Monday, August 29, 2016 | RECENT NOTES
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest took place last Saturday, and finished with the kind of manufactured controversy that is so fashionable at the moment. However, the main controversy in our house concerned the inexplicable global decision to not vote for Macedonia in the semi-finals, thus depriving the final of its best histrionics in years.
Some conspiracy theories are dangerous. Some conspiracy theories are dull. Some are stupid. Some are meta. Some meta theories, as we shall see, are obviously more meta then others.
I have just come across this site which is a kind of all-inclusive conspiracy theory mash-up from 2011, which is still on the web with the date of The Ascension intact. The date is December 31, 2012, fact fans, and I, for one, don’t recall ascending. This section from one of its many pages (the conspiracy is vast and multi-dimensional and so is the site) stands as a candidate for the Quote of the Decade.
It involves The Galactic Federation of Light & Ascended Masters, but you probably already guessed that.
Thursday, August 25, 2016 | THERE WE WERE
Monday, May 16, 2011 | ESSAYS
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.