One thing that I have noticed in listening to the Only the Shit You Love podcast is the wide range of music and styles referenced. I have therefore compiled a playlist to dig into some of the ‘secret shit’. I am finding that music provides an interesting insight into a different time.
Andrew Ford speaks with Katie Noonan about music and being an artist during the COVID pandemic. This includes a discussion of the process of covering music which involves honouring the song while making it your own. A part of this often involves doing more with less. Noonan ends the conversation with an account of the impact that the pandemic has had on her livelihood as an artist. She wonders why so much has been done to support and sustain sport, whereas culture has been left to dwindle. Her suggestion is that the biggest difference between the two aspects of society is the association with gambling.
Ford also explores the role of music in regards to history with Christopher Clark. The particular focus is on Beethoven and his association with Napoleon. I really enjoyed the end of the this conversation where Clark explores both the possibilities and limitations of music.
Anil Dash is obsessed with Prince. Since he’s the host of the tech podcast Function, he has a unique perspective on the Purple One’s complicated relationship with technology. Anil joins the show to break down the many ways that Prince predicted the sound and science of modern pop, from drum machines to online distribution to internet culture. We’ll discuss how Michael Jackson jacked Prince’s electronic experimentation for Thriller, why Prince liked to lurk in fan chat rooms, and how he found ways to change his sound without ever sacrificing his integrity. We’re only beginning to understand Prince’s legacy, but Anil takes us one step closer to fully appreciating the ahead-of-their-time talents of a once-in-a-century artist.
Anil Dash discusses both the man and his music. Of particular interest was Prince’s use of technology, as well as his influence on others, such as Michael Jackson.
Read Write Microcast #018()
A reflection on the paralayse associated with ‘getting it right’ and things breaking down, rather than learning to live in a world where there are times where things break.
In Walkaway, Cory Doctorow suggests the differences between disaster and dystopia is often defined by what people do when things breakdown. And things always breakdown.
I still find Twitter useful but I have to be more careful on it now, especially so I don’t get mired in some toxic thread. Being able to read the threads (comments) of people you do not follow is a feature that only produces more outrage, but that is what engages people and sells advertising.
The good news for both advertising and publishing is that neither needs adtech. What’s more, people can signal what they want out of the sites they visit—and from the whole marketplace. In fact the Internet itself was designed for exactly that. The GDPR just made the market a lot more willing to start hearing clues from customers that have been laying in plain sight for almost twenty years.
In the first half of this episode of Future Tense, Antony Funnell speaks with Dr Jerry Muller about his book The Tyranny of Metrics. The conversation provides a useful provocation when it comes to metrics and measurements. It is interesting listening to this alongaide Alfie Kohn’s book Punished by Reward and Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction.
The second part of the episode addresses the Dark Web.
I myself, have taught a class of 230 children and I had to teach under a tree because there was no classroom. Esnart Chapomba
I was recently challenged on the place of space in regards to learning.
You don’t have to be “protech” or “anti-tech.” Indeed, it’s hard to imagine how someone could realistically be said to be “anti-tech” – your future is going to have more technology in it, so the question isn’t, “Should we use technology?” but rather, “Which technology should we use?” – Cory Doctorow
I attended a ‘cyber-safety’ session that suggested joining students in online social spaces. Beyond concerns with taking away another space for young people, I wonder if the solution is not saying no to technology and social media, but to provide a compelling alternative?
I have been thinking a bit about technology lately and how we define it. This short reflection is inspired in part by Audrey Watters, Marten Koomen and Ben Williamson. In the end, technology comes in many shapes and sizes.
Read Write Microcast #009()
Sometimes it pays off to think small. Think next door, down the hall, at the next meeting. Act large in small spaces. Notice who’s speaking and who isn’t. Practice not knowing and being curious. Be kind. Welcome warmly and mean it.
This microcast is my response to the pop-up MOOC, Engagement in a Time of Polarization, currently running. I have been following proceedings, but have struggled to contribute. After trying to write a more comprehensive reflection, but not knowing where to start, I decided to ‘think small’ and just share a short microcast. For so long I thought ‘engagement’ involved measuring the number of tweets etc, but I have come to respect lurking more and more as a legitimate (in)action.
Microcast #008 Limits of Automation()
Confident – the connecting of the dots and capitalising on different possibilities.
Can you remember the route by which you came to use Twitter to support your professional learning?
In a recent response to Ian Guest, I spoke about a beginning to getting onto Twitter. After reading Ian’s reply, I realised I may have been ignoring the wild goose chase …
Read Write Microcast #005 – A Reflection on Blogging()
For more than ten years I have been publishing blog posts on at least 360 of the 365 days in a year. The “secret” has been to just make it a priority every day. There have been stretches where for it’s a struggle and there have been stretches when it’s “easy.” The “easier” stretches always come when I get up early in the morning. I don’t like getting up at 4am, but it makes the writing come easier and then I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day. Richard Byrne
A reflection about what goes into writing a blog …
Microcast #004 – Costly Convenience()
Imagine a technology world that’s more intrusive, more prone to failure, and more powerful. We access the internet in ways that compromise our privacy, make us vulnerable to threats, and divide us from each other. Bryan Alexander
I was recently offered a voucher for free parking in the city, all I had to do was sign up. This led me to think about why we take up technology and at what cost.