In the Open Education miniconf at #lca2019, I'm reminded of how cool the fully #FOSS TheOpenSchoolHouse.com approach is - for an intro to it see https://davelane.nz/different-approach-digital-technology-schools
I feel sorry for software businesses who feel the need to trade in the US market. https://boingboing.net/2019/01/10/federal-troll-circuit.html
There are many places far more worthy of their attention.
Lawn-mowing musing: one way in which I haven't aged is that I've retained my young person's values... I haven't become cynical & caved into becoming "The Man" we all used to despise, taking a place in the class that exploits people & the planet like so many of my fellows. Thank goodness for that. No, I have enough. I don't need more than my fair share.
And this has been a delightful interlude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWUCc5h1wDo
Today's dev soundtrack is brought to you by Linsay Lou and the Flatbellys. For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A57o_z_-3BM
Looks like there's lots more structural brokeness in our world: https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/16-01-2019/transport-sectors-dirty-little-secret-truckers-breaking-the-law-to-survive/
Used to be if someone wanted to work in an industry, they'd learn the specialised tools for that industry, and take great pride in their trade/expertise. Nowadays people have been so molly-coddled by software developers trying to paint other software a "unfriendly" people are offended if they feel they have to "learn" anything. It's an epidemic of amateurism in our time. Most people are obstinately ignorant about the tools their jobs depend on. At the very least, learn to touch type.
For those who think "the Cloud" is the answer... be mindful of a whole new level of lock-in... https://www.zdnet.com/article/game-of-clouds-lock-in-is-coming/
The #DrumpfsterFire really makes me not want to use Twitter any more, as he's sullying it (even more than it sullies itself) by association...
Fascinating... https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/09/12/why-growth-cant-be-green/ Turns out "growth" as a goal is counterproductive. I agree with the conclusion - lose GDP as a measure of success and adopt something like GPI (Genuine Progress Indicators). I'm all for it.
Engineering porn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHmCs9uM3vE
Given that most won't watch more than a few seconds, it's probably safe for work ;)
One of the greatest (& in the eyes of today's power brokers, most dangerous) side effects of education is learners slowly realise that, by methodically studying the world & testing competing ideas to determine which more closely describes reality - motivated more by truth than ego - we have pushed back much of the haze & some of the fear that's surrounded humanity throughout its past. Another side effect is I can post this on a digital, virtual, federated social network & crosspost to Twitter :)
FOSS & CC guy, nerd on many levels, helping to democratise higher education by day, increasing digital & physical freedom always. Spreading joy & confusion.