Weeknote 41/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #319 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Operation Twilight’. Thanks to those who make Thought Shrapnel possible via their support on Patreon.
Dodging building work happening next door, so I’ve been spending more time working in my house and in coffee shops than in my home office.
Creating a public microcast to explain just what they are. Usually they’re available exclusively to supporters of Thought Shrapnel.
Meeting up with Eylan Ezekiel, who was in town. Also with Dan Mosforth, and (almost, due to hitchhiking issues) Nick…

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World Mental Health Day: my story | Doug Belshaw

Note: This is a slightly modified version of a post I made to the Moodle HQ forum earlier today as part of our Wellbeing Week.

According to Heads Up, an Australian organisation focused on mental health at work, there are nine attributes of a healthy workplace:
Prioritising mental health
Trusting, fair & respectful culture
Open & honest leadership
Good job
Workload management
Employee development
Inclusion & influence
Work/Life balance
Mental health support
Just over a decade ago, I burned myself out while teaching, spending a few weeks signed off work and on…

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Weeknote 40/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #318 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Blisters a-go-go’. Today’s newsletter is delayed due to something I discuss below! Thanks to those who make Thought Shrapnel possible via their support on Patreon.
Working on the MoodleNet project (Mon-Weds):
Getting ready for Mayel de Borniol, our Technical Architect heading off on holiday for three weeks! He’s left Alex Castaño with plenty to get on with!
Documenting the fork of the Pleroma codebase we’re planning to build upon. Alex created a new branch in the repository, started…

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Weeknote 39/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #317 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘The Path to better social networks ’. Thanks to those who make Thought Shrapnel possible via their support on Patreon.
Working on the MoodleNet project (Mon-Weds):
Onboarding Alex Castaño, our new backend developer.
Meeting with Outlandish to figure out the next stage of working together on front-end development.
Updating the roadmap.
Figuring out my travel and accommodation for MozFest and the US MoodleMoot.
Setting up the MoodleNet blog so that technical posts have their own category…

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Some values-based career advice | Doug Belshaw

Earlier this week I got an email from someone I got to know a few months ago. They asked for the kind of advice that a few people have requested from me before, and which I’d usually dispense by email. However, given that it’s advice that could potentially help a wider audience, I’ve decided (with their permission and without identifying them), to reply in the form of a blog post.
The problem

In their email, the problem stated was broadly this: they want a different kind of life, and feel slightly envious of those who seem to be able to pick and choose opportunities that fit with their…

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Quality Mountain Day 14: Whiteside Pike, Ancrow Brow, and White Howe | Doug Belshaw

Yesterday, after 24.63km as part of Quality Mountain Day 13, I followed a route that was both similar and different to what I’d experienced the previous day.

The similarities? It was a horseshoe route, and around the same overall distance. The differences? The ground was boggier, and I wasn’t following a pre-defined path.

As it wasn’t a defined route, I had to find somewhere to park. I decided to park next to the church at Selside, which meant a slightly longer overall walk. I began properly at where the path crossed the A6.

Interestingly, there were a few occasions during the…

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Quality Mountain Day 14: Whiteside Pike, Ancrow Brow, and White Howe | Doug Belshaw

Yesterday, after 24.63km as part of Quality Mountain Day 13, I followed a route that was both similar and different to what I’d experienced the previous day.

The similarities? It was a horseshoe route, and around the same overall distance. The differences? The ground was boggier, and I wasn’t following a pre-defined path.

As it wasn’t a defined route, I had to find somewhere to park. I decided to park next to the church at Selside, which meant a slightly longer overall walk. I began properly at where the path crossed the A6.

Interestingly, there were a few occasions during the…

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