Bookmarked Where the Pandemic Will Take America in 2021 by Ed Yong (The Atlantic)
Ed Yong suggests that 2021 will be purgatory as people progressively receive the vaccine. Associated with this, there is the fear that in this time the virus itself mutate. Even if the vaccines are successfully rolled out to produce herd immunity, there will still be ongoing mental and physical consequences. Lastly, there will be a swath of reviews to identify the lessons to be learnt.

It is interesting to consider this from a different country. As the numbers are still relatively low in Australia, I think that it will be more dancing. I guess time will tell.

Liked The Life in The Simpsons Is No Longer Attainable by Dani Alexis Ryskamp (

For many, a life of constant economic uncertainty—in which some of us are one emergency away from losing everything, no matter how much we work—is normal. Second jobs are no longer for extra cash; they are for survival. It wasn’t always this way. When The Simpsons first aired, few would have predicted that Americans would eventually find the family’s life out of reach. But for too many of us now, it is.

Bookmarked The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Could Be Our Standards | Getting Smart by an author (Getting Smart)

Martino is not alone in advocating for the SDG Framework. Indeed, there is an entire international movement—Teach SDGsMoving Worlds and the United Nations themselves—organizing around these 17 goals. There are schools, networks and even individual educators and learners adopting these as their new operating standards.

Ultimately, this pivot to the SDGs is what many are looking for in redesigning what teaching and learning look like.

Michael Niehoff discusses the proposal to redesign of education around the United Nations Global Goals.
Liked Remember This Year (Hack Education)

Going forward, we have to build something better, not for the sake of the digital prophets — I cannot stress enough when I say “fuck those guys.” We must build something better for the sake of an equitable and sustainable future, for the sake of democracy. And that future cannot be oriented around “cop shit.” And folks, that means that future cannot be oriented around most ed-tech.

Replied to 25 Years of Ed Tech | Between the Chapters #7 searching for learning objects with @brlamb, @realdlnorman, & @kavubob (

In this Between the Chapters episode Laura talks with Brian Lamb, D’Arcy Norman, and John Robertson about Chapter 7: Learning Objects. We learn about Brian and D’Arcy’s “meet cute” over moveable objects requests for repositories, and how John and others see learning objects as OERs with an open license. And see how some of these early tools, platforms, and ideas from learning objects helped to evolve into other useful learning spaces (e.g. blogs and wikis), attribution + open licensing (Creative Commons), and more!

I really enjoyed this discussion of learning objects. It helped provide historical context about what the Victorian Government tried to achieve with the Ultranet and FUSE.

The initial idea proposed was that teachers would contribute to the resources available. It failed for a number of reasons, one of which was that there was an assumption of ‘build it and teachers will share’. From my experience, this was not the culture present across the board even if they were all being paid by the same entity. However, as you touch on with the rise of blogs and other means, it planted the seeds for ‘what if‘.

The one point I wondered from your conversation was the idea of ‘edtech refugee’. I think this is a really good way of capturing the feeling when all of the sudden people from different faculty were brought into the technology team. I was a lead user and I was used to joke that technology has a way of finding its own. Just wondering if anyone has elaborated on the refugee metaphor in the past?

Listened Male Loneliness — And What Men Can Do About it | Art of Manliness from The Art of Manliness

Show Highlights

  • Men and suicide — unique risk factors and why men have higher rates of death by suicide
  • How Dr. Joiner defines loneliness
  • What does it mean to be alone but oblivious?
  • The value of social redundancy
  • The biological detriments of being lonely
  • Is the feeling of loneliness rising in America?
  • Social media’s double-edged sword
  • How are young people spoiled when it comes to relationships?
  • Why relationship maintenance is more valuable than new relationships
  • Why you should reconnect with friends from high school and college
  • Is therapy the right solution for men struggling with loneliness?
  • What can men do start investing more in relationships today?
  • How does this work in the age of COVID?
In this episode of the Art of Manliness podcast, Brett McKay speaks with Dr. Thomas Joiner about his book, Lonely at the Top: The High Cost of Men’s Success. They talk about the male tendency towards loneliness, even if they are somewhat oblivious to it.

This has me again returning to Austin Kleon’s depiction of ‘increased complexity‘ and the challenges associated with balance as life becomes more and more complex. As I wrote in the past, I wonder if it actually takes a family for such interventions to occur?

I wonder then if the greatest challenge we face in regards to leadership is realising we cannot do it alone and recognising those who help out to make it possible?

Replied to by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (

Anyone want to collaborate on a slate of IndieWeb-related topics to submit for this? Proposals are due in late January and it would be interesting to have a handful of IndieWeb tech and some of our experiments discussed at this conference.

Thank you Chris for the mention. The OERxDomains Conference definitely sounds like an exciting event. In regards to participating,  I always feel a case of impostor syndrome.

To be honest, although I am in education and work with technology, my current role involves supporting schools with reporting and attendance. A far cry from Higher Education and being technology integrator. My involvement is something of a passion project. I like Brian Lamb and D’arcy Norman discussion of the ‘edtech refugee’ on the 25 Years of Ed Tech podcast, maybe I am a IndieWeb refugee?

In addition to this, the longer I spend hanging around the IndieWeb, the less technical I feel. Although I know more now, I think I know a lot more about what I do not know. Still need to finish reading Smashing WordPress Beyond the Blog that you recommended.

If you (or anyone else) think there is something I can help with, feel free to let me know. Just wanted it known that I am still driving my low down model, used by a little old lady just once a week to blog.


I feel the #WarOn2020 video captures the frustration associated with changing one word and the hope that this satisfies the tension raised within the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Replied to What, Why, and How-To’s of Creating a Site-Specific WordPress Plugin (WPBeginner)

Step by step guide that explains what is a site specific WordPress plugin, why you need it, and how you can create a site-specific WordPress plugin.

I have started tinkering with creating my own site specific plugin to capture things like improved search to include custom fields and stripping out emojis from the slug. This was somewhat inspired by Chris Aldrich and his changes to the Post Kinds plugin. I am also assuming that it is required to add additional kinds. Where I am stumped is the actual difference between dumping these changes in a child theme versus a site specific plugin. Aldrich talks about adding this information to wp-config.php. I am therefore wondering if I need to make a wp-config.php file in my site specific plugin and if this is all that is required? At the moment, I have just created a functions.php file and have placed my snippets there.

I am sure I just need to spend some more time down this rabbit hole, but right now I have hit the limit to my knowledge.