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November 23, 2023 · 0 min

The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology

Audrey Watters' third annual edtech book publishing spree brings us The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology - a compilation of her keynote addresses from 2016. As with the previous two, it will be a must-read. Given how dark and dismal 2016 was, even/especially in edtech… Once again, I spent much of 2016 on the road, traveling and speaking extensively about education technology's histories, ideologies, and mythologies. The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology is a collection of about a dozen of those talks on topics ranging from pigeons to predicting the future....

December 27, 2016 · 1 min

On SEVENEVES

I finally had a chance to finish Neal Stephenson’s latest novel, SEVENEVES. It was deeply interesting, combining epic tales of survivalism after a natural disaster wreaks havoc on the entire planet. Definitely a good read. Highly recommended. Some thoughts below - spoiler alert - not a full-on review, but some stuff I thought about while reading the novel. The description of the events leading up to, and through, the Hard Rain were amazing....

July 12, 2015 · 3 min

historical tweets

A blog of funny faux-historical tweets published a book a couple of years ago, and used one of my photos as the background for a twitter account of a caveman. Pretty cool. They're going to print again, and the photo's still in there. The book's available on Amazon.com. I don't see a penny of sales, but I wouldn't have seen a penny for that photo anyway...

May 29, 2011 · 1 min

The Whale and the Reactor: Mythinformation

More notes on Langdon Winner's *The Whale and the Reactor*, published in 1986. A decade before the internet really began to take off. Chapter 6 deals with "mythinformation" or the myth that increased access to information via computers and networks leads to increased individual democratic power. On the great equalizer: > The computer romantics are also correct in noting that computerization alters relationships of social power and control, although they misrepresent the direction this development is likely to take....

January 2, 2011 · 3 min

YYCPhotoBook 2009

I was extremely fortunate to have been a part of the fantastic YYCPhotoBook 2009 project. It's a community-based photography book project, featuring 32 different Calgary photographers ranging from amateurs to high-end professionals. The goal was to show the city from various perspectives, outside the traditional stereotypes and stock-photo views. From start to finish, the project took 4 months - including recruiting the photographers, sourcing photos, editing, designing, and releasing to print....

September 24, 2009 · 2 min

courses are fraudulent technologies

...a course is a fraudulent technology. It is put forward as a desirable structure for learning when in fact it is only a structure for allocating space, for convenient record-keeping, and for control of faculty time. Neil Postman, Technopoly, 1993. pg 138

October 8, 2008 · 1 min

the postman delivers

My copy of Postman and Weingartner's Teaching as a Subversive Activity was delivered in the mail today, thanks to the speedy Amazon.com shipping system. It's got a fresh, blank Page 61 and I'm looking forward to having it filled up. I also picked up a copy of Technopoly. I decided to not go ahead and buy the other dozen books in my shopping cart in an effort to avoid credit-card-related domestic difficulties....

August 27, 2008 · 1 min

Postman - Teaching as a Subversive Activity

I'm working through Teaching as a Subversive Activity, by Neil Postman. I hadn't read it before, and am seriously kicking myself for that. Some quick notes and quotes from the first couple of chapters. Keep in mind that this book was written in 1968, published in 1969, and reads as though it was crafted in 2008. 3 problems that require schools to remake themselves into training centers for subversion: Communications Revolution or Media Change:...

August 15, 2008 · 3 min