Archive for May, 2008

Holy Mux

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Muxtapes. They’re online Mixtapes. Upload your favourite mp3s, arrange them in an order of your choose and share them with the world on Muxtape where the songs will play on a single webpage with pretty where the songs play one after the other.

Some nice Muxtapes I like are Redstamp, State Magazine‘s one and the official one from Asthmatic Kitty.

It also works on the iPhone. And you can save em on your dock on MacOS. And you can make coverflow versions too.

Do you use Muxtape, have you favourites?

Also see Cassette from my Ex, another interesting project.

emily kruse mix tape avail live track listing
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Fluffy Links – Thursday May 15th 2008

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

New blogger on the block – Chancing My Arm.

And another: Darragh Buffini’s blog.

Woo. New Indie night in Dublin. In Spy. SoundCheck.

Had a nice lunch at the Natural Foods Bakery in Blackrock, Cork yesterday. So many tempting cakes too. But I was good.

Now this is a loveletter to Brian Lenihan. I can’t believe he’s older than Brian Cowen.

Rope for homosexuals. For sale in Dunnes.

Toki Doki Irish Online Store.

I love this idea. Solar Lilypads in Glasgow.

Fantastic guide to finding images online.

A playground isn’t just for human kids.

Via YANP: My Morning Jacket – “Evil Urges”

Irish Company turns your mobile into an online News Station

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Not quite death of the Newsroom but Wexford Software company Ubcam have developed software for a whole load of Nokias, Sony Ericsson’s and some other brands (but not the iPhone) that will turn your phone into a live video streaming device. It’s like the well-recognised service from QIK except more phones can run the Ubcam software than can run QIK.

I chatted to a TV crew from RTE recently about QIK and they were amazed that a simple mobile phone could empower the average punter into becoming a live news broadcaster. Wouldn’t they have been impressive during the Dublin riots?

Camera crew
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Business Blogging Training Course in Waterford – June 3rd

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I’m doing a Business Blogging training Course in the ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre in the WIT Carriganore Campus on June 3rd. It’s a full day course with lunch and refreshments and all that thrown in. The cost of the course is a considerably reduced price of €120 per person for the day and Arc Labs were on to me to say there are some places open for the public if you want to attend.


A 1-day workshop on using blogs to enhance communications with your customer how can blogging help your business?

Amongst other things I’ll be covering:

* Using your blog to boost your search engine rankings

* Using your blog to mark you out as an expert in your field

* Showing how blogging improves your overall communications with customers

* How to use your blog as an R&D resource

* How to write and phrase the content on your blog, how best to interact with those that read it and how to get your blog noticed

The theory is disposed of quite quickly as I’ll have those attending logging into blogs and composing blog posts as soon as we have an understanding of the basics.

Give Mary Fearon a call on 051-302900 or email her on if you want to book a place.

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Fluffy Links – Wednesday May 14th 2007

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

BarCamp Belfast – June 21st.

Don’t forget to nominate the Blog Post of the Month for April and May.

Things Younger than John McCain. Alaska!

Fun with notes.

Steven Seagal and emotion. Reminded of Krusty the Clown’s acting prowess.

Nice breakdown of how Get Satisfaction is designed and how simple it works.

Bertie Still beats Cowen on Google at least.

Bank of Ireland must have leaked this after the Financial Regulator smacked their handies.

Cool GAA App for Facebook.

So did Microsoft really block links to YouTube?

Via Burkie, Food Feed clever use of Twitter to log what people are munching on.

The Black Keys – Strange Times:

Saul Williams plays Cork tonight

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Spotted the gig via Nialler9.

Cyprus Avenue tonight.

Three Ireland – Banning Irish gay sites for the sake of the children?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Update @ 18.45: Seems it’s not just Irish gay discussion sites that an over-zealous third party application that Three uses sees fit to censor. Word is that Three are trying to just bin the software now. Vodafone also have banned access to, QueerID and all tame Gay Discussion sites.

Via QueerID

I recently switched my mobile phone from O2 to 3. I soon discovered that certain websites are banned, in fact all “gay” sites which I’ve are inaccessible from my handset.

I called 3 to ask them why this was, and if they could remove the restriction, they said that certain sites are deemed unsuitable for children, and that if they ban these sites for one user they must be banned for all. I explained that I’m over 18 years of age, but they said they they couldn’t remove the filters for just one user. When I asked if this was company policy (I got speaking to a supervisor), he said it was

Three of the main Irish Gay Discussion sites have been banned:, & but I’m sure there’s more than that.

Homophobia in Vilnius
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Access, the new ownership?

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

If we live in a world where we don’t fully own our digital content but have full access to ALL digital content, what happens?

Apple has given us iTunes, the iPod, Apple TV and the MacBook Air. All of which hate physical media. Apple helped killed the floppy, they put most momentum into killing the music CD and they’re doing the same for DVDs. And BluRay? Ttheir lack of support for it says it all. Dirty discs don’t suit Apple. Hell, they don’t like the public even accessing the battery part of the iPhone or the MacBook Air. Closed devices are what Apple likes, both in terms of ability to plug something into them as well as making the tech open.

Apple is probably doing more to kill off as much physical media as possible and move all our music and movies on to harddrives and then from there to the “cloud”. With ubiquitous broadband (stop laughing) we’ll be able to stream high quality music and video to our iPods or Apple TVs instead of storing it all on one device. (yeah there will be some local caching) There’s been rumours now and then that Apple wants to go down the subscription model where new iPod owners could get access to all the music they want for the lifetime of the iPod or a yearly subscription means all of iTunes can be accessed for free. All you can consume.

Fred Wilson has a really good and in-depth piece about the moving over from physically owning the CD to streaming of music. Streaming certainly has a strong future.

La Castro Taqueria is changing to Kasa Indian Eatery, it seems.
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JP Rangaswami wrote this the other day on a blog post about collaboration but I think it’s on the money about content property rights turning into access rights in the future:

Or maybe it was because I grew up in Calcutta. Access to material goods seemed a lot more important than ownership of the same goods; possession was a transient concept. It wasn’t your bed, your book, your park bench, your air. You just had passing and temporary rights to it, and the rights would fade as easily as they came to exist.

We’re probably a few years off this but a considerable amount of our media is going to be exclusively digital with just the hyperloyal fans buying the exclusive and therefore pricey physical boxsets and the like. If we only pay for “access” to the music though even for a year or for life, will we devalue the creative process of the content producers or will it mean the loyal fans who buy the boxsets and turn up at the concerts and shows let artists know they’re being appreciated? As an artist with all of the world able to access all of the music in the world, how are you going to get attention? Even more money spent on those marketing sharks or engage in a grassroots type campaign to build recognition? Another question, if people are given access to all the music in the world, can they be temped away from the overly manufactured pop drivel into listening to better quality music since they don’t have to pay to listen to it or try it?

Questions, questions, questions…

Somebody lost his duckie
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Blog Post of the Month

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Check out the latest Blog Awards mini-trophies:


You too can be the proud owner of one of these if you win the Blog Post of the Month. There are some great blog posts throughout the year that we might just miss when it comes around to Blog Awards time so why not celebrate the Best of Irish Blogs each month?

Head over to the Awards site to find out how to nominate your own or other blog posts. Nominations for April and May are being taken now. One award given each month. If a sponsor wants to get involved in this to also send something nice to the winner, let me know.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday May 13th 2008

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Wille O’Dea come on down.

Great idea. Use CCTV footage that filmed you to make a music video.

Cloud Cult does art rock with real artists.

Sigur Ros have released Dot, a handy widget for blogs or social networks to show off your fandom of Sigur Ros and get access to new content. More of this.

It’s Facebook’s fault what people do, right?

What a lameass article on why smoking is great. Intelligent reasons could have been given instead of the silly “we’re paying our own health bills via tax takings”.

A MacOS X Twitter screensaver?

Bad words give power, creating new ones is more power. Maybe don’t give the words power?

Sun shades with solar panels. They look like Cobra hoods.

Adam Boulton on the new tacky gifting London Mayor.

Rich tossers and their helicopters (yes I’m totally jealous) if they’re not killing themselves by crashing them they’re landing them on multistory carparks.

Trailer for the movie Point Blank

Via Pedro, a really cool video done on a Mac: