WE DROPPED INTO the centre of Cork for some shopping and a family meal. The big feature I noticed was the lively conversations in Cork-speak and busking by young Irish--two facets of Cork we missed while locked down by COVID.
I'm working with conversational glue at the end of June 2021. I made an audio clip while reflecting on things I've done that are going to stay with me long after the annual audiomo challenge passes into the next year.
The most import thing I learned in this 11th year of audiomo is that there are dimensions of communications that are more constructive when they have a community building dynamic. In this case, the self-organising community of audiomo binds together by a conversational glue.
I met up with Josh O’Farrell Hurley using Zoom during audiomo, a monthly social audio challenge. We created two video clips, one for Twitter that also went to Josh’s Soundcloud account and another for Flickr. The one for Twitter was similar to a clip Ray Garraud and Ernie Hartley made using their Backpack Studio app. You can also create threaded audio commentary by using Limor or Swell.
IT WASN'T UNTIL the eagle-eyed Peter Curran presented his findings on The Inevitable topic of interacting that I was aware of how Barbie Vlogs could brighten our sitting room through its mantra of "positive attitude changes everything". Although I will admit that nobody in our home is the target audience of this virtual host.
I HAVE BOOKS on my shelves that teach me lessons from generations ago. One of those books is written by Thucydides who explains how the citizens of Athens survived a major pandemic in the fifth century. The story is wonderfully told during a two part Ideas Podcast from the CBC. (Subscribe to Ideas from the CBC.)
I HAVE A 12 YR OLD daughter who reads 300 pages a day because she loves the written word. I plan to pay her a tenner whenever she ploughs through a recommended text that we can use as a springboard for a recorded discussion. We have a big collection of Young Adult titles. I also want to introduce Mia to some selections that show her more about the life I had in the States.
I'M TRYING TO IMPROVE my productivity by automating a series of important reminders, some stemming from a daily task list and others related to a lifelong goal of finishing critical tasks on time. As the above image shows, I've been checklisting from before touchscreens. It often helps me to talk to myself about my progress, as I did during Topgold Audio Clip 531.
I KNOW IT'S important to offer more than one way of consuming educational material and that's why I'm trying to perfect a workflow that ensures I've a quick-hitting text version of my course materials.
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 STARTED THIS run of text while deeply involved in back-to-back emergency remote teaching. I needed a place to keep text separate from Zoom-equipped laptop while connecting to students outside (above). This is what I wrote for a rundown with Tadhg Briody.