The Shutdown Method

Posted by matthew on Jan 22, 2008 in education, research, technology

The Shutdown Method is the second of four qualitative methods we’ve been using as part of the Learning Landscape Project, and one we found very useful.  A similar approach known as the Cold Turkey Method was used at RMIT University in Australia as part of a Media and Communications course. The idea and the name were also partly inspired by the annual International Shutdown Day, a social experiment in which people from around the world are requested to go without their computer for a day. In each case, the purpose of forgoing technology is to bring the everyday experience of technologies into sharp relief. This paper might be useful if you are interested in trying something similar: The Shutdown Method: A Resource Kit.



Posted by matthew on Jan 9, 2008 in cambridge, life, melbourne, travel

It’s 25 days, 20 hours and 39 minutes until we leave. It really feels like it too. That is, I have a strong sensation of time counting down in small increments, as though in the back of my mind a tiny hourglass is close to being empty. At our weekly “bun club” meeting this afternoon I actually had a strong sense of time-shift, as though I was observing everything from a distant future and looking back on my time here in Cambridge. All the forward-planning topics reminded me of a parallel universe in which I would not exist, and my thoughts drifted to Melbourne, where presumably some other meeting was taking place to determine my actual future.


More stuff

Posted by matthew on Jan 7, 2008 in cambridge, life, melbourne, travel

Well, we sold about 85% of the stuff in the Moving Sale almost immediately. Today we got around to cleaning out more cupboards, and there are some more new items, including Lotte’s bike and my M.A. Gown. I’m really serious when I say — get in quick if you want any of this stuff!! Moving Sale.

Ladies Bike

MA Gown


Moving Sale

Posted by matthew on Jan 7, 2008 in cambridge, life, melbourne, travel

It’s time to start getting rid of our stuff because we just can’t take it all home to Melbourne.  We decided to price everything so that it’d definitely go (many things are only 50p and some are actually free), so naturally this is first come, first served.  A few items will be available in the week we move out (Jan 29) but most things are ready to go now. If you’re interested, here’s the page with photos and prices: Moving Sale.


Holland & Sweden

Posted by matthew on Jan 2, 2008 in dance, holland, life

We’ve just returned from our trip to Holland for Christmas and Sweden for The Snowball.  I think we saw almost everyone we could possibly have hoped to see on this trip, including both Ans and Ko’s families, lots of good friends from Holland, and lots of our European dancing friends.  It was a jam packed trip, but we still felt like we had time to relax. Along the way had 3 days of Christmas celebrations, 5 dance parties, stacks of dinners out, and learnt how to play the Nintendo Wii (my shoulder still hurts, but not as much as Lotte’s).

Christmas Eve 2007 Zeeland
Christmas Eve

Christmas Day 2007
Christmas Day

Boxing Day

The Snowball
The Snowball, Stockholm