I got an iPhone 6 this week so treated myself to a couple of cases. I can now decide if it’s a “books and tea” or “smash things up” kinda day
When my daughter was about 6 we spent a few months playing Pokemon Diamond on her Nintendo DS. It was a really good game, she could progress, didn’t get frustrated, we worked on strategies together, etc. So, when she came round tonight we downloaded Pokemon GO. I won’t go into all the issues and stories that are going around. It was quite fun to see a Pokemon in the real world. But I think it’ll wear off quickly for me. It’s a long complex game and I don’t want to be wandering around doing this. But I did think if there was a whodunnit or crime noir one where you had to find clues around your neighbourhood, that would be quite fun.
Playing with one of those light pointy devices
Daughter surprised me by adding Christmas lights around my monitor. Aww, Christmas.
I built up a nice collection of laptop stickers, and then changed machines, so had to start again. Here is the new collection. Yes, I am 10 years old.
For the first time I’ve engaged in a bit of a run streak. This involves running every day. The rules state it has to be at least a mile. I’ve been doing my 4.4 mile loop most days, a couple of 2 milers & a couple of long runs. It’s quite tiring – I’ve been having daily naps like an old man (oh, wait, I am an old man). Anyway – made it to day 18. The test is now if I can keep it up with conferences & work.
Got some Google cardboard today for some cheap virtual reality fun. Problem is I have one long sighted and one short sighted eye so the images don’t really converge for me. I won’t be allowed into the future.
So all the blipfoto liquidation stuff has made me think about moving photos onto my own site. I have a flickr account, and used that for the first two years of photo a day. But I thought I’d use my hosted server site to set up a WordPress site for it. It is at: [url=http://edtechie.net/pics/]http://edtechie.net/pics/ [/url](still playing about with it). I transferred all of this year’s photos. It’s a slog to do it manually.
The thing is, I always knew this was the safest thing to do, but you don’t get the community when you self host, that’s why you come to specialist sites. I’m lucky in that I have a big twitter network that operates independently of Blip, but for a lot of people, this place is their community. Still, it’s a company, not a human right, so was always fragile.
In IET we run a Masters programme, one element of which is a course called H818 The Networked Practitioner. It culminates in an online conference for the students (spread over three days). Each student does a 15 minute presentation about an elearning project of their choice that they have developed over the course. In each of the three days there is also a keynote, and it was my turn last night. This is the second year we have run it, and the level of presentations and research on display is remarkable. I had my doubts as to whether this format would work, but I think students really get a lot out of it, and it provides a great culmination to the course.
Doesn’t make for a great photo though, but I spent from 7.30 am to 9.30 pm in front of my computer yesterday, so not much choice. Yes, you can break out the violins.
I blipped at the start of the year I had created a[url=https://www.polaroidblipfoto.com/entry/1998080615815055024] non-screen room[/url]. My daughter then decided she preferred this room to her bigger room upstairs, so we spent yesterday shifting her stuff down and moving this stuff up. It is more accurately a disconnect room, no internet devices allowed in here.