Archive for January, 2011

Fluffy Links – January 31st 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Basepress.org – a collection of minimal themes to quickly kickstart your company, business or blog online.

Eireball 2011 – Convoy of classic Volkswagens winds its way around the island of Ireland.

Don’t forget. #mulleybucks are still working for discounts. Let me know if you want some.

Measure It! is on on Wednesday in the Science Gallery. Do come along.

Irish primary schools using Twitter. One on hope and the future.

True Grit comic released to coincide with the movie remake.

Google censoring suggested searches. Oh dear.

Freelance Whales: “Generator 1st Floor” (Tiny SXSW Concert). These guys play Dublin on Tuesday. See them!

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Informed Sources

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Years back when I did work with IrelandOffline I talked to a journalist about some telco gossip I heard. Something about the Govt not being happy with some new offering from eircom or something. I asked not to be attributed and to check with others about it. Watching Yes, Minister the other night reminded me of this. The next Sunday the story was printed gave me attribution as “sources close to the Government”. When I read some stories in papers nowadays when they have a “sources” anon quotation and then an on-record quote from someone else, I know that it’s the same person being quoted. I stress, for some. Anyway, enjoy this scene from Yes, Minister series 2 “The Death List”.

Here Jim Hacker leaks a story to the press in the usual way:

Jim Hacker: Where will they run it?

Journo: High up on the home news page.

Jim Hacker: – Not on page one?
Journo: Can I attribute it?

Journo: “Minister speaks out”?
Jim Hacker: – No, no, no.
Journo: Then, where did I get the story? I can’t say, “Officially announced.”
Jim Hacker: “Government spokesman”?

Journo: “Sources close to Minister”?
Jim Hacker: Hold on, I don’t want everybody to know I told you! Couldn’t you do, “Speculation is growing in Westminster”?

Journo: A bit weak.
Jim Hacker: “Unofficial spokesman”?
Journo: Used that twice this week already!
Jim Hacker: The Cabinet’s leaking like a sieve, isn’t it?
Journo: Couldn’t we attribute it to a leading member of the sieve… Cabinet?
Jim Hacker: No…
Journo: How would you like to be “an informed source”?

Jim Hacker: OK. “Informed source.”
Journo: Quite a joke, isn’t it, describing someone as “informed”when his Permanent Secretaryis Sir Humphrey Appleby?

Fluffy Links – Monday January 24th 2011

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Still finding myself type 2010 and not 2011.

Measure It! is on in the Science Gallery on Feb 2nd at 10am.

Via Tommy, James Eggers does a fantastic YoungSci project on emotion and sentiment on Twitter.

New politics/election site: CampaignTrail.ie

Dave Winer gives advice to Keith Olbermann. Going to the Internet, I dunno. Conan needed very traditional media to get nice leg up online which he then channeled back into traditional media too. I do like the idea of using all channels/platforms though. Mutually exclusive are both oldskool ways of doing things.

Wine bottle labels with 3D bits. Wonder if you leave your 3D glasses on when drinking, what happens.

Iron and Wine stream their album on the TeamCoCo website. Nice alignment of Conan and bands.

Brian Rossi emailed and asked to mention some of his songs.

Fluffy Links – Friday Jan 21st 2011

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Some great posts from Darragh on getting to know and getting used to his new guide dog.

Love this post about spaces and navigating even the ones you already know.

BuySupply.ie allows you yo analyse the purchasing and operating costs within your business and generate a report outlining potential savings.

The Washington Post opens a Facebook Marketing agency.

Good post about Facebook ads and cost of acquisition.

Via Swiss Legacy. Visual accoustics docu.

Nine Inch Nails – Dead Souls

Social Media and Political Parties in Ireland

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

It’s going to be an Internet election in Ireland? Bollox it is.

There are two million people in Ireland on Facebook.

Fine Gael has 2776 fans on Facebook.
Fianna Fail has 1770 fans on Facebook.
Labour has 1421 fans on Facebook. It also has 1960 “Friends” on a personal profile which is against the Facebook terms and conditions and is still interacting with people as of today.

0.13% are fans of Fine Gael
0.0885% are fans of Fianna Fail
0.07105% are fans of Labour

17,000 Irish people are fans of Barcardi. Why like? That’s 0.85% of Irish Facebook users.

Spin SouthWest meanwhile has 58,000 fans. That’s 2.9% of Facebook, for a regional station?

If the excuse is Facebook has the wrong demographics then it shows the total ignorance involved in this. Every demographic are on Facebook and in very large numbers. The election in March is still going to be done the old way by the old faces with a few appointed kids fake tweeting and Facebooking for the parties. And they’ll pat themselves on the back for it afterwards too in their special advisor or quango roles.

More five second analysis of everything the parties are doing wrong will probably follow. Love Damien, who apparently consults for a political party.

Social Media Cushions

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Saw some of these on Etsy a while back. Found a local Irish maker of them: Heli Designs. Heli will happily make them for you too I should think. Yes, logos for Irish sites can be done/are on the way.
Social Media Icons/logos Cushions

Fluffy Links – Monday 17th January 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011

MulleyComms bits:
Survey of Irish Teens and how they consume media and what they pay for.

As a follow on: How to get into the Irish Times for €500.

Cork course not taking any more bookings but Dublin Evening Social Media Course is still game for bookings.

Other bits:
UCC also offering a course in online media, have a look.

There are things to do in Dublin. Besides pubs! The Dublin Event Guide.

List of Irish video production companies.

Banter & Barry’s Tea: ‘Well Done Steak: Irish Food in 2011 & Beyond” 27 Jan @ TheTwisted Pepper

90 min lecture from the guy that did the titles for Spiderman, Iron Man and more.

Alex Ferguson talks Michael Collins and more to Colm Murray. Audio.

Irish Politicians app. More a dig at em than a polnerd app.

James Blake – Limit to your Love. I like this song. Rest of his album is far too much of autotune.

My favourite web thingymajig

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

John suggested I ask people this:

What is your one single favourite thing on the whole Internet? A person, a website, a piece of content like a photo, video or song or?

Rules (if you believe in such things):
Go off and have a think about this if you like and then come back.
You’re only allowed one and it must be your absolute favourite thing.
When leaving the comment, please include a short sentence as to why it is your fav
If you want to make this anonymous, please do.

Fluffy Links – Monday 10th January 2010

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Another business startup type programme. Endeavour.

Been offered a fortune to mention this blog: I Don’t Like Cricket.

Great story on a local pub and how it is run.

Maybe it’s more knowledge economy bluff but IIEA upcoming talk entitled The Digital Single Market. Jan 31st.

Reset Ireland. Jan 15th and 16th in Galway.

Reset Ireland is a grassroots initiative to facilitate conversations for real social, political and economic change through developing an action plan for open government and media reform.

Trains on Storyful. Choo choosing to read it.

Arts collective plans to do something creative around the spaces normally where election posters goes.

Roll Up You Sleeves. Bought five copies of this ages ago and gave them to people who I thought might be inspired by going off and doing your own thing. Play it at the Young Scientist event!

Roll Up Your Sleeves: A Documentary About Do-It-Yourself Counterculture (2008) from Dylan Haskins on Vimeo.

#mulleybucks discounts

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A few weeks ago, after getting the comic book commissioned and printed, I asked Tommie Kelly to design some Christmas cards for me. Then I wondered what should go in them. Ah yes, money.

So this is how the Christmas card looks. With an IP infringement nod to Bóthar.
Mulleycard

Mulleycard

And then I decided to get money printed. #mulleybucks to be precise. Here they are.
#mulleybucks

I sent the money out to a lot more people than the Christmas cards. Over 100 people got them I believe. But the money was created for another reason too. Ideally I wanted to see these Mulleybucks used to be able to cash them in on products and services that I offered as well as from a few other people too. So with that in mind, here are some discounts from myself and other people. A few more too are on the way:

#mulleybucks discounts

Mulley Communications: I’ll give you 50 euros off my Cork or Dublin Social Media Evening Courses if you present one of the #mulleybucks to me.

Caricatures Ireland: Will give you 20% discount for $50 Mulleybucks

Sweet Dreams Ireland: 10% off their products if you present $50 Mulleybucks

Project Arts Centre: 2 for the price of 1 tickets to see any performance of Celebrity from 11 – 15 January. Regular tickets are €15. Quote mulleybucks to get the offer when booking on 01 8819 613. Bring them along on the night too :)

As I mentioned, more discounts from other companies are on the way.

Update on 07/01/11
Blacknight are offering you:
.ie domain name €14.99 / year 1-10 years and transfers
.eu domain €3.99
Minimus annual discount by 20% (or something “round”)
Expiry: December 31 2011
Code for buying online: Go find it. Last 5 digits on back of note
(Do post them a #Mulleybucks note too!)

Mrs2be.ie will offer a 10% discount off their advertising rate card in exchange for 50 #MulleyBucks.

Jo Burger Would like to give you two burgers & a portion of bush fries for 20 euros which is a 30% discount.

Like.ie will give you 50 euros off designing a Facebook Landing Page for you.

Imogen Bertin is offering lots of free time for you:
Lifehacking: 30 mins one-to-one advice/training on sorting out your computer/smartphone to free up time in your life for stuff you want to do…

Gardening: One hour’s free help which can be advice, design, or clearup after the winter weather. RHS qualified.

Horses: One hour’s free help for the stuff you never get to. Fencing, tack cleaning, clearouts. BHS qualified, Teagasc Young Horse handling cert.

Italian Foodies are offering 10% off when you produce a #mulleybucks note.

Costelloe’s Malthouse in Clonakilty are offering 10% off when you produce a #mulleybucks note.

Red Balloon Main St Ballincollig gives 15% discount with #mulleybucks. Gifts, balloons & more.

Spiral Hosting have the following deals:
25% off any shared hosting or reseller hosting package (includes free domain name on yearly packages) Use code: bucks1
.co.uk domains €3.50/yr Use code: bucks2
.mobi domains €3.50/yr (until 31st March) Use code: bucks3

Glucksman Gallery will offer 10% off in their shop if you present some #mulleybucks

$50 real money discount on a yearly Toddle Email templates subscription if you hand them over #mulleybucks.