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Another Pathfinder Flushes FB

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:54

LIKE SIX OTHER people I have closely followed for more than a decade, I will also delete Facebook. I suspect the two primary school students in our household will never use it.

Over the New Year's break, I read Mike Cox (in the white shirt) outline why he's leaving. I talked about it on Topgold Audio Clips. Mike explains why he is breaking free.

It used to be great. I reconnected with a lot of old friends from all over the world, and shared a bit about my life and theirs. But it changed over the years. More and more advertisements, more and more crap. Harder to find real updates from people.

I then became aware of the machine manipulating me. Sharing out likes to keep the notifications always red. Once I'd close the app, they'd feed me another to get me back in.

Then the personal data breaches. Cambridge Analyitica and the danger of companies having this much personal data about preferences and connections. Micro targeting. Political manipulation. Polarisation. And then Facebook's reaction to this development.

The last remaining feature which I really enjoyed was the memories from 7 or 8 years ago. I'd log in, see the memory and forward it to my families Whatsapp group. Facebook noticed the practice, changed the app and blocked me from being able to save the photo locally, I could only share it on their platform. Final Straw. Camel Burst.

I'm out.

Love you all. Find me on Twitter, Whatsapp or email. I'm Mixcoke.

I'll delete this account shortly.

Listen to "Delete FB #Audio365" on Spreaker.

[Expect to find Bernie Goldbach on Instagram and WhatsApp, two FB properties and on Topgold Audio Clips. Don't expect to find Facebook Analytics taught in creative media for business modules in the Limerick Institute anymore.]

ATR 2100 Note 9 OTG [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:15

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Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:23

I CAUGHT UP WITH a few voices at the end of 2018 because they dropped into my podcatcher when using old RSS feeds I set up years ago. Some of the familiar voices continuing using the #audio365 hashtag.

Serendipity in Audio365


You can find the #audio365 on ListenNotes, on Google, and on some podcasting apps. It's free of commercialism although I get to see sponsored ads at the top of many listings.

Listen to "Serendipity #Audio365" on Spreaker.

However, I discovered several unfinished #audio365 processes on my work space and one of them includes trying to harvest and archive thousands of Audioboos. I need to transfer legacy audio files from Audioboo to Spreaker because the automated RSS import process only brought in the first 200 files. So I'm reaching out to Simon Toon to see if he can give me the syntax needed to force more than a nominal number of files from one service to another.

I'll file this under my podcasting section and update my progress via #audio365 as 2019 unfolds. I think it's worth my time to refine an audible presence because a quick statistical analysis suggests people want different consumption patterns. I get as many people listening to my casual chat as reading my simple blog posts.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus.]

I've discoverd #audio365 is a connector. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:16

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The tag is used by people using social audio.

I started 2019 with Lychees and a nagging text

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 22:42

MY 2019 started without a hangover because I stayed clear of alcohol during the previous three days. Instead, I was self-medicating against a cold by infusing mass quantities of things like lychees from Martin's Fruit & Veg in Clonmel. The first day of the year also arrived with a nagging text from my broadband provider because I'm 125 euro behind in my monthly payment. I used the money for Christmas presents instead this year.

Topgold Audioblog

And now, here are seven other things I did between 0800 and 0900 on Monday the first of January 2019.

NYT on Dems. Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Emily Cochrane report "Democrats Try to Box In Trump With Plan to End Government Shutdown Without Wall Funding". This will be interesting.

I made a personal audio recording about a family friend who died in front of his daughter and grandchildren on Christmas day after playing his accordion in a happy moment.

Listen to "My First 10 Things Of 2019" on Spreaker.

WaPo reports Louis C.K. is acting weird. Katie Mettler writes, "Louis C.K. hinted at change. Then he mocked Parkland survivors."

I'm doodling about some icons I want to add to my Instagram. I want an icon about cycling (planning a 500 km year), a cat icon to go with the obligatory cat photos in my stream, an icon for Mia Art because I want to feature some more of her doodles, and a icon for a microphone because I'm pushing up visual content supporting Congversations.

I'm listening to the RISE podcast and learning how to build a business you believe in.

Listen to "Building a Business You Believe In with Tory Jones" on Spreaker.

And Kurt Eichenwald republished a series of tweets about how he built an evidentiary link between Wikileaks, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Trump the candidate.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. He also produces weekly Congversations on Spreaker and all good podcast players.]

Luna. Comfy on her pillar. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 21:26

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Home in Longfield.

Last Lychee [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 21:24

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In the fruit basket on the first of January.

Report on Initial State of Congversations

Bernie Goldbach - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 21:20

I'M WORKING WITH the youngest members of Ireland's Youth Media Team during part of the Christmas Break 2018 and laying down the workflow for production of the next 90 episodes of Congversations from Ireland. I've made a short eight minute clip that breaks down the process.

Initial State of Congversations


Dylan (7) helped me with a tick-off list shown in the above image and in the video clip below. It's a process very similar to the one used by YMT.fm as they support events around Ireland.

After 10 episodes in one month, I validated something I knew from previous work. People don't often listen to audio content that stretches beyond 30 minutes. In my case, it appears the average person listens to 23% of each congversation. The clips published to YouTube are rarely longer than four minutes and Google Analytics says the average person watches 50% of each clip. There's a Congversation Playlist that you can set up as a subscription if you're interested in getting pithy content. I also suggest you subscribe to the Congversation podcast and help its distribution by reviewing it in iTunes. For the record, in mid-December 2018, the most popular Congversation episode featured @magsamond (seen in the slideshow below).

As explained in the Congversation 10 podcast, people who view Congversations in a web browser or through the Spreaker app will see cover art pertaining to specific sections. This is what appears when you play the content through the player directly below.

Listen to "Initial State of Congversations E10" on Spreaker.

Shownotes for Congversation 10

0:08 Today we break down the basics of the Congversations, starting by explaining the basic steps behind Congversations.

0:33 Listener Paul O’Mahony and shelfies and Otter.ai

2:24 Dylan assists in explaining how the process starts with research using Word.

3:00 Recording with Spreaker

3:35 Flickr Congversation Group contains image collateral.

4:09 Short YouTube clips share the main ideas in a Congversation Playlist. According to Google, 50% of the each clip is viewed by visitors, compared to only 23% of the audio clip being heard all the way to the end.

4:47 Show notes are kept at http://www.InsideView.ie/podcasting

5:15 Each Instagram clip is seen by at least 100 people.

5:40 Short video content is placed inside the https://www.linkedin.com/groups/85170/  Open Coffee Congversations group

5:58 Some of the content is shared to Medium.com/@topgold and tagged as Congversation.

6:22 Google for Congversations and see the reach of the podcast.

7:42 Congversation 10 ends. Next up: Congversation 11 with Cliona Maher from South Tipp Arts Centre.

Useful Links

Short podcast about the Initial State of  Congversations

YouTube Playlist of Congversations

Images of the voices and content of Congversations

Subscribe to the Congversations Podcast with your podcatcher. Or search for "Congversations" on Apple Podcasts.

Add your submission to #cong19

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus. He develops techniques for mobile journalism in support of Ireland's Youth Media Team. Some of the links in the shownotes are affiliate links.]

Happy New Year

Evin O’Keeffe - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 08:44

Each day is a new beginning and a new start, but 2019 will be a fun one particularly for EvinOK.com since I’m shifting gears a little and changing two things about this blog: I’ll be sharing a broader perspective of...

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Ones to watch 2019

Damien Mulley - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 00:01

Previously on Ones to Watch: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008, 2007.

Noah Halpin
Dena Walker
James Whatley
Sinéad Gleeson
Gavan Reilly
Eileen Ni Fhloinn
Brian Greene
Kathy D’Arcy

2018 was one hell of a year. The first half saw the country vote in a landslide for repeal. Will McInnes told me the story of being in an airport for work travel and these waves of young Irish people in Repeal sweatshirts coming from everywhere to board planes to Ireland to change the future of our country. And then in the second half of the year a large chunk of pissed off people voted for a racist who was given a platform by a media that wanted a Trump moment. All in all though 2018 let Irish women know they didn’t need to take it any more, they could change the world despite the patriarchy telling them how to campaign, how to behave, how to dress and they routed around system that really didn’t want any change if the gatekeepers weren’t paid. So it’ll be interesting to see what the below people do. No pressure.


So we begin…

Noah Halpin
Noah started popping up again and again in 2018 for me. That rule of three thing works for me, people mentioning someone or something three times and you start paying attention. I had seen Noah in my twitter timeline and then saw him pop up on Masc.Life. What he is doing via the This Is Me campaign for Transgender Health rights is really important. We’re good with words of support from the Government but from my slight interactions with the Irish health system it is not equipped for LGBT+ people at all outside of groups with specific remits.In the near future (if not already) a man is going to present to a hospital as being pregnant and I fear the hospital will have no idea what to do.

Dena Walker
She’s been on the list before but she’s reloaded and stuck on war paint now for the more interesting and violent sequel. Commadena. You know the idea of surrounding yourself with people smarter and better than you? This is Dena. And she does it in such a subtle humble way. I was watching the Long Kiss Goodnight while making this list. Dena is Charlie. We’ll be at a great loss when she moves on from this small town country.


James Whatley
I actually assumed I had added James to a previous ones to watch. I should have but now I have. Join his mailing list. James finished up his gig in a great job and now that he is looking after himself his big battery is going to be full recharged and off he’ll go. Big battery energy. James has matured so much over the short time I know him ajd is a person that makes you happy by just occupying the same space you’re in. Er, James isn’t dead and this isn’t his eulogy. If VCs invested in the futures of someone (and in a way that’s what they do) I’d become a VC and the people on this would be my bets.

Sinéad Gleeson
The way I do these lists is I watch to see patterns and how momentum starts to build around people. Well Sinéad has been bubbling away for years and that kettle is now starting to whistle. Some people get fame and success from natural ability and luck. Others work so very very hard, help so many others and push those up the ladder first. That’s Sinéad. She has now been given or created the space to show off her own talents. And while many books have been put together by Sinéad, her own big boss book is out in April. The dozens or maybe hundreds that she has given airtime and column inches to are going to throw you one hell of a ball for 2019.

Gavan Reilly
Maybe Gav should have been on the 2018 ones to watch list as 2018 has been pretty awesome for him,always on the TV and doing some radio slots too. A lot happened in Ireland in 2018 and Gavan was there to cover it. We probably need to start a GoFundMe for time off for him. But with such momentum and hard work, 2019 should be very interesting for him. We’ll see him chat to Ryan on a Friday night I guess? And he ended 2018 by going viral with his piano moves.


Eileen Ni Fhloinn
Irish Travellers were used by Peter Casey and the media to stir up controversy in a presidential campaign that obviously upset them for being so boring. Eileen went to bat tearing down their bullshit. If it was any other minority group in Ireland that racist bullshit would not have been allowed to be promoted. The travellers were left damaged while Casey got a gig on Newstalk. We need Eileen’s voice and those of her community to be heard and respected. We’re making great strides making our country better socially and yet we’re not fixing some of the longer term issues. I hope Eileen gets more airtime than failed presidential candidates.


Brian Greene
Radio.ie, Pirate.ie and the recent Pirate Radio archive. And all that academic stuff now too. Brian has been a sound man and my sound man for years and years and years.


Kathy D’Arcy
Kathy was on the list last year so let me be all smug. Well Repeal has influenced everything in 2018 and will influence everything for the near future. So many that worked in repeal deserve a break but someone of Kathy’s character will not just disappear. Hard work, integrity, creativity. That always gets noticed.

In fairness, these are obvious ones this time around.

Brendan Hughes, Chief Digital Officer [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 23:33

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Brendan shares his perspective about the cost of news as part of Congversation #2.

Catherine Cronin and Friends [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 23:29

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Hear Catherine Cronin share her open education perspective during Congversation #9.

Joan Mulvilhill in Congversation [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 23:25

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Hear a teaser about Joan's current transition when she stops for a short chat on the streets of Cong.

Mags Amond in Congversation #7 [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 23:19

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Hear @magsamond share her thoughts about face-to-face contact on Congversation #7.

Big Iron at Limerick Junction [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 23:02

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Ready for a departure to Cork.

The tenth Congversation Episode [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 21:01

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Recording gear on the kitchen table.

Using Art as a Community Forum h/t @clionama #cong19

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 08:17

CLIONA MAHER KNOWS how to channel voices from marginalised community members. She explains in a 28 minute congversation how she encourages expressions through effective uses of art.

Cliona Maher: Art in Communities

I'm grateful to have creative media and digital animation students close by the South Tipperary Arts Centre because there are several initiatives set for 2019 in which the Clonmel Digital Campus can strategically support community arts programmes. Along the way, we will also be putting our ideas in play for the #cong19 theme of "community".

I chatted with Cliona Maher inside the South Tipperary Arts Centre and used a Sennheiser Memory Mic to record her thoughts about creating an effective community arts practice. Cliona shared several ideas about the digital literacies she expects students to have when they start work in Ireland's creative sector. She took me back to the 80s by citing some titles on her bookshelves. And she has a working relationship with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn that varies depending on what's appropriate during her time-starved work days.

Shownotes for Congversation 11

00:33 If someone used five words to find you on Google—and one of those words was Cliona—what would the other four words be? It depends _why_ people were looking for Cliona.

00:58 What sorts of imagery, video clips, audio snippets, or other forms of media text are associated with Cliona Maher? You would probably find pictures of Cliona with others.

03:10 The 2019 theme of Congregation is “community”. How important is the role of art in the development of a vibrant community? See Cliona on YouTube talking about art and community. She references the Theatre of the Oppressed by Augusto Boal and several other prominent practitioners.

05:33 The special Third Space that helps Cliona find higher levels of creativity and energy is quiet and in a quiet time slot.

07:47 Music helps Cliona Maher write.

08:25 Big wall calendars help keep things tracking.

10:47 Inside view of Cliona Maher’s workflow.

11:56 Eoin Kennedy explains how #cong19 theme was chosen.

12:53 Productivity tools for writing: Scrivener, Otter.ai, and Rev.com

14:29 If someone was entering the arts space today, what sorts of digital literacies would they need to succeed? Hint: Be able to talk about what you do. 

17:50 Digital Literacy is computational thinking, says Pam O’Brien.

19:09 If we took a shelfie of Cliona, you would see Beloved by Toni Morrison, Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, and Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces.

20:22 Four different Tom Murphys get name-checked.

22:32 Being informed by the search algorithm affects how would someone finds you on the internet. You could go directly to @southtipparts or to @clionama. You should read http://southtippartscentre.ie and if you have a local paper, look for arts announcements.

24:13 The purpose of Facebook is changing. And users are declining.

25:29 There are different reasons to use LinkedIn. Slideshare may deliver unexpected results too.

27:30 Congversation 11 ends just in time to hear @eoink talk about Congregation in a series of two podcast episodes.

Listen to "Art as a Community Forum E11" on Spreaker. Useful Links

Short YouTube Congversation with Cliona Maher.

YouTube Playlist of Congversations

Images of the voices and content of Congversations

Subscribe to the Congversations Podcast with your podcatcher. Or search for "Congversations" on Apple Podcasts.

Add your submission to #cong19

Bonus Link: Finding a Voice as part of South Tipperary Arts.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business on the Clonmel Digital Campus. He develops techniques for mobile journalism in support of Ireland's Youth Media Team. Some of the links in the shownotes are affiliate links.]

Cliona Maher builds communities through art. [Flickr]

Bernie Goldbach - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 07:19

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She is the director of the South Tipperary Arts Centre and shares her ideas in Congversation 11.