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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.
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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?

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.

  • First and foremost.  I want to give a massive plug to PandoDaily (@PandoDaily) – this is a new tech/start-up site launched by @SarahCuda (Sarah Lacy previously of TechCrunch).  It gives a fresh and innovative approach to the tech industry.  An immediate hit, I love it!  Subscribe to it, you won’t be disappointed.
  • Diggnation is over.  Sad times.  The last few episodes (heck, all episodes) are worth watching.
  • Hippie Glenn from Diggnation is now offering a new web series called Toasted Donut. It’s been pretty good so far.  It’s short format.  Never any longer than 15 minutes and it fills my Wednesday podcast fix pretty nicely.
  • My next find is an offering of PandoDaily.  Why Isn’t This News?  This is a new podcast from Sarah Lacy (@SarahCuda founder of @PandoDaily) and Paul Carr (@PaulCarr founder of NSFW Corp @NSFWHQ) and they talk about their past week as new founders of burgeoning new media behemoths!  I love it.  It’s raw, honest, and witty.  Unfortunately, there is no easy way to view all the WITN videos on the PandoDaily website through categorising, but you can view the latest episode here.
  • Seth Godin offers his new manifesto on the meaning of education.  I’ve just had a glance so far, but I look forward to seriously engaging with it.  It seems provocative and thoughtful.
  • I’m still waist deep in the throes of PhD research.  I’m currently trying to arrange interviews for my qualitative research.  I’m hoping to interview some MLA’s and Executive members in Northern Ireland about how the Program for Government advances, if it does at all, an agenda for reconciliation and integration.  Any thoughts?
  • I’m also trying to put together a few abstracts for submission to various conferences.  This is proving challenging at present.  I’ve got a pretty busy schedule at the moment and I’m trying to consider when I can even get time to write the full papers if the abstract is accepted. I guess I’ll just have to make time.
  • It is not the literal past, the ‘facts’ of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language. – Brian Friel
  • I went to see the play Uncle Vanya in the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in the past week.  It was truly excellent.  I haven’t been to the theatre in quite some time and I forgot how enjoyable it was.  Need to go more often.
  • New app that I am toying around with lately: Smartr Contacts.  I don’t know if I’ll ever fully switch from Apple’s native contacts client, but I kind of like it for now.
  • I love this website.  DesireToInspire has so any great pictures of houses I drool over.

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

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.

  • The Monday Retrospect makes a glorious return.
  • I would like this blog to become a bit more ‘unedited, unscripted and less perfect’.  But, part of me just won’t allow it.  I like to be quite meticulous and sure of things before hitting the ‘Publish’ button.  And, event when I do, the ‘Edit’ button looms over me.
  • I love this series of ‘The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011‘.  It’s incredible to think that this was our year…
  • A Saudi Royal has ploughed $300M in to Twitter.  This has bought him a 3% stake valuing the company circa $10Bn.
  • Facebook have finally rolled out their new timeline for everyone.  I have had access to it for a few months now because I cheated the system and registered as a developer.  But, it’s nice to see it on everyone else’s profile.  Personally, I love it.
  • No man is rich enough to buy back his past. -Oscar Wilde
  • The Toward Consulting Blog publish thought provoking material on a semi-regular basis.  I really liked their piece on the Quaker practice of ‘Clearness Committees’.
  • Diggnation is coming to an end.  Sad times.
  • David Cameron has caused a bit of a kerfuffle this week with his speech that suggested Britain was a Christian country.  This, in my opinion, is being blown out of all proportion by Christians who are falling hopelessly in love with him, and non-Christians who are pushing back – hard!  I like this approach.  It seems balanced and fairly in line with my own feelings.  It questions the validity of his assertions whilst also calling into questions some other important ramifications of Cameron’s religion and polity agenda.
  • I had my 3 month review for my PhD program this week.  It went well, really well in fact.  My supervisors seem happy with the direction my research is going and happy with my progress so far.
  • I only have one short piece of work left that is due before Christmas.  It’s a nice feeling.

That’s it for today.  What’s going on with you?

The Monday Retrospect (Special Edition)

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.

  • You may notice it’s not actually a Monday.  If so, you are a shrewd individual and deserve to be congratulated.
  • I didn’t post, as normal on Monday because the last few days have been a bit of blur as I have been writing, collating, reading and drinking coffee in order to hand in my final two essays of my Master’s program.  It’s been all systems go in.
  • Anyone else loving all the bank holidays recently?
  • The summer is in full swing.  I fly to Canada in one week and I still have no idea where I’ll be staying for the next month.
  • Life itself is a quotation. – Jorge Luis
  • Yes or No?
  • I’ve still got some books available for sale on Amazon.  They’ll likely only be available for another week or so.  Click to go to my shop.
  • Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, or Academia.edu.  Or, all of them.
  • You get a lot more for your money in Belfast than your do in Birmingham in terms of real estate.
  • Spotify is finally changing the availability of their free music.  I’ve been expecting this for a long time but it doesn’t make the news any more palatable.
  • I think I’d like to launch a little side-hustle in September…been working on some ideas for a few months…

That’s it for today.  What’s going on in your life?

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.

  • Happy Easter.  I hope everyone has had a lovely time.
  • I have not posted one post since the last Monday Retrospect.  #fail.  It has been a busy week.
  • It’s official.  From September onwards I will be living in Belfast.  I have got accepted to a PhD program at QUB.  I have another application in at TCD that I am waiting to hear about.  Either way it looks like I’ll be commencing PhD research and I’m pretty excited about it.
  • The TEDxBelfast videos are finally online.  They’re being uploaded to the TEDx YouTube channel.  (AlanInBelfast has uploaded the available so far TEDxBelfast talks here).  They’re all great, but I especially recommend listening to Mark Dowds‘ talk embedded below.
  • You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships and interactions everyday.  You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. – Epicurus
  • I’m in the process of putting together an abstract for a conference that I’d like to present at on transitional and restorative justice.  I’m not brimming with confidence, and I’ve never done anything like this before.  But, I’ve got to start somewhere I guess.
  • For those who don’t know already, Cassie and myself will be spending the summer in Canada.  I leave in about 2 weeks and Cassie will follow me out shortly after.  We’ll be working here!
  • Let’s connect on Facebook, Twitter, or Academia.edu.  Or, all of them.
  • TOWARD Consulting have put a new video up.  Head over to their homepage and have a look.
  • Finally, I will leave you with this hilarious video from Los Whittaker.  He’s already put up one hilarious video that’s gone viral and this is just number two.  Enjoy.
That’s it for this week.  What’s going on with you?

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.

    • Want to succeed as a PhD researcher…Thesis Whisperer reckons you need to become best friends with the Librarian.
    • The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland have put out their latest party political broadcast/party election broadcast.  I think it’s a visually stunning piece of work.  It uses all the right words, but for me, it lacks any tangible policy or plans.
    • I’m currently working on a paper that is exploring whether or not justice is necessary for peace.  If you have any opinions feel free to share them.
    • I was away at a wedding for the past few days.  It was nice to meet up with some friends that I haven’t seen for a while, and of course watch friends commit to each other in new ways.
    • 22 days and I’m outta here.
    • It is not the strongest of species that survives, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin.
    • I love this display of creativity.  Check out AmpleSample which challenges people to come with abstract uses for carpet samples.
    • Are we connected on Facebook?  Or Twitter?
    • Currently doing some reading around the Sunningdale Agreement (1973) and the Belfast Agreement (1998) for my dissertation.
    • And no, before you ask I am not relying on these Wikipedia articles!
    • #fact: Academia is expensive.

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.

  • The Legislative Assembly and Local elections are well underway in Northern Ireland.  It certainly is a fascinating time in our country’s history.  Alan in Belfast has composed a list that ‘Charts the Assembly Elections‘ – it provides great insight into who’s who, what’s what, and where’s where!
  • If you’re serious geek like me you’ll want to read about the different types of dashes to use and when to use them.
  • The next month is going to be an absolute roller-coaster.  I love it.
  • “Here is a test to find out whether you mission on earth is finished or not: if you’re still alive it isn’t.”
  • Spring time weather does the soul good.  The essays not so much.
  • A few other people are following along in the same vein as The Monday Retrospect.  There is now a Thursday Retrospect being run by Clamorous Voice and The Friday Retrospect being curated by MetaphoraMetaphora.
  • I’ve just started reading ‘What the Dog Saw’ by Malcolm Gladwell.  It seems like a pretty fun book.
  • I heard Gladwell speak this past year on the subject of Serendipity – what a truly fascinating dude.
  • Yesterday I found my favourite pair of shorts.  I thought they were long gone but they were just hidden!  The summer is looking good!
  • I’ve still got some books available for sale on Amazon.  They’ll likely be available for another 3 weeks or so.  Click to go to my shop.
  • Rory McIlroy – I feel for him.  And, I’m not even that into golf.
  • I’m currently researching the differences (if any) in representative governance and democracy.  if you’ve got any thoughts feel free to jump in.
  • Do you guys often preorder books?  I think I’ve only ever done it once.  I preordered Tribes by Seth Godin.  What have you preordered and why?
  • Check out this awesome looking home library.

That’s it for this week.  What’s going on with you?

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.

  • I have been deeply saddened by the news of PC Ronan Kerr’s death this week.  This is a futile attempt to derail a complex peace process with which the people of NI are engaging.  Thoughts and prayers are with the family and community at this time – they have all shown such grace in the face of adversity.
  • For further information about the complexities and meaning of this attack check out this erudite account ‘Why the dissidents kill’ by Ross Frenett at ‘Human Rights in Ireland’ and an impassioned account about ‘Getting Serious about Peace’ by Nathan Erskine.
  • Comparative study (in Politics/IR) is important and useful, but perhaps a little bit overrated?
  • Harvard Referencing or Chicago Referencing?  Which do you prefer?  Me?  I prefer Chicago.  Personally I think Harvard referencing is one of the most god awful things to enter academia.
  • Is there any difference between representational governance and democracy?  Let me know your thoughts?
  • First say to yourself what you would be; then do what you have to do.” – Epictetus
  • I am looking forward to watching ‘The Event’ tonight!
  • Some of the most awesome offices ever!

    Beauty Office

  • I’d like to take this blog onto WordPress.org someday – I just don’t quite know if I’m there yet!  Who knows…maybe I am.
  • Inspiration and Genius–one and the same.” – Victor Hugo

That’s it for this week.  What’s going on with you?

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.

  • Loving the Foundation Podcast by KevinRose.
  • I’ve been working pretty solidly for the last week or so on a presentation looking at foreign intervention in Afghanistan.  I will finally deliver the presentation on Wednesday.  Wednesday is also the last teaching day of the Master’s course that I’m on.  Just 2 essays and the dissertation to tackle.
  • “Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank
  • I love the Freedom App.  This little application allows you to disconnect fromt he internet for a predetermined period of time.  It allows razor-sharp focussed productivity.  Beat procrastination and time-wasting.
  • I have it on good authority that the videos from TEDx event in Belfast will be on their website soon.  They will be well worth watching.  Especially look out for Mark Dowds (@markdowds) and his talk on workplace democracy.  If you’re interested Alan in Belfast had a quick interview with the speakers which are brilliant.  Check them out here.
  • “Your behaviour changes your thoughts, not the other way around.” – AJ Jacobs.
  • Is justice essential for peace? – That’s a question that I am currently doing some research on for an essay – fascinating subject.  What do you think?

That’s it for this week.  What’s going on with you?

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