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Thanksgivery - YouTube

Heartstopping glory in the dawn and the day.
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Silent Thanksgivery in the day's grill.  

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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sunday BE Funday ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sunday BE Funday ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Get down and dance. And dance   And annotate—WTF?  Dancotate.
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¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sunday BE Funday ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  DanceDanceDance.

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Zoho ShowTime: An Innovative Software That Takes Boring Out of Your Presentations – EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Zoho ShowTime: An Innovative Software That Takes Boring Out of Your Presentations – EdTechReview™ (ETR) | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
www.zoho.com/showtime I spent about an hour this morning playing about with Zoho Showtime Presenter. I am going to bring this to my students on Monday so that they can evaluate it as a potential pr…
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I own no stock in Zoho, just looks very useful and might fit student learning as a way to push the 'repertoire envelope" for students who might strategically default to the lowest common denominator--Powerpoint.  Definitely a 'trojan mouse' style tool.

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Make Cycle #∞: The Neverending Stories of CLMOOC! Reflections and Connections

Make Cycle #∞: The Neverending Stories of CLMOOC! Reflections and Connections | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
It’s sunset. We’ve arrived back at the station. This is not a closing. It is an invitation to an opening of new inquiries and new relationships. Switch your seat a couple times. Stretch your legs. ...
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One of our discoveries in a recent Hangout on diversity was the felt need for carrying on in the MOOC in some kind of active way.  So...come back, Shane:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqiFxD-VJbk

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BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch

BLOCKS - The World's First Modular Smartwatch | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
The strap is made of several modules, each with their own function. Choose the modules you want to build a smartwatch unique to you.
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Ok, this looks way more doable than Google's modular smartphone. Way.

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Best Motivational Football Video - HD - YouTube

Edited by Nick Markart Filmed by Nick Markart/ Spencer Perl/ Matias Wajner TOBTEY ~ Promotional Video Services Nick Markart | Spencer Perl | Matias Wajner Tr...
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Really useful vid on motivation at the beginning of game.

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FITC Toronto 2011 Titles

FITC, the Design & Technology events company celebrated their 10th annual flagship event in Toronto this year and MK12 produced a short title film for the occasion. The…
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Sorry I missed this in 2011, but loving it now.  If I wanted to teach dark irony in the classroom, this might be one of the ways down that shadowy corridor.  Really nice long setup, reminiscent of 50's "Let's All Go to the Lobby" cartoons I remember from the drive-in.  Here are some short ones from the Internet Archive as well: https://archive.org/details/DriveInMovieAds

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How to Annotate a Comix Page

I am working with Dr. Steve Berg and his class in sharing Nick Sousanis' book Unflattening.  They have created a tremendous portal for all aspects of the book including reviews, background resource...
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Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse "Gallopin' Gertie" - YouTube

Watch the amazing "Gallopin' Gertie" November 7, 1940 film clip. 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretche...
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IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years

IBM reveals its top five innovation predictions for the next five years | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
IBM's predictions all involve big data and using computing to glean intelligence from vast systems. We discuss them with IBM's research boss.
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I especially liked the education and local buying predictions.  How will the web help us?  I like the positive vibe behind this question.  Might be a good research question for next semesters research paper or a long blog post:  how will the web help us help learners?

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OMG SCIENCE!

OMG SCIENCE! | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
Henry Reich of Minute Physics shares his favorite science blogs, video channels, and other resources on the web. (Minute Physics previously)
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Millenoki Launches Mobile Data Compression App Datasquasher To Put The Squeeze On Onavo, Snappli | TechCrunch

Millenoki Launches Mobile Data Compression App Datasquasher To Put The Squeeze On Onavo, Snappli | TechCrunch | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
The irony of the UK rolling out its first "super fast" 4G network last week, courtesy of EE, won't be lost on consumers for too long: we can now burn through our rationed mobile data plans even faster.
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The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology | Edudemic | iPad Implementation

The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology | Edudemic | iPad Implementation | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it

The Teacher's Quick Guide to Ed Tech (http://t.co/d0otWlEL...)...


Via Jenny Smith
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Ultimate Tagging and Taxonomy at The New York Times

Ultimate Tagging and Taxonomy at The New York Times | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
There won’t be many organisation with as much content in the archives as the New York Times. Evan Sandhaus, who’s the Lead Architect of Semantic Platforms at the paper, takes us through its history of tagging and managing content and explains why and how it can be applied to any business to support digital activities.
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From newspaper morgue to semantic tagging and metadata.  The beautiful work of the New York Times Index (20 meters of books) created in 1913. Microfilm-->1969-the Information Bank-->LexisNexis origin. 

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Storify Your Way Into #Digiwrimo

Storify Your Way Into #Digiwrimo | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
I have gathered a few resources and some ‘digital writing’ into Storify. It is my intention to curate stuff every day. If it helps, let me know, suggest stuff, start your own and we wil…
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Sometimes the adjacent possible becomes the far-removed impossible but not if you do not act.  Yoda was right.

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Emergence: A Wikipedia Production

Emergence:  A Wikipedia Production | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
Here is a short collection I created in response to Kevin Hodgson’s post about waiting for “emergence”.  I created it for him so that he can look more closely at some of the ideas…
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Emergence is such a term of art for a particular scientific discipline and I am fascinated when someone from another discipline takes it up for other purposes.  

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What You Need to Know about the Walton Family Foundation | Diane Ravitch's blog

What You Need to Know about the Walton Family Foundation | Diane Ravitch's blog | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
This study of the Walton Family Foundation was published in 2012 by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. It provides a history of the family fortune and a description of the Walton family and its political interests. Helen Walton, widow of the founder Sam Walton, has supported Planned Parenthood, but otherwise the foundation donations have…
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The influence of the billionaire class has always been amplified by foundations and the influence they buy through them. Nothing new here except to say that they are not competing in the marketplace of ideas--they are buying it so that there is no longer a bazaar for anything else. Just like when WalMart moves into rural communities. Drive out the competition and all is right with the world. Too true in education.
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Candy Blox Versus Pallet Liquidators

Candy Blox  Versus Pallet Liquidators | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
I was waiting in line at the Sav-A-Lot yesterday to purchase some bananas and milk. In the 'impulse' section next to $1 pregnancy tests was CandyBlox. Charming. Candy you can play with then eat. $2...
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And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


Sometimes the best view of the apocalypse ain't in some future urban blightscape. No, it is right where the beast hunkers down for the long haul in some small town strip in Kentucky with the nail salons, the tattoo joints, the adult GED centers and the great Sargasso Sea of plastic that is the pallet liquidation biz.  

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I Am an Old Nobody and I Love What I Do

I Am an Old Nobody and I Love What I Do | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
  I'm a teacher — a peer of yours, peering at 60 in my rearview And I'm stuck. Teaching is about connecting. Why can’t I connect? I'm honest in my work. I try hard. What’s wrong? What’s missin...
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Ransacking freely from two sources I recreate a multimodal post that delivers the question of my time:  why?

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Vincent Laforet on photos & news photography in the age of Instagram

Vincent Laforet on photos & news photography in the age of Instagram | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
A conversation with Pulitzer prize winning photographer Vincent Laforet about future of news photography, real time events, the visual web & his Project Air
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So Long And Thanks for All the Apples

So Long And Thanks for All the Apples | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
De chacun selon ses facultés, à chacun selon ses besoins [1]. Responding to Alan's post in a comment there and here. [1] “From Each according to His Ability, to Each according to His Need.” Wikiped...
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What is theft and whose definition rules?  The nature of contingency or how to misunderestimate in one easy step.  

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A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters

A Visit to Apple’s Secret New Headquarters | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it
From the dust of the former Hewlett Packard campus in Cupertino, a glass and concrete ring is taking shape. Apple is building a new headquarters, and it's going to be bigger than the Pentagon. KQED got a tour and a look at the campus' green features.
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Classic battle between what Christopher Alexander and Co. call System A and System B.  Were any of the end users involved in the design "on the ground" like they were in Alexander's work with the Eisin School in Japan?  I think we need to come up with a new word here for the 'beyond hubris' this apple architecture represents.

 

Paraphrasing Gregory Bateson: a species that fights with its ecology is eventually 'rewarded' by that ecology.  Naseem Nicholas Taleb in recent years has tried to address this issue by coining the term 'anti-fragile'.  This excerpt from The Guardian puts this unusual term in a context that resonated for me--bindweed.

 

"Bindweed is a thing of evil genius. Try to dig it up and it breaks into pieces, each of which will grow into a new plant. More than just robust or flexible, it actively thrives on disruption. Yet we lack a word for this property – which Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes as the exact opposite of fragility. So he has given it one: antifragility.

 

Taleb argues that antifragility is essential for dealing with the subject of the book that made his name: black swans. These are rare, unpredictable events for which we can never be fully prepared. What we can do, however, is locate the fragility in the system and reduce it. "Not seeing a tsunami or an economic event coming is excusable," he writes; "building something fragile to them is not."

 

For all its vaunted cash reserves and tech prowess, Apple is little more aware than the farm-raised turkey a few days before Thanksgiving.  Fragile. Full of hubris.  Waiting for the next black swan that, while impossible to anticipate is possible to prepare for.   This building is not 'anti-fragile'.

 

As always I try to extend this observation to my own worklife as a university instructor.  Question:  is what I am doing in the classroom helping to create anti-fragile citizens and learners?  Question: is the direction of university governance/leadership trending toward the anti-fragile?  I think that as a 1000-year institution, the university has proven itself reliably anti-fragile, but is what is happening in public and private institutions reinforcing that valuable characteristic or are we making them more fragile?

 

The bindweed has evolved naturally.  Can we help universities evolve similarly?  What makes institutions anti-fragile?  That is a very worthy and essential question.  What do you think?

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Quantifying Mood · tellio · Storify

Here is my gathering of information about how to quantify mood and whether or not that can lead to positive change.
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A truly staggering multi-post series on quantifying mood.  Time to dive in the deep end.

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The Original Greenhouse Hoop Bender

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Hoopbenders is an awesome company and I have bought a few items from them with no regret.  I am going to get a couple of hoopbenders and a kit from them.  Shipping seems a little high but the product is worth it.

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3 Easy Magic Tricks

3 Easy Magic Tricks | RandomFactoids | Scoop.it

One of the things I realize as I review simple magic tricks is how much it depends on simple composition tricks--conflicts, narrative, dialogue, misdirection.  They have a lot in common.Neat.

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