This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #327 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘Happy New Year’. It was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
  • Editing and releasing Episode 114 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Double Diamond’ and discussed Danish Geordies, Dai’s trip to India, Doug as an ‘active bystander’, going Google, rules for online sanity, confusing tech questions, and more!
  • Submitting TIDE to Spotify podcasts, where it’s now available for your listening pleasure.
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Making lots of decisions about what’s in or out of scope for various stages of testing.
    • Drafting the content for a new page to go at moodle.com/moodlenet, with the help of Júlia.
    • Answering interview questions to go on the Moodle blog next week.
    • Attending the IMS Open Badges call, which was a little too technical for me, to be honest.
    • Writing a script for an upcoming MoodleNet video for test users.
    • Deciding on the copy for transactional emails (‘verify’ and ‘reset password’)
    • Finalising the user sign-up form ready for translation into Spanish
  • Booking travel and accommodation for a We Are Open co-op meetup which will happen to coincide with the Friday of BETT in a couple of weeks’ time.
  • Backing up all my Flickr photos as they’re soon going to start deleting any over the most recent 1,000, unless you become a paying customer. I don’t really use it any more, so I just followed this simple guide to download them all.
  • Jumping on an incredible deal via Jack’s Flight Club (which I began subscribing to last month), meaning that our family will be flying to Boston in August for two weeks exploring the surrounding area.
  • Recording a microcast, available only to Patreon supporters:
  • Finishing off reading Chris Harman’s lengthy A People’s History of the World. Most sweeping histories are written by right-leaning historians, so this was a welcome counterbalance. I’ve started reading a newer translation of perhaps my favourite book of all time this week, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
  • Celebrating our daughter’s eighth birthday. She celebrated by playing football and going to a skate park. Time flies, it really does!

Next week, I’m again working five days for Moodle. This week it was to catch up after I took a day to go to a funeral before Christmas. Next week it’s so I can work three days the week after.


Photo of the churchyard at Mitford taken last Sunday by me.