Replied to Read Posts with Read Status via PESOS using GoodReads and Micropub by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich

Today I accidentally realized that both the WordPress Micropub server and the Post Kinds plugin support read-status values of “to-read”, “reading”, and “finished”. I’ve managed to tweak my PESOS work flow with to also include these experimental pieces using the following …

I wonder if it would be possible in the future to add a drop-down box in the Post Kinds editor for Reads, similar to the drop-down for RSVP?
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I know that I’ve moved away from listening to the radio to listening to podcasts and audio books during commutes and longer drives, I wonder what people will use this time for in the future? Will work start when you enter your self-driving car rather than when you arrive at work? What will the commuting experience look like?

David, I too have taken to listening to podcasts and books during my commutes, however I am intrigued about what happens during long trips when you are not necessarily alone? Podcasts can be rather personal, do you drive with earbuds or share with everyone else on the trip?
Replied to Post social by Colin WalkerColin Walker

So here we are, in a social world, wondering how to make the best of things, how to use the tools thrust upon us to best effect. The horse bolted a long time ago and there is no way of ever closing the stable door again – I think the door shattered and came off its hinges.

This is a really interesting piece Colin. Sometimes I cringe at my advocacy of certain aspects of social media, but then I think about what it is made possible. Although some argue for a ProSocialWeb, l like your point about a more personal web:

Still, one thing has changed, one hugely significant thing: I’m no longer trying to be a voice for the masses (that ship has well and truly sailed), no longer pretending that I could hold sway over any of this. Instead, I am just focusing on what’s best for me, how I can use the tools at my disposal (and that’s all they are) to have a presence I can be proud of, to work things out in my own mind.

Although I am happy to engage with the ‘social’ aspects, I have become more mindful of over-investing on what it might offer.

Bookmarked The Eleventh (

The Eleventh is an explosive thriller teasing out everything you never knew about one of the most famous chapters of Australian political history — the downfall of Gough Whitlam. Host Alex Mann seeks out new clues and perspectives about what actually happened via first-hand accounts, many previously untold, bringing to life the scandals and subplots that changed the nation forever. Listen for free from your mobile device on the ABC listen app, Apple Podcasts or Google podcasts.

A podcast providing an in-depth look at Whitlam’s sacking in 1975.
Replied to Hidden in the Code by Aaron DavisAaron Davis

This is a collection of code that I often turn to when working with WordPress

Chris Aldrich shares a number of codes, including properties supported by microsub servers:

The WordPress Micropub server supports experimental properties so you can add &post-status=draft to your IFTTT webhook-based recipes for Micropub PESOS syndication.

And the ability to save a Tweet to Internet Archive:

If you want to Internet Archive a tweet, copy the long number (tweet ID) and stick it on the end of this:

Listened Look At Selena Gomez Now with Justin Tranter & Ian Kirkpatrick by an author

Out now: Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, And Why It Matters

Switched On Pop

Look At Selena Gomez Now with Justin Tranter & Ian Kirkpatrick
Feb 11

Selena Gomez has her first #1 song on the Hot 100. “Lose You To Love Me” is a confessional look at her past five years of heartbreak and health challenges. By contrast, her single “Look At Her Now” is a testament to moving on and moving up. Each of these songs inhabits a different musical and lyrical world and we were lucky to get to speak with her collaborators on the songs to take us behind the scenes of how they came to be. Justin Tranter and Ian Kirkpatrick are two of today’s most in-demand writers. They walk us through how Selena takes her personal emotions and translates them into public catharsis on her album “Rare.”

Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding speak with Justin Tranter and Ian Kirkpatrick to dive beyond the usual mechanics of the tracks to the rhythms of the writing sessions behind two of Selena Gomez’s hits.

A Twitter thread from Cyrus Farivar elaborating on his post on Ring and the introduction of surveillance. A sacrifice with little gain:

via Clive Thompson

RSVPed Interested in Attending

The aim of the program is to present a framework for improving professional dialogue within education communities and beyond. In Dr Knight’s words:

“Effective communication is an essential skill for a fulfilled life, and we can’t teach it to students if we don’t know how to do it ourselves.”

Participants begin by taking stock of their current beliefs and communication habits by considering two simple questions: Where are you now? Where do you want to be? We will then consider the “10 Habits” required for better conversations.

I like the sound of this course. I assume that this is in part about a ‘coaching way of being
Bookmarked Futures Thinking: The Basics (Fast Company)

This isn’t an easy task. Futures thinking is hard work. Fortunately, you do get better at it with practice. It’s worth the effort.

Jamais Cascio breaks down the process of futures thinking:

  • Asking Questions
  • Scanning the World
  • Mapping the Possibilities
  • Asking the Next Question
  • Thinking it Through

via Dave Cormier

Bookmarked ‘We don’t mollycoddle them’: The preschools letting kids spend hours in the dirt (ABC News)

While there’s a huge appetite among educators for bush kinder programs, Elliott cautions against seeing nature as just another playground.

For bush kinder to be truly meaningful for children, she says, it must focus on leading them towards a deeper, more sustainable relationship with the natural world.

“It’s about the relationship between humans and between humans and the Earth,” she says.

Lisa Clausen investigates the world of the bush kinder program and the potential for problem solving and the appreciation for the environment through outdoor learning. This feels like it fits with Brendon Hyndman’s research into the power of play, while others such as Narissa Leung, Adrian Camm and John Johnston have explored the topic. Sadly, such experiences of getting outdoors are often restricted to things such as school camps.

via Weekend Reads

Bookmarked First, Do No Harm (Stratechery by Ben Thompson)

as much as I regret that the Instagram acquisition happened, I am deeply concerned about upending how Silicon Valley operates in response. The way things work now has massive consumer benefit and even larger benefits to the United States: regulators should be exceptionally careful to “First, do no harm” while pursuing the perfect over the good.

Ben Thompson discusses the US Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of past tech acquisitions. He explains the complicated nature of the Silicon Valley start-up culture.

Federal Trade Commission being better informed about the tech industry; what increasingly concerns me is the potential unintended consequences of the government getting involved in tech acquisitions, particularly the small-scale ones implicated in this investigation.

He explains some of the challenges associated with changing the culture of start-ups and acquisitions.

Another way to consider these benefits, meanwhile, is to think about a world where acquisitions by large tech companies are severely constricted or banned:

  • New technology would be diffused far more slowly (as the new startup scales), if at all (if the startup goes out of business).
  • The amount of investment in risky technologies without obvious avenues to go-to-market would decrease, simply because it would be far less likely that investors would earn a return even if the technology worked.
  • The risk of working for a startup would increase significantly, both because the startup would be less likely to succeed and also because the failure scenario is unemployment.

Instagram aside, this change would only ever impact the start-up, not big tech.

Liked Scientists, Stop Thinking Explaining Science Will Fix Things. It Won’t. (Slate Magazine)

In my own workshops, I’ve certainly been guilty of focusing on communication skills at the expense of strategy and not fully addressing the flawed deficit model. But I’m learning to better challenge scientists’ assumptions about how communication works. The deficit model, I’ve found, is difficult to unlearn. It’s very logical, and my hunch is that it comes naturally to scientists because most have largely spent their lives in school—whether as students, professors, or mentors—and the deficit model perfectly explains how a scientist learns science. But the obstacles faced by science communicators are not epistemological but cultural. The skills required are not those of a university lecturer but a rhetorician.

Watched Power (TV Series 2014– 2000) – IMDb from IMDb

Created by Courtney A. Kemp. With Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora. James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city’s elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin.

I felt that Power sat somewhere between Boardwalk Empire and Breaking Bad. My concern all along was the reality of the story. Maybe the seemingly seedy world of drug dealing and running a night club provides cover for this, it sometimes seemed a bit far fetched how things tied together. Beyond this, I think that the questions that the show asked about character and identity were interesting, especially in regards to truth and reality.
Watched True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) – IMDb from IMDb

Directed by Justin Kurzel. With George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt. Based on Peter Carey’s novel. The story of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

I am not sure what to think of Shaun Grant’s screenplay of Peter Carey’s novel. For me it stripped out a lot of the history to focus instead on character and story. It sacrificed the stark reality of having somebody else telling our story, with a picture of the hanging that ironically put out the call to continue to persist in telling our own story. I did like the focus on gender and some of the cinematoghy, however I was overall left disappointed.

Although it was enjoyable as a film, I did not feel that it was faithful as an adaptation.

Liked Re-engineering education (code acts in education)

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative may not yet have the reach and influence of the Gates Foundation, but it is fast becoming one of the most significant funders of educational technology development and scientific research into learning and child development. This positions it to become a powerful source of authority in the shaping of education in multiple ways.

Through support for Summit and other charter school operations it is continuing the longstanding project of philanthropic advocacy for alternatives to public education, albeit now in the for-profit mode of disruptive philanthropy. Its personalized learning projects are extending adaptive, data-driven software beyond the charter chains where they have been developed and tested and out into schools and colleges at very large scale. And by funding research and development in learning science and learning engineering, CZI is advancing experimental new understandings of the human brain and cognition into applied teaching practices. It is in other words championing a new model of personalized, precision education that brings together the Silicon Valley culture of disruption, commercial technology, personalized learning advocacy, and new scientific practices modelled on those of precision medicine.

By creating CZI as an LLC, Chan and Zuckerberg also maintain powerful control over their spending and the direction of the organization. This gives them unprecedented power to shape the direction of research and development in education, by selecting and investing in programs that fit their personal vision. These efforts amount to an attempt to experiment on and re-engineer education into the form that Mark Zuckerberg and his networks find desirable, and that they believe can and ought to be pursued and attained. CZI is re-engineering education at scale.