We spent Christmas Eve at Peter Lugers, at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, partaking in the finest steak imaginable (let alone the creamed spinach.) It was as good a Christmas as I can expect to have and, as so often happens this time of year, my thoughts drifted.

All over the place, really. Korea, Pittsburgh, London, Dublin. All over the place. But, for a night, a steak was more than enough to keep me happy.

I will provide some pictures soon as we took some of the experience.

Merry Christmas 2007.

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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