johnjohnston / John Johnston

Primary School Teacher, Glasgow, Scotland.

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  1. Thoughts from a user – Andy Sylvester’s Web

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  2. 👍 The Benefits of the Copy Stage of Making | Read Write Collect

    Replied to like: The Benefits of the Copy Stage of Making by Aaron Davis

    Thanks for this link Aaron. The idea that creating by copying is not very creative has often weighed on my mind. Especially in activities like coding in my multi-stage classroom, some pupils are mostly copying instructions. This link made me realise/remember the value of copying. Personally in my own creative endeavours I often start there.

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  3. Microcast #084 – Chris Dixon on RSS, crypto, and community ownership of the internet | Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

    I don’t often listen to the a16z podcast but for some reason I decided to listen to an episode about the past, present, and future of the internet while out for a long walk.

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  4. 📑 Inaction is a Form of Action | Read Write Collect

    Cory Doctorow argues that depending on the social media platforms to clean up the problem of moderation simply continues down the path of political inaction. Instead he argues that we need to demand a

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  5. Sunday 19 January 2020 | Memex 1.1

    How to choose’m a subscriber to The Browser, a daily email reading list. It’s curated by Robert Cottrell, who reads about a thousand Web pages a day, from which he selects five things that he thinks are worth reading. He was asked on a podcast recently how he goes about this. Here’s his reply:

    Orwell, Trump and the English language

    Simon Kuper, the Financial Times columnist, describes himself as “an Orwell nut”. Like me, his favourite essay is “Politics and the English language”, one basic premise of which is that clear speech enables clear thinking and prevents lies. Trouble is, he says in this weekend’s edition of the FT, Trump and Dominic Cummings have proved Orwell wrong. Clear speech (“BUILD THE WALL”, “GET BREXIT DONE”) can enable lies. What Trump demonstrates, Kuper has concluded, is that “simple language can encourage simple thought”. Agreed, except that I’d have said ‘simplistic’.

    Hypocrisy is at the heart of Facebook’s refusal to ban false political advertising

    This morning’s Observer column. Based on a sceptical reading of Andrew Bosworth’s faux-agonising internal memo about whether Facebook should modify its policies to stop politicians lying on the platform.

    Why you can’t believe anything you read about the royal family in British tabloids

    Good piece by Alan Rusbridger. There’s a reason why the royals are demonised, he says. But you won’t read all about it because they won’t admit why they’re hostile. Among other things, Harry is suing some of them. I hold no brief for the royals, but I can understand what Harry is doing in stepping back from his role: he doesn’t want the British tabloids to do to his wife what they did to his mother. And I don’t blame him.

    Dave Winer’s sci-fi plot

    An alien race from a faraway galaxy visits earth. We know they’re coming and where they’ll land. When they show up, they walk by the humans and greet the dogs. Turns out dogs are the master species of earth. And of course the aliens are canines as well.

    Neat idea.

    Only one thing wrong with it. The story should be about cats, who have such supercilious bearings because — as P.G. Wodehouse revealed many years ago —

    they know that the ancient Egyptians worshipped them as gods.

    If you doubt that, ask our cats.

    This one, for example.

    Quote of the Day

    ” When Donald Trump was running for president, he told voters he would run the country like he ran his business. Two years later, it’s one of the few promises he’s actually kept.”

    Bess Levin, writing in Vanity Fair

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  7. P=R=O=G=R=A=M=M=A=T=O=L=O=G=Y

    John Cayley makes digital language art, particularly in the domain of poetry and poetics. Recent and ongoing projects include The Readers Project with Daniel C. Howe, imposition with Giles Perring, riverIsland, and what we will. A reader, Image Generation, was published in 2015 by Veer Books, London. Cayley is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University.

    This introduction was composed by V Manuscript for Cayley’s talk, ‘The Future of Writing is the Future of Reading,’ given to Mairéad Byrne’s Writing+ graduate seminar at the Rhode Island School of Design, Oct 14, 2014.

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  8. Microcast #081 – Anarchy, Federation, and the IndieWeb | Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

    Happy New Year! It’s good to be back. This week’s microcast answers a question from John Johnston about federation and the IndieWeb.

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  9. Soulcruzer / reviving the morning notes, fighting the wind, and looking for the edge of the comfort zone

    An episode by Soulcruzer

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  10. MobileViews Blog :: MobileViews Podcast 308: Raspberry Pi as an iPad accessory; MacBook Pro thoughts, and more

    All Things Mobile and Wireless

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