Junior 8 Summit 2008: Japan

The J8 Summit is the youth parallel event to the G8 Summit, which since 2005 gives children and young people the opportunity to articulate and present their opinions and views, concerns and recommendations on important issues and problems affecting them and those which require future action from G8 leaders.

Junior 8 Summit 2008 is being held parallel to the G8 summit of world leaders in Tokyo and is currently taking place in Chitose, on the island of Hokkaido until the 9th of July 2008. This years summit is being attended by 39 children – a group of 4 from each G8 country and 7 from developing nations. The young people will take part in workshops, round table discussions and exercises to help them think through each of the issues on the agenda.

What are the Junior 8 2008 topics?

a. Global warming and climate change

b. Poverty and development

c. Child survival, infectious diseases, and HIV/AIDS

Every day, on average, more than 26,000 children under the age of five die, most of them from preventable causes. Children need a combination of essential vitamins to grow and develop. Deficiency of vitamin A in particular often leads to death from measles and diarrhoea. It is also a major cause of blindness.

UNICEF-voices of youth is a brilliant website aimed at children and young people.

Mission statement

To offer all children and adolescents, including the hard-to-reach, a safe and supportive global cyberspace within which they can explore, discuss and partner on issues related to human rights and social change, as well as develop their awareness, leadership, community building, and critical thinking skills through active and substantive participation with their peers and with decision makers globally.

If you want to help UNICEF either by starting your own project or by encouraging awareness then visit this page.

Peaks and troughs

I’ve been lacking the motivation to write something with substance, I think the main factor is that my friends returned to work last week and I’m not really keen to work in the public service anymore, at times I really enjoyed working in secondary schools but things are actually getting worse, they’ve introduced the orange card and I’m not sure whats happening with the pedagogical drivers license, hopefully teachers fully reject it.

I don’t want to turn this into a rant so here’s some thinking music. I set it to autostart because apparently Interactive, collaborative, immersive environments powered by hypermedia engines and artificially intelligent agents like my blog are the future. I thought our children were the future. You might like to know that the Semantic web is a pipedream but only if you own this patent, that actually looks like a step backwards. I remember the first time I tried to write an academic paper.

Anyway I’ll try to get my perirhinal cortex and other medial temporal structures to function properly. Hopefully caffeine will do the trick.


Download Ogg “Red Nebula : cent raisons – Les Yeux Fermés – partie II”
Check out the Album.

Edit: Autostart off

Spoken Wikipedia

I was looking at Wikipedia bots and stumbled across the rss feed for Spoken Wikipedia.

The WikiProject Spoken Wikipedia aims to produce recordings of Wikipedia articles being read aloud. See Spoken articles for articles that have already been recorded, and Requests for instructions on how to request a recording of a particular article.

I modified bashpodder to try and make it easier for my friends to download all the files. If you use a graphical interface then after you download spoken wikipedia.tar.gz, you can probably right click on it then select extract then go into the wikipedia_spoken folder and double click spoken_wikipedia.sh or open a terminal and copy this command.

wget http://ia310142.us.archive.org/1/items/Blogs_01/spoken_wikipedia.tar.gz ; tar -xzvf spoken_wikipedia.tar.gz ;./spoken_wikipedia/spoken_wikipedia.sh

From then on just run ./spoken_wikipedia.sh when you want to continue downloading. It will continue where it left off so maybe run this one before bed. This is another nice thing to distribute in your local area.

Ogg/MP3 Player Java Applet and jQuery – Stallman speech and CRS

I’ve embeded jlGUI the java applet that looks like XMMS/winamp. It plays Ogg Vorbis and MP3’s. It can play them from a playlist. I’m also using jQuery the javascript library for the slide down affect, click on play Audio to see the player.

The audio I’ve used for the demo is Richard M. Stallman’s speech, Copyright and Globalization in the Age of Computer Networks, given at MIT and a few tracks from CRS : LA RUE NOUS GUETTE.

I’ll probably use this player next time I do a shoutcast.

Exclusive 90 minute interview with Slackware creator Patrick Volkerding

From The Linux Link Tech Show:

In this exclusive 90 minute interview, Slackware creator Patrick Volkerding talks about the history of Linux and why Slackware is the oldest surviving distribution. He addresses some of the so-called shortcomings of Slackware and goes into why he still loves what he does. Definitely worth a listen.
OGG file , MP3 file


Slackware was the first GNU/Linux distribution I used regulary and really liked. I’m still running it on an old Toshiba Satellite 300CDS laptop that I use at home as a router. Here’s the info about Patrick Volkerding on Wikipedia. A couple of things I found interesting in the interview was Patrick describing Slackware as a distribution for the more experienced users and that he includes MP3 decoding software, its just the encoding software that can’t be included in a distribution because of patents so by default you can listen to your MP3’s but you can’t rip your audio CD’s to MP3 format. Its another good reason to start using Ogg Vorbis. Nearly all of my audio and video is in Ogg file format.

noiesmo Ubuntu/Open Source Podcast no. 1

Check out noiesmos podcast. I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts from all kinds of people, experienced public speakers, professional educators, complete newbies and everything in between. I think noiesmo did an excellent job for his first podcast. I’m guessing he would be critical of the intro where he adds an aussie hiphop spin to it but I thought that was funny in a cool way so keep it up.

Download the MP3, Download the Ogg.


Free Music

A list of sites with freely available music licensed under a creative commons license/FDL.

There’s something there for everyone, I’ve mainly been listening to the free classical music from Musikethos, sure, you might not think thats cool but what are you going to do. lol. Have any sites to add? leave a comment.

Here’s Maurizio Curcio – The Gardens of Istanbul, for percussion quartet and cello. Click on the play arrow below to listen to it.

Don’t forget to tell a musician/teacher about these sites today



Librivox is a digital library of free public domain audio books, read by volunteers. The project started in August 2005, and as of July 2006 has a catalog of about one hundred full length, unabridged books, and numerous shorter works. LibriVox recordings are primarily in English, however other languages are also available, including German, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Finnish, Latin and Old English.

LibriVox Homepage.