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Issue #341: supporter edition

Hi reader,

There goes the end of half-term. I only worked three days this week, but it felt like a lot more. I think that's for several reason: the rest of my family have been on holiday, two of those days began at 7am so I could work with Australian colleagues, and my diet hasn't been so great recently. It all has an effect.

Despite that, I've still managed to carve out time to write every day. I'm pleased with what I've put together this week, particularly Men fear wanderers for they have no rules. As I explained this week, although I've collected lots of stuff beforehand, when I sit down to write I'm not sure what's going to come out. It always a surprise.

I'm going to do some more thinking about something I wrote elsewhere on Thursday night. In some private correspondence by email after publishing that post, I think there's something in connecting decision-making with storytelling — and even with my previous work on ambiguity.

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This week's articles

Friday fabrications

Things I've come across this week that made me smile or think "that's cool".

Heists and escapes
Dark forest

Men fear wanderers for they have no rules

A few years ago, when I was at Mozilla, a colleague mentioned a series of books by Bernard Cornwell called The Last Kingdom. It seemed an obvious fit for me, he said, given that my interest in history and that I live in Northumberland. A couple of years later, I got around to reading the series, and loved it. The …

We give nothing so generously as our advice

How I set up and run Thought Shrapnel now it's no longer (really) a newsletter.

Cosmos (via Pixabay)
Hot air balloon

Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them

So said Ivan Illich. Another person I can imagine saying that is Diogenes the Cynic, perhaps my favourite philosopher of all time. He famously lived in a large barrel, sometimes pretended he was a dog, and allegedly told Alexander the Great to stand out of his sunlight.

We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves

We don't always know what we think about things, so how on earth are we supposed to know what others are thinking and feeling?

Until next week,
PS Read what I've been up to this week in Weeknote 22/2019
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 does too much writing, others think he's uninviting. No one thinks he does too much biting.
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