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Hello!

During August I took a break from social networking, as well as from blogging and writing this newsletter. This gave me a chance to think about the places I share things online and, as part of that process, I've decided to rebrand this news Doug Belshaw's Thought Shrapnel. Do let me know what you think!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish my wonderful wife a very happy wedding anniversary. We celebrated it in Paris last weekend, but today's the actual anniversary. :)

You can find out everything I've been up to this week, including blog posts I wrote, in my Weeknote 36/2015.

Tweet of the week

Middle-Class Vandalism
Genius.

Links of the week

These 10 trends are shaping the future of education

These 10 trends are shaping the future of education

US-focused and, you know, a list post, but still useful to reinforce what educators are seeing happen around them, and for those outside of the sector to get a glimpse inside.

What does frustrate me about these kinds of things is that it's always the VC-funded, glitzy stuff that gets foregrounded, rather than the less shiny, but still extremely impactful work. Pretty much everything in open education would be a good example of that.
Beginning the Fourth Decade of the "IT Revolution" in Higher Education: Plus Ça Change

Beginning the Fourth Decade of the "IT Revolution" in Higher Education: Plus Ça Change

A lengthy article, and not just relevant to IT in Higher Education. You can imagine it applying to any organisation where things are done using meetings and Microsoft Office.

If you haven't got time for the whole article, just skip to the end and the
'priorities for information technology in higher education for the next decade' - namely: user support, assessment, productivity, online education, recognition and reward, data as a resource, and the value of IT.
FTP018: Vinay Gupta, Part 1 – Techno-Social Systems, Meditation, and Basic Human Needs

FTP018: Vinay Gupta, Part 1 – Techno-Social Systems, Meditation, and Basic Human Needs

I've had the pleasure of meeting Vinay on a number of occasions - in fact we kicked off an ill-fated project together. He's one of the smartest people I've ever met, especially on a systems level.

This podcast episode will blow your mind. I was walking around in a daze after 22 minutes trying to think through the implications of some of the stuff he was saying. Well worth your time.

Also worth exploring

On Melancholy
The Silence of the Algorithm

On Melancholy

If, like many people, you're affected by the change of seasons, you'll find this chapter from the Book of Life particularly relevant.

The Silence of the Algorithm

Warren Ellis reflects on the way social networks have failed him and Twitter has broken the 'unspoken promise' made in an earlier age of the web.
Google's new logo is motivated by design austerity, not legibility
'Manspreading' and 22 more words added to Oxford Dictionaries

Google's new logo

Really good points about sans-serif fonts and readability versus page loading times in the age of data.

'Manspreading' and 22 more words added to Oxford Dictionaries

It's good to be able to name common experiences. My favourite on this list has to be 'cakeage'.

GIF of the week

Here's Ed Sheeran dressed up as a superhero and dancing, via the Musicgeeks newsletter. If you haven't heard this remix of his collaboration with Rudimental, you should fix that right now.

Quotation of the week

"No grand idea was ever born in a conference but a lot foolish ideas have died there."

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Until next week!
Doug
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