I WANTED TO ESCAPE the echo chamber of social media so I started reading more away from the computer. I also needed to plan better slide decks for new academic modules so that motivation pushed me towards printed texts too.
IN THE EVENT people miss out on finding a perfect Christmas present for me, I spotted two retro items worthy of high status on my wish list.
The first are bullet pens. Pens or pencils housed in spent rifle cartridges first arrived in my Lancaster County hometown after the Battle of Gettysburg. Collectors scoured battlefields in the late 1800s to find and polish thousands of samples. By the 1930s, American companies were passing them out as advertising. Several ended up in the desk drawers of the family business, normally advertising agribusinesses.
WHEN I BROUGHT Amazon video streaming into our Irish home, the first thing my wife wanted was the service on a TV screen. I'm halfway there--we bought ourselves a media player from Western Digital that gets our YouTube content onto an inexpensive TV.
Photo of WD TV box by @topgold.
Getting Amazon Prime onto the TV screen takes a little more work--probably with an Amazon Fire TV connection and a little tweak from Overplay.net. Our major problem is with the 12-year-old Sony Wega television. It doesn't have an HDMI port and I don't know how effective the frame rate will be if I get a SCART-to-HDMI adapter.
SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER, our inventive 8yo borrowed her parents' phones to set up an electronic reminder that her Christmas Play was at 2PM on 17 December 2015. I was surprised at the time because when she started clicking through the menus, she simply worked through all the prompts and returned my Xperia Z5 to me with the notification running in the background.
ONE OF MY biggest accomplishments of the 2015 winter semester happened while watching third level students use OneNote to review pertinent topics in Human Resource Management. I taught 29 students in that subject and every time I opened OneNote Online, I would see three to eight of them poring over notes.
In Ireland, we have the situation where wealthy bankers and privileged politicians make decisions that effectively safeguard the upper strata of society against the pressures felt by the working class. Those decisions are driven by a capitalistic philosophy that prioritises jobs over any other strategy and while that may appear to be empowering, the strategy means Ireland, like the States, needs ever-increasing capitalistic growth to pay for ever-increasing obligations for public service and to offset sovereign debt. It might be too great a disruption for a country to accept the fact that the Post-Capitalism Age has arrived. So in the meantime, I'm impressed that Mark Zuckerberg is funnelling much of the proceeds of capitalism to disadvantaged.
WE'RE MARKING THE 2015-16 academic year by setting up dozens of blogs with sports management and strength and conditioning students in the Limerick Institute of Technology. I'm using this blog post to list the ones I've spotted in my Google Alerts.
Photo from Padraig O'Connor of Kilmaley Minor Final.
These blogs were started in 2015 as part of the two separate degree programmes offered by the Limerick Institute of Technology, one in Thurles and another in Moylish Park. Hopefully, some of these blogs will offer sports insider news, information about sports business deals and some perspective on effective sports marketing. These topics are as important to aspiring sports managers.
One of the recurring thoughts offered by fellow lecturers involves setting academic marks for work accomplished during timetabled activities. I may need to revert to this practise while still maintaining my blended learning approach.