[tagging folksonomies]

Working on my presentation for the Reading Revolution seminar due to be given at Penguin headquarters on Tuesday (soooo soon!) has relight my thinking on tagging. As I was leafing through Facebook and contemplating how this site illustrates the community and collaborative spirit of contemporary literacies (i.e. transliteracy) I began to visit people's "stories" (well, feeds of their stories) rather than linking directly to people and noticed how they are tagging their status. I say "tagging" rather than narrating because the stories are more like bits of information which the reader pieces together to create a story or profile of the person/organisation. As an example, friend a "is loving his anonymous gifts" and friend b "is a pirate. Aaaarrrggghhh." These two phrases, seem to me, to work as identity or status tags, giving the reader an idea of what's going on rather than the *whole* (I mean in an entirely problematic postmodern critical kind of way) story. Does the (over)use of the copula "to be" signify anything about people's states; in perpetuum?

Facebook has the new tagging application so users can tag (describe) friends...I've started describing myself (is that ego-tagging?). What I'd like to know: is Facebook tagging evolving in ways similar to delicious (using oft' cited tags rather than creating new ones, working with the community, etc...). In other words, are there "standards" for Facebooking? I wonder if tagging is moving from user-centric preferences to community-centric?

xposted at Frontline Books


[education in the digital world]

A simple video that reminds us what effect technology can have on education:



A couple of days in Amsterdam, how could we not experience the red light district? Very educational...Apparently, as with airports (as noted by Chris), no photos can be taken....but oops, I think I accidently slipped:

part-time job
amsterdam at work
educational hemp museum
busy working
Amsterdam 011

As we ambled about the canals we heard some fantastic Beethoven booming. At first we thought someone was blaring it from speakers for some kind of nouveau-cool party but slowly a car towing a piano AND painist crept into view. Sadly I was too slow with the camera so the photo doesn't do this eccentric episode justice:


look behind the tree:
piano zoomed


[blogging around the world]

I came across this excellent graphic that puts blogging in geographical perspective:

Interesting but not sure if the stats add up, especially given this recent article suggesting Japan as leading blog readers...


[friday night in utrecht]

tno The local geological survey extended their welcome to me and made sure we experienced *real* Dutch hospitality (code for beer!). The Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience TNO - National Geological Survey (or just TNO for short) not only schooled us in science fiction and the merits of Battlestar Galactica (well it is filmed in Vancouver and most of the actors are Canadian...though that's probably not a good thing), Dutch accents (and the need to subtitle television shows because that eastern dialect is a whole other language), differences between American and *standard* English spellings, but also demonstrated rainy day fashion in the form of a fetching blue bin bag.
rain fashion


And they're all off on field work early tomorrow morning....



We arrived in Utrecht yesterday (a day after landing from Toronto). It's gorgeous and everyone is on a bike. People here seem very relaxed except the guards in the airport who told me: "no pictures ma'am, it's an airport..." (hrumph...)


[blogger sued]

I read about this story on Robin Hamman's blog.

From the
Ottawa Citizen:

"The president of Steelback Brewery, based in Tiverton, Ont. has filed a $2 million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libelled him on his popular sports website.

Filed late last week in court in Newmarket, Ont., Frank D'Angelo alleges Neate Sager damaged his reputation and his image in comments posted on Sager's blog between August 2006 and January of this year.

Frank D’Angelo.

In his statement of claim, D'Angelo argues that Sager's comments - which described D'Angelo as a "huckster" and a "two-bit shyster" - are derogatory in that they paint a picture of him as a "peddler," a "con man" and an "irritant."

The claim also says Sager called D'Angelo a "professional nuisance" and described his interest in acquiring the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins franchise as a "charade."

Sager, who also works as a copy editor at the Ottawa Sun, said he has yet to file a statement of defence and hopes to resolve the matter out of court.

"I am shocked this happened," said Sager, who several weeks ago revised some of the more contentious remarks on his blog, "Out of Left Field," at neatesager.blogspot.com.

"I'm still 100 per cent confident that reasonable people can find a reasonable solution to this and I just hope Mr. D'Angelo can sort of see that it's really kind of silly that it has come to this point."

The statement of claim argues the comments "severely damaged (D'Angelo's) credit, character and reputation" and that he was "brought into public scandal and contempt" as a result.

"The fact is that the conduct of the defendant in failing to remove the offending entries from his website, his failure to issue an apology and his public mockery of the notice letter has aggravated the damages suffered," the claim says.

"The defendant did not provide a balanced view and provided no opportunity to the plaintiff to respond to the aspersions made against him."

None of the allegations have yet been proven in court.

Contrary to the allegation that Sager provided D'Angelo no opportunity to respond, the website has a comment feature that allows readers to publicly share their own views and opinions, Sager said.

"Anyone can leave a comment there."

D'Angelo, an Ontario businessman who also owns a downtown Toronto restaurant as well as a brand of energy drink and a line of apple juice, says in the claim that he issued a notice letter to Sager back in February expressing his concern.

He argues Sager "promptly posted" the letter on his website and mocked its contents.

Sager "refused to remove the offending references" from his site and "revelled in the prospect of being pursued for damages for libel" for the "notoriety" and "attention" it brought him, the claim says.

D'Angelo did not return phone calls Monday."


[music at sharon temple]

Ok, I admit. When I heard the word "temple" I thought "oh no..." this is going to be some kind of *religious* thingey...but in fact I was pleasantly relieved and the acoustics were amazing (the temple topped last year's Toronto Star list of Canadian essential architecture) . The choir was moving and the first song, Gloria, written by choir member Timothy Corlis was my favourite - it seemed to suit the surroundings the best.

Here is a blurb from the site:

"June 10: Noel Edison will conduct the Elora Festival Singers in a varied programme highlighted by notable Canadian commemorations including John Beckwith's Three Motets on Swan's "China", which was performed at the first Music at Sharon concert in 1981. Glenn Gould’s witty So You Want to Write a Fugue? will honour the 75th anniversary of the late- musician’s birth, and movements from Glenn Buhr’s Richot Mass will mark the 10th anniversary of Manitoba’s 1997 Red River flood."