Bookmarked Leave no dark corner - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (
Matthew Carney provides an insight into the digital dictatorship that China is exerting over its citizens through the use of “social credit”. This is a part of the wider push to use facial recognition in schools and universities and shopping centres. Yu Hua provides a different perspective on China’s rise, looking at the changes in generations. Foreign Correspondence also dives into the topic:

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Liked Duck Duck Goose (2018) (IMDb)
Directed by Christopher Jenkins. With Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, Lance Lim, Greg Proops. A bachelor goose must form a bond with two lost ducklings as they journey south.
Each weekend, Sunshine has a kids flick for $5. This weekend it was Duck Duck Goose. I watched the trailer and thought it looked fine. However, there was a surprise, a cat that was a cross between Gmork from Neverending Story and Golem from The Lord of the Rings. Maybe it captured the split nature of cats, but there were moments when it took things to the limit. I would be fascinating in a reworking of the trailer as a horror film, because it was more than a comedy.
Listened Alan Moulder from
Moulder's musical career started in the early 1980s, at Trident Studios in London. As an assistant engineer, he worked with influential producers like Jean Michel Jarre, drawing from them great familiarity with electronic sounds and textures. Also an engineer at Trident was Flood with whom Moulder would often collaborate in the future. Moulder assisted in one of Flood's recording sessions with The Jesus and Mary Chain, and found that the often fractious and troublesome band enjoyed working with him. The Mary Chain invited Moulder to engineer their live sounds and, eventually, to engineer their 1989 album Automatic. The album's production was praised for its combination of thick, noisy guitar with a polished, listener-friendly tone, and the Mary Chain's former label, Creation Records, soon had Moulder producing records for Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver.
I recently listened to Suede’s new album. One of the things that stood out to me was the richness in some of the tracks, something that reminded me of The Cure. I then discovered the album had been produced by Alan Moulder. This lead me to a look at the other artists Moulder had produced. I knew of his work with Nine Inch Nails, but I did not realise that he was behind other artists, such as The Smashing Pumpkins and The Killers. It has me wanting to do a deep dive into the songs that he has had a hand in. I am always fascinated by the differences and similarities between artists and producers.
For Tides, Middleton teamed up with with Davey Lane (You Am I) as co-production buddy and brought in Steve Schram to mix. The album also includes some quality Australian performers such as Vika and Linda Bull and Kelly Lane on backing vocals, with Graeme Pogson (The Bamboos), Luke Hodgson (Meg Mac), Xani Kolac and Louis Macklin (JET) handling the rhythm of the album.
I remember Darren Middleton taking the vocals for a Powderfinger gig after Bernard Fanning lost his voice. It is interesting to see him take this a step further and find his own identity away from Powderfinger. Ironically, with so many guests it almost comes across like a super group.

Place in-between Josh Pyke and Bob Evans

Bookmarked Are All Voices Equal? – Ideas and Thoughts (
I’m grateful for the advent of the web and social media by providing me with a voice. I’ve been able to publish many ideas over that last 12 years that previously would have only lived in my head. Through that publishing, I’ve been able to think through some things and had the benefit of others to add their thoughts as well. However, as much as this has democratized knowledge, it has also diluted the importance of expertise. The barriers of the previous publishing world lacked the ability to include all voices but it did help identify expertise. As adults and educators, I think we have to work harder to identify the smart people and allow their ideas to be heard over the din of social media. Expertise is not found in followers but on the quality and evidence of ideas that have proven the test of time.
Dean Shareski reflects on the place of voice in education. Whether it be students in the classroom or educators online, he argues that there are times when some voices are more important than others. This continues the argument that Thomas Guskey recently made about merely searching the web. I wonder where this leaves participatory culture, comments and blogging? Is it a reminder that such acts are first and fore-mostly selfish?
Replied to Searching for my #IndieWeb WordPress Exit Plan by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (
I love WordPress, it helped me grow immensley. I just think the two of us finally need to say goodbye.
That is a really interesting reflection Greg. I have been told the hosting thing in the past too. I really don’t think that is it. I fear that I don’t pay as much attention to all my moving parts as I should. Guess they work enough for me.
Replied to Where Will the Current State of Blogging and Social Media Take Us? by Jacky AlcinéJacky Alciné (
This (oddly) has me returning to my terminal writing this post. It took me some time to write this post but the idea of it has been lurking since June. It’s possibly me slowly but surely being to write off Jekyll and beginning to move into either a home-grown solution or using something else. I don’t know yet. I don’t think one usually does; especially when it comes to moving. You don’t know what kind of memories you end up actually making when you move in somewhere.
Interesting reflections Jacky. I wonder where social media, silos and the IndieWeb will win five years? What APIs will be available? What will be the dominant platforms? How will Micropub clients change things, especially on mobile devices? What will comments look like in five years? So many question to ponder and itch.
Replied to Having a Gasta at #ALTC by Clint Lalonde (EdTech Factotum)
At no time did I dream of becoming an educational technologist. But, yet, 25 years later, here I am, and along the way I have noticed some changes and shifts in our field. Here are 3. Observation #1: Education Technology has become both simpler and more complex.
I really enjoyed this Clint. I think the critical change in regards to technology is significant. I recently wrote a reflection on this after the Cambridge Analytica. I feel that the biggest challenge we face is being informed and building the capacity across the system.