I thought some upbeat numbers would help us all move through the cold and lack of sunlight and lethargy for this Wednesday, January 13th, 2010. I like both of these bands not so much for the musical ability, but for their ability to stay upbeat (and even on beat). The bands are We Were Promised Jetpacks and The Go Team. Nothing too earth shattering here, just good clean fun all around. And yes, one of those photos above is not like the others.

I appreciate both the names of these bands, if only for giggles. Not unlike I appreciate Throw Me The Statue. Just click on the link to give it a listen and head to iTunes if you like their music.

We Were Promised Jetpacks- Quiet Little Voices

The Go Team-Huddle Formation

On a completely unrelated note, I am heading to Boston tomorrow for the American Library Association’s Midwinter 2010 Conference. I will be heading up on the Amtrak to avoid flying for the time being, recent events at Newark Airport solidifying that decision.

I will be doing a few site visits for some teaching and informational sessions, meeting some very enthusiastic librarians and other information professionals, and manning the exhibition booth with a steadfast determination and a smile. I will be heading back late Monday.

In hindsight, I suppose I should have made the music for this post Boston-themed. Hmm. I could have included The Lemonheads, Morphine, The Pixies. Perhaps another time. Just pretend that you can hear that music now and it will be yours.

By Michael Gallagher

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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