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Rock Solid in a Storm: Daniel Bassill with a Life Rope

Daniel’s posts always do more than inform. They are full of persuasion and  they make me a better person.  I have been mulling over his latest post, Conflicted: How to focus long term when world around is in turmoil? As usual he has some serious wisdom to share. This time he takes the long view about giving in a world full of turmoil. I say it is wise because it runs counter to what the prevailing wisdom is (which is […]

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Resist, Damnit, Resist.

A fable for all times by Bertolt Brecht: ‘If sharks were people,’ his landlady’s little daughter asked Mr. K, ‘would they be nicer to the little fish?’ ‘Of course,’ he said, ‘if sharks were people, they would have strong boxes built in the sea for little fish. There they would put in all sorts of food, plants and little animals, too. They would see to it that the boxes always had fresh water, and they would take absolutely every sort […]

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Attendez! If a #Netnarr Fell in the Forest & No Network Heard It…

  Attendez! I was reading Daniel Bassill’s comment to my post about signal & noise and wondering why it had taken me so long to get back to it. I almost always attend to the business of reciprocating with folks who have honored me with their attention. I had not done so for Daniel F. Bassill . He has been kind, gentle and considerate in responding over the years to my posts. Sorry, Dan. I promise to do better. I […]

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Playing with Google Explore

I am taking my first week of class for journalismclass.org’s “Data Exploration and Storytelling”.  I ran across a great quote and wanted to ‘visualize’ it using SnagIt.  I saved it to Google Drive and then I remembered reading about the new, Google Explore (which must be another iteration of Google Research). Here is an embed of all the discoveries I made and added using Google Explore. Here is the link if you want to go there. It was fun.  I […]

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Self-Loathing is a Subset of Resistance: All Honor to Laura Ritchie and Steven Pressfield

  I was inspired reading Laura Ritchie’s response to Horton and Freire’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. One of my creeds is to honor the work of others. Just as she honors Freire’s, I honor hers. I don’t believe in absolute one-for-one reciprocation, but pretty close. I try as best I can to honor what others are trying to do. Especially if it inspires me. If I feel something, I am duty-bound to let them know. I responded […]

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Hitchhiking Down the Data Story Telling Highway

Measure of American & DATA2GO: Data Story Telling on the Rise (tl’dr: Telling a story about how we connect about telling stories.) I recently enrolled in a course at the Knight Center’s Journalismcourses.org, “Data Exploration and Storytelling ( January 16 – February 26, 2017 )”. Why? As a composition teacher and as a writer, I find myself in need of the tools that help my readers understand data beyond text. In other words I need to become a better data […]

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Inoreader: An Affordances and Adjacencies Universe

Buggles – Video killed the radio star 1979 Buggles – Video killed the radio star 1979 I heard you on the wireless back in 52 lying awake intent a tuning in on you if I was young it didn’t stop you coming through They took the credit for your second symphony re-written by machine and new technology and   When Google killed its RSS-star, Google Reader, many of us scrambled for a replacement.  Why? Because RSS is open, free, and […]

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A Haiku Siren/ Irrevocable and Now/ Wailing and Wailing

  Returning from Kevin Hodgson’s blog posts about haiku I felt obliged to comment Poetry is the world already transformed. Glad you are finding the deep well of grace that poetry is. And that you have drunk from it, deeply. Here are some other drinking sources: A unique multigenre haiku by Scott Helmes Some haiku from the Japanese master, Issa. An essay on the haiku as ‘Western’ form (really eyeopening). I felt the form in this especially deep drink of […]

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In the Shadows | #DDA1 for Netnarr

My first go at the #netnarr Daily Doodah Alchymystry.  You control the pace of this narrative, the direction, and the volume.  You can ‘reply’ to it. Or make your own.  A simple ‘choose your own adventure’.  For me, I took the word “shadow” as a narrative entire and looked for images on tumblr and Google Images that…fit.  Let’s play! The second zeega below is one I screencast with my own pacing.  Compare yours to mine.    

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In the Shadows | #DDA1 for Netnarr

My first go at the #netnarr Daily Doodah Alchymystry.  You control the pace of this narrative, the direction, and the volume.  You can ‘reply’ to it. Or make your own.  A simple ‘choose your own adventure’.  For me, I took the word “shadow” as a narrative entire and looked for images on tumblr and Google Images that…fit.  Let’s play! The second zeega below is one I screencast with my own pacing.  Compare yours to mine.    

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Tracing Photo Back to a Personal Account

Mike Caulfield on his blog Hapgood (or should we call him HapGoogle) shows us a “work outloud” on fact-checking and the unsung art of the crap detection. I will be using this example in my class next semester as well as creating a few of my own for the new year. I like to think of this as a re-telling of a very old story of the examined versus the unexamined life.  Caulfield’s post is an extended paean to the […]

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Three Networked Narratives

This is the tale of three networked narratives. I am jumping the gun a bit on Alan Levine and Mia Zamora’s online course, Elements of Networked Narrative (Spring 2017) by offering a trio of narratives to others should they wish to share. Imzy Job Descripto Lino.it I am broadcasting seed on the internet’s pastures and…..maybe these aren’t … Continue reading "Three Networked Narratives"

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Networked Narratololgy Using Lino

Here is THE narrative in the zeitgeist right now: fake news.  We now live in the perfect oxymoron.  News has become just another object to be manipulated for the sole and abiding purpose of gaining and gaming our attention. In essence, hackers (?–what do we call them, liars/propagandists/trolls) invent fakeries and get the crowd to dispose … Continue reading "Networked Narratololgy Using Lino"

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