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Weeknote 3/1/20

Weeknote summary for 3rd January 2020

I’ve tried doing weeknotes before without much success. Let’s see how long this lasts.

This’ll be brief as I’ve only been in work for 2 days so far this year. Happy New Year, by the way.


Audrey Watters’ review of the 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade. Oh my!

I was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left by Ross Lajeunesse. Hat tip to Rohan Slaughter for passing this on. It’s a sobering look at the inner workings of Google from one person’s perspective. For me, the fascinating thing is looking at how a multinational grapples with it’s social responsibilities in the face of competing internal cultures.

Twelve Million Phones, One Dataset, Zero Privacy by Stuart A. Thompson and Charlie Warzel at the New York Times. I’ll admit to not reading though all of this yet but it got me thinking about what would the tech landscape look like if so much of it wasn’t predicated on datafication.

The obligatory article about storytelling: In the Service of Narrative by Lorin Hochstein.

Music Notes

My main Christmas Present was a 61 key controller keyboard for the laptop. Or rather permission to bid on a second hand one. If I’m getting new kit from now on I’ll take a second-hand first approach as so much of it is plastics based.

The new keyboard will mean more time learning Ableton so I’ll put up some of the sketches here.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching more Adam Neely talking about harmonisation. Here’s an interesting one about re-arranging Adele’s Hello.

This week’s image

…is from the Coastline chippie at Blyth. Because sporks.

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