Brainshark, BlipFoto and Snowdrops (the Russian version)

I’ve just tried out a new tool for presenting a series of photographs (or it could be PowerPoint slides) called Brainshark. The novelty of using Brainshark (no idea why it’s called that) is that you can attach commentary to your photos or slides. Now I know that you may have added sound to PowerPoint but I’ve always had problems with that. This is much more simple – you upload the photos and add your commentary to each one, save each one as you go along, save the presentation and send the link to your friends, colleagues or students. It’s also a tool which students could benefit from learning. An example of my effort can be viewed (and heard) here and it contains what one conference organiser, who was introducing me, called my ‘dulcet Celtic tones” – see what you think.

A very new photo-related site was introduced to me (and many others) last night when I attended the Professorial Lecture of my former colleague Hazel Hall. You can view the whole presentation – on social informatics. As I was Hazel’s first boss as a lecturer when she came to Edinburgh, I was delighted to see her as a Professor. Hazel referred to Blipfoto which is a site on to which you can load photos and comment on them – so far, so not very original. What’s neat about Blipfoto is that encourages you to keep a journal by taking a photo every day and building up an archive. You can also search the site. I think it’s a neat tool but of course, as Hazel said in her lecture – it can be addictive.

I recently read Snowdrops an intriguing novel set in modern Russia. Snowdrops in this context are bodies which emerge from the ice after the Russian winter, and some of them have come to a sticky end. Very well written and very atmospheric. The snowdrops hereabouts are past now and have been replaced by later spring flowers, some of which, from my garden, are in the photo below.

Tulips and tete a tetes

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