deliver rich content to meet a number of key objectives.

Additionally, we would like to open up an invitation to share best practice, discuss opportunities and link up expertise from across the University.

If you would like to attend please contact me, Tom Abbott, either on 74474 or via This is intended for Warwick people.

A detailed agenda will be published soon, as will the location – hopefully Scarman House.

I'm a cartoon in the THES!

iCast and podcasts got a good write up in the THES today, plus most of the lead editorial – hooray!

On top of which, I get turned into a cartoon – is this the pinnacle of my short life? It’s down hill from here on in.

January 24, 2007

Blatant podcast pimp

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I don’t often highlight particular podcasts but I have to mention the latest one on Women and Hamlet.

I found this discussion particuarly interesting – I might have to buy the book!

January 02, 2007

Digg podcasting

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The new Digg podcast service is interesting, taking the principles behind the normal Digg service and applying it to podcast content. It’s a simple mechanism for recommending and sharing content of interest.

Interesting that there are so few comments – perhaps podcasts are not immediate enough to excite comment in the way that text and video do. The discussion element is something I rack my brain about on a regular basis, but perhaps it’s the medium that stops people commenting.

Thanks to the 5 people who Dugg Warwick Podcasts and got us on the Up and Coming list for education – you can tell it’s early days when 5 votes gets you on a list!

July 21, 2006

Some numbers about online video

A few stats:

Youtube – 100 million downloads per day, 65,000 uploads per day, 20 million unique users per month (source)

On average, US consumers spent close to one hour per month viewing Internet video from work locations during March (source)

158 million broadband subscribers across OECD countries (source)

Some graphs from the OECD on Broadband connections

Overall Visits to Video Search Sites Up 164% (source)

Note that the above source has some interesting stats on average visit length for main video aggregators

"24 percent of internet users access video at least once a week, while 46 percent watch video at least once a month. News leads the way in frequency of viewing, with 27 percent of online video viewers watching at least once a week, followed closely by funny videos (26 percent watch at least once a week). Not surprisingly, online video viewing is very common at home (39 percent of those with home internet access watch at least once a week) compared to 19 percent of those who watch at least once a week at work." (source)

May 08, 2006

podcasts part2

Follow-up to Podcast stats from Contemplating the Frame

As a nice little coda to my earlier post I got a call from a journalist today who wants to use one of the Warwick Podcasts as part of a package of material he is producing for their publication.

This is great for a few reasons – firstly it was a request to use the original content, not edited or rebranded – we must be doing something right then! Secondly it shows that Journalists are catching on to the new PR/Comms tools and that we are right to be supplying content in this way.

I also did some fag packet maths – 1250 downloads at around 20 minutes each is 25,000 minutes of Warwick content served.


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