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Time to Relax

This Christmas I’ve had a holiday. For (most of the) last three weeks I’ve not worried about work, or agonised about what I should be reading and writing. And as I relaxed, I realised that this is the first Xmas that I can remember for at least 20 years that I’ve not had a mountain of academic work hanging over me: no piles of essays to mark; no outstanding PhD thesis to guilt trip me. This meant that I’ve been […]


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The DS106 Daily Create is 10 years old

So here’s 10 reasons why you should join us in the Daily Create Teacher owl says Daily Creates are better than applesYou too can become a leaderAnyone can be a Daily Create InfluencerIt’s free, and open to anyone to participateYou will meet True FriendsYou might be able to solve #SockGateThe Daily Create is not speciesist – we have participants from across the animal kingdomYou don’t need to wear a fancy uniform to participate (most of the time you don’t even […]


ASCILITE, Open Participants 2021, The Network


Last month Wendy and I gave a presentation about the collaborative poem that happened as a result of a DS106 Daily Create. It was 9am Sydney time, making it early am for Wendy and late evening (10pm) for me, but we managed to present synchronously. Here’s the slides Ascilite 2021 lines of thought: the emergence of meaning through collaborations and remix from NomadWarMachine We also wrote a short report which was our submission to the conference, and that’s also available […]


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St Andrew’s Day

Today is St Andrew’s Day, Scottish feast day of Andrew the Apostle. no day off for me, as although it’s a Bank Holiday, institutions are not obliged to honour it (boo!). The Daily Create today asks us to use an online video generator to show What Might Obama Say About The Daily Create? I am not sure that my attempt is particularly successful, but here he is reciting the last stanza of Burns’ Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A […]


Open Participants 2021, The Network

5 in 1 story

Grab the 5 nearest books around you. (Novels or textbooks, whatever story you’re wanting to make.) Create a story from the following: The first sentence on p. 1 of the first book.The seventh sentence on p. 5 of the second book.The first sentence of the third paragraph on p. 20 of the third book.The fifteenth sentence on p. 47 of the fourth book.The last sentence on the last page of the fifth book. Give it a catchy title! #TDC1102


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Bob Ross Godzilla

Sometimes I see a Daily Create that makes me wish I had a lot of time to spend on it. Friday was one of those days. The prompt was to make a Bob Ross style voice over. Could we do a Bob Ross style voice over for a Godzilla painting? #ds106— paul bond (@phb256) September 3, 2021 I only had a few minutes, so I grabbed a pic of Godzilla from Flickr and ran it through a few filters […]


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Visible darning

Many years ago mum made me a blanket for my bed. It’s made from woollen garments left at the end of a jumble sale, all in my favourite pinks. I put it on my bed when we first got the cats, and Lacey sees it as her own. Recently I noticed that it had been eaten by moths, so I brought it downstairs and put it on my yarn chest, intending to mend it. Of course, it is now Lacey’s […]


Mull, Open Participants 2021, The Network

Mull, again

A week away on Mull, one of my favourite places in the world. We had a beautiful lodge – big, top quality, nestling in the middle of nowhere. The neighbours were … Not all that friendly – tolerating us, at most. Some of them were fairly shy, only letting us look at them from a distance, through a window. But the weather was kind to us, and the views were stunning. While we were there we stopped at the abandoned […]