Open Thinkering


Things I Learned This Week – #44

SFW this week. Promise.

Offline this week I learned that exercise is a good preventer of illness, that charity workers and trick-or-treaters are glorified beggars, and that toddlers don’t get clocks going back to GMT. At all. :p



Productivity & Inspiration

Education & Academic

  • The Open University are now providing free, high-quality, interactive eBooks via iTunesU.
  • Clarence Fisher, a Canadian educator whose blog I’ve read for years, is now mayor of his town. Not because of political ambition but because of duty. Awesome.
  • I love these creatively-named research papers. My favourite? “Dreamboys, Meatmen and Werewolves: Visualizing Erotic Identities in All-Male Comic Strips”. LOL.
  • The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and iNet have a free, online conference starting tomorrow (1st November – registration required) on the topic of digital literacy. Well, they say that, but the actual topic is Digital literacy: To what extent should new technology allow 21st century learning to take place when, where and how students choose? which seems to conflate at least three different things, as far as I’m concerned…
  • Khan Academy, if you’re not aware, is a not-for-profit educational charity providing ‘free, world-class’ tuition through YouTube videos. They’ve got a huge amount of resources, which is why Khan Instant, a new search engine is handy!

Data, Design & Infographics

  • Thematic is “a free, open-source, highly extensible, search-engine optimized WordPress Theme Framework featuring 13 widget-ready areas, grid-based layout samples, styling for popular plugins, and a whole community behind it.”
  • Cennydd Bowles is a user experience designer. His post on ending hover abuse is great.
  • Lorizzle is a lorum ipsum generator generator, gangsta-style. Sample:

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Sometimes the little times you don’t think are anything while they’re happening turn out to be what marks a whole period of your life. (Andy Warhol)

Sometimes it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required. (Sir Winston Churchill)

Remember people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold; but so does a hard-boiled egg. (Unknown)

Every man makes a god of his own desire. (Virgil)

The best work is not what is most difficult for you; it is what you do best. (Sartre)

(more quotations at my page)

Main image by me of The Sage in Gateshead

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