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Happy New Year. May it be filled with hope, peace, joy and love. May you be driven to join ++Rowan’s quiet army of volunteers who show the world is built and turns on God’s generosity.

May you also unleash your inner creativity. I’ve meant to muse for a while on the only new tech geekery I fell for in 2012, and while I’m here with coffee, I have a moment or two. So here goes.

My 2012 find of the year, though I didn’t totally realise it at first: Pinterest. Way back, Terese said on twitter she was giving it a go, and I applied for a beta account. She wasn’t sure what she’d do with it, and neither was I. Got let in, had a look, I still wasn’t sure. Eventually, as it grew, I decided it was a bit like Delicious but visual. This appealed to me, since I pretty much stopped using delicious when it looked like it was dead, but never quite got round to exporting my links to something else, and then when it seemed to be given a reprieve, tentatively started bookmarking again, things I saw I thought might be useful after college.

I like delicious, have used it for years. But it then occurred to me more…

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In the old days, it was handy if a relationship broke up in the autumn, because then you could be extremely prompt with your Christmas cards, and sending them out before you began receiving them, signed only by you rather than by both of you passed on the minimum required information to friends you didn’t see every day.

I guess the opposite of this is the finding out you’re being dumped by someone changing their relationship with you to single on Facebook – but I want to focus on the positive of social media for a moment while I’m speeding up the country in the train in sunshine (presumably because I’m back over the border in Yorkshire, it was raining when I left Manchester…)

In the week that I spent in ICU back in 2007 when my Dad was taken suddenly ill, Facebook more…

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Way back in 2004, courtesy of a teaching excellence fellowship, I boarded a plane to Phoenix, Arizona and my first ever attempt at broaching US immigration. It was for BbWorld (though as much for the opportunity to see the Grand Canyon), my first BbWorld after running 3 BbUK conferences and speaking at the first BbEurope.

The hotel we’d booked as ‘just a few blocks away’ wasn’t, at all, and our accents made every taxi driver try to con us. Unimpressed by that, though the hotel (Holiday Inn Midtown) and pool were beautiful and the staff fabulous. It was the year of more…

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quite strange this week, there’s an overlap of my lives. I have a day off, and would really like to be following both General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, and BbWorld11, the not-quite governing body of the global Blackboard community. One in York, England, one in Las Vegas (of which there is only one).

After a week of the Methodist annual Conference, where there was a live video stream as well as the twitter stream being projected onto a screen behind the speaker, there has been rounded dissatisfaction with Synod only providing an audio stream – and in a proprietary format that I cannot open – and supposedly not being allowed social media by rule of the University (which may be a separate discussion to be had about universities and student engagement in social media, but surely cannot be expected to extend to outside organisations who hire the rooms for conference – that is up to them whether or not to enable 21st century sharing of their deliberations).

These last words bring my old life and my new crashing together more…

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