- 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
- 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.
I’ve started using an RSS reader again like we did in the mid-2000s. Maybe I’ll keep this up and maybe I won’t, but here are a few items I found interesting this week.
- A good leader knows they don’t know everything, including some of the details of the jobs of the people they lead. Julia Evans offers insight on how to help our managers help us.
- I’ve recently rebuilt my entire music library, much to the boredom of the Micro.blog community where I cataloged many of the decisions and much of the process. One of the questions: lossy or lossless? This ABX test helps you decide whether you can actually hear a difference between lossy audio files and lossless audio files. Listen to the reference (X) and choose which test sample, A or B, sounds the same as X. I got 64% correct. That isn’t a lot more than even chance, but enough to, at least in my own mind, retroactively justify my decision to go with lossless files.
- Lou Ottens, the inventor of the cassette tape, died this week.
- Apple has denied Parler’s request to return to the App Store. After the US election in November, I dipped into Parler just to see what it was all about. It was everything you’ve heard about and more. I’m not one to deny free speech, but this was probably a wise decision from Apple.
- Zenkit offers up competition for Roam and Obsidian, but with a significant advantage over the other two: a native iOS app.
- Yet another reason to stop using Amazon for books and music. I just wish there were a strong alternative.
- There’s still a Blockbuster store. Apparently, it’s alive and well during the pandemic. And speaking of Blockbuster, Netflix will soon air a documentary on the rise and fall of the movie rental chain and will feature that lone store.
- “This is not a month; this is going to be months.” The pandemic has hit everyone hard without question, but the arts will take much longer to get back to normal than just about anything else. I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow, but I’m not sure where I’ll put it yet: my personal site (probably), my microblog, or HEY.