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Issue #343: supporter edition

Hi reader,

If you're reading this on Sunday morning, then I'm currently heading off to the Lake District. I'm almost finished the twenty Quality Mountain Days (QMDs) I need to get on a Mountain Leader course. The thing is, you can't just do stuff you've done before; if you go up Helvellyn a couple of times the same way, for example, it only counts as one QMD.

So I've decided to get out of my comfort zone a bit and camp outside of YHA Skiddaw Bunkhouse, which I think is the highest hostel and campsite in the UK. That means two days walking and carrying my tent. Wish me luck!

Below you can find everything I wrote this week for Thought Shrapnel. I really appreciate your support remember that you get access to these articles a week earlier than they've available to everyone else, and you can comment on them too!

This week's articles

Friday feastings

These are things I came across that piqued my attention: What do cats do all day? (The Kid Should See This) — "Catcam footage from collar cameras captured the activities of 16 free-roaming domestic cats in England as they explored, stared, touched noses, hunted, vocalized, and more."These researchers invented an entirely new way of building with wood (Fast Company) — …


Even in their sleep men are at work

I've used Marcus Aurelius' more concise paraphrasing of a slightly longer quotation from Heraclitus as today's title. It's particularly relevant to me this week, as I've been sleepwalking recently. This isn't a new thing; I've been doing it all my life when something's been bothering me.

The proper amount of wealth is that which neither descends to poverty nor is far distant from it

So said Seneca, in a quotation I found via the consistently-excellent New Philosopher magazine. In my experience, 'wealth' is a relative concept. I've met people who are, to my mind, fabulously well-off, but don't feel it because their peers are wealthier. Likewise, I've met people who aren't materially well-off, but don't realise they're poor because their friends and colleagues are …


Situations can be described but not given names

So said Ludwig Wittgenstein, that most enigmatic of philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein. Today's article is about the effect of external stimulants on us as human beings, whether or not we can adequately name them. Let's start with music, one of my favourite things in all the world. If the word 'passionate' hadn't been devalued from rampant overuse, I'd say that I'm …

There’s no perfection where there’s no selection

So said Baltasar Gracián. One of the reasons that e-portfolios never really took off was because there's so much to read. Can you imagine sifting through hundreds of job applications where each applicant had a fully-fledged e-portfolio, including video content?

Until next week,
PS Read what I've been up to this week in Weeknote 24/2019
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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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