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I’ve been thinking a lot about memory lately. As I get older, I find more and more often my memory of events is at odds with those close to me who were at the same events. I have always had faith in my memory, but the past few years I find I am wrong as often as I am right.

It’s humbling, and not a little disturbing. How much of my worldview, my being is built on my memories? Quite a lot, I’d figure.

Anyway, no conclusions. Just some thoughts.

New version of Mastodon lets you add yourself, with the hashtags in your bio, to a directory of users. Nice to for example find other users in your country. But you have to go to your settings and opt in. blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/01/

Deleted my personal Facebook account yesterday. I have to admit it feels a little strange β€” I had it for 12 years and it made it easy to keep in touch with old friends on the other side of the Atlantic β€” but it's been a long time coming.

Out for a walk in our winter wonderland. Calm, peaceful and restorative. Wishing those three things for all of you.

At then end of a long, frustrating, and tedious fall term (two years, really), something has changed. It's only a matter of degree, really β€” the institutional politics are still rather toxic and take waaay too much time. The daily chaos that can overwhelm our department hasn't lessened. And my workload is still too big.

But, suddenly this week, a creative project we've been fostering has taken centre stage and everything else is overshadowed by joy, energy, and optimism.

GDPR complaints have been filed against Google :google: in the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, and Sweden:

zdnet.com/article/seven-gdpr-c

– complaints are based on findings in this report: fil.forbrukerradet.no/wp-conte
– "Location data can reveal a lot about people, including religious beliefs, political leanings, health conditions and sexual orientation"

#google #tracking #gdpr #privacy

When my daughter was little I expended some effort on finding alternatives for the curse words I used (only on occasion, of course!) in my daily speech. It became a bit of a game to replace many common expressions and expletives.

Now, 20 years later, I still sometimes catch myself exclaiming "goodness grapeshoes!" as an expression of surprise.

3 days of this week down; 3 to go (including the party on Saturday).

So far, so good!

Dreading this week...

On monday is a the deadline for a major funding programme for Artistic Research, and we have 3 new staff (who report to me) starting.
Tuesday I have two 3.hr. committe meetings,
Wednesday I present to the Board of Directors.
Thursday is a strategic planning meeting for the Uni. and an all staff meeting at our dept.
Friday I fly off to spend a weekend with my mother and to co-host her 90th birthday.

I'm thinking my chances of participating in are slim to none...

Always a little disturbing to be confronted with the fact that I am still capable making confident statements without the facts to back me up. I spend the next three days running the scene through my head with what I *should* have said.

As long as I remember next time.

Hello to those interested in open education and open educational resources: consider adding yourself to the open edu list on Trunk for mastodon, lists of people interested specific kinds of topics! communitywiki.org/trunk #OER

@clintlalonde @vickysteeves

For all my Mastodon friends, here's a first look at my plan and what I'm thinking of covering for my E-Learning 3.0 course. Short, but the result of a lot of thought. As I fill this out it will become the text of an opening E-Learning 3.0 article.

I've set the permissions so that anyone can edit the file. If you have thoughts, ideas, resources, etc., you are encouraged to contribute and edit. I want to make sure I get the tech right, and also its relation to learning.

docs.google.com/document/d/1iB

Hello Assembled People of European Mastodon! I work at @eff on international copyright. You might have heard of , the EU proposal to require Β© filters on sharing sites.

We're really worried that this could affect services like ActivePub/Mastodon instances, opening them up to lawsuits or requiring expensive filters.

The key vote is on Wednesday -- please call or write your MEP and ask them to vote against to protect the future of the internet! saveyourinternet.eu/

I love that when bad things happen here (and they do), I see lots of folks who step up - willing to learn and to try to do better for next time.

Not perfect, but the way that opens the door to real change... Sending kinds thoughts in many directions today. πŸŒ»β€‹

I’m not sure how it happened, but this has become the year of home renovation... In the spring we tore out and replaced the kitched. The past few days we’ve emptied and painted the living/dining room and are anticpating a carpenter arriving in the morning to rip up an replace the floor.

And somehow we’ve determined the front hall is next.

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