The Computer Behind Playpen

playpen laptop

Okay, it’s not really the server behind Playpen, but it is the machine on which I write most of it. Iain had the nice (and as it turned out simultaneous idea) to start a Flickr group of Computers Behind Blogs.

So, here’s mine from my Desk in Weimar. I seem to have been travelling so much recently that a more apt photo might be on a German train.

Anyway, it surprised me how interesting it was in the end actually – there are several people that I know and correspond with only though online connections, so it’s quite fascinating to see a little peek into their lives.

The Omnium Blog

Omnium Blog

I’ve written before about my work with the Omnium Project and the Omnium Creative Network, but it has been needing another home…

My colleagues from Omnium and I met up in Berlin for a conference and worked out lots of exciting plans for the future, which will steadily unveil.

One big change is that the Omnium Interface has been massively overhauled (with some very cool additions) and will be released as open-source. We hope people will start contributing some cross-funcitonality with other platforms too (like Moodle, which although it has some great management elements and is also open-source, is pig ugly).

So the new home for many of my thoughts and writings about education, is Omnium’s blog that we have finally got up (about three years late). It’s pretty vanilla at the moment, but we hope it will give a bit of a window on the interesting work going on.

The War on Blogs

Now that large corporations like Dell have started to ‘get’ blogs since the various Dell Hell blog posts started panning their stock price it appears that Dick Cheney has realised that other people might also “manipulate the media”. How dare they? This from the BBC story (note that he’s talking to Fox News):

Mr Rumsfeld said earlier this year that he was concerned by the success of US enemies in “manipulating the media”.

“That’s the thing that keeps me up at night,” Mr Rumsfeld said.

On Monday, US Vice President Dick Cheney also made reference to the use of media, suggesting insurgents had increased their attacks and were checking the internet to keep track of American public opinion.

“It’s my belief that they’re very sensitive of the fact that we’ve got an election scheduled and they can get on the websites like anybody else,” Mr Cheney told Fox News.

“There isn’t anything that’s on the internet that’s not accessible to them. They’re on it all the time. They’re very sophisticated users of it.”

Sophisticated users of “the Internets”? Next they’ll be using The Google to bomb Bush’s ranch.