Sunday, July 31, 2011

Recordings of two talks in Edinburgh, May 2011

I knew these were there, but today is my first "you can slow down" day since about April. I'm home from eight weeks in Europe, have spoken at the CHN Expo in southern California, and Kirby's 25th birthday party has passed successfully.

So here are the links to talks you can listen to right there, or possibly download to your own devices, and they're free. I wish I hadn't spoken so quickly, but there it already is. :-)
from which I lifted the following:


Both talks were recorded, and are available here for
downloading as podcasts (mp3 format), which should play on anything
(PCs, Macs, iPods, etc). Each talk is split over two files; please note
that these are quite large files.

Morning talk: Unschooling information and inspiration
  • Many ways to create an environment in which natural learning can
Afternoon talk: Unforeseen benefits of Unschooling
  • Some surprising outcomes of‭ ‬20‭ ‬years of unschooling

The talk was held in the Augustine United Church on Bridge Street:

Here's part of one of the audiences, and I don't have a photo of me speaking, but the backdrop was this:

Another day that week I spoke in a smaller place with a statue of Buddha behind me.

My photos from a few days either side of that day are here:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Moving a Puddle as an iBook, in color

Moving a Puddle is available on iTunes as an iBook for iPad, iPod or iPhone. I've downloaded it and the photos are in color.

I have heard that the iTunes version is only available in the U.S. but I'm not sure if that is so, or how long it will be true.

An electronic download of the file is available from, but it won't do the tricky format changes and notes and all of an iBook.

The Big Book of Unschooling on iTunes:

and on as a downloadable file:

Monday, July 18, 2011

New search function, Wednesday chats

I came to pass the hat, the collection basket, the international-coins jar.

The search function quit working on my site, and delivered an irritating error message if people tried to use it, trying to blame them and their computer. What happened, I think, was that Google custom search changed over a year ago and I didn't notice. Without a working custom search, my error message and my search page were worthless.

The new options were to have advertisements, or to pay $100 for a clean search page. I paid. It occurred to me that some of you who have used and appreciated my site and its search functions might be willing to help me with that unexpected cost.

Another slighter expense is the chatroom. I took off the time I was in Europe, and intended to pick up the Monday and Friday chats in August, but looking at the calendar, one mid-week chat would be better for me, and I will start Wednesday chats this week. The chatroom costs by usage, and is $15 every few months. (It would be free if I didn't mind strangers wandering in, or having advertisements pop in on us.) UPDATE November 2011; it's $12+ a month.

If it would make my begging any more effective, my birthday is near. OH! Rather I should say it's nearly Learn Nothing Day!

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