2,347 Matching Annotations
  1. Jun 2023
    1. fleeting



    2. leave not even footprints,

      The caver's creed:


      *Take nothing but pictures.

      Leave nothing but carefully placed footprints.

      Kill nothing but time.*

    3. a destruction machine,

      Yes, it is built into our essence---catabolism and anabolism. And then there is our old frenemy-entropy who reminds us that try as we might we can't unburn wood.

    1. a clarifying mental model for how things work.

      How do things work? Define things and define work.

    2. we must embrace our own limitations, which feels, paradoxically, like giving up before we ever get going.

      Seems counterintuitive, zen. Embrace your own suck.

    1. poem nearly always worth the salvaging

      poems worth the salvaging is such a good way of thinking about reuse and remix

  2. May 2023
    1. Feeding A Poem Into

      I thought this line said--'Finding a Poem in an AI Art Machine" Well...it is only fit that I responded with this post. Csn you guess the secret betrayal?

    1. wise, peaceful, and ethical.

      Laughable, isn't it. What is the wise-peaceable-moral algo?

    1. human values and ethics, rather than solely pursuing technological progress.

      I ask whether technology is classic Pandora's Box--once the attitude is out, you cannot re-box it. Or at least we haven't figured out a way.

      Once this margin has been populated with annotations I want to redo the prompt to include them as an alternative point of view in the dialogue.


      I recommend this website for shear density of surprise. New vocabulary, new ideas, new newness.

    3. Devising a prompt (AKA a question) is the key to ChatGPT. I am still uncertain what a good question is in AI's "mind". It might be something "way strange" and "un-questionly".

  3. Apr 2023
    1. could I unplug with my own hand?

      Yes, you can. And the filters can be very light or completely opaque (if you crave the dark).

  4. Mar 2023
    1. to be the cause of nothing.

      That would make you the unmoved mover, yes?

      I am glad you considered the question in this reply by asking another question. Ande I be 'splainin' , too.

  5. Jan 2023
    1. But despite their obviously unsatisfactory quality, derangement syndromes of one sort or the other replaced the expansive logics of caring of the past. At its heart, tribalism, in the sense of the modern slur rather than the historic condition, is about degeneracy in logics of caring.

      I think what Rao means here is that tribalism allows us to kill the other tribe. It what I fear from the Christian Warrior movement. There can be no logic of caring or rather as Rao puts it, that logic has become degenerate in that the caring is limited to your tribe.

    2. sound and fury signifying nothing.

      Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow”


      (from Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth)

      Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,

      Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,

      To the last syllable of recorded time;

      And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

      The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!

      Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,

      That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,

      And then is heard no more. It is a tale

      Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

      Signifying nothing.

    3. The Logics of Caring

      Is this caring the same as empathy? Reply as you read. I will do the same.

    4. This

      Our calendar paint by number that we call our lives.

    5. Somewhere deep down you know this is no way to live.

      this = cold starting a year (reminded of cold starting diesel engines without benefit of heat plugs), paint by numbers: word goals, book goals, pound goals, prize goals, employment goals--all paint by number Everests. Love this metaphor of paint by numbers, others' strings attached. What happens when you don't have your own internal strings? You collapse in a heap in the face of a sociopath with scissors.

    6. nihilism lurking menacingly under a theater of meaning-making.

      Iago. January is Iago.

    7. 2023 hasn’t really started yet

      Our obsession wwith fresh starts. Is this even possible?

  6. Dec 2022
    1. No future, because, right now, there is literally no future, right now we are condemned to collapse.”

      Hell no they say to our future. There is no time. There is only the end of times.

    2. No future, for capital will always defeat any strategy based on a next-ness, for against airy notions of tomorrow’s world, they can posit the cold hard facts of today counted out in wages and jobs.

      No future folk will press our needs over those of the quotidien present: jobs, money,

    3. No future, for we will never convince the majority to fight for the sake of a time they cannot imagine.

      no future folk will fight for what they cannot foresee.

    4. we cannot win there.

      no one can win there.

    5. As an utter necessity we must abandon the future

      I hereby abandon the future

    1. 2. No hierarchy

      Defang the hierarchy! Flattening all the management levels and leadership.

    2. 1. Total transparency

      All info all of the time available to all makes for a trusting space. Plus, a more active way to help all your people understand what they are seeing.

    3. “Do nothing unless you have asked people first and involved them…”

      I think this is why we don't do this more often--our organizational structures can't imagine employees even starting the process much less choosing it.

    4. from K2K Emocionando.
    5. Successfully Abolished

      The way this is put is to let you know that these are already successful in the world. Encouraging.

    6. My main purpose here is to suggest ways we can apply these 'components' to what we have for learners already or to suggest ways the components can completely supplant the older paths. For example, there is a suggestion that we can change layers of management and have a better system. My question will be this: How?

  7. Nov 2022
    1. you can see better what this feeling is like

      My granddaughter is clearly in the romantic stage: how do you make cookies. Her grandmother is in several stages at once. There is the romance of teaching your granddaughter how to make cookies. There is the precision of honing a skill, teaching her granddaughter. And there is generalization of applying that skill with her granddaughter. This is what I mean by asking why we obscure what is quite clear if you just watch the video and read the interview.

    2. this approach

      This approach also mirrors Harold Jarche's "seek-make sense-share" You seek the answer to the question you love. You acquire knowledge and skills and apply them but you don't lose the romance. Your passion becomes more precise and nestled in your explorations and doings. You make sense. You share with your networks what you have learned and you apply it to refine both the original question and the original answers.

    3. One thing led to the next.

      Her example from her own life:

      • attracted to working with red clay
      • Google searching the word “terra cotta”
      • know more about the material and the associations of it
      • then that led me to a lot of stuff, a good Pandora’s box.
    4. I frame it

      Ato's new and simpler frame:

      • being curious
      • wanting to learn more
      • don’t see it as sophisticated or complicated
      • look a little bit deeper into this thing that you love
      • look deeper into the way you make a living
      • second nature to look deeper
    5. don’t really frame it as research

      It wasn't a 'research journey'. That narrative frame don't hunt and don't hit.

    6. seeking out mentors and creating your own independent research

      The struggle in interviews is to gather together someone else's experiences into a useful pile. The hidden question here is this: how did you figure out what you wanted to do with your one precious life? You will see in Ato's response how she 'corrects' the interview's trajectory.

    7. got interested

      The interviewer is dancing around the issue of Ota's origin story.

    1. Why do bats hang upside down when they sleep?

      My hypothesis: dropping down is a more efficient way to launch than flapping wings. It is a better adaptive behaviou.

      Search "adaptive behavior bats hanging upside down" result: my hypothesis was right. All the better to fly.

      adaptive behavior bats hanging upside down


    2. I've seen many different kinds of bat in my travels and that makes me wonder: Just how many different kinds of bat species are there?  

      search "bat diversity"

      Around the world there are about 5,400 types of mammal and of those, more than 1,300 are bats.

    3. what eats bats?

      hypothesis: anything above them in their food chains: humans, raptors, etc.

      search: bat predation

      hawks, owls, alligators, snakes

  8. Oct 2022
    1. To become better readers and writers we haveto ask of each other a little bit more.© Zadie Smith

      and more.

    2. The art is in theattempt, and this matter of understanding-that-which-is-outside-of-ourselves using only what we haveinside ourselves amounts to some of the hardest intellectual and emotional work you'll ever do. It is awriter's duty. It is also a reader's duty. Did I mention that yet?

      took forever to get to the reader's duty.

    3. I don't care if it refuses to use the letter e or crosses five continents and two thousandpages. What unites great novels is the individual manner in which they articulate experience and force usto be attentive, waking us from the sleepwalk of our lives.

      I see this as being more and more problematic. Gaining attention.

    4. To rummage through a purse is tosleepwalk through a sentence - a small enough betrayal of self, but a betrayal all the same

      It is also a failure to read close and careful and slow.

    5. To writers, writing well is not simply a matterof skill, but a question of character. What does it take, after all, to write well? What personal qualities doesit require? What personal resources does a bad writer lack? In most areas of human endeavour we arenot shy of making these connections between personality and capacity. Why do we never talk aboutthese things when we talk about books?

      more questions

    6. How have you let yourself down?"


    7. What were yourbest hopes?


    8. How did you dream of your book before it was created?


    9. what do you yourselfthink is wrong with your writing?


  9. Sep 2022
    1. Joy Williams’ essay

      Her essay is a hilarious put down of all things precious about writing. And all I am doing is pulling on her avatar, her mask. I love how she is Socratic in her insistence that as a writier she knows that she knows nothing. Ha! What a troll she is!

    1. hull

      husks and hulls

    2. in extremis
    3. re Building the Ship as We Sail It
    4. The%writer%must%do%all%this%alone,%in%secret,%in%drudgery,%in%confusion,%awkwardly,%one%word%at%a%time.

      Poor baby...


      Just click through...writers are an acquired taste...you either get 'em or you don't..and that's how they want it....it's how I expect it.

    5. Why%do%I%write?

      I have an experience of my mother that I am trying to express that I know is true. That epistemology is true, but the saying of it is all manner of false, approximate. The doing is all wrong. untrued in the machinists sense, off, useless.

    6. %The%ocean%is%vast.

      Yeah? So what?

    7. that%great%cold%elemental%grace%which%knows%us.

      I have not a clue as to who or what this might be. See, two can play it this way of ugly iconoclasm.

    8. Nothing%the%daughter,%the%writer,%had%ever%written%or%could%ever%write%could%help%my%mother%who%had%named%me.

      Such a streak of nihilism, a river of abhorrence so strong, a current of nasty gaslighting this essay is, so true yet so faux.

    9. %am%not%being%disingenuous%here.%I

      So you say if you have to say it, if you care about convincing me, well...who are you to say?

    10. his%is%the%life%of%man.

      I have learned to respond to this nonsense with a simple mantra, "So you say, so you say, so you say." I condemn the writer with their own act of saying and writing.

    11. Somethingness.%

      Oh,,, god no,,, surely not the Muse,,, no.

    12. Those%horrid%hours%are%the%writer’s%days%and%nights%when%he%is%writing.%

      I love these horrid hours where nothing is expected because no one is around to expect it except the cats who sit on your notebook with muddy paws. And they don't expect anything from you or anyone else.

    13. Language%accepts%the%writer%as%its%host,%it%feeds%off%the%writer,%it%makes%him%a%husk.%

      The apple eats itself to the husky core.

    14. But%a%writer%isn’t%supposed%to%make%friends%with%his%writing,%I%don’t%think.

      So is the writer isn't supposed to make enemies either?

    15. the%koan%of%writing

      Disappearing enso, writing down the emptiness.

    16. &Husks


      husk, n.1


      [Late ME. huske, of uncertain origin.    A common word since c 1400, of which no earlier trace has been found. Conjectures have been offered of its relationship to Ger. hülse, Du. hulze, huls, which (notwithstanding the identity of sense) appear to be historically and phonetically untenable, and of its ultimate derivation from hús ‘house’, which is perhaps possible: cf. for the form, chink, dalk, halk, holk, polk, stalk (and see Kluge, Stammbildung. §61); for the sense, LG. hûske = Ger. häuschen, ‘little house’, in E. Fris. also ‘core (of an apple)’, ‘case’ (e.g. spectacle-case), ‘paper bag’; also MDu. huuskijn, huusken, Du. huisken, ‘little house’, core (of an apple); Ger. gehäuse, ‘case, capsule’, etc. The connexion of Norwegian husk ‘piece of leather used to enlarge a shoe-last’, is quite uncertain.]

      1. a.1.a The dry outer integument of certain fruits and seeds; esp. the hard fibrous sheath of grain, nuts, etc.; a glume or rind; spec. in U.S., the outer covering of an ear of maize or Indian corn.

      1398 Trevisa Barth. De P.R. xvii. cliv. (1495), Codde and an huske hyght Siliqua.    c 1400 Mandeville xxi. (1839) 188 As the Note of the Haselle hathe an Husk with outen.    Ibid. (Roxb.) 94 Þe macez er þe huskes of þe nutemuge.    c 1440 Promp. Parv. 254/2 Huske of frute, or oþer lyke, corticillus.    1474 Caxton Chesse 81 The huske whiche is about the grayn.    1548 Udall Erasm. Par. Luke xv. (R.), To fil his bealie‥with the verai huskes and coddes, wherwith the hogges were fedde.    1557 N. T. (Genev.) Luke xv. 16 The huskes [Wycl., Tind., Coverd. coddis, coddes] that the swyne ate.    1631 Widdowes Nat. Philos. (ed. 2) 36 The Chesnut‥is covered with a sharpe huske, and within it hath a red huske.    1665 Hooke Microgr. 156 Carret seeds are like a cleft of a Coco-Nut Husk.    1704 J. Harris Lex. Techn. s.v. Verdegrease, The Husks of pressed Grapes.    1830 M. Donovan Dom. Econ. I. 87 The malt is parched until it has acquired a slight tinge of yellowness on the husk.    1855 Longfellow Hiaw. xiii. 29 The women who in Autumn Stripped the yellow husks of harvest.

      †b.1.b The calyx or involucre of a flower. Obs.

      1450–1530 Myrr. our Ladye 210 Whyche floure yf he se yt not yet sprynge oute of the huske.    1727–41 Chambers Cycl., Husks, among botanists, the part which a flower grows out of‥Of these there are several kinds, as bulbous or round husks, bottle husks, middle husks, foot husks, hose husks.

      c.1.c Husks collectively, husky matter.

      1883 C. J. Wills Mod. Persia 233 By about the twenty-fourth day the wine was ready for clearing of the husk.    Ibid. 234 The sweet wine had already no husk in it.

      2.2 Applied to animal coverings or shells: †a.2.a The coriaceous wing-case of an insect; an elytron. Obs. b.2.b The shell or case of a chrysalis; a cocoon. ? arch. c.2.c In Georgia, U.S., an oyster shell.

      1552 Huloet, Byttel flye with a blacke huske.    1616 Surfl. & Markh. Country Farme 488 Euerie one [silkworm] shutting vp himselfe in his scale or huske, which they make and build vp in two daies.    1653 Walton Angler xii. 226 A good bait is the young brood of Wasps or Bees, baked or hardned in their husks.    1665 Hooke Microgr. 187 Several of them flew away in Gnats, leaving their husks behind them in the water floating under the surface.    Ibid. 215 They seem cover'd, upon the upper side of them, with a small husk, not unlike the scale, or shell of a Wood-louse.    1802 Paley Nat. Theol. xix. (1830) 228 This [chrysalis] also in its turn dies; its dead and brittle husk falls to pieces, and makes way for the appearance of the fly or moth.    1842 Tennyson Two Voices ii, I saw the dragon-fly Come from the wells where he did lie. An inner impulse rent the veil Of his old husk.

      3.3 techn. Applied to a frame of various kinds: see quots.

      1688 R. Holme Armoury iii. 100/2 Husk is a square Frame of Moulding‥set over the Mantle Tree of a Chimney between two Pillasters.    1873 Knight Dict. Mech., Husk, the supporting frame of a run of millstones.

      4.4 transf. and fig. a.4.a The outside or external part of anything; mostly in depreciatory sense, the mere rough or worthless exterior, as contrasted with the substantial inner part or essence.

      1547–64 Bauldwin Mor. Philos. (Palfr.) 98 That‥the bitternesse & hardnesse of his [Death's] rough huske should hinder vs from the sweet taste of such a comfortable kirnell.    1644 Hunton Vind. Treat. Monarchy iii. 10 A few huskes of reason.    1652 L. S. People's Liberty xvi. 39 Their acquiescing in God's choice should be the pith and kernel of the precept, and the setting up of a King onely the husk and shell of it.    1841–4 Emerson Ess., Friendship Wks. (Bohn) I. 85 Bashfulness and apathy are a tough husk, in which a delicate organization is protected from premature ripening.    1861–8 Lowell Emerson Pr. Wks. 1890 I. 355 He‥gave us ravishing glimpses of an ideal under the dry husk of our New England.    1887 W. H. Stone Harveian Oration 21 The mere reproduction of the dry husks of thought termed words.

      b.4.b Applied to the human body.

      a 1677 Barrow Serm. Wks. 1716 I. 62 May not our soul‥challenge a good share of our time‥or shall this mortal husk engross it all?    1818 M. G. Lewis Jrnl. W. Ind. (1834) 102 It is a matter of perfect indifference to me what becomes of this little ugly husk of mine, when once I shall have ‘shuffled off this mortal coil’.

      †c.4.c Applied to a person. Obs.

      1601 ? Marston Pasquil & Kath. i. 76 in Simpson Sch. Shaks. (1878) II. 138 You keepe too great a house‥Yon same drie throated huskes Will sucke you vp.    Ibid. iv. 39    Ibid. 183 Bra. Iu. How like you the new Poet Mellidus? Bra. Sig. A slight bubling spirit, a Corke, a Huske.

      d.4.d A figure or ornament somewhat resembling a husk.

      1934 Burlington Mag. Oct. p. xv/2 The tablet is carved with festoons, and the frieze and jambs inlaid with festoons and pendants of husks and coloured marble.    1955 R. Fastnedge Eng. Furnit. Styles 285 Husk, with ‘honeysuckle’ ‘wheat-ear’ a favourite ornament on furniture of the Adam and Hepplewhite periods.    1971 Country Life 3 June 1356/3 The ground paint was decorated with motifs such as festoons of drapery and husks, interlacing hearts, urn patterns, and so on.

      5.5 attrib. and Comb. (from 1), as husk-porridge; husk-like adj.; ‘in the husk’, as husk corn, husk nut; (from 4 d) husk design, husk festoon, husk ornament, husk pattern; husk-hackler, ‘a machine for tearing corn-husks into shreds for stuffing for mattresses, pillows, cushions, etc.’ (Knight Dict. Mech. 1875).

      1687 S. Sewall Diary 3 Oct. (1878) I. 191 *Husk Corn.

      1904 P. Macquoid Hist. Eng. Furnit. vii. 191 The sides are inlaid with the‥ *husk design so popular at this time.    1973 Country Life 31 May 1567 Chestnut wood window seats‥the‥legs‥faced by well carved husk design.

      1770 J. Wedgwood Let. 20 Aug. (1965) 94 First, his Majesty approved of the *husk festoons in particular, and I think more so than the desert pattern.

      1796 Withering Brit. Plants (ed. 3) II. 60 Flowers with valves like grasses, and *husk-like calyxes.

      1888 Pall Mall G. 24 Jan. 5/2 The *husk nuts piled on the top.

      1934 Burlington Mag. Oct. 165/1 The back shows the honeysuckle, *husk or catkin ornament.    1960 H. Hayward Antique Coll. 146/2 Husk ornament, an ornamental motif resembling the husk of a wheat ear used continually by architects and craftsmen during the Adam period.

      1876 C. Schreiber Jrnl. 14 Nov. (1911) I. 485 A good set of Wedgewood, *husk pattern.

      1851 Mrs. Browning Casa Guidi Wind. i. 1003 To see the people swallow hot *Husk-porridge which his chartered churchmen stir.

    17. his%awareness%was%inadequate%for%the%task%the%story%imposed%upon%it.”

      The rhythm of this line seems very much like the sound of poetry. And the sense of it. It makes an outrageous claim: the story is alive, even imposing, and although the story is dependent upon the writer, it is the story that is the taskmaster, judging Forster.

    1. We can model every software development process as a queueing system. In such a system, tasks come in on one end, and software comes out on the other.

      Wow--tasks in-->software out

    2. As a developer works on a particular task, there can be fixed amounts of time at which we’ll evaluate whether we should cut scope or cut losses. Those are preemption points.


    3. A system will produce what it can produce, regardless of whether you set a goal.


    4. At the root of deadlines’ pointlessness is the fact that you can’t control outcomes. You can only control the processes that generate those outcomes.


    1. but also broader socialpractices,

      MIght this be the "chilling effect" of censorship?

    2. ess visible aspectsof digital communication environments t

      Very circumspect way of putting this.

    3. The text is reading you--ominous, the surveillance state with the suggestion that we need to initiate the souveillance state onto the algorithms.

    1. but also broader social practices

      MIght this be the "chilling effect" of censorship?

    2. The text is reading you--ominous, the surveillance state with the suggestion that we need to initiate the souveillance state onto the algorithms.

    3. less visible aspects of digital communication environments

      Very circumspect way of putting this.

    1. A poem of possibility. A poem about assumptions. It is about aweful futures or awe-inspired ones. Fear or love.

    2. Nothing.

      Are we there yet? No, the wormhole broke and we are hopelessly lost in the slipways of time and space. Yes, but the space is not evenly distributed and we are waiting for the Sifting Machine to shake things out to a safe and solid level.

    3. Did I Miss Anything?

      Ultimate FOMO or JOMO (joy of missing out).

    1. But this is what I remember most: When we walked through the dim school hallway and out the door, there was a feeling of lightness that would sweep through the class as blue sky unfurled above us. There was joy as we walked out onto the grass—and that joy was a form of equity as well.

      Finally, something that resonates with Gaia.

    2. I was fighting for equity

      the Procrustean Bed of diversity, inclusivity, and equity.

    3. engines of equity

      Gross. Reminds me of Blake and[ his dark Satanic mills (the English churches or as I contend today's schools both public and private.

    4. privilege and inequity

      These are the last two items I consider when I am in nature. It is an intrinsic value, good in and of itself. Why? Because we arose from it as a species not so long ago.

    1. think about it as our own Facebook newsfeed with Course and other activity all in one place

      Can't quite envision this since FB is my nemesis, but I will try to work it out.

  10. Aug 2022
    1. The stories of these five industries and organizationsreveal an extensive variety of tactics used to manufacturedoubt within numerous organizations with impacts onenvironmental health and public health.

      Question: how did all of these industries learn from each other how to manufacture doubt?

    2. work/actions and harmful effects.

      X causes Y. Seems simple, but what the opposition wants is to create doubt with the word "causes", thus taking advantage of scientific method's careful and controlled use of the difference between causation and correlation. All of these groups have turned scientific method's greatest strength back on itself. There is a big difference between doubt and skepticism.

    3. Like an invasive species,

      “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” C. H. Spurgeon

    4. My purpose here is to suggest a trail through this article:

      1. Skim and annotate if strong need to do so.
      2. Read Abstract more closely. You can respond in the margins with questions.
      3. Read Tables. Respond with questions, observations, links, images, videos.
      4. Close read the body of the article. Annotate.
      5. Follow up on references.

      You can, of course, ignore these suggestions or do them in any order or just randomly work your way through the publication. You can (and I have done this before) read the article backward. One of the purposes of social annotation is to collaborate toward deeper understanding. Make it so using any tools you might have learned in your life.

    5. manufacture doubt

      Echoes of Chomsky and manufactured consent.

    1. I am going to add some optional 'reading and doing' directions to my posts. Might be helpful.

      1. You might listen to the poem first.
      2. You might answer the question that Trethewey asks first. Maybe you can engage in the margins with it.
      3. You can make all or part of your responses public or private.
      4. You can start a group to consider the question.
      5. You can have at it in the order presented: my intro--> Twitter thread--> my response to the thread-->check out the link-->listen to the poem.
      6. Perch in the margins with the withered wild grapes and the black haw and the redbuds.
      7. Join in the work of forecasting your own life.
    1. could you share with us how you learn new complex topics

      This is worthwhile for all of us who share complex topics with others and want to get better at that.

    1. Lots of grace

      This is a word whose definition is highly variable...necessarily so. Each class will define it differently and they will decide how it is expressed. That is the measure of how successful a class becomes.

    2. what our students need is grace and time

      I would add to this, "Learners need grace and time every day."

    3. feel safe

      Not sure what "feel safe" means. It is a baseline of something but I don't know what specifically. I think it rises up, it emerges from care and connection. We learn together and what constitutes 'safe' becomes. For example, the safety of improv on stage in a drama class is debatable, but we do it in stages and eventually it feels safe or at least safer.

    1. How do publishers design and organize content for their audience and purpose?

      I will just say this: there are both tried and true and normed audiences and purposes as well as dynamic and non-evergreen contents. This is vague I understand but the kinds of content in social media is always changing. When the algorithm changes so, too, does the shape and style of content. I don't know if the larger values, audience and purpose, change, but I suspect the even larger ones like empathy are super evergreen. Sorry. I wish I had more time to make this shorter.

    2. How do readers and writers determine and develop relevant, accurate, and complete topics/content?

      Here is how I do it:

      1. Listen and sense the kinesthetic tickle of being on the trail of something that answers an important question. Knowing has a 'feel' to it.
      2. Adopt the attitude of many futurists: strong opinions, loosely held. Practically speaking, this means that our potential answers to these big questions are filtered through these strong opinions, but that we can change the filters if we remain open to it.
      3. Share with networks from the inners (personal and face-to-face) to the outers (often many degrees of separation beyond).
    3. What strategies and processes do collaborators need for success?

      You need a space to gather, make sense of, and share your answers as they develop.

    4. How do researchers investigate successfully?

      Start with an essential question that matters to you.

    1. everyone

      No. There must be gadflies, skeptics--the dubious and unconvinced.

    2. consistent

      In order to be professional and trusted, teacher need be reliable, but like Emerson said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind."

  11. Jul 2022
    1. what are we going to do to move to supporting students with trauma?

      One of my objections to the "therapeutic"- ization of the teaching and learning environment is that I am not in any way trained (other than as a fellow empathic card carrying member of the human condition) to be a therapist. Having admitted this lack of expertise, if I try to treat someone's trauma is that ethical? No. It is not. But the learning to help learners is a super-wide remit. We probably do trauma therapy anyway, but we do it piecemeal or we do it under the umbrella of being a caring person or a good Christian or an ethically charged adult.

    2. as a consistent practice.

      Does this mean we all have to 'do' and 'act' in the same way? Sounds like a cult.

    3. Trauma is also defined as an exceptional experience in which powerful and dangerous events overwhelm a person’s capacity to cope (Souers & Hall, 2018)

      I see this as a more standard definition of trauma. Can an event be traumatic if comes from the outside?

    4. some sort of trauma

      Don't we describe birth as a trauma? And isn't it generally considered a necessary 'kickstart' for the independent function of ...all of us? Maybe that is a bad metaphor. What do we mean by violence. Some philosophies like Stoicism say we have power over how we respond to violence even if it only to endure. I worry about any belief systems that are based upon acceptance as a central tenet.

    5. The truth of the matter is that trauma does not discriminate nor does it matter if it is violence or long term versus short term.

      I do get this idea, but it also implies that "trauma" is anything we want to call it. That is not a useful definition or rather it is unhelpful. I happen to think that while definitions can change over time and in our own lives, we need definitions as stakes in the ground we can tie ropes to as we have conversations.

    1. maybe work harder to demonstrate the power of words,

      I would like to work harder at showing how words and images can work better together. A good meme does this in spades.

    2. I hope we don’t reduce our world of communication to only the visual

      Not likely, but any move toward that will probably be glacially slow. Why? Any comm system that is less useful than the one it aims to replace, will fail. Evolutionarily, it makes sense. Linguists note this when they write about the value of an emoticon that is less handy than the words it replaces.

    3. Yeah, and I don’t know.

      You don't have to predict the future, you just have to consider the near and far possibilities. Or non-possibilities.

    4. Yet

      Yes, the pull of a new emergent future, the feedforward world, and the waning push of the past, the feedback world. That straddle across is what teachers need to be good at else how can they be of any use to our current generations of learners?

    5. My old newspaper is a shadow of its old self.

      Print journalism was the original disrupted industry.

    6. USA Today, became an experiment

      Yes, I remember the the newspaper box that was shaped like a TV set.

    7. text-heavy world

      And you lived IRL, too. Interviews, listening at meetings, calling folks on the phone.

    1. I didn't start out in 2007 to write a programming language that naturally supports decentralized programming using the actor-model while being cloud-native, serverless, and databaseless. Indeed, if I had, I likely wouldn't have succeeded. Instead picos evolved from a simple rule language for modifying web pages to a powerful, general-purpose programming system for building any decentralized application.

      Lots of concepts ping like hail on a car hood for me. I don't really understand them but they resonate: decentralized programming, cloud-native, serverless, databaseless. It all seems like fungi in nature or the apricot you mention in an earlier post. I especially like the idea of learning systems "evolving from a simple rule language". Yes, I want to evolve and roll my own learning system then I want to teach others how to do it.

    1. Against ‘text’

      Contra Text


  12. wentalearn.blogspot.com wentalearn.blogspot.com
    1. People come and go in your life

      Revolving doors

      round and round my life.

    2. Each one contributes to the

      A circle quartered by glass.

      I am seeing you, but not hearing

      or touching

      or knowing.

    3. Can we feel the peace with the ones that stay

      The nature of doors

      is to hold

      across a liminal space,

      a threshold

    4. Even aim to be the peacemaker?

      It is our intent that holds

      the peace or not,

      our intent.

    1. on-going, real-world, applications.

      We need tools and templates and mind schemas for answering questions. And those questions should be our questions. In other words I am uninterested in teaching any reading or writing skill that is not pragmatically tied to person curiosity. I used this idea as part of my "capstone" in every class I ever taught. It is Ken Macrorie's idea of the "I-Search Paper". You learn how to research by researching. You learn how to draft and revise by drafting and revising. You learn how to summarize by.... you get the idea. And all of this work is done in the service of a question that you think is important. This is about as far from abstract as you can get. My problem in the higher ed classroom was that by the time students came to me, they were beaten down and incurious. It would often take me half a semester to get them to buy into the idea that your questions and desires are cosmically important.

    2. A learning project could encourage such deeper learning.

      I would love to see you "mine" your own tutor-mentor work as part of this deep dive.

    3. what more could I know about an issue that would help me find solutions


  13. Jun 2022
    1. beyond all repair.


      but we all fear our world

      and physics asserts

      that all our lives are ruled

      by entropy and


      beyond repair.

      Forgive yourself

      for being a shitty carpenter.

    2. just let worries deconstruct over summer break,

      let the house deconstruct

      a bit, too.

      It's desuetude will keep.

    3. but how does one fix a house so far gone?

      if you let it maybe it fixes you

    4. play with sorting and making sense


    5. my head every night

      except Mondays when the theatre is dark.

    6. playing out inside

      fluid dynamics

    7. culmination


      1.1 The attainment by a heavenly body of its greatest altitude; the act of reaching the meridian.

    8. spent this week

      put money in thy purse

    9. built up.

      piled on

    1. I wonder why we quarter what is whole. Is this some cosmic, Cartesian joke. Ha Ha Ha Ha, ad infinitum.

      A revision:

      I wonder


      we quarter

      what is whole.

      Is this

      some cosmic,

      Cartesian joke?

      Ha Ha Ha Ha?

      stanzas of cackling

      ad infinitum?

      [The poem is left for student to solve.]

    1. I have wasted my life.

      Well...OK, this is the gut punch. From my own personal experience on my farm, I feel the same. This morning I saw a a pair of juvenile greater blue herons flying across the creek and then gone. We have at least three nesting pairs of herons on our farm down by the same creek. I feel a wildly inappropriate sense of having helped this brand new mated pair of herons come into being. And then I feel that nothing else in my academic life compares to that. I, too, have wasted my life. It is not a reasonable line of argument. It is a gut feelilng as Wright lays the earlier observational truth upon us. Who can stand in the wake of nature's creative force? Pan always wins.

      And the other side of that line is one that says, "It is my life to 'waste'. What you call waste is all of the glorioius connection. A culture that does not value this simple idleness, that condemns it, that is the waste.

    1. This is a space where we might ask ourselves:

      1. What might emerge from these annotations?
      2. How might we sum up the annotations?
      3. What are fav responses and why?

      Please add to this so we can have a larger purpose and purview. In other words, how can we put the social into social annotation?

    1. In a new world of work, learning to effectively judge what machinescan and cannot do, as well as what they should and should not do, will be a critical capabilityfor workers in the future.

      For example, teachers who can help their learners judge what tools can help them learn the best will be in the greatest demand. This calls for 'teachers' who can evaluate where learners are and how capable they are of using AI and other tools to serve their learning purposes.

    2. Experts informing the report

      Damn the usual suspect, more sociopathic leaders. If leadership doesn't change in the future then it all fails.

    1. forward

      the prow that breaks the water,

      is the way that you are moving,

      eyes front and ever outward,

      to-ward and fro-ward and on-ward,

      breaking past one's own wards,

      a sally forth,

      abstracting, subtracting, and contracting,

      well along with the calving of one's work,

      ardent, zealous, eager, precocious and presumptuous,

      dynamiting all that stands before you

      in your way,

      working your way,

      unhorsed and forward

      through the shards and chips and dust.

    1. writing small form poetry every morning

      I have not written as often as you but I have my ways into the "small beer" of my own poetry. One of them is to annotate a blog post and pull a poem from it. I also have a writing that no one sees based upon Matthew Dicks' book Storyworthy. He calls it "homework4lie" and I have it stored using a Google form. Keep cultivating the ground that feeds you and let the audience take care of itself in the meantime.

    2. traced to the Pandemic and the disruptive years behind us all.

      I think the Pandemic was only the stress test to show us all of these blind spots in the system. So. Big.

    3. my writing identity

      Reminds me of the difference between identity and persona. I wonder if identity can wear through to become mere persona, shallow like a D&D character?

    4. It did.

      “The mind stands in the way of the eye. We paint what we expect to see.” Or in this case we write what we expect to see? Drop the filters.

    5. What If I’m Not Writing

      Is thinking about writing a form of writing?

    6. I have not been doing deep dive writing about the topics that I have long centered this blog around — teaching, writing, music, art, collaborations, etc.

      Maybe it is time to put on the journalist hat and write some long form essays that take a whole summer to write. Perhaps a research paper on teacher 'burnout"? I would love to read that.

    7. I need to find a connection back

      I pull out the invocation game when I feel misaligned. I call on the Muse because my own will feels feckless.


    8. mulling

      Reminds me of the word "muddling" and one of my fav books, Muddling towards Frugality by Warren Johnson. He argues that change must not be systemic and revolutionary, i.e. quick, it must be piecemeal, experimental, and ---muddling. Maybe consider your plight from this angle?

  14. wentalearn.blogspot.com wentalearn.blogspot.com
    1.  Desire lines.

      Every text

      is premature,

      filled with

      desire lines,

      being and doing,

      painted in,

      painted out,

      scraped away.

    2. the painting of (a) life.

      only in the doing of the paint?

    3. (performances

      telling and showing

    4. dynamic re-conception

      I had trouble with the original use of this word in the text that Sarah provided. It is an abstraction twice removed. I found myself hankering for the phrase, "in other words" of " for example".

    5. I respect the stuffThat occurs to you.

      ...but my ideas are not your marching orders, right?

    6. and intent

      and regret or is it wrong to assume that 'correction' is regret?

    7. a turning

      Like in a sonnet?

    8. Found poems

      I have a quirky little book called The Book of Forms that lists hundreds of different forms of poetry from acrostics to villanelles, but found poems are not among them. I think because they have no truly set forms--they are ultimately choose your own poem adventures.

    9. the rhizomes laughdancing away.

      There is an approximation that is inherent with metaphor that I both love and hate. I love it because it is handy, tres useful. What I mean is that I get the idea the truth and our experience are often at odds, a cognitive dissonance. I hate the metaphor for the same reason. One of the most important discoveries botanists have made about tree ecologies is that the arboreal reality of the above ground tree is inextricable from the fungal/bacterial nature below the ground. The rhizome provides, among other foods and needs, the carbohydrate that the trees need. Freaky and amazing, but they definitely don't dance away.

  15. May 2022
  16. wentalearn.blogspot.com wentalearn.blogspot.com
    1. Where is the painting of my day?

      Some might say the world is already painted.

      Some might say you, "No,you are reeling it in with every cast of the line."

      Whatever it is, it is not a metaphor.

      It is not the gesso on the page

      nor the paint upon the gesso

      nor anything at all upon the canvas and frame.

      It is more like a picnic cloth upon the ground

      where you lay out all the things that you are.

      and invite others for a feast,

      but didn't I already say it wasn't a metaphor?

      Oh, well...

    2. I am the bricoleur.

      Your are the wild brain.

    3. Unveiled
  17. askwhatelse.blog askwhatelse.blog
    1. Oh.Oh.



      Full of


      only you know

      for sure,

      but I do know this:

      you bear us all up

      on arms

      that are as hopeful

      as feathered things.

    1. I am who I am.

      Maybe I'm not a yam.

    2. scouring the internet

      scape it off like they used to when they all performed on vellum

    3. life’s realities we all wage

      Whst kind of wages does reality pay?

    4. digging


      Today I am digging elderberries to plant elsewhere, I know not where, And thinking I am done, but knowing that is not the last of them.

    5. When I’m by myself

      a monad

    6. I am who I am

      And I am a yam

      and that's all what I am.

    7. lushness and bees

      the lushness of bees

    1. The words just wouldn't come...

      linguistic erectile dysfunction?

      Sorry, that's what the poet in my head said so I could not resist.

    1. help clarify the most important design elements that go into defining, designing, launching, and growing CoPs- both online and face-to-face;

      Having participated in at least one worthwhile and effective online CoP and another f2f one, it will be interesting to make a checklist of design elements and note how they align with my own experience.

    2. Here is a continuously updated resource drawn from the article, its annotators and its curators

  18. Apr 2022
    1. value creating groups

      Charlene, are we a value creating group and if so then how did that happen? The platform? Previous sharing? Empathic teaching vibes?

    2. Esko Kilpi passed away in early 2020

      A moment of silence and then listening to this:


    3. hacking uncertainty

      Not sure what this means. Rewilding? Hacking surprise? How is it related to the future of work and leadership?

    1. vital

      I will be the judge of that.

    2. Critically Examining Digital Media and Popular Culture

      A really useful example of this is from the podcast, Reply All. They have a segment called "Yes, Yes, No". In it they analyze what I think of as really dense tweets and memes. Here is a list from Reddit so you can find them. Are there teachers working to help students to analyze like they do in Reply All? I find myself swimming in riptides like this quite often. I call it 'rewilding'.

    3. teaching and learning practices that help to identify and disrupt the inequalities of contemporary life,

      This is the wrong lever for change. I am terrible at it and worry how much of what I think I know about racism,sexism, et al is ...bullshit.

    4. When literature, language, and writing are connected to students’ experiences

      This is an utterly passive statement. They are connected to it? NO. They are shown a context. The learners must be the ones connecting. Otherwise we get inert learning.

    5. ELA classrooms that exclusively rely on the study of literature and academic writing are becoming increasingly disconnected and remote from students’ lived experiences.

      All worthy literature is about life. How the hell can that be disconnected from students' "lived experience" (whatever that piece of jargon means).

    6. competencies

      What is a competency? A skill?

    7. continuing curricular innovation

      I have never expanded my digital literacy via any curriculum process. In the classroom I have taught students how to raise and answer research questions with both digital and analog tools. I don't feel the need to have a separate curriculum for the tools. For example, I use Zotero as my digital database. It helps me seek, make sense of, and share answers to questions, but I could do quite the same with 3X5 cards just like Niklas Luhmann did with his zettelkasten method. Because there are so many glaring inequalities in digital spaces, I always teach analog and community processes first and digital literacies second. You never know when the electrons will fail.

    8. mediated world.


    9. Literacy is expanding

      Why the choice of this metaphor? Is literacy an accordion file? Is it that the definition of literacy is expanding? Who has the right to say what literacy means or how it expands? Or is this position statement a backward looking report on the change that has already taken place? I have been using cheap and adaptable media tools for years but I am still writing "essays" and "poems" and research presentations with them just like I did in the analog 20th century days.

    1. Many young people and volunteers

      You are the trim tab, Dan.

    2. take on a role

      As a teacher that was my role, same as you. I am inspired by your work and am creating an email list of former students in the fond hope of reconnecting as their "teacher and fellow learner". When you retire from teaching, you have to reach up and out and back and forth. I am doing that, too.

    3. When I first started writing this blog in 2005 I was leading a direct service tutor/mentor program, which I had done since 1975. 

      I love to think about the long-term passion and learning that has occurred in your heart and mind as a result of your work. In an era where the word 'long-term' is a non-starter, you are a star. I bless that and I am blessed by that.

    4. It has grown with the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. 

      The world seems to be collapsing and if we pay attention it is American interventions that is constantly raising the level of suffering even in our own country. I only have to note the horror of Yemen to make my point. As for Ukraine, does anyone realize that we were promoting regime change there in 2014 when by some miracle there was a coup there that did change the regime. But point taken, Dan, it is getting worse.

    1. Tone your wants and tastes low down enough, and make much of negatives, and of mere daylight and the skies.”


  19. www.ethicalela.com www.ethicalela.com
    1. Worms’ clay and sandy canvas.

      metaphor of nature as writer...fun...how far can it be extended?

    2. Underground

      A rich sound from this word: 'nd' sounds mixed in with 'r's'.

      And some Velvet Underground to spice up the comments:


  20. write.as write.as
    1. Some paths

      Love the anticipation of "some paths" with "others'. And, of course, Antonio Machado

      ...By walking one makes the road and upon glancing behind one sees the path.

      Something sublime this way comes...from you.