Hamish the Tour Guide

Yesterday, as part of the SocMedHE20 conference, we ran a competition to guess where Hamish the Cow was. Hamish was originally knitted by me back in the old world of social contact, before we realised we’d have to run this year’s event online. I remembered him this week, so we devised a plan to photoedit him into a series of images of Glasgow and tweet them out during the day using the hashtags #WheresHamishNoo and #WinHamishTheCoo We had a lot of fun. Maybe you will too.

https://twitter.com/SocMedHE/status/1339509512974311426?s=20
https://twitter.com/NomadWarMachine/status/1339570582082478083?s=20
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Learning as Performance

Today I gave a presentation for the #SocMedHE20 conference, which was on the theme of “Using social media to build community, care and compassion” . It was a conference with a difference as it was all online – presenters were asked to submit up to 5 tweets which we then scheduled to be tweeted from the conference account (we called this a “Tweetposium”). Here’s mine – partly done to nudge myself to write a paper about it (the conference will have a special issue of the Journal of Social Media for Learning). Here’s what I said as a warm up:

My basic idea is that, at least for those of us who practice and share out in the open, learning can be seen as a performance – in a similar way to the thought that teaching is a performance (the sage on the stage). I’ll be using #CLMOOC and #DS106 to illustrate my answer.

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November Haiku

Autumn haiku
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October

The months go so quickly at the moment, but my photos remind me of what we’ve been doing. Mugdock continues to be a joy – harder now the nights are drawing in, but walks in the later afternoon help to blow away the cobwebs. And there was a kestrel.

Kestrel
Glasgow from Mugdock
Glasgow from Mugdock
Glasgow from Mugdock
Autumn skies
Dusk
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September in Scotland

I can’ t believe how quickly this month has flown. Uni’s back (though most of us never went away), autumn is here, the nights are drawing in. We’ve been driving out for walks when we can, always with cameras slung around our necks. Here’s a selection from Mugdock this month

Mugdock
Twilight at Mugdock
Evening Stroll
Evening
Antler tree
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Herons

Herons are beautiful birds. So big -huge wings and very distinctive in flight. When on the ground they often blend into the background, but here are some pictures I’ve taken this month. This one down at Victoria Park:

Heron

Victoria Park again – different day, but probably the same heron. I love it when they perch like old men in macs:

Hunched

And another – almost certainly a different bird – at Mugdock last week:

Heron

One of the few blessings of lockdown has been our discovery of Mugdock. We always knew it was there, but recently we’ve been visiting regularly. Such beauty on our doorstep, and views like this:

Looking south from Mugdock
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Lagnakiel

A holiday. A month ago it didn’t seem possible, but here we are, staying in a lodge outside Oban. Beautiful views:

Arduaine Viewpoint
Arduaine Viewpoint

Lots of birds – like this heron hunting outside our window:

heron

And this one down by the shore:

Heron

At Kilmore, which is lovely:

Kilmore

Flocks of birds (geese?)

Flying

And, from McCaigs tower, we saw Mull in the distance:

Kerrera and Mull
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Bookmarks

Bookmarks

I can rarely find a bookmark when I want one – I use scraps of paper, post it notes, whatever I have to hand. I remember trips to bookshops as a child, the thrill of a book token for Xmas or a birthday, swapping the token for a stack of new books, picking up a handful of free bookmarks at the till. Now I buy most of my books online, of course. But sometimes I take a book from my shelf and find a real book mark inside it – like this one, made for me by Algot:

So here’s my latest project – a series of bookmarks doodled in odd moments – some from daily doodle prompts, others just because. Now I am addressing envelopes and awaiting postage stamps so I can send them around the world.

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Dalek poem

Small dalek

Exterminate

Medium dalek

Exterminate

PANIC

EXTERMINATE

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Echo. Zine

Today I got an email: “Please find attached a fold-your-own zine titled: Echo. Zine”

Exciting! What would it be? I opened the attachment and followed the instructions.

I pondered, I wondered, I got out my colour pencils.

I coloured, I savoured the words.

I pondered, I remembered Steller.

I did not remember my password!

Eventually I got access. I played for a while.

Time to stop dithering. I publish. I did not add a description. You can imagine it is there.

Thanks Wendy 🙂

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