Five Easy Pieces

Each ‘loose piece’ below is a way of expressing a collection of links.

Webarchiving is all.  It archives everything on a page and then stores them online (I think in the Internet Archive, not sure.) I am thinking of using this as a ‘textbook creation’ tool for my next semester.

The Newsletter link is from Nuzzel and is a way to tie Twitter and Facebook into automatic or manual news curation.  It is the core from which all of these variations are spun.  This particular newsletter was manually curated from my RSS feed,  email newsletters, and my weird ace in the hole, Calibre.

The Blog Post is just a cut and paste of the Nuzzel Newsletter into WordPress.  This allows a further edit of the material. You can expand or cut it, add media, and otherwise enrich the simple Nuzzel Newsletter format.

The Screencast is simply a SnagIt video capture uploaded to YouTube. It affords other possibilities although this is a simple, adhoc screencast.

The Podcast uses a tool I discovered this week and shared in my classes–Narro.   It is text-2-speech software much like the recently defunct SoundGecko, but the creators of this software went further.  It creates an RSS feed and enables podcasting.

So what? What is the significance of these variations on a theme?  For me, I love how I learn so thoroughly when I translate from one form to another.  And I like variety.  I have been looking for a way automate podcasting and I have made a step toward that even though I am not quite ready for primetime yet with mine.  (Ed podcasts are so wretched for the most part excepting Paul Allison’s TTT.) This is the long way ’round the barn toward saying that I am not exactly sure what the point of these five easy pieces are other than all these tools seemed to come together this week.  I am just struggling out loud here folks and I don’t care who knows it.




Blog Post:

Jankin’ around Mit Science and Other Sturm und Drang – Sat, Mar 25 2017


Nuzzle Newsletter March 25. 2017

A screencast of my newsletter



Trump Trumps Nixon? Lamocrats? Gig Yer Own Self?

And the Beats Goes On and On and On…

Daily Commentary
Thursday is more like Turd-in-the-punchbowl-day.  At least today it is.  And I am sorry for that.  I will say this–a cursed life is very interesting.  Take if from there my few but fine”, my  vanguard of the precariat.
CNN Pamela Brown Mar 22, 5:00 PM
Washington (CNN)The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told…
 Terry sez: Sorry that CNN is the first news org (I use that advisedly) I found that covered this, but it is a start. The Watergate analogies immediately jump to mind if their is fire behind this smoldering smoke. Is the modern media up to the investigative task?
POLITICO Burgess Everett
A group of Senate Democrats is beginning to explore trying to extract concessions from Republicans in return for allowing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The lawmakers…
Terry sez: Any Democrat who greenlights Gorsuch in light of the uncertainty of a Trump presidency, should be primaried immediately. Full. Stop.
The New Yorker Jia Tolentino Mar 22, 12:58 PM
Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July…
 Terry sez: Here’s your work death sentence. Enjoy. No. Really. You better enjoy it. I love the reference in the article to the rarely read A Cool Million” by Nathaniel West and the character President Shagpoke Whipple, possible the best name ever for a politician.
To avoid the draconian locks that John Deere puts on the tractors they buy, farmers throughout America’s heartland have started hacking their equipment with firmware that’s cracked in Eastern Europe and traded on invite-only, paid online forums.
Terry sez: Everybody shout at the Emperor in his new tech: the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit, the internet of things is bullshit. If you eat that meal, well…don’t blame me if it tastes like..
Leading, Learning, Questioning aaronhogan Mar 22, 8:50 PM
In college, I had a professor who would read PowerPoint slide shows to us about the benefits of engaging instruction for students. The irony was not lost on me. It’s rare that a class is a perfect match for you as a learner, but I learned a great…
 Terry sez: Some good general advice on learning better in a hilariously bad discipline. Here is a good one: Don’t let a little wait time fool you into thinking the conversation is over.”
New York Times Haeyoun Park Mar 22
An average family making more than $200,000 a year would gain $5,640 while one making less than $10,000 a year would lose $1,420 if Congress passes the health care plan proposed by House Republicans, according to a new analysis. The analysis, from…
 Terry sez: My question is not when are the poor going to get it. No. My question is when they are going to go to the streets? I also want to know what the effects of TrumpCare (fab oxymoron) are on me and mine, i.e. folks who have coverage at work. I bet not good.
Technology Review Tom Simonite
A startup gives chatbots and virtual assistants realistic facial expressions and the ability to read yours. Would your banking experience be more satisfying if you could gaze into the eyes of the bank’s customer service chatbot and know it sees you…
 Terry sez:  Yea, though I walk through the uncanny valley in the shadow of bots, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Effing not! I do not want to hear the disembodied face/voice of Cate Blanchett. Ever. Not even on Alexa.
Future Ready Schools
Building upon the success of the Future Ready Schools (FRS) summits, FRS Institutes are FREE two-day professional development events designed to support the growing network of FRS professionals who are implementing personalized digital learning.
 Terry sez:  OMG and gag me with a spoon. We have got to get together some folks in education with pitchfork and torch to attack BS like this. Just for starts, nothing is future ready or future proofed. For nexts, future ready-sounds like shovel-ready. Gakkkkk.

SONNY & CHER “The Beat Goes On”

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