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[Xmca-l] Re: XMCA home page?

Well, the "X" in "XMCA" means eXtended, you know. But be that as it may, what software would you recommend for a low maintenance on-line community CHAT garden?
*Andy Blunden*

Huw Lloyd wrote:
I don't think you'd need it to support MCA, Andy.  MCA is a different
project to that of communicating CHAT concepts, practices and resources.
MCA endeavours to do a portion of that, in a particular way.  XMCA usually
reflects a certain impatience with that, it reflects a need to work over,
discuss and critique the knowledge and concepts themselves rather than
papers built out of a few personalised conceptions related to CHAT.

MCA helps academics keep their publication count up and it helps to keep
CHAT ideas in circulation within academic settings.  But I am not convinced
that CHAT can be successfully accommodated by educational institutions as
we know them.  So, the point is to take an educational project based on
CHAT principles (which can often be taken as a scientific exposition of
common good sense) and build a truer educational resource out of it.  That
kind of effort necessitates 'gardening' both for the production of
resources and for their accommodation.


On 8 March 2015 at 23:47, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

How would you implement a "community garden" to support MCA and xmca, Huw?
*Andy Blunden*

Huw Lloyd wrote:

Well I wrote a server-side library to achieve a broader version of that 5
years ago.  But that is peripheral to what Andy's question is about.


On 8 March 2015 at 21:34, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com>

Ha! Huw, I was looking at another, much simpler way of doing a feed than
what Annalisa had shown (and I don't really know how I got there since it
doesn't seem to be included in Annalisa's email).

I was looking at a Quora page but I seem to recall that there are other
websites that will let you set up a page that will feed from other sites.
The idea being that you can set up a page and determine multiple other
sites that will feed to it (e.g., the XMCA home page, Andy's Vimeo page,
etc.). Seems like there was even a feature that you can set so that it
regularly search the web and display new content that appears on the web
(e.g., you could set a search term for "cultural historical activity
theory" and there would be a section of the page that would display
everything that is recent on the web that relates to those search terms).

I know there is at least one site out there that can do this but I can't
recall what it was called (I learned of it from Mike Wesch who used it
one of his classes).

Huw or anyone else, do you know what I'm talking about?

That was what I meant when I said that it would be minimal time to
and could be set up by anyone with minimal cost.

But maybe that was all just a dream...

On Sun, Mar 8, 2015 at 2:17 PM, Huw Lloyd <huw.softdesigns@gmail.com>

On 8 March 2015 at 18:40, <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com> wrote:

.Anyway, it seems like it would be an easy thing to set up. And anyone
could do it, right?
So why not prototype it and see what works and what doesn't? And then
refine as needed.

It is easy only to the extent that anyone could use their spontaneous
notions of what is required.  If they are persistent and thorough they


end up with some conceptions regarding how certain mistakes might be
avoided.  If they reflected on that process with equal thoroughness,
they might end up with some concepts with which to start the work all



So, no, it isn't easy.  And it isn't actually cheap either.



Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 7, 2015, at 10:43 PM, Annalisa Aguilar <annalisa@unm.edu>

Hi Andy,
My apologies, I did not mean to sound suspicious, I sincerely thought

you both had something in mind.

The site you link to doesn't look like a garden to me. It looks like

regular website.
How about these links below?

The 1st site might be a drupal site, Drupal has something called

planet" that will collect feeds, but I'm not sure how it works exactly.

[A feed assembly site might be more like a garden? Then there is no

for permissions, just program the newsfeed and it sucks in links from
various independent sites? Does wordpress do something like this?]

The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th sites below are wordpress sites.

The 5th is site is using Open Journal.

Not sure what the 6th is, but I couldn't resist to see what a real

garden website might look like!  :)




Of course, here is the bona fide garden site:


On that happy note...



Gregory A. Thompson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
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Brigham Young University
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