Tuesday Tunes‬ #205 – Spring has sprung

spring
Spring has sprung,
The Grass has riz,
I wonder where the birdies is?
The little bird is on the wing,
But that’s absurd!
Because the wing is on the bird!

— Spike Milligan

And now for some music …
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This weeks links (2015-08-31)

In brief:

* 5 Big Ideas That Don’t Work In Education (2015-Aug-13) [NPR]
There are few household names in education research. Maybe that in itself constitutes a problem. But if there was an Education Researcher Hall Of Fame, one member would be a silver-haired, plainspoken Kiwi named John Hattie.
Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He also directs something called the Science of Learning Research Centre, which works with over 7,000 schools worldwide.
Over the past 28 years he has published a dozen books, mostly on a theory he calls Visible Learning. His life’s work boils down to one proposition: To improve schools, draw on the best evidence available. …

Running:

* Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana wins 5000m Women’s Final CR

* Almaz Ayana Upsets Favorite Dibaba to Win World 5K Title (2015-Aug-30) [Runner’s World]

* Mo Farah wins 5000 m gold medal

Cycling:

* Oh Shimano neutral service you’ve done it again :(

The Tinkoff-Saxo team has announced that Peter Sagan has been forced to abandon the Vuelta a Espana because of the injuries he incurred in the final kilometres of Saturday’s eighth stage, when he was apparently hit by a Shimano neutral service motorbike.
The team claims Sagan suffered wounds and burns of first and second degree on the left side of his body, from the hip to the lower leg. He also has a contusion on his left forearm with an intra-muscular hematoma. The Tinkoff-Saxo staff decided that Sagan couldn’t safely continue the race with the injuries he suffered and will head home today.

Some reading/listening:

* Shepherd’s Crown is a crowning achievement for Terry Pratchett and his Discworld (2015-Aug-31) [The Conversation]

* Neil Gaiman reveals the real ending Terry Pratchett wanted for The Shepherd’s Crown (2015-Aug-28) [The Telegraph]
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Something from Bandcamp:
Pale Blue by Andrei Eremin

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** September Challenge – Australian Fiction **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the September Challenge – Australian Fiction;

For September we are going to read (and support) our Aussie authors for the whole month!
To qualify you need to read at least three (3) books by Australian authors from the following genres – and only ONE PER GENRE

a) Young Adult
b) Historical
c) Crime/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
d) Fantasy/SciFi
e) Contemporary

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This weeks links (2015-08-24)

In brief:

* Google Street View Trekker in NSW national parks [NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service]
Working in partnership with Google, NSW National Parks has captured imagery across 25 national parks using Google Street View Trekker. You can get a bird’s-eye view of these incredible landscapes before setting off on your own adventure.

* vanderlost_ Sprinter project.
We bought a Sprinter. We are building out a Sprinter.
And we are going to road trip in our Sprinter. Here’s a journal of our adventures and journeys. From plans, to construction, to road trips.
This is our Van Life

* What’s your favourite ever board game? (2015-Aug-25) [The Guardian]

* How Board Games Conquered Cafes (2014-Nov-23) [The Atlantic]
As social life gets ever more digital, new coffee shops and bars encourage face-to-face interaction via the likes of Settlers of Catan and Connect Four.

Running:

* Double Gold For Mo Farah—Again (2015-Aug-29) [competitor.com]
For the third consecutive global championships beginning with the London Olympics in 2012, Britain’s Mo Farah completed the 5000m/10,000m double, winning the shorter event with a heart-pounding homestretch run against Kenya’s Caleb Ndiku at National Stadium. Off of a very slow early pace, his winning time of 13:50.38 was the slowest in the history of the IAAF World Championships.

Cycling:

* Vincenzo Nibali and Astana caught cheating – Vuelta a Espana 2015

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Calabashmoon by Daniel Berkman

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Wednesday WIN (2015-Aug-19)

Mad Max GoKart Paintball War

Behind The Scenes – Mad Max Game – GoKart Paintball

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #204 – Known knowns

Adele – Daydreamer

The Responsible Song

The Angels – Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again

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This weeks links (2015-08-17)

Sunday, run day

In brief:

* The government vs the environment: lawfare in Australia (2015-Aug-18) [The Conversation]
The government’s use of the term “lawfare” is inflammatory, but even if it were a correct descriptor it would be a classic David and Goliath battle. If mining companies are free to use their financial clout to both lobby the government and challenge unfavourable decisions in court, while the government itself has a track record of significant bias towards industry, shouldn’t the community also have the right to at least challenge decisions that clearly breach the law?

* Debbie does decay: what ‘ruin porn’ tells us about ruins – and porn (2015-Aug-18) [The Conversation]
These images represent not only economic failure, but ideological failure, representing a break with modernised conceptions of cultural innocence and everyday enjoyment.

* Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens (2015-Aug) [Coursera]
This is a course in basic journalism skills designed for citizens who are using new media to publish news, views and information. We cover writing skills, interviews, ethics, law and accessing public forums and documents. We also introduce basic investigative skills.

* Economists’ concerns with emissions reduction target not what you’d expect (2015-Aug-18) [The Age]
… Daly says the economy is a “wholly owned subsidiary of the environment”. Whether at a national or global level, the economy exists inside the environment – the ecosystem. It’s a box inside a circle, if you like.
The point is, all human activity – all our producing and consuming – depends directly on the natural environment. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the shelters we build and the energy we use all come from the ecosystem that surrounds us.
Much of our economic activity involves misusing, overusing and abusing the natural environment. We’ve done great damage to our soil, rivers and aquifers, we’ve destroyed much habitat and many species, and now the world’s overuse of fossil fuels is playing havoc with the climate. …

Running:

* The two hour marathon (2015-Aug-15) [ABC: The Body Sphere]
In the mid-20th century the great athletic quest was to run a four minute mile. Now it’s the two hour marathon.

Cycling:

* Big decisions needed to make ‘fundamentally unsafe’ road system safe for cyclists: expert (2015-Aug-17) [The Age]
Melbourne’s roads are fundamentally unsafe for bike riders and we need to make big decisions on the value of on-street parking if we want to save lives, according to new research from a traffic engineer.
Dr Cameron Munro analysed VicRoads and Victoria Police crash data involving cyclists in Victoria from 2002 to 2012 to determine the most common causes of bike accidents.
“Our road system is fundamentally unsafe, and we implicitly trade off serious injury and death to allow us to drive fast and park in the most convenient locations,” Dr Munro said.

Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Monstercat 023 – Voyage by Monstercat

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