Archive for September, 2010

John Shook is Selling a Book

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Wow! That's a pretty blatant bit of self promotion. Start by asserting that everyone is arguing from ignorance but don't do anything to dispel that ignorance in the article, and end with a promo for the book that you claim will get everyone up to speed. Really this is no different from the late night […]

Learning Theories

Friday, September 24th, 2010

. . . are something about which I have no expertise - but that's never stopped me from sounding off about anything else, so here goes:

Network Environments for Personal Learning

Friday, September 24th, 2010

In week 2, the focus of #PLENK2010 shifted from the basic terminology, and emphasis on user "client-side" tools to the "server-side" area of support tools

myPE(N)L ctd

Friday, September 24th, 2010

So here is my current Personal Environment for Networked Learning (which I think of as the interface with physically remote people and information):


Friday, September 24th, 2010

is a mess (like this post) because my data streams are not well integrated.


Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Much of the discussion in the first week of the #PLENK2010 course was devoted to the (often quite subtle) distinctions between the Personal Learning Environment and the Personal Learning Network which it supports (and which is itself part of the personal environment).

Spectral Atheism

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Jean Kazez distinguishes between  Hard and Soft Atheism in a post on her blog whose title leads me to think of the range as a spectrum. In the opening paragraph she identifies atheism as a belief, saying  "It's not enough to not believe in God/gods--or we're going to have to call my cats atheists." This […]

Moore vs Lavallee on iPod "tax"

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Howard Knopf reports on the exchange between James Moore  and Carolyn Lavalleeon about inclusion of iPods in the Canadian media tax. The idea of a tax on ipods is no more "toxic" or "dumb" than the one that presently exists on other blank media - which in many cases are *less* likely to be used […]

Dawkins on Ratzinger on Godlesness

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

If the pope [1] can blame Hitler [2] on godlessness and atheist extremism, then it is not surprising that the truly godless might have something to say in response: the full text;       the video.


Thursday, September 16th, 2010

My Sept 13 post on PLEvsPLN does show up in the link from the #PLENK2010  Feeds List, but never seems to have been captured by the aggregator for the Daily.  So I'm giving it another go here just to see if I've set things up properly.

Spirituality, Metaphor, Myth, and the True Meaning of Truth

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

The discussion following this comment is actually more interesting than the post itself (in which Jerry Coyne mocks Chris Mooney's recent discovery of 1970's style "spirituality" as the bridge between science and religion).  The commenter, one Timothy F Simpson, is apparently a Presbyterian professor of religious studies who acknowledges a metaphorical interpretation of his religion […]

More Music Industry Copyright Madness

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

From Michael Geist - Cdn Music Industry Assoc Chair: Format Shifting, User Generated Content Keep Piracy Sites Going.  According to J.P. Ellson, the Chair of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Association and board member of the industry's Balanced Copyright for Canada site,"the provisions of the Bill that permit user-generated content and transferring digital files […]

PLENK Week 1

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Week 1 of the #PLENK2010 course on Personal Learning Environments,  Networks and Knowledge is devoted mainly to getting used to the terminology.

Save the Long Gun Registry

Monday, September 13th, 2010

In Canada, there is a law requiring the registration of all firearms, with a period of amnesty having been provided for failure to register hunting rifles and other "long guns". The amnesty period is due to expire in May, and parliament is now considering a private member's bill to permanently scrap the long gun registry. […]

Nothing to Apologize for?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Maher Arar, in 'Muslims have nothing to apologize for' (Vancouver Sun Sept9) exemplifies the pattern identified in recent studies which show that members of identifiable groups are more inclined to notice criticism of their own group than that of others.  On reading a document which included criticisms of various identifiable groups at various levels of […]

Who Needs Saving?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

It is disappointing to see a supposedly sophisticated voice of religion still so literalistic.

Freedom from Rationality

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Quinn O'Neill at 3quarksdaily has commented on both tone and content of the reason vs religion "debate", suggesting, among other things, that freedom of religion requires that all views be treated with respect and tolerance.