Watched Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata” for Old Elephant by Paul BartonPaul Barton from YouTube

Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and night.

You half expect the elephant to do something, but really the entire point is the quiet peacefulness.

Doc Searls retweet of Charles Johnson’s post ()

Watched The Unitive Web from YouTube

This explains our proposal for a new generation of the Web, which we call The Unitive Web. Currently, there is a growing movement from the independence of the web, towards dominant companies. These companies offer organized information, but this comes at a price. We lose our independence more and more. The Unitive Web is a proposal to have both organized information and independence. It offers one generic approach closely compatible with the current web, which makes it possible to create a global open virtual space of information that is responsive and reliable. It offers open customization of user interaction, open bottom-up schema mapping, integration of (AI) algorithms, and facilitates in the protection of privacy. Kickstarter project will be launched if/when there is some interest first.

I only got about halfway through this watching at 1.5x. I’m purposely not embedding the video.

Some of the basic ideas about complexity theory are intriguing here, but it feels more like they’re trying to ground their ideas in solid science when they likely don’t have the proper grounding. I can’t help but thinking about Claude Shannon’s article The Bandwagon and seeing the same things that happened with information theory now taking place with complexity theory.

They’re also proposing a huge amount of infrastructure that is tenuous at best. I’m more than happy to await a minimal example before considering this further.

It almost kills me that they can’t be bothered to create a Kickstarter without “further interest.”

Watched IndieTrustWeb from IndieWebCamp Austin 2020 | Internet Archive

Some interesting ideas here, but I don’t feel like there are any that I could run with and want to build some concrete functionality out of. I suppose that more of my interest in this area relates to ideas about aggregation and discovery.
Watched Explaining the IndieWeb from IndieWebCamp Austin 2020 | Internet Archive

I’d love to see people who participated in this session today and who don’t have ideas for project day tomorrow, to spend 30 minutes writing down what they think the IndieWeb is now that they’ve spent some time interacting with people and thinking about what it is.

I’m also curious: what do they want it to be?

Watched Meta: Edit-a-Thon (February 20, 2020): Engaging with Open Educational Resource Adoption through Syllabus Revision from ethicaledtech.info

11 a.m. Mountain Time

Zoom link

Librarians from Utah State University and one faculty member will talk about their experiences marketing and promoting open educational resources to interested faculty at their institution.

  • Erin Davis, Distance Education Library Services Coordinator, Utah State University
  • Dr. Avery Edenfield, Assistant Professor in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Utah State University
  • Shannon M. Smith, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Utah State University
  • Rachel Todd, Open Educational Resources (OER) Coordinator, Utah State University
The title of this mini-conference session wasn’t as apt as its description, but it did give me a handful of ideas about how we need to reframe our approach to textbooks in higher education.

Institutions and individual departments need to better take on the work of creating and curating materials for their students. We have to stop relying on faculty, who are already overburdened with their own issues and troubles, from passing the textbook and learning materials burdens on to their students. By inter-mediating themselves into the natural market between publishers and the students who buy those materials, they’re allowing their laziness in requiring specific textbooks and supplementary materials, many of which either aren’t actively used in many courses or which students don’t/can’t use even when they’re assigned, to allow the publishers to dramatically overcharge for their services. 

By simply going from a required textbook(s) to a list of ten or more recommended resources with a variety of price points would completely obliterate the gouging we see in big publishing, particularly in the largest lecture classes. Layering OER efforts on top of this will help even further.

Watched Surrender (Official Video) by Matisyahu from YouTube

“Surrender” appears on Matisyahu’s new album AKEDA, available everywhere now.

Lyrics:
Go figure pull the trigger while I simmer in the sun
Tell my lady I'll be with her when the summer's come and gone
You are the moon on the rise, you are my tide, you are the one
Sing the song of creation and an anthem for the young

In my next life
Could I take another turn?

Surrender
Surrender

Two eyes make the prize, live the life I know why
Dove cries, stars shine, and I fly through the night
With my sights set on the next bet, my life is not set yet
I got no regrets cause to get where I'm going

Could I take another turn?
Could I burn another day?
Could I move like a prince, slay the dragons in my way?
I'll be dancing in the wilderness 'til my dying day
I'll be dancing on the grave of the brave I have slayed

In my next life...

Surrender
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)

We run for the mountains, we will run for our lives
Say you are a nation of slaves with no sight
But I surrender my vision to your glory
It's the story of a silent sky
Ancient eyes, new baby blues, and old brown horizon
I surrender to your glory
(I surrender...)

My vision
Glory to the king of creation

Surrender
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender (my vision)
Surrender