As I walked up the path to work today I looked to my right, and noticed some more flowers. Some are cultivated, the others are native. All are lovely.
Geraniums do well in our garden. Here’s three – the first two are bought, but still have a natural look. The third grows in abundance. The flowers are smaller, but they are so pretty.
The lion and the unicorn were fighting for the crown … A pause in my day to think about today’s Feldgang. The noise of the stonemasons reminded me that this staircase is being repaired. The lion, of course, stands for England; the unicorn for Scotland. Yet again we need to fight. While there is an imbalance of power, our two nations will never be friends. I think this might be beyond repair.
Between the main road and Professors’ Square is a pathway with wild flowers growing on either side of it. I always appreciate them, today I stopped and took a few pics with my phone
Today’s feldgang – I nipped out to see if a colleague was in, and took a shortcut back through our Uni chapel. I always feel guilty doing this – and more so today as I quickly took out my phone and took these pics.
All I did was sign a letter. A letter that asked for clarification about academic freedom. That’s all. As a result of signing that letter I have been sacked as editor of an academic journal I have been told, by white men who were in power over me, that this was a matter of my power. They said that I was not safe. They said I should be ashamed. They did not read the letter I signed, or if they […]
Phew, I am glad May is over. Annual review and a deadline to submit a draft lit review in the same week – both done. I am apparently on track to submit by January 2020. I hope I can cope – I have spent the last few weeks either writing or feeling guilty that I was not writing. Today I gave myself permission to take a day off. I have gardened, doodled, read for fun, relaxed. I’m not going to […]
Readin’ time ..
Early on, I was pretty active in the Networked Narratives course as an open online participant, as a sort of satellite with a few others to the actual university course being taught by Alan Levine and Mia Zamora. My comic strip alter-egos — The Internet Kid and Horse with No Name — were also part of the Twitter conversations and activities. At some point, I admittedly lost track in a peripheral way (this is the beauty of RSS feeds — […]
I submitted a draft of my PhD discussion chapter yesterday. It’s over 7,000 words, so I won’t post it all here! I can never remember the actual title of my thesis – but I am looking broadly about how peer interaction helps to support learning, and I am using CLMOOC (and a bit of DS106) to think about the question. My draft thesis statement at the moment is this: CLMOOC is best conceptualised as being an affinity space, or affinity […]
A quick trip over to Arran at the weekend with Flora McPuffin. She had a lovely time seeing all the diverse birds over there. A pair of pheasants A shelduck and a swan An oyster catcher A heron
So, as consumers participating in a capitalist society, our economy currently depends on our continuous purchase of stuff- the internet of things.How many of our things currently link up to the internet? Over 25 Billion in 2019! And when I say things, I mean everything. Cars, phones, computers, lamps, toasters, sex toys, televisions, refrigerators, as well as services. Your ISP, your utilities, practically anything that uses electricity or generates it is capable of spying on you if it can be hooked up to […]
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.” Dewey, Democracy and Education. I’ve been thinking a lot about resilience recently. Not as the ability to spring back up when knocked down (though that can be a good thing). But as the ability to adapt, to look at a new situation and think about how one can apply one’s existing skills. resilience (n.) 1620s, “act […]
Do you have an email account? GMail or Outlook or Yahoo? Guess what? Unless you are paying money for that free account it does not belong to you. Violating their terms of service means they get to shut you down. They own your information. They can shut you down for any reason. And they do not have to explain. And unless they decide to play nice, your information is gone. Who even knows if they have read it or not?Lesson 1: […]