Charting a Course & Walking at Work

I figured I’d blend this week’s walking at work photos with a larger reflection as they mesh together pretty well. Partially because my reflections are blurry and distorted. The photos actually hurt my head a bit and so does trying to knit all this interesting stuff together. The following is a reflection on the course design process thus far and my own attempts to document the course design process. Messy. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward I’m going to try to capture some of the conversations that have been going on the past few days between Jon Becker, Gardner Campbell, and myself as we start to pull this summer’s MOOC together. I’m doing this in part to further refine my own thoughts but also to play around with Englebart’s idea of a dynamic knowledge repository (one possible element of the course). This will, of course, represent my own slightly askew view of the proceedings but I trust neither Jon nor Gardner would be shy about throwing their opinions in the mix. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward The conversations have been wide ranging in many interesting and occasionally confounding ways. With an initial goal not to overly define the destination- not to create the rubric-based “prophylactic effect” (That’s […]

A Strange Aside – A Rejoinder About Crackers

I saw this interesting photo on the Smithsonian Libraries Tumblr which led me to this online archive of Forest & Stream from the 1890s. Where I found the letter included below (because of the interesting photograph beside it). Bonus points for the ability to download specific pages with or without the OCR data. The letter makes for an interesting read in a variety of ways. Just another example of how much amazing content is out there. A Rejoinder About Crackers While I do not wish nor intend to enter into controversy with “A Georgia Cracker” over the manner in which I described my first meeting with a “Florida Cracker,” still if you will kindly allow me a little of your valuable space in which to defend myself, I promise not to transgress again. Now, in the first place, if “A Georgia Cracker” will kindly look on page 507 of Forest and Stream, in the first column near tbe top, he will find these words: “There may be a better class of this part of the human race than we met. I hope there is.” I did not say that there was not a better class of these people. That I hoped there was. My assertion that we did not meet this better class, however, I still stand by. While I […]

By the Tail

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward Despite some fairly decent rain and wind we decided to visit Ft. Desoto Park while we were in Tampa over break. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward Just about everyone had headed back to the car as it was pretty chilly and fairly wet (in a Florida in winter kind of way- everything is relative). My oldest son and I hadn’t made it back yet when I came across a black rat snake. I debated not calling him back. It was cold and everyone else was ready to go. While we have caught our fair share of creatures over time, he’d never caught a snake by himself1, let alone a pretty large one. This is a boy who grew up watching Steve Irwin2 and has been talking about catching snakes for forever. For most people, catching a snake is one of those things that’s easy to talk about but is much more intimidating when it actually comes down to doing it. I could have caught the snake and handed it to him. I didn’t. This was his chance to do something he’d wanted to do on his own. There was a moment when I felt like that was a huge mistake because […]

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Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

The New Aesthetic — A new question for the jury: Did my brain implant… “So. You have a condition for which everyday treatment is ineffective or causes side-effects worse than the condition itself. Your doctor suggests a brain implant to offer deep brain stimulation (DBS). You are unfortunately, one of those for whom DBS creates behavioral reactions and you do something illegal. Are you responsible? Or is it your brain implant? […]” tags: weekly brain technology The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies | Serious Eats: Sweets “For the past few months, I’ve had chocolate chip cookies on the brain. I wake up in the middle of the night with a fresh idea, a new test to run, only to discover that my 10 pound flour bin has been emptied for the third time. Did I really use it all up that fast? I’d put on my coat and walk out in the cold New York winter night, my sandals leaving tracks in the snow as I wander the neighborhood, an addict searching for a convenience store that will sell me flour at 3 in the morning. “ tags: process obsession weekly trial error How Language Seems To Shape One’s View Of The World : Shots – Health News : NPR I had a Spanish teacher […]

Driving on Trips

It is an interesting challenge to see and capture interesting photographs while speeding along at 70mph. Since I didn’t do any “walking at work” photos, I figured this might be an interesting opposite. Different constraints, different results. I also have a permanent record of the many, many slip/fall attorneys in the Tampa area. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward