There is a lot of it about, a lot of find out about. short term I don’t think this will have any effect on Glow Blogs, long term who know. Here are some things I’ve been reading.
On Saturday I was talking about Glow Blogs at WordCamp Edinburgh 2015.
It was an interesting day altogether, the worst thing about it was there were two sessions at a time so I missed half of it!
A mixture of WordPress developers and designers for the most part, a different audience for me. Of course I came away knowing how I could have made the presentation a bit better…
I also came away with a bunch of links, and ideas to think about. As usual meeting folk from a different zone there were a lot of good things that could be taken into education, as usual it takes me a few days to start making these connections in my head.
The Edinburgh WordPress group have monthly meetups . Iif they had not been on Wednesdays, when I’ve had Edutalk commitments, I would have loved to get along to while I’ve been working in Edinburgh.
This post is just a quick note to log a problem and its solution. It only took a wee bit of googling but might help me or someone else at a later date. It only applies to self hosted WordPress blogs.
This evening I tried to log on to my blog only to be met with a blank screen. I tried my DS106 blog and that was fine so it didn’t look like the first google suggestion about php being out of memory. Next suggestion was .htaccess corruptions, so I opened fetch and had a look at the file, looked pretty much the same as I recall (note, keep better backups).
The third google suggestion pointed to plugins and suggested solutions 1. This is what I did:
Using using my ftp application (cyberduck) I edited the wp-config.php file. Changing:
define('WP_DEBUG', false); to true
Trying to load the page showed an error mentioning the medium plugin that had been updated earlier in the day. So I changed the name of the plugin folder (still in cyberduck) to medium-broken. This allowed me to log in. Checking the plugin page showed that there was another update for the plugin, crossing my fingers I updated and all was well, the renamed folder was removed and a new folder was in place.
Whether explicitly stated or not, this is precisely what I see many folks advocating for with our students and educators alike. Telling kids to be careful and thoughtful in what they share is important. Telling them to be calculating and strategic is dangerous. It might be a good thing to consider if you’re selling soap but not if you’re a human being. I see people applying these principles being applied to the way they interact online. The things they share are strategic. They share content and ideas they know will get a lot of views/likes/retweets rather than things that are simply interesting to them. They are careful to maintain the desired reputation of their brand. The schedule their posts and content to get the most traffic and interaction. None of these things are inherently bad but when this criteria drives you, I think you’ve crossed the line from human to brand.
Love this post from Dean Sharski, I think this is how I’ve subconsciously chosen to pay attention to folk. The more machine like they are the less likely I am to pay attention.
Hence my recent tweet:
@missmcintyre15 thanks for the follow, be warned I don’t just tweet education, some gifs photos and other nonsenses mixed in 🙂
— john johnston (@johnjohnston) November 16, 2015
I don’t particularly want to have professional twitter account. I do think about what I share and I don’t think I’ve ever posted anything that would scare the horses, but a fair proportion of my online life is nonsense. Some of this eventually feeds into my life as an educator but some might appear quite strange sometimes. I tend to post different things different places, this blog steers clear of ds106 related things, gifs go to tumblr but everything ends up on twitter in a messy stream.
#tds142 What does it mean to you to lead a good life? | The Daily StillnessÂ Find a place where you can be alone with your thoughts, what is your answer to this question?
I feel quite uptight watching this video. The answers seem to be around what makes a good life for me. Perhaps it is generational, but I would associate a good life as one in which good was done (that good might just be not doing too much harm).
I was not particularly inspired by these folk. They have been lucky, like me, to have ended up living in the first world, with a tremendous amount of privilege.Â
I am not claiming that I have done any better on living a good life and I am sure in many cases these folk have done great things for other folk, but they define a ‘good life’ in a way that surprised me.Â
Â I would have expected the odd mention of the Golden rule.
Do the words tell us anything, I pulled them out of the captions and made a wordle.
ccSubs: Download Subtitles & Closed Captions for Videos & Movies is goof for grabbing the subs from youtube.
Today find your digital chapel, your personal sacred space
Comes to mind, not much chance of that here.
I notice and name a few plants, the rose-bay-willowherb, gone to seed waving in the winter wind.
For a moment I focus on the branches of the scrubby willow. There is a quiet joy to the pattern of branches flowing like a delta, recalling other complexities and at the same time quietening things down. I am slumped and twisted in my seat, I start to breath.
A minute later I am reading my phone, a Medium post about Sweet Jane. The space has closed.
— moth generator (@mothgenerator) November 15, 2015
One of my favourite blog post series, Tom Woodward‘s Weekly Web Harvest had a good haul this week including a link to this delightful twitter bot, moth generator (@mothgenerator). I took a few hours to get my moth but worth the wait.
The bot generates a moth image from the text you tweet it.
As Iâve got older Iâve come to dislike the passing of time and it markers more and more. The last one in a book of bus tickets, ordering another repeat prescription, tearing the daily newspaper voucher out.
Pleasurable sights, the first spring flower, a warm summer day, a hight hawk, are all tinged with the sadness of time.
A close friend died a while back, they knew what was coming, I saw no benefit or gain.
I think on my last day if I was aware of it and pain free enough to think, I would be paralysed by fear and indecision.
In the linked reading for todayâs stillness the author writes:
we share the same faith and beliefs that we will be together again.
This to, my mind, somewhat invalidates the point she believes in something permanent, she is not so much feeling the fear but hoping, praying, her safety net is in place.
Iâve a dim recall of a story, perhaps a zen one, where the master says something about waking up every day feeling it could be his last. The pupil says something like, that is the same for us all. The master answers, âbut how many feel itâ. I suspect this might be the problem there are few of us who have the training, belief or strength of character to feel this is a positive way.
In short I long for permanence.
The image, of course, is of a temporary flux in the earthâs surface.
The talk will give a view of how blogging with WordPress fits well with Scottish education’s ‘Curriculum for excellence’. Some loose linkage of Community, Connections & Openness in software and education. How Glow blogs, a set of 32 multi-sites with a total of >160,000 blogs are used and are developing. Some notes of the ‘Product Owner’ role and working at large scale to fit the needs of stake holders from a wide range of ages and needs.
Source: Speakers | WordCamp Edinburgh
I am talking about Glow Blogs next week at WordCamp Edinburgh not my usual audience of colleagues so wish me luck.
#edutalk Lynne Jones on Twitter: “We’re recording several of the sessions to go up on @Edutalkr later for listen again #EnquiryMeet https:/