Where have I been?

There have been very few posts to this blog for a couple of weeks, and for good reason. They have all been made to another (private group) blog of mine, which is currently charting the progress of work on a production with a group of acting majors in production on a play Mad Forest by the English writer Caryl Churchill. This play is based on the events surrounding the fall of the Ceaucescu regime in Romania in 1989.

My decision to get the student company members to use this blog as a research tool, and to share their findings, is another experiment on what I am discovering is being called “e-learning” “social networking” and (in creating their own blogs on process which I share as an invited reader) “personal learning spaces.” Results are relatively good; some students have taken to the reflective practice in their own blogs very well; others are either not used to the habit of reflection sufficiently well to make the blog work for them, or simply resistant to using the medium (lack of access at home could well be a problem for some). I’ll be keen to get their feedback at the end of the project as I’ve decided to write a conference paper for delivery later in the year on my own experiments in the field of e-learning.

I’m also enjoying trialling a new app iGTD which is in beta right now. It’s a handy-dandy, very nicely designed productivity tool right out of the GTD box. Each week brings new and better features, including excellent integration with that other beautiful Mac-only app Quicksilver. Part of me misses the Kinkless GTD/Omni Outliner app where I was processing my stuff, but I am liking iGTD very, very much especially how well it syncs info with my .Mac account on the home desktop, my G4 laptop and work machine (iMac).

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A Jolt Out of the Ordinary

Spending the week by the sea at Hervey Bay north of Brisbane, where the Shakespeare Festival has put down roots for its inaugural season away from home. The week has been full of media calls, watching the set emerge again (like magic, but really with the effort and expertise of the technical production team) from a seaside park, and generally going into the “fingers crossed” mode for audience numbers and a positive tick from the community. That way, we get to come back again next year.
The jolt out of the ordinary has been the discovery of a mass/pack/herd/flock (what do you call them) of bats, wonderful, hanging-upside-down, querellous, stinky fruit bats in a patch of forest by the ocean. They fly over in the most wonderful formation around dusk, out on their nightly raid of fruit and small insects. Wonderful atmosphere for the play Macbeth.

The other jolt was a walk along the ocean front this morning … how I love the feel of the sand and the little waves. Tomorrow morning it’s into the briny for a full swim. But first, there’s a show to do … .