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I've been on Mastodon for the last five years, via several instances. Started with, before dabbling with and then finding a home on

I work at the intersection of technology, learning, and community. I'm a member of Previously at Mozilla.

For a couple of years, I was PM of a federated resource sharing platform for educators called MoodleNet. Been into decentralisation since early days of bittorrent!

A fun little song about why the UK needs proportional representation in elections.

Updated with statement from IMS Global Learning Consortium representative:

"No deadline has been set. I would expect several more weeks of discussion and reflection.
For the time being feedback should be to this GitHub repo."

So please do add your support for 3.0 as !

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🥃 Raising a glass to my late, great friend @daibarnes who passed away two years ago.

He died too young, and remains greatly missed.

Do you *really* have to replace carbon monoxide detectors on the date they say in the outside, or does the battery just need changing? 🤨

For me, coming back from holiday always makes our home feel slightly alien, as if I'm temporarily seeing it in a more objective light.

Hours later, of course, everything is squared away and things are back to how they were. The holiday becomes just a memory buttressed with family photos and I slip effortlessly into old routines.

Just read a post asking Eugen to resign from developing Mastodon and I really have to ask: what are you folks smoking?

It’s his project. It’s open source. Fork it if you want to. But what kind of mind-blowing sense of entitlement drives you to think you can tell someone they should stop working on something they’ve built?


they say if you truly want something you work hard and you go get it
what if what I truly want is not to work hard

The BBC is currently showing Olympic Dressage rather than the women's football. Unbelievable.

Literally posh people mincing around on horses. All the moves are the same 😪

"This will be the future: a world of people too busy playing with their phones to even notice that someone else controls them."

"I go on home... with the collar of a clerk's coat turned up without astonishment over the neck of a poet, with my boots... automatically avoiding the puddles of cold rain, and with a bit of mixed concern, for having once more forgotten my umbrella and the dignity of my soul."

(Fernando Pessoa)

It's been rainy since the weekend here on holiday in Devon, which I don't mind at all because:

1. My northern body can't take the heat

2. It gives me ammunition for future times my wife mentions moving to Devon for the "better weather"


"Whenever I've tried to free my life from a set of circumstances that continuously oppress it, I've been instantly surrounded by other circumstances of the same order, as if the inscrutable web of creation were irrevocably at odds with me. I yank from my neck a hand that was choking me, and see that my own hand is tied to a noose that fell around my neck when I freed it from the stranger's hand. When I gingerly remove the noose, it's with my own hands that I nearly strangle myself." (F. Pessoa)

Absolutely wiped out by yesterday. My wife organised such a lovely send-off for her mother. The eulogies were so heartfelt with the overall tone of the day a celebration (by ~100 people) of her life.

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