10 years ago today I had my First couple of days with an iPad. Found via one of my favourite WordPress plugins @cogdog’s wp-posted-today. A reminder of who my blog is for, me. Mining old thoughts is fascinating.
Alan, I am with @mrkrndvs, ”“. Even cookies/local storage handy to store state without DB. (This is a fascinating thread)
I think I’d guess that a post with Glitch, Remix, and Exquisite Corpse in the title is one that is I’d be interested in;-)
Glitch is a pretty interesting place. Interestingly I made something there a while back of which Kevin was the only user!
Excited to see what range of things you get up to with glitch.
Love the random. Had a wee go at forking and having a googlesheet as a source. It might be a way of folk making their own without having to edit html…
I saw Martin Weller’s tweet out for a randomizing text generator: He got lots of replies (which is what make twitter useful when often it can not be), though many were just offering tools, no…
I always like the random…
I’ve a vague idea you could run this from a google sheet allowing folk to generate more of this sort of thing.
This is interesting stuff, you had me at serendipitous😉
I think the IndieWeb is worth raving about, I’ve not really figured out all the technical details, I tend to install, see if it works and forget.
Even more exciting is with the IndieAuth plugin you can log in with your own blog as opposed to relying on twitter or github.
I love to chat about some ideas around aggregated courses and the IndieWeb that are floating around my head inspired by micro.blog.
And suppies some questions, just like blogs way back when!
What is your domain name and what is the story, meaning behind your choice of that as a name?
johnjohnston.info ’cause .com and .co.uk and others were not available. I waited too long to get my name.
What was your understanding, experience with domains before you got one? Where were you publishing online before having one of your own?
This takes me down memory lane.
I started publishing on the web on aol. At http://members.aol.com/weefishes, (Internet archive from 1998), I was trying to share and sell some HyperCard stacks and applications. My business was called LittleFish. This lead to my first domain http://littlefishsw.co.uk I guess I wanted to have a more professional URL and more control over the content.
I started this blog on the Sandaig domain in 2005 (2007 snapshot on the Archive).
At that point I though of domains are more memorable URLs that would allow me a wee bit more freedom than AOL hosting.
I had or was involved in other domains, some of which still are in use. One of my favourite was opensourcecpd.org.uk which was a plan to follow open source principals for CPD. It never took off but I love the idea.
What was a compelling feature, reason, motivation for you to get and use a domain? When you started what did you think you would put there?
When I left Sandaig I wanted to move my blog away from the school site, so I sorted out a site and this domain. I migrated all the content for the old blog and eventually changed platforms to WordPress. I consider the blog, as continuous despite the domain and platform changes.
The blog sits at /blog I wanted the site to be more than a blog, it is full of different simple and messy web experiments and tests.
What kinds of sites have you set up one your domain since then? How are you using them? Please share URLs
I do have another domain johnj.info which has a few sub domains that point to a far number of sites:
- pi.johnj.info my raspberry pi web server
- git.johnj.info points to github
- gifmovie.johnj.info a test site foa a WordPress Plugin I was attempting to make.
- known.johnj.info/ known a nice indieweb cms, I tested but drifted away.
- plog.johnj.info/ Mobile Photos – From my phone via mail now replaced by posting photos here.
- wiki.johnj.info/ a federated wiki test
- clue.johnj.info Give me a clue. This is the sort of thing I usually stick in a folder…
- glow.johnj.info redirects to John Johnston – Playing around with Glow Blogs
What helped you or would have helped you more when you started using your domain? What do you still struggle with?
My domains grew in a messy and organic way. Previous choices affect future ones. Of course I’d like everything neat and tidy but…
I don’t handle or control the dns for this site. Hence the johnj.info domain and sub domains. My host does this. I stick with him because he is great and has indulged me a lot. Some other sites I host elsewhere for price and cause I like Jim too.
What kind of future plans to you have for your domain?
I am exploring the indieweb more, hopefully I’ll keep that going.
What would you say to other educators about the value, reason why to have a domain of your own? What will it take them to get going with their own domain?
I like the idea of my own space more than a domain. I like futzing. It is important, to me, to have one place. Sites in silos, or aol, or tilde spaces are fine playgrounds.but services go away. The domain is just an address pointing to my messy kingdom where I can do what I want, if I can.
I find great value in having my blog go back for years. I search it often. If I’d trusted a silo my content might have vanished by now.
Ideally everyone would get a domain automatically. Obviously this would make for a lot of domains.
featured image created with AppleScript & Gifsicle autocomplete-gifs
The weeks are flying by. I was hoping to backtrack on a few things this week but Week Six. Copyright, OERs and Creative Commons – 23 Things popped into my inbox and thing 11 is quite timely.
Here and there
I’ve blogged here about copyright quite a bit, but it is a constantly interesting subject.
I am in general a respecter of copyright. I use other people’s images her on the blog and always attribute and respect copyright.
Occasionally for more creative purposes I sidestep the rules to use of old movie or tv footage on my DS106 blog for more fun stuff (example: characters). I don’t think any corporate dollars have been harmed;-)
I’ve had a licence on this blog for a while, originally a BY, Share Alike-Non Commercial one. Currently a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
A couple of days ago I read [Trying] Going to Flickr Zero, CC0 where Alan has changed all of his Flickr licenses to CC0. I can see the point.
My flickr photos are CC-BY-SA in the same way as this blog. This got me thinking. I am, unlike Alan, no photographer. It is unlikely anyone is going to make loads of cash from any of my images (or my deathless prose here). Over the years I’ve had a couple (2) of folk contact me to use a picture of mine for “commercial” purposes, and been delighted to do so. CC0 would change little except make reuse easier.
But I do like the idea of attribution and getting attributed. The attention feels nice. It also might encourage others…
The Share Alike idea seems nice too, but I guess might occasionally make things more difficult to use. I may lose that soon.
Another recent post that looks at the issue with some subtly: On Attribution vs Privilege of CC0Reflecting Allowed | Reflecting Allowed.
But not everything I create can be CC0. Not yet. And in my local context these things can really really matter. It can make the difference between who gets a job or tenure or promotion and who doesn’t.
and in the comments:
Audrey Alan and Doug are examples of intersectionality here – no stable academic job but famous and with lots of social capital.
I’ve not really got any problems in this regard, being an amateur sharer rather than a pro.
In Primary School
This is hard. Over the past few years I’ve had to explain copyright to teachers. Now I am back in class working with 8-11 year olds. Since I was last in the classroom full time pupils spend a lot more time on line, they are very familiar with finding images via google searches but digging out the license is hard. Lots of tools now make it very easy to ignore copyright.
Some things I’ve found useful:
- The 23 things overview of copyright is as clear and concise an overview as I’ve seen.
- Alan Levine is a great resource and example of using CC. Recently he has been working on Creative Commons Certification.
- Alan provides a nice flickr cc attribution bookmarklet maker.
- My friend Theo has a Page with links to 5million + openly licensed images, audio & video files educators can use safely & legally OpenContentToolkit – Links to Open Content.
- I made FlickrCC Stampr This is a way to search for, and stamp with attribution, Flickr images that you can use. It is designed with school pupils and mobile in mind.
Featured image: Life is Sharing | Part of a Cleveland mural, the full saying… | Flickr CC-BY Alan Levine. Stamped my module for Alan’s’flickr cc attribution bookmarklet maker.
Top / Featured Image: A mashup of many random Monopoly game parts found on The Google (images search). Most were not openly licensed, and I freely admit taking them to remix into something new and commercially unviable. I am so guilty of theft. But at some point we have to ask about the idea of digital ownership of parts of popular culture used in a manner of open expression.
This is the note on the featured image on Alan’s post. As I start to try and get my head round explaining copyright to pupils it is a nice reminder of how complex the whole thing is. Alan, credits carefully all of the images he uses as featured images. Something I’ve started to try and do myself.
When talking pupils I find my self tending to stick closer to the law that I would do myself. I am pretty careful to attribute and use images that are legal, but occasionally will take a gif from a movie, especially in ds106 land.
The featured image in this post is public domain from Image from page 283 of “The expression of the emotions in man and animals” (1872). I though expressions for confusion and puzzlement worked with my feeling about copyright.
The link on the post should point to Alan’s original blog, I am hoping this is a useful way of link blogging, it may cause a bit of confusion if you click the link that will be tweeted.
Alan asked, Call / Plea / Beg for Responses: What If Creative Commons Certifications? for some feedback on Creative Commons. He is working on a project to educate folk about Creative Commons.
Here are the Questions:
- Who are you? Introduce yourself, first name fine, where in the world you live, what kind of work you do.
- What role does Creative Commons play in the things you do? This could be related to work/teaching, but also in terms of media sharing for content created. Or it could be “none”.
- What would it mean to you to have a Creative Commons certification? What would you do with it, how would it play into the things you do. What is its value? And like in Bill’s video, that answer might be “nothing”.
- What might it look like to earn a certification? Imagine, project a vision for what it would take for you to get a Creative Commons certification, how/where is it done (in person, workshop, course, online)? How long does it take? What kinds of things are you doing to earn it?
Alan suggested spending around 5 minutes recording. I spend a little more and my recording was shorter. I’ve taken a oblique shot at answering the questions, having a wee bit of fun. Here is my video:
On reflecting I should have spent a bit more time on this, but hopefully folk will get the idea. I like creative commons, publish using that license and consume a fair amount of cc material.
Some of the audio is a bit muffled, the video in the first section is poor, but I like the “poem” and the idea. The major faux-paux is the badges in the 3rd section, which is a public domain image, not one with a CC license.
Here is the text of the second section:
Creative Commons how do I love you, let me count the ways:
I love how you decorate my blog posts,
How you provide me with a grist for my mash ups,
You allow me to share and be shared,
Give me hope for a world that is less greedy.
You articulate freedom,
Win by losing,
Hint at the richness that the digital may provide,
You alliterate a connection to the best of the past, level the creative field,
And enrich the world.
The Third and Forth Questions I try and combine:
These next two questions I though I’d tackle together.
I don’t have many certificates. I’ve passed the odd exam, got a degree but these have never really driven me to learn.
I’ve had a look at open badges and earned a few mostly tyre kicking.
What does drive me to some extent is approval from peers and betters. I like being involved in a community. I learn slowly in bursts and revisit things. I’ve learnt a bit about creative commons over the years, mostly by using and making and doing.
So rather than earn a certificate I might like to be loosely joined to a community with room for practise, play and learning. I would probably like a sticker or a t-shirt, I would not want a test.
My main though around creative commons is about sharing resources to be used creatively. I love to play with media and make things, Creative Commons is one of the things that really help. I don’t have any great claims for their worth, but I learn by doing. As a final aside I read this in the Observer today:
We’re creating more and more, this is the interesting thing, if you track the number of songs being written every year, there are millions and millions. We’re on a curve where basically everybody in the world will have written a book or a song or made a video, on average. Most of this is going to have a very small audience but that’s fine. Who cares? I think it’s OK that most of it is crap.
How nice if CC helps us move to a world where creating is not limited to the chosen few.