We can find what we need, will we find you?

In addition to being the living embodiment of data literacy in learning, Tony Hirst has done some mad stuff in the past, be it an epic manifesto concerning RSS and learning, or this hilarious diplomatic missive to Tom and Jim’s People’s Republic of Non-Programmistan. But I daresay he’s outdone himself with ‘changing user expectations: finding and using content’, which is a five minute blast of online presentation bliss.

I’ll be interested to see if others respond as enthusiastically as I do – it’s so wired in to where my head is at these days, both in terms of the big picture (opening up, transformation, disaggregation) and the details (syndication, embed code). And while I’ve never been much of an Oasis fan, the choice of music (and the way the lyrics weave into the message) is absolutely killer. I’ll have to give those Gallagher boys another listen.

The original .swf file is here (28 MB) – but it was slow for me to load, so I am grateful for Andre taking the time to convert it to a blip.tv friendly format (shareware, apologies for introductory watermark crawl). Anyhow, just take the five minutes and watch the damn thing, and (I’m very pleased to add) be sure to crank it up loud!

It goes fast, so you may miss the quotation from Macbeth:

Time, thou anticipatest my dread exploits.
The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done

My guess is that Tony’s saying it’s time to get out there and do it.

About Brian

I am a Strategist and Discoordinator with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My main blogging space is Abject Learning, and I sporadically update a short bio with publications and presentations over there as well...
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6 Responses to We can find what we need, will we find you?

  1. Brilliant.

    Thanks for sharing this —

    I looked on Tony’s blog for this post — did I just miss it?



  2. Brian says:

    He posted a note on Twitter (which I nearly missed):


    Not sure why he hasn’t blogged it – maybe wary of posting some dubious copyright stuff on his pro blog… But I checked in with him and he clearly had no problem with me sending it out.

  3. Andre Malan says:

    Wow, I didn’t even see the watermark when I was checking it, I was so worried about whether or not the sound and video had synced correctly.

  4. Brian says:

    Andre – it kind of adds a gritty DIY dimension to it…

  5. Alan Levine says:

    This was epic genius on all levels. Thanks for blip-ing it. Wow, there is something about a brilliant coder like Tony, a musician, who can wrap it up in a powerful message like this.

  6. Andy Rush says:

    “get out there and do it”

    Yes, Brian! That’s what the punk movement was about as much as anything. Go out and make music.

    Though as far as Oasis goes, skip them and go with Blur.

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