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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cheddar Voyeurs, the UN and other more relevant things too

Categories: Advanced Higher: Rural Land Resources, Geography General
I sometimes feel a little perplexed at how much of my and others lives revolve around the internet. During holidays, I quite often have to put a self-imposed ban on switching on the laptop. I have become periodically addicted to a lot of the games found online and through social networking sites. When I feel guilty about this, I reflect that I haven't yet become this obsessed. This is a story that I kept hearing about on the radio on the way to work about an internet site which has received over half a million hits, as people log on to, well, watch a maturing cheese do very little really. After (admittedly not much) prompting from my Advanced Higher as I relayed the story, we put this on the whiteboard as we did some stats work, and got a little animated when a shadow passed across the cheese. Maybe I'm wrong, and it was just ecstacy at another spearman's rank test completed...

Why is this relevant? Well I can't think of a better example of how you can fill your online life with nothing but a mark in time. The internet can be a frustrating and time consuming tool, and the old adage about working smart over working hard can certainly apply here too. Ollie Bray has posted a brilliant online hand out that will save Advanced Higher in particular no amount of time and effort when completing the Geographical Issues and the Study. I have the double period tomorrow, and I aim to spend the first period talking about your fieldwork NAB, introducing the Issues essay with a look at exemplars and so on. With the second period, I think I'll look at some of Ollie's points with you as you embark on your research over the coming weeks.

Higher, I'm afraid, could be at any point in the RLR unit by now. I would like to think we'll be on to the Dales Case Study. If so, there's a really good video which highlights the role of public and voluntary bodies in land use management, and we can use that. As I haven't been in, I may come back to find you are behind on this, so we can use tomorrow to catch up (and maybe complete our podcast recordings-although I think most are finished now?).

Finally, one for the weekend. Which country are you? Here's me below. A little worried that most people see me as ineffective... :-s






You're the United Nations!

Most people think you're ineffective, but you are trying to
completely save the world from itself, so there's always going to be a long
way to go. You're always the one trying to get friends to talk to each
other, enemies to talk to each other, anyone who can to just talk instead of
beating each other about the head and torso. Sometimes it works and sometimes
it doesn't, and you get very schizophrenic as a result. But your heart
is in the right place, and sometimes also in New
York.



Take the Country Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid

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