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Push-Starting A Dying Vw Microbus Out Of The Parking Lot, Having Been Refused A Cheap Motel Room For Being Dirty Hippies
[The Abject continues to deliver on its longstanding 1 to 4 proportion of “why I am not blogging” blog posts… Proudly barely blogging since 2001!] Even by my standards, a five month post gap is unseemly. Partly driven by forces familiar to many of you… Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly unsure of myself. […] Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:07:37 +0000

How To Go From Hegemonic Monopoly To Utter Irrelevance In A Single Generation
I visited a sociology class this morning. The instructor has an interesting collaborative writing project and we plan to use the KUMU Wiki for it.  The purpose of my visit was to discuss why the wiki was being used for this assignment, and offer a basic introduction on how to navigate and edit in the […] Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:30:51 +0000

In The Web: Spider Or Moth?
I have had a couple months to settle into the more operational role I outlined in my previous post. It has gone much as expected… A typical day weaves together sensations of satisfaction, frustration, hope, fatalism, learning, failure, anxiety… I’m not throwing any pity parties. In the grand scheme, I am in a good place. […] Fri, 19 Aug 2016 19:23:59 +0000

Can’T Be A Nihilist In My Chosen Racket…
[Above, suggest you read this post with a soundtrack about trying to embrace a little bit of gladness… Song lyrics inspired blog post title too. But if you just want to read, we’ll allow that too.] Since coming back from Mexico in 2000, I’ve had significant stints at three Canadian universities. In each case I […] Thu, 26 May 2016 06:06:13 +0000

Hooking Up The Tow Rope, Still Not Outta The Ditch
Reading Martin Weller’s reflections on a decade of stellar ed tech bloggery… Blogs were like little beacons shining across the globe that would splutter in to life and look for fellow signals to respond to. I fell in with the North American and UK ed tech blogging crowd. And this is why I think blogging […] Wed, 04 May 2016 16:02:09 +0000

“It Is Thus Not Lack Of Cleanliness Or Health That Causes Abjection…”
Any crime, because it draws attention to the fragility of the law, is abject, but premeditated crime, cunning murder, hypocritical revenge are even more so because they heighten the display of such fragility. He who denies morality is not abject; there can be grandeur in amorality and even in crime that flaunts its disrespect for […] Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:13:08 +0000

All you do is do it, do it..
I have long had my misgivings about Edupunk. I know the idea is pure in Jim Groom’s heart, and I have gotten a kick out of seeing how the idea has resonated in unexpected places. But too often the baggage associated with “punk” seemed to overwhelm and distract from what I thought was a fairly simple idea […] Sat, 12 Dec 2015 19:44:06 +0000

It happens
We learn via an email from BCNet that the online video company MediaCore has been acquired (by Workday, who seem to be quite the behemoth in the making) and the platform is shutting down. As a result BCNet’s “MSO with MediaCore will no longer be operational.” Bummer. MediaCore looked like a promising option. Particularly because […] Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:01:57 +0000

The data does not lie. I am boring.
It was less than a year ago that a lifetime of music collection went up in smoke. Actually, eyewitness reports suggest that the vinyl did not really go up in smoke so much as it dissolved into a molten bubbly mass for about twenty-four hours, eventually hardening into a shiny black orb. Long-time readers of this blog […] Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:54:08 +0000

Sayonara public ed, hello GMO-powered big data learning
  I read with interest that Monsanto was making the pivot to becoming a big data platform. Looks like the markets are impressed. I suppose eventually at some point in our lives we’ll each have to make the pivot and become a big data platform. It’s a path we’re all walking, a personal-branding vision quest intent on finding […] Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:34:31 +0000