Virtual Cinema

A comment on Eli’s blog around this image which I hastily crafted in Photoshop to illustrate my point regarding a sense of nausea induced by movement on-screen that’s either jerky or not within the viewer’s own control:

I ended up watching this piece of youtube content:

What I took note of was the three camera points, which is not uncommon in VR youtube content, but worth pointing out

  1. The “experience” shot, i.e. what is being viewed (in 2D) by the person who is viewing it in 3D within the headset
  2. The headmounted display’s external view, from a camera in or on the device (e.g. the HTC Vive’s built in front-mounted camera)
  3. and a  fixed shot of the play-area

When using VR, we are augmenting our own ability. To see what our normal vision would let us see. But we’re also cutting our own body off from stimulus that we can physically touch. Nevertheless, watching someone using VR, certainly brings to mind thoughts around the organic merged with the physical. It will become normalised. I was recently asked “Do I feel silly wearing it”. The same person tried VR and realised how “feeling silly” just doesn’t come in to it. Assuming VR is not a passing tech fad, and Gartner ( would have VR placed on the “slope of enlightenment” having passed through the “trough of disillusionment” already, that’s got to suggest that it will become more mainstream than it is perceived currently. I wonder if anyone looking at the video and thinking the person looks silly perhaps has not yet tried this form of VR and can’t project themselves in to that person’s position.


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Comments on Mathew’s Blog and From Twitter

Open means open, and you can take advantage of opportunity to discuss, or not…

JANUARY 29, 2017 AT 4:11 PM
I read your post twice and skimmed it several times, went out for some fresh air, then came back to it with a cup of tea, before committing to this comment. I don’t have an existing field of studies to draw upon to make more sense of it than I do. I’m not a scholar by trade, but I embarked on this MSc to learn, and I am interested in what you write because I can feel it scratching away at my brain, even if it’s beyond my initial attempts to unlock its meaning or access the background it comes from.

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from Twitter: another togethertube session

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From Twitter: More togethertube.

IFTTT – If “MSCE” + “Important” THEN “put in work calendar”.

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Ninefox Gambit [spoilers] and Embodied Virtuality

I not long ago finished a book I was gifted at Christmas time. “Ninefox Gambit” by Yoon Ha Lee (2016) . I really enjoyed it, nice and short, fast paced and an interesting, alien culture. I tend to read a lot more books at this time of year. When it’s dark, cold and wet outside, and you’ve just got back in from a surprise snow storm during your dog’s evening walk, the fire is burning and the comfy sofa awaits…. There are spoilers in this post so please do look away now if you plan to read this book and do not like to know the ending before you start.

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From Twitter: interesting from games perspective

Computer gaming is a hobby of mine. I’m interested when the worlds of digital education and gaming overlap.

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“Where is Internet Studies?”

I was strangely disappointed to find out that this title by Silver (2006) wasn’t a plaintiff cry for something that didn’t exist, but rather a call to map the progress of the discipline at that time. I wonder if, ten years on, much has changed?

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From Twitter: Continual process of improvement?

Institutions often give an appearance of leaving adoption of certain technologies to the last minute, resulting in significant changes in a relatively short period in response to external influences such as the National Student Survey (NSS).

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Anyone on #mscde #mscedc any experience of Online Ethical Review Systems? I’m looking to upgrade something I built at work many years ago .

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From Twitter: Still dreaming of Minecraft

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From Twitter: getting to grips with ITFF, part #124

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Can you decide what a normal day is, never mind a normal life ….. ?

My colleague, Thusha Rajendran, presenting at a TEDx event recently. He’s very tech-orientated, like myself. One of his arguments is that we should not be so quick to decide on a level of what is “normal” as humanity needs us all to understand what we are if we are to ever reach our full potential.

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Post-humanism and IRL

Post-humanism suggests to me that we were human to start with, and that we’re going to be something different (soon?).  In Prof. Bayne’s paper in this block, we are examining the use of words and our acceptance of them through ideological and cultural norms. Post-humanism is equally loaded. If we’ve always been using tools, then we’ve always been human, and continuing to use them doesn’t change that.

It’s like gamers talking about “IRL”. In real life. Most gamers I know, and have grown up with through the communities of 18 years or more, have dropped that term for the most part. Our use of games has not changed, and it is very much part of our life. The fact that old folks homes now recognise some benefits in gaming is of note. It is RL now. I think that there is probably a lot more to understand about post-humanism, so I’ll see how many understanding develops over the next few weeks.


Bayne, S. (2014) What’s the matter with ‘Technology Enhanced Learning’? Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2014.915851

Miller, V. (2011) Chapter 9: The Body and Information Technology, in Understanding Digital Culture. London: Sage. 

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From twitter: the politics and barriers of tech adoption

Not everyone enjoys new technology. My experience with one new platform that would have dramatically altered how I did my job, and how some academics might have engaged with their students, was stopped before it even took off.

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From Twitter: tweetception

IFTTT is not intelligent, but then again, the person programming it cannot escape blame for this kind of mishap either. Creating an infinite loop of reposting appears to be possible.

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From Twitter: A story of a twitter addict?

Visibility on Twitter is a numbers game, but I personally do not enjoy continual dominance of my twitter feed by a single poster.

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‘Address is Approximate’ is Appropriate

Watching this video in the togethertube Sunday Matinee reminded me of one of the issues associated with VR, and the clever attempts to try to overcome it. VR sickness!  Similar to motion sickness. Before VR can achieve high-levels of adoption, one thing it will have to address is the variety of responses to rapidly moving fields of view, when the actual user is stationary.

The animation of the screen, together with the items moving in the periphery of the screen user’s vision in the video, reminded me that Microsoft are actively using a similar technique using lights surrounding the lenses of the VR headset ( Very clever indeed

From Twitter: the struggle with IFTTT is real

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From Twitter: A collaboration on a Minecraft cinema?

We used minecraft in IDEL, it was a good common room. It’s a shame it doesn’t feature in Education and Digital Cultures.

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From Twitter: A cross-referenced Blog post

IFTTT sends “blog post” categories to twitter, which then goes back to the life stream.. I need to change that.

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Togethertube ( What a great idea!  It was great fun today (Sunday) for the matinee showing attended by six people on the #MSCEDC course today. The opportunity for text-based discussion opened up a lot of communication, and a sense of community (at least in my mind it did) that’s missing from Twitter.

I’m converted to operating, chatting, forming communities online. I frequent (and indeed have founded and have run) a number of online communities, mostly surrounding the topic of online gaming. There’s been a huge shift toward a new platform called Discord ( It’s very robust, userfriendly, non-obtrusive and generally more convenient than Facebook, Twitter and (for those that remember) Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
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From twitter: setting habits

I find it easier to keep everything in one place. We don’t have a single platform, but I can pull threads together so that everytime I open up my web browser, I’m confronted by the relevant pages to check over.

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From Twitter: Bad Computer/Compost Pun

This was Eli’s picture, which is kind of needed for context! Not that the pun improves any.

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Windows Activation is a bit of a joke in any case, but has improved in Windows 10 now that it’s attached to your Microsoft Account, rather than the hardware you are using.

#mscedc anyone willing to share how to improve formatting on ifttt tweets->wordpress? I see some lovely formatting…

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edit: I’m leaving this one as-is. This is one of the templates IFTTT and I started off for setting my Tweets. I had to test multiple templates before getting one that presented the link as an embedded tweet. It really does not sit well with my years of exposure to graphic and web design. Not that I’m especially talented in either, but I’d rather have my site legible, which this format is not.

From Twitter: “first twitter account picked up by my IFTTT routine” to create a list of contributors

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Togethertube: Hack the Planet.

Hollywood is very keen to simultaneously present technology as a “cool thing” and do everything it can to protect itself from political and business upheaval against the disruptive impact of the same technology. This film represents both sides, but in a comic-book style. Hacking is painstaking, time consuming, difficult, and not at all like the visual representation provided in this movie. “Real” hacking will always take place at the closest point to the machine code.

— C (@c4miller) January 22, 2017

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An enjoyable catch-up on Togethertube

— C (@c4miller) January 22, 2017

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