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Reflections on Mahon

original correspondence from the mahon report

Martha in the LIT-Clonmel  Bureau | 172 words

The Mahon report was set up to examine allegations of payments to politicians and corruption within the irish government. The Word Cloud above shows this very clearly.

The Mahon Report's main focus was on former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. This is documented in the Mahon Report. Politicians received money from property developers then often made decisions favourable to those developers. Although new housing estates were built, surrounding infrastructure often never received planning consideration.

Today in Ireland, there are hundrends of houses and bulidings around the country that are left uncompleted. In the local area, it's easy to see vacant houses on the Dublin Road overlooking the Rock of Cashel and the same kind of ghost estate near Glenconner in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

For me, a third level student and an observer of the Mahon Report, I feel it was wrong for the government to spend so much money on wages, expenses and pensions. It was wrong to accept money for access to politicians. And it is wrong to be cleaning up the banking mess that evolved on the back of an overheated economy falsely powered by construction.


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Word Cloud of Mahon

A View of Quarryvale

NATALIE GOODMAN in Clonmel | Word Cloud by Natalie | 183 words

The Mahon Tribunal was set up to help prevent or investigate corruption within the Irish government. Among those that are being investigated are former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. It is alledged that he took approximately €250,000.

Former European Minister Padraig Flynn is also being investigated for corruption in the planning process (e.g. agreeing to the construction of proprerties that should have not been built). Now in almost every town across the country there are ghost estates that remain half finished or an eyesore to the surrounding communities.

It is the belief of many that their pensions of €152,000 a year should be taken off them and any money that was taken should be paid back and used for vital resources such as schools and hospitals and roads.

In my opinoin I think its unfair for the general public to pay for the damages caused by the politicians in our government. Our country is in a mess and we owe a lot of money to other countries and the general public are suffering through various cuts and there is a lack of trust between the public and their government. 


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Notes on Multimedia eBooks from Wes Fryer

I LISTEN AND LEARN A LOT from Wes Fryer, and really treasure his outline of making multimedia ebooks available under a Creative Commons license from his epublishing wiki.

  1. eBook Formats
    1. Comparison of eBook Formats
    2. ePUB
    3. Kindle (.azw - .mobi)
    4. iBooks
  2. Why Enhanced/Multimedia eBooks are so COOL!
    1. "Snowflake Gets Lost" (enhanced ebook by OKCPS 2nd graders - background & photos)
    2. "Our Choice" by Al Gore (sets a high bar for interactive eBook features)
    3. "Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing"
  3. Authoring in Apple Pages
    1. Sample ePUB document from Apple
    2. Media formats and file names
    3. Inserting Media
    4. Exporting EPUB
    5. Citations / footnotes
  4. Other software options (not for enhanced/multimedia)
    1. iBooks Author (free, Mac-only)
    2. Converting with Calibre 
    3. Sigil (WYSIWYG eBook editor)
    4. Adobe InDesign CS5
  5. Publishing options
    1. DropBox (public folder)
    2. ePubBud
    3. Apple's iBookStore (see "approved Apple Aggregators" below)
    4. Amazon Kindle eBooks (Kindle Direct Publishing)
    5. Barnes & Noble Nook eBooks (PubIt)
    6. Smashwords
    7. Print: CreateSpaceLulu
  6. Q & A

Multimedia eBook Resources

  1. Comparison of eBook Formats (English WikiPedia)
  2. EPUB format information from the International Digital Publishing Forum
  3. Kindle Direct Publishing
  4. Apple Pages Software (commercial)
  5. Calibre Software (free / open source)
  6. sigil - a WYSIWYG ebook editor (not for enhanced/multimedia - free / open source)
  7. Audio and Video in EPUB: Straight to the Point Miniguide #2 ($5 ebook)
  8. Apple ePUB Template with recommended stylesheet
  10. Approved Apple Aggregators (companies) for the iTunes iBookstore – as of July 2011
  11. CreateSpace (publish print books on demand, Amazon’s official partner / channel)
  12. e-Junkie (sell digital content online)
  13. ePubBud
  14. eBook Help on
  15. Wesley's social bookmarks for eBooks

Free posts, presentations and podcasts about eBook authoring

  1. Podcast380: The Summer of Podfading is OVER: Let’s Talk eBooks! (17 Sep 2011)
  2. Podcast383: Creating eBook Yearbooks of Student Work (13 Oct 2011)
  3. Lessons Learned About Enhanced or Multimedia EPUB eBook Validation (15 Aug 2011)
  4. Working with Free eBooks on Kindle for iPad NOT from (24 May 2011)
  5. Reading the Fine Print: Considering Different eBook Publishing Options for the iBookstore (25 Jul 2011)
  6. Publishing eBooks to Amazon and iTunes iBookstore: Learning Curve Continues (29 Jul 2011)
  7. Validation errors in a multimedia or enhanced EPUB eBook (5 Aug 2011)
  8. Lessons Learned About Enhanced or Multimedia EPUB eBook Validation (15 Aug 2011)
  9. eBooks and ePub Format Digital Books: A #tltechforum Roundable (6 May 2011)
  10. Oodles of eBooks (podcast) by Carolyn Foote (@technolibrary on Twitter) – Session resources

Apps for eBook Creation

  1. eBook Creator ($4, make ePUBs)
  2. eBook Magic ($4, make ePUBs)
  3. Demibooks (free, create interactive eBooks but not ePUBs)

Wes Fryer has a presentation or workshop on creating multimedia ebooks. He delivers it as a three-hour workshop, 1 hour interactive videoconference, and downloadable podcast. Learn more at

Workshop description: Learn how to create enhanced/multimedia eBooks including digital text, hyperlinks, images, and embedded videos. In addition to using Apple Pages software (part of iWork) participants will learn how to use Calibre software (free and cross-platform) to convert multimedia documents into a variety of eBook formats. 

Wesley's eBook, "Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing" is available in 3 formats for iPad, Kindle, and other eReaders including Nook.
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Measuring Vs Counting

rulersmeasuring is the process or the result of determining the ratio of  hysical quantity, such as a length,time and temperature. while counting is trying to figure out the number of things, or how much things cost.

Measuring is more important than counting becasue it gives you an accurate measure or balance of things. e.g it is important to measure how many tiles you would need for your kichen floor, than to try and count how many tiles are needed.

for deeper discussions go to Katie Paine's Measure What Matters Book.





Burn The Ships

Burn The Ships!  Cortez did and history tells us what became of him.  Previously used models for communication and marketing still exist but society is slowly moving toward the idea of Digital Interaction to make a statement or carry out a campaign.  What do you need and how do you deliver?

Interactive and deliverable content works well when all the stakeholders have a good grasp of the fundamentals of Digital Media.  All fields where fast communication of an idea is the ultimate end result need to fully grasp the nettle 0f 21st Century digital media platforms and utilise their knowledge of these platforms to gain a larger slice of the pie.

Burn The Ships!