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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Saturday, 13 Aug 2011, 13:53

Reflecting on H800 Week 27 or something.

I live breathe and certainly dream social media and e-learning. They are my being, for now at least.

About to go on holiday to Cornwall I plan to have a wetsuit, a pad of A3 cartridge paper, a sketch pad, soft pencils and pastels. I may take the guitar (though I may feel I need the indispensable MusicNotes and Guitar APP).

Is it wise to go gadget free?

Change refreshes the mind. A total break, refreshes the mind. I will do more (and it will make more sense in the long term), by doing nothing (for a while).

There is a reason why God made the seventh day day of rest.

We're rubbish at that in 2011. It is relentless, continual, not a landscape but a fluid river of activity. No wonder I am never certain what day of the week it is.

Or is it a case of self-discipline regarding gadgets?

People would say a mobile phone at least is essential to keep in touch with family and friends as they scatter across the beaches. Lack of signal will hopefully be the decided.

Sitting down to study at 06h00 I am yet to engage with the papers I am meant to report on or get beyond bullet points for the 3,000 word essay.

The problem is the blog, the habit of writing it up as I go along.

The problem, or virtue, of playing with Google+ with some fellow MAODERs which has sent my mind into a jitter. It's relevant anyway, I have an ECA that includes the use of forum discussion groups in e-learning.

My interest in the MAODE has gone from all-consuming, to complementing work, so associated with and thought of as work.

Being on holiday I therefore feel I ought to keep away from it.

However, if I think of it as my hobby, an interest, then it is easier to handle. Indeed it may be more conducive to my enjoying the experience.

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Have a good holiday and don't leave ALL your gadgets behind or you won't enjoy yourself. By the way I emailed you. Have fun, I love Cornwall.
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Have a great time Jonathan.  Cornwall is beautiful.  Had our holiday there this year.smile

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Hi Jonathan

Finishing off the last 80 words of my TMA and looking for your indepth comparison of Elluminate and google+. mixed However you are clearly as busy as I am trying to get the essay done.  Never mind.  You have inspired me to take my pencils and sketch pad to Donegal as I can and don't draw and it is such a lovely place.  I'll be on line again next Sunday. Until then good luck with the TMA and enjoy cornwall.  Been there twice - so lovely.  alice   

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Hi Jonathan

Finishing off the last 80 words of my TMA and looking for your indepth comparison of Elluminate and google+. mixed However you are clearly as busy as I am trying to get the essay done.  Never mind.  You have inspired me to take my pencils and sketch pad to Donegal as I can and don't draw and it is such a lovely place.  I'll be on line again next Sunday. Until then good luck with the TMA and enjoy cornwall.  Been there twice - so lovely.  alice   

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Love Donegal too and once stayed in a two room cottage, with a peat fire, by the most beautiful sandy bay and the wildest, wildest sea. Enjoy. My wife is now saying she has read somewhere that it isn't good for hour mental health to go on holiday and make radical changes. She is thinking of giving up coffee. It's not as if I am going to become Vegan and run 10 miles a day. My fingers and mind will be just as active, but expressing myself in a different way. P.S. There is no in depth comparison between Elluminate and Google+ Once I've blogged about each I can then assemble the arguments by doing a search through this blog, study-journal thingey.