Baseball: Ode to Slow

Second base.  My favorite position.  I’d played shortstop, yeah, and all the other positions in little league, too.  But by the time I tried out for the college team, I knew my arm wasn’t strong enough for anywhere else, yet my hitting was good enough for the back end of the lineup.  Mainly, though, second lets you get in the game but still watch the grass grow.  The Hagerstown Sun are playing this afternoon; maybe I’ll go watch the right fielder

Imageand see if I can get an interview with him.  Or I can just stay home and watch Crash Davis (Bull Durham) again.

See–I need a break from the Hackasaurus.  I’m not sure what that is but imagine it’s the T-rex of MOOC-land.  Like Chad and @dogtrax.  They’re throwing out so many wildly fascinating models that I’m pooped out.  For example, early Sunday morning I click on the #CLMOOC Community page just to see what I missed since I opted for a good night’s sleep instead of going sleepless like Kevin.  And what do I get?

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***** “a colorful, connected-learning-infused Thimble template for folks to remix” *****

Wow!  Chad features “font-weight visualization by color” and promises the prosumers among us will be able to “mark up passages that prompt intra-, inter-, and meta-textual questions. They could identify pro- and con- arguments in a text or cause-effect relationships and correlations.”

I’m torn between being way-excited and feeling overwhelmed more like the photo in Anna’s post next to Chad’s.  I’d like to jump right in like Kevin does but last time I tried to remix with Thimble, I got the three strike-outs in one game award; there’s a name for it, but I forgot.

Actually, I’m tweaked (I’d use an emotocon but haven’t mastered them yet) with Chad’s invitation, with the potential for “liberatory education.”  I suspect Chad’s work (alongside the many amazing applications in CLMOOC) has more chance of connecting with Freire’s vision than the cynical post-post modernism, and this NWP-led frontier technology heads toward authentic standards like Howard Rheingold’s Crap Detection 101.  I like it!

But for awhile today I’m just taking it slow, taking time to look for what fills the shutter and soothes the soul.  Like this

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Diffraction?

or this

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the very hungry

and this

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3 comments on “Baseball: Ode to Slow

  1. Yes. I need your balance, too. Thank you for reminding me, friend.

  2. rmhessong says:

    Beautiful photos. I had very different responses to the screenshot and the snapshots in your post! I, too, have been wrestling with the overwhelming options (and the accompanying promises and puzzles) being offered up by technology.

    PS- I was a pitcher in my softball-playing days, but loved second base, too. Or right field, when I really wanted to watch the grass grow.

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