Issue #80 - The Spaces in Between
Micro Issue - Summer break #10
This is the final summer issue which hopefully will land in your inbox just as we are traveling home from a short break to the Delaware coast. I’m luxuriating by the pool while the boys are practicing their cannonballs and struggling to half dictate and type (correcting the auto-correct) this newsletter, hence its brevity.
A big welcome to all the new people who subscribed this week, it’s really nice to see you, and hope that you stay with us next week when there will be a return to the more usual format.
You’re welcome to catch up with a few back issues if you would like, #60 Hooley Dooley with the old VW Beetle seems to be the most widely read. You’re welcome to drop me a line, just hit reply or leave a comment. This is what I look forward to and love the most. I continue to meet interesting people through this newsletter and find conversing this way much more pleasurable than almost any other form.
Let’s see what we have this week.
Firstly to say thank you to Ida Yalzadeh for inviting me as a guest writer for her wonderful newsletter tiny driver which dropped into inboxes and feeds on Monday. I haven’t guest-written anyone’s newsletter before and I was a bit nervous and probably came across a bit too keen, but hope that readers got an insight into my work and the philosophy I bring to teaching and learning. It was a blast, thank you again.
After months of wondering if Twitter is worth any time and attention I’ve decided to jump off, I’ll keep an account but just won’t bother posting anymore. Instead, you’ll find me on mastodon which isn’t owned by anyone, instead, it is open-source and free, I’ve joined a server with a few friends and it’s nice to plug into what they’ve been doing and leave the noise and dust behind.
This episode of the Teaching & Scholarship podcast is the longest, but also in my opinion, one of the best of the series. Scott has a conversation with Adam Procter, about his journey into education, teaching games design, and navigating the choppy waters of learning technology. I pop up about halfway through with a short update, it’s a real pleasure to contribute, especially to an episode like this. However, I’m thinking about these segments and how to make them more robust, more to follow…
I’ll confess, I was drawn to the music of the British Psychobilly scene, it seemed to have really taken hold for a few of my teenage years in the countryside villages that I grew up in. Fun to read this article about some of the bands and origins of this particular subculture.
I’m a big fan of the Mural Festival account on Instagram and loved this amazing basketball court in Montreal’s Little Italy, designed by Francorama. In terms of architecture and art, this is a 3-pointer.
I just can’t cope with all these videos of nurses and doctors pleading with people to get vaccinated, the toll on these professionals is going to take years to recover from if they ever really do. Please, if you are holding out for some reason, seek vaccination.
My friend and fellow newsletter writer Christian Payne aka @documentally is cycling along the Great North Road through England and Scotland and celebrating 100 years since it was renamed the A1. Please support him as he raises money for Choose Love, a charity providing supplies and support for refugees.
My kids keep asking to make some of the chocolate popcorn recipes that they see on TikTok don’t do it according to this Lifehacker Hack or Wack video. It’s not healthy, tasty, or easy to clean up.
These clouds reminded me about the ones below, which I’ll include just in case you’re missing that summer festival feeling.
That’s all for this now, we’ll get back to our normal newsletters next week. I hope that these summer samplers have kept you going, it has been fun writing them and finding links to include. There are a few topics that we’ll go back to for a deeper diver maybe.
I know that in the US people are starting to think about returning to school and work, don’t be in any rush to dive back in, pace yourself, think about what you’ve enjoyed about working from home, or missed about not being at your place of work. Remember that things are different now…
Take care of yourselves, let me know what you’ve been up to over the summer, drop me a line, or leave a comment.