This is all great! But there are still issues, as I noted on Facebook:
Update on my Mastodon experience. The server I happened to join has a good mob on it. I like the rules. All a plus. I still have not figured out how to deal with the fact it is decentralised so much and getting the different servers to talk to one another is another problem. Good example — Maximos Russell Darnley has also joined Mastodon — which I was able to share on my Mastodon feed, but for him to see my feed and I to share his are problems it seems neither of us has yet mastered.
Update 21st November: I have solved the problem mentioned above and am now following Russell Darnley — and others. It is so simple. Just paste the person’s Mastodon address into the “Search” — top left hand corner of your own Mastodon page and Bob’s your uncle!
Great to see — as of this morning the weather radar at the BOM is back online and working!
Now to the post
Yesterday’s post, I am happy to say, has done rather well. But behind the scenes it raised some issues about how the process works.
That is what I saw just now, and you will see how small the typeface is as viewed on my laptop. Recently it changed from a sans serif larger font, rather like the one that you see in the published version of the post. That one was better, easier to spot errors.
On Facebook yesterday I wrote about yesterday’s blog post:
Behind the scenes in the WordPress editor. The font they now offer is a bit annoying as it can’t be changed or enlarged. So given my penchant for hitting the key next to my target on the keyboard typos abound! Today’s blog post had quite a few — all I hope now fixed.
Plus afterthoughts happen and additions suggest themselves. So for an hour or so after the blog post goes out to the world — predetermined by me the day before when the post is usually wriiten — the post tends to evolve.
As Bob Walshe taught us years ago — revise, revise, revise!
That’s 25 revisions now…
They are furiously revising over at what I will always call BOM — the Bureau of Meteorology, an excellent institution here in Australia. But their beancounters and public service admin side has gone more than a bit crazy, in my view.
There has been an absolute saga about their recent REBRANDING.
For some reason they decided the name BOM was just not cool enough.
Environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, said on Tuesday she did not “quite understand” why the Bureau commenced a rebrand to update its name and logo, saying she was not focused on those factors during the severe flooding across much of the eastern seaboard.
She is understood to have asked for advice about the cost of the move….
I have long made frequent use of their radar on the internet, watching approaching storms and so on. For example, not long ago:
Well good luck if you try to do that now — at least as at yesterday afternoon:
They have an exciting new website with a really exciting new name. Only trouble is that for the two days I tried it, it bloody does not bloody work! Beyond the flashy front page.
Things do get fixed sometimes
You may recall my moaning about Facebook a few days back.
I am pleased to report that as at yesterday everything was working again!
Yes in the scheme of things a trivial moan, concerning the workings of Facebook and/or Windows 10, my laptop, my photo editor or all of the above. The moan concerns….
The photo concerned:
That is via PhotoScape — a program I have been using for over a decade — edited and reduced. I had in mind minimising the upload to Facebook. So I tried to upload that to my feed on Facebook.
Lunch — details in the comment as FB had another fail in uploading my pic — or the Woolies one of the product — to the post.
My pic has been reduced from a phone photo of 3.5 megabytes to 325 kilobytes — so size restrictions are not the issue. Further, until a few days back this issue never arose, and the processes I went through then are identical.
Now and again the beast actually does work — but not this time. Conclusion: Meta is stuffing up.
Using the phone, the large original file happily uploaded to my Story.
I guess you would have to say Facebook — and yes I do know it is a very complex beast that really does wonders — is in this instance erratic.
I keep wanting to follow up on the terminal silliness that is the NAPLAN panic which occurs every year in Australia as the jacarandas bloom and summer approaches. I have been having fun/lashing out on Facebook however. If you are a friend with access to my FB go and search “literacy” and you will find quite a crop on that and the very important topics “media literacy” and “critical literacy” as well.
…the Australian Centre for Educational Research and other education authorities may have lost the point of why we teach kids to write: young people should learn to express themselves in myriad ways and across many platforms, so they can clearly articulate their thoughts, their worlds – and develop their own voice.
Once they master the mechanics, they can innovate for effect. They develop control.
A study by senior academics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, sponsored by Steiner Education Australia and published in The Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, showed that a uniquely designed creative writing rubric was a fit-for-purpose tool for assessing creative writing in the classroom and a more suitable guide to creative writing than NAPLAN. It also investigated how NAPLAN has directed and therefore restricted the way writing has been taught in schools since it was introduced in 2008. The study concludes that not only does NAPLAN penalise creativity – it is not a fit-for-purpose narrative writing assessment instrument.
Also last night I shared on FB the latest Spin Check from Channel 6 News, the team headed by Year 9 state school student Leo Puglisi.
The war the war
This needs no comment from me apart from warning that it contains distressing images and references:
#Strongwomen. "I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful - for all of it." Kristin Armstrong