# I'm sorry, but how the hell is it October already?
01/10/2020The archive contains older posts which may no longer reflect my current views.
# Over the past few days I've been getting spam bombed by a host of addresses ending .cyou - the same few emails but always from different variations of address. Obviously a spam farm. I gave in last night and created an email filter to auto-reject anything with .cyou in the header.
I can't imagine too many false positives.
I'd not come across the .cyou TLD before so thought I'd do a search, I found that ShortDot operate it and describe it thus:
The .cyou domain is crafted specifically for today’s generation of movers and shakers who have never lived in a world without social media or the internet... The .cyou domain is for the group of technologically advanced, eco-conscious, open-minded individuals of today. It’s for Gen Z and for those who thrive on memes and speak fluent emoji.
And email spammers apparently.
Alan Ralph says:
I'd add 'people with more money than sense' to that list. You just know those domain names aren't going to cost pennies.
# I've done myself a favour and uninstalled all but one writing app (Google Keep doesn't count as i only really use it for lists.) I've opted to stay with One Jotter, formerly Cola Notes.
It's the app I've been using most but having more installed creates a conflict, constantly wondering whether I'm typing into the right one and whether something else could be better. Debate over, regardless of whether something else is better or not.
Simplify and get on with it.
I think that Colin Walker captures it best:
Here in Melbourne we are slowly coming out of lockdown. However, I am not sure what that actually means as the world passed one million deaths, and they are just the ones we know about. Work has meandered on. I have been supporting a couple of new schools with their transition and thinking about the challenge of transformation. So much of the work I do is about walking through processes, clicking this, doing that. The problem is that each step maybe relatively simple, but tied together processes become complicated. However, the wider problem is actually helping people make sense of how the system actually works. That is what keeps me wondering. Personally, I have been listening to Sufjan Stevens and The Naked and Famous. I have also been reading Cory Doctorow’s Makers (again). Again, I have started a number of pieces, maybe that is enough at the moment.
Here then are some of the posts that have had me thinking: Education COVID 19 – School Leadership in Disruptive Times Alma Harris and Michelle Jones put forward seven propositions that require further consideration while leading during disruptive times. A History of Punctuation Florence Hazrat traces a history of punctuation, arguing that it is far from dead and still continuing to evolve. Let’s move on from ‘Unintelligible Intelligences’ – IQ, Multiple Intelligences, Emotional Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence… Donald Clark reflects on the tendency of the IQ test to prioritise logical and mathematical skills, the false hope of single measure associated with Multiple Intelligences and the confusion between personality and Emotional Intelligences. The art of inquiry teaching…from a distance Kath Murdoch shares two posts (one and two) unpacking strategies for incorporating inquiry into the remote context: Digitally Literate Educator Ian O’Byrne has put together a course for designing a technology infused unit of work. A Teacher-Led Renewel Simon Lindsay reflects on the current situation and the impact that it has on the way in which we collect data around students and learning. With the inability to complete various standardised tests, such as NAPLAN, it has placed the importance of teachers back in the spotlight. Technology Flamethrowers and Fire Extinguishers – a review of “The Social Dilemma” The Librarianshipwreck provides a lengthy review of The Social Dilemma and the redemption of with the Humane Technology movement. YouTube’s Plot to Silence Conspiracy Theories Clive Thompson provides a behind-the-scenes perspective to how the algorithm team at YouTube are trying to address the problem of conspiracy theories and fake news, while also increasing growth and connecting people with interests. 12 unexpected ways algorithms control your life Sasha Lekach unpacks a number of examples of algorithms and their impacts, including getting into university, your ability to get a mortgage and getting hired. I Scanned the Websites I Visit with Blacklight, and It’s Horrifying. Now What? Aaron Sankin discusses Backlight, a privacy-inspection tool, and what it uncovers in regards to our privacy on the web. The Digital Home The Digital Home project, an Alannah and Madeline Foundation initiative, is a social research program examining the changing aspect of technology for Australian families in staying connected, informed and healthy through social isolation. Designed in Minecraft, built IRL Lauren Kelly reports on the use of Minecraft as a tool for rethinking spaces. General Attack Surface: audiobook for the third Little Brother book (Kickstarter) Cory Doctorow is trying to disrupt the market by running his own Kickstarter associated with the audiobook for his new novel Attack Surface. How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled (Planet Money) Laura Sullivan explores how recyclable plastic actually is and why we are having this conversation. The reality is much of what we think is ‘recyclable’ is in fact not. How Cities Come Back From Disaster Derek Thompson discusses the four events and the innovations in city design that they made possible. The mystery of the Murray-Darling’s vanishing flows Michael Slezak, Mark Doman, Katia Shatoba, Penny Timms and Alex Palmer explore where the missing water in the Murray-Darling Basin has been going. Welcome to the 21st Century: How To Plan For The Post-Covid Future Tim O’Reilly uses scenario planning to explore possible new normals.
Read Write Respond #057 So that was September for me, how about you? As always, love to hear.
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