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Greg McVerry

@TopherPolack Yeah it is free and streaming all weekend. You can find out more here:

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This is why so IMPORTANT.

We must protect democracy.

Time and time again @facebook just pays lip service. Want all the cash. Do you know what happens on Spanish speaking WhatsApp

Nothing happens.

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probably the most writing group I know beyond some other teacher poetry groups organized on blogs and RSS much longer,. We utiilize a web ring, and RSS planet, to syndicate all the artists together.

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oooh sorry community. We did not realize was such an active hashtag already. We won't squat in your space. will πŸ€” on alternative....

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@ajpodchaski Stay Tuned Community planning Second Screen screening party for Social Dilemma soon.

IMO no dilemma anymore. If you use Facebook property you support racism & undermining of US democracy.

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@kevingamin Wow that is awesome if you wanna share your story feel free to add it to our wiki: I can help you get signed on if you need it.

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@cogdog yeah we talked alot about SPLOTS at the meet up. I think the cms-less workflow you hacked together is a UI inspiration for simple easy to sing up for writing spots...Expiring SPLOTS a neat idea

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Carving out Room For Subjectives in New Educational Spaces #edu522

My Who Am I Post

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In every conversation you hear calls to get back to school, to "Get back to Normal."

I don't like the old normal. Normal did not work for the majority of our children. Especially black, brown, and indigenous kids.

I want to serve up something new.

So to illustrate my subjectives for this class I decided to learn a bit more whittling and carve up a spoon.

wooden sppon unfisinished

I believe we must mix up perspectives and I am hoping to accomplish two projects in this class:

  • A digital handbook on how to blog using WordPress and the SemPress theme
  • An autoethnography on me learning to build a poetry page as I taught a LEP Tech class and participated in the IndieWeb movement

Eat Your Own Cooking

As I try to stir up good trouble in my career I use a lens of digitally engaged scholarship. Borrowing from community engage scholarship I can not separate my creative activity, teaching, and service. These three, I believe, need to work together in service to the greater good in partnership with communities and learners

For the last few years much of these efforts for me have revolved around the IndieWeb movement. I help an amazing group of web activists. We started the Elm City Webmakers, run a free tech camp for teens in New Haven, and organize events all over the world. Developers release amazing technology that re-envisions the web as our social network.

Recently the IndieWeb community, in continuous reflections on diversity and inclusiuon metaphors, adopted a metaphor of "eat your own cooklng" to replace the metaphor of "self dog-fooding." This just means using the stuff you build and building stuff to use rather than just talking about building.

So I thought the spoon made a good physical metaphor for my subjectives. I always thought of my pocket knife as my original 3-d printer. It just works backwards much like an autoethnography. I also want to stir up good trouble to start recentering the web in marginalized communities.

Cook With Others

Recently at the IndieWeb West conference I facilitated a session on Cooking For Others. I am glad we moved on from the idea of self-dogfooding, but I wanted to try and get at something else. It's hard for me to describe, still working out the idea but for many they come to movements and communities, out of a sense of duty to others.

The idea of only using what you build made Silicon Valley billionaires. The model works. I just wonder if it works for everyone. Maybe it is a bit of mindset and not just metaphors we need to shift.

At the same time I will never ask my students to do something I will not do. So I am asking you to learn something new and be open about the process. Therefore I needed to the same.

I guess me learnining how to whittle is my attempt. I carved a missing chess pawn when we went camping with neighbors and I recently found myself desperate for an evening distraction. I work around the clock M-R and my partner works at a restautant W-S.

Basically stare at a screen all day. Have binged everything bingebale on all the networks (well still need to finsih the 100) and haven't done any kidless adulting, or any social gatherings since March.

Why not just stare at a fire and whittle wood? Sharing my carving will be the dish I bring to our table. I can not wait to see what tales you serve up.

Greg McVerry

Put it together at home brew website West club that I forgot to add new links to torrents I seed when I switched from utorrent to terminal. h/t to Angelo for letting me know. I totally spaced it,


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