What a Bunch of Smart Apps (and Ukuleles)

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The world is brimming with APPS and UKES. While biased toward the latter, one must respect the power of how portable electronic gadgets and software can truly enhance safety and quality of everyday life.

This post highlights two clever examples, especially in managing risks that dwell in college learning & living environments: Just In Case and SeeClickFix

Most college students carry a smart phone. That’s why an APP is a terrific tool to reach the majority of this target population, regardless of campus size or enrollment. Empowerment is available –– literally at their fingertips.

Just in Case recognizes that stress, anxiety, depression, mental health crises can strike college students anywhere, anytime. It empathetically connects students with guidance easily, on demand, with privacy –– supplementing and facilitating existing resources, not replacing them.

SeeClickFix “crowd sources” awareness to proactively improve a community on non-emergency matters. For example, road hazards can be spotted and addressed before they worsen to create loss or injury.

Learn more from their creators by clicking the titles. You can also click PDF summaries below to see how they are particularly suited for large college settings:

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Just In Case – Miami University (OH) Application

Just In Case – APP Developer (eReadia, LLC)

SeeClickFix – APP Developer

Whether a student, parent, school or community leader, please share with others. Contact APP providers directly to see how they may help your community.

What does this have to do with ukuleles? Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. We take it serious, ukuleles make it fun. Our main focus is selling, donating and creating FLEA® ukulele sponsorships. These particular APP tools were discovered during a “spin off” volunteer effort to identify practical solutions to improve student welfare at University of Cincinnati:


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

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Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

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Dumb Ways to Die – UKULELE not included

Dumb Ways to Die is a video gone PANDEMIC. 59 million views on YouTube in just 10 months. Cute characters, clever animations, catchy tune, short 3 minute show.

Playing ukulele is NOT one of the examples.

Simply entertainment? No. It is actually a Public Service Announcement campaign in Australia to promote safety around trains. At 2:20 into the video, you see 3 examples of how real people die by avoidable mishaps around train tracks. Take a look:



Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. We take it serious, ukuleles make it fun. One of our current projects was highlighted in a recent post: College Student Safety – Can Ukuleles Solve This Problem?:



Dumb Ways to Die exist in a college environment. Anywhere really. Wandering into high risk places. “Smart gadgets” stealing your attention. Commuters rushing to an 8:00 am class. Evening jogs around campus streets without reflective apparel.

Ignoring first alert beeps of a smoke alarm, or worse, disabling it altogether. Even mental health: sleeping off or drinking away the early signs of stress or depression, keeping it all to yourself, versus seeking help.

To be clear, I do not mean the literal meaning of the catchy cartoon title. College students are not dumb. Rather, they face risks where safe tools, services and practices do exist. Clever marketing makes a huge difference. The SlideShare above has not (yet) received 59 million views!

Nobody likes being lectured on safety nor told what to do. Dumb Ways to Die is powerful inspiration. Hopefully it sparks creative ways to bring “SCI’s” to life.

Many thanks to Michelle Read from Google for pointing me to this example.


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

College Student Safety – Can Ukuleles Solve This Problem?

FLEA® ukuleles are little instruments with big hearts and strong vibes. Their USA manufacturer (Magic Fluke) has a great motto: Uke Can Change the World.

Community outreach is at the heart of True Joy Acoustics. Sales proceeds and sponsors (business, individual) drive a steady donation of FLEA® ukuleles into pediatric hospital music therapy. See sponsors by clicking FUN STRUMS Outreach.

Special applications help us leverage these instruments beyond hospital walls, too. Ukulele Prom Packs enliven a safe prom night event with a fun raffle prize.

And we bring attention to other important community causes. In this example: helping college students lessen fire and crime risks. More a matter of living Magic Fluke’s spiritual motto versus ukulele serving as the literal tool. Check out the slides.


I truly hope you took the time to view the 9 Fires video link on slide 38. If not, please watch below. Feel the intensity. Let the word spread, not fire.

Powerful message. Please make others aware.


Wanna’ PLAY or PLEDGE a FLEA® ukulele? Visit www.truejoyacoustics.com to learn more plus connect to Amazon and eBay listings. Purchases are convenient, secure, delivered FREE (continental USA) and backed by Buyer Protection Programs on these two well established e-commerce stores.

Email me at info@truejoyacoustics.com if you would like to sponsor a donation of one or more FLEA ukuleles to the music therapy program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. It’s easy and will certainly bring joy to your heart as well as many kids spending weeks in a hospital.

click to visit our website

Bloggers, visit us on: WordPress (True Joy Acoustics – Community), WordPress (Ukulele Shops), Tumblr (Ukulele Shops) and Blogger (Ukulele Shops). Comments and connections welcome!

Greg, TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS

What Others are Saying

A little instrument with a big heart. Ukuleles have a way of bringing joy, community connection and appreciation.

A July 2010 article in the local section of The Cincinnati Enquirer shared how a little girl at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center was enjoying FLEA ukuleles donated during our May kickoff event … her mom strumming right along. Click here (TJA Enquirer) to read or download.

Our kit donations to pediatric hospitals are funded by delighting a growing base of marketplace buyers. The more kits we sell, the more we donate. Here’s what early players are saying:

Fantastic instrument & kit arrived safe, saves me from buying it all on my own! – Jim, eBay Store purchaser

Got it. All tuned up and ready to go. I’m very excited! – Betsy, Cincinnati area music therapist, just after picking up her kit at Clovernook

Play it everyday! I can strum the Sunrise chords in many different ways, and learned Over the Rainbow from the internet. – Sarah, middle school student

Awesome! I own all types of acoustic instruments … this is the best ukulele I’ve ever played. My stepson plays it, now my wife is starting to pick it up. – Brian, Cincinnati area barber

These comments are not all that different from FLEA ukulele reviews posted by experienced players on Google and YouTube.

Our program aims to equip any player with a FLEA ukulele … plus the essential gear to learn it fast … enjoy all the FUN and learn some fresh techniques, regardless of personal circumstances or prior ukulele experience.

Greg H., True Joy Acoustics founder

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