Our son Samuel focused on the prism-effect and shadows for this sculpture and he calls it “Borrowed Light” — a phrase that my father used to use to describe a room that doesn’t have light of its own but needs to gather it from an interior window. So much of who I am is because of the things my dad taught me.
Erik Brynjolfsson’s TED talk “Race with the Machines” has a powerful idea. Due to technological advances, human work has become decoupled from wealth and our productivity decoupled from employment. In turn this leads to an ineffectiveness of traditional ways of measuring the economy — especially as a way of viewing innovation.
Lots to think about here. Another “distribution problem”? His point related to the industrial revolution is especially fascinating…. it took about thirty years (e.g. all the managers had to retire) for factory procedures to change when electricity was introduced. While the managers were in place, the factories ran as they had done with steam power – not taking advantage of what the new power source had to offer. The same 30-year cycle appears to be necessary to make best use of computers.
Are MOOCs an example? I certainly understand the arguments that MOOCs are incomplete. But couldn’t MOOCs be a valuable part of a new model, that includes teachers in a somewhat “guide on the side” role with the MOOC content being the central organizer. A different post-secondary economy would be required but maybe the new managers will see it that way — looking more at learning and less at the notion of formal education. Those who really hate MOOCs, often pointing to high dropout rates, lack of support and variable quality, seem to me to be missing the potential of MOOCs (or similar environments) to assist learning. Should we get rid of books since, after all, a person might start to read one, not like it and decide to move on to something else?
Update on May 6 – Bonnie Stewart’s interesting blog post!
“….MOOCs started, in a sense, as a recognition that the credentialing equation was hollow…“
Up early and took some lovely shots with the little old iPhone. Always amazed at the freedom provided by a digital camera.
Deryk’s current art exhibition includes some amazing work and we’re looking forward to the opening reception tomorrow night (6pm – April 4, 2013) at the Eclectic Gallery on Oak Bay Avenue.
These paintings include some of our favourite places like Point no Point, Garibaldi, Peggy’s Cove and Saanich fields – all shown through his imaginative eyes. The exhibition also depicts some of his most personal memories, such as a brilliant flower-filled room that takes him back to his mother and his childhood or the feeling of staring down into a pool of swirling fish.
Join me for an “Eco Workshop” – I’m giving a Glass-on-glass mosaic demo
Monday April 29 7 – 8:30 p.m. $18
Register April 2 at Monterey Rec Centre. http://oakbay.ca/parks-recreation/facilities-rentals/recreation-centres/monterey-recreation-centre
More info about my process is here:
I love how he has captured the way the indoors and the outdoors can sometimes blend into one and I also love how he has shown how comfy it can be on a crisp winter day to sit near the fire and read.
See his website:
Natural beauty. Beaches, jungles, amazing weather! We walked for hours each day.
Architectural beauty… some restored but much in ruins with encouraging signs of many sites being made ready for restoration. And yet the project seems insurmountable. Since coming home I read that three buildings per day collapse in Havana. From what we saw, I believe this to be true.
Everyone was friendly and we always felt safe even though we were often in very impoverished areas. It seems to be a completely drug-free culture and even the easy flow of rum and beer didn’t seem to lead to anything very problematic. Just music and dance.
We didn’t buy as many cigars as the street folks would have liked… but we escaped some of those situations with everyone’s good humour still intact.
Below are some pictures, in no particular order:
It’s the time of year where many of us think about all that has happened over the past twelve months (and plan for the next) and I think Heidi Grant Halvorson has described a very interesting approach that can be used at the personal “year end review” where “ego is effectively out of the picture“:
To Succeed, Forget Self-Esteem