“Lurker” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license In my last post I shared a quote from Joanne McNeil introducing the idea of researcher as lurker. Since then I have been thinking at some reasons for researchers to show or hide themselves from their participants, and the related issues of visibility of data and ethical considerations. Here is my starter for ten about levels of researcher visibility and possible research reasons. Researcher VisibilityResearch ReasonStatus as researcher […]
J McNeil p129 An interesting paragraph in a book I am reading at the moment (Lurking, by Joanne McNeil). We are used to talking about learners as lurkers, but here’s another perspective. What images do we invoke when we think about the researcher as lurker? The picture of researcher as outsider – as a profiteer swooping in to steal content and to cherry pick meaning to fit their own agenda – was one that gave me pause during my own […]
I didn’t have high hopes for GISH – I didn’t know what to expect. But I had hoped for some sort of collaborative creating and remixing with some like minded people. So I paid my $25.01 (why the .01, I wondered) and waited to see what the challenges would be like. GISH is a week long event, and this year it ran from 30th July to 6th August. So on Sat 30th I logged in from my PC. First I […]
For the last couple of months I have been slowly reading Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary. Slowly – because it is a big book, in more ways than one. I am only scratching at the surface of it – but the discussion of the left and right hemispheres is fascinating. As a leftie and the daughter of a leftie, I grew up with a lot of folk wisdom about the left hemisphere as being the faculty of reason […]
For today's TDC… #tdc3816 #ds106 #myFest22 Literal descriptions https://t.co/ju0LRwRigT pic.twitter.com/cEHOGKcRwc— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) June 24, 2022 Look around you and create a picture of what you see in words (or use the image below if you like). Describe it to us without using any metaphors or showing the photo. What do you really see? This might be considered a practice in writing alternative descriptions for images- what can be a valid substitute for the visual representation, Describe the essential elements of […]
“Language Noths” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Inspired by a Twitter conversion, I added a couple of phases from Heidegger to an AI art generator and this is the result. These are the phrases: Why are there beings at all, instead of Nothing? Language remains the master of man.
“Queen Margaret Bridge over the Kelvin” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Aletheia was a Greek Goddess. The word is often translated into English as truth – and Aletheia’s Roman counterpart is called Veritas. However, as Heidegger and others say, truth is really insufficient as a translation. Truth is a noun in Latin, but in Greek aletheia is an activity. This is not just an exercise in semantics. Heidegger understood the importance of language: it […]
“King Robert of Sicily” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Does a sculptor chip awayTo uncover the image within?Or is structure createdAs marble is shaped?The age old question:Does Science discover Truth or create it?Is beauty innate, or in the eye of the beholder?(And would a rose by any other name really smell as sweet?)
“mimesis” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license I think I’ve always been a bricoleur – it’s a family trait. But it’s not without danger. When I read this page by Austin Kleon, I remembered happy times messing around with my brother. We were big fans of seeing how things worked. Watches, clocks – anything that had moving parts. We’d prise them apart and put them back together again. Yet, somehow, there was always a small […]
“Fortune Teller” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license In my earlier post I suggested that Heidegger thought of understanding as being an uncovering of meaning, and I further suggested that this is one of the things that we bricoleurs do when we mix and remix. In this post I want to continue with my interpretation of bricolage through a Heideggerian lens. In his discussion of constructionism, Seymour Papert contrasts two type of problem solving – […]
I’ve been thinking about Heidegger recently. I know that some people find him problematic because of his links with the Nazi party, but I think that it is possible to bracket this off (phenomenological reference intended) and talk about his philosophy without reference to that side of his thought. In any case, I can’t unlearn the influence that thought has had on my own philosophy, and it would be academically wrong for me to try to ignore it. While recovering […]
This week was my birthday, so I used some AI to make myself a card. I also got some great presents, including these books: And this amazing pewter dinosaur badge.
Two photos, taken a week apart, both of the same branch. Last week it was cold in the garden – bright, but not warm enough to sit and enjoy it. Today was a beautiful day – warm enough to sit out with a cuppa and read while the cats basked on the paving slabs. I think that spring is finally here. Facebook reminded me that it’s been just over a year since I submitted my PhD thesis for examination. As […]
I love this postcard project – the decision to make a round of postcards – in this case prompted by our CLMOOC Postcards for Peace popup; the choice of design – this time blue and yellow with sunflowers for Ukraine; the scrolling through the Google Sheet to find names and addresses – I love this part as I get to imagine what all the different places are like, and to look them up on a Google Map as I write […]
This one has been in my blog draft bin for some time. Worth re-visiting for understanding better how companies try to manipulate us (users) to gather more information and to keep us inside their tents. I support Nerdwriter through Patreon. Peace (breaking out), Kevin