I obviously love talking plain text, so I had a blast. And Scott’s site has lots of great links, interviews, and commentary.
Eight Questions for Steven Ovadia | The Plain Text Project
This isn’t strictly Linux-related, but it is related to openness. I spent the past year as part of a team training students to evaluate textbooks. The goal of the project was to get student voices in the mix for Open Education Resources.
The toolkit we used for this project is ready and we put it up on GitHub, with the hope that others will use our work. I’m posting this here 1) out of pride and 2) to reach open-minded educators.
textbook-evaluation-toolkit | GitHub
This isn’t especially tech-y or Linux-y, but I’m proud of this interview from my podcast. Episodes 8 and 9, from my colleague Kathleen Collins, are actually more technological, exploring digital humanities. I recommend all three episodes!
Episode 10: Richard Lieberman on teaching with archives | Indoor Voices Podcast
A Medium post on making sure you always have a new idea ready to go.
A colleague and I started a podcast! It’s dedicated to spotlighting the interesting work in our university system, but my first interview touches on a lot of issues that will appeal to free and open source people—things like making scholarship more transparent.
My publisher created another slide deck from Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches. There’s also a discount code for the book. I’m not sure how they arrived at a 42% discount. Maybe double blackjack?
You may have noticed some changes to the site! At least I hope you have… Here’s a quick guide to the various rationales:
I’m off Tumblr. I love(d) Tumblr. The community is great and the backend is super easy to use. But I’ve been nervous about depending upon them ever since Yahoo! bought them. Yahoo! getting sold didn’t make me feel any better. So now I’m on hosted WordPress. The migration was pretty smooth and the hosted support has been great. I’m curious about Ghost, but it’s pretty pricey.
I also decided to migrate the site after Dropbox killed its public folder which I used to host my images (Tumblr’s image hosting could be a bit wonky). If I was going to manually change a ton of image links, I figured I should just do it in a new CMS.
It’s interesting to note that despite all of my writing about the dangers of closed, proprietary systems, I found myself trapped in two (Tumblr and Dropbox). It’s also interesting to note that the closed, proprietary systems ultimately created a lot of work for me! But in the end, I’m glad to be in a new CMS with a new look. And it was interesting going through so many old posts. This site began as a simple, public journal about learning to use Xubuntu and it’s evolved into something much bigger (like a book!).
Feel free to let me know about any issues, thoughts, or suggestions! Or to let me interview you about your Linux setup.
My publisher has a nice 42% discount on my book. It’s ssllinux over at manning.com.