I will not try to go into details about why this was a bad week, but I would rather just give you some music that is just now pulling me out of it.

The three tracks have absolutely nothing to do with each other, but are merely how iTunes shuffle chose to present them to me. And for that lack of effort on my part, I am thankful.

The first is from a band I enjoy, Passion Pit. Good fun and it puts a smile on my face.
MP3-Passion Pit- Sleepyhead

The second is from Emmylou Harris’s most exquisite album from 1995, Wrecking Ball. If you do not own it, you need to buy it. Seriously, as in right now. It is produced by Daniel Lanois and has parts by Steve Earle (a beautiful version of Goodbye, which you can listen to below:

The album also features Neil Young, Larry Mullen, Jr. and others. Brilliant. And this is my favorite track from the album.
MP3-Emmylou Harris-Goin’ Back to Harlan.

The last is another of my favorite bands, Beirut. If you haven’t heard of this band, you should have. Go and listen. My mother would not appreciate the title of this track. Mom, it is all about the music and where it takes you. Emotionally, that is. As in not to Marseilles.

2.01 Beirut – My Night with the Prostitute From Marseille

And this is what I have chosen to for the work week that just ended on 11.20.2009. This, I suppose, is what mattered to me now.

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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