Category Archives: web 2.0+

Periodic Table – a web side street

Periodic Videos

h/t Web 2.0 Tools Based on Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy

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Visualization of the Internet

Network from Michael Rigley on Vimeo.

h/t my pal, Dr. Don

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ScoopIt: Experiential Learning

ScooptIt Experiential learning

ScoopIt: Experiential Learning – curated by sq1learning – thus by yours truly

Among the flurry of primary and secondary experiential learning activities that will define my direction in 2014, this may be the least of ’em. Alternately, it may be the back pocket for sticking all sorts of valuable captures, such as What makes us human? Doing pointless things for fun–my scoop of a moment ago.

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Steampunk (Bonus: Dillard & Clark)


Steampunk Examples at Instructibles Guides


Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction, usually set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian alternate history setting. It could be described by the slogan “What the past would look like if the future had happened sooner.” It includes fiction with science fiction, fantasy or horror themes.

In the United States, Steampunk rose to prominence in the latter part of the first decade of the new century. At that time many people began to feel concerned about losing their privacy through a myriad of new security schemes, their security due to a plummeting job market and economy and, though in light of the former, seemingly less serious, increased awareness that a licensing agreement for software and hardware that had given ownership to items purchased by individuals, to the corporations that had manufactured them. The Maker movement also gained traction during this time and it is not unrelated. Many people who were tired of the system and unhappy with the future it indicated, took to their workshops to make their own future. Make it, they did. People began to learn how to grow their own food, raise poultry, keep bees, use gunpowder, cure meat, sew, weld, woodwork, can, preserve and various other skills that had been out of the public production as mainstream knowledge for the better part of a half century.


Steam Punk Lap Guitar:

Steam Punk Lap Guitar Ship

Steampunk movie:

(This is better to me if you turn the dialogue off and put music on; I recommend Dillard & Clark. Turn off the sound on the movie above, hit play on the music below, hit play on the now silent movie above.)

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Me and Me Own; Karen Horney II




Schema of the two fundamental personality positions (Karen Horney)

Karen Horney

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Social En-Light-enment

via Create Digital Motion Visualism – A new art Form is exemplified in this installation by Jake Snider.

Pixels and vectors aside, visualism is work in light. And so, it’s refreshing to see work as direct and evocative as that sent to CDM by reader Jake Snider. It makes interacting with light the centerpiece of the work. It’s visceral, sensual, and elegant – and keep watching the video above to the very end for a very sweet smooch. (Peter Kirn)

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The Adolescence of the Tubes

the future


cat couch

h/t Rodney Pike

I loves me some cats fer sure.

Sonny the cat; "painted"

Sonny the cat; “painted”

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Bing It on Fail



Yes, I took the Bing-It-On challenge. Here are the results.

It wasn’t as close as the 4-1 score depicted here indicates. It did strike me that now every time I see the TV commercial I will be reminded of how fugly Bing’s search results ended up. In turn, this will remind me of how predictably crappy are Microsoft’s products; as if I needed a reminder.




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Curation and Its Hoped For Contents

andrew-sullivan1 Andrew Sullivan

I subscribed to Andrew Sullivan’s Dish. The cost was $19.95 for a year’s worth of being able to scrape a bit below the surface the Dish’s content of news and culture captures.

Sullivan’s project was previously a part of The Daily Beast. There were three reasons I paid out money, something I normally am–and by my nature–resistant to doing.

One–to support Andrew’s experiment centered on a mild paywall helping to support a small and independent staff

Two–to reward him for escaping the clutches of The Beast, and so this reason also fits in with my finding the Beast and HuffPo, in their different ways, to be partly appalling, and, predictably dumb and dumber instances of “lefty” new media. ..especially The Huffington Post with its lifestyle pages littered withnew age hokum.

Three–The Dish’s curation is excellent, and, right up my alley.

About Dish.AndrewSullivan.Com

I’m interested in the business model working out to demonstrate the viability of a 10 person staff let loose to delight a devoted audience, and, the employees still  getting to participate in the old school middle class in the role of, as Robert Reich long ago put it, symbolic analysts. Yup symbolic analysts with health insurance and a retirement fund.






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CIA Goes Social

Twitter Blue Birds

I much prefer the international party / creep show by design that is Google Plus (G+) over both The Facebook and The Twitter. Alas, hardly anyone I know shares this view as of the end of 2012.

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Two Things Generative

The Disruptive Power of the Generative Internet by FORAtv

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One More Question Zuckerberg
(Purloined from The Joy of Tech)

I refuse to watch the Google+ introductory video until that point far in the future I receive a usable invite. However, I’ve gleaned enough info to wonder if the G+ platform might be a more attractive medium for reconstituting several of the conversational loci come to be degraded over the years. I’m speaking here of email discussion lists.

This can’t be discussed on the Netdynam2.0 blog. It became moribund this year due to technical problems that aren’t in my portfolio there, even if I’m one of the administrator/authors. Yet, it’s the old Netdynam(ics) email I have in mind when I ponder whether an interdisciplinary discussion is even possible nowadays.

Although such a discussion could be started up on Facebook, basically, I don’t like Facebook. A handy term we used all the time on Netdynam is “affordances.” Facebook’s affordances exists on two levels: accessible, and, sucky.

Facebook v Google+

(click for large image via hubspot)

As for Google, it’s focused on sucking up the universe’s information. I do not check into Facebook every day. Google+ is enticing. A brief discussion with a colleague revealed that, in comparison with my naive anticipation, her anticipation was inflected by trepidation. I’m probably putting her sentiment too mildly.

Meanwhile, Google+ remains in beta with more than 20,000,000 testers. Google isn’t saying when the Facebook killer goes public. I have read recently ‘sometime in 2012.’ I decided not to expend too much energy rooting around scoop city for inside reports. Google, is, as is usually, arrogant times a zillion, so it/they, aren’t providing a flow of information at all about the current status of the test.

Google+ has evoked a forum. Scoop.IT has one of the best Google+ news streams.

Walking Around In Circles: As Google+ Opens Up Will People Start Using It Correctly? (MG Siegler, Techcrunch)

Our Take On Google+ (Involver)


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A mosaic of the world made out of tilt-shifted videos of cities around the world.

Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

Crazy good public art. Maybe somebody in the ‘wood will get on it.

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Periodic Table of Visualization, and more

click to enlarge

Visit the following link to access the pop-up examples for each of the Periodic Table of Visualizations‘ cells.

I’m fond of graphical ways of showing relationships between concepts and domains.

Here’s a few more depictions from my own archive of helpful visuals.

Powers of ten

Scales on pseudo-symmetrical \’U\’

Arthur S. Young\’s two fundamental developmental \’turns\’

Fourfold (Anthony Judge)click to enlarge

Spiral Dynamics-AQAL Collage

click to enlarge

Warren Matrix

DrPuck's problem matrix

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Slow Motion

Tempus II from Philip Heron on Vimeo.

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Play Ethic

Head’s up to a very deep resource: Pat Kane’s The Play Ethic. Kane web site lists a ton of outward bound resources on play and experiential learning. On the Wikipedia page about him, it is written,

As co-director (with partner Indra Adnan) of the human potential consultancy New Integrity, Kane is developing a comprehensive “play audit” for organisations, institutions and enterprises, based on his research into the past, present and future of ludic culture.

He writes about his services.

To realise the power and potential of play for your organization/enterprise requires a range of learning experiences and techniques – one of which is certainly the experience of playing itself, in all its different modes (from physical to intellectual, from emotional to cultural).

This got me to imagining what one might do were one to execute an “exploration audit” of an organization. Hmmm. Beside, play, both an ethic and aesthetic I share with Pat, I’m interested in how groups, teams, organizations, intentionally deploy exploratory capabilities.

Play Ethic has an audio-video page.

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Gordon Knox, director of the global initiatives project at Stanford University’s Humanities Lab could be considered an instigator of the “post-professional” meme as it applies to the commons and articulations of knowledge and experience on the internet.

article: If Corporations Could Paint (Forbes)

Over on our, (being the Netdynam email discussion group,) new group project blog, Netdynam 2.0, I’ve posted Knox’s video, Darwin, web 2.0 and the Role of the Amateur.

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. . .of much needed change.
Taking the RTA Rapid to the rally

We started our journey to the Barack Obama and his family, and Bruce Springsteen, rally at 1:00pm at the third most easterly stop on RTA’s Blue Line. The gates were to open at 2:00pm and it usually takes 30 minutes to get downtown if you get on the train right away. However, the train was at least 45 minutes late and our total wait was an hour-and-a-quarter. So it was that the crowd at the RTA stop grew from twenty to–probably–well over a hundred. A bus was sent to take some downtown. We waited. The train was crowded and full of joyous ‘socialists!’


Our full train let out its passengers at Tower City where we all joined the growing crowd. Making our way across Public Square, we found a friend and joined her in the line leading to the two outdoor malls where the rally was to take place. It became clear at this point that this was going to be a rally of uncertain but very large size. Soon enough we were directed away from the line headed to the main, prime site. In other words joined the overflow. In this picture you can see the huge Obama puppet.


It’s impossible to show the true size of the crowd from within its midst. We situated ourselves on the south side of Lakeside, about 150 yards from the podium.


I took these shots by holding the camera at arm’s length above my head.


Where we stood (for three hours) ‘our’ people mostly seemed to be 30-60 years of age, and there were lots of young kids.


Although almost an hour passed between when the first round of speakers spoke and the appearance of Bruce Springsteen, the jovial mood of the crowd and its growing size inspired my patience. I had not been a member of a political crowd this size since the round of peace marches in Washington in 1971.


The Boss is so much the bearer of the flame of Woody Guthrie–he is our Woody Guthrie. Amidst the jejune rhetoric expressed in the rightward fear of socialism, it was a highpoint for me to hear Springsteen’s freedom songs. He nailed it.


I don’t know how Barack Obama will face down the problems of our time. But, I strongly value intelligence, the ability to develop a robust and accurate view of the system (or problem) at hand, and, above all, the ability to smartly criticize one’s own perspectives and analysis. It is in fact rare that a candidate for President is so smart and so sophisticated.

My simple wish is that he roll back the Constitution’s slide and be the greatest President since FDR.


My second closest friend Holly and Susan, my closest friend and better half.

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Heather Mundell writes a blog on career development. Via her life@work I came upon a new blog by veteran bizblogger Curt Rosengren, M.A.P. Creating Meaning, Abundance, and Passion, and read:

A no-brainer part of any system designed to help you maintain your momentum is the simple question, “What motivates me?”

Ahh…motivation…a subject of interest for me recently. This is obviously a great question to pose to one’s self. More to the point of my own interest, this question also underlies the crucial question any motivator needs to ask if they wish to motivate somebody else, “What motivates you?” This too is obvious enough, yet my recent literature review quickly discovered that a lot of cookie-cutter writing on motivation misses this clear starting point completely. In my research it got to the point where I wondered if the various ‘top-down’ advisories really wished to suggest that the motivator simply doesn’t need to know what are the subject’s motivating factors.

It strikes me as useless to speak of wanting to reinforce intrinsic motivation if one doesn’t also take the trouble to learn what motivates the ‘motivatee’ internally.

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Favorite vacation spots: Fez, Dakar, Capetown, Iceland. Sight unseen.

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