AS A MEDIA WRITING lecturer, I cherish the opportunity to see inside the creative minds of the multimedia and amimation students at the Limerick School of Art & Design. This semester, Alice Coleman has produced one of the best Media Writing Notebooks that I've reviewed in the past decade.
I snapped and uploaded Alice's work to OneDrive, using my Lumia 1020 under the natural light on our Clonmel campus. Some of colour wheel choices make a compelling case to actually hold and leave through her work during our 2015 Pen & Pixel exhibition. But for the next three weeks, Alice's notebook is being examined by art students who hope to create portfolio work good enough to gain them entry onto the creative degree courses we offer on campus.
The Media Writing Notebook is meant to capture the essence of several films (Up, Blade Runner and Band of Brothers) along with major themes explored during the semester-long module. We dove deep into realism, remembrance, and semiotics throughout the course.
THIRTY YEARS AGO, while walking on quiet paths outside the Washington D.C. Beltway, I often came across military veterans who shared stories with me. One theme of those stories concerned the hope that people would not forget.
THE ONLY SNAG I have encountered after 70 days of using the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 as my primary laptop happened one day when "We couldn't find wireless devices on this PC". I knew I had a problem because both Bluetooth and WiFi functions were offline.
Solving the problem was very simple. I didn't have to ask Google for help, I just searched for the answer on my Surface. I explained what I did as part of an Audioboo.
ON THE WESTERN outskirts of Clonmel sits Questum, an airy building that I believe will help startups from LSAD-Clonmel get the traction required in their early days.
Questum will encourage local third level graduates to set up their own businesses. But that strategy needs to be enshrined by the Limerick Institute of Technology, the Clonmel Chamber, the Tipperary County Council and the senior lecturers working on the Clonmel third level campus.
I TRY TO ITEMISE realistic to-do lists and have discovered the Live Tiles on my Lumia 1520 keeps more accountable. The number three in the screenshot from my phone's home screw shows the number of tasks that have to get done.
But my problem is I fail at running into the spike on a daily basis. I am not ruthlessly attacking the things that have to get done in order for me to truly get ahead.
A lot of my current condition stems directly from failing to carve out 20 minute segments of intense activity. I have 20 minute slots during the day when I teach and 20 minute pauses when caring for our three year old son. If my GTD List (the one that opens when I tap the icon with the peaks and valleys and the number) incorporated high priority tasks that would take no more than 20 minutes to finish, I would be much more able to point to real accomplishments.
So as the year winds down, I'm back to examine how to jump start my task lists. This time, I'm using 20 minute sessions that cause me to run at the spike.
FÁILTE IRELAND has a new tourism strategy for the south and east of Ireland. The strategy hinges on the region's cultural and heritage experiences.
International tourists enjoy rolling hills, river valleys and sweeping pastures of sweet green grass. They also enjoy the friendly pub culture and I hope the oxygen isn't taken out of that message when the ad campaign starts.