Replied to In search of modern knowledge by Benjamin Doxtdator (Long View on Education)
What artifacts do we wish to surround ourselves with and care for? After we can answer that, we can begin to think about what we wish to make. 
Was it worth the experience worth the journey? I have always wanted to go to Constructing Modern Knowledge. Also intrigued by your take on rubbish. I feel that applies as much for the digital as it does the material world. I have cared for my online presence a lot more since taking more ownership over it.
Liked Reference lists as sites of diversity? Citations matter. (the édu flâneuse)
Who we cite positions our work in a field. It aligns us with particular epistemologies and ontologies; ways of knowing and of ways of being. It can polarise us from others.
Although a bit different, I have been thinking of this lately in regards to my monthly newsletter. The Semantic Linkbacks plugin provides a tally of all the links referenced (and pinged) within the specific post.

A screenshot of some of my links in one of my posts.

As much as I try and broaden the voices incorporated, I fear that my bias (and ego) my take over. One of these days I should collect this data and analyse it.

Liked Monetizing Your Device Location Data With LotaData (
In a world where our data is the new oil, I’m interested in any way that I can help level the playing field, and seeing how we can put more control back into the device owners hands. Allowing mobile phone, wearable, drone, automobile, and other connected device owners to aggregate and monetize their own data in a personal or professional capacity. Helping us all better understand the value of our own bits, and potentially generating some extra cash from its existence. I don’t think any of us are going to get rich doing this, but if we can put a little cash back in our own pockets, and limit the exploitation of our bits by other companies and device manufacturers, it might change the game to be a little more in our favor.
Bookmarked The future will be dockless: could a city really run on 'floating transport'? by Alex Hern (the Guardian)
Citymapper now supports dockless transport options such as Ofo bikes in London and San Francisco’s Bird electric scooters, offering an insight into the future of transport in cities
Alex Hern discusses the rise of floating transport, something that I touched on recently with the demise of oBike in Melbourne. Hern captures a number of stories from around the world of hope for efficiency, but also issues associated with shared spaces.

Simply being profitable doesn’t necessarily mean floating transport is good for a city, and the growth of the sector has been a bumpy ride. A big problem is that pavement is a shared space, and a limited resource. The overcrowding problems San Francisco has seen with Bird scooters are mirrored in London by Ofo bikes – a model where users abandon their vehicles wherever they want inevitably results in pavements littered with out-of-service rides.

I am taken by Hern’s closing remarks concerning reliability over flexibility.

Ultimately, floating transport is going to have to learn another lesson that conventional transportation bodies have taken to heart: flexible may be fun, but cities run on reliable.

This leaves me thinking that sometimes what is required is community and sometimes that involves patience. What is the cost to the public/private transport industry when everyone relies on private personal transport models like Bird or Uber?

Bookmarked Gutenberg support · Issue #190 · dshanske/indieweb-post-kinds (GitHub)
I'm wondering about your plans for Gutenberg. Will you release something for wp beta or do you start active development after the public release of WordPress 5.0?
This is a useful thread in regards to the integration of Post Kinds with Gutenberg, the new editor for WordPress.
Replied to On Reader Identity and Its Importance by Pernille Ripp (Pernille Ripp)
To develop a meaningful reader identity, one that goes beyond the obvious questions of are you a reader or not, we have to have teaching opportunities where students can explore what their reading identity is to begin with and then chart a specific course to further explore it and grow.
I really like this Pernille. I always used to focus on goals or the CAFE menu, but there is something raw about starting with I and a student’s identity as a reader.
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Surely about the myth of Musk. Was just strange how it all came about, but maybe I am a cynic 🤷‍♂️
Watched Creativity Tips #11-20 for #LDvid30 from AmusED
I can’t believe I’ve finished 20 of these – 10 more to go! I’ve really enjoyed coming up with something each day…particularly trying to correlate with a daily event or a metaphor I’ve come across in my day-to-day living. Most amusing, of course, are all the “fails” from the voice recognition….maybe that will be a blooper roll.
Amy continues her creativity tips with another set.
Bookmarked Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms by Natasha Singer (
Facebook is working to spread its face-matching tools even as it faces heightened scrutiny from regulators and legislators in Europe and North America.
Natasha Singer discusses Facebook’s continual push for facial recognition. She discusses some of the history associated with Facebook’s push into this area, including various roadblocks such as GDPR. She also looks at some of the patent applications, such as:

A system that could detect consumers within stores and match those shoppers’ faces with their social networking profiles. Then it could analyze the characteristics of their friends, and other details, using the information to determine a “trust level” for each shopper.


Cameras near checkout counters could capture shoppers’ faces, match them with their social networking profiles and then send purchase confirmation messages to their phones.

This made me wonder how many patents actually come to fruition and how many are a form of indirect marketing?

Bookmarked Weekend question: where will automation take us by 2033? (Bryan Alexander)
How do you think automation will transform society over the next 15 years?
Bryan Alexander takes a different look at the future. Rather than making a particular prediction, he provides ten possibilities. This is a useful provocation for starting a conversation about today.

A) Significant unemployment and underemployment will result as automation fails to create new jobs to succeed the ones it replaces.

B) New types of jobs appears in response to emerging technologies and practices, as they did through most of the Industrial Revolutions.

C) Humans increasingly feel unease or panic at being rendered obsolete.  This manifests in various cultural and political forms.

D) Income and wealth inequality grows immensely, as businesses involved in automation generate and accrete enormous financial power.

E) Very little change will occur, because AI is overhyped and robotics are too limited in practical application, at least in this timeframe of a mere 15 years.

F) Some form of universal basic income will be implemented.

G) A data-based surveillance dystopia is installed, grounded in ubiquitous technology and guided by governments and/or business.

H) A new arms race breaks out between nations to see who has the best AI.

I) A major backlash emerges against automation for various reasons, leading to a major social step back from AI and robotics.

J) A very pleasant time will result, when we don’t have to work so much, our basic needs are met, and we are freer to develop ourselves.