We have several flavours of headphones in the house and it's getting very messy to figure out which technology delivers the best sound. I may stay with Sony Xperia handsets to reclaim something close to the warm turntable tones I learned to love.
My STYLE GUIDE that I expect students to use includes tiresome words to be avoided when producing essays for third level. I borrow from Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University 43rd Annual List.
The 2017 list of phrases not to be used include the following:
-- Let me ask you this
-- Drill down
-- Let that sink in
According to Jeff Karoub from the Associated Press, the top vote getter is "fake news".
Personally, I despise "whatever" wherever it appears.
You can instill greater respect for etymology by following Jeff @jeffkaroub Karoub on Twitter.
[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. Image of Fake News from the Washington Post.]
Where I work, we teach people to create. Sometimes the creative process starts with reading or listening. Other times, creativity happens by talking about your work and speakerphones are part of that sharing process. And sometimes you share what you play.
BE ABLE TO CREATE. That's a mantra I've long respected since joining forces with a small cluster of colleagues in the sunny southeast of Ireland. And over the years, I've watched a collaborative creative framework evolve with capable tools to match.
After a meaningful planning session, I'm reflecting on how we could mount a more effective plan to attack some very challenging tasks ahead. Simply put, I'd use some Design Thinking tacked onto some mobile apps that have served me and my creative students well during the past three years. I have become dependent on Airtable, OneNote, and Trello.
I'M TRYING TO alert college students to the importance of carying around mental outlines of speeches so they're never without a coherent presentation if they're door-stepped by prospective employers. One of the best tactics for this important life skill is keeping notes close to hand, either in little journals or in mobile apps.
ONE NOTE'S AUDIO quality surprises me when I use a lapel microphone to offer feedback to students as they complete assignments in our third level modules. I've enclosed a short sample at the bottom of this post.
Part of one of the assigned tasks asks students to reflect on the six weeks of work experience they completed during the summer immediately preceding the start of the academic year. Eiren McLoughlin shared part of her story.
I ENJOY THROWING my browsers back to Flickr to see what I was doing a decade or more ago. In late July, less than two months before the arrival of our first born, I was helping Ruth lay tile in a toilet.
I HAVE A SOFT SPOT in my heart for hands-on sessions involving coffee and that special feeling redoubles when I get the opportunity to make my own coffee. It's even more special when I can share the moment with a network of readers and listeners.
I'M PLANNING a trip west to the States before the end of June 2017, landing in Philadelphia and spending a week in Lancaster County where I'll dig around in the green box (above). 
I'm trying to surface some of the important digital memories from my high school days before I attend my high school reunion  and that's a challening task because I had no digital devices in the 70s. So I'm thumbing through a series of photos that are on Flickr and One Drive, pulling together a framework that I may produce as an Office Sway that I can share with friends from my past.