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Hooking up the tow rope, still not outta the ditch

Reading Martin Weller’s reflections on a decade of stellar ed tech bloggery… Blogs were like little beacons shining across the globe that would splutter in to life and look for fellow signals to respond to. I fell in with the North American and UK ed tech blogging crowd. And this is why I think blogging […]

"The Unnamable Unimaginable Thing In My Basement"

How does a petty bureaucrat deal with "The Unnamable Unimaginable Thing In My Basement"? Lovecraftian horror meets British estate housing in South Burnistoun: (via MetaFilter)

Still Not Feeling the Love for Hillary, Part 2

I'm getting just a little pushback from people I generally respect about my decision not to vote for Hillary. I decided this when I saw her say she wouldn't keep any school open that wasn't above average. Later, her aides "clarified" or something, saying she wouldn't keep schools open if they weren't good, or something. Show More Summary

Very nice creepy music video from Crosss

This video of a Crosss song is very nicely done. "Golden Hearth" tells a short story about ritual killings (most likely) using elaborate costumes, rapid cutting, and a recursive media narrative. NPR (!) adds Fair warning: Wicker Man-inspired costumes, grisly...

Dollhouse, a reborn documentary

"Dollhouse" is a very short (circa 7 minutes) documentary about the creator of reborn dolls. It's quite warm, even sympathetic. Even with lines like "Nothing worse than a rattly head". On YouTube: (thanks to Thomas Burkdall)

Learning On The Fly – Lego Stop Motion

So, a couple of teacher have approached me about some help with their buddy class project - they want to do Stop Motion videos. Now, being the resident Learning Technologies leader does not mean that I have my finger on the pulse of all things edtech but I said, yes, of course I will help. […]

"The Shadow Out of Time", a new video

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

There's a new video version of Lovecraft's classic story "The Shadow Out Of Time" (1936). Watch on YouTube, or below: Here's a nice explanation of the fx: puppets and stop-motion. (thanks to Dennis Moser)

"Behind": a fine short-short Lovecraftian horror film

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Where does Lovecratian terror creep in? "Behind" is a very short, very well done film that finds dread in an innocent therapy session. Behind from Kendy on Vimeo. (thanks to Steven Kaye)

A new Stone Tape on BBC audio

4 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The BBC hosted a remake of a classic 1970s work of haunted media. The Stone Tape (1972), written by the great Nigel Kneale, took place in an old haunted mansion. An innovation-hungry engineering team figures out how to use the...

Merry Christmas from the uncanny valley

4 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Robot manufacturer Boston Dynamics wants to wish us all a merry Christmas: Watch the jolly reindeerbots prance ahead, under the gleaming metal and glass. Wonder if the Santabot is fully human. Consider the sheer Skynet force of the team. We...

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time, but You Can't Fool Opt-Out NY

Even as UFT leadership breaks out the champagne over NY State's largely meaningless Common Core recommendations, Governor Cuomo ought to keep worrying. Because the fact is UFT leadership has played virtually no part in opt-out. They've...Show More Summary

All you do is do it, do it..

I have long had my misgivings about Edupunk. I know the idea is pure in Jim Groom’s heart, and I have gotten a kick out of seeing how the idea has resonated in unexpected places. But too often the baggage associated with “punk” seemed to overwhelm and distract from what I thought was a fairly simple idea […]

Decades-silent satellite suddenly starts transmitting

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

An American satellite launched in 1967 fell silent shortly after launch and "has been drifting out of control ever since." This week In 2013 LES1 suddenly started transmitting. On its own. Without human intervention. It sounds like this: Phil Williams...

Lovecraftian horror advertisements

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

In a universe of Lovecraftian horror, sometimes we need professional assistance. That's where Elder Sign comes in. "If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you...

The screams of atoms as a reactor tears them apart

6 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

At MIT a physicist recorded the sounds of atoms being torn apart in a reactor. Interestingly, they sound not unlike "a child screaming bloody murder at the top of his or her lungs." Listen to the shrieking in this video,...

A few films and videos for Halloween

6 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Diverse videos and films to cross our screens on Halloween in 2015: The very strange and way ahead of its time vision of terrifying Gothic media "The Stone Tape" (1972) is on YouTube. A classic X-Files episode, "Humbug" (1995), written...

No Accountability for UFT Unity

One of the cool things about being in Unity is once you're in, you're in. You have a whole group, a family if you will, that you can depend on. And as long as you are loyal to the family, you'll have a bright future. For example, you might be elected chapter leader, or you might just take the job because no one else wants to do it. Show More Summary

When bears gnaw the dead

8 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Russian Gothic: bears in some northern Russian towns have taken to digging up graveyards, rooting amid coffins, and eating human remains. The linked article opens with a short horror story: From a distance it resembled a rather large man in...

"The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"

You don't hear much about real societal issues when it's far simpler to scapegoat teachers. Statistically linking low test scores to increasing childhood poverty is supposedly no more than the "soft bigotry of low expectations" to some. Show More Summary

Humanoid robot stalks out of the lab

9 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Boston Dynamics demonstrated another robot, this time a humanoid bot that stomps around like a deranged Frankenstein's monster straight from the uncanny valley's depths. It starts at :10. “I’m not saying it can do everything you can do,” Raibert said,...

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