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iPadding

A little less than two years ago I bought my first iPad. It was relatively cheap, because iPad 2 had just come out and I bought an iPad 1 Wi-Fi, 16 Gb for 370 €, just to see if the tool suited me. Since then I have used it a lot at home and while travelling. For...

Building biodiversity

It’s already too late for almost anyone in the 21st century to live or spend much time in a pristine environment; we have thoroughly broken most of them, and the few which remain cannot be isolated from widespread climate change. It’s time to accept that if we want...

Upgrading iMac memory

I got me a 21.5" iMac in January 2010. I bought the cheapest model, and it has served me well. I also run Windows on it, using BootChamp. Very convenient. The Windows partition is too small, I need to make it larger, but I thought I'd wait until Windows 8 comes out,...

Capturing knowledge the Y Worlds way

I just discovered a puzzling and wonderful site, Y Worlds by the Y Worlds Cooperative. It seems linked in some way to the SpaceCollective, who's blogs I follow. Visiting the sites you get a "Time of Aquarius"-feeling at first, but there is lots of very good stuff,...

Assessment of knowledge in rhizomatic learning

David Cormier is the man – or one of them - behind the concept rhizomatic learning and he reflects on the assessment in the case of MOOCs in a recent blog. MOOCs are one of many possible ways of implementing rhizomatic learning, but I suspect that the nature of many...

Latvia and Lithuania

My uncle and I usually make a trip to one or several countries around the Baltic Sea every summer. We are especially interested in the nature on the shores and how it differs - or not - from country to country. This year we drove down to the Curian Spit in Lithuania,...

Put algebra where it belongs (and not in school)

It's not very popular to criticize the existence of traditional subjects in the curriculum, especially not mathematics. Nevertheless, more and more freely thinking people are doing just that. Maybe this is part of a (too) slow, but major rethinking of our education...

How to make work work again

Anyone (=both of you ) who has followed my blog knows that I’m very skeptic to 20th century management. I realize that my skepticism to some extent is due to my personal traits, but during the 25 years or so during which I have been interested in the dynamics of...

On meetings and thinking

David Gurteen’s newsletter is always full of wisdom and links to relevant sites. In today’s newsletter he cites Andrew Armour  who says: Most meetings, workshops and conferences are not viewed as an opportunity to converse, listen, build dialogue and explore...

E-biking from now on

Yesterday I got myself an e-bike which I hope will change my work travel habits. For me, the distance between home and work is only 3 kilometers, which is quite a luxury. But mostly I use my car because I need to go shopping after work, the weather is bad or I need to...

From hierarchies (back) to communities

For people who want to develop their understanding of themselves as humans and of society, there is probably no single, better source in the western world right now than The RSA. And I’m not exaggurating. The produce videos and podcasts of presentations and...

Images, finally images!

So after letting myself be immersed in the UAV world for half a year including buying a hexacopter for myself and a Quest 200 for the project I’m heading at Novia UAS, we are finally getting good aerial images. Not from the hexacopter, because the transmitter...

Dump vision, mission and values

Any standard strategy work is quite mechanical and results in statements that are at their best naive, at their worst a total caricature of reality. Many organizations probably should follow these simple rules instead: State 1. The goal of the business; 2. The 1-5...