Sunday, April 30, 2017 | RECENT NOTES

Story of the week: meteorite

We found this news story while eating breakfast on March 25, in The Times of India, when we stayed in Pondicherry.

Briefly: an explosion blew a woman out of her house in Thurinjikuppam, and the experts who arrived declared that her gas pipe had a fracture and meteorites had played no part in the event.


Story of the week: fat-shamed

This story appeared in the main news section of the Hindustan Times on March 18, while we stayed in Kochi.

The story interests me, not because of the alleged fat-shaming, but because it consists of a series of non-sequitors that end in complete bathos. Briefly: an overweight policeman who suffered from an impolite tweet has now had a minor and unconnected urinary tract infection and “will be on oral medication for the next five days”.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 | THERE WE WERE


Monday, May 16, 2011 | ESSAYS

Marinetta Ombro: a culture not a classroom

In 2002 Arcada began an experiment that aimed to develop a learning laboratory in the form of a virtual culture embodied in an online world. This essay examines how and why this was attempted; the opportunities that it offered; and the reasons why the experiment was ended.

The essay is a (slightly) revised version of a chapter included in Transforming Virtual World Learning, edited by Randy Hinrichs and Charles Wankel. The book was published in 2011 by Emerald: London.