The Digital Narcissist

How We Build Digital Narcissists Narcissus fell in love with his own image while staring into the water.  That kind of self-infatuation is difficult to come by in our world with its relentless competition and big problems; you can't help but feel humble before what faces us. Fortunately, many first world…

Individual Education Plan

Many moons ago as I was finishing up my B.Ed. at Nippissing U. we got invited to an educational technology symposium for special needs students.  We were shown the (then) cutting edge Kurzweil speech to text software, fantastic education tools to use with Palm Pilots and other PDAs (!) and…

ASD Heroes and Where To Find Them

Seeing a neuro-atypical hero who resembles yourself is jarring.Seeing one that defies toxic masculine stereotypes is thrilling, bad probably for business.  People prefer reductive stereotypes. Throughout my life I've been kindly described by friends and family as 'marching to the beat of a different drummer'. In less supportive circumstances I've…

Bike Hole

No room for a car, but a bike... A long Canadian winter approaches.  Rather than look longingly out into an unusable, uninsulated garage full of junk I'm getting my home reno on and finishing it. It's supposed to be a single car garage, but with the vent system intrusions and…

ECOO13: soaking in the future

When you see this in the morning, it's hard not to be inspired! ECOO13 was bigger better, and better located that any of the ECOOs I've previously attended.  If you believe in ley lines then putting ECOO on the edge of a natural wonder captured some wonderfully thunderous energy. I'm told…

Café racer

I've been getting a handle on café racer culture recently.  A good place to start is the documentary below available on youtube: A motorcycle phenomenon that combines DIY backyard mechanics, customization, restoration, links to British post war culture and a focus on pure two wheeling?  I'm in!  When you also…

Winter Is Coming

My first season in the saddle is rapidly coming to an end.  I'm sad.  I've been OD'ing on magazines and media in the past couple of weeks but I'm also doing more concrete things to keep the dream alive over a cold, dark Canadian winter.This weekend I'm finishing the garage…

Free Range Computing

Originally published on Dusty World in October of 2013: I'd initially gone into teaching computer technology with pi in the sky (sic) daydreams of students working entirely on open source hardware and software that they have assembled and coded themselves, free from the evil influences of corporations.  After attending ECOO…
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