Bookmarked Melbourne moves underground | PROV (Public Records Office Victoria)
In 1969 a bold new vision for Melbourneโ€™s public transport system was presented to the state government with a deadline for completion in mind; the year 1985. Itโ€™s not clear why the Melbourne Metropolitan Transportation Plan set its target date a modest 16 years past the publication of the plan. Perhaps to coincide with a mid 80s visit from Bruce โ€˜The Bossโ€™ Springsteen when throngs of double denim fans would descend on the city and demand an efficient train ride? Whatever the reason, the public transport developments that emerged from that plan have more than outlasted the '80s rock star era, in fact, almost fifty years on and it continues to transport millions of Victorians in and out of the City every week.
A look at underground rail loop developed as a part of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. Interesting to contrast this with the recent announcement of an outer loop.
Replied to My World Changed Once I Realized The Scope Of Things In This Country (
While I still scrutinize the motivations of any politician, government agency, employee, or contractor, I am much more aware that there is a lot going on that I may not be aware of. Learning so much in the last five years of working with government, is making me more confident in the fact that there is so much that I do not know, or understand, and that I need to always be much more cautious in how I form my opinions, and talk about how change in our world can happen.
Insightful as always. I have had a similar experience moving into a central roll within education. Always more complex than it would seem on the surface.
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Equity Unbound is an emergent, collaborative curriculum which aims to create equity-focused, open, connected, intercultural learning experiences across classes, countries and contexts. Equity Unbound was initiated by Maha Bali @bali_maha (American University in Cairo, Egypt), Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin (National University of Ireland, Galway), and Mia Zamora @MiaZamoraPhD (Kean University, NJ, USA) for use in their courses this term (September-December 2018), but it is open to all. Equity Unbound is for learners and/or educators at all levels (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, professional development) who are interested in exploring digital literacies with an equity and intercultural learning focus, in an open and connected learning environment. Our motto is: โ€œThe only way to make borders meaningless is to keep insisting on crossing them.โ€ (Lina Mounzer) Participants will collaborate in a series of open online activities including: collaborative annotation using open-source, social network conversations and live studio visits, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, blogging, collaborative multimedia making, and creating their own new learning activities (inspired by the DS106 assignment bank). Activities will seek to develop critical digital literacies and intercultural collaboration while encouraging questions of equity issues such as equity in web representation, digital colonialism, safety and security risks on the web, and how these differ across contexts.
Feels like a continuation of the Engagement in a Time of Polarisation MOOC earlier this year. Interested, but will have to see.
Bookmarked Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii's volcanoes? Here's the evidence by Heather Handley (The Conversation)
Melbourne lies at the eastern end of a volcanic province, but when's it going to blow? Understanding the geology of Melbourne and comparing it to Hawaii is really helpful in calculating risk.
Heather Handley, Jozua van Otterloo and Ray Cas respond to a news claim that what occurred in Hawaii could happen in Melbourne. I remember growing up with the message that all the volcanoes in Australia are extinct. This investigation instead suggests that the Newer Volcanics Province is dorment, with no activity for 5000 years.
Bookmarked Our Daily Bread | Eat This Podcast by Jeremy Cherfas (
A history of wheat and bread in very short episodes
Jeremy Cherfas explores how an ordinary grass became the main source of sustenance for most of the people alive on Earth. Through this month long series, Cherfas assembles a narrative combining history, biology, definition, technology, sociology, politics, religion and innovation.

Some of the questions I was left wondering were the place of Indigenous Australians and the heritage of Couscous. Maybe these ideas and more will be unpacked in a longer book version of the series?