As the new school year draws near and #edtech enthusiasts continue to push the benefits of #OER, let’s also take  a moment to remember and celebrate the ability of students to choose their own educational resources and books.

Teachers need to do a better job of providing options, flexibility, and guidance in the panoply of choices available to students of all income levels and abilities. Increased choice at the student level will drastically improve both the literal and proverbial marketplace of ideas.

Here’s some additional detail I wrote on this day a few years back:

On Choosing Your Own Textbooks

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Looks like I’ve finally got IndieAuth and my headers working with OwnYourSwarm properly and have checkin data being PESOSed from Swarm/FourSquare to my website now. Hooray!

I still have a few minor tweaks to get things working properly with Post Kinds to display everything correctly, but I feel like I’m almost there. Next we’ll have to delve back to May sometime when my system between IndieAuth and OwnYourCheckin fell apart.

Still have my fingers half-crossed that I don’t botch anything up…

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Tonight I added an On This Day widget to the sidebar of my homepage. I also added an archive page at They show old posts from the same day from prior years.

There may be one or two small display issues that I’ll come back and tweak, but functionally things are working reasonably well. I can already see that I may use it not only as a reminder, but a means of helping to clean up broken links and/or missing photos on posts.

Now if we could only get the Timehop app to add WordPress to it’s data stores…

📖 Read pages 215-224 of At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman

📖 Read pages 215-224 from Chapter 10: An Hour Upon the Stage, of At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and Complexity by Stuart Kauffman (Oxford University Press, , ISBN: 978-0195095999)



Wanted to get back to this book so I can finally finish it off…

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Kathleen did you own the domain where Planned Obsolescence1 was peer-reviewed? It may be one of the first major examples of book-length online academic samizdat of which I’m aware. Perhaps you know of others which could be documented? I suspect we could help provide additional exemplars and links to other web technology, platforms, plugins, etc. to make this an easier and more commonplace practice.

James Shelley, I’ve noticed your draft efforts2,3 as well. I’m curious if you could take a moment to document them, i.e. what you’re using, how you’ve planned it, etc. to help others as well.

If you’ve already blogged about these in the past, then even links to those could be helpful to others using similar publishing practices in the future. Thoughts on brainstorming, best practices, pros/cons, could be highly useful as the landscape changes.


Fitzpatrick K. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. NYU Press. Published November 1, 2011. Accessed July 23, 2018.
Shelley J. System Thinker Notebook. James Shelley. Published July 11, 2018. Accessed July 23, 2018.
Shelley J. On the Simple Life. James Shelley. Published July 22, 2018. Accessed July 23, 2018.
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I wanted to take a moment to say a very special thank you to Dougal MacPherson who drew the spectacular cartoon header for my article that appeared in A List Apart today.

The sketch is full of whimsy and has an entertaining yet subversive subtext that so wonderfully underlines the piece. I couldn’t have asked for more creative and apropos analogy much less a piece of artwork.

I’ll also give an exuberant thank you to my fantastic editor Nick Tucker who stuck with me through thick, think, time zone differences, and head colds for each of us to finally get the piece across the finish line. I’ll send him my apologies again for the flabbiness of the original draft which should have had one more go-round before he bothered to read it. But in the end it’s far better for his care and attention.

And finally, a special thanks and a big shout out to the brilliance, creativity, and tenacity of all those (big and small) in the IndieWeb community who so heavily influenced not on the piece, but my life in general. You’re all making the web and the world a better place for the care you put into your work (and play).

Thanks again Dougal, Nick, and IndieWeb!

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My post on A List Apart is up!

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How does it feel Jim Groom to have as many video stores in America as Blockbuster? #ReclaimVideo
Soon There Will Be Only One Blockbuster Left in the United States | New York Times

Wonder what those Alaska stores are doing with their old stock? Maybe John Oliver would move his movie memorabilia to Virginia?!

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