After a wonderful August, travelling with my family and taking time off from Thought Shrapnel, I’m back.

This is the 420th post here. I collect potential posts as drafts, which means I’ve currently got a backlog of 157 potential posts. Obviously, the vast majority of those are never going to see the light of day, so I thought I’d just link to them below.

Here’s a list of 10 articles from each of the first six months of 2018. They’re links that I never got around to writing about, but I think might interest you. Note that I’ve listed them in terms of when I discovered them, which is not necessarily when they were originally published.


  1. Fake News about the Future of Education
  2. Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy
  3. 10 New Principles Of Good Design
  4. Want to Change the World With Your Business? Grow Slow
  5. How children’s TV went from Blue Peter to YouTube’s wild west
  6. Autopsy of a Failed Holacracy: Lessons in Justice, Equity, and Self-Management
  7. The Great Attention Heist
  8. Android Users: To Avoid Malware, Try the F-Droid App Store
  9. Showing Off to the Universe: Beacons for the Afterlife of Our Civilization
  10. Will tech giants move on from the internet, now we’ve all been harvested?


  1. Your Pills Are Spying On You
  2. The Olympics are a mass propaganda tool for countries to assimilate their citizens
  3. Truly open education will require sweeping changes
  4. The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences
  5. Humanity's Biggest Machines Will Be Built in Space
  6. The usefulness of dread
  7. The Internet Isn't Forever
  8. Algorithmic Wilderness
  9. Are We Ready For a Post-Work World?
  10. If the elite ever cared about the have-nots, that didn’t last long


  1. Education in the (Dis)Information Age
  2. How Tiny Red Dots Took Over Your Life
  3. If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance.
  4. Twitter is not a public utility
  5. The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News
  6. Small, Regular Doses of Caffeine Offer the Biggest Mental Boost
  7. Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous.
  8. Beyond the Tree Octopus – Why we need a new view of k12 (digital) literacy in a Cambridge Analytica world
  9. I work therefore I am: why businesses are hiring philosophers
  10. Critical Thinking for Educators


  1. Researchers develop device that can 'hear' your internal voice
  2. 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech
  3. What Comes After The Social Media Empires
  4. Coming up with a title
  5. Eminent Philosophers Name the 43 Most Important Philosophy Books Written Between 1950-2000: Wittgenstein, Foucault, Rawls & More
  6. An Open Education Reader
  7. Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires
  8. Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now
  9. Why co-operative education needs a rethink
  10. A Modest Guide to Productivity


  1. Alfie’s Army, misinformation and propaganda: The need for critical media literacy in a mediated world
  2. Hot Prospect: Designer Richard Holbrook’s Three-Year Quest to Understand the World’s Most Creative Companies
  3. Chromebooks are ready for your next coding project
  4. Tech firms can't keep our data forever: we need a Digital Expiry Date
  5. How to achieve happiness and balance as a remote worker
  6. Create Kid Skills for Alexa
  7. Should Africa let Silicon Valley in?
  8. Autocrypt: convenient end-to-end encryption for email
  9. Scouts' new visual identity designed to diversify membership
  10. A cartoon intro to DNS over HTTPS


  1. Do platforms work?
  2. Why read Aristotle today?
  3. The Uncertain Future of OER
  4. Chatbots were the next big thing: what happened?
  5. The Theology of Consensus
  6. Building a Cooperative Economy
  7. What’s right for your company? Decision making in 3 different organizational structures
  8. The ethics of ceding more power to machines
  9. UTC is Enough for Everyone... Right?
  10. It’s impossible to lead a totally ethical life—but it’s fun to try

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