On the family front, we have been making the most of the nice weather to get outdoors quite a bit. This included going on a few bike rides, as well as continuing our dive into geology by looking for gold in the Brisbane Ranges. We also attended the launch of Fiona Hardy’s novel How to Make a Movie in 12 Days, which was a great event.
At work, there was a review looking at some of the processes moving forward. This led to further work around managing timetables and refining reports. In addition to this, I supported a couple of schools with setting up for Semester Two. I also attended Swinburne University for a network meeting focusing on history and the whole learner.
Personally, my focus this year has been flanarie. It has been interesting. I think I have struggled with the seemingly structurelessness of the endeavour. I have found myself starting various books, then jumping to something new before finishing. This month, I started Imagined Communities, but then found myself diving into John Warner’s Why They Can’t Write. I have also started a number of posts, but never got around to completing them. Maybe this is ok? Maybe this is normal? Maybe my expectations are the problem? I think with so much structure in my life, it sometimes feels strange to let this go in any way. Don’t know.
In regards to my writing, I posted a reflection on Dai Barnes:
Learning and Teaching
Joel Speranza suggests starting change by running small measured experiments, rather than focusing on people and permission.
Jessica Holloway and Steven Lewis discuss the problem of conflating learning with NAPLAN performance.
Grace Jennings-Edquist collates a number of self-care strategies to support teachers.
Stephen Wolfram presents ramble through time and provides reminder of the way in which the present is built on the discoveries of the past.
Nicholas Hune-Brown explores the legacy of Eric McMillan and his revolution of playgrounds in the 1970’s.
Sherri Spelic share some tips and questions to consider when dealing with the toxic side of Twitter.
Bryan Alexander discusses the possible future of video as a medium.
Erica Southgate discusses a new report and project to support the analysis of artificial intelligence in education.
Ben Thompson responds to CloudFlare’s decision to terminating service for 8chan with a look into the world of moderation
Dave Cormier provides a framework for learning on the internet.
Oliver Franklin-Wallis discusses the current global recycling crisis.
Remembering the 400 year anniversary of the arrival of African slaves in Northern America, Ibram X Kendi traces the stories of Angela and John Pory.
Building on the idea of Marchetti’s Constant, Jonathan English discusses the role of transport in the development of the city.
Peter Brannen looks at our current impact on the world and where it sits with the history of the earth.
Stephen Stockwell and Ruby Jones discusses the rise of Pentecostal churches, such as Hillsong and Planetshakers.
— Bryan Mathers (@BryanMMathers) August 4, 2019
Focus on … DAI BARNES
On the night of Thursday 1st / Friday 2nd August 2019, Dai Barnes suddenly passed away in his sleep. Dai was one half of the TIDE podcast. He was also a champion of the people, something celebrated in the final episode of the podcast. Personally speaking, he was one of my first subscribers. Amy Burvall co ordinated a number of curations on Wakelet and Flipgrid collecting together disparate memories. There were also some longer reflections from Amy, Laura Hilliger Doug Belshaw, Tim Klapdor and Eylan Ezekiel. I will never forget him talking about a failed job interview where he found himself standing on the table like Jesus. Must admit, it has definitely left me feeling more mortal.
Read Write Respond #044
So that is August for me, how about you? As always, happy to hear.
Cover Image via JustLego101
This episode to celebrate the life of Dai Barnes is co-hosted by Doug Belshaw and Eylan Ezekiel, featuring contributions from friends and listeners to the TIDE podcast.
- Collected memories
- Aaron Davis – @mrkrndvs
- Amy Burvall – @amyburvall
- Doug Belshaw – @dajbelshaw
- Eylan Ezekiel – @eylanezekiel
- Ian O’Byrne – @wiobyrne
- Joe Dale – @joedale
- John Johnston – @johnjohnston
- Ken McCarthy – @kenmccarthy7
- Kevin McLaughlin – @_kevinmcl
- Laura Hilliger – @epilepticrabbit
- Lisa Stevens – @lisibo
- Mary Cooch – @moodlefairy
- Noel De Martin – @NoelDeMartin
- Philip Pitcher – @Pitchyp1991
- Tim Jefferis – @tjjteacher
- Tim Klapdor – @timklapdor
- Wayne Gibbons – @TheWayneGibbons
- One more step (blog post by Dai about Samaria Gorge)
- It is the child within us that trembles before death (additional post by Doug)
I felt something similar when hearing of Dai’s passing. I never met Bowie and never met Dai., I was left reflecting upon the impact has had on my life.
I have listened to every episode, often sped up, but listened none-the-less. Although there were many of Dai’s arguments that challenged me and others that I disagreed with, his manner was always positive. I was always grateful for his openness and honesty. This is what I will miss the most and feel had the biggest impact on me as a learner.
My favourite memory is when he shared his failed job interview where he found himself standing on-top of a table. Priceless!
Thank you Doug and Eylan for compiling this celebration of Dai’s life.
Dai was no saint, and he’d hate it if I wrote this post in a way that denied his faults – as it would be bullshit. But I thought he was special. Someone who I’d have in my life for a long time and who’d bring more colour and depth of feeling (more of that selfishness!). In many friendships, this is a balanced thing – where both parties ‘invest’ in a relationship… and love is often experienced as a transactional thing.
Your walk, your thoughts
Remembering our beautiful friend, Dai Barnes
I like your point about pragmatism. That is definitely something I have taken away from both of you over the years. Easy in words, but always a challenge in action.
Tide 117 – 13-20
With this in mind I am intrigued by the video you mention from Vox featuring Tristan Harris:
I liked his suggestions, but for me it is like going to McDonald’s to buy a salad. The issue is not the salad, but McDonald’s and their push for non-human consumption. I wonder about a sustainable smartphone, one that is built ethically from the outset, not one that puts the blame back on the user. As Audrey Watters argues:
I don’t want to suggest that this is something the consumer alone is responsible for – blaming consumers, for example, for looking at their phone when it vibrates or beeps or for downloading Candy Crush and trying to get all their friends to play along. The whole modus operandi of the tech industry has been to create apps that are as engaging and compelling and viral as Candy Crush. The industry views its users as highly manipulable, their behaviors as something that can be easily shaped and nudged and controlled. Maybe it’s time to rethink and regulate and restrict how that happens?
Discussing the work of Harris the other such apologists, Watters asks why we should trust them:
Why should we trust these revelations (or revelators) to guide us moving forward? Why not trust those of us who knew it was bullshit all along and who can tell you the whole history of a bad idea?
I wonder then why we should trust Harris over Bridle and wonder whether in the end they both have a particular place at the table?