Open Thinkering


Things I Learned This Week – #27

Offline this week I learned that sometimes you’ve got to just grab the bull by the horns and take the lead, that lemon curd has never stopped being insanely tasty, and that camping with a 3 year-old is actually quite fun!


Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

  • Google Apps Education Edition now has a training centre. Which is handy. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Stephen Downes has updated the design of his website. Which means it not only has awesome content, but looks good too!
  • I didn’t realise just how many educational books and articles are available for free on the Amazon Kindle Store. Given that the Kindle software is available for pretty much every platform, it’s a win/win situation as far as I can see.
  • iTunesU, for those who don’t know, is a way for universities and educational institutions to deliver educational content (including lectures) via Apple’s iTunes ecosystem. Do students like it? Well the Open University seem to think so!
  • You should check out this post at the Xplana blog entitled E-Learning, E-Books and Technology Innovation. And not just because it mentions me and because I syndicate these blog posts over there… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Data, Design & Infographics

Designs which are asymmetrical are more dynamic, active, and invite the viewer in to participate. An asymmetrical design will lead the eye more and stimulates the viewer to explore and interpret the content. Asymmetrical designs may evoke a sense of flow or movement. This kind of active engagement on the part of the viewer may lead to better recall of the content. It’s important to remember that harmony is key and can be achieved in an asymmetrical design when care is given to achieving balance among the elements.

  • Now that Lost has finished, ever wondered what a map of the island would have looked like?

  • Davis Guggenheim (he of An Inconvenient Truth fame) has a new film out later this year called Waiting for Superman. It’s about the ‘crisis’ in American education. I’m more interested in the awesome video infographics than the rather sensationalist message, to be honest…

  • How are mobile phones changing social media? Here’s how (click for full version):


  • A Canadian filmmaker has replaced his the false eye he wore as a result of a hunting accident with one that makes him Eyeborg. Basically, he can stream out footage of what he can see via a wirelss video camera. Awesome and scary all at the same time! :-s


  • I must point to my good friend Paul Lewis’ recent post Quality is a Mindset, Not a Setting. It’s not only an awesome post in its own right, but marks his coming of age as a blogger. ๐Ÿ˜€


The Master doesn’t talk, he acts. When his work is done, The people say, “Amazing, we did it, all by ourselves!” (Lao-Tzu)

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. (Ayn Rand)

In looking for someone to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. But the most important is integrity, because if they donโ€™t have that, the other two qualities, intelligence and energy, are going to kill you. (Warren Buffet)

Humility doesn’t mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less. (Max Lucado)

No one ever choked to death swallowing his pride. (Anon)

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