❤️ JeffreyGoldberg tweet about @jemelehill joining The Atlantic

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🎧 ‘The Daily’: The World Cup’s Mysterious Path to Russia | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: The World Cup’s Mysterious Path to Russia by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

The 2018 World Cup is now underway in Russia. How it ended up there involves some names you might recognize: Comey, Mueller and Steele.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: What Migrants Are Fleeing | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: What Migrants Are Fleeing by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

For large numbers of migrants making the journey to the U.S. from Central America, staying in their native countries is no longer an option.

Reply to Dogfood by Rick Wysocki

Replied to Dogfood by Rick WysockiRick Wysocki (Rick Wysocki)

[...] I’ve been reading a bit about the IndieWeb movement, and am becoming increasingly interested in the possibility of a more decentralized model for distributing web content.


To make a greater effort to create or at least have some hand in designing digital tools for my own work work. To this end, I’ve begun developing a (very small scale) Jekyll template for creating and disseminating oral history archives (called Oryll Hystory). With my scholarly background in both new media and archival theory, I’m hoping to use this as a prototype for thinking through questions regarding digital archives, circulation, and public humanities work. If that doesn’t work out, it will at least be practice for a bigger and better project. Feel free to follow the Github repository for the project if you’re interested. But don’t judge me–I’m at the early stages of the project and its currently extremely basic (and doesn’t look particularly good yet either).

Welcome to the IndieWeb Rick!

I particularly love your idea of using some of your digital knowledge and tools for research and education related work. In case you haven’t found it yet there are a growing number of educators, researchers, and practitioners applying IndieWeb philosophies and principles to the education space not only for ourselves, but for the benefit of our students and others. I hope you’ll take a moment to add yourself and some of your work to the list. If there’s anything any of us can do to help out, please don’t hesitate to touch base with us via our websites or in chat.

👓 Why you should learn the Skwxwú7mesh language | YOUR CONTEXT

Read Why you should learn the Skwxwú7mesh language (yourcontext.org)
As the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger puts it, Squamish is a ‘severely endangered’ language. However, the picture is not so gloomy. Current efforts to revitalize the Skwxwú7mesh language, and culture, include the amazing work by Kwi Awt Stelmexw, which has been collaborating with SFU for a full-time immersion program that produces fluent native speakers. Obviously, the venerable goal of this initiative it to ensure future Squamish generations speak their language and live their culture, as their natural, historical right.
I like where this piece is going, but at the rate we’re losing languages, it’s awfully difficult to know where to start… Sometimes just picking one and going with it can be of immense value.

This also reminds me of a powerful infographic about languages.

👓 Shavian alphabet | Wikipedia

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The Shavian alphabet (also known as the Shaw alphabet) is an alphabet conceived as a way to provide simple, phonetic orthography for the English language to replace the difficulties of conventional spelling. It was posthumously funded by and named after Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. Shaw set three main criteria for the new alphabet: it should be (1) at least 40 letters; (2) as "phonetic" as possible (that is, letters should have a 1:1 correspondence to phonemes); and (3) distinct from the Latin alphabet to avoid the impression that the new spellings were simply "misspellings".
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👓 Nobel Prize for Medicine Goes to Cancer Immune Therapy Pioneers | Scientific American

Read Nobel Prize for Medicine Goes to Cancer Immune Therapy Pioneers by Karen WeintraubKaren Weintraub (Scientific American)
Two men are recognized for basic research that unleashed the immune system against cancer, becoming a new pillar of therapy
A nice quick overview of some basic cancer immune therapy.

🎧 ‘The Daily’: The Rampant Problem of Pregnancy Discrimination | New York Times

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A New York Times investigation finds that many pregnant women are systematically sidelined at work, passed over for promotions and fired when they complain.

👓 Fragment – ROER: Reproducible Open Educational Resources | OUseful.Info, the blog

Read Fragment – ROER: Reproducible Open Educational Resources by Tony Hirst (OUseful.Info)
Fragment, because I’m obviously not making sense with this to anyone… In the words of David Wiley (@opencontent), in defining the “open” in open content and open educational…

👓 Where Will the Current State of Blogging and Social Media Take Us? | jackyalciné

Read Where Will the Current State of Blogging and Social Media Take Us? by Jacky AlcinéJacky Alciné (jacky.wtf)
I’m not an veteran blogger but I do wonder what blogging or just sharing our thoughts on the Internet will look like in the next decade or so.

👓 UK Journalists on Twitter | OUseful.Info, the blog

Read UK Journalists on Twitter by Tony Hirst (OUseful.Info)
A post on the Guardian Datablog earlier today took a dataset collected by the Tweetminster folk and graphed the sorts of thing that journalists tweet about ( Journalists on Twitter: how do Britain&…

👓 UK journalists on Twitter: how they all follow each other | The Guardian

Read UK journalists on Twitter: how they all follow each other by Simon Rogers (the Guardian)
How much do journalists just follow other journalists on Twitter? This visualisation suggests one answer

Following Stephen Downes

Followed Stephen Downes (downes.ca)

Stephen Downes is a specialist in online learning technology and new media. Through a 25 year career in the field Downes has developed and deployed a series of progressively more innovative technologies, beginning with multi-user domains (MUDs) in the 1990s, open online communities in the 2000s, and personal learning environments in the 2010s. Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), is a leading voice in online and networked learning, and has authored learning management and content syndication software.

Downes is known as a leading proponent of connectivism, a theory describing how people know and learn using network processes. Hence he has also published in the areas of logic and reasoning, 21st century skills, and critical literacies. Downes is also recognized as a leading voice in the open education movement, having developed early work in learning objects to a world-leading advocacy of open educational resources and free learning. Downes is widely recognized for his deep, passionate and articulate exposition of a range of insights melding theories of education and philosophy, new media and computer technology. He has published hundreds of articles online and in print and has presented around the world to academic conferences in dozens of countries on five continents.

I’d been following several of Stephen’s web properties previously, but I’m adding his Half an Hour site as well as his Mastodon instance today.

Reply to Geolocating your travel blog posts by Mark Grabe

Replied to Geolocating your travel blog posts by Mark GrabeMark Grabe (Learning Aloud)
A travel blog by definition describes experiences at many specific places. The location is part of the context for each post. I use Blogger for this particular blog and after several years of writing posts about traveling, I finally noticed that Google allows the author to associate a location with each post. I am guessing few Blogger bloggers use this feature, but I thought it might be worth exploring.
For those using WordPress, there’s a simple plugin called Simple Location that has some similar functionality. It has settings for a number of map providers that can be used to display maps as well as weather conditions.

Many people use it specifically for creating checkins, but it could also be used by travel bloggers. It’s also got a widget to show one’s last known location in a sidebar or footer.