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Issue #352: supporter edition

Hi reader,

This week, I wrote my weekly article ('The best way out is always through') and recorded my weekly microcast ('A brief (personal) history of Open Badges') while down at my in-laws in Devon.

The article includes a video which shows protesters in Hong Kong cutting down what is referred to as a 'facial recognition tower'. That's interesting language to use, as in the UK we've been used to calling them 'CCTV cameras'. But of course, in this day and age, there's nothing 'closed-circuit' about them at all.

In the microcast, I chose one blog post I've written about Open Badges for every year since 2011. Of course, I've written many more, but I used just one from each 12-month period to tell the story from my own point of view.

Then, of course, we've got the weekly roundup of links ('Friday floutings') which contains some really interesting stuff this time around.

Finally, those of you who knew Dai Barnes may be interested in TIDE Episode #119 recorded in June but edited and published this week. Dai's rant about academia is worth listening to. I also recorded a memorial episode with Eylan Ezekiel, which I'll put out next week.
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The best way out is always through

Some thoughts on writing, politics, and technology.
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Microcast #071 - A brief (personal) history of Open Badges

Friday floutings

Calvin & Hobbes
Did you see these things this week? I did, and thought they were aces.
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Until next week,
PS You can read what I've been up to this week in Weeknote 35/2019
Doug Belshaw
Dr. Doug Belshaw is an Open Educational Thinkerer, currently working with Moodle and We Are Open Co-op to improve our world.

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Some say he's unevenly tanned, others say he lives in a hinterland. No-one thinks he prefers 'cash in hand'.
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