Archive for June, 2008

RTE’s Prime Time to field Lisbon questions via YouTube

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Prime Time will be taking questions from folks about the Lisbon Treaty via YouTube. They will play the best ones for a high-profile EU politician (to be confirmed tomorrow morning) and have him/her answer those questions.

The special ‘interactive’ segment will air on next Tuesday’s Prime Time and the full version will be posted on RTÉ.ie/Lisbon.

I believe this is an exclusive. Well done to RTE for doing this and giving people the chance to ask questions. Hopefully if it’s successful we might see more of this happen with a very conservative RTE. I’m sure the progressive people in there would be able to do more with a positive reaction to it. It’d be great to see the Prime Time segment go up on YouTube too!

Dublin Midweek Movie Club

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Barry has set up a group in Facebook called the Dublin Midweek Movie Club:

For those who love to go to the cinema, but don’t always have a buddy to go along with.

The aim of the group is to meet up on a Tuesday or Wednesday night and go see a movie together in one of Dublins central cinemas (Cineworld, Savoy & Screen – for now). The group meet a few minutes before screening and then after the film have a bit of a chinwag over a drink/coffee.

New members and non Facebookers welcome!

Nice idea that. Wouldn’t it be also nice to see a website about Movies or something like that to get involved too? 🙂 Were I a cinema on those quiet evenings I’d make an effort to get that trade.

Photo owned by Natasha Tylea (cc)

Wanted: People to install WordPress without robbing others blind

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

From talking to more and more people at the Blogging courses, there seems to be a few cowboys in Ireland who are charging from €550 to €1500 to install a default version of WordPress and for those new to the blogging world, they don’t know if that’s fair or not. It’s not. I’m looking to compile a list of those who want to earn an easy bit of money to install WordPress on websites for those on the Blogging Courses. I’d prefer to make this list public so everyone can benefit and I have to do less work since I’ll just say: “See this page”.

If you want to be listed, add your name here, with rough prices and what you can do or if you prefer not to list prices that’s grand but I will be telling people that anything over €300 for a standard default install or upgrade is not value for money. We’re talking 1-2 hours work at most unless their webhost have all sorts of “fun” setups.

If people also want to be listed for designing themes and so forth. Let me know and I’ll make a list of them too. And no, this is not an invite to debate the security issues of Wordpess and the advantages of other platforms. 🙂

This image got returned for a search for WordPress, fair enough:
Cartel conmemorativo de la Feria de Córdoba
Photo owned by jlastras (cc)

Do not go Gentle into the Darklight

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Worst blog pun ever. And there have been many. Derek McChancer told me to pimp da shit out of the Darklight Film and Art Festival and not just because I’m on one of the discussion panels. (I’m talking about privacy on Friday morning)

Anyway TRON!!!!
Tron is being shown as part of Darklight.


Screenings on Sunday 29 June


Steven Lisberger//U.S.A//1982//96 mins

Irish Film Institute, 2 p.m.

An unmissable big-screen outing for the original CGI classic! Computer programmer Jeff Bridges hacks the mainframe of his evil ex-employer… And finds himself beamed inside the computer by a power-hungry master control program! Tron is a true cult sci-fi classic, a visionary work of considerable beauty, a true style icon – and one of Darklight’s very favourite movies.

This screening of Tron will be introduced by Professor Ken Perlin.
We are delighted to be joined by effects wizard and Oscar winner Ken Perlin, Professor Of Computer Science at New York University; Ken worked on Tron, and since then has been developing new computer graphics techniques widely used in the motion picture special effects industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a rare audience with a true FX pioneer.

tron cycles
Photo owned by blackdudemedia (cc)

Check out the Darklight blog to get more updates and gossip.

Fluffy Links – Wednesday June 4th 2008

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

In Galway this afternoon til Friday afternoon, keeping with the blogging will be light theme. Shush Rick.

Cybercom are looking for a copy writer and also a search marketing manager.

Getting some nice case studies/endorsements for Business Blogging now, have you got one?

It’s Blackhat SEO right? Making up a fake news story that gets everyone a buzzing and getting loads of inbound links? Will there be a Google penalty for fake news? It’s hardly new though is it, eh PR people?

Yes, no, yes, no, yes. Postcodes are back on again for Ireland?

Well done again to Steve Moore, addicted to organising great events.

Another free memory improvement tool, for those without Nintento DSs.

Lisbon campaigners should latch on to this. Cameras on every plane seat to monitor you for terrorist facial expressions or something.

I’m going to be in Berlin for the launch of this beautiful thing, I wonder is it really a competitor to the Air?

Another day, another T-Shirt I want.

Is 8 quid the standard price for album downloads?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Sigur Ros are releasing four versions of their new album. Probably to cater for super-fans, fans and followers. There’s the normal CD version for £12, there’s the CD and DRM free mp3 download for £14, there’s mp3 only for £8 and then there’s special edition album, download and DVD (to be released later this year) for £60.

Clever. Very Radiohead. This is the fanclub email that was sent out. Fans get the album before others.

Sigur Ros

Pre-Order Now

Several Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust pre-order options are now available exclusively from Click here for more detailed information and pricing specific to your country*.

Here is a summary of the offers:

CD Album + Album Download (*price £14.00)
Receive the album download + bonus videos a week early on 16th June
CD will arrive the week of 23rd June

CD Album (*price £12.00)
CD will arrive the week of 23rd June

Album Download (*price £8.00)
DRM free 320kbps mp3’s available week of 23rd June

Deluxe Edition (*price £60.00)
Pre-release album download + bonus videos available on 16th June
CD will arrive the week of 23rd June
Deluxe Edition will arrive mid-September

192-pages. 300 mm x 240 mm. Includes CD of Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust and exclusive DVD.

This exquisitely presented deluxe edition is a unique document of the creation of Sigur Rós’ fifth album in film, photography and music. Given unprecedented access to the final stages of the making and release of the group’s new album, photographer Eva Vermandel and film-maker Nicholas Abrahams create an intimate and revealing portrait of the Icelandic quartet at work on their most immediate record to date. Housed in a large-format, fine weave cloth-bound hardback book, the deluxe edition comprises nearly 200 pages of fine art photographic images, as well as an impressionistic film portrait of Sigur Rós, as they record, mix and master Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. Locations include New York, London, Mexico, Reykjavik and beyond, and take in the filming of the “Gobbledigook” video, tour rehearsals, the early shows on the tour, as well as exclusive band interviews relating to the record. Each edition is individually numbered and includes a unique strip of 16mm film taken from the video “Gobbledigook” as well as the DVD and album.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday June 3rd 2008

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

This week is going to be quite busy for me so blogging will be on the seriously light side. We’ll all survive, right?

May Blog Post of the Month announced here later today.

Heard the one about the French banning online sales of wine? Except it’s not a joke.

Yes indeed. The other John Waters is doing a show.

Paddy Considine is doing a workshop at the Darklight Festival.

The IIA are setting up a social media working group. They’re looking for applications now.

Nick Wall has compiled a list of 50 favourite songs by 50 of his favourite Irish artists.

What a clever piece of art.

New blog by Gavin and Ciara.

I want ALL of these t-shirts.

Via Emmet, Snakes on a building:

Bon Iver – Flume

Business Blogging – Irish Case Studies

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

I’ve gone on about it enough at this stage but as I seem to be giving more and more private and public training classes on Business Blogging (there’s an additional afternoon course on in Galway on Thursday now by the way 🙂 ) I thought I’d try and create a public page of testimonials/case studies where those that have Business Blogs can tell others what the advantages having a blog are. What advantages have you seen by having a business blog for your business?

Chicken Salaryman
Photo owned by alisdair (cc)

Sunday Morning fluffy bits and pieces – June 1st 2008

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Before the LOL – Footage from ROFLcon

All in One SEO pack.

Nice presentation on the role of positioning and PR in this new modern/open age of communications.

Aggregating (by hand) movie reviews on Twitter.

On the Media talks books.

Five people who can cheer us up about the future.