The Promise of Wisdom

I was wandering around used book stores and ended up buying a book called “The Promise of Wisdom” by J.Glenn Gray. I’m not sure if its any good. I’ll ask the teachers if any of them has read it. Here’s a quote from the title page of part 3 “Philosophical Problems of Practice”.

“The genuine teacher is only superior to the students in that he has far more to learn than they, namely to let learning occur. The teacher must be capable of being more teachable than his students. The teacher is far less sure of his task than the students are of theirs. Hence in the relationship of teacher and learner, if this relationship is a genuine one, it is never a question of the authority of the great knower or the dominating influence of the instructor. Therefore it is a great thing to become a teacher, something quite different than to be a famous professor.” – Martin Heidegger

The book uses words like “mankind” and the “free man” and as above you can notice that for some reason the teacher is “he”, so its a bit old school but I think there’s some good info in there.

Moving around and new changes

Moving is a bit of a hassle. I’m still looking for somewhere a bit more permanent but this gives me a chance to sort through all my junk. I’m not sure I’ll bother hooking up the net till my next move. I’ll probably just visit this internet cafe down at West End. West End is adjacent to the suburbs of South Brisbane and Highgate Hill. Its an interesting area.

I’ve been volunteering 2 days a week at a public secondary school, I’ve worked for education Queensland before though this time I’m not really the IT guy, I’m working in the library, I’m a quick learner and have been trying to be as helpful as I can. By the second day I was left in charge of the library, sure it was only for half an hour but at least I knew what I was doing. At the school they use Citrix thin clients so I’m hoping it may be easy to setup an Edubuntu LTS. I’m not going to write much about the school for now, though there are a few interesting stories I would like to share.

There was an interesting situation where a class was using the computers in the library and I was doing some work near the group and the usual thing happened where one student does the work and the rest say email it to me and I’ll change it a bit. It got to the point where one of them was worried and asked me if I was a teacher, I told him I wasn’t and we had a little chat about cheating and why the days of cheating at school are over, in the end I showed him Wikimedia and tried to make some inspirational comments about knowledge amplification.

The other interesting thing was the library has laptops they can loan out, it took some convincing but in the end I was allowed to boot the Ubuntu live CD. Apparently they had heaps of problems with the wireless connection for the laptop and it took months to get it to work but as I showed him we dont have that problem with Ubuntu. Everything just works. He was impressed by that which was good considering how much effort it took to be allowed to show him.

Tinkering with Blogger blogs and Mediawiki

I modified the tango theme for media wiki and tidied up the Superuser Wiki. Check it out, I really like how it looks but it still needs a bit of work. Here’s the banner.

Superuser Wiki logo

I was tinkering with my Blogger blog for some ACE 2.0 teachers and check out what I came up with. I also setup Libreknowledge blog but I haven’t posted on it yet.

Watch this video called The Future is Open.


In-between looking for work, my volunteer work and moving house I’m not sure how often I’ll be online over the coming weeks. I might use the chance to unplug for a while, I’m not sure about my plans yet so if you want to volunteer to keep the blog moving along then please do but be quick

That shirt looks so old and faded. Here’s a pic of my mate Mike, you probably have to visit the blog and check out the shoutbox to see why its funny. HAHA cop that Mike. The best things in life are GNU.

Take care everyone. Happy Learning.

Participatory Culture Foundation

Participatory Culture Foundation

A truly healthy society enables everyone to participate, engage, and benefit. PCF is dedicated to creating technologies, services, and communities that ensure a more collaborative, inclusive world.

The Democracy Internet TV Platform

The Democracy internet TV platform is a free and open way to watch, share, and broadcast video on the internet. You can read about it below or get right to it: Get Democracy.

The site claims that Internet TV is here and gives you the tools to create your own channel. Well worth checking out.

Software Freedom Day

Thanks for reminding me that this is coming up Noiesmo.

software freedom day

From the Wikipedia Entry for Software Freedom Day

Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS). SFD is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of Free and Open Source Software, but also to encourage its use, to the benefit of the public.

Continue reading Software Freedom Day

ICA05 deconstructed

Peter Shanks teaches information technology subjects at Bathurst TAFE NSW. He released a beta version of ICA05 deconstructed on Sourceforge.

The Austrailian ICA05 IT training package – deconstructed from the original PDF and put back into a MySQL database for further tinkering. Currently we support the creation of moodle modules, XML, and tiddlywiki output for individual subjects.

Visit the TAFE ICA05 project page.

Part of his announcement on a mailing list.

I’d like to invite any LAMP developers out there to download and play with the source for the ICA05 web app I announced last week.

If you have time, download the source and see what you think.

Mold the Ubuntu Gnome desktop into anything you want it to be

Issue 13 of the Free Software Magazine has an article on how to transform the stock Ubuntu desktop into whatever you like. Here’s screenshots of the Mac look and the windows look. Check out this post on Pascal Kleins Blog. lol.

Apple + knife + GNOME + boredom…

GNOME apple


Although I messed up the first toe’s size so this foot only has three toes instead of the usual five the apple still tasted good.

A Five Minute Guide to Opposing DRM

I’ve been covering the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive.

Blackboard Patenting Educational Groupware

This is really sad. Here’s the links:

There’s links and comments by bloggers on those pages for you to follow up on.

A while back with the pro teachers we spent some time looking at software idea patents, it doesn’t seem so irrelevant now so here’s some more info.