I woke up this morning frustrated that I simply haven’t been writing across my various sites. In theory I am a “writer”, but I haven’t been writing! And as I wrote in My 3 Words for 2018: “because if I don't write... the stories build up inside of me until they want to explode like a pressure cooker without a relief valve. Writing is my relief valve. I need to do it.”
So I said to myself- I know, I will impose a new rule on myself... no social media usage until I publish something new! A blog post, a podcast episode (such as my The Dan York Report short audio segments), an article on some site (ex CircleID), a longer update on a social site... something.... anything.... BEFORE I get sucked into the vortex of social media updates.
And I will start with a blog post like this one...
WITHOUT ANY ASSISTANCE (and without being prompted), Dylan (7) just called my mobile phone in Ireland by asking our Amazon Echo Dot in the kitchen. I didn't think Irish phone numbers were configured for that service.
But after a little cross-check, I realised the voice call was simply a five star VOIP service tucked inside my handset's Amazon Alexa app. This means anyone with an Amazon Echo device who has me in their contact list can ring my mobile phone. I'm fascinated by the quality of the call and the natural language that makes all of this so simple.
I HAVE 100 unanswered call-ins to my Anchor.fm/topgold podcast and I've decided I will try to carve through those calls by publishing them three or four at a time. That means you could expect to hear my mailbag for the month of July as I pare back the backlog. You can follow this Mailbag Project by subscribing to my Spreaker Topgold Audio Newsfeed.
I imagine I could be as diligent about unanswered emails too but with more than 250,000 unopened emails, I think it's a simpler task of merely select-all and delete. So I might just do that. Fortunately, my blog doesn't ring me anymore--that stopped around two years ago.
ONE OF THE important calls to action I enjoyed during the 2018 ICT in Education Conference came from several attendees who told me I need to push out more information about drones (UAVs). So I've started looking at places to publish my findings.
I'M LISTENING to a host of voices during the month of June--some old and familiar and others new and interesting. It's part of the annual Audiomo Challenge when participants try to create a piece of audio every day of the month. Except this month, you can take the weekends off.
I'm trying to create content while educating different transcription services so today, I'm using Trint to produce the words that are below the fold of this blog post. I recorded my thoughts into my Sony Xperia Z5, uploaded the MP3 file to Spreaker where it folded into a collection of Topgold Audio Clips, and then also uploaded the MP3 file onto Trint's servers where it took 93 seconds to transcribe the content you see below. After I listened to the clip I made, I realise I misidentified at least one of the names and that's proof I'm slowly losing my memory.
Don't you love transcription technology? I wish it came with supplemental memory aids.
ONE OF MY FAVOURITE planes, operating from one of Ireland's most pleasant venues, crashed yesterday and took the lives of its pilot and its seven year old passenger. The plane was a Cessna Caravan (in the photo) and it had just finished a parachute drop on a lovely day from the Clonbullogue Airstrip.
THE END of another four year segment of my teaching career has arrived and along with all the pressures of final exams comes the celebratory moments of reviewing final year projects in the Limerick School of Art & Design. I cherish this juncture because it often marks an important point in my professional development since I use the time to learn from students.
I AM WORKING with a group of digital media students to recap a semester of work and thought it would be good to see if they could help co-author a Sway. The main points originate from a syllabus in digital media and e-commerce. The research in the Digital Media Recap Sway emerged during a full year of study.
I'm trying to embed the Sway as an iframe and as a link ecause one of the main purposes of co-authoring is to highlight the power of online collaboration. There's more below the fold.