Archive for February, 2009

Fluffy Links – Wednesday February 4th 2009

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Champions of Equality. Niall Crowley who got shafted in no uncertain terms by Dermot Ahern and the Department of Justice is giving a lecture.

Going to the ladies tea party on the day of the Blog Awards?

A good number of people have regged for BizCamp Dublin now. March 7th it’s on. I may be working, if not I’ll be along.

Half-price foods and goods in Supervalu.

Eoin suggests freedom of speech doesn’t mean let the hecklers win.

Good blog post from Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on 10% salary cuts from Councillors while their expenses still go unchecked.

Alan from Toddle on the Tellyweb.

Congrats to Salim on Singularity University.

50 reasons why people aren’t using you website.

Elbow sings grounds for divorce with the BBC Orchestra.

Via You Ain’t No Picasso Jeff Tweedy sings Fake Plastic Trees

I love how the whooping and laughing audience shut the hell up once he gets going. They seem mesmerised. The power of music eh?

Fluffy Links – Tuesday February 3rd 2009

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Johnny calls for a new Irish Music Chart. Good idea.

Rick has badge envy. I have a special badge for Rick which he’ll get soon.

Nice chart from Joe on Irish Incubator programmes.

Last few days to get cheap nosh from some of the best eateries in Dublin.

Task Forces. Aren’t they the things that go along and shoot at people? A huge line-up of people who have no idea of what being redundant and scared is all about.

Vote for Rick at the Meteors and also vote for Vic (Barry) and Joe says vote for Mick too.

Yay. Now get prints of Eolai’s work.

Amazing illustration for an interesting company.

Maire Claire McKenna in Sligo who has just started a lovely little coffee company called Monster Cafe. She’s using a great little van called The Megavan which is rechargeable and fitted out with a fancy coffee machine.

Via TrendSpot: The Muppets do Peaches (Crude language and sexual references ahoy)

So maybe I didn’t answer this already – How I write

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

At TeenCamp Darragh asked something like how do I write for this site. It was something I was wondering myself. I’ve not really stood back and observed or done analysis of how I do these things. I actually searched the archive in case I wrote this before as the lines between thoughts in my head, comments on another blog, Twitter messages and previous blog posts are blurred. But here goes:

It starts with a line, sometimes a phrase and even just a word. Lots of times the killer punch is what goes down first and then I stretch that punch and twist it and then build around it. Without being all philosophically bullshitty about it, what I write is an entanglement of emotions and feelings and imagery and I try and turn that into text. The energy from these decreases in the conversion though.

I find that the outro is written first and as I write that, the foundation or the start of the post then comes into view. The message to me as I said, is a type of emotion or feeling and so I try and describe that first in the post and then move on to the parts around it. This message or takeaway is a blurry image in my mind and I find that I have to think about the words that best try and describe it and sometimes I get it right and sometimes what comes out on a blog post is a rough description of what is in my mind.

Then I take the lines I’ve just written and I move them around on the page. 6th line becomes 2nd line. No, it’s merged with the first line. No, it’s moved back into the 3rd. Things are chopped and changed until they “feel” right to me. As this is happening there is still back of the brain thinking and those new thoughts or sentences get thrown into the mix too and the line might go up top or down the bottom or in the middle.

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Then I walk away from it all. I go read something totally unrelated or watch a video or do something else. I then come back after getting some “external” stimuli and start adding to what I just wrote or add some new thoughts. This walking away can be minutes or hours though I find hours and days take away what really is a high at putting characters together to form words that express the images and emotions that my brain relates to the topic.

Towards the end of the writing comes the rhythm. It’s the internal rhythm in my mind but I find that when I read i want to read something that has a beat to it which keeps me driving through a piece. It’s the background beat to when you jog or dance or talk. Get this wrong and your brain trips on the text and you have to restart.

Then comes the rereading. I might read a blog post I’ve just written about twenty times, checking it over, looking for somethings to tweak. I rarely get external feedback. I never spellcheck using a machine. If I miss it, I miss it. This is me. I find external feedback corrupts (to a degree) the flow and what you’ve just written is no longer yours.

Yet with all of that I write some utter crap but now and then I’ve created a gem or at least something I’m proud of. It’s silly to think that what you write has to hit the mark each and every time. That just dampens the creative bits of your brain which is not good. You hit a home run now and then but you still need to swing that bat a lot to do so. Nobody starts off good and nobody will ever start off great or become so within a few posts.

RTÉ News: Immigrant Survey

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Got this and reblogging it:

In consultation with the Immigrant Council, I’ve drawn up a very short survey on which I’d like to base a TV news story.

It can be found and filled out at the following web address.

It asks how immigrants in Ireland are doing as the recession takes hold, how secure they feel in their employment and whether they expect to stay in Ireland or seek opportunities elsewhere.

We’ll use the results as a basis for a news story on the economic importance of immigrants to Ireland.

I’d really appreciate it if you could help me by forwarding this email to your members or if you could include the details in a newsletter. Any other suggestions you might have to distribute the details to the right people are welcome.

It’s important we get as broad a response as possible to make the results as accurate as possible.

Fluffy links – Monday February 2nd 2009

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

AchGo covered another data leak of customer details last week. This weekend the sunday Business Post covered it. What’s interesting here is that Airtricity has taken out insurance for their customers over the data loss. The banks never did this. The banks got their screwup investigated using taxpayer money and got a report written telling them what to do in future. A report the DPC woon’t make public, despite we paying for it.

Along the same lines, an interesting blog post on how the Dept. of Justice here in Ireland doesn’t seem to want to honour Freedom of Information requests.

Nice listing of car prices at an auction from Derry. Crazy prices. Sobering prices.

Suzy talks about the lack of anyone charismastic and uniting in LGBT politics in Ireland. Most of the organisations appear to be self serving to their board not even their “members”. I remember a comment from someone on the board of an org like this bemoaning the fact that they had to have AGMs and had to answer questions from their members.

iPhone Developer days in Ireland. Yay.

Nice writeup on Steve in the Irish Times.

New blog: Science Culture Bulletin.

Schizophrenia Ireland Changes Name to: Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health

Good coverage by TJ on the eircom and record companies deal.

UK hotels er, not quite.

Twitter were being asses methinks about the Daily Mail Twitter account.

Putin rocks. He clever.

Swan Song (for a nation) – Rae & Christian ft. Veba

Aim – The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice

Alice In Chains – No Excuses (Unplugged)

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Happy Sunday