As the year comes to a close, I think I have struck a nice balance with Mastodon. It really is a platform much better suited to micro-blogging than twitter ever was. It provides enough characters to properly comment on one link, and invites conversation. And so I THINK I will be mostly posting links from my daily reading there and summing them up here. So enjoy these gems I have found over the past few weeks. You can follow me there at @firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A little summary of some teaching I did earlier this year with Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier
- The Yard Sale game and why extreme wealth inequality is inevitable without intervention: Why the Super Rich are Inevitable.
- An interesting read about possible futures of Northern Ireland: How realistic is the doomsday scenario?
- A deep dive into four seasons of photos of TSS Rovers FC courtesy of our supporters’ group, The Swanguardians.
- If you have never discovered The Marginalian (formerly “Brain Pickings”) then you are in for a treat. If you are home with your kids this week, you will need this particular entry: How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude
- Rating the best Colorado beaver dams of 2022: The Best Dam Year End List
- The Sky Don’t Have No Roof: The last Ornette Coleman interview
- William Shatner on his experience of the overview effect and how it changes you. I can relate, not from travelling to space (I wish!) but from working across many different organizations and sectors. Life lives in relationships.
- A reflection on how co-operatives might be the way forward for Medicare, as they were at the outset.
- The first Romantics. An engaging long read about the cultural effect of an 18th century German university town and its creation of Romanticism.
That is plenty for now. And so I leave you with this blessing which I wrote and put into a rare Facebook post along with the above photo:
When the mist rises up off the sea After a day of rain and wind And you lift your eyes into the falling darkness With a sigh on your breath And weary in your heart May your eyes catch the sun That finds its way down the valley Creeps across the ridges Filters through the trees And lifts the fog from the bottomlands And fills it with diaphanous tendrils of beauty. May the light shine through for you in 2023.