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The Bob Ross Challenge

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As a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Micah Sherman and Mark Stetson produced a web series called The Bob Ross Challenge in which 13 comedians attempt to paint along with Bob Ross as he does his thing with the trees and little fluffy clouds. Here’s the first episode, featuring Aparna Nancherla:

I feel like she does a lot better than I would have! The episodes are each less than 2 minutes long…you can burn through the whole season in about 20 minutes. Or if you want to try the challenge yourself, you can watch every episode of The Joy of Painting on YouTube. (via open culture)

Tags: art   Bob Ross   The Joy of Painting   TV   video
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dnorman
16 hours ago
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this is awesome.
Calgary
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Why boycotting Canadian wheat is likely to backfire for Saudi Arabia

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CRUSOE WHEAT HANDS

The sudden diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada took a lot of unexpected twists and turns this week, but perhaps none was more head-scratching than the kingdom's threat to stop buying Canadian wheat.

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dnorman
2 days ago
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“WE’D RATHER STARVE THAN LET YOU POLITELY SUGGEST WE TAKE CARE OF THAT CITIZEN OF YOURS THAT WE ARRESTED!”

Dude. Slow your roll.

I didn’t realize SA hadn’t bought Canadian wheat (they own the Canadian wheat board - that’s a bit odd) or barley this year. It’s August. Is there something else going on?
Calgary
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5 cyclists injured when struck by pickup truck on Sherwood Park Freeway

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Cyclist collision

Five cyclists were injured, some seriously, when they were hit by a pickup truck Saturday morning on the Sherwood Park Freeway, RCMP confirmed.

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dnorman
3 days ago
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Jesus Christ drivers. Pay attention.
Calgary
dreadhead
2 days ago
But I need to check Facebook now!
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Elon Musk sued over tweets, proposal to take Tesla private

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Elon Musk Social Media

Tesla Inc. and its chief executive Elon Musk were sued twice on Friday by investors who said they fraudulently engineered a scheme to squeeze short-sellers, including through Musk's proposal to take the electric car company private.

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dnorman
4 days ago
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Not a fan of Musk’s, but short sellers are a big part of what’s wrong with capitalism today. Right after high frequency algorithmic trading.
Calgary
dreadhead
4 days ago
While I can see where people are grumbling about it short sellers are betting the market is going the other way. Seems like people are complaining about something that is market manipulation which does seem less than ideal. "Dirty money" (netflix documentary) has an episode that focuses party on short sellers and it was really interesting.
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Why Higher Ed Should Do More with Blockchain Tech

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Oral Roberts University recently held a conference to persuade higher education institutions that it's time to get on board the blockchain train. Its recommendations: Learn about the technology's potential, test it out and collaborate.
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dnorman
5 days ago
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And yet buzzword-compliant thought leaders insist that blockchain is the future of education.

Narrator: it isn’t.
Calgary
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25 Years of Ed Tech: 2017 – blockchain

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All clear now? (image from https://www.intheblack.com/articles/2018/03/22/blockchain-future-record-keeping)

Of all the technologies listed in this series, blockchain is perhaps the most perplexing, both in how it works and in why it is even in this list. In 2016 several people independently approached me about blockchain — the distributed, secure ledger for keeping the records that underpin Bitcoin. The question was always the same: “Could we apply this in education somehow?” The imperative seemed to be that blockchain was a cool technology, and therefore there must be an educational application. It could provide a means of recording achievements and bringing together large and small, formal and informal, outputs and recognition.

Viewed in this way, blockchain is attempting to bring together several issues and technologies: e-portfolios, with the aim to provide an individual, portable record of educational achievement; digital badges, with the intention to recognize informal learning; MOOCs and OER, with the desire to offer varied informal learning opportunities; PLEs and personalized learning, with the idea to focus more on the individual than on an institution. A personal, secure, permanent, and portable ledger may well be the ring to bind all these together. However, the history of these technologies should also be a warning for blockchain enthusiasts. With e-portfolios, for instance, even when there is a clear connection to educational practice, adoption can be slow, requiring many other components to fall into place. In 2018 even the relatively conservative and familiar edtech of open textbooks is far from being broadly accepted. Attempting to convince educators that a complex technology might solve a problem they don’t think they have is therefore unlikely to meet with widespread support.

If blockchain is to realize any success, it will need to work almost unnoticed; it will succeed only if people don’t know they’re using blockchain. Nevertheless, many who propose blockchain display a definite evangelist’s zeal. It is perhaps the nirvana of technological solutionism – a technology that no-one really understands, doing something they can’t quite unpack for reasons they don’t fathom. They desire its adoption as an end goal in itself, rather than as an appropriate solution to a specific problem. If I had the time I’d keep a blockchain tumblr for ridiculous proposals for blockchain solutions. I think the most important aspect of blockchain might be to keep an eye on how it gets used without our knowledge, and what the implications for that are. If anyone tries to sell your VC/Principal a blockchain solution make sure someone tech-smart is in that room.

In the meantime, if you need to blag blockchain knowledge in a meeting, just take a leaf out of this advert’s book and end every sentence with “thanks to the blockchain solution.”

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dnorman
5 days ago
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Blockchain could be the uber for education! Please don’t.
Calgary
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