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Northeast Corridor on Christmas Eve

Another Christmas Eve,
another place.

The 4:37 on the Northeast Corridor to Penn Station, a quick bite to eat
in Koreatown, perhaps. Lingering on 5th Avenue for a bit before heading back to
Madison Square Garden to catch the LIRR to Manhasset, to you. The lonely winter evening blinded by the pulsing, constant beat of the sidewalk. Manhattan to Manhasset, from light to dark.

We might not be here in a year, but the 4:37 will. Lurching through New Brunswick, Edison, Elizabeth, Newark, Seacaucus. Always leaning towards New York. Everything around here does. I am only in transit; my sights this evening are set for Long Island, deep on that island.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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