Even now, after more than a decade, I still expect
Camper Van Beethoven’s “Pictures of Matchstick Men”
to follow “Drivin on 9″
because that is how you sequenced it
on a mix tape in 1994.

My synapses collapsed and
refused to process any further
sequencing of the Breeders,
an audio DNA
frozen in fluorescent amber.

I played that tape until it snapped,
somewhere in the long winter of 2001,
but I kept the hollowed shell, the case itself,
an artifact from antiquity, the utterly confusing,
magically ferocious Stonehenge of my youth.

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.