Vote with your light switch

Intervision, the 70s Soviet answer to the Eurovision Song Contest, was judge by electricity grid voting: “those watching at home had to turn their lights on when they liked a song and off when they didn’t, with data from the electricity network then being used to allocate points.” [Nick Heady] (Fluxx have been working with National Grid on several projects this year)

Just one of 52 things I learned in 2016 – Fluxx Studio Notes – Medium found via kottke

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    Evil Auto Complete?

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    There are also evil women. I didn’t go looking for them either. This is what I type: “a-r-e w-o-m-e-n”. And Google offers me just two choices, the first of which is: “Are women evil?” I press return. Yes, they are. Every one of the 10 results “confirms” that they are, including the top one, from a site called sheddingoftheego.com, which is boxed out and highlighted: “Every woman has some degree of prostitute in her.

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    Digital Curiosity

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    maybe, in concert with an emphasis on making and collaborating and bug reporting and embracing other values of the open web, individuals can help reorient the cultural attitude toward technology away from entanglement and back to a place of enlightenment.

    The Age of Entanglement – The Atlantic

    Interesting Article.…

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    Some Notes from OpenCon 2016 Toronto

    This past Saturday a group of enthusiastic Open Access advocates met to attend OpenCon 2016 Toronto held at TWG (The Working Group) on Adelaide St. in Toronto.  Lorraine Chuen, Co-Founder of OOO Canada Research Network hosted the event.

    Open Access and Social Justice: Aligning Open Access with the Mission of the Public University

    The first speaker of the day was Leslie Chan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media and the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. …

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    No Problems…..Just Solutions.



    ​One of my favourite sayings is, “No problems, just solutions.”

    Educators face many challenges today.  Class size and composition, reduction in funding and services, and the adoption of multiple initiatives involving curriculum and reporting.

    In my current teaching position I would identify two urgent problems, or as I like to refer to them - challenges.
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    What I see as a problem in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Diploma Program at Vancouver Island University 

    “So much to do and not enough time to do it” is the lament of students and instructors of the 2-year Diploma Program in Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Fish-Aqua) at Vancouver Island University. The program strives to provide learning opportunities to prepare students for employment in broad ranges of jobs in different but related fields, from fish health technicians to fish farm managers, from environmental outreach educators to fisheries habitat restoration consultants, and from microalgae culturists to shellfish growers.…
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    Microcast 5: Choices

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    Some thoughts about making choices about the software and systems you use, they may have hidden positives or negatives.

    Featured image, iPhone screenshot, edited in snapseed

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      Drive time listening

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      I am a pretty regular podcast listener, mostly while commuting. Recently though I’ve been listing to iPlayer radio on the drive home. I listen to today on the way in. This week I’ve restarted the podcast habit.

      I’ve listened to one old friend and a couple of new ones.…

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      The Return of YouTube RSS

      I just read this on OLDaily ~ by Stephen Downes in my RSS reader.

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      apparently YouTube has decided to allow users to follow channels via RSS again,

      from: YouTube has (apparently) reinstated RSS feeds – BiteofanApple

      It seems to work, I’ve aded my own channel to my RSS reader, Inoreader, and it worked fine.…

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