I’m skeptical of the move to self-driving cars because of increased privacy invasion & remapping socio-geographic relationships around the needs of machines. On the other hand, was someone whose vision is declining and sees her driving days numbered—and I live in a rural area with no public transpo—the day can’t come soon enough. Wonder what more human-centered alternatives look like, or how this could be done in a way that centers the needs of vulnerable communities over the needs of machines.
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:
Wrote 19 pretty smart pages today. Probably been since grad school that I did something like that all in one day. I’m exhausted and unshowered and I spooned chickpeas into my mouth directly from a can to avoid breaking for a proper lunch and it feels...AMAZING. I honestly didn’t know if I had it in me when I woke up this morning. But you know what? I did!
Since I like it on Mastodon, here's a list of links I like to pass around to potential new users. Show more
Elevator pitch for why Mastodon is better than Twitter: https://www.codesections.com/blog/mastodon-elevator-pitch/
Really informal further reading: https://medium.com/@GinnyMcQueen/toot-how-to-intro-to-mastodon-e5655bfa87d2
An increasingly less brief guide: https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon/
You've joined, now what? A more formal guide of what there is to actually do: https://kevq.uk/how-does-mastodon-work/
A list of Good instances to start: https://instances.noct.zone/
As we move into a module on #openpedagogy it is important to recognize those who have helped the movement. For today's #pointofponderance you need to make an #opendpedagogy 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).
Our family recently took a month-long trip to northern Spain (with stops in France and England). I'm so grateful for the time we had together, and for the hospitality we enjoyed along the way. Read about our trip here: http://robinderosa.net/a-family-trip-to-spain/
Tomorrow, after the hardest year yet at my institution (I've been here 18 years!), I start sabbatical and head with my family to Spain: north coast, wine country, and Pyrenees. We'll cross into France, and visit London on the way home. I've packed a backpack full of books about nature/solitude/aging; my kid and my guy have their sketchbooks. We're going because I felt like I had to leave the country to escape. But I finally realize I'm headed *toward* something. I couldn't be more grateful.
A luminous young student of mine died of a brain tumor this afternoon. She changed her major from Nursing to Patient Advocacy once she realized that her cancer would prevent her from reliably dispensing meds. As she crafted her new program, she taught me everything about how we must rethink education so it can better serve real students. She was honestly the brightest light I’ve ever taught. Hoping to do right by her and what she taught me.
I am delighted to share the result of @actualham and my latest collaboration: The Open Pedagogy Notebook, a space where educators can browse diverse examples of #OpenPedagogy in practice as well as share their own practices & ideas. Visit: http://openpedagogy.org/ #YearOfOpen Special thanks to Steel Wagstaff for designing the site and to Amanda Coolidge and @karencang for contributing to our initial set of examples.
Took a day-long bus trip the other day, which always makes me think about my favorite bus-trip movie, "Smoke Signals," based on one of my favorite Alexie books. As I was riding, had a Twitter chat with a friend about "Call Me By Your Name," and the way it moved me and disturbed her. So many things I love-- that Alexie book and CMBY for example-- are complicated by ugly and cruel things. And I guess vice versa, too. Social media is tough for allowing the nuance and the clarity about all of that.
Finished writing the blog post about read receipts today.
"Read Receipts Considered Harmful"
One thing I earnestly love about working *all* the time is that when I do have a rare hour to spend in true leisure activity (like not just sacked out in exhaustion), everything feels so vibrant and restorative and the gratitude just absolutely swells up. While I try to restore some balance over my upcoming sabbatical, I'd also like to hold onto that appreciation, that euphoria that comes with really feeling the value of freedom.
i wrote a blog post about what mastodon is. i know that it's a tired genre, but i think that i did a good job of explaining it in an easy-to-approach way. please read and share!
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