Replied to Palo Alto, Day 2 by Audrey Watters (Teaching Machines)
To hear Larry Cuban say he is glad I am writing this book was a huge boost to my confidence.
I am glad too, although I guess I am not Larry.

That was an interesting comment about behaviourism. It is a reminder that history is always a trace or thread and can never really be a complete recreation.

Replied to Microsoft's Ethical Reckoning Is Here (WIRED)
On Sunday, critics noted a blog post from January in which Microsoft touted its work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The post celebrated a government certification that allowed Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud-computing platform, to handle sensitive unclassified information for ICE. The sales-driven blog post outlined ways that ICE might use Azure Government, including enabling ICE employees to “utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification,” Tom Keane, a general manager at Microsoft wrote. “The agency is currently implementing transformative technologies for homeland security and public safety, and we're proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud,” the post added.
I am currently reading James Bridle’s New Dark Age and wonder if the partnership between ICE and Azure is just technology returning home?
Replied to Building the Windmill (or knocking it down again?) by Darcy Moore (Darcy Moore's Blog)
It is easy to be wise after the event but it was clear to everyone in education at the time what this kind of standardised testing (soon to be turned into pseudo-league tables) would do to our schools and communities. Now, we are all about to embark on the next iteration of school reform with many of the same players in place and the same kind of flawed, grand educational policy about to start afresh. One can only hope we do not forget the lessons of Animal Farm for those of us who have to carry out the real work of planning for the never-ending rebuilding of The Windmill.
It feels like people are picking and choosing the bits that they like in the new Gonski review, I wonder though whether we can have the collaboration without the newfound accountability?

Anyway, off to push the rock to the top of the hill once again.

Replied to 📑 Highlight of “Interviewing my digital domains” by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (BoffoSocko)
Typically a highlight wouldn’t include a textual note (like this), otherwise it would be considered marginalia or a general annotation. Perhaps I’ll get around to adding an annotation type shortly as well.
In regards to post kinds, how is a highlight different from a quote?
Replied to Recalibrate with Old Books (A Point of Contact)
One of the better books I’ve read in the past few years is Being Digital, a 1996 book about the digital age. It was informative because of the amount of information about basic digital infrastructures is presented so clearly. It was also fascinating to read an account of the digital state of of the world in 1996.
Glen, you might be interested in Mal Lee and Roger Broadie’s reflection on Being Digital. I probably should read the book, especially based on your point of simplifying the message.
Replied to Some thoughts on highlights and marginalia with examples by Chris AldrichChris Aldrich (Chris Aldrich | BoffoSocko)
Earlier today I created a read post with some highlights and marginalia related to a post by Ian O’Bryne. In addition to posting it and the data for my own purposes, I’m also did it as a manual test of sorts, particularly since it seemed apropos in reply to Ian’s particular post. I thought I’d take a stab at continuing to refine my work at owning and controlling my own highlights, notes, and annotations on the web. I suspect that being able to better support this will also help to bring more self-publishing and its benefits to the halls of academe.
Thank you so much for writing this post Chris. I was actually going to ask your process and will enjoy reading how you use RSS to curate it. I have always liked the idea of Hypothesis, but felt frustrated by the way that it shows up on my site randomly. I did find an aggregator, but wondered how it could be incorporated within comments like on Medium. This might also be another step for me in leaving Diigo, time will tell.
Replied to An Indieweb Podcast: Episode 7: The Reverse Salmention by David ShanskeDavid Shanske (David Shanske)

In this last episode before Chris Aldrich and I head to the Indieweb Summit in Portland, Oregon, he and I discuss my continual messing up of people’s Indieweb experience, little things I’ve hidden in plugins, web-signin vs IndieAuth, etc.

David and Chris, I love the idea of a Q&A section. Here then are my submissions:

  • What is the difference between a pingbacks/trackbacks and webmentions?
  • What is the difference between using a child theme for modifications and an additional plugin, such as the one you mentioned in regards to post kinds?
  • You often mention that various microformats are ‘experimental’, who decides that and how do they stop being so?

Not sure if my questions make sense or offer any value to anybody else, but they are some of the things that have really stuck out to me while listening.

Replied to Interviewing My Domain by Tom Woodward (

Getting started is pretty easy. It’s like joining a gym. Easy to start, easy to go a time or two. It’s the long run that interests me. I think that’s driven by the desire to do something more than you can in other places. I’d spend some time thinking about what it is you want. Do you care about owning your data in a particular way? Do you want more than a paid account can offer?

You might start in those more restrictive environments (assuming you can migrate out with safety and ease) and then move up when you feel the box is too cramped. Making your moves after hitting the limits makes sense to me. If you’re very happy with a particular box then taking on the extra work, however minimal, when you don’t want the reward doesn’t make sense. Maybe that’s the deal. Take advantage of your freedom. Try many things. Make and destroy. Make again. Have fun with your freedom.

Tom, I really like your point about file structures and content. I am not sure I really thought about that side of things and only do so now that it is a problem. A part of me thinks that it would have been nice to know more, but then again, how could I. I only know what I (think I) know because of the mistakes I made.

My current mistake is having two sites, but wanting to share content across both (they are on the same server.) This was definitely not something that I would have considered when I created my first site on Blogger.

Replied to A warning to my readers (
I love meeting my readers, but I am so aware that the person who writes the books that they read is the best version of me — the most hopeful, the most helpful version of me. In my day-to-day life, I am as confused, and stupid, and pessimistic as anybody. As Wendell Berry puts it, “I am a man as crude as any…”
It seems ironic commenting on this post, but anyway.

Austin you might like the comment from John Banville about being two different people: the writer and the person.