The 344th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Pablo Neruda

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by a holiday concert, embracing the dark, apophenia, affording others space and respect, and Pablo Neruda:

Pablo Neruda during a Library of Congress recording session, 20 June 1966 [public domain]

Pablo Neruda during a Library of Congress recording session, 20 June 1966 [public domain]

I watch my words from a long way off.
They are more yours than mine.
They climb on my old suffering like ivy.
— Pablo Neruda, "So That You Will Hear Me" in The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

Happy reading!

"The Tenth Annual Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert" by Neil Kramer at Citizen of the Month:

Welcome to the The 2015 Blogger Christmahanukwanzaakah Online Holiday Concert! It is my honor to be with you here for the TENTH year of this concert.

Ten years!  Can you believe it?  Who knew that so many bloggers were also such talented singers and musicians?  And some even brave enough to sing so poorly?

"Why I Adore the Night" by Jeanette Winterson at Jeanette Winterson:

It’s human to want light and warmth – our pagan ancestors had a calendar of fire-festivals, and God’s first recorded words, according to the Hebrew Bible are ‘Let there be light.’ Night belongs to the dark side- literally and metaphorically – ghosts, scary monsters, robbers, the unknown. Electricity’s triumph over the night keeps us safer as well as busier, but whatever extends the day, loses us the dark.

"Seeing Jesus in toast: Irreverent ideas on some of the claims pertaining to learning analytics" by Paul Prinsloo at Open Distance Teaching and Learning:

How do we engage with evidence of what works where the evidence does not tell us whether the intervention was appropriate and ethical?

"Stranger Danger" by Robot Hugs at Robot Hugs:

I’m tired of my body and my life being public property, of my identity and choices being used by others for leverage, at that entitled hurt or anger in their eyes when I don’t want to play along.

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