The Internet’s Memory Gap

The Internet’s Memory Gap

The Internet has a funny memory. We are concerned with the lack of privacy and that nothing is ever forgotten online. It is possible that in some NSA database somewhere is every piece of information ever placed on the Internet. But a lot of time the Internet forgets.  And the Internet is a curious mix of the missing, the broken and unremembered. Its hard to find stuff on Facebook. That photo you saw in that group you’re a member of two months ago. Good luck finding that again without scrolling through months of posts. A few months ago the image below started doing the rounds on Twitter it was from flowchainsensei   From the style of the image I knew it was Hugh MacLeod. So I went looking for it. It was only when I went back that I realised Hugh’s original was different. Despite both being widely shared, there was very little reference back to the original when the new one was shared. Frequently there was little reference to who created the new version either. Then in the last few days I’ve seen this variation on the meme. Also funny as “everything on the internet eventually results in reference to cats” (Casey’s 5th rule) When I try to figure out who created it I get “Found shared in the Web, by Unknown Artist.” among other links. The oldest link to it I’ve saw is on this page from the 5th of Feb 2014.   There is also a link to it on Facebook from the same date. Eventually after a litte digging the original traces back to Ron Letkman on Twitter. (Ironically his own website...
The Teachers Strike, Fool’s Mate and Strategic Play in Education

The Teachers Strike, Fool’s Mate and Strategic Play in Education

The teachers are on strike today. My wife among them. So I have skin in the game. I’ve lots, I’ve three kids as well. Still at primary with some superb teachers and I want the best education possible for them. There is a good post here on why one teacher is going on strike and in it John Killeagh points out some of the things done on behalf of education reform so far Remove Guidance Counsellors from secondary schools Increase the pupil/teacher ratio Cut capitation grants to schools Again, cut capitation grants to schools (and again for next year) Reduce supports for students with Special Educational Needs John Killeagh in his piece states that “I don’t trust the motivations behind these measures.” He’s right not to. Simon Wardley in another context talks about “Fool’s mate” and the where of Strategy. Most of the problem appears to be that companies cannot see the environment (i.e. they have no map) and aren’t used to any actual form of strategic play. I’m not going to draw a map in this context but I want to point out the strategic play in the education environment. This is only partially about the assessment of the Junior Certificate. It is an important part of the play. Implementing continuous assessment may or may not be a good idea. If its done as planned it will start the creeping corruption of the Irish Education system that Fintan O’Toole has talked about. Twice. And the Ministers idea of 40% rather than 100% assessment. Well can you be 40% corrupt or 40% evil? Yes those are inflammatory words and if there are principles...
#Cong14 Thoughts and Reflections (Or Everything you wanted to know about Congregation but were afraid to ask)

#Cong14 Thoughts and Reflections (Or Everything you wanted to know about Congregation but were afraid to ask)

My mind is still buzzing from #Cong14. More ideas per square minute than most events would have in a week. It was a day and more of conversation and serendipity. People I’ve known online and off. Some of the connections have deep roots. Sean McGrath who’s blog I first paid attention to over a decade ago, but had never met and Bernie Goldbach who I first met when the crackle of dial up modems was how I got online. Initial plans to drive down to Galway on Friday morning were changed by Client meetings. There was a pitstop in Galway and the needful pilgrimage to Charlie Byrnes before a final fogbound trip out to Cong in the dark.  I met  Rurai Kavanagh  Gianno Catalfamo and the man behind Congregation Eoin Kennedy for a quick drink, and a brief tour of Cong. Later that evening I chatted with Fiona Ash and Amanda Webb with a roaring fire, the Late Late Toy Show and conversation flowing. Saturday was #Cong14 proper.  50 plus people registered in Ryans and were assigned to huddles for the the day.  This was where the key problem of Congregation presented itself. Too much good stuff across and too many good people. As chance would have it I spent three of my four huddles in ‘The Quite Cailin’. Each of the huddles needs a post in itself. The idea was that over an hour two people would present their papers and the group would discuss in an open unconference type format. Our first huddle started with Maryrose Lyons talk “We need to talk about porn” and that is all we did for for the next hour....