We choose to go to the moon… – Weeknote #41 – 20th December 2019


This was the final week before the break. A lot of the week has been spent completing off stuff and getting things set up for January.
I had an intriguing preliminary meeting about open textbooks and personalized adaptive learning. I have a draft blog post on the go and have been thinking about this.
On Monday, I remembered that on this day four decades ago, I helped that Lawrie Phipps delivers some Digital Direction training to coworkers in Jisc in our Day.
Lawrie Phipps presents in our off day. This was just a couple of months after we’d run the first pilots in Bristol and before we conducted the first “proper” program in Loughborough in October 2016. Was a cut down version, but the character had been on mapping your electronic self and then mapping your own organization. Since that time the mapping has developed and in some instances changed dramatically. It was not about comparing yourself with other people, however, looking at your maps and believing what do I want to do differently, what do I really want to achieve.
Choosing a walk round Bristol in lunchtime, I saw they had been filming.
Filming in Bristol today
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They had been filming a new HBO series called Industry, which is a new American drama series which follows the lives of traders and bankers trying to make their way.
Image I think we’ve moved along with a culture and then I think we’ve not moved in any respect and I read news articles like that.

There is more we can do, to reduce the gap and reduce the time to get the gap. I am conscious that I come from a position of privilege. As I make a determined effort to prevent all-male panels and for seminars and sessions I am organizing I guarantee it happens. It’s actually not that difficult, as there are some fantastic speakers and panelists out there.
I have spent a lot of this week planning and organizing the Data Matters 2020 convention which will take place on the 5th May 2020. It’s very much about laying the (data) foundations for the future.

After a couple of meetings on Wednesday we had a group lunch in the Mud Dock Cafe which were enjoyable, good meals, and really nice to take out some time from the schedules of job to unwind and chat.
I had been in Cheltenham for a meeting and the primary obstacle was finding somewhere to park it is easier to drive to a place, other times to catch the train!
I Truly enjoyed reading this blog post from Dom Pates
I had been born in August 1971. A further two were later I had been born — Apollo 16 in Apollo 17 and April 1972, in December of the same calendar year. I can therefore stake a claim, if I desired, for a child of the moon landings, having been born in a time once the impossible had begun to become almost normalized, if human aspiration had transferred from shall…’ We’ve…’
Myself, as somebody who had been born before the moon landings (just) I know I have lived a time once we transferred from shall…’ We’ve…’
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
My tweet this week was that one.

On this particular day I had been taking photographs of kit for MoLeNET.
Do you know what this is? pic.twitter.com/xhAIUbkN0s
— James Clay (@jamesclay) December 16, 2019


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