Listened Episode 136: Jon Hopkins from Song Exploder

Jon Hopkins is an electronic music producer whose been nominated twice for the UK’s Mercury Prize. Along with his frequent collaborator, Brian Eno, he co-produced Coldplay‘s Grammy-award winning album, Viva la Vida. In May 2018, Jon Hopkins released his fifth album, Singularity. It was named Best New Music by Pitchfork. In this episode, Jon Hopkins takes apart the song “Luminous Beings,” which was inspired in part by the meditative and therapeutic effects of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms. Jon talks about his own experience with drug, and how it shaped this song. He also details the less magical moments where he hated the music was he making, and had to destroy it as part of the creative process.

Bookmarked The New York Times Fired My Doppelgänger (The Atlantic)

It is strange to see such a version of yourself invented and destroyed by networked rage. It made me sad and angry, but even more, I think, it inspired a horrified confusion in myself and those familiar with my work and my character. A digital effigy of me was built and burned.

Quinn Norton discusses the complexities of online identity and the associated context collapse. She shares her experience of being hired and fired by the New York Times after a Twitter account was created that retweeted the past out of context.

Marginalia

Don’t internet angry. If you’re angry, internet later.

Not everyone believes loving engagement is the best way to fight evil beliefs, but it has a good track record. Not everyone is in a position to engage safely with racists, sexists, anti-Semites, and homophobes, but for those who are, it’s a powerful tool.

We are powerful creatures, but power must come with gentleness and responsibility. No one prepared us for this, no one trained us, no one came before us with an understanding of our world. There were hints, and wise people, and I lean on and cherish them. But their philosophies and imaginations can only take us so far. We have to build our own philosophies and imagine great futures for our world in order to have any futures at all. Let mercy guide us forward in these troubled times. Let yourself imagine, because imagination is the wellspring of hope. Here, in the beginning of the 21st century, hope is our duty to the future.

Bookmarked The Game of Quotes: Getting once reluctant readers whispering by Heather Marshall (The Book Sommelier)

I created a presentation in Google slides with a couple of prompts. I used animations so that the students wouldn’t see the prompt until it was time, and silent reading instantly became a fun game! The room was filled with laughing, and page turning, and whispers of “I want to read that!” When was the last time a reading log or an online quiz caused a stir of echoes in the classroom?

Heather Marshall adapts the game Bring Your Own Book for the classroom. This involves a series of prompts to help think differently about what you are reading. Marshall also discusses creating your own prompts. This activity reminds me of the Hot Seat activity, where students are challenged to think more deeply about the text. I really like the idea of the Game of Quotes as a revision activity.
Liked Creating Culture – Andy Dunn – Medium by Andy Dunn (Medium)

The Recipe

  • 1 part remembering this is the most elegant challenge in leadership

  • 1 teaspoon of relaxation in knowing it is an iterative process

  • 1 meaningful dollop of courage to fire people with grace and dignity

  • 1 crystal clear realization that fit and passion trump experience in hiring

  • 1 amazing mentor who reminds you to lead not from fear but from joy

  • 1 jar of honey

  • 1 board willing to share ownership

  • 1 leader willing to gift the company to the people who are in it

via Tom Barrett
Liked A feed for my microcast by john john (John's World Wide Wall Display)

As part of my summer holiday fun with WordPress I though I might create a ‘proper’ RSS feed for my microcast.
There are quite a few podcast plugins that would do the job but I though it might be interesting to try a bit of DIY.
Back when I started a class podcast at Radio Sandaig I used to creat…

Replied to Zeit Here, Zeit Now: Watching the WWW Wake Up to Container Hosting (bavatuesdays)

Yesterday’s episode was a 25 minute discussion about Now (which I keep calling Zeit Now because the domain is zeit.co/now) which is a hosting environment that makes it dead simple to host Docker containers on the web.

If Tony is four years ahead of Reclaim, I would hate to know how many years I am behind. I have tried to follow your Docker dives Jim, it kind of went over my head at the time. Is this container storage what Dave Winer means by an IndieWeb storage system?
Listened Augmented eternity and the potential of prediction from Radio National

With big data and algorithms you could extend your ‘virtual self’ beyond the grave. And could meeting your future self help change your current behaviour?

This episode of Future Tense raised so many questions. Just because we could, it doesn’t always mean we should. For me, this is the point of the Black Mirror series.

I am also reminded of Kin Lane’s point about storytelling:

90% of what you are being told about AI, Blockchain, and automation right now isn’t truthful. It is only meant allocate space in your imagination, so that at the right time you can be sold something, and distracted while your data, privacy, and security can be exploited, or straight up swindled out from under you.

This flows on from Audrey Watters’ argument:

The best way to invent the future is to issue a press release. The best way to resist this future is to recognize that, once you poke at the methodology and the ideology that underpins it, a press release is all that it is.

Replied to INTERTEXTrEVOLUTION by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (jgregorymcverry.com)

For today’s #edu522 #dailyponderance you need to highlight some cool #edtech tools. Give us 3-5 apps or websites we should try in class. (I went easy…I had another idea but would have to describe Fork, PR, commit, and merge conflict….way too much for rainy Saturday).

My five tools I’d suggest are:
– Pocket
– Inoreader
– Trello
– Typely
– Noterlive
Read elaborations here: https://readwriterespond.com/2017/11/workflows/
Replied to Land of 1000 SPLOTs (bavatuesdays)

So, Reclaim Today is a thing. Tim Owens moves so fast it is hard for the rest of us to keep up, but there are officially four episodes of our live video show, and I’ve been in half of them :)…

I am enjoying the new [enter name here]. I was interested in your comment about bookmarking. I feel that I have different solutions set up for different purposes. I guess what is missed in the end is that aren’t they all just a file with a bunch of links. The real challenge that I find is which method would help me to uncover what it is I think I am looking for the most efficiently.

Also wondering, the [enter name here] would look good in a SPLOT?

Originally posted on Read Write Collect

Bookmarked 003: Land of 1000 SPLOTs (Reclaim Today)

In this episode of Reclaim Today we are joined by Alan Levine (better know as Cogdog online) to talk all things SPLOT (the simplest possible learning open tool thingy). But forget the acronym and focus on the opportunity because Reclaim is working closely with Alan and wants to work with others to build out a library of tools for educators and technologists working in and on the web.

Replied to #EDU522 Launch Videos and Updates: Join an #IndieWeb Blogging 101 Course by Greg McVerryGreg McVerry (jgregorymcverry.com)

The time has arrived and a new breed of educational bloggers will emerge from the ashes of the #EDU522.
Having a focus on learning, open pedagogy, and the #indieweb as educators we will spend the next three weeks understanding how to teach with digital tools by trying out new digital tools.

I love what you are putting together here Greg. I am reminded of #walkmyworld work, as well as the Rhizo MOOCS.

Not sure how much I will be contributing, but will definitely be dipping in and out where I can.

Watched

Following the critically acclaimed 2014 Documentary on the life of an AFL Coach, this next installment will take you inside the hearts and minds of a remarkable group of young men, the AFL Captains.

You will see what it takes to reach the pinnacle of leadership at the elite level of our great game. With unprecedented behind the scenes access to the inner sanctum including never before seen on-field vision and audio, you will witness first hand the human side of the AFL Captains.

With generous unguarded honesty they share their very personal stories of life in and out of the spotlight.

Prepare to be taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions. From euphoria to despair and back again. For not only have they chosen this most demanding role, it has chosen them.

These are the Chosen Few.

This documentary from Peter Dickson provides a fascinating insight into leadership. Although it is focused on AFL, it has ramifications for all areas. It also touches on the work of Leading Teams.

One of the compelling features is the ability to capture the fragile side of sport. I am reminded of the documentary from Rob Dickson, Peter’s brother, from a few years back featuring Shane Crawford.

Liked From Macs to iPods and apps: how Apple revolutionised technology by Alex Hern (the Guardian)

Even by the time of the Macintosh, Apple’s strengths were becoming clear. The company was not the trailblazer: the Apple II was not the first microcomputer, and the Macintosh was not the first with a GUI.

Instead, it was the company that brought concepts to the mainstream. And that is what it did almost 20 years after the Macintosh, with the product that remade Apple and put it on the path to becoming the world’s first trillion-dollar company: the iPod.