Fluffy Links – Monday March 30th 2015

March 30th, 2015

Been a while. Like two awards ago. The SME Awards are on April 25th in Cork and the finals are out very soon.

The Sockies 2015 are open for business. Nominations close April 7th. Oh and we’re looking for a headline sponsor.

Marriage Equality Bingo Card.

How to Get Women Speakers at Tech Events.

Don’t want a funeral ceremony in a church? You’re best pre-planning, as when grief hits, you’ll go with the defaults.

Medical facilities and art. It’s good therapy and not just for the patients I’d say.

Why is social media huge in Saudi Arabia? 75% of the population are under 30. Fuck all else to do in terms of socialising it seems. Plus, Islamic laws on men chatting to women.

Interview with the head of AI for Facebook and what comes next in this area. ROBOT OVERLORDS. SKYNET. Maybe…

Unreleased Ministry song should have stayed unreleased buy maybe Future Islands could cover it?

Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect.

Raspberry Pi projects.

How to spend the last 10 minutes of your day.

This Book is a Planetarium.

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Fáilte Ireland and Lovin Dublin

February 16th, 2015

FOI’d Visit Dublin which is part of Fáilte Ireland. Remember that Loving Dublin thing in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre? Did you know they got €5k ex VAT from Failte Ireland as it encouraged people from the UK to travel to Ireland? Now you do. The money was to help in “Repositioning Dublin as a cool, contemporary, edgy city break destination”

Good news too. They expect 10k people (lots from the UK) in 2015 and 15k in 2016. Hmm, people from the UK coming over in 2016. Great!

(Click to enlarge etc.)

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I asked Failte Ireland too if “communications between Fáilte Ireland and employees of LovinDublin on content/editorial decisions of
LovinDublin” and they said they didn’t contact them with any issues about their content. Maybe people from the UK will Love content like this? It’s “edgy” alright.

AddictsAndBeggarsHatingDublin

HatinDublinNorthsiders

Fluffy Links – Monday February 16th 2015

February 16th, 2015

Boom, 110 SMEs have entered the Blacknight SME Awards. Really happy with that. In 3 years we’ll probably see 400+ SMEs enter and once again our main issue is we can’t find a venue that will hold all the finalists.

I love prime numbers. Reg ex to dig some out.

What is a “full-stack” startup? Startups that control all aspects of their product, like Apple. Compare this to replying on key parts made by others. Microsoft makes the software but needs to work with Intel and others for hardware. This can be very limiting.

Jim blogs about how he runs his events. Banter is a superb cultural series at this stage. Free to attend with an amazing amount of guests who are asked proper questions by Jim and the audience.

Kind of in the same light. Blacksmiths make their own tools. Apple designs their own manufacturing plants. Jonny Ive doesn’t just design the iPhones you know…

Remember the amazing series “The Secret Life of Machines“? I wonder was the new series of Cosmos influenced by it?

ROG metaphorically head butts Hook.

Jeff Bezos really involved in the Washington Times digital initiatives including make a really clever news app that isn’t supported by the majority of tablets and phones out there. That makes sense.

Baidu was the Google killer in China. Now Baidu is being killed. Google still nowhere in search share for one of the biggest countries in the world.

Jeez, this is a very Apple heavy Fluffy Links but still. Apple Pay to be used for US Govt payments. Pretty huge, this.

Developing with WatchKit 1.0. Remember the early days of iPhone apps? We’re slightly past that point when it comes to Apple Watch development but it’s still probably that basic and awkwardly new.

5 ways to get better at asking for help.

How the way you write changes the way you think:

Fáilte Ireland and the Web Summit

January 26th, 2015

What Fáilte Ireland spent around Web Summit 2013 and 2014

Pretty lights!

€60k light job

€60k light job

2014

  • Design of Online Le Cool Guide to Dublin – €4000 ex VAT – Link to Issuu
  • €13,715.68 on hosting media organisations for the Web Summit, flights and accommodation included.

    Rest of 2014 payments are for walking tours around Dublin

2013

  • Design of Web Summit Dublin Guide and Online Guide by LeCool – €8500 ex VAT Link
  • Printing costs of said guide €9,550
  • Lighting of Trinity College during Web Summit €48,985 ex VAT, goes to €60k with VAT
  • Jogging tours of Dublin – €2,018
  • 2 Buses for Jogging Tours – €900
  • Videos about the Web Summit 1 30 second video, 1 2-3minute video, 1 2 minute video – €13,100 ex VAT
    Video to include “cool young hipster types, speakers, tech geniuses”
  • Pre-promotion media event for International media – flights, accom etc. €4065
Fáilte Ireland Web Summit Costs

Fáilte Ireland Web Summit Costs

Fluffy Links – Monday January 26th 2015

January 26th, 2015

Guy in his 30s, raised by his lesbian parents does an AMA on Boards.ie, good questions, great answers.

via Justin. If you have nothing to hide … they’ll get you under those laws too.

How to read more books. Get off the fucking phone isn’t given as advice so directly. Bring a book with you as you travel is.

<3 to Buzzfeed.

A computer in a tic tac box. Yeah, very bulky. Damn.

via Eoin. Convert anything to anything. CloudConvert. Now with extra kale leaves.

I Survived Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email

Tolstoy. Why do men stupefy themselves? (With booze, drugs, other)

Constraints are good, really good. Legendary Apple designer Susan Kare shares two nuggets of advice.

Freebooting. Stealing content and using it as your own. Mostly without attribution. Those “Lad” Facebook Pages are a great example. Though you see it on Twitter wholesale too. Your tweet “quoted” instead of Retweeted so the freebooter gets the credit.

Telepathy. A comms app for iPhone, iPad without the need for a mobile network or Internet connection. So when they shut down our phone networks when we rise up, they can’t stop the comms.

How To Destroy The Web – Bruce Lawson

Crazy scary robot cutters

Björken hearted

January 25th, 2015

That new Bjórk album, was expecting to end up in a dark hole with my mascara running because of the sadness. It’s some album but I think I need to listen to it lots or read the lyrics sheet that came with it.

And I just wanted to get that headline out before anyone else.

How much has IDA spent on Web Summit?

January 22nd, 2015

FOI Request to IDA has generated this:

2012: €80,000 ex VAT
2013: €140,000 ex VAT
2014: €100,000 ex VAT

The below is for a press conference and networking event at the 2014 Summit. From IDA “Our networking event in the National Museum which had over 200 clients and potential investors present. We also had a press announcement with national and international media in the building to coincide with the event.”
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2010 and 2011 payments to Web Summit.

How much has Enterprise Ireland spent on Web Summit?

January 22nd, 2015

TLDR: €265k in 2014, €175k in 2013, €144k in 2012 : €584k over three years

I did an FOI request in December:
1) Grants, fees, payments made to the Web Summit / Founders
2) Web Summit/Founders costs paid by EI such as speaker fees, travel costs (if any)
3) Costs for the EI for stands, marketing and running events around Web Summit / Founders

This is what I got back:
EiWebummitCosts

The Income column is money EI made from subletting their stand at the 2014 Web Summit.
The column on the right includes travel and accommodation costs for overseas buyers, investors and media.

2010 and 2011 payments to Web Summit.

Accounts for the company behind Web Summit, Manders Terrace Limited. Please note these are from Duedil so may not be fully up to date.

Manders Terrace Limited | DueDil

Fluffy Links – Monday 19th of January 2015

January 19th, 2015

The SME Awards are open for business. Go go go.

29 Short Lectures on Digital Marketing. Now in Tweet format.

I have a Lead Generation course happening in Dublin on February 11th.

And Barry Hand is doing his very popular and really good Digital Strategy workshop on February 4th.

Via Justin Mason Man saves the life of his wife with the help of 3D printing and an open minded surgeon. He did a 3D print of her skull and tumor. Imagine when it will be the regular thing for a surgeon to do “test runs” on brain ops with a perfect copy of the brain and the tumor.

In between sending hundreds of people to their deaths by drone strike, some candid moments from the Whitehouse.

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence. :)

How to ask people for things via email.

Radio doc: The Blue-eyed slaves from Montserrat with the Irish surnames.

This set of articles from analyst @monkbent are his own best of 2014 and if you read them, it’ll enrich your 2015.

Dental health. Some facts to know. Avoid mouthwash!

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, documentary with Mark Oliver Everett about his physicist genius father.

Via Russell Davies. The other side of your life insurance docs is art you can hang.

Cantus Arcticus was commissioned by the University of Oulu for its first doctoral degree ceremony.

Fluffy Links – Monday January 5th 2015

January 5th, 2015

Effortfully.

Beautiful word.

Quarter Block Party, Cork, February 6th to 8th.

Oral history, er written down of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Fascinating.

The best Solutions Journalism of 2014. None of that “curiosity gap” crapola. Journalism that can make a change in the world. More please.

Mental disability and Irish Law. Things you might like/need to know.

via Kottke. Passwords and the stories and emotion behind some of them. Immediate punch to the gut in this piece.

This is cute. Printable, hackable (physically cut and paste), Valentine’s Day card.

via DF. IBM Design Language. Getting high praise.

Watching Harry Potter and this popped into my feed, nice juxtaposition. iPhone, Arduino and a few other bits and you have a fairly fast M&M sorting machine.

Magic Leap wants to bring magic back into the world. It has half a billion of funding to do so. John Graham Macnamara is one of those involved. Sounds like an Irish or Scottish name.

Kickstarter coaches. As Kickstarter becomes more and more popular, it makes sense to get an expert in to ensure your campaign works. Same in every other marketplace.

Search for symptoms on Google and you might be able to connect directly with a Doctor. Google is testing this right now. Lots of positive uses, think about it too for mental health issues.