In Ireland watching #muslimban unfold around Trump Towers

YOU COULD WALK the streets of any Irish city and see someone resembling Judge Ann Donnelly (below) [1] and if you're active in Irish social media, you would meet at least one Ann Donnelly online. [2] However, Ann Donnelly of the Eastern District of New York is the real deal when you consider people with impact. She put a stay on one of Donald Trump's Executive Orders concerning a ban on Muslims entering the States. [3]

Ann Donnelly

This judgment should cause some turbulence in the Oval Office, hopefully informing the new occupants of the limitations of executive orders. It's not as simple as telling the doormen of Trump Towers about a new entry policy. 

When Trump first mooted his Muslim Ban on the campaign trail, I wondered if he had ever consulted with the Department of Homeland Security. Based on the fiasco that unfolded across all major international airports in the States in the hours following his Muslim Ban, it's obvious he didn't ask for expert opinion from those responsible for keeping US borders in check.

Within a few hours of Trump affixing his signature on his "extreme vetting" Executive Order, some Green Card holders were handcuffed in the arrivals area of American airports and asked about their views on Trump and for details about their social media accounts. A 12 year old Yemeni daughter of an American citizen could not fly with her parents back to their home in the States. The wife and new-born daughter of Yale Professor Kalbasi cannot travel to see him in Massachusetts.

Blowback against Trump's anti-Muslim stance might surprise some insiders close to the President. Large crowds protested with their luggage inside several international airports with some reporters suggesting the total footfall exceeded the number of people who attended the recent inauguration [4] And New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman pledged he "will do everything in my power to help those victimized by President Trump's discriminatory and dangerous executive action". 

As I explained on Anchor.fm, Lenin wanted to bring everything crashing down in order to destroy the status quo. Trump's sweeping chaotic approach to government does not follow a typical opposition playbook. It's well past the time to dust off the history books and examine key figures like Lenin and Hitler because many of the tactics emerging under the cover of the White House look ominous to me.

  1. See Ann Donnelly getting her robes as a federal judge on January 25, 2016.
  2. Follow @ann_donnelly for ways to improve your business.
  3. Enda O'Dowd -- "Trump signs executive order on extreme vetting of Muslims" in the Irish Times, January 27, 2016.
  4. You must watch Bad Lip Reading of Trump's Inauguration on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gneBUA39mnI

Restarting Trello with third level students #edchatie

IMG_0392Screenshot of Robert Lewis inside Trello.

I HAVE THREE different identities on Trello and one big incentive to reactivate my Trello Gold acccount--my best student knows dozens of others would appreciate seeing their activities tracked inside Trello's friendly and colourful interface.

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Watching primary school students enter mixed reality #HoloLens

Dylan with HololensDylan (5) listens to John Savage explain the Hololens in The Workbench.

I WATCHED our two primary school children explore a realm of mixed reality in The Workbench of Limerick during a three hour hands-on event sponsored by Bank of Ireland, Action Point Technology and 3D Camp. Although the under-10s have walked around with VR headsets before, they've never enjoyed HoloLens with free pizza. It's an indelible memory.

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Teaching creatives efficient workflows

John Tierney beams into #cong16
Photo of @johntierney_ beaming innovative thoughts to #cong16

I'm experimenting with Bear, an iOS app that Greg Dickson (a Canadian thought leader) has shared with me. I immediately jumped to the Pro level of the app when I discovered how clever its native hash tagging delivered clever efficiency to my workflow.

The first finding: images sent from Bear via email to Typepad don't appear in mobile browsers as responsive images--although they appear that way inside InoReader, my RSS reader of choice. I believe Typepad's servers won't create different sizes of the images so I need to add an additon step to my workflow if I intend to accommodate responsive images in my posts.

I used my iPDad Mini to shoot the original image for this blog post. I could get the embed code from Flickr for the image, but only after visiting Flickr through a browser on my laptop or via my mobile handset. The embed from Flickr provides responsive imagery for the blog posts.

I'm returning to this post with other findings as the spring semester of 2017 unfolds on the three campus locations where I teach in Ireland.

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Hololens in The Workbench

The most important piece of technology I will share with my kids is Microsoft Hololens. They will use Hololens during an open demonstration from 6-9 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the BOI Workbench, 125 O'Connell Street, Limerick.

I think if you asked my kids, they would tell you the most important creative skill they have learned is how to snap selfies (see click on the photo to see 360 proof below).

On the road with the Ricoh 360

But I've also seen them with VR headsets and watched them regale in those worlds too so I know they will be fascinated in a room of Hololens advocates. It's a realm I'm exploring with a group of creative multimedia students and software developers during the Spring Semester 2016 in LIT.ie.

[Sent from Bear Writer on my iPhone 5C to Typepad servers using eir broadband in County Tipperary.]


I like to work remotely next to big panes of glass #lifehack

Biggest Scrambled Egg Service
Photo inside Quimby's by @topgold.

TO CREATE CONTENT, ALL I NEED is a strong data signal, some quiet space, bottomless coffee and writing material. The problem with declaring this fact in public is that I may lose the very helpful Surface Pro tablet that meshes all my productive pieces together.

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A lot of smart people like @pjprendergast think student loans will happen in Ireland

College Lives Episode 2
Photo by @topgold during an active learning lecture.

ALTHOUGH I DON'T EXPECT to see student loans as an essential part of the third level system in Ireland before I retire from it in 1105 days, I fully anticipate co-signing a loan to help my under-10s attend the higher education institution of their choice. That's because the Irish government simply does not have the budget authority to restore funding to higher education at the level it once provided.

The fiscal reality is driven by European restrictions. When I first arrived in Ireland in the late 90s, Ireland could just print money or run to the international markets for a sovereign bond to get the funding line necessary to finance third level colleges and universities. But now, a financial black hole is leading to the concept of users paying.

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On the grass pitch with Giroptic #360cam

WE HAVE COMPLETED six hours of field work with two types of 360 cameras in the digital media module I teach at the Limerick Institute of Technology. I feel qualified to offer tips to other educators about using both the Giroptic 360 Camera and the Ricoh Theta S. The best advice comes from the students themselves.

In all cases, we need to plan the shots beforehand. I break down the tasks and designate roles such as key grip, camera operator, and documentary photographer. And the rest of the students are extras who speak or act in the 30 second segments.

We prefer to operate the cameras via apps that connect to the hardware via WiFi. The best operating system for controlling the 360 cameras is iOS in our experience. It appears iOS offers better WiFi connectivity to the cameras.

We snap still images that students often share on Facebook and we record short 360 video clips that we will edit in Premiere Pro. All imagery is saved on an iPad Mini 4 and then transferred via the OneDrive app to shared space for students to copy and repurpose. We display the 360 images online through Flickr and Google Maps. In the future, I expect we will use another embeddable viewer to serve the content onto student blog pages.

Battery power is our biggest constraint. We need to carry a rechargeable battery pack to ensure continuous operation of the cameras. I think I will fabricate a portable power rig so we don't run out of power while in the field.

My sports management students have used both the Giroptic and Ricoh cameras during six hours of field work in 2016. I reckon we will triple that hands-on time during the next semester as we explore more ways to bring 360 perspectives into the making of effective digital media.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media for business in the Limerick Institute of Technology. David Magner snapped the shot accompanying this post while using the Giroptic 360 Camera on the LIT grass pitch. This post was sent Mail2blog using Three Ireland 3G Typepad services.]

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