Archive for January, 2012

The Daily Create: Audio & Video (#ds106)

The Daily Create 11:   Record a video of you reciting a tongue twister in one take (honor system of course)

The Daily Create 12:   Create a 30 seconds “Breaking News” update about something that happened to you today (Sorry about the sound quality, still trying to get the settings in Livestream right).

Mousetrap by swedinbalchik
Mousetrap, a photo by swedinbalchik on Flickr.

The Daily Create 8: Take photo that visually represents a sound

flower by swedinbalchik
flower, a photo by swedinbalchik on Flickr.

The Daily Create 9: Take an extreme close-up of an easily recognizable, common object.

Beach Bunker by swedinbalchik
Beach Bunker, a photo by swedinbalchik on Flickr.

The Daily Create 10: Merge two photos of contrasting places together

Sun-Flower by swedinbalchik
Sun-Flower, a photo by swedinbalchik on Flickr.

The Daily Create 13: Compose a photograph that includes a “finished product” and at least one of its “raw materials”

Month04 Insights:

  • [How] can [using] the web [intelligently] make us smarter? (Howard Rheingold)
  • The 21st Century University (Valerie Irvine, Jillianne Code and Dave Snowden)

Month04 Thoughts:

These fragmented quotes and comments will soon find coherence:

Failure is better than success in learning, it’s easier to remember

There’s too much focus on specialization and a loss of generalists needed for synthesizing diverse knowledge bases in a complex world with high levels of uncertainty.

The problem with the education system is that we’re training recipe book users when we need chefs.

When asked what to do about this practically when the current education system inherently requires pre-defined outcomes thereby eliminating originality, he said:

“deception is the heart of innovation in any system.”

The human brain is a pattern processing intelligence… it has evolved from messy coherence not structured order.

Starvation, pressure, and .perspective shift produce innovation which then produces creativity

If it’s a complex problem, then bring in multiply diverse teams with ritual dissent to produce multiply parallel safe-to-fail experiments.  Managers fail if half of the experiments aren’t failing.

“cynical stories around the water coolers produce the most learning in organizations”

Month04 Questions:

(Under Construction)

Follow link to the source (Mark Brumley)

First week’s assignment is to explain and discuss what is happening technically when setting up my domain, webhost and blog.  I know that when I register a ‘unique’ text-based domain name it will, with help from some TCP/IP protocols, be changed into a number-based IP address to identify the website location on a nameserver supplied by a webhost.  If you host your own server you need a static IP address and some database knowledge, but luckily you can create a free blog on a web server that includes open source blogging software, i.e. WordPress or Blogger.  You can also pay a domain name registrar to get your own domain, which allow domain pointing to your web hosting space. 

I’m acting as webmaster for several company web pages, but within education and teaching I have always encouraged free services and software.  My blog on has some restriction on ‘Third-Party Applications’, but automatically handles spam and updates.  This mean I can focus on the content! 

During ds106 I’ve created a sub domain called, which gives me freedom to develop more advanced assignments.