- The camera in our pocket
- Russian adaptation of Lord of the Rings. It’s… well, you need to see it for yourself.
- This is a creative way to spend time while in quarantine.
- Two surprises here: that they voted against unionization and that the margin was so wide. It’s A No: Amazon Warehouse Workers Vote Against Unionizing In Historic Election
- This is incredibly sad. Jack Hanna Diagnosed with Dementia
- This is a special episode of the Connected podcast. Very Good at Being Computers; Very Bad at Being Humans
- Jansen’s creations, which he describes as “a new form of life,” are a true embodiment of art, science, engineering, and performance.
- What happens when the earth’s humans halt their normal activities? The Year Earth Changed
- Adriana LaGrange, Education Minister in Alberta, Canada, says coding can be taught with paper and pen.
- I am way above average. I might need to look into that.
- A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
- David Mitchell is one of my favorite writers. My wife says he’s my spirit animal.
- Things Fully Vaccinated People Are Still Not Allowed to Do. This is not the list you think it is. It’s so much more important. (N.B. This is a link to an article in The New Yorker; it may require registration.)
- A good news/bad news/but mostly good news (I think) scenario with vaccine availability. The US is about to reach a surprise milestone: too many vaccines, not enough takers.
- When aliens invade Earth and demand to see our leader, this is the guy they’re talking about.
- Is that ship still stuck? Yes. Yes, it is.
I recently made a point to colleagues that there is a great chasm between avoiding failure and creating success. In an effort merely to survive, many schools and administrators default to the former. The irony is that to survive, we must default to the latter.
Tonight, as I was scrolling through Obsidian,1 I came across this quote:
Atkinson proposed that behaviors are the result of the conflicts in an individual between these two tendencies to approach success and avoid failure.2
I have no active recollection of reading that statement or of entering it into Obsidian, but clearly, I did. So, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, the question is… Did I steal the idea from Atkinson, or did Atkinson pre-steal the idea from me? Atkinson’s point is not even related to the context in which I have been commenting, but the idea is not original to me, as much as I would like for it to be.
I’m happy to have had the reminder tonight that reading with a pen in your hand (or a keyboard under your fingers) works and that tools like Obsidian can help us link ideas. This idea will return in a research paper later this summer.
1I’m still not comfortable with the way I have Obsidian set up.
2Carifio, J., & Carey, T. (2009). A critical examination of current minimum grading policy recommendations. The High School Journal, 93(1), 23–37. https://doi.org/10.1353/hsj.0.0039
- We’ve been mispronouncing Everest. Also, we can’t seem to figure out just how tall the mountain is.
- Another reason to consider building your own music library. This happens all too often.
- Who doesn’t love Yo-Yo Ma?
- Scott Kelby has published a new book on iPhone photography. (Remember when it was called “iphoneography”?) Scott is one of my favorite photographers and teachers of photography.
- As usual, there are important details behind the attractive headline. The new three-foot social distancing guideline is for elementary students only, and only when they stay in cohorts or pods. Middle and high school distancing should remain at six feet unless.