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The Next Ragged University Event is next year...

Meantime, make yourself warm and comfortable, enjoy the winter for what you can. Thanks to everyone for supporting the project throughout the year, it would not have been possible without you !!!

Indiegogo

Indiegogo

When our founders joined forces in 2007, they had diverse backgrounds and varied interests. However, they had one important thing in common: Danae, Eric and Slava each tried to raise money for something they were passionate about, but they came up short. They had great ideas, the passion to work hard, and good networks, yet access to funding through traditional channels proved limited. The trio was determined to find a solution to the problem. Indiegogo was born; the crowdfunding solution that empowers ideas and enables people to donate funds easily.

We’re fixing the funding process by removing the middleman and empowering people from all over the world to accomplish extraordinary things through our platform.

In 2008 we unleashed Indiegogo in the independent film industry and it was a smash hit. In 2009, we expanded to include all industries and today we’re the leading international crowdfunding platform, having raised millions of dollars for thousands of campaigns worldwide. Our belief is that anyone, anywhere who is passionate and works hard should be able to raise money.

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Inclusive Education

I have been thinking about the nature of education and having been familiar with the noble aspects of this tenet of human society, I have not thought much about the negatives which it can manifest as. Francis Bacon is often attributed with having said ‘Knowledge is Power’. Regardless of who first said this, what is obvious is that it has become common currency as a phrase.

There are various ways in which this can be interpreted but one I like, which is not so commonly encountered is ‘Knowledge is only power when it is shared’. It was Francis Benton who told me this when she kindly consulted on the Ragged project at it’s inception.

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PloS One

Open Access stands for unrestricted access and unrestricted reuse. Here’s why that matters. Most publishers own the rights to the articles in their journals.

All PLoS content is published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which was developed to facilitate open access – namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types.

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Music: Makmed the Miller

Auto-didactic musician, sound recorder, arranger, composer, video artist and multi-discipline experimentalist.  As a musician plays theremin, one string fiddle, bazouki, guitar, cello, saz, percussion, yayli divan, three string pipa, and circuit bent toys.

As a producer/arranger/engineer/musician has produced the following albums of music:

  • Camp Chaos ‘Je Vous dis Merde’  Vinyl
  • Camp Chaos/Kingdom Scum  Vinyl
  • King Cannibal and the Headhunter  CD
  • Forgotten Fish Memory Orchestra  ‘Iron Shoes’  CD
  • ‘Our Tin Tribe’  Vinyl Read more

What is Music? by Dan Zambas

The word music comes from the Greek word mousikê (tekhnê) linked directly with the Latin word Musica.

According to the Wikipedia article ‘Definition of Music’ this derives from the Greek word ‘Muse’, from the daughters of the gods Zeus and Hera. From this link it can be assumed that the root for the word music is ‘Inspiration’. This would ring true with most musicians as without inspiration where is the drive to be a musician?  The following quotes have been extracted from the documentary ‘Music’ by Andrew Zuckerman:

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