Spent lots of time in both the counseling center and the sexual violence crisis center with students this week. Makes me so angry to be in a meeting with colleagues and hear them talking about “lazy” students who party and don’t care about classes. Such a high % of my students deal with some mix of poverty, mental health issues, disability and illness. I can’t stand faculty complaining about students not caring about school. So many students endure such hell just in order to show up here.

So a few days to catch my breath. Reconnect with my family. Regain a little perspective.

And next year, I'll be back.

Because things won't change for the better unless we do it.

So lest you think it's all gloom & destruction, here's the thing. Scott Dixon is the coolest, smoothest, always-smiling, focused on the team & mission driver you'll find. Check out the interview just after the crash (0.28 seconds to 1minute mark).
I want to be like Scott. "Wild ride but I'm just bummed for the team. We'll get back to work."
BTW: he finished 3rd the championship. youtube.com/watch?v=ck0Hym_O3C

So now that the semester (and year) are done. I'm finally taking a day, and like @ShorterPearson, finding I rebel at doing anything.

Looking back on the year & fall in particular, the best way for me to describe how it felt is this video. For those not into it, watch car #9, Scott Dixon, the greatest active Indy car driver, at last May's 500. Yeah, that's how this year & semester felt. Another car in the comes down and nowhere to go.


Fediverse survival guide

Unlike Twitter, usernames are not unique.

If you're expecting to be a celebrity with millions of followers then you're out of luck. Mass broadcast is not what federated systems are about.

Instances means servers which federate posts between them.

There isn't any guaranteed way to delete or edit a post, so think twice before you post.

This is a purely public system. If you want genuinely private chat then use other apps, such as Conversations.

Be nice. Avoid outrage culture and block users who engage in that.

Don't be afraid to block bad users or bad instances, but keep instance blocks to the minimum possible because collective punishment is bad and it's good to have opinions which are not hostile but merely different.

Run your own instance if you can. This increases the robustness of the federation overall, and reduces the risk from bad admins. The more users there are on a single instance, the more likely it is to turn into a Twitter-like hellscape.

last word for now 

So, I'm gonna think and meditate on what direction to go.

I kinda have 40 yrs exp doing strategic & systems innovation. I have one of the first broad e-commerce patents. I just saved them $200K/yr on system to replace scantron machine.

But "I don't get the big picture". I usually don't try to rant in even semi-public, but man it's frustrating.

Thanks to all for the good vibes, though. This community & the network of open folk keeps me going. Love you all.

more rant 

2/ I prove it can - but it has to be different. I invent "Commons of Our Own" concept for it. I figure out plan to setup our own OER (which Bd of Trustees is ga-ga about) publishing platform that can produce our own OER-courseware equivalent to Lumen Learning, Pearson, et al.

I have a design for creating Virtual Lab Notebooks for science classes integrated w/ student domains eports.

The plan requires: a: let me have 1/2 load reassign in spring + my 2 student interns. then for...

All I'm going to say is look at the voting demographics of the AL election result.

America keeps showing you what the problem is over and over and over and over again.

11 hours to showtime. 9am tomorrow is a 1 hour preso - a shot at the 3 senior VP's & Provost to make the pitch for "institutionalizing" & committing to scaling up the Open Learn Lab & OER effort.
Been working on this plan & concept for 3+ months.
Send good vibes.

@clhendricksbc Everything's better with a network of friends and colleagues to share with. Thank you! 🤜🤛

Do you think it's possible to build a researchers social network to share science papers, articles and bibliographic databases on a federated model? Maybe something using mastodon and ActivityPub. Of course, as free software! @Gargron boost plz

For those of you who haven't been following Icelandic politics, something unusual has happened.

For the first time our government is a coalition of a right-wing party, a centre party, and a proper environmentalist left-wing party who intend to operate along the lines of Nordic-style consensus politics.

The last time something even remotely like this happened was in 1959 when a right-wing/left-wing coalition appointed Iceland's first healthcare minister and built the healthcare system.

I'm quite proud of how quickly, orderly, and peaceably everyone evacuated the campus. And also with how professional and quick the 3 police depts were in responding and stopping the threat. All appropriate level of urgency but no over the top drama.

We are all safe now except the poor student who now faces a 20 yr felony charge.

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I'm feeling very fortunate & grateful today that my school, Lansing Community College, only made the local news yesterday. Very fortunate that we aren't talking about today.

We were ordered to evacuate campus yesterday ~2:20pm because two people contacted police about what their "friend", another student, was planning to do after 3pm.

Police arrested the student at 3pm - with AR-15, dozens of magazines, boxes of ammo, and extra rifles.


Silence may speak volumes, but what we leave unsaid is rarely eloquent ... or clear.

Blog Post "Aggregating the Decentralized Social Web" blog.jasongreen.net/b/9N @gargon

@Tdorey I don't really see your piece and mine as disagreeing. Rather, I think your incommensurability piece addresses some of the essential diffs between f2f-on-campus and online/distance.
I think there is real incommensurability, but I'm trying to address what I think is a failure/gap in what we provide via distance/online.

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"Commons of Our Own"
So I finally got it in gear and wrote something. This is intended as 1st in a series as I try to explain to admin ldrship what the heck I'm trying to do with this Open Learn Lab.
I'm interested in feedback.
@Otterscotter @Tdorey @actualham @katebowles @ShorterPearson @fgraver

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