Party Like It’s 1989…

group of people in front of stage

“Every Friday, I like to high-five myself for getting through another week on little more than caffeine, willpower, and inappropriate humor.” —Nanea Hoffman

“It’s a new soundtrack, I could dance to this beat, the lights are so bright, but they never blind me” – Taylor Swift, Welcome to New York, 1989 (Taylor’s Version)

Happy Friday, gang! We made it! I’ve got a few interesting tidbits to share with you this week:


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Friday Assorted Links

Title: "Az 1848-49-iki magyar szabadságharcz története [With illustrations.]"

Author(s): Gracza, György [person]

British Library shelfmark: "Digital Store 9315.h.13"

Page: 272 (scanned page number - not necessarily the actual page number in the publication)

Place of publication: Budapest

Date of publication: 1894

Type of resource: Monograph

Language(s): Hungarian

Physical description: 2 köt (4°)
Source: British Library on Flickr

The 11 Most Beautiful Post Offices Around the World

I’m a Student. You Have No Idea How Much We’re Using ChatGPT

– I’m halfway through Cory Doctorow’s latest novel, Red Team Blues. It’s pretty great.

These glacier photos are breathtaking

– Matt Damon on brainstorming and collaboration

The Hero’s Journey, according to Joseph Campbell



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Safe places and dark spaces

dark library

Hey gang, here are 10 things worth sharing with you this week:

10 Things Worth Sharing

  1. Wil Wheaton spoke in Kentucky in March, and I missed it. However, he kindly posted his remarks on why “The library is a safe space.”
  2. We need more trust and vulnerability in schools.
  3. The 2023 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced this week; one of the winning fiction books is a retelling of Dickens’ “David Copperfield.”
  4. Why sing a song when you can just sing a note and do some crazy stuff?
  5. Cool use of AI: Midjourney recreates ancient battles.
  6. Would AIs make better professionals (or teachers) than humans?
  7. Testing season is in full swing, and we need easier edtech integrations to service the nonsense.
  8. The Oppenheimer trailer dropped this week, and it looks amazing… and disturbing.
  9. First, Chegg took a hit from AI, and now the popular Stack Overflow loses traffic to ChatGPT. AI is here to stay, and it is disruptive.
  10. Lastly, there is no shame in getting help when you need it.


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Monday Assorted Links

  1. You’re just learning about GPT-3, but folks are already working on GPT-4. Here’s what it might look like (emphasis on might)
  2. The end-of-year recommended book lists are beginning to appear. I’ll have mine out closer to the end of December. Here are a few from reputable sources:
  3. Creative consumption

Today’s Quotes

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Greenlights
  • Audible Audiobook
  • Matthew McConaughey (Author) – Matthew McConaughey (Narrator)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10/20/2020 (Publication Date) – Random House Audio (Publisher)
Sale
Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • A good option for a Book Lover
  • It comes with proper packaging
  • Ideal for Gifting
  • Kahneman, Daniel (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
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Fahrenheit 451
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ray Bradbury (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 176 Pages – 04/13/2024 (Publication Date) – Simon & Schuster (Publisher)

Friday Assorted Links

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Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today
  • Sheninger, Eric C. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 260 Pages – 06/06/2017 (Publication Date) – ASCD (Publisher)
  1. Do Professors Have a Right to Mistreat Students?
  2. A Winter Break Reading List on Skills for Scholars
  3. Chicago doubled the number of social workers in schools. Is it helping?
  4. New Report from Global Google Research Project Considers the ‘Future of Education’

Wednesday Assorted Links

It’s December 7, a day that lives in infamy.

  1. AI is going to break a lot of norms and institutions (trust me, education isn’t immune)
  2. Before the flood: Ruminations on the future of AI
  3. ChatGPT on Spielberg’s A.I. and AI Alignment
  4. What is ChatGPT, the viral social media AI?
  5. I Taught ChatGPT to Invent a Language

BTW, I asked ChatGPT to “explain what ChatGPT is to a fifth-grader,” and here is the response:

ChatGPT is a type of computer program that is designed to help people have conversations. It uses advanced algorithms and a lot of information from previous conversations to understand what you are saying and respond in a way that makes sense. It’s kind of like having a really smart friend who always knows what to say!

– ChatGPT

Suggested reads on AI:

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The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
  • Kurzweil, Ray (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 672 Pages – 09/26/2006 (Publication Date) – Penguin Books (Publisher)
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Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
  • Bostrom, Nick (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 390 Pages – 05/01/2016 (Publication Date) – Oxford University Press (Publisher)
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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • Tegmark, Max (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 384 Pages – 07/31/2018 (Publication Date) – Vintage (Publisher)
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
  • Barrat, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages – 02/17/2015 (Publication Date) – St. Martin’s Griffin (Publisher)

You may have great fear about AI and the possibilities and problems it presents. Remember Wizard’s Seventh Rule: Life is the future, not the past.

Link Roundup Friday for 9-30-2022

  1. Take a peek at this animated map showing the spread of writing worldwide over time. It’s an interesting perspective on something we all take for granted.
  2. I’m really enjoying Ryan Holiday’s latest installment in his Stoic Virtues series: Discipline is Destiny. As I continue my own journey to better health, fitness, and completing a doctoral degree, I’m finding several great stories in the pages.
  3. RIP Coolio.
  4. NASA blasting an asteroid off its path is just about the coolest thing ever. Google it for more info and a fun treat.
  5. An ode to the idea of an infinite canvas and tools that support that idea.
  6. I’m now actively trying to find a usage for a colash or a semi-colash.
  7. Metaphors of Ed Tech

Assorted Links for Friday, 20 May 2022

Photo by Colton Sturgeon on Unsplash
  1. R.I.P. Vangelis: The Composer Who Created the Future Noir Soundtrack for Blade Runner Dies at 79
  2. David Letterman hosted the Late Show for the last time seven years ago today
  3. Panic Over SEL Is Unfounded. Here’s Why.
  4. Reducing Stress Through Tech – Podcast
  5. The Summer Reads Edition from Why is this Interesting?
  6. 13 Strategies That Will Make You A Better Reader (And Person)
  7. 13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

And now, your weekly wind down…