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Revisiting Hotel Minella's playground [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 06/30/2020 - 07:07

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After Ireland finishes its lockdown.

Facebook has redefined truth [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 06/29/2020 - 09:16

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

By allowing the newsfeed algorithm to spread disinformation, Facebook has morphed into a propaganda machine.

Barra Marled Hat

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 14:31

There is nothing quite like the texture and warmth of handknits when there is a chill in the air. The Barra Marled Hat offers an approachable pattern light on challenge, but heavy on beauty. The marled effect is created by...

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Roam LH Panel [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 08:08

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

I've started a major enhancement of my journaling by using Roam Research. My first steps into Roam started with customising my Left Hand panel.

COVID-19 spiking in Arizona [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 07:51

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Where cousins live.

My first two hours with @RoamResearch

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 06/25/2020 - 07:51

I USED A TIMER to allow myself two hours for my first hands-on routine with Roam Research, a note-taking and personal knowledge management service that I used to produce this InsideView.ie blog post. I'm confident that if I could save at least 15 euro a month by focusing my note-taking inside Roam because I could reduce my annual consumption of Moleskine journals (see samples in my photostream below). I'm still going to use pen and paper for some of my sketchnotes but the recurring tasks were always more efficient using a template. During my two hour stint with Roam, I created several of those templates and I linked them to the left hand panel (seen above) that displays when Roam launches.

I got my ideas about Roam templates from a playlist of tutorials by anonym.s on YouTube. Dozens of YouTubers from the Roam Cult believe Roam is a "brain dump for journaling". I like Roam's blank canvas, the way it opens each day with a page for Daily Notes, and how it uses bidirectional linking of all content. It's nice to see Markdown respected through software as a service and to be browser-based instead of being constrained by an app.

During the past 12 years, I have migrated from Dropbox to Google Drive to Evernote to OneNote. Because of the hierarchical structure served by SharePoint and the Microsoft Teams framework used by the Clonmel Digital Campus, I plan to synchronise major blocks of content between my Roam and my OneDrive.


I wrote some first impressions of Roam onto the Daily Notes for June 24, 2020 and then simply pasted them onto this blog page.

First two hours of Roam
  • ^^Hashtags and bracket links are treated the same in Roam.^^
  • The "graph overview" of Roam could expose currently unlinked blog content I've accumulated since 1997. But the visual representation of Roam's "graph overview" is awkward. I need to zoom into it with my mouse scrolling command.
  • It's good to nest all projects on the Projects page that I created.
  • Although I can scrape web pages and paste them into Roam, simple web scraping does not harvest audio embeds. I need to see whether Spider Pro can do a better job.
  • In my personal practice, Roam Research emulates my 1995 use of AskSam. Roam can gather unrelated thoughts and serve up serendipitous relationships when I try to find content through Roam Search. This means I can reduce the number of pages I need in my Moleskine journals.

I've used Roam to set up dates on my summertime calendar to view 45 short video clips showing how other people have used Roam Research to squeeze more efficiency from their daily routines. I've also joined the Slack channel for Roam and started listening to subredditors who claim to have lost data while using Roam. I'm confident of my back-up routines and very appreciative of how Roam can help me extract learning materials from thousands of pages of notes I've accumulated during the past 25 years of journaling.

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


Caitriona Redmond - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 18:57

It might seem odd me doing an introduction blog post but I figured that after over 500 posts on the blog and so much water under the bridge it was about time that I did some reintroductions.

Life has changed a lot for me since I started blogging so rather than focus on what has changed, I think I’d rather explain where I am.

My name is Caitríona, I’m a work-at-home Mam who lives in the most Northerly coastal town in Co Dublin, called Balbriggan. This is why if you follow me on social media you’ll regularly see pictures of the sea and our beautiful harbour and lighthouse. Dublin is Ireland’s capital city but I live in the county so we are surrounded by farmland and bounded by the Irish Sea.

I work freelance and juggle keeping all my clients happy with being here for my family. The juggle is a great way to describe it.

There are young 2 boys in the household, one of whom has special educational needs, and supporting them is a huge part of my day. Normally I work while they are in school but with Covid-19 restrictions my working day is far more complicated. Their sister is nearly 21 now and no longer lives here but visits for catchups. My husband, their Dad, is here full time while he can’t drive a schoolbus with the schools closed. Having him here is wonderful and frustrating in equal measures (he would agree 100%).

The final element of the house is the dog; Flash. So named because he’s a nippy little fella, who likes to dig holes, snaffle toast, cuddles in the evening, and is a wonderful calming influence for both boys.

We have an allotment and a polytunnel where we grow loads of unusual things you don’t normally find growing in Irish gardens. This year we couldn’t get to the plot for an extended amount of time so it’s a big rag-tag at the moment. Next year I’m planning a big clearout and redesign. I call the allotment ‘my happy place’ and wish I could spend more time there.

A couple of years ago I took up running, even ran a marathon, but at the moment finding time to myself is a battle so I’m trying to get out at least once a week and if I do that then it’s a success.

We are trying to make the most of the restrictions and the wonderful place we live in so I’ve returned (after a gap of nearly 20 years) to sea swimming and I’ve brought the entire family with me. Yes, it’s bracingly cold even with the wetsuit on, but it’s an amazing feeling when you get home and are snuggled into warm clothes.

Right, I think that’s a good enough attempt at some reintroductions.

I’ve been working hard in the background on some new recipes, blogposts, and even some videos which are all ready to go over the coming weeks. See you soon!

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Ultraviolet Knits – Cassiopeia Wrap

Evin O’Keeffe - Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:06

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Cassiopeia Wrap. You can access a list of all the related posts HERE! An added treat for the next...

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Teaching Lessons in Social Capital

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 16:42

I AM A BELIEVER in the value of social capital. I wish I was better at cultivating it, especially during the post-COVID era when face to face meet-ups have become preciously rare. It's a thought shared by Bill Thompson during the 2020 running of #audiomo and one I talked about in my own podcast below the fold.

I listened to Bill's Cast and read a few responses on Twitter while realising I'm seated in the crosshairs of summer work placement supervision--a place where I could significantly advance the career prospects of clever students. These young professionals cannot mingle with like-minded creatives who might otherwise help them get on the first rung of the employment ladder as early as next year. I scrubbed back in my timeline and found several examples of how to make meaningful social connections (like reading what other people are doing through a news reader like Gravity in the screenshot above). And after reviewing what I have written about social capital more than a decade ago, I realise I should be doing more to help move along the process of showing students how to share and share alike their creativity and hard work.

Listen to "Developing and Eroding Social Capital" on Spreaker.

If you would like to see samples of the creative media being produced in our studios and labs, follow the #clonmeldigital hashtag wherever you scrub through your media.

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

Summer Activity: Tie-dye!

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:29

I’m always looking for ways to upcycle old clothes, and tie-dye is the perfect way to bring a new, colourful lease of life to an unworn T-shirt. It’s a fun activity to do with kids too, so it’s a great...

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Listening to Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Mon, 06/22/2020 - 12:35

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

An essential book.

Bobby influenced me [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 23:00

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

As I explain in a Topgold Audio Clip.

Longest Day of 2020 [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 06/21/2020 - 21:03

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Father's Day in Tipperary.

The Twitterverse Doesn't Care About Audiomo [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 22:47

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Bernie loses followers and fails to attract impressions when sharing #audiomo for a month.

Spotted when sneaking across county lines [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 19:42

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Streaking north to visit The Cocooned.

Irish Women in Harmony [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sat, 06/20/2020 - 07:24

Bernie Goldbach posted a video:

An excellent compilation of #womensupportingwomen from Irish musicians donating the proceeds of their production to SafeIreland.

Earworms [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 14:49

Bernie Goldbach posted a photo:

Such as audio clips during audiomo.

Farran Baby Booties

Evin O’Keeffe - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 13:20

These cosy Farran Baby Booties are knit with garter stitch on the soles for extra cushiness. Knitting a taller ankle section gives ample overlap with trousers or leggings for warmth. These booties are perfect for pre-walkers. Knit with DPNs using...

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Ultraviolet Knits – Midnight Waffles Cowl

Evin O’Keeffe - Wed, 06/17/2020 - 13:15

To celebrate summer, I’m focusing on one pattern from my latest book, Ultraviolet Knits, each week all summer. Today, it’s all about my Midnight Waffles Cowl, which doubles as a hairband. You can access a list of all the related posts...

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