Gannet on Bass Rock

Over a year ago I started looking for a new camera. A few weeks ago I finally bought one. The compromise was the lack of a view finder.

I used the camera for a week then sent it back. The first time I’ve every done that!

There was a lot to like about it. It was the same size as my old PowerShot SX10 IS. Fitted in its case but was lighter.

Some of the photos I took were as good as I could hope for. I don’t really think or know much about photography. The idea was to have a zoom for when things were to far away for my phone.

Unfortunately the lack of a view finder made taking photos completely hit or miss. Even in fairly dull days I couldn’t see through the screen. When the zoom was out this got worse. I pointed half-depressed the shutter to hopefully focus and clicked! This was too auto even for me.

So back it went. I am now trying to make my mind up about an alternative that suits my budget. I’ve not had much luck reading reviews which seem to be aimed at a more technical reader and not really opinionated. If there was a SX 540 with a view finder I’d get that.

This post was inspired by Andrew Canion’s Blogvember Prompt List. This arrived in at he same time as #mbnov, microblogvember.

Listened Microcast #080 – Redecentralize and MozFest from Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

A microcast about my experiences at two events last weekend.

Microcast #080 – Redecentralize and MozFest | Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

An interesting and wide ranging podcast Doug.

I liked the concept of seams rather than seamless technology. Likewise I’ve found a bit of friction useful. Slows things down and gives you time to think.

The decentralised session sounds like an interesting way to run a session, it is, it might be too easy for experienced confident speakers to take over such a session, so perhaps needs a fairly egoless leader. Sounds so like yours went very well.

I think you asked for microcast suggestions? I’d be interested on your take on the IndieWeb as compared to federation.


The act or power of recollecting.

Strangely when I started writing this post in my t-break and found Andrew’s blog is blocked by our filters, I recolled the prompt as remembrance.

My Recollection is helped by my blog. I fairly regularly search it to aid my rather shaky memory. In fact I’ve an Alfred shortcut that helps with that.

I also love looking back either at random or to see what I find for the particular day. A while back i made a plugin but it had a few problems, luckily it inspired Alan who made a better one.

Not only does that give me a nice page but I can show one particular date like by using [postedtoday month="11" day="1"]

There are 5 posts found on this site published on November 1

  • November 1, 2015
  • November 1, 2014
    • Wikipedia Tips from #eduwiki image by Tflanagan (WMF) Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International Yesterday I went along to the EduWiki Conference 2014 conference in Edinburgh organised by Wikimedia UK. A really interesting day included presentations about how wikipedia is being used in education (mostly tertiary) and a great discussion of how support for using Wikipedia in schools could be developed. […]
  • November 1, 2009
    • EDUtalk After the success of SLFtalk David and I have been chatting about how to take the idea forward. It seemed a good idea to continue to provide educators the opportunity to post short podcasts with as low a technical barrier as possible. David has pushed this on by getting the domain name and applying […]
  • November 1, 2006
    • Jonesieblog I’ve been reading Jonesieblog the Blog of Robert Jones for a while now and always find interesting things there. His subheading changes regularly, probably one of those fortune cookie plugins, but todays gave me a smile: One of may favourite words after serendipity. Fair cheered me up after a day at work.
  • November 1, 2005
    • ICT Coordinators meeting I gave a short presentation on weblogging and podcasting. I think I use the wrong slides. these are the ones I meant to use. A few missing bits.

    This stuff takes me back to things fully and half forgotten.  One of the posts from the 1st of November 2005 links to a presentation I made to fellow teachers about blogging. It now rests in the Internet Archive, in a fairly broken format a bit like my memory. Blogging among other things is a tool for recollection, depending on frail technology and relying on foresight, which in hindsight could do with some work.

    This post was inspired by Andrew Canion’s Blogvember Prompt List. This arrived in at he same time as #mbnov, microblogvember.

Read: John Crow’s Devil by Marlon James ★★★☆☆ my least favourite Marlon James so far. Got a bit too “magic realist” for me around the middle. 📚

Read Creating your own content curation community in WordPress (MASHe)

Recently I’ve been experimenting with a content curation site for the Google Apps Script community… …In this post I want to share some of the things I learned setting this site up and resources I’ve created along the way…

Martin outlines how he put together a site for a open ended group to collate links and information from the web. A really interesting list of plugins and how they are used. I’d not heard of

Liked William Rankin on Twitter (Twitter)

““Grit” is a bullshit term deployed by the privileged to valorize and naturalize their privilege… This is important reading for educators: we have to be honest about how the system is rigged.”

Which leads to Study: Poor Kids Who Believe in Meritocracy Suffer – The Atlantic from the url it looks like the original title might have been: internalizing the myth of meritocracy…