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This post is undergoing some serious post-iPad editing as of 22OCT2012 10:52AM PST

I’m currently suffering from an access issue, so this blog is going to be a little out of the ordinary for me. I just finished THATCamp Hybrid Pedagogy, and am currently using someone else’s iPad, which I have pretty much no idea how to use.

That said, I was able to access the blogs that we read, except for one of them. However, because I don’t understand fully how to use this machine, I can’t figure out how to listen to the tracks. This prompts me to write about two interesting topics for me: interface and found sound.

One of the things we talked about at THATCamp this weekend was whether or not scholarship needs to be long. I contend that it does not. Our sound articles for this week prove to me that really rich content can be had without a long traditional, journal-style article. And also, I love HASTAC. I recommend that if you haven’t ever been on HASTAC before that you visit and consider becoming a member, as the sharing community there is large, and deep. The members of HASTAC throw out some wonderful ideas and they do it in short bites, much like the Sound Out! blog, and our own blog entries here.

I tend to really enjoy the blog entries, like the HASTAC entry and the São Paulo entry. The Sao Paulo entry reminds me of a concept called found sound because of its focus on all the sounds that exist around us, whether or not we want to hear them. Found sound is when you create meaning out of sounds you hear around  you. For example, sometimes, when I’m waiting for a train, I sing a song to the bells and even do a little dance. I can’t help it. It’s like music that the Santa Fe line has provided for me several times a day (if I’m hanging out in Flagstaff, Arizona). The Jessica Barness site does this exceptionally well.

Click on the dots to get a sound – all the sounds have a similar beat and they make ‘music’ together.

But if we thinking about it, there are a LOT of found sounds all around us. During a talk that Audrey Watters gave at THATCamp this morning,

Audrey Watters gives a talk on her blog

the sound of clicking came from almost every person in the room (look at all those laptops. I see 3 and a desktop in this shot alone). This was not strange because it’s 2012. But if I think about it, ten years ago, this would have been such a strange and distracting background sound feed. Often, as I type, I find that I type with a bit of a beat. And maybe I’m the only one that does this, but I definitely feel a beat when I compose using a keyboard.

I have reached the end of my ‘playing with this iPad’ experiment. I plan on revising this entry and adding my usual image/video/hyperlink addition, but I have to wait to get back to my computer.

— I would like to add an additional statement about my small experiment in access: this weekend I did a lot of ‘winging it’ during the conference and ended up a lot of places without a computer. I also I don’t have a smart phone. I tweeted the conference out by texting my tweets to twitter. But I couldn’t read anything coming in, nor could I participate in the google docs work that was happening at the conference. Thankfully, Pete had an extra iPad on him, so I got to learn by ‘being thrown in the water’ – and I feel like I learned SO much about computers and composition here, that I recommend that you jump onto the conference and check out the virtual link to see some of what we did there: ThatCampHP Virtual


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