Replied to Donotpay adds a feature that waits on hold for you, and now I’m ready to subscribe (Boing Boing)

Donotpay started as a project to help people automatically fight parking tickets, before its then-teenaged creator, the UK-born Stanford computer science undergrad Joshua Browder expanded it to hel…

I am with you Cory, as soon as this comes to Android.
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Some light summer reading?
Bookmarked Transfer Playlists Between Music Services! 100% free | Tune My Music (Tune My Music)

Not so long ago we stored our music in records, radio cassettes, discs and our MP3 players. We always carried our music with us. Today, There is no more need for that, we use streaming services. But what happens if you want to switch from one service to another, and move all your music from Spotify to Deezer? or when you find a great YouTube playlist but you want to listen to it in Spotify? or maybe you just want to upload your local MP3 library to your favorite streaming service? TuneMyMusic solves exactly that.

This feels like IFTTT for music.
Bookmarked A Guide To Google Drawings For Teachers, Students, And Bloggers (The Edublogger)

Google Drawings is a versatile free tool that’s very useful for teachers, students, and bloggers. This post explains what Google Drawings is, how to use it, classroom examples, and how to embed Drawings into blog posts. ,Google Drawings is a versatile free tool that’s very useful for teachers, students, and bloggers. This post explains what Google Drawings is, how to use it, classroom examples, and how to emb…

As always, Kathleen Morris provides a thorough introduction to Google Drawings.
Replied to The definitive guide to every Big Day Out line-up ever (Double J)

The full history of the Big Day Out

I only went to two Big Day Outs. First in 1999 and then again in 2000.

My highlights from 1999 was The Living End. I also remember being both amused by Marilyn Manson, but also a little bit disappointed at the same time.

In 2000, I remember Dave Grohl winding up the crowd waiting for Nine Inch Nails, being amazed by Primal Screams walls of sound (did they have five guitars? Felt like it), and Paul Dempsey asking us why we were watching Something for Kate, rather than Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

Replied to Confidence and Competence

Confidence feeds competence, which feeds confidence…

I really like your point about competence feeding confidence feeding competence, but I feel like you are missing an aspect to your story. To me, confidence and competence come from having a mentor or model, someone who instills a sense of confidence to stretch your competence. I think this is one of the challenges when we talk about developing educational leaders for tomorrow, it can be hard to build both confidence and competence when venturing into the unknown.
Replied to Sustaining School Organisational Change | The Digital Evolution of Schooling

The challenge of sustaining while simultaneously also evolving the organisational change is an art few have clearly mastered.

It is a markedly different art to that of making the initial change.

While the theory is important the sustaining, and the opportune revitalisation of the core change is an art that requires a macro understanding of whole school change and a recognition that this very much a political exercise. Sometimes it is small p political, but in mostly it is likely capital p political.

Ultimately it is about orchestrating electoral acceptability, governments winning and retaining office and the executive decision makers securing personal ‘wins’; an imperative rarely mentioned in the school or even the general change literature.

System change is an intriguing beast. So much energy is given to getting the change off the ground. Maintaining change seems to be something different altogether. For example, so much effort was put into getting schools eSmart. However, it is unclear what it means to sustain this. I really like Dave Cormier’s call to move past the working with the willing.
Liked filter success

If we are to rely less on machines and more on fellow humans we will have to put more effort into our knowledge filtering. Inside large companies, human filters can be identified, promoted, and supported. The identification of knowledgeable people should be an important management function. The organization can also help people to codify some of their knowledge, especially through stories. I have noted before that stories connect knowledge. Stories can provide the contextual glue, holding information together in some semblance of order for our brains to process into knowledge. Stories also help to develop empathy and in the longer term, trust. Knowledge in trusted networks flows faster.

Bookmarked The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools (Wired)

A growing number of districts are deploying cameras and software to prevent attacks. But the systems are also used to monitor students—and adult critics.

Tom Simonite and Gregory Barber discuss the rise in facial recognition within US schools. This software is often derived from situations such as Israeli checkpoints. It serves as a ‘free‘ and ‘efficient‘ means for maintaining student safety at the cost of standardising a culture of surveillance. What is worse is the argument that the use of facial recognition is a case of fighting fire with fire:

“You meet superior firepower with superior firepower,” Matranga says. Texas City schools can now mount a security operation appropriate for a head of state. During graduation in May, four SWAT team officers waited out of view at either end of the stadium, snipers perched on rooftops, and lockboxes holding AR-15s sat on each end of the 50-yard line, just in case.(source)

I am with Audrey Watters here, what is ‘delicate’ ethics?

Replied to How IBM’s Technology Powered the Holocaust (

It’s not difficult to see the relevance of this episode today. Should Microsoft-owned GitHub provide software to ICE for possible use in the agency’s state-sanctioned persecution of immigrants and asylum seekers? Should Twitter allow Donald Trump to incite terrorism on their service? Should Google provide AI to the Pentagon for the potential development of deadlier weapons? And Christ, where do you even start with Facebook? Palantir, Apple, and Amazon have also been criticized recently for allowing unethical usage of their technology and platforms. “It’s just business” and the belief in the neutrality of technology (and technology platforms) have combined to produce a shield that contemporary companies use to protect themselves from activists’ ethical criticisms. And increasingly, the customers and employees of these companies aren’t buying it because they don’t want history to repeat itself.
According to a book by human rights journalist Edwin Black, Hitler needed logistical help in carrying out the genocide of Europe

I wonder about the technology behind China’s social credit system and the links there. It would seem that what is different is that a lot of this technology is designed by the state for the state?
Bookmarked Audrey Watters

For me, the ideal set-up is much less about the hardware or software I am using. It’s about the ideas that I’m thinking through and whether or not I can sort them out and shape them up in ways that make for a good piece of writing. Ideally, that does require some comfort — a space for sustained concentration. (I know better than to require an ideal set up in order to write. I’d never get anything done.)

Audrey Watters unpacks her workflow. As always, she takes the conversation around technology beyond the mere software or hardware to the technology as a system.
Liked The Domino’s ‘pizza checker’ is just the beginning – workplace surveillance is coming for you | Arwa Mahdawi (the Guardian)

Many of us are resigned to – and perhaps even fine with – the idea that our employer can scan our emails or keep track of how much time we waste on social media. But we are entering a new world of workplace surveillance in which we are watched 24/7 and every move is scrutinised. And things are only going to get more intrusive as corporations treat us less like human beings and more like machines. Last year, for example, Amazon patented an “ultrasonic bracelet” to be worn by workers to “monitor performance of assigned tasks”. Meanwhile, companies are implanting chips under workers’ skin and China is monitoring employees’ brain waves. It won’t be long until we have all been implanted with chips that keep track of our productivity and trigger a self-combustion protocol when we are no longer deemed useful to our AI overlords. But, hey, while the future may look bleak, at least there is consistently prepared pizza to look forward to.

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Hearing her story made me think about my teenage Big Day Out experiences. She could have been any one of my friends. She could have been me.

Dan, listening to Jessica’s story, I was taken back to watching The Living End in 1999 when my friend and I were carried two thirds of the way through the crowd at the Melbourne Showgrounds during the frenzy of Prisoner of Society. It could have be any of us.