I said I’d blog but I lied

Whoa Nellie… I keep saying I’m going to slow things down, that time taken out of the hurly-burly for reflection can only improve my performance… but I seem incapable of extricating myself from the day-to-day.

I had hoped to write blog posts on:

* A couple of inspiring dispatches from Lawrence Lessig (here and here) from the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre.
* Alan’s post about a collaborative aerial map of Vancouver in Flickr.
* The integration of Open Learning Support with Connexions, and other OLS news…
* A couple of wonderful wiki-related bits. Caffeinated and Unstrung is a listing of free wireless cafes in Vancouver (a near-perfect exploitation of the wiki form); and Jon Udell’s groovalicious overview of the evolution of a Wikipedia entry, in this case the notorious Heavy metal umlaut.
* Speaking of which, have you seen Heavy Metal Parking Lot? (You need a strong stomach — there’s a severe content warning on this baby.)
* More cringe-inducing, barely believable video.

I’d also like to share what it’s like to compress two hours of content into five minutes, and to be gonged off the stage while delivering a conference keynote. And I’m still working on the Waterworld of conference weblog postings — a tale of depravity, epiphany, deep fried food and fast online living which in its current draft has everything in it but narrative and a point.

Oh, how I’d like to take a couple hours to explore and deplore all of this… but I am on tap to present a webcast tomorrow which requires me to wedge my materials into (UUGGGHHHH) the dreaded PowerPoint format. The technical status of our weblog hosting environment might charitably be described as a mess, just as requests for new accounts are suddenly going through the roof. Still catching up on the email I neglected last week while traveling, and it just keeps on coming in. And I’ve been pulled into two meetings today for reasons I do not begin to understand, but which I am apparently in no position to refuse.

None of it tragic, much of it most cool. But it does bring to mind Chinese curses about living in interesting times.

And begs the question of why I am typing pointless verbiage into a Movable Type text box…

About Brian

I am a Strategist and Discoordinator with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My main blogging space is Abject Learning, and I sporadically update a short bio with publications and presentations over there as well...
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