No-One can sum up what it is, about The Do Lectures
No-One can but maybe Many-Ones can!
So I thought I let the many say as a community, what the individual struggled to get across. What is the Do Lectures all about? How would or could you explain something that only those who have been there can feel from experience.
We all meet and fell for each other in one week-end
You know what it’s like, don’t you? There’s this whisper, mentioned from time to time, not by the mainstream but by those you care about and follow, the people who show you the way around this social sphere these days that is the internet.
People like @Documentally and @RossHill both of whom I’ve followed on their adventures to the Wales Do Lectures in 2011 and 2012.
There’s a whisper of something different, something every bit as cool as the TED Talks but more intimate, more human, more real. That’s it… there isn’t the huge kerfuffle normally associated with grand promises but a whisper, that this thing, that is the Do Lectures is something special.
Living in an age where technology encompasses every aspect of our lives, the most important thing is to have, at least at a basic level, an understanding of the science behind it. However as society dumbs down not caring where their iPhone comes from, great people like Carl Sagen have warned what to expect.
The new landscape of science communication.
The issue is how to enthuse people about complex topics. Then in one fell swoop, comes a not so little Radio (Podcast) show to take us on a new journey of understanding these topics in fascinating ways.
I’ve been listening to RadioLab, The Podcast for years and learnt much but it’s the entertaining style while sharing complex, often dry topics which impresses me no end. But now they’ve really shown how to do it with their live performance.
Disaster and Dinosaurs
If you love the monster lizards of days past, or have kiddies in you life who love dinosaurs, along with wondering how it all ended for them, then this is the show for you. But it’s more than that.
The stage show is visually stunning but also aurally awe-inspiring, dragging your deep into the drama and devastation of that fateful day when it all went very, very, I mean VERY, bad in just a couple of hours for all life on Earth. Followed by the story of what came later.
To see the performance of how a radio show is created live along with the musical performance, using instruments in ways I’ve never seen or heard before, will I’m sure, as it did for me, entertain and educate you about some very complex science.
While I was on The Wolverine at the end of 2012 I had access to a metal buffing machine so thought it was worth giving my trusty Atomic Cappuccino Maker a good clean and refresh. Over time it slowly tarnishes and once every few years it’s nice to return it to it’s brilliant, shiny newness.
Last time I did this while working on Narnia and sadly damaged the label which I wasn’t able to have replaced without taking it personally into Bon Trading. You have to understand, there are copies out there which people label with an Atomic label to then pass off as the real thing, so the good folk at Bon Trading need to see the unit to confirm it’s genuine. Sadly this meant I had to wait until I returned to Sydney which fortunately for me was in 2012.
The moment I dropped my Atomic on the counter I had a surprise reaction from the staff. I don’t think they have seen an atomic that shiny in a good long time. It even scrubbed up better than a new machine after being freshly polished.
We all got raving about it so I asked Irene to tell us a few things about the atomic and its history.
I thought it was worth bringing the whole story of Sabina and my trip to Canberra as part of #HumanBrochure in one place. What better way than the best of the audio and images I could find from the greater group of people we meet on the week-end.
I asked the other ‘Humans’ for their thoughts on #HumanBrochure.
I love audio.
I mean… I really love audio!
As a way of getting the personal thoughts and emotions from people about a variety of issues there is nothing better than recording their voice. And as we were all in Canberra as guests of the #HumanBrochure campaign put on by Australian Capital Tourism I thought it would be worth recording the opinions of some of the other ‘Humans’ about their experiences.
As part of the #HumanBrochure campaign for Australian Capital Tourism we were welcomed at the Australian War Memorial and presented with some of what this iconic Canberra museum has to offer. Sure it was a quick and somewhat superficial visit but we only had a couple of hours and the idea was to give us a taste of that the AWM has to offer.
After the introductions, welcomes and main audiovisual presentation I thought it was worth hearing from a few of the ‘Humans’ what their thought and opinions of the Memorial.
Here is some varying opinions on what we thought of the Australian War Memorial.
A week-end on indulgence shared on Social Networks
Ian & Sabina waiting for the plane.
I’ve been producing online for a half-dozen years now but it’s rare for me to receive any bonus for doing something I enjoy but this last week-end that’s exactly what’s happened as part of the #HumanBrochure campaign for Visit Canberra put on by Australian Capital Tourism.
It all started with flying with my daughter Sabina to Canberra for a ‘just the two of us’, trip together. It’s been a long time since we’ve had the chance to spend quality time together, especially since Sabina has grown up and it was particularly nice to mix it with activities, fine food and new friends to make it all the better.
Maybe our last holiday together, just for being a ‘Human’.
With my daughter Sabina now being 21 years old, this will most probably be the last time just the two of us will get the chance to have a holiday together. And it’s even a bit of a surprise that we should get that chance.
You know how it is… Once we get to adulthood we tend to hang out with peers and holidaying with family like our last holiday together, normally involves others like partners, children and even friends.
But as it happens, as part of the #HumanBrochure promotion for Visit Canberra we get the chance to have an adventure together as Dad and Daughter again but also as adults.
This should be fun
Last August I saw mention on FaceBook of an opportunity to be one of the lucky ‘500 Humans’ to get a free trip to Canberra and spend a week-end of indulgence, courtesy of the providers of the value holiday fare in our nations capital. [click to continue…]