Listened Microcast #078 — Values-based organisations from Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

This microcast covers ethics in decision-making for technology companies and (related!) some recent purchases I’ve made.

Delighted to see Doug’s microcast in his RSS feed. I also love Doug’s wrestling with his technology stack. Over the years it has gone back and forwards and is always fascinating to read Doug’s thoughts on the whys and wherefores.

Listened Lurgan Schools: The Differences We Share

For the latter part of the 20th century, Northern Ireland, officially part of the United Kingdom but sharing an island with the Republic of Ireland, saw violence between the nationalists (mostly Roman Catholic background) and unionists (mostly Protestant background). The Good Friday Agreement of 199…

I listened to the huffduffed version of the youtube: Lurgan Schools: The Differences We Share. I do hope that politicians watch this.

Listened Open Source and Power with Matt Mullenweg from rework.fm

Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and the founder of Automattic, joins Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson for a spirited debate about tech monopolies, power in open-source communities, and how to be good stewards of the modern web that they helped build.

This was a fascinating podcast. Matt Mullenweg had spoken of an ambition to get WordPress to 80% of the web. Heinemeier Hansson took him to task on twitter and they ended up in a podcast.

An example of civil discussion and disagreement on the internet. Moving off twitter to a better medium.

Although they did not resolve the central concern they touched on many points around control and ownership on the web.

It gave me a little insight into the scale of the web. Left me feeling pretty naive.

A few mentions of capitalism had me wondering what a socialist web would look like?

Listened TIDE ep 119

Listened: TIDE

The last show recorded before Dai’s death. A moving intro by Doug followed by a typical Tide.

Dai’s comments about classroom relationships spoke to me. I’ve am now in a very small, two classroom school that means I get the same pupils for several years. This feels very much like Dai’s experience with older pupils. Relationships are quite different when you have taught a pupil for 3 years.

I also especially enjoyed the second last segment of the show, “AirDrop crossfire”, airdrop is used many times a day in my class but I had no idea about this.

It has been interesting and enjoyable listening to the ebb and flow of conversation between Dai and Doug over the episodes, my agreement on many of their opinions goes back and forth too. I enjoy the thinking aloud and working things out on air. The joint podcast make you feel close to the broadcasters, Dai and Doug were a good mix balancing each other nicely.

My thoughts are with Doug and others close to Dai.

Listened Jim Groom from Spreaker

Gettin’ Air Season 3 Premiere with Jim Groom @jimgroom! Jim has been central a central figure in hugely influential educational technology movements/ideas/things like #ds106, #edupunk, and Domain of One’s Own (#DoOO). And now he is co-founder of a shining beacon of educational technology done right in @ReclaimHosting. But why are they running a VHS store in Fredericksburg, VA?

@jimgroom is always worth a listen, some #ds106 nostalgia (always worth thinking ‘n taking about #DS106) and fascinating stuff around opensource and the implications of depending on a closed technology.

Listened TIDE Episode 118: Raising Digital Citizens

This week, Doug and Dai discuss research in schools, walking long distances, screen time, digital citizenship, tech veganism, fully automated luxury communism, and more!

I enjoyed listening to this episode, as usual Doug and Dai chat about many ideas current ideas that I have though about but not had the chance to talk through. I enjoy agreeing and disagreeing with their views often both at once. My favourite one this week was Dai’s opinion on holidays as a bad thing 👍