Tuesday, July 29, 2014

digital bouquet: florilegium #adjunct/orium

In medieval Latin  a florilegium (plural florilegia) was a compilation of excerpts from other writings. The word is from the Latin flos (flower) and legere (to gather): literally a gathering of flowers, or passages collected from a larger work, each illustrating specific topic or themes. "The florilegium is one of the earliest recorded examples of remix culture — a Medieval textual Tumblr" ~ Brainpickings ~  and "a metaphor for networked knowledge and combinatorial creativity"

Florilegium © Robert Amesbury
A fine name indeed for  miscellany posts of snippets from a variety of links. The genre frees me from the obligation to comment but does not prevent me from doing so. It also frees me from organizing the digital bouquet. A time saver. I'm always on the lookout for easy to assemble (but still interesting) models for posts. 

Adjunct outsourcing: remains a topic of interest, although spilled pixels alone seem unlikely to change either admin or EduStaff's wicked, wicked ways: Discussions continue on recent IHE outsourcing article with 36 comments on article and more elsewhere. One IHE comment pointed readers this 2013 Cronker. Don't laugh too much, at least not in total disbelief. According to Topsy, 229 tweets, although follow up conversations sans tags would not be fully tracked. There was at least one public G+ thread ~ still ongoing and probably the best one. 

Just added to neither fish nor fowl blogroll: Reflections on Academic Life but "Solidarity and the Future of Academe" may not have made the day's cut 

There’s a storm a-brewin’ in higher education. More and more articles are being published on the crisis of student debt and on out-of-control administrator salaries. And now the government is increasingly trying to look like it’s taking on the problem of student debt (a crisis the government in fact perpetuated, but that’s for another day), while noise about rethinking accredidation and the rules for receiving federal funding is building in the background.... 
 And by throwing our support behind the noisy critics of this unsustainable system, we can demonstrate...that we are not willing participants in the perversion of the university system. This, it seems to me, is what solidarity would look like—and not like trying to redefine “solidarity” so that it encompasses only that critique that makes us comfortable (which is to say only that critique that doesn’t threaten our own power).
Blogroll count: precarity bloggers, 67; orgs pubs unions, 31; neither fish nor fowl, 21 ~ for a total of 119. At this rate, I'll need an intervention.

Miscellaneous Twitter observations: someone I don't even know blocks @VCVaile on Twitter. Why? I would not have noticed but for trying to follow because the posts and links were so interesting. Someone bearing me personal ill-will would be understandable but still absurd. Another blocks me on Facebook, follows on Twitter. Also geht Schwärmerei.

Today's online meanderings yielded the following discoveries (serendipity rules!): Vox, Atlas Obscura, Bldg Blog (via the aforementioned blocker ~ silver linings and all that). 

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