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Billie Holiday and My Favorite Autumns

Dragged my sick self to the doctor’s office yesterday, but that didn’t stop me from appreciating the beauty of Seoul in November. Armed with my iPhone, Halls, and this track on repeat, it was just sort of magical. 

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I have written about Billie Holiday before as I do not think there is a better example (perhaps a Maria Callas) of both strength and fragility all in one package. Rarely (once again, like Maria Callas) do we see the ferocious decline of talent over time on recorded output. But that decline only reminds us how high they actually were. Regardless, I intend to make this not as text heavy so I will leave you with the song and some of my favorite pictures of autumn in some of my favorite places (Paris, Galway, Princeton, Seoul). 

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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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