Asal dapur ngebul*

Indonesian saying. “As long as the kitchen is smoking.” Um… “As long as there’s smoke from the kitchen (fireplace).” ? “As long as the hearth is burning.” … which is a way of saying, among other things, the important thing is that the important things keep happening… or that you’ve got to do what it takes to keep things going.…

Resource: Zoom video conferencing

I’m late to the party on this, but I recently attended a webinar using Zoom for the first time. My (Jakarta) internet connection is often patchy, and Skype and WhatsApp calls quite often go to pieces, but Zoom held up perfectly and with minimal lag. Impressed, will use again.

Creative Commons resources – open source literacy webinar

Note: Links to resources are at the bottom. The footnotes are worth reading. On Thursday I attended ‘Creative Commons Basics’, a webinar hosted by the Global Reading Network. It was very good. Cable Green, Director of Open Education at Creative Commons, made an excellent presentation about the basics of Creative Commons licensing, followed by Q&A. I’ve done a fair bit…

Easy for you

I love obstacle courses. A lifetime ago I was very-part-time in the army, and I remember a morning on an obstacle course early on in our training. It was great – a little group of us blizted the course and left the others far behind. And as I swung across the final obstacle and crossed the finish line our sergeant-major…

Peter Drucker on social responsibility

A business that does not show a profit at least equal to its cost of capital is irresponsible; it wastes society’s resources. Economic profit performance is the base without which business cannot discharge any other responsibilities, cannot be a good employer, a good citizen, a good neighbor. But economic performance is not the only responsibility of a business any more…

Resource: the parts of a book

If you’ve ever wondered if you’re looking at (or writing) a forward, preface, introduction or something else, you may find this helpful: Parts of a Book from iUniverse.

The problem vs your feelings about the problem

Are you dealing with a difficult maths problem or with difficult feelings about a maths problem? Is the struggle with the work itself, or with your feelings – apathy, disillusionment, fury – about doing it? It might help to shift your attention to those feelings instead of the problem in front of you. So your focus is no longer “write…

Eric Schmidt on the tech scene

Here’s more on ‘scenius’ – this time from Eric Schmidt: The world is much smaller than it seems. If you’re an outsider looking at our world [the world of tech], somehow you think it’s this vast world, but to me it seems like about a hundred people, and they all know each other, they’ve all been on each other’s boards,…

This sort of thing

Those who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like. Artemus Ward* I came across this at the start of Aaron Dignan‘s Brave New Work** It’s a fantastic line. It was written as a faux-disparaging remark that was exactly intended to show the sort of humour you could expect from the Ward/Browne. What I…

198

DC had 198 views in March, from 82 visitors. In internet terms, this is a pitiful statistic. Almost no-one reads anything I write. But I love it. Even apart from the fact that I write DC for reasons other than its enormous readership, I love it. I mean, apart from this, when was the last thing anything I’ve written was…