I have been spending a lot of time lately documenting questions in regards to the reporting and attendance program I help support. The hope is that this will help with support. The problem as I see it is that simply knowing the steps does not automatically build capacity. You also need access to a space to play and time to do so.
It is interesting to reflect upon different social media spaces and think about the features and the limitations. For example, Twitter annoys me the inability to edit posts, while Micro.Blog frustrates me because of the way it responds to headings (I know, real blogging does not have headings). In the end, I think that is why I have taken to posting on my own site and working from there. Maybe that does not always have the same reach and interaction, but we have to compromise somewhere.
Thoughts are with all the Victorian students and teachers as onsite learning resumes today. The world has changed and it will be a different space to be in. I imagine there will be a lot of anxiety, excitement and apprehension in the air, however the balloons being put out at my children’s school this morning were a thoughtful gesture. Reminds me that there are some things we can change and it is useful to start there.
Social media can be a great space to share ideas, however not every space is helpful with connecting the dots. Although you can trace a thread through a series of Tweets, you are not always able to link to points of context and clarification. For me, this is one thing that I like about Micro.Blog’s use of Markdown. Clearly, not as rich as WordPress, but much better than Twitter or Google+(rip).
Responding to John Johnston’s discussion of the value of blogging as a space for sharing, Ian Guest wonders about the various features associated with Twitter.

One thing I wonder about sharing spaces is not what is technically possible – Twitter actually includes quite a few features to help users, such as hashtags, saved searches, bookmarks and moments to name a few – the question is how easy is it to personally mine this information and subsequently build upon it?  This was the point that both Cal Newport and Austin Kleon have recently touched upon, sharing the power of a space of one’s own.

Austin Kleon shared a link to John Holt’s newsletter and some thoughts on learning at home. One of the issues I have had is that it is a contested space. Although I have been supporting my daughter while she has been learning at home, creating the space, allowing her to explore, the problem I have had is that I am not her teacher, I have no agency. This is why Kleon argues that the current context is not ‘homeschooling’. I consider it a blend of the worst of both worlds.
In a recent post, Erin Bromage discusses the risks associated with a number of spaces. Interestingly, one space that is not mentioned was schools. This is something that David Truss captures:

Common lunch time, after work socials, ‘check-in’ meetings, team building activities, common work hours… there are many conventions that bring staff and work communities together that will change, and ‘undermine’ (?) the social fabric of previously positive work cultures.

There seems to be a lot of discussion about technology as the answer, but Naomi Klein suggests we could also re-imagine the spaces and the way we work within them:

[Eric] Schmidt is right that overcrowded classrooms present a health risk, at least until we have a vaccine. So how about hiring double the number of teachers and cutting class size in half? How about making sure that every school has a nurse?

In an interview discussing life under lockdown, Charli XCX shared:

I’m in my house and I’ve walked around every room and noticed things about my house which I’ve lived in for four years, but I really do feel like this is the first time I’ve lived in my home and made my house a home.

This time has given cause to notice some spaces that have long been overlooked, as well as see others in a new light. After reading Erin Bromage’s breakdown of the different risks associated with the coronavirus, I wonder what work will look like moving forward? Will there be a move against open planned spaces? Will work spaces become smaller to diversify the risk? One thing I am confused about is how a back-up ‘secret’ space protects a business when the risk relates to who is actually in the room?

I have been dividing into the music of Oneohtrix Point Never lately. I remember when I first heard his music I struggled to find an entry point. At the time, it was not for me, I was in a different space. I love electronic music, but what I heard at the time did not gel. Of late, I have returned with new context and new interest. I remember having similar experiences with the art of Vermeer until I appreciated the innovation and Jane Austen until I realised that there was something beyond the BBC adaptations. In part, this is why ratings can be problematic.
Oliver Kemp recently reflected on Pitchfork’s perfect 10 awarded to Fiona Apple’s new album. He questioned the rolls of such ratings. My thoughts are that taste and preference is always caught up in space, time and experience. Maybe what matters is not what we actually choose, but the act of curation itself? This is why I prefer to suggest which other artists I would place a particular record between.
Tom Breihan wonders if The Weeknd’s After Hours will be the end of a particular niche.

As an entire world stares down a long and confusing struggle, I have a hard time summoning any empathy for the shit that Abel Tesfaye is talking about.

With our world and imagination changing, it makes me wonder if the art space will enter a time of nostalgia to cope with the growing uncertainty or a new form of literature that grapples with the minute aspects of the current crisis. As Dave Winer posits,

Future porn will be people talking without masks in public places.

Thanks to my wife, I went out today to the bike shop. We had to get Ms 4’s bike fixed. (Brakes were broken and stopping is important.) Although I had been out for a walks with the girls and ducked out last weekend to get tested (came back negative), I had not really gotten out by myself. I was only gone for an hour, but this time away was priceless for clearing out my head space. Oh, and I also picked up lunch for Mother’s Day.
Virginia Trioli asked the question, what have you learned from living in lockdown? I have learnt that it is very difficult to do ‘deep work’ without a wife, especially when you are trying to work in a shared space. It can be easy to say you do not have the time, but I have found finding physical and mental space a bigger challenge.
Today we are setting the space for creativity. I have spent the last month throwing ideas of deep work for the girls to dive into. Fine there have been cardboard musical instruments and art pieces capturing the changing seasons, but nothing they can come back to again and again. Finally something clicked yesterday with Ms4 announcing she wanted to make a movie. Things have since gotten serious. We have the green screen out, Touchcast going, props strewn everywhere, ideas flying this way and that, as well as some compromise and collaboration. Feel like there might be an opportunity for Austin’s Butterfly at some point, however it is at least a bit more structured activity associated with recording video. Also feel Ms9 was left inspired by Fiona Hardy’s great novel How to Make a Movie in 12 Days about what is involved.
Deb Hicks recently shared a meme that stated:

If your job is to tell me how to do my job, you should at least know how to do my job.

This is an ongoing challenge working in a support space associated with transformation and change. You never quite know what is coming and there are often less people around to bounce ideas and experiences off. It can be daunting, but it can be fun. At the end of the day though, if you are going to ring someone up to follow up on a problem, at least know what you are talking about. As M.J. Arlidge reminds,

Trust is a fragile thing — hard to earn, easy to lose.

Life is about compromise. For a while Ms4 has been having her nails painted when we cut them. This morning she flaunted them in front of Ms9. I asked Ms9 if while learning from home she wanted to paint her nails? She quickly responded that it was against school policy, only to then follow up with the realisation that she wasn’t required to wear her uniform while at home. Had me wonder about the challenges to the grammer of school because of the current pivot to online learning and the challenges this raises when students return.
One of the silver linings of the current crisis has been the opportunity to work more closely with my daughter as she learns from home. One thing I have been trying to encourage has been a space of experimentation and exploration. One interest has been the cooking of cakes and cookies. The other day she decided to make a batch of ANZAC cookies to make sense of social distancing.

I am always intrigued when I meet a devout Metal listener, someone who will only listen to one particular style of music no matter where they are. Personally speaking, I think music is always associated with context and the contestation of space. I will be honest, I often listen to more eclectic electronic music with headphones as it may not be what those around me are wanting to hear.

I am always intrigued what ‘new music’ Google Music throws up. I usually check it on a Friday to see what new music has been released. The odd thing is different devices provide different results. Today, I was listening to the RN’s The Music Show and found out the EOB (Ed O’Brien) album was released. I found it in Google Music when I searched, but it was not in the New Releases. for this reason I have learnt that I cannot trust algorithms and therefore learnt to manage my own means of discovery. Double J, NPR, Stereogum, Pitchfork and other feeds. On a side note, at least TISM’s surprise release came up.