Please note that this will be last of these posts for this year. I’ll be back in 2011 [why?]
Offline this week I learned that there’s literally two types of people in the world (Dweck was correct!), that ‘female festive frenzy’ is now a term in general use, and that brandy hot chocolate is almost always better without the chocolate… :-p
- If you go to the ‘Advanced Settings’ for Google search, you can now get readability guidance for each result. You’ll be glad to know that this blog comes up as ‘Basic reading level’. Clear writing FTW!
- Dropbox is now available for Teams. Looks like a good deal for small businesses, although I think they’ve missed a trick by not also targetting education. This would be awesome for educational institutions!
- Google have turned on desktop editor for Google Docs. GigaOM also has the best explanation ever of why I use Apple stuff.
- The GSMA Development Fund has published their mLearning report. Interesting reading! [PDF]
- Malcolm Gladwell discusses the ‘affordances’ of paper and why it’s an accident of history that we consider tech in any way superior to it.
Productivity, Inspiration & Motivation
- Here’s 7 things you should stop doing at work. I’m pretty good at avoiding them, but it’s always worth being reminded!
- Want to leave your soul-crushing day job? Here’s how.
- Jason Fried posted this quotation over at 37 Signals this week. Spot. On.
You probably only have to interrupt someone a couple times a day before they’re unable to work on hard problems at all. (Paul Graham)
- Do you feel like you do ‘fake work’? Here’s how to spot it and deal with it.
- Your job is a platform for what you do. So sayeth Seth Godin (with my blessing, obviously)
Education & Academic
- Really interesting stuff over at SmartMobs about ‘Lévy flights’. Also a useful link to the Cooperation Commons.
[T]here is a class of random walks called Lévy flights, which include occasional long-distance jumps. The distribution of step sizes is described by a power law, which means that there are steps of all sizes and no well-defined “average” step size, at least for one class of Lévy flights. They have been observed in various natural settings, most famously in the search strategy of certain animals when food is scarce. For example, hungry sharks will typically scour back and forth over small areas, but if the search is fruitless, they will intermittently “jump” to new, far-off areas . “People have also [studied] Lévy flights in stock prices, epidemics, and small world networks,” says Ajay Gopinathan, from the University of California, Merced.
- Rueben Puentedura, he of SAMR model fame, has posted three recent presentations he’s given to his blog.
- Jim Groom is running a MOOC on Digital Storytelling.
- Stephen Downes links to Dave Cormier’s videos explaining what MOOCs are (nicely done!)
- UNESCO and EU publications. You’ve got to love them. The former have announced a policy framework around ICT compentency for teachers. Which will be ignored by Gove.
Data, Design & Infographics
- Google have announced their 2010 Zeitgeist of popular searches. What’s even more awesome is that Paul Lewis, a friend of mine helped code it!
- Lifehacker have rounded up their most popular photography tips, tricks and hacks of 2010. Which is very nice of them, really.
- Like retro travel posters? Like superheroes? Then you’ll love these:
- And whilst we’re on the topic of superheroes, this minimalist poster of well-known characters is just fantastic:
- I have issues with the relevance of their data, but MIT don’t half make some pretty visualisations. This one shows the strength of ties between areas of the UK based (I think) on landline phone calls. And who makes those any more?
- With the imminent arrival of Belshaw Junior Mk.2 this zero-to-ten year timelapse is begging to be replicated:
- Everyone’s got to have a business plan. Even a pimp.
- I think this may be the most important Wikileak of them all [context]
- Check out the Top 10 Weird New Animals according to National Geographic. These have all been discovered in 2010. The Sneezing Snub-nosed Monkey looks interesting. Shame the only known example was shot and eaten…
- Why did people stop wearing hats?
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. (George Orwell)
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)
The people who matter will recognise who you are. (Alan Cohen)
Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun. (Mary Lou Cook)
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
(more quotations at my quotabl.es page)
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