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A View, A Read, A Listen....

With a hat tip to Nat's Four Short Links and Ory Okolloh's "#SundayReads" via twitter, I thought I'd post a random set of things I've been reading, viewing, thinking on and listening each week. With

A Read: The F-35 is still FUBAR

The first point, from an educator's perspective, just seems to be a symptom of using testing incorrectly, as part of a political process. But the rest of the flaws in this programme are stunning.

Teaching to the test: The blizzard of testing required on the plane's equipment and parts isn't exactly going well, so the program's administrators are moving the goal posts. Test scores are improving because the stats are being "massaged" with tricks like not recounting repeated failures. Some required testing is being consolidated, eliminated, or postponed. "As a result," POGO writes, "the squadron will be flying with an uncertified avionics system."

A View: Dictatorship 101 via @rowansimpson

"Change gets made by people who care, who have authority, and who take responsibility" - Seth Godin

An Article: Overcoming Negative Self-Thinking via @edsimons

The task of changing schemas is to unlearn the self-defeating old habit and replace it with a new, healthier one. That change is very different from mere intellectual understanding. The change involves persistent practice of mindfulness to what had been unconscious behavior, and sustained effort to try out a new way of thinking.

The person learns to view automatic thoughts from a distance and question their validity.

A Response: How I learned to love luxury

We often think of new Apple devices as creating new categories of need.

What going to the Luxury Technology Show convinced me of is that Apple is trying to create a new category of technology for its luxury watch, but not one of need. Needs can be extraordinarily narrow (surfing the internet on the couch on my laptop isn’t good enough, etc.)

It is trying to create and mass produce for and monetize a world of wealthy consumers less fettered than ever by the sociocultural bonds of “good taste.”

Technology that transcends practicality, that costs more, does less, and ignores future innovations.

For a certain consumer, it makes perfect sense.

A Listen:

Wham! Bam! Study Jam! from sophiebames on 8tracks Radio.

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