Near the end of a 1/2 mile climb on my bicycle commute home from the city I gingerly greet and pass a "well-seasoned" rider. As he joins me at the top of the hill where we wait briefly for a traffic signal he quips, "I was going to grumble something about youth being wasted on the young as you passed me, but you're almost as grey as I am."

i wish when you bought a guitar it came with a picture of the tree the body was made from and a description of where the tree grew, maybe it was near a road or overlooked a hill or a cliff, maybe a lake or a river, maybe also some details about all the birds that lived in it, or small mammals or lizards, was the tree easily climbable by a person? maybe it’d have that kinda info, that’d be good, might pay a couple bucks extra for that


The thing I did, that made mastodon homely for me, was to start by curating a home timeline of people I wanted to follow. That turned out to be more diverse than Twitter: @dadegroot posts about blacksmithing and @RussSharek is a clown and @paralithode is an artist and writer, and my world got bigger.

When people followed me back then I had a little community of back-and-forth at a scale that was comfortable for me.

I'm a futurist specializing in education and technology.

I've been using all kinds of social software for decades, and really want to get Mastodon working this time.

I’m taking a MOOC from my own university called Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. I’ve done a couple of recent blog posts on videos we watched.

On Lisa Jackson’s short film Savage: (film about Indian Residential Schools in Canada)

On Susan D Dion and Thomas King:

Introduced the concept of a PLN to my new A Level class this morning. I presented it as something that you don't have a choice about. Everybody has one. Be it your parents, teachers and classmates, the Internet at large, social media services. It simply exists. The question is are you aware of it and can you influence or build it to serve your purposes? And how might you do that? Mastodon? Twitter? Newspapers? Journals? Will be interesting to see how they respond

What makes #Mastodon so exciting is it’s not a single commercial service run by a corporation—it’s simply open source software using open protocols that anyone can install on their own server. Just like email isn’t owned by any one company, federated social networks allow online messaging and following/follower relationships using the beauty and power of the open web.

I talk about all this and much more in the Mastodon special of the my podcast! Listen here:

Since I like it on Mastodon, here's a list of links I like to pass around to potential new users. 

Mastodon isn’t perfect but it’s some kind of evidence of human willingness to try to patch things up, at scale.

That’s not nothing.

As we move into a module on it is important to recognize those who have helped the movement. For today's you need to make an leader playing card. Here is an example

You don't need to touch the code beyond putting a link your picture (hint it goes in the CSS change the colors while there if you want).

@Otterscotter Hope, and love, and wonder. Kindness, too. Thank you. Such stories brighten the day.

Our youngest (5.5 yr old boy) woke me this morning.
Lad: Do you miss mamma? (she is traveling for a few days).
Me: Yes, sure.
Lad: Would you like a stuffie?
Me: Yes!
Lad: Would you like a cat or a dog?
Me: A dog, please.
The kid climbs to the top of his bunk bed and brings me a stuffie to snuggle with.

I don't know how we've helped a kid think about wanting to meet the needs of others, but this feels like hope...

First bike ride of the year... there are trout lilies, which cover the forest floor

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