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On The Blanket at Cascade Lake

Look at those kids (sometime in the late 1940s (?)), are they thinking about one day having kids? of seeing their kids have kids? of not being around? Of course not, that’s not what you do on a blanket at Cascade Lake. Today, a tough double calendar reminder Three years ago, my mom fell to her floor, her heart apparently stopped, 2 months before I planned to drive up to her home for a visit. That was also 10 years to the day my Dad’s cancer finally took him in a hospice. My parents did not have prolonged exits; Dad’s cancer came in March and he was gone in August, though I should say that any dance with cancer is prolonged. But there was no huddling around their deathbeds, seeing the serenity fall on them, or that movie like last gasp of clarity. For my Dad, I had visited last […]

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Looking for a StoryBox Light Hack

I’m pretty excited to work out my newest Storybox, a PirateBox device hidden inside an old Brownie camera I’ve seen some hacks on the PirateBox forums where people have set up enclosures with lights the activate when the thing is on. I was looking yesterday at the shutter mechanism in the front of the camera, and was wondering if there was someway to have the PirateBox trigger the shutter The shutter on the side, simply opens the hole to the inside of the camera for a short time, and closes. But I noticed, if you pull up the lever on the top, it becomes a “bulb” exposure, meaning the aperture stays open when the shutter is clicked. So if I could rig a light source on the inside of the box, I could open the shutter A dream would be to have the light somehow triggered by activity on the […]

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Back on the Road for a Spin

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by 43studio Red Dog truck is loaded with camping gear and mountain bike, and ready to hit the road for a ~2 week road excursion. It’s time to get out of Strawberry a bit, and visit some friends. Plus, this is the warm up for a mid October commute to Kamloops, BC (never mind my Arizona friends puzzling over the idea of wintering in Canada). This trip has some planned visits, but not tightly planned so I have room to improvise. Roughly, the route is: Today I drive down to the very southeast edge corner of Arizona to visit Karen Fasimpaur and Brad; I had a lovely time visiting them a year ago, and am eager to see the adobe house they were working n last year. Mid week, I am exploring the western side if New Mexico, possible visiting Gila […]

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Blogging about Blogging Like a Connected Courses Champion

Just a quick post here to reference what I posted on the Connected Courses site as part of the “pre-course” unit September 2 to 14 I am co-doing with Jim Groom and Howard Rheingold. This is the equivalent of what we used to do in ds106 as “Boot Camp” (probably a metaphor not useful worldwide) as a chance for people to get settled in the blog they will use, experiment with some customizations, and hone their blog style. What I posted on Connected Courses is rooted in the ds106 How to Write Up Your Assignments Like a Blog Champ (in which I remix myself)– and is now live on the site at http://connectedcourses.net/blogging-like-a-champion/. It covers what I find is important– and is open to additions, rejections, rotten tomatoes– the importance of a good title, using hyperlinks (you know, what makes this thing a web), writing blog posts that stand on […]

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Wired for Character

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-SA ) flickr photo shared by Johnson Cameraface What happens when ds106 takes on a theme and subject of the TV series The Wire? That unfolds next week when the class starts at UMW. Do you feel me? (that’s a line from the show, ok?) Jim and Paul have been ripping through reviews of the first six episodes. I’m expect to float in and out, as one does as an open participant, and have watched the first two again. There’s a bit of affinity since I am from Baltimore, though not the areas where the show takes place. My first interest in the show was piqued at the 2008 South by Southwest conference in a keynote session where Henry Jenkins and Steven L Johnson discussed the increasing complexity of TV narratives, comparing old school simple sitcoms that I grew up on with newer (then) shows such […]

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Smile, You Are on a PirateBox!

As a photographer and lover of old devices, I do not think I could have found a better container for my new PirateBox. I found this old Brownie Camera at Granny’s Antiques in Payson; I was looking for a small interesting container for this small router and power supply (it was almost in a wooden card holder or a rusted recipe box). Ironically, when I got home I realized I already had one up on my old camera shelf. When I first tries to slip the router in, it did not fit! I then figured out (a bit of prying with a screw driver), I could pop out the film holder, leaving a perfect sized space for the router. The little power supply (a re-chargable cell phone power supply) fit in okay, but with the USB plug on the end, the camera door will not close. I ordered a new […]

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Ahlan wa sa’halan: Blogging in 1996

Through more twitter conversations with Maha Bali, my memory cells rekindled an early web project I did while working at the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (Maricopa Community Colleges). I might boast that I built something to help a faculty member blog (there ought to be some scare quotes). I’d really forgotten this, but thinking of Egypt re-rigged some unused neurons. In 1996, Jon Lea Fimbres, a counselor at Paradise Valley Community College, took a leave of absence when her husband accepted a position as superintendent of Cairo American College (I got confused, and thought it was American University in Cairo where Maha works now). The Director of MCLI at that time, Naomi Story, thought it would be interesting for Jon Lea to write some articles about her experience in Egypt for our faculty newsletter. Somewhere, in my early web publishing attempts, I got the idea to publish notes […]

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At The Opposite End of Massive: Individual Connections & Sitting at the Dining Room Table

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Pensiero You can fuss about your mentions, follower counts, book sales, klout scores, all of that is bubkahs to me in lieu of what the internet has and does afford me in enabling genuine connectivity with likable people I would never have gotten to know otherwise. This bubbled up the cranium following a series of wonderful twitter direct messages with Maha Bali, she a thoughtful educator in Cairo, Egypt and me a typo prone blogger in Strawberry, Arizona. Part of our exchange was a bit of wondering how we establish these affinities quickly with colleagues we’ve never met. Someone (drats I cannot find it) recently tweeted something about not trusting someone or considering them experts solely from their twitter messages. Well, no, but we do not work from single sources of information. The *way* people tweet, who they tweet to […]

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I Found a Notebook in a Drawer

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog What was I looking for in the drawer in my office? An envelope? For some reason, I lost track of the task at hand, and noticed the black moleskin notebook with the SFMOMA logo. I remember it. And lost myself down a memory hole as this notebook contains shreds of events from perhaps one of the most tumultuous 6 months in my adult life. But first, the book. It was a gift, the best kind, unexpected, and given for no occasion. Peter Samis, a colleague and dear friend from my days at NMC, director of education at SFMOMA, was a voracious notetaker. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog In his travels, work, he always jotted sketches in his moleskin notebooks. At an NMC Board meeting, I saw him crack out a new one. creative […]

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All You Need is Fix All

After seeing Martin’s tweet, I thought “lt should be easy”… @bonstewart @wishcrys @iktmaria unfortunately education is still broken — Martin Weller (@mweller) August 14, 2014 Whereby distraction led me down the road of making It just seems so desirable for some stuff we could dab on anything and fix it. There’s all kinds of product. What else is broken? I have the can open and my dabber tool is ready.

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