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Last week I read a really interesting paper about OER management in Ireland[1]. Here's my blog post about it

1. Angelica Risquez, Claire McAvinia, Yvonne Desmond, Catherine Bruen, Deirdre Ryan, and Ann Coughlan. (2020) “Towards a Devolved Model of Management of OER? The Case of the Irish Higher Education Sector” International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning Vol 21, No 1 available at

Ever since I learnt how to do unit tests half the time I spend programming is spent debugging unit tests.

A software tester walks into a bar. 

Runs into a bar.

Crawls into a bar.

Dances into a bar.

Flies into a bar.

Jumps into a bar.

And orders:

a beer.

2 beers.

0 beers.

99999999 beers.

a lizard in a beer glass.

-1 beer.

"qwertyuiop" beers.

Testing complete.

A real customer walks into the bar and asks where the bathroom is.

The bar goes up in flames.

Underpants machetes juggling 

Edinburgh in August. Not quite what it used to be, but this cheered me.

Saw the same act with friends several years ago. Today I met up with the same friends, and there he was again. In his underwear, balancing on a ladder, juggling machetes. As you do.

Arrived today, the book I've been waiting all summer to read.

Just from a skim through and the reviews, if you're interested in technology to enhance learning you could do worse than read this book.

Many thanks to Audrey for her time and dedication in producing this.

There is no better kind of post on the internet than "I had a lot of trouble figuring out how to do this task, so I wrote it down here as a reference for both for my future self and for others."

(This post inspired by )

Anyone tried solid bicycle tyres? For my "town" bike, I don't go fast on it, and I don't go far so can sacrifice a little rolling resistancce and comfort. Do I have anything to lose except p*nctures?

dd is my least favourite Linux command. Hopefully I'm copying from a dying old disk to my new drive, hopefully the old disk will stay up long enough to get ca.1TB of data off it. But who knows?

y'all! Julia Evans ( is really neat and she made all her comics available online recently! they're very educational and you should check them out if you like to do the computering

The final result is:

* R = 25%
* G = 40%
* B = 36%

As expected (and described in the thread), the gamut is pretty low (ie. not an immense possibility of colours, due to fact that masto polls options sum is 100)

0..100 to 0..255 (in gimp) give:

* R = 63.8 (64)
* G = 102
* B = 91.8 (92)

HTML: #40665C

It's a soft, dark, bluish green!

It's complimentary color is #66404A (102,64,74)

Its triadic scheme:
#5C4066 (92,64,102) and #665C40 (102,92,64)

We could call it "Fédi-vert"?

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Will a majority of respondents to this poll correctly guess the majority response to this poll?

if your Big Data person does NOT know what this picture means, get rid of them

My research application has been approved.

I'm looking for open educators to participate in a research study! I hope you will take some time to share your thoughts. This study has been approved by the U of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (REB20-1113).

I hope some folks from here might consider contributing as my initial questions emerged from here 🙏​

Reconsidering Scale within Open Education:

Is there a good directory of #coops that offer services alternative to mainstream ones, especially for devs? E.g. alternatives to GitHub, website hosting, email hosting, cloud storage, etc

Remember when a Google #search used to lead you somewhere?

Now it increasingly just keeps you on Google. In fact, Google results take up 62.6% of the first screen of search results in a sample of 15,000 searches.

#Google is building a walled garden that encompasses some of the most accessed information on the internet with no recourse for businesses who are suddenly finding themselves on the wrong side, cut off from their users.

#privacyMatters #searchengine

If you're involved with WordPress or ClassicPress you might be interested in a conference I am helping organize, even though it happens in the other place:

Hey Pressto! Conference 2020
A WordPress and ClassicPress conference which happens only on Twitter

@bgcarlisle My favourite use of singular “they” is Virginia Woolf’s use of it for Orlando in their moment of transition. That was 1928.

Seen elsewhere in a locked account I can't reference:

"Why don't spreadsheets have built-in debuggers? Because if spreadsheets had debuggers we'd have to admit that the bulk of business software development is performed by underpaid women."

Coko Foundation announce the Open Publishing Awards 2020

If you're in to the winners of the 2019 awards are worth a look, see

Remember when people (maybe including me) were saying that you didn't need metadata when you had Google. I think Google needing clarified that one, but here's confirmation that it's proper metadata not just a few key/value pairs

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