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Frost Bite

12 Jan

I just love this photo, taken by my friend Patti Kuche.


Frozen Apple on a tree

Still hanging on . . . 

Late to the party but Happy New Year wishes to you all!

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Back on the Air!

26 Nov

Just letting my faithful blog readers know that I will have Out of my Depth? Nah! up and running again soon. Thanks for your continued support and encouragement!

About time for a new post….

30 Jul

Team warming up
Port Power at TIO Stadium in Darwin


Port Power warming up at TIO Stadium in Darwin, before being thrashed by the Western Bulldogs.

July 17 2010

A little bit of Moonta in Darwin.

30 Jul
Moonta House Building, Darwin

Moonta House Building, in Darwin

I don’t know what happens in the Moonta House building in Darwin, but it was good to see it up there. 



Martha is on the blog, at last!

13 Jul

After a week of delays ( is currently having a few problems) my film introducing Martha Favarolle, which I mentioned in the post of 8th July, is finally ready to be viewed.  Have a look!

Why books are a “hard sell”

8 Jul

This is an article by a high school librarian in the USA. It is from the Boing Boing site, and I accessed it on 8th July, 2010. It touches on the topic of my previous posting, the link between shallow thinking and skimming texts. Every day at work I teach students how to locate resources, both physical items and online articles. These information literacy skills are vital in locating relevant information for assignments – but I hadn’t given much thought as to whether the information, once found, was actually read and assimilated, or just skimmed to satisfy citation requirements.
The article is quite short – so we shouldn’t have too much trouble coping with it!

Shallower thinking? Multi-tasking or unable to focus?

8 Jul

I have been reading a few articles lately in newspapers and on blogs which examine the question ‘Is the Information Age making us dumber?’ Information overload is certainly not a new phenomenon. Even in the 1980s I remember watching a documentary in which Barry Jones warned that the sheer amount of information that people had to take in was becoming unmanageable, and that we needed to become more selective.
I don’t think that even Barry Jones, with his huge intellect, could have imagined the changes in technology and the explosion of information sources which have occurred in the last 20 years.
We hear much about Gen Y’s ability to multitask – facebooking, texting on the phone, listening to music, tweeting, watching youtube and conducting an online conversation all at the same time. I wonder, though, whether the ability to focus on a task is being eroded. I’m not even talking so much about ‘deep thinking’ in an academic sense – though that may be a problem – but even reading a book and being able to immerse oneself in the action on the page – or indeed on the virtual page of an e-reader. I know that my attention span is much shorter for reading newspaper articles. There is just so much to take in all the time, that I flit from article to article and page to page, scanning headlines and pictures. When I do find something that I know I should read, I tear it out of the paper and keep it in a pile which steadily gets bigger and bigger….
I’m finding it more difficult to concentrate on a task for any length of time, because there is so much to do, but also so many distractions. The hyperlinks in web pages often take me on a wonderful journey of discovery (last week I spent more than an hour reading comments on a blog about the different methods that people used to keep squirrels out of bird feeders in North America). It is easy to be diverted from the original aim of the research. The sheer immediacy and often the humour in the writing are very enticing. ‘Happening upon’ information occurs, rather than ‘researching in a considered way’.
Hmmm…. I’m off now to research this topic in a considered way.