Monday, January 22, 2018


When you look into a mirror or standing water you see a reflection, not reality as it actually is, but one that is flipped. Often times reflections allow us to see things in a different way or notice things we did not by looking straight on. So here I am going to attempt to flip my reality of the last 2 weeks on its head.

Starting school again is always hard. Christmas vacation was very challenging this year. We lost 2 dear family members, one expected due to cancer and the other my dearest Grandma, very unexpected. And what hurt was not so much her loss, because of my faith, I know that she is still with us and that I will see her again, but because I could not be there for her transition. I was in Florida on a long-awaited vacation. Vacation was fun, and still hard in some ways. Losing Grandma in the middle of it put additional pressure on the family and organizational challenges a trip of that size demands, but then my baby (toddler) sprained his ankle and had to be carried everywhere and required a fair amount of doctor visits. So I was nowhere as prepared for school as I would have liked, but it came roaring down upon me, and my baby who just started walking again the night before school started got used to having Mom always hold him, and wasn't happy about her going away routinely at all. (I am beginning to suspect grammar is one of the early things that get distorted in a reflection.)

So when I enter the class, I was relieved that most of this stuff is old hat, to a blogger of 14 years. Yup, this blog has been running since 2004. When I started the blog it was to connect with my extended family and share with grandmas lots of baby pics. The blog ended up connected with an online internet business I ran for the next 5 years and then Facebook came on the scene and stole the blogging steam. In some ways that freed my blog from the self-editing of having readers I knew and loved, and in many ways it just plain ignored it.

It is fascinating to blog again, to bring about snippets of life that deserve more permanent time than Facebook would give them, and to also share knowledge gained in the process. In this blog resurrection, I have updated both the look and functionality of my blog, adding widgets and blog roles (at the bottom of the page). I finally gave up pink as my background color,  as I no longer hope for little girls, but am a proud and exasperated mom of one pre-teen girl and one sweeter, smaller one.

I am enjoying using the RSS feed on Feedly. It has proven a most effective way to keep on top of class bogs and assignments, however, the news feeds are overwhelming.  I am much less enthralled with Twitter. The best thing about Twitter is the NASA feed I connected with. I guess I enjoy some permanence, some continuance as if I could save the perfect day (or minutes) on my blog and come back it when I need a lift. Wait, I do that. I lose myself in my blogs past to rediscover myself in the now. That alone is the most valuable reason to blog.
To see all the blogs for class, click on my tag #en3177

Thursday, January 18, 2018

What does it mean to copyright a website? And what good does it do me?

I have always worked my websites under the assumption that I can not use anything I didn't create or get express permission for. Here is wisdom to the affect. Being Safe about Copyright.

But what about my work?
This information is useful. copyright
I have always kinda assumed this quote "Original work is copyrighted from the moment of creation, provided it’s fixed in tangible form." Which is one reason some of my creative work is on this blog somewhere, I wanted to have evidence it was mine before anyone could lay claim to it. 
You could use a copyright symbol to hammer the point home, but "you don’t even need the notice to claim copyright; the law eliminated the requirement of public notice in 1989."

For $35 you can legally file a copyright, which allows you to sue for infringement, but it only includes the parts of the website that are uploaded at that time, or you could file for a 3 month copyright.

That all seems like a lot of work and money for a starving college student. So I would normally just let things be copyrighted from creation. However, when I consider that the most sincere form of flattery is imitation, I would be honored to have others think anything I have done on this blog are worth sharing, and I am excited to be part of the sharing economy. My conclusion to do a creative commons style licensing, this licensing will allow others to use and share my work. I would love my work to be shared and passed around, but I am not sure how I feel about other people making money off my work. 

Behold, my sidebar says it all.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Creative Commons and the Sharing Economy

Have you heard about Creative Commons? It is a sharing economy's way of maintaining credit for your work while allowing people to use it and share it and add to it. There are similar platforms for Live Open Science, instantly shared and connected science works. The creators of that were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. The developed software for that has been superseded with a more advanced platform called Open Hab (although this may not be the right name, as I  can not find evidence of it).

Anyways, back to Creative Commons. There are many different levels you may copyright your work at, depending upon how open you want to be with how others can share or add to it. And they have a multi layered tag attached that is instantly read by computer and humans. It is a cool interaction between the human creativity and the computer technology.

I really like concepts related to building a sharing economy and realizations that as robots/tech can replace a lot of our daily work what will we have left except our humanity/creativity? Therefore I would suggest that part of the change towards the sharing economy that we should consider is the concept of Universal Income or Basic Income. I know experiments are being tried in Finland and Norway and Washington state.

I wonder how much of a golden age we could enter as a world society if everyone had their basic needs met and were left to their creativity, especially if they were up to sharing it all?

RSS feed

Easy as pie. In fact, pie takes longer, especially if you are making your own crust. I used to use RSS of the blogs I followed and then Facebook took over and we all shared our interesting tidbits on Facebook instead of a blog, many of us dedicated bloggers stopped blogging and of course people stopped reading blogs because the info was on Facebook.

So I am going to run a test. Does my news feeds come better through Facebook or an RSS reader? Specifically I am comparing the Feeds for Washing Post, Huffington Post and The Atlantic. So far the RSS feed is winning, less cat and Trump videos to scroll through to get to the news.

What do you think?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wow- insightful

Read this article on social change

We’re currently at the very edge of an abundant future, and the pace of change isn’t going to slow down. As Ismail put it, “…[civilization] is heading into a trough. I think it’s about a 20- or 30-year period. We need to get to abundance on the other side by creating new leaders, new projects, and new institutions.”

Not asking a lot is it?

Take Note Dads, this is how it's done

Monday, January 15, 2018

Interesting Ideas in Digital literacy:

"Digital literacy is not about the skills of using technologies, but how we use our judgment to maintain awareness of what we are reading and writing, why we are doing it, and whom we are addressing."
Maha Bali makes a most interesting point that judgment and awareness are needed even as we are quietly sitting at home on a computer because now this time is spent connected to the world.
Wow- makes me want to snuggle up with a good book.
What do you think?