Archive for August, 2009

For the first time in history, the human race is having a global conversation

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Via Graham Linehan

There are Mums, Dads, soldiers, doctors, nurses, firemen, base jumpers, astronauts, old people, young people, builders, boxers, cops and at least one tank (don’t ask). And what are they all doing? Sorry, what are we all doing? We are sharing links to thought-provoking articles, we are making each other laugh, we are keeping each other up to speed on current events…we are communicating with each other on a platform that encourages good manners, that rewards us when we’re interesting and lightly smacks our hand when we’re not. For the first time in history, the human race is having a global conversation, and despite all our differences, we actually seem to be getting on quite well.

Not that the Sunday Times would ever dare to find value in humanity…

The Bagger

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

For those that would like nothing more than winning the Lotto and buying a JCB, why not upgrade to the Bagger 288:


Friday, August 21st, 2009

This is the view from my room for the next few days:



One more tune – Public Online Marketing workshop

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

I’ve been asked by a few different individuals and companies to put on an Online Marketing workshop in the next few weeks. I’ve blogged on the Mulley Comms blog about being pretty much booked out from here to December so while very last minute I’m doing a full-day Online Marketing training workshop on next Tuesday Wednesday August 26th in Dublin City Centre (venue to be decided later). The cost to attend is €220. email damien (at) if you want a space. Spaces are very limited. I cap workshops at 12 people.

After that I’m doing the Social Media Unspun talk with Media Contact on September 17th and an Online Marketing workshop with it@Cork on October 13th, one for South Cork Enterprise Board in November and that’s about it for the year.

Remember though, you can download my online marketing documentation and for many people and companies, that’s a good enough starter.

Esteban "Deep Breath" Music Video on Vimeo
Photo owned by philcampbell (cc)

Fluffy Links – August 20th 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Nice to see this. Digital Media training programme.

Build your own iPhone App using this web service. iPhone App to make an iPhone App is around the corner.

Happy first freedom birthday Nick!

Ripoff Republic revisited. Nice price comparisons.

Arthritis Ireland are now blogging.

The Irish Government on Twitter.

Gah. This Digital Media as a Profitable Business Tool event looks great and I was down to go but now can’t as I’ll be London bound. Ah well.

Limerick is Loved.

Tommy used to work on the docks, ripping off Bruce Springsteen songs…

eircom to block Pirate Bay from September 1st 2009, other ISPs say no way

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

See Adrian Weckler’s blog for more details. Eircom have confirmed it to him.

Excerpt from UPC press release:

UPC can confirm it has received a request from solicitors acting on behalf of the Irish divisions of EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony music companies that UPC blocks access to the Pirate Bay website.

This request is separate to ongoing court proceedings between these same companies and UPC with respect to their demand that UPC take certain actions in relation to subscribers allegedly involved in illegal music downloads.

This latest request is apparently further to an unopposed court action between these companies and eircom whereby eircom was ordered to block access to Pirate Bay as of September 1, 2009.

UPC has informed the rightsholders that there is no basis under Irish law requiring an ISP to block access to certain websites and that it will not agree to a request that goes beyond what is currently provided for under Irish law.

Giant Ws all the way – The Web Awards are back, get nominating, get sponsoring

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Off ye go to nominate your favourite websites. Don’t be shy about nominating your own work. Some people were “shocked, surprised and disappointed” (direct quote from an email) that the Wizards behind the Web Awards didn’t consider them. One needs to be nominated, don’t assume your Mam will do it for you.

Sponsorship opportunities are available though going fast.

Irish Web Awards

And this sums up what a No Black Tie event means:
No Black Tie

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 18th 2009

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

73man is back but as 53degrees. Thank God he stayed at an odd number.

Photowalk in Cork on September 26th. See more on Chez Donncha. Discounted rooms for the Friday and Saturday in the Montenotte Hotel for those traveling from elsewhere. Donncha also running a raffle to win three free rooms. Photobloggers getting well looked after. Kudos to Hotel Pat for getting the deal and Donncha for being the ringmaster.

SEEPP (South East Enterprise Platform Programme) is looking for business start-ups and that the closing date for applications is fast approaching – August 27th!

Analogue Magazine now has an online TV show.

Episode 0 begins with Choice Prize nominated Adrian Crowley chatting about the creative process behind his lush new album ‘Season of the Sparks’

Bandit Country and now Pirate Country?

For Gav, rubick’s cube mosaics.

Words don’t come cheap. A million quid to be shown how to use power-words?

NTM – That’s my people

2FM learns too late about perils of ignoring their audience

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Quote via Irish Times:

2FM has been targeting a 15 to 34 age group for a very long time,” she explained. “It is a very crowded part of the market. There are very strong local stations chasing that same audience. They are in a position to be very close to their listeners like guerrilla radio.

2FM got close instead by turning off talk and interactions in a time when the world interacts more. So can we have Rick’s voice back now?

Fluffy Links – Monday August 17th 2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Dave Hollingworth has released KPInator, an open source tool to help companies with their KPIs.

Eoin goes over the numbers for those interested in book sales in Ireland.

Via Daniela – a one stop er shop for gallery shops. Buy all your books and tat from the Tate, Barbican, Saatchi Gallery etc.

The Irish Print and Packaging forum.

Absolut Gimp?

To arrr.

Nice video (at the end) on Mad Men. Thank God it returns.

So new PR hires are expected to know social media. Eh, duh.

Meebo, a hugely successful startup is doing a regular series of posts on how to start a start-up. Nice one guys.

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