Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Monday Retrospect

What is ‘The Monday Retrospect’?

This is a weekly collection of things that have caught my attention and imagination over the last week.  It is a chance to put into words what I have been doing, thoughts I have been processing, things that are happening.  It’s a bit of a mind dump really.

  • There has been a pretty powerful Social Media campaign launched to bring awareness to, and an end to, the exploitation of child Soldier by the LRA and in particular by their leader Joseph Kony.  Watch the video on Youtube here.  It was uploaded Match 5th, one week ago.  At the time of writing this is has 74.1M views.  In a week.
  • There has been some controversy around the issue of #Kony2012.  I have my own opinions.  I’ll try and weigh in with a post during the week.
  • John Saddington of TentBlogger.com suggests that teaching others actually increases your own expertise exponentially also.  I am inclined to agree with him.
  • Is our MO to control or to facilitate?  This is a great and challenging post from Marko of the Youth Cartel that asks us create learning opportunities and let go of the harness a little bit.  This is probably one of the best articles I have read this week.
  • @CassieMcCormick was gone this weekend.  Now, this is bad enough in and of itself.  But, we have had to share a laptop charger for the past week or so because one broke.  So, Cassie took the charger this weekend because she was off doing important things at The College of Law.  Therefore, this week I was stuck with no MBP and instead got by with just the iPad.
  • He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.  -Harold Wilson
  • I don’t know if you’ve heard or not…but the new iPad is out and it’s called…iPad 3 iPad HD…iPad.  It has some amazing features, not to mention the resolution, but I’m happy with my 2nd gen iPad.
  • I just bought a new pair of Sony ZX300 on ear headphones and I love them.  They cost me less than £10.  BOOM
  • PandoDaily didn’t disappoint this week with their latest episode of WITN with @PaulCarr and @SarahCuda.  Give it a shot.
  • Are we friends on facebook?
  • Or are you following me on twitter?
  • I’m thinking of joining the ToastMasters.  Are any of you involved?  Or do you have an opinion?  I’ve been thinking about it for a while.
  • As someone who appreciate carefully constructed writing (this blog excepted) I am loving this blog on Business Writing.  I often find myself directed here if I have any grammatical or syntactic questions.
  • I’m currently putting together an abstract for a presentation and subsequent journal publication.  Here goes nothin’.
  • I’m also working on a book review for a journal.

The Monday Retrospect

What is ‘The Monday Retrospect’?

This is a weekly collection of things that have caught my attention and imagination over the last week.  It is a chance to put into words what I have been doing, thoughts I have been processing, things that are happening.  It’s a bit of a mind dump really.

  • Well, my first shot at automated posting with WordPress didn’t go exactly as planned.  I had promised to give an update on what apps I use on MBP, iPad and iPhone as a follow up to my Toolbox Essentials Redux.  It didn’t work.  Therefore, I’ll schedule it to post again tomorrow and see what happens.
  • Rev. Dr. Lesley Carroll has launched her very own blog.  You can visit it at RevLesley – Brewed in Belfast.  So far it is an interesting and eclectic read.  Please visit often and subscribe.  Lesley is an important voice in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and a champion for reconciliation and ecumenism.
  • I love this Lego Countertop/workstation.  So cool and I want one.  SimpleDesks has some awesome ideas.
  • Maurilio Amorim begs buisness’ to ask some crucial questions in relation to their marketing/PR strategy.  He frames his question in relation to QR codes .  But, it’s a good idea to ask what value it adds to your consumers and what barriers it removes in connecting with them.
  • Apple is now worth over half a trillion dollars.  That is ridiculous.  However, analysts suggests that they have yet to hit their market peak.  All indictions suggest things will continue going up.  I would guess that the looming iPad 3 release will further bolster their position.
  • The past few weeks my work with FMPCI has been focussed on relaunching our site on the Duncairn Gardens, the Macrory Halls.  This happened on Saturday and went swimmingly well.  The halls looked great.  A great crowd showed up.  We listened to traditional music, ate food and shared hopes for a shared future in North Belfast.
  • Just as music is noise that makes sense, a painting is colour that makes sense, so a story is life that makes sense.―Yann Martel, Beatrice & Virgil
  • I want to get back to reading for pure enjoyment.  Although, I do love all the work for my PhD it can be all consuming at times.  And, it’s not down time.  Not at all.
  • Do you have a growth oriented or a fixed mindset?

That’s it for this week.  Tune in next week for more.  Oh, and, what’s going on with you?

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