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A back-to-school/GTD Emacs journey

This post is a beginner’s continued journey to Emacs (mostly org-mode) and discusses: programming as a journey, Beamer for PDF control, mind map tools (metaphors for programmers!), using org-capture to plug-and-play, using Websters, advanced table export, and a little more.

Free Software and philosophy

This paper explores the threat of the erasure of knowledge, which Stiegler (2018) sees as characteristic of the Anthropocene, and which is understood in this paper as an educational concern with respect to our shared understanding and use of digital tools. The problem of the ‘bringing forth’ of knowledge is related to Heideggerian (1977 [1949]) poeisis. But where Heidegger lacked the courage to act, Stiegler raised the question of how to act and live care-fully, through neganthropic pharmakon as provisional treatment in the disautomatization of individual and collective production and consumption.

Org-mode is local - even in LaTeX exports!

Universalism, and universal teaching, can become a reality… if someone is willing to do the ‘extra’ work.

Free lunches and the burden of responsibility

This post explores the fun and difficulties of trying to use a computer responsibly as a non-techie but appreciator of the computer art.
“It is easy to use a computer. This is fortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn. It is not so easy to use a computer wisely. This is unfortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn.” – Michael Chrichton

Teaching online in 2020: a retrospective

A few notes on (personal) energy conservation for future online course iterations; learning how to use the computing and Schön’s design mindset to show and share beyond the (virtual) classroom. Only one problem discussed pertaining to free software (not mentioned more than once as there is nothing about it I would change).

Coming to programming in 2020: a year's review

Why I began to program in 2020, lessons learned, reading and challenges for the new year…

Let's get digital

The time and methods that go into my online courses and the free software I use.

Can learning be trolling?

I used to think that there was a clear-cut boundary for what constituted the internet troll. But as I started to join forums out of a need for technical help, and as I used this knowledge to build and then moderate forums myself, I found it much more complicated.

Design for digital literacy

This post will share the solution I came up with regarding the design of the online component for a course that emphasizes digital literacy. The course is primarily a course on culture and language. By online component, I mean the online space where students find course resources (readings, videos) that is also a space where they can co-create (create their own content as per course prompts).

Why (non-techie) Emacs?

While Emacs is popular for organizing TODOs, in my opinion it is even more powerful as a word tool for a more sustainable writing and documentation practices. And it’s just as great for having fun.

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