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April 30, 2012

My hosting/publishing/sharing setup
D'Arcy Norman, D'Arcy Norman dot net, April 30, 2012.

D'Arcy Norman updates us on his 'reclaim' project, with some interesting links: "I’m running almost everything on my Hippie Hosting Co-opaccount, including:

  • my main blog
    • all media is posted there – either in a full blog post, or in the ephemeral media section
    • I use a bunch of plugins, all listed on my colophon page
  • links (running a self-hosted copy of Scuttle )
  • rss reader ( Fever˚ )
  • url shortener (Shaun Inman’s lessn, with no tracking or administration)
  • feed2js, for doing fun things with rss feeds on web pages
  • about mini-site. static html.
  • 1998-style home page, using my instance of feed2js to tie in feeds in a handy dandy dashboard."

Hippie hosting? Sounds like it was made for me!

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Sherry Turkle – the flight from conversation… a response
Dave Cormier, Dave's educational Blog, April 30, 2012.

I remember my pre-internet days (they were not so long ago). My life wasn't filled with happy outings and intimite converstaions. It was filled with beer-joints and long walks by myself. It is though my internet life - and not through some mythic past-life full of coffee houses and libraries - that I find myself conversing with the world. So I get Dave Cormier's criticism of Sherry Turkle on conversation: "When she (Turkle) turns to conversation, she loses me entirely. She has either had a uniquely perfect life filled with excellent and constantly available friends, or she has not been honest with herself. She is hearkening back to a past that never existed. Creating an image of perfection, of utopia, before the present time."

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ESOL Nexus – meeting ESOL learners’ needs online
Phil Bird, Classroom201X, April 30, 2012.

writes, "This post is about ESOL Nexus, which is a portal for ESOL teachers and learners in the UK from the British Council – you can access it here: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/." basically the site is intended to support non-European nationals as they attempt to learn English. P.S. Phil Bird, put your name somewhere on your weblog!

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Situated Technologies
Various Authors, Website, April 30, 2012.

Trebor Scholz wraps up the Situated Technologies: Beneath and Beyond Big Data symposium held last week with this post linking to the nine books covered by the series, all of which are available online (clip and save for summer reading):

- The Situated Technologies Series edited by Omar Khan, Trebor Scholz, and Mark Shepard 

- Urban Computing and its Discontents Adam Greenfield and Mark Shepard

- Urban Versioning System 1.0 Matthew Fuller and Usman Haque

- Situated Advocacy Benjamin Bratton and Natalie Jeremijenko Laura Forlano and Dharma Dailey

- Responsive Architecture / Performing Instruments Philip Beesley and Omar Khan

- A synchronicity: Design Fictions for Asynchronous Urban Computing Julian Bleecker and Nicolas Nova

MicroPublicPlaces Marc Böhlen and Hans Frei

- From Mobile Playgrounds to Sweatshop City Trebor Scholz and Laura Y. Liu

- The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World Christian Nold and Rob van Kranenburg

- Modulated Cities: Networked Spaces, Reconstituted Subjects Helen Nissenbaum and Kazys Varnelis

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The world doesn't need another $150 Algebra One book
Anonymous, Metafilter, April 29, 2012.

From Metafilter: "The University of Minnesota recently announced that its College of Education and Human Development has created a searchable that are reviewed by U of M faculty. The books must be Openly Licensed, complete (not a draft version of the text, or a collection of lecture notes), suitable for use outside of the author's institution, and available in print for a reasonable price, generally less than $40 USD. This site differs from other collections of open textbooks in that it is developed and supported by a well known and respected university. University of Minnesota faculty will be paid $500 to write a review of an open-source textbook, the same amount they earn to adopt such a book in class."

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