At home, there was finally some action in regards to fixing up our yard. We inherited a few issues when we purchased the property, such as a water tank on a lean. A part of me felt guilty in getting somebody else to do the work. My home, my problem, or something like that. I had done what I could in cleaning things up. However, I soon realised that sometimes there is a reason that you get somebody with the skills and tools to do the job. I am pretty sure it would have taken me months to achieve what a few guys and an excavator achieved in a few days.
On the family front, our youngest had to stay home for a few days two weeks running with a lingering cough. All of her RATs came back negative and her energy levels were normal. I was supporting a teacher who pointed out that in some ways lockdown was easier as we did not have to worry about all the coughs and sneezes meaning that everyone could simply battle on. Guess this is all a part of the new normal.
At work, focus turned to supporting the setup of academic reports. However, as seems to be the way, nothing ever quite goes to plan as we were inundated with requests for attendance data associated with a government audit. On further investigation it was discovered that there were some who were already aware of the requirement, they just forgot to pass this information on. I never cease to be surprised by the way in which one hand fails to speak with another. With so much outside of our control, it feels frustrating when something in our control is overlooked. In between all this, I continued creating guides to fill gaps in our instruction, as well as develop some spreadsheets and scripts to help automate practices.
Personally, I went on a journey with Patrick White’s Voss. I listened to new albums form The Smile, Florence and the Machine, Arcade Fire and Hatchie. I finished watching The Vikings. My daughters and I also went to Fiona Hardy’s book launch for How to Tackle Your Dreams at Readings’ Kids. In a Post-COVID world, they were in awe of all the books. Guess it is not the same as buying online.
Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking:
Cameron Paterson unpacks his learnings associated with leading difficult pedagogical change in schools.
Jennifer Clutterbuck and Rafaan Daliri-Ngametua discuss the idea of zombie data, that excessive excessive, purposeless and redundant data.
Dan Meyer discusses his simple rubric for evaluating edtech, “What happens to wrong answers?”
Ben Collins methodically breaks down his process for creating a technical video course.
Doug Belshaw shares ten steps associated with running an event.
Zeynep Tufekci highlights the limits associated with de-anonymised data and calls for collective change through law.
Antony Funnell speaks with Kate Eichhorn and Kate Mannell about digital forgetting and whether data science needs a Hippocratic oath?
Cory Doctorow discusses Tracking Exposed, a collective of designers using adversarial interoperability to go beyond the guessing game of algospeak to provide a more concrete understanding of algorithms and content moderation.
John Gribbin takes a dive into the history of the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI).
Justin E.H. Smith questions whether the controls brought in during COVID will in fact keep controlling us long after the threat has passed.
Judith Enck Jan Dell explains why recycling plastic is a ruse.
Kate O’Halloran explores the parkrun phenomon and the way in which it is helping change people’s lives.
George Monbiot discusses the world beneath our feet and the possible futures for farming.
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So that was May for me, how about you? As always, hope you are safe and well.
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