I've tried a few free apps on my ipad for sketching. My favourite is doodle buddy, my kids love it too. It's handy to sketch quick design ideas, but not great for fine detail. When I am sketching free-hand and with hard lines, it is always better than trying to sketch or draw with the tops of my fingers! There are some good filter apps too, so you don't have to open jpegs through instagram to get similar effects.
Having facilitated a number of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) toolbox talks at GMIT over the last few years, I have come to the conclusion that claims to be green may not necessarily be green after all.
Some flooring systems are advertised as 100% recyclable. A true fact. However, on further inquiry, it should be noted that currently there are no municipal waste recycling plants in Ireland capable of recycling these products. Materials of this nature need to be shipped to mainland Europe for recycling.
Similarly, Architectural Technology specifiers would do well to consider how 'Irish' some insulation's claim to be. Some are manufactured in Ireland with raw products being imported from Europe, others are directly imported from Germany, China, Austria or other parts of mainland Europe.
The implication in terms of carbon footprint is missing from brochures and glossed over when looking at technical detailing. The embodied energy, cradle to gate or cradle to grave analysis can be deceptive if the Irish context of green building component choices is not realistically evaluated. No pun intended.
There are some saving graces - Ecocel in Cork supply blown cellulose insulation, which is all recycled, all Irish, all green. Hurray!
I have been contemplating changing my profile picture for a while. I did not have a professional photograph to use, so I chose to take a casual 'selfie' for my home page. With that, I chose to change theme from a brown background which worked with sepia photographs, to a cleaner interface and dark background with white text, which is more dramatic and does not detract from the material I have uploaded. I have been trying to put up a video blog to explain more about my choice of photograph, however, the free version of weebly is not allowing me to put it directly into the blog without upgrading?!
I tried to upload my amateur v-blog and use a hyperlink, however, the 10MB limit precludes this as well. It's only a minute of video captured on an ipad mini and its 96MB! Frustrating but good to know. It means that all recordings I might make will need to be uploaded perhaps through 'you tube' and then put the link up onto Moodle, as Moodle has an upload limit as well (200MB, from memory).
I've tried to convert .MOV to .SWF so I can upload a flash object on this blog instead. I found a few websites that do these conversions for free https://cloudconvert.com/mov-to-swf This also didn't work, probably because the movie is so large. It worked on my next blog post, though. Progress!