I agree. I think there are many people who, once they are away from it for a while, realize they don’t need or care about the mass following. And then some of those then realize the same about any or most public following at any scale. I’m not surprised to not miss Twitter…I was a little surprised to forget Mastodon for a week and not really miss it either.

I don’t know. It appears the real cost (not just the Royal Grant vs discrete income) is substantial. But more than that, I’m not so sure the monarchy is “mostly harmless” when it comes to knock-on social effects.

Maybe some “failures” of Mastodon, etc, are less about critical mass or Twitter features, more about people like me realizing that “Twitter Bad” is just a subset of “I don’t need social media” Yes, I know I’m posting this on social media.

I was just informed it is Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee. Are we supposed to feign interest in a monarchy—by definition composed mostly of people of no particular merit—that has long had no purpose and should be dissolved posthaste?

@sleslie This is just the kind of self-promotion we need. And I remember this piece now! You’re right to be proud.

@Matt_Noyes Thanks…that is actually new to me, which is exciting! Nothing is too obscure. High on my list is Hyde’s _The Gift_, though that’s obscure in possibly a different way :) It’s hard to remember what it was like when open teaching and learning was a new idea to me, and also hard to find things that aren’t hyper focused on very specific elements!

Help! Think back to beginner’s mind: what do you consider the best one or two items, readings, or site to help someone new understand the idea and ethos of open education/open teaching and learning?

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RT @AlexCox
I got to be on one of my favorite podcasts, @ovrtrd, and ranted a bit about mental illness with three people who are too cool for this world. overtiredpod.com/ep/284/

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i read a thing recently that blew my mind a little.
went something like:

people can imagine time travel to the past and one little act making massive differences in the timeline

but in their present they think even the greatest effort they can put in will not make any difference to the future

@dajbelshaw @econproph I disagree, if I am understanding correctly. On Twitter, that is how I found/find many of the people I follow!

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@fncll At a technical level, a lot of it makes a lot of sense. A simple example: content addressability. Elements of this are already in use - at the core of GitHub, in content distribution networks, etc. But individual browsers still locate content by address, instead of content. So we're always looking at 404s, or retrieving content from around the world. In web3 this is addressed; the user only notices that the URLs look funny (until we get a naming system). Web3 is full of stuff like this.

I’m sure you’ll have the (dubious) pleasure of hearing me if I ever figure out how to unpack it! It’s just something that came to mind and immediately felt true for/to me…

I’m not ignorant of the technology. But “until we get a naming system” is doing a lot of work here on the human side where using terms like this really matter (and to whom the hype is being directed as a sales pitch). There have been, and will be, scores of technical revolutions within each time given an epochal title.

It’s not that the feelings collectively called “depression”…: fncll.org/?p=568

Excellent puzzle in the Inkubator 100 Audacious Puzzles book, @mersiamnot! Fun theme, smooth fill! → publishing.andrewsmcmeel.com/b

I have a practically debilitating thing for Nicola Walker…and it only increases as every year passes

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I had no idea you could build this type of quiz using Gravity Forms in #Wordpress. I also LOL'd at the answer to the final question bavatuesdays.com/form-of-an-aw

Web(1) to Web 2.0 makes more, mostly reasonable sense to me now than it originally did. Maybe Web 3.0 will too, though it’s burdened by far more hypesters and hucksters and cryptobros. Which makes me wonder how one’s feelings about it might vary by age if a corpus were examined.

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