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I re-watched the old Star Trek episode “Spock’s Brain” last night, thinking I might write something for my series on the history of education technology. The episode is often derided as the worst of the entire series – I don’t dispute that – but it does highlight how we thought in 1968 (how we still think) about brains, thinking, teaching, and machines.

The latest in my series: “How Steve Jobs Brought the Apple II to the Classroom.”

Elsewhere on the history/future: xkcd on “Stories of the Past and Future.” Bruce Sterling on the convergence of humans and machines. Terry Elliott on “False Horizons or Failure of the Imagination or ….” Kathy Sierra on skater culture and Silicon Valley.

The week in mansplaining: brought to you by Vivek Wadhwa and as experienced by Marilyn vos Savant.

The week in birds: “The Boys Who Loved Birds.” “The girl who gets gifts from birds.” Also, the week in llamas.

Data is the new “_____.” Liberty University is the new model for higher ed (lolwut). The email subject line is the new way to fill someone with dread.

Peak code. Peak privilege. Peak Boyhood. Peak debt. Peak dress.

Live long and prosper.

Yours in struggle, ~Audrey

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