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  1. Jan 2020
    1. the words which express what they understand not

      And poets have to live with the words they use, knowing full well that they really don't reveal understanding of the shadow that the future has cast on us.

    2. mirrors of the gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present

      The future casts its shadows upon the present. This is the opposite of what we normally think, Santayana's idea that those who do not study the shadows of the past are doomed to repeat those shadows. Nope. It is the future, what we want and what we want to happen, that casts those shadows on the past. Future shadows. Living in the backcast shadows ow the future.

    3. unapprehended inspiration;

      I think he means that the Muse (inspiration) cannot be captured but invited to appear.

    4. hierophants

      high priests of the word

    1. Two

      Are words the ultimate abstraction? Little porns made of pixels that when looked at closely enough cease to mean? One of my hopes for this poem was to honor Kevin's discoveries. Another was to sketch out further what one letter added can add. Another was to play further with his words--to play-gerize. I hate the word plagiarize. I just want to subvert the living eff out of it. To decolonize it from the inner margins of that moebius strip.

      Again, Mr. Margins raps true:

      Dystopia, it’s a word that's overused

      But that doesn’t mean its meaning doesn’t hold the truth

      The loneliest muse I’ve been beholden to you since the fallopian tubes

      My colloquial roots challenge colonial views reported as news

    2. One

      These are Kevin's words/worlds. I kinda fucked up the formatting. Forgiveness? Not permission.

      Here are phrases that come unbidden from these words into my world:

      the skin of history


      divisions come together

      ash and assignation

      echo lingers

      word crawl chiron

      mad voices

      crawling voices

      slicing voices

      skinned voices

      ashy voices

      bond of madness

      bonds of ash and possibility

      lingering bonds,

      echoes bound,

      assassination possibilities

      mad assassination

      mad assignation

    3. The reader can join in from the margins using Hypothes.is (or any other tool they wish. The headline and the word numbers in the post are open for business. Marginal and opened, 24-7-365. Or as Mr. Margins says,

      "When I get agitated, words are ma Ritalin If life’s a jotter then I’m living in the margins that I scribble in But sometimes when you’re on the outside looking in You get a better view of how the world spins."

      But make sure to

      Mind the gap when alighting from this place…

    4. I am 'splainin' from the margins.

      Best I can.

      "Splainin' from the margins.

      That's a plan.


      Here's the lyrics.

    5. A Neo-Rhetoric

      I call it a neo-rhetoric in that I am an accursed academic at heart and sometimes jargon is worth having. I think that my job as a composition teacher has become super-constricted. I am a text guy left at the dock by the ship of digital rhetoric that is setting sail. I panic and race for the gangplank and leap. This is my leap--neo-rhetoric, image + text = whatevs.

    6. Image + Text > Every Little Thing

      I have been playing with image and text with my friend Kevin Hodgson. It is a game I wish I played more with all my friends. The point of using an equation here is as a metaphor. Like a gestalt...the sum of the parts is greater than the parts alone. I suppose that is the definition of meaning. The parts (in this case the words) take a flying leap off the cliff and on their way down they click together into meaning. Word becomes world. The word becomes flesh just by adding one letter.

    1. Here are ways to reach author Alex Corbitt:

      Twitter: https://twitter.com/alex_corbitt?lang=en

      Website: https://www.alexcorbitt.com/

    2. Super glad to have the author share here. It is risky business to make yourself vulnerable in a space like this. I am grateful.

    3. Together we can continue to revise resistance

      Robert Twigger has a great book about learning called "Micromastery"

      I am trying to figure out what the entry trick is for this discipline called "teen activism". This is some of what I am seeing, but these are not really entry tricks so much as abstractions.

      1.peer audience? 2.finding student capacity? 3.enlarging the field of possibility? 4.teaching for social justice? 5.navigate and negotiate with students? 6.research tools? 7.create media?

      Not being critical here, but I am looking for the entry level trick to get my students into activism much like Twigger explains here with cooking eggs as an entry trick into the discipline of cooking.

      Is this too big an ask?

    4. I began to sense that such rigid planning might inhibit deep student-centered inquiry.

      Good that you have both of these tools in your kit.

  2. Dec 2019
    1. “Who will say this was in vain?”Douglas Lute | Lessons Learned interview | 2/20/2015Tap to view full document

      the truth blazing a comet


    2. Of those, 2,300 died there and 20,589 were wounded in action,
    3. “Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible,”Bob Crowley | Lessons Learned interview | 8/3/2016Tap to view full document Bob Crowley, an Army colonel who served as a senior counterinsurgency adviser to
    4. “If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction . . . 2,400 lives lost,”Douglas Lute | Lessons Learned interview | 2/20/2015Tap to view full document Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon and the State Department. “Who will say this was in vain?”Douglas Lute | Lessons Learned interview | 2/20/2015Tap to view full document
    5. The documents also contradict a long chorus of public statements from U.S. presidents
    1. Big bad quote:

      What the past quarter century has taught us is that there are five basic failure modes of commons-based strategies to construct more attractive forms of social relations.

      1. Companies and countries can usually sustain focused strategic efforts for longer and more actively than distributed networks of users. They can and do use these advantages strategically to re-centralize control over consumers and voters using mechanisms that are layered over or circumvent the still-open parts of the ecosystem. This is not true in all cases; Wikipedia has enough activated users that they are able to overcome concerted efforts to distort information; major FOSS development projects of core pieces of infrastructure beat out proprietary solutions. But, as Wikipedia approaches its 20th anniversary, we have to recognize that these major examples of successful distributed commons-based social production continue to be our prime examples. Time and again over the past twenty years we have seen companies spending money to harness relatively passive consumers— whether it is in carrier-operated WiFi networks that completely overshadowed the emergence of community wireless networks, or whether it is in the App economy that Apple introduced, based on the App Store model, that increasingly has displaced for most people the openstandards based personal computer running an openstandards based html browser. And in the past five years we have seen countries find ways of using the open nature of communications to engage in propaganda and manipulation, as well as to track dissidents and opponents by tapping into the surveillance capabilities that companies developed to continuously gather information about their users for commercial sale.
      2. Distributed social relations can themselves develop internal hierarchies and inequities (the Iron Law of Oligarchy), as current debates over Wikipedia and FOSS gender participation ratios and governance make clear. 5 See generally Julie E. Cohen, The Biopolitical Public Domain: The Legal Construction of the Surveillance Economy, 31 PHILOSOPHY & TECH. 213 (2018). 83 A POLITICAL ECONOMY OF UTOPIA? [Vol. 18

      3. Distributed open communications have provided enormous play for genuinely hateful and harmful behavior, such that we find ourselves seeking some power to control the worst abuses—the power of the platforms we want to hold democratically accountable, or the power of countries to regulate those platforms for us. As early as Gamergate, when networked gamers mobilized to harass and intimidate women: game developers and media critics, in the name of geek masculinity and free speech, and more prominently since the various elections of 2016, we have come to appreciate the extent to which fully distributed networks can underwrite abusive behavior.

      4. More fundamentally, as long as we live in a society where people have to make money to eat and keep a roof over their heads, markets produce stuff we really like and want. For all the broad complaints about Amazon, it has produced enormous consumer welfare. More directly, for all the romanticization of fan videos and remix, the emergence of subscription streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime has been a boon to professional video creators and underwritten a golden age of professional video entertainment and narrative, both fiction and nonfiction.
      5. States are still necessary to counter market power, provide public goods on a sustained and large-scale basis by using coercive taxing and spending powers, redistribute wealth, and provide basic social and economic security for the majority of the population.
  3. berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk berlin.wolf.ox.ac.uk
    1. The need to calculate and weigh and compromise, and adjust and test and experiment, and make mistakes and never reach certain answers or guarantees for rational action, must irritate those who seek for clear and final solutions, and yearn for unity and symmetry, and all-embracing answers. Nevertheless it seems to me the inescapable task of those who, with [216] Kant, believe that ‘Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made.
    2. he decline in power, wealth and influence of England has led to a preoccupation with sheer survival on the part of all political parties and institutions, and so diminished attention to the ultimate ends of life, and in particular to disagreement about them, without which politics cannot live;

      Politics cannot live without disagreement.

  4. Nov 2019
    1. Can we transform 'whiteness'? Or must it be cast off? What must we become if we are already 'white'? Is this just another example of impossible bootstrapping? Are we recognizing and acknowledging how difficult a prospect this is? I think the lessons of Daryl Davis are apt and practical.

      Are you familiar with Eli Meyerhoff's new book? Really 'noises up' my understanding of abolition. Maybe yours, too. I think this whole discussion tends toward what James Scott called "illegibility". It needs a whole lot more noising up and illegibility.

      [Who the hell am I kidding? No one will ever read this. Please prove me wrong.]

    1. kicking off
    2. Marking up a “text” is an act of love

      Marking up a text is:

      an act of empathy,

      caring for the future,

      sometimes angry,

      being open and vulnerable,

      keeping on

    1. the sheltered roof

      leaky roof

    2. picture dissolves

      into pixels?

    3. Nature is more complex than a picture

      Yes. The greatest understatement evuh!

    1. the king of jive capitalism

      You can dance

      You can jive

      Having the time of your life


    2. curating my weekly newsletter
    3. I wanted to verify

      Yes, it does still ring true for me. Truer as I think on it.

    1. Fingers caress these holes, torn, of this blanket, worn; She threads time like a shoulder tucked close to the heart, the start of nothing at all






      time like a shoulder


      close to

      the start

      of nothing at all

    2. Skin plastered against tattered holes of a torn blanket. Rough threads of unwoven time scratching against frozen thighs She sighs, glancing beyond a shoulder tucked close to heart beyond the cold frosted window she see nothing nothing at all









      nothing nothing

    3. Untitled Poem, No Title Till its Done
    1. Heather Garcia

      Connected with Ms Garcia via LinkedIn. Grateful for work here although I have a colleague who was not so enamoured of the article. He might or might not be ready for the "OK, boomer" meme.

    2. the potential

      Quite a caveat: a hole has the potential to be a posthole or a sinkhole.

    3. However, feedback is an important consideration for all learners, instructional designers, future teachers, technologists, academic deans, and others.

      Feedback and feedforward are terms adopted from systems theory and should be adaptable to learning and instructional design.

    4. Holly Fiock

      Here is her website.

      Here is her professional email address taken from that website: hfiock@purdue.edu

      Here is some of her research: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=mqd1IPUAAAAJ&hl=en

    5. But that doesn’t mean you know how to use them to improve your feedback.

      Or that anyone knows how to use them. I don't see very much happening.

    6. a powerful force

      Not sure I want powerful forces. In nature they tend to be destructive.

    7. How did you experience feedback from your own instructors?

      I share two of my earliest college papers with my students. I show their feedback. I also note that I got no chance to revise for improved grade. How's that for feedback? Get it perfect the first time. Old school is just dumb.

    1. Kevin, playmode

      "And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die."

    2. when the world blinks

      Unthink it through?

    3. What are we to do

      Undo? Re-true?

    4. I ask you: true

      what do we do?

    5. looking for a clue

      with an attitude.

    6. I find myself all askew –

      I find myself en-queued

  5. Oct 2019
    1. Give us this day.

      Implicit is "our daily bread" and "forgiving us our trespasses", but I left them off on purpose because all I need at the end is one more day. That's all I want. All I want.

    1. It has always bothered me that I cannot annotate an annotation. I can reply to it, but I cannot create that recursion I love so much in a mirror.

  6. Sep 2019
    1. Disappointing echo of crickets.


    2. It could be your neighborhood or city.

      Or maybe you live in the hills and hollars. No wait no one lives in the fucking hills and hollars. Hollar got no cred. Hollars just a shadow slipping in the greater dark.

    3. you write.

      I just did. Didn't you see it?

    4. they hope for

      If you have read this far, and you still have hopes and you are at Dante's verge midway upon the journey of your life and finding yourself within a forest dark and from the straightforward pathway been lost and seeing this above the lintel of doorway to somewhere: "Lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate" then be disabused. I am empty of expectation. I don't even use the word hope. If you do use that word, you better be ready to die to back it up and go all the way through every bolgia of hell shouting hope at every denizen and out Satan's bunghole just like Dante and Virgil

    5. What do people fear in your home?

      We fear being unable. Unable to remember words and people and our own children. Unable to cut our own firewood Unable to grow our own tomatoes or worse Unable to grow our own sunflowers We fear one of us being left behind by the other as one of us enters the undiscovered country We fear a globe that cannot be home to our children and their children We fear that perhaps this farm will be the last line of defense for all manner of DNA, family and otherwise. We are afraid to be the object of someone else's envy. We have no guns. We are vulnerable. We wish to have no guns. We fear what that means.

    6. slang do people use in your home

      My wife and I have an entire lingo that has arisen from living in one place for over thirty years. I would tell you but it would not make sense. This slang will die with us like some language with only two speakers. And what will anyone care when one of us is the last speaker standing. In the end we are left with no slang, no words, no thoughts, nothing. I am afraid of that I am not afraid of that. At some point my mind won't care. Finish line.

    7. important historical figures and/or events from your home

      You have got to be kidding. Maybe there were some minor celebrities passing through, but mostly we are notable for being unnoticed. In an attention economy we are neither a debit or a credit, we are the lines that mark the boxes on a spreadsheet. As near to nothing as we can get yet still be on the board. Not even a pawn, just one of the infinite number of squares on the board that is the rest of the world.

    8. sounds you might hear at 10pm on Saturday night

      The diesel electric trains that no longer carry people unless you consider corporations are people. Season sounds: Cicadas, the silent blink of fireflies, the dusty whirr of a hummingbird moth, automatic rifle fire of our neighbors a mile away because it's open season on the moon, the creak of ice cracking open another red oak weakened by ants and climate change, the silence of our nearest neighbor's home, abandoned by family and mind and sent to a another 'home' that no one in their right mind would call home.

    9. difficult social issues your home faces

      Difficult. I would like to say, "You think you have problems..." But I know we all got problems. Here they don't tend to be First world problems. They are our problems Rural. Flyover. Crumbling social and physical infrastructure. Bad net access. Opioids on top of the karst of misery and poverty Dead agri-culture. Our kids leaving us behind and telling us to get off the farm and see the real world before it is too late. And this layered on the extinction and all the signs of catastrophe: bats gone pollinators gone planting zones changing ash trees and red oak and so much die off that we never see and will never know because as a race we are just as ignorant as a box of creek rock.

    10. streets and intersections

      The old Wilson Right of Way, Rocky Hill Road that used to be a mule wagon trail and then a gravel road and then a chip and seal road and then a paved road and will I assume become a vanishing track in the coming apocalypse. And Raider Hollar Road where I have been the first one to come upon my dead students in auto accidents. I call upon their ghosts to warn next generations of students of the futility of trying to be on time to school or job or any other goddamned deadline. "You will die," they should screech, "you will die. I know because I did." Over and over. And the old road across our friends' farm who we don't see anymore because they have locked their farm gates to everyone. Why? Who knows? See above. You have to ask them and they can't be reached.

    11. public places

      Willy's sawmill up the hill, Rocky's Convenience Story in Bonnieville, Free coffee on Tuesday's at the Amish Store in Cub Run, And a lot of nowhere ad hoc places where someone has just hunker'd down for some beef jerky and sip from a flask but not a Hydroflask, got it?

    12. people do for work

      Some of them are involuntary entrepreneurs. Some cook meth Some are retired (aka card carrying members of the precariat but not AARP because who can afford that?) Some farm Some hide from the rest of us down long pitiful snaking gravel roads with bad dogs and guns at the end of them. This is just what some of them do for work. What they really do, you will have to ask them.

    13. home smell

      Earth and green and all the smells that most folk think should be driven from our noses. There is always dirt and scroffle from the fields and the garden Get the fuck over it and learn to love the wild tang of life.

    14. fairly brisk pace

      And don't forget to be brisk, and fair, in your pace across this idea of home, yes, so far, it has been brisk unless I pause the pace to take my meatsack "I" into the realz to my homes, Holmes.

    15. Do not to think too hard

      No problem. Not hard to make that promise. I won't think too hard I am well-verse in being unversed in the universe. Those are the merciless words that bounce off the ether of this 'prompt'. LOL. Prompt. Thoughtless. skipping.

    16. Create a written list of words/phrases about home.

      Already done. Already doing. Already will do. I am a stone skipping across that pond each of these text boxes one more skip waiting to peter out and then to sink like the stone thought that it is into the murky dark below.

    17. fill in all of the lines

      adult coloring book Procrustean and potential and limiting and limited but oddly satisfying like the sound of water condensing on a metal roof and dripping down in random drops..drops.........drops.drops.........

    18. worksheet

      OK, I will worksheet my understanding into a series of corrales called text boxes, just so many sheepish thoughts milling about, Flocked and bleating, calling out to other thoughts in other boxes waiting to be sorted waiting to be bought by some slaughter house for consumption frightened by strange smells and even stranger others thougths in the worksheet

    19. where you live now

      I live in the seat in front of my computer writing this about homes. I live in the kitchen make a meal for my wife for work. I live on the front porch swing drinking coffee and watching and listening to the morning sensorium. I live in the care that takes me to work and back I live in the office.... so where is that aggregate called home. Home. What is this think called home?

    20. neighborhood or city

      A hill A hollar A home as I have watched trees grow from a whip to a giant. I have watched trees grow in a canopy cathedral blocking out the sun in thin thread of a field.

    21. a place you call Home.

      Home. Where I started. Home. Where I ended. My dad died in his home of 60 years. My sister will sell it. Will it just become a place where I once lived.

      How do all of these memories of places I have called home fit into a larger sense of home?

    22. My response is in the margins.

    1. It might also be fun to expand what "response" means.

      Gifs, images, memes, YouTubes, audio,


      <iframe src="https://tellio.h5p.com/content/1290788696479213238/embed" width="1088" height="637" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="geolocation *; microphone *; camera *; midi *; encrypted-media *"></iframe><script src="https://tellio.h5p.com/js/h5p-resizer.js" charset="UTF-8"></script>

    1. How do the spaces and places of your area and your connections inspire and build memories?

      Here's one way it does it for me.

  7. Aug 2019
    1. let’s also respect one another

      Perhaps we don't need to tolerate the intolerant?

    1. mbedded Tutor P

      Anybody else reminded of a tick firnly embedded in the skin? wonder about this word. Also reminded of embedded reporters in war zones.

    1. his writing was “quite incomprehensible.”

      And what has changed? Still rhizomially turgid acaspeak.

    1. The review period will close on Friday, August 23, 2019, at which point all commentary will be archived.

      LOL Not really closed, is it?

    1. Questions for my students on the first day of class this fall:

      1. How do you feel about being called on in class?
      2. Why am I calling on you in class?
      3. How do you feel about being called upon in class?
      4. How can you avoid being called upon in class?
      5. What might we do to create an ecosystem that is good for participation?
      6. What kinds of questions might you think are safe ones to ask?
      7. How might you help monitor questions in class?
      8. What do we do when the crickets come a-calling?
      9. What can we do in small and large groups to answer questions?
      10. What have you seen done to promote safe and friendly questioning?
    2. Asking Questions

      I think we need to have more open discussions about how we use any pedagogical tool in the classroom. My god I use so many that I don't even reflect upon anymore.

    3. a favorite weapon for class participation

      I have never thought of questions as a weapon or a tactic to be weaponized. I know that it is a powerful tool and as such is capable of abuse. I think the point here is that we need to consider or own intent in asking a question AND that we need to consider the different kinds of questioning we might do. I have had students answer questions on twitter, on index cards, in Google forms, through pair and share and more.

    4. as a student listening to a lecture

      Yes, and even yesterday at a PD for the newest version of Blackboard. As the Buddhists say, "Monkeymind." Interesting that they start by asking a question. Of course, if you have a social bookmarking tool like this one, you can answer the question. My question back atcha: Is asking F2F different from asking online? Do same caveats suggested in the rest of this article apply to here?

    1. advocate for more public-facing scholarship

      Devilish details watch here: what constitutes public-facing scholarship in a regional university and how do we engage others with it and in it?

    2. valuing and evaluating such scholarship more fairly

      I might also add 'respecting' here.

    3. 1. There are initiatives in progress devoted to changing how academic structures evaluate public-facing work in the humanities. See, for instance, “Outcomes.” I’m grateful to Teresa Mangum for bringing these initiatives to my attention and for the public humanities leadership she provides as director of the University of Iowa’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

      Need to look these over.

    4. We should all want our ideas to find many audiences, not just the fewest, best, or supposedly smartest readers, viewers, or listeners.

      Amen to this. But that devil in the details, well....how do we do this? How has it been done in the past? How are others doing it now?

    5. Yet our profession will be strengthened, and research outputs of all kinds improved, if more of us choose to engage with a public beyond our students and scholarly communities.

      I think the public speaking bureau for AP English classes is an example of public humanities...sort of. How could my English Department engage (gak, what a buzzword) with a public audience so that the only voice they hear about public higher education isn't our martinet-in-chief, Gubernator Bevin

    6. research addressed to nonacademics may be just as beneficial to the creation and dissemination of knowledge as our peer-reviewed scholarly books and articles.

      Now this is a radical idea for a Tier 1 research institution, but it shouldn't be for Western. Actively and publicly spreading the good news about the humanities and our research, is not marketing and branding. It is collaboration and we have to make certain that more of the public feel part of that collaboration

      I am reminded of the readers at Cuban cigar factories. Now that is public humanities!


    7. Devoney Looser

      Here is her webpage.

      Her Twitter handle: @DevoneyLooser

    8. Public Humanities

      Is there a "private humanities"?

    1. always read the full article before sharing it or making any comments.

    2. audiences who only read article previews

      The temptation is so great to like and retweet without consideration. So easy to assume the preview is enough. It is not enough. Reciprocation and honoring the work of others should be a skill taught to everyone. It will be one of the skills I will work toward with my students this coming semester.

    3. The challenge for every citizen is not to be a ‘persuadable’.

      Is this the same as being skeptical? They seem very different to me. The former is active. The latter is passive.

    4. but how they think.

      I don't think this is quite right. It is not how they think but how they feel that matters. The "wake" of personal data is aggregated in the form of how they feel.

    5. access to solid scientific information

      Yes, it is easier to feel your way through an issue than it is to do the hard work of evaluating research or an argumentative position.

    6. digital information ecosystem

      I wonder about the use of the "ecosystem" metaphor. And by wonder I mean to ask, "Has the concept become a victim of what Jonathan Haidt calls concept creep.?

    7. agnotology

      Another resource on agnotology. for those of us who prefer to NOT rely on danah boyd as an expert here.

    8. how viewing previews without going to the original article gives an inflated self-perception of knowledge

      Exactly the same experience teaching research seeking behavior: nobody wants to go past the first page of Google. Doing so is the bare minimum along the path to excellence that we say we want in higher education.

    9. What can we do?

      A manifesto for me and mine, a happy antidote to an age of collapse.

    10. Clickbait


    11. Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories

      B. and C.

  8. Jul 2019
    1. Propaganda


    2. Framing, or getting out the message first, has significant advantages. It is more powerful than attacking a previous frame (message). “1) Repetition strengthens the synapses in neural circuits that people use in thinking 2) Whoever frames first has an advantage 3) Negating a frame activates and strengthens it.” —@GeorgeLakoff

      This is why Lakoff never names the president--the Voldemort Effect. Sayeth not his name for he is legion.

      This is a primary setting on your BS detector. I am imagining a visual here of a multimeter where one of the lines on it is the Lakoff setting.

    3. t may be more productive to highlight the ways in which Russian propagandists attempt to manipulate audiences, rather than fighting the specific manipulations.”

      Show students the various ways propagandists manipulate audiences rather than fighting back against specific propaganda. Give folks a bullshit detector and they will detect forever.

    4. potential audiences have already been primed with correct information,

      Be primed and ready with a clear and correct information signal.

    5. Tim Dickinson

      Why am I not following him on Twitter. Well, I am now.

    6. post-truth machine

      The word 'machine' implies a designer and a purpose.

  9. quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com quickthoughts.jgregorymcverry.com
    1. curate

      The word is so abuse, misused, and contused as to be no longer useful. Too bad. I used to love it,

    2. Let our classrooms unfold as museums
    3. I wanted to comment but could not figure out how to do it. I thought I had an account here but apparently not.

  10. Jun 2019
    1. History does not reveal causes; it presents only a blank succes-sion of unexplained events.

      This is a devastating critique of historical causation. I haven't trusted history since I read Hume as an undergrad. Hume's idea of constant conjunction really blows a hole in history's claim to be able to explain and in its claim that we need to know it in order to not repeat it. As if...

    2. proklyatye voprosy

      Some have called them 'perennial questions', but I think the idea of accursed questions is so wonderfully Russky.

    3. Tolstoy’s philosophy of history has, on the whole, not obtainedthe attention which it deserves,

      Such an egotistical voice here: I noticed something no one else did. How smart am I, how dumb are they.

      Or is this observation warranted? Again, so what if we have not paid adequate attention? Well, I think he just wants to point out the important fact that others have missed--not just a revisionist historian or a propagandist.

    4. Pushkin’s protean genius.
    5. Dostoevsky’scelebrated speech about Pushkin
    6. Dante belongs to thefirst category, Shakespeare to the second;Plato, Lucretius, Pascal, Hegel, Dostoevsky, Nietzsche, Ibsen,Proust are, in varying degrees, hedgehogs; Herodotus, Aristotle,Montaigne, Erasmus, Molie`re, Goethe, Pushkin, Balzac, Joyce arefoxes.

      Emerson is a hedgehog. Whitman is a fox.

      As with all binaries, we err, but the distinction is still useful.

      Computers are hedgehogs, ones and zeroes. Quantum computers are foxes, multivariant

    7. a great chasm between those, on one side,who relate everything to a single central vision, one system, less ormore coherent or articulate, in terms of which they understand,think and feel–a single, universal, organising principle in terms ofwhich alone all that they are and say has significance–and, on theother side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and evencontradictory, connected, if at all, only in somede factoway, forsome psychological or physiological cause, related to no moral oraesthetic principle.

      What an amazing sentence!

    8. ‘The fox knows many things, but the hedgehogknows one big thing.

      This is the line I remember first hearing from my political science professor, Larry Matheny.

    9. To the memory of Jasper Ridley

      Amazing. Jasper Ridley was a prolific writer, yet I have never heard of him.

    1. precious little evidence suggesting that its trademark innovations have done anything to improve teaching and learning.

      Precioius little to indicate anyone or anything has improved teaching and learning in any way over the past five years.

  11. May 2019
    1. fibres, nerves, and flesh

      You can all but hear the buzz of the fly here.

    2. You could not do it.

      There is no near adjacency from humanity to life. We are the death bringers. But some might argue that we are so close to being able to supply this life. Robert is so close to being god.

    3. Robert

      or any ultimate bub.

    4. Thoughtless Cruelty

      What if it be thoughtful cruelty or thoughtless kindness?

  12. Apr 2019
    1. This picture shows how I constantly am trying to connect people in my network with information in my web library. 

      I want to know if there is anybody who has gone from this "Moses" work into something further. Is there anyone who can model the work that needs to be done to carry Dan's work into the promised land. Step up!

    2. They are reinventing the wheel

      The curse of the Tower of Babel is not that it was created, but that we are doomed to re-create it. Sisyphus rolling the ball up the hill and...no teamwork. I think Obama should have stayed in Chicago and stayed a community organizer and done this work, a life's work just like you have made it. He would made more of a difference.

    3. Without knowing it, I've been creating a platform of information and ideas that is waiting for a team of facilitators to turn it into a MOOC.

      Emergent MOOC!

    4. the four-part strategy

      Or as Jarche would put it:

      Step One: Seek information in the "library" Step Two: Make sense of that information in ways that appeal to others who are seeking information. Step Three: Share that information and facilitate its use. Step Four: Amplify and reinforce the work of those using the first three steps.

    5. My hope

      Help Dan:

      Twitter Instagram Snapchat Tiktok Blogs

    6. new people will be seeking solutions to old problems

      And the problems morph and mount and fill all the available space.

    7. Visit this article and find links to all sections of the library.

      Put lever on fulcrum here!

    8. began to build the library on the Internet

      Better wins!

    9. tutor/mentor program

      Manifold and multiplicative wins. Leveraging wins for others!

    10. build a library of information

      Always a win!

    11. learning to use best available information to support decisions of leaders

      One ring to rule them all.

    12. spent three years in the US Army, in the Intelligence branch

      A win again!

    13. studied history

      A win!

  13. Mar 2019
    1. an elevator speech

      Where are the spaces where this can happen?

      Not elevators. Just kidding, but we need to ask where we can talk so as to be heard.

    2. the 12-16 years

      How in God's name can we do a damned thing about climate change in ten years if we can sustain the investment of time to support kids moving through K-12. Our institutional frames aren't doing this. We need new institutional frames.

    1. frames

      I am a mole, a mole.

      I dig under

      your research agenda

      as if it never was.

    2. The Leveling Up study

      My annotatory take on the affinity space of the page: me, the authors and now you, too, in this text box affinity space inside the blog affinity space in th comments. Boxes inside of boxes inside of boxes with permeable margins in a feldgang that keeps on going.

    3. a lens

      Metaphors gone wild:

      a lens

      a pivot

      a door

      a path

      maybe even an elephant in the room?

  14. Feb 2019
    1. Exam Wrapper

      I don't care how good the pedagogic tool is in theory, if it is just another way to run out the semester clock and make it appear that we are making all the right moves, then I say to hell with that tool. I'd rather improvise than use a tool I don't really believe in.

    2. My concern is about his answer to the student who asked what to do if she still "doesn't get it" after watching a video.

      We often talk about teachable moments for our learners but we don't extol the same learnable moments for teachers. Kinda points to the stark and happy truth that we are all learners under the skin. All of us. I worry about all those moments that I miss.

    3. created his own along with a set of homework questions.

      I love instructor's who "ante up" and then raise the ante.

    4. explained

      Yes, rationalizing is so important--for yourself and for others. If he didn't find the tool useful he should have said that as well.

    5. validated

      Caring...yes, he seemed to care at the beginning but fell victim to my biggest teaching challenge: biting off more that I or, more importantly, what my students can chew in one class. I think we need to do trial balloons for these techniques, ask them if they thought they were useful, and then proceed from there with using them regularly or not.

    1. this survey helps you connect your classroom and online experiences to the practices you will learn more about in this module.

      My experience <------------>Course practices: this survey will connect me. No. I will connect them myself. This is a common mistake to put the teacher cart before the learner horse. It is wrong to assume that just because teachers 'teach' that learners will learn. Wrong.

    1. "I said that the world is absurd, but I was too hasty. This world in itself is not reasonable, that is all that can be said. But what is absurd is the confrontation of this irrational and the wild longing for clarity whose call echoes in the human heart."  Albert Camus

    2. less concerned about what has been done before.

      You are your own potentiometer.

    3. Kintsugi.

    4. shredded...
    5. spilt

      split, your universe was split or at least creased like a piece of paper stained and folded into a new universe.

    1. bloody art...lost

      Only bloody art is never lost. Bloodless art is will and truly riddance to rubbish.

    2. was spilt over

      I love the passive voice here. Fate.

  15. Jan 2019
    1. The paradoxes inherent in the degrees of institutional support for the type of professional learning Jasmine desired also emphasize how professional development contains inescapable tensions when the populations of concern are historically mar-ginalized groups (

      Professional development "contains inescapable tensions" for all teachers, especially outsiders. I have always been struck by how ed schools have ignored the work of those in adult training and learning research. That field notes the primacy of informal training over formal training. Is this the tension our authors speak of? Personally, formal training PD meant jack squat unless it coincided with helping me solve a particular problem I am not sure how this is 'paradoxical'.

    1. or to teach others to use the platforms to create on-gong map stories.

      J-schools. Just look at the great response David Sirota got with his unearthing of funding for O'Rourke and Cruz in the Texas race. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/22/beto-orourke-voting-record-2020-election-democrats

    2. it is a dead end

      Amen, someone stand up and help.

    3. Motivating and teaching

      Amen, I stand among those motivated and continuing to learn.

    4. platforms offer many challenges.

      Challenge = Sacrifices = Purpose and Worth


    5. the concept map below

      I feel like I am on a tilt-a-whirl as I look at this and when I go inside it I feel the forces throwing me ever outward.


    6. investment

      What does this word mean generally? And specifically in this context? If it just about money, then it is perfectly understandable that there is no money entering the O-Zones. But what if we had many different definitions of "investment" and analyzed accordingly?

    7. Using the Chicago Health Atlas you can also create maps showing health disparities, which are indicators of investments needed in different areas of Chicago.

      Researchers can also use maps long term as a way to demonstrate economic gain or loss. Your mappings are invaluable for just that one reason.

    8. Hospitals can be

      Some observations from outside:

    9. A closer inspection of my map would show the wide range of programs on the map, and the lack of these programs in many of the O-Zone areas.

      Step five: draw conclusions from the maps, i.e. what do the maps tell us about the answer to the questions in Step Two?

    10. I created a short link that I could share easily. h

      Step four: find a way to share and then...share.

    11. My friend Dan Isherwood

      Step three: consult the network.

    12. “What neighborhoods are affected?” And, “What indicators were used to show these areas need this government supported capital investment?”

      Step two: ask good questions relating to something actionable.

    13. I've been trying using maps to help people form those "partnerships and connections".

      First step: connect to something I know about or know how to do.

    14. Derek R.B. Douglas
    15. The biggest thing we have to do when we leave this room is form the partnerships and connections to get to work.

      I might argue that what you need to do is to bring more folks into the room.

      Apt section of "Clueless": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndv1UfKIluw

    16. To me, part of those actions

      I think this is the key: find out what you gonna do, Boo.

    17. We can't let perfect be the enemy of good.”

      There is actually a Wikipedia article addressing this proverb.


    18. scroll through the Tweets
    19.   #LiveatUrban

      I put this in my Tweetdeck and also followed @urbaninstitute. In the process I discover a blind spot: I complain about how most people have a 'flyover' attitude about rural areas maybe I have the same attitude toward urban areas.

    20. Malcolm X College

    21. than by any service project that I might do.

      This is your service project.

    22. bridge the divides

      laying the stones of social capital across the chasm


    23. to connect

      Yes, and I with you and others, too.

    24. I'll be at my computer tomorrow

      As will I...