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Roundup: March 28 – April 13

2015 April 14
by gpotter

To hell with weekly roundups … looks like I’m more of a ‘bi-weekly roundup’ kinda blogger.

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Roundup: Feb 24 – March 28

2015 March 30
by gpotter

Made the first jump into weekly roundups last month .. this one is more like a ‘month roundup’ … and a very eventful month at that.

My month began with 14 days off the job.  Much remains to be seen.

Reading

Fun

Books

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Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens

2015 March 10
by gpotter

There’s an implied max/min problem here: the intersection of a curve representing the amount of wealth you need to spend on guards to maintain stability in the presence of a widening rich/poor gap and the amount you can save on guards by creating social mobility through education, health, and social welfare is the point at which you should stop paying for cops and start paying for hospitals and schools.

This implies that productivity gains in guard labour will make wider wealth gaps sustainable. When coercion gets cheaper, the point at which it makes “economic sense” to allow social mobility moves further along the curve. The evidence for this is in the thing mass surveillance does best, which is not catching terrorists, but disrupting legitimate political opposition, from Occupy to the RCMP’s classification of “anti-petroleum” activists as a threat to national security.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/mar/10/nsa-gchq-technology-create-social-mobility-spy-on-citizens

Weekly Roundup: Feb 15 – Feb 22

2015 February 23
by gpotter

I love the ‘Week in Review’ summaries I am seeing at blogs like: https://homonym.wordpress.com/http://darcynorman.net/, and http://bionicteaching.com/ so I am going to give it a shot as a method of ensuring I get to my blog more often.  I’m going to start with a few things I have bookmarked this week and hopefully work towards regular updates on work-related items I have in the mix.

How Did They Make That? 

Many students tell me that in order to get started with digital humanities, they’d like to have some idea of what they might do and what technical skills they might need in order to do it. Here’s a set of digital humanities projects that might help you to get a handle on the kinds of tools and technologies available for you to use.

How I Taught My Computer to Write Its Own Music

I wanted to build the ideal collaborator. Was I ever surprised.

Techniques for Unleashing Student Work from Learning Management Systems
First, students owned their means of production. They weren’t writing in discussion forums in order to get 2 points for posting to the weekly prompt. They wrote to communicate with audiences within the class and beyond. Second, everyone’s thinking could be found in the same place, by looking at hashtags and our syndication engines on t509massive.org. Finally, this design allows our learning to be permeable to the outside world. Students could write for audiences they cared about: fellow librarians or English teachers or education technologists working in developing countries.
beauty, freedom, technology and morality get dissected by a team of thinkers.
Burroughs 101
Burroughs radio documentary narrated by Iggy Pop.