"Nothing about these institution-centric systems is citizen-friendly. They discriminate against the poor, the rural, the homeless, the imprisoned, and the overworked in society."
diigo.com/0fir9b Don Tapscott shows us how to be revolting peasants.

Text I Drop Like a Mic

"You write?"
I just did. Didn't you see it?
Of course you didn't.
It was written in the margins
Like the whispering of baby barred owls
flushing out the mice,
unacknowledged,
alone
hunted.
Hushed.

Slang
My wife & I have an entire lingo.
It has arisen from living
in one place for over thirty years.
I would tell you some of it,
but how could it possibly make sense.
This slang will die with us like some language with only two speakers.
What will anyone care when one of us is the last speaker standing.
In the end we are left with 0 slang,
no words,no thoughts,
nothing.
My mind dopples:
I am afraid of that.I am not afraid of that.
At some point my mind won't care.
Finish line.

The sky
at the end
of my commute
doesn't care
about my tears.
Nary a bit.
And that
Makes me smile.

How Dave Brubeck’s Time Out Changed Jazz Music openculture.com/?p=1068292 via @openculture

On the cusp of something,
some threshold,
some margin.
[Crossing over.]
Oh, look what's on this side.
A view of the ocean on a cold day.
C'est magnifique.
Now what?

I went to our annual departmental retreat yesterday. When I got there I thought, oooh name tags and place settings, how nice. Until I noticed mine-- misspelled. Fifteen years of hard work and good will up in smoke leaving me feeling petty. So I fixed it. No problem, right?

John Prine That's How Every Empire Falls youtu.be/Hsu2oASd6x8 Think on. Think on. Think on.

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The last daylily's nights
come cold and fast -
its petals, thin blankets
made soft and thin by time

Where once it bloomed
in surround-sound colors,
leaning on its neighbors
and pushing for the sun,

now it holds back only against
the shortening summer day
and the strangle-weed villain
precariously hugging its stem -

Each morning becomes one more
slow reach into light,
for the last daylily

Podcaster, educator, and friend to so many

Co-equals,
Making sense
with each other
and sharing that.
Dai has stepped away
Leaving behind
a shiny template,
a form
for a friendship
well-lived
and passed on.
We owe him.
You decide what
and how to repay.
As for me,
I will keep on
making this road
by walking it.

(dougbelshaw.com/blog/2019/08/0)

Mortality

In the zero dark morning.

In the soundscatter

of cicada,

tree frog,

errant rooster.

and creaky, porch swing chains,

I beg you

forgive me.

I want to live

forever.

"“We’ve opened up a window onto the classroom in a way that didn’t exist before,” Karaganis says." The Open Syllabus Project is that window. Pause. Read. Be amazed.
diigo.com/0f4hid @diigo

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Things I noticed on a Front Yard :
* the tiniest of flowers in driveway cracks. There's no way I would have paid attention to them otherwise
* a lone dandelion, with seeds ready to spread. This one is an outlier of the season
* the dead branches of the pine tree, framed underneath, with sky as backdrop, gives a new perspective
* a tree trunk as map, framed close, with crags and valleys
* a chewed leaf, bugs' dinner left uneaten

More about project: clmooc.com/clmooc-explores-the

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"Oh! I thought you two were the same," I said.
The Void and the Abyss sighed together.
"Have you even looked at me?" the Abyss said.
"Honestly," said the Void, "I could scream, but what would be the point?"

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@ink_slinger also "blood is thicker than water" is actually short for "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb" which means that friendship formed in hardship is stronger than family bonds, the exact opposite of the shorthand

And curiosity killed the cat used to stop people asking questions is actually short for "Curiosity killed the cat, But satisfaction brought it back" which is a little more encouraging of asking questions

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Amazon announces "Cyberpunk dystopian mass-suveillance as a service".

I
pounded
out
my
kit
until
we
got
the
beat

Sync'd up.
Ship shape.
Squared away.
4 by 4.

Down
beat
now!

youtube.com/watch?v=s8XIgR5OGJ

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I think the curiosity to explore, or to re-shape the world around us to better suit our needs is something humans have done since the species emerged.

While I feel some are preoccupied with "progress or bottom lines" I feel the driving force for others might differ.

The Tolstoy article reinforces this multitude of different influences. Too many to know, or understand.

Sitting back & letting the sun shine on you as you close your eyes & experience the breeze is equally valued.

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