I NEED A NEW Logitech MX Anywhere mouse because my long-serving Logitech MX Anywhere 2 has walked away from one of my classrooms. I used that faithful mouse for more than six years and want to replace it with a newer and pinker version of itself.
WE HAVE A tech-savvy 12yo in our home and he's facing restrictions on his use of a smartphone while on school grounds. Even though he doesn't bring a phone to school, he's watching with interest as the Irish Minister for Education Norma Foley writes a memo to Cabinet. The Minister wants a nationwide policy where parents are discouraged from buying smartphones for children of primary age.
WHILE CHATTING WITH Larry Maguire, he scrolled back before the Industrial Revolution and asked a thought-provoking question, "What would it mean for humanity if the King of England could just sit on his throne and turn a wheel to produce whatever he needs for his kingdom?" I thought of the time I walked the crypt of Canterbury (above) where I snapped a shot of a window that appears to be a representation of cogs on a wheel.
I LISTEN TO BANTER about living in Ireland and during the past three months, the temperature has gone up with Ireland continuing to make generous offers for accommodation to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. This week, a heated row erupted between Irish Ministers.  Coincidentally, I was working with colleagues in the Netherlands and in Finland as we questioned the level of refugees that European countries should accept.
If the EU average of five immigrants per 1000 inhabitants was the level accommodated by Ireland, the pressures on social welfare and housing would dop significantly. According to Eurostat, Ireland is accepting 15 immigrants per 1000 inhabitants.  This is significantly higher than the immigration numbers from 2015.
I AM CARVING OUT four hours a week to immerse in a short course about Creativity and Critical Thinking. After a few hours in the classroom, I'm starting to think that critical thinking is at odds with creativity.
For the first 12 years after finishing my university education, critical thinking processes help me question, analyze, and evaluating. When working with men in suits, my creativity helped generate clever ideas and explore multiple solutions. But they weren't always welcome.
I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY extended the upgrade cycle for our mobile phones and now expect the handsets to work at least five years before being refreshed. Today, I've started pushing the functionality of an iPhone we bought in 2018 by using it as a daily transcription device.