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Reading without taking notes [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 01/03/2021 - 08:35

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I like writing my own notes. And using Readwise.io to review them.

Hypocrisy on Crack [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 01/03/2021 - 08:34

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Saddened by the politicization of public health.

Airline Workers in a Brave New World [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 01/03/2021 - 07:56

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With little government support for doing their jobs in a surprisingly hostile workplace.

Getting Ideas from @vincenthaywood via @johnpeavoy

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 01/02/2021 - 13:26

I'M GETTING A SLOW START to 2021 but that means having time to read a Twitter thread containing clever time-saving tips from Vincent Hayward. I've an opinion on several of Vincent's ideas.

Set aside blocks of time.

Vincent adds meeting zones to his calendar. These are areas where he allows meetings to take place. Who books a meeting at 16:00? I have a booking system set up via Calendly and it is one of the most efficient time-savings mechanisms I've ever used.

Automate tasks.

If you automate repetitive tasks you can reclaim time. Zapier is my preferred tool.

Step away from screens on weekends.

I feel better and know I teach better when I keep weekends free of screens. I need to get better at keeping weekends for family fun.

Pull important stuff into RSS format.

Vincent adds his newsletter subscriptions to Feedly. When I remove newsletters from my inboxes, I read some of the best curated content from the most knowledgeable people at the top of my day.

Tick off things.

I use a Moleskine journal and Airtable to help me get things done.


I'm not starving myself because I don't count apples and grapes as food. Fastic helped me control my calories. And as Vincent says, "autophagy is good - look it up."

Convert your need to produce into a learning process.

If you have a compelling idea you can use it to learn by diving into YouTube tutorials. And because you need this knowledge to produce something important, you will probably retain those learnings since you put them into practice.

Automate sharing.

If you write decent content, you should automate how it is shared. I'm trying to move my content to another level powered by Substack. But first, I need to get the curation and revision processes right.

[Thanks to Vincent Haywood for sharing his ideas in a lovely Twitter thread. You should go back to the source and read the comments. And if you have Readwise.io, I recommend you save the entire thread.]

Body Scrubbers Stimulate [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 01/02/2021 - 12:58

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These body scrubbers from swiy.io/scrub work.

What to do when eir Vision Freezes @eircare

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 01/02/2021 - 12:30

WHILE PREPARING for an extra week of school holidays, we discovered our eir Vision box freezes. Suggestions appreciated to help restore normal service to our Netgem STB.

UPDATED 2 JAN 2021: An eir call centre tech thinks there's a possible over-voltage condition on the line so he's sending a tech out to the house to look into the line quality.

1. I checked the TV Source/Input and it aligns with the HDMI port on our eir vision set top box

2. All cables are connected and nothing has come unplugged since we didn't move anything while erecting Christmas lights.

3. Our eir vision set top box is powered as verified by its green indicator.

4. Our eir modem is powered on and the status lights are flashing.

5. When I press power on the eir remote the LED on the front of our eir vision box blinks.

6. The lights are powered on in our eir Home Plugs.

7. I rebooted the TV box., entered the deep sleep mode. and turned on the eir vision several times.

I wonder if we need another eir Vision box. Our work-around is to cast the RTE Player or to use any of the other apps on our Samsung TV. But it's more convenient to channel surf with eir Vision--and we've paid for the convenience.

I'm Smarter After Importing h/t @readwiseio @inoreader

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 01/02/2021 - 11:12

I TRY TO WORK SMARTER by adopting intelligent routines. Perhaps the most important routine I've adopted involves using Readwise behind the scenes to import highlights from things I've read. I started reading wiser because I wanted to squelch FOMO.

I've connected Twitter, Feedly, Kindle, and Pocket to Readwise. That means Readwise stores my Twitter "likes", my Feedly "notes" and anything I "highlight" on Pocket or Kindle to Readwise. Then Readwise syncs its items to Roam where I tag them for use in third level modules or blog posts.

I also set up alerts for specific terms using Inoreader. Those alerts generate notifications on my mobile phone. As long as my alerts are relevant to content I have to prepare, I can keep a tight focus on getting things done by reducing the amount of doom scrolling on common social networks. This tight focus eliminates the fear of missing out (FOMO). The archiving and reviewing steps I use are perfect for snarching Twitter.

Back in 2002, when I taught blogging to creative multimedia students as part of a Media Writing module, I knew short titles and informative text plugs could guide productive writing processes. Eighteen years later, the process has become more sophisticated and less arduous with the connected technologies of RSS through Feedly and Inoreader, share sheets available through all apps, automatic backlinking with Roam Research and lightning-fast indexing of content.

During the spring semester of 2021, I plan to ask 85 students how they manage their information flow. I suspect most of them get their information through Instagram stories, YouTube playlists, and Reddit threads. In my experience, most of this sort of information management is secondary flow. You acquire knowledge only by reading primary source material and then curating the best content into a mechanism through which you can revisit to repackage the information you've verified. Students will see the importance of shared sourcing as they view items shared from Feedly boards to Microsoft Teams channels. They will learn about Zettelkasten from deep thinkers like Mathew Lowry.

I'll break these thoughts down in a series of blog posts, creative media channel videos, and YouTube clips as we start another semester of remote learning during COVID..

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus for the Limerick Institute of Technology.]

One to Watch 2021

Damien Mulley - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 00:01

2020. C’mere. I’m just going to run the same list as last year. Too fatigued to do one for now. I didn’t even think about this list until 2350 on the 31st.

2020. 2019 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008, 2007.

Excitement at the sea wall [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 12/30/2020 - 07:19

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During a secret COVID-19 trip to the beach.

Remembering Tony [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 12/29/2020 - 10:51

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Adding our respects in St Patrick's Cemetery.

15 Years of Christmas

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 23:48

I'M SPENDING SOME DOWN TIME regretting that Ruth and I didn't save Christmas cards from the six different homes we've had through the 22 Christmas holidays we've shared. Instead, I scrolled back through Flickr to find images from Christmases past, starting with a candle flickering in our home in Kilkenny from 2004. I need to find snaps I think I've saved inside traditional photo albums buried in our attic.

It's Manta Claus forom Yahoo Photos on 22 Dec 05: A South African diver sporting a Santa Claus outfit feeds fish at Africa's largest marine theme park the UShaka Marine World in Durban. (AFP/Rajesh Jantilal). We had just moved into our new home in Cashel, County Tipperary.

Our first Christmas candle of 2006. It's been years since we bought new Christmas ornaments for the house, mainly because we've moved into smaller homes and there's less space to decorate. But we have outdoor space now and if you check back on my blog next year, you'll see interesting illuminated spaces.

Christmas in our bay window of Caiseal na Ri in 2007. I miss our large bay window and wonder if we can set up a balcony in our new home. If you click the images, you can explore a time capsule of shots taken just before or after each of these photos. I've done that and can see from old photos that I had much more discretionary income before the Irish economy crashed in 2010.

The Cashel Town Plaza turns blue every Christmas like it did for us in 2008. During COVID, the plaza is an outdoor dining area.

I remember buying these holly sprigs from George Francis in 2009 because the vendor's name is the same as my father's. When I decorated places with a Christmas theme alongside my dad and grandfather, we used fresh cut holly. This shot, with its soft focus, showcases the power of the Satio phone.

Christmas candles are the most-viewed Christmas images I have shared on Flickr. We haven't purchased large Christmas candles in the 10 years from when I snapped these two flickering in Cashel. I think these candles mark the last time I bought a new phone every year.

My Kindle delivered a story of the best Christmas letter I've seen written in Ireland. It's 100 years old this year, written by Hannah “Annie” Howard, to Santa.

From the Irish Times:

"The slightly scorched missive, dating from Christmas Eve 1911, when Hannah was 10 years old, was discovered up a chimney in a house in Terenure, Dublin.

"Sitting at home in Bangor, Co Down, while his wife read out details of the story, Mr Bartlem initially failed to make any connection between himself and the young girl in the story. Even when the address on the letter – Oaklands Terrace, Terenure – was mentioned, he put it down to coincidence.

"It was only when he heard the name Hannah that he realised the girl in the letter was his mother.

"His mother’s carefully crafted Christmas wishlist, topped with a good luck message for Santa, was discovered in the chimney by the house’s current occupant, John Byrne, when he was installing central heating in 1992. He kept the letter as a memento of times past, deciding only to publicise its existence this year to mark its 100th anniversary.

"In her letter, Hannah, like many 10-year-olds, is quite explicit about what she wants from Santa."

She wrote, "I want a baby doll and a waterproof with a hood and a pair of gloves and a toffee apple and a gold penny and a silver sixpence and a long toffee.” Because the letter was signed “A or H Howard”, it was initially thought to be jointly from Hannah and her younger brother, Alfred

. But as the Irish Times discovered, "Hannah went by the name 'Annie', hence the 'A or H Howard' on the letter, a clever insurance policy in case Santa got confused.

"Hannah was born on Christmas Day 1900. The excitement of having her birthday on the same day as Santa’s arrival must have been considerable. "Mr Bartlem said his mother attended the Zion Church of Ireland school in Rathgar before going on to marry Alfred Bartlem in 1931, with whom she had two sons, Howard and Victor. She and Alfred moved to a house on Lomond Avenue, Fairview, shortly after they married, where she died in 1978.

"Mr Bartlem said his mother had been extremely creative, excelling at various forms of needlework and later at woodwork. She was also an expert baker of cakes and other confectionery, which may go some way to explaining her toffee-themed letter to Mr Claus.

"Hannah’s niece, Iris Murphy, who lives in Stillorgan, Dublin, was also alerted to the letter’s existence only yesterday, when her daughter in Tasmania read about it on irishtimes.com.

Mia (5) using the Xoom tablet to view every Disney movie ever released. The Xoom tablet was light enough for one year old Dylan.

Mia (6) writing her Christmas cards in 2013. As a junior infant, Mia used to page through my art books.

Christmas selfie with Mia (7) and Dylan (3) taken during the height of Frozen.

On the steps of St Mary's altar after the Mass when Mia (8) carried the Jesus up the aisle during Mass.

We drove 200 km in the rain from County Tipperary to County Louth on Christmas Dat 2016 without windscreen wipers. Mia (9) cleared the rain by pulling a yellow strap we attached to the broken wiper motor assembly.


One of the last things we do every December is ride the train to Waterford and to Limerick to see the Christmas lights.

Christmas lights in Clonmel have become more enchanting year after year. These blue lights illuminated Mitchell Street in December 2018.

With Mia (12) before we took down the Christmas tree.

Season's Greetings to you and yours from Dylan (9) and Mia (13) in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.

[See 100 images of Christmas in one of Bernie Goldbach's albums on Flickr.]

New Hood Ornament [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 11:20

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Victim of the M8

Dylan and Mia Christmas 2020 [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 00:54

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In Clonmel, County Tipperary.

Sleigh in Main Guard [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/27/2020 - 00:54

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Clonmel Christmas 2020

A Brief Intermission for Bereavement

Evin O’Keeffe - Sat, 12/26/2020 - 23:34

As many of you know who follow me on Instagram or Facebook, my father died earlier this month. He was my best friend. I was his mini-me. His heart was full of his love for his friends and family. Our...

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Christmas 2020 with Brexit [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 12/26/2020 - 23:22

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As expected, several empty Tesco shelves throughout the shop.

Bernie gets news via YouTube [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 12/26/2020 - 23:22

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And through five paid broadsheet subscriptions.

Where Bernie spent three hours after Christmas [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 12/26/2020 - 12:12

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Until 3am on the 26th of December 2020.

Christmas on Rock of Cashel [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 19:13

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Well-lighted purple hze.