One of the joys of being on the East Coast of the U.S. right now is waking up to gems like the above video from Bryan Mathers. I already blogged about Bryan’s poster for the Domains 2017 conference, so seeing this 15 second spot Bryan created was heavenly. Between the Beastie Boys “Intergalactic” background music, the roving, pulsating bubble and the rising mechanical hand (reminiscent of the monster on the Queen’s News of the World album cover) I was in heaven. I’ve been criticized for my focus on marketing and promotion, but it’s hard to argue with when it looks this good! Domains 2017 is going to be intergalactic, indeed.
The Buffana has swept away the festivities here in Italy, so I guess it’s time to shake off the holiday sleep and get back in the swing of things on the bava. I’m heading back to America for the next few weeks, so that should wake me up a bit. It’s been a fairly busy break between setting up servers and entertaining my awesome nephew Liam from California. A kid who is full of pleasant surprises and happens to be a spitting image of his father.
It’s kind of surreal to spend time with your nephew and constantly see your older brother’s visage straight out of your childhood. It’s difficult because you realize how much of his life you missed, while at the same time there is a comforting sense of continuity and familiarity. I can faintly see my own childhood through him, as well as what which will come after for mine. And while nothing is clearer to me than it was 27 years ago when I was Liam’s age, it is nice to see it is all still there.
Well, it’s official, Reclaim Hosting is partnering with University of Oklahoma to host Domains 2017.
What is Domains 2017 all about? Well, read Adam Croom‘s Letter of Welcome for more details, but in short it’s modeled on the idea of a two-day Record Fair where folks come together to share the work they are doing around domains projects. This is by no means limited to schools running Domain of One’s Own projects—though they are certainly one focus—but to showcase a wide array of approaches to everything from free web-based tools to SPLOTS to Personal APIs to teaching on the open web to Digital Identity to critical approaches to Digital Literacies and more. It’s a communal, fair-like event where pedagogy and ed-tech meets technical architecture so that we can begin to think through them together.