Archive for July, 2014

Don’t Wait – Ira Glass Quote

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Ira Glass, from a Lifehacker interview.

Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.

Fluffy Links – Monday July 28th 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sports doesn’t have to be on a field with mud or in a ring with blood. Sky Sports and others won’t cop this for years but those who get in early and build a viewing audience will get acquired by the old giants.

12 lessons from waking at 0430 each week day.

Women in Space. 23 stories of awesome astronauts and space industry people.

Books to read this Summer as suggested by Bill Gates.

Another growth hacking ebook but this looks good. Big name case studies.

YOU MAKE TIME. But where do you find the time to read books? I hear the same about doing SEO for websites, doing social media updates etc. etc.

Another reading list from

Now the robots are making us mimic them. Be scared.

Very good slidedeck from Kathryn Parkes at the recent Refresh event. All about storytelling and user interfaces.

Bacteria that feed off electrons. Bound to happen. Could they feed off us?

How to make cute chalkboard signs from cardboard.

You iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, just one big (or small) data logging device that can phone home. (PDF file)

LittleBits is such a cool site and concept. Receive a text message when someone rings your doorbell.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Bullshit is the glue of our society. George Carlin. Comedian yes, philosopher yes.

I had hoped to go to the Dots conference but I have work in Cork that day. Boo. Go to it.

Building a successful internal network. Lessons from Telefonica.

Design guidelines from your favourite sites and apps.

The National Library on Flickr Commons. Copyright free photos. Grand Parade Cork.

How Simplifying a 3-Step Form Generated a 30% Conversion Lift

Got interviewed for a student project recently about brands working in regulated markets and whether that hindered them. 2007 interview with Ev Williams from Twitter about how their character restrictions make people creative.

BBC The Men Who Made us Spend. It’s a bit over the top. MehmehBUTAPPLEmehmeh.

This is Eye witness news in a way, Gordon Brown talk to LSE not recorded it seems but tweets from people that were there can give you context.

Moneyball for publishing

Managing in the decade of information overload.

Fluffy Links – Monday 14th of July 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Each and Other is risen from the ashes of IQ Content. Very exciting to see what happens next. Reads like they’re on a design thinking/Ideo path.

New fashion blog. Based in Ireland.

Festival of Curiosity, Dublin, July 24th to 27th.

BBC shows you how to track a company on Twitter for news. Timeline flow is a biggy, pattern recognition again.

Money Ball the sequel? Buy LOTS of players and see how they perform. So data and then performance. Sounds like a startup

“Most of us do not even know how to ask a question. Most of us do not see the root of the word “question” is “quest”.”

Brazil versus Germany. Without Brazil.

The News section is hilarious.

The two Google founders giving a joint and candid interview. A very rare thing.

How to get young people to vote

You always say exactly what you shouldn’t be saying

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

From One Hundred Years of Solitude. Chapter 14. Lovely book.

Meme felt the weight of his hand on her knee and she knew that they were both arriving at the other side of abandonment at that instant. “What shocks me about you” she said, smiling, “is that you always say exactly what you shouldn’t be saying”. She lost her mind over him. She could not sleep and she lost her appetite and sank so deeply into solitude that even her father became an annoyance.

Culture Shock Notes

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Culture shock notes

I bought Will McInnes’ Culture Shock book a good while back and finally had enough time off to read it. As I said to Will, I dog eared the shit out of it and these are the notes from those dog eared pages. Makes sense to me, maybe not to you. I think a lot has happened and sadly a lot HAS NOT happened since it came out so the book is worth a read for anyone in a company/organisation that wants to make changes. Like all books in a new area it had to mix the cheerleading and bringing you over the line part with the “and here’s how to do it part”. I do think even in 2014 that this still needs to happen but for not as many people so one wonders could there be a sister book for the “doing” part and maybe with more exercises. So Will, another book please!

A word of warning: The book however in size looks like it’s going to be nice and easy but the work involved is going to take a lot to do but this will help you plan it all out. This book is a “put downable book” because you are dog earing or taking notes. A very personal feeling is a different shape to the book might have helped with some of the exercises/flows so they’re all on one page or spread over two matching pages. Bigger in terms of being wider. Slimmer but wider.

There’s probably a niche for another book in this area too for people like me, “lone wolf” business people. So Will, a third book!

So, some of my notes, copy, paste and Google, I might be unlazy and add links to these later.
Pg 9 “In ultra competitive business landscape, our organisations need a higher purpose. a story of meaning”

Pg 24 CTI – Coaches Training Institute
“what’s your purpose?” – Richard Jacobs
Check four audiobook too

Pg 47 HCL Technologies.
“employees first, customers second” – Vincent Nagar
Namasté Solar

Pg 57 Worldblu. List of most democratic companies. The Worldblu Scorecard.

Pg 58 Ready. Fire. Aim.

Pg 81 Namasté Solar – F.O.H. Frank Open Honest comms.

Pg 87 Gore.
Associates not employees. Sponsor not manager.
Max 200 in a unit/plant
CEO Terri Kelly – MIT Talk
Nixon McInnes – Church of Fail

Pg 105,106 Conscious Leadership
1. Leading Yourself
2. Style
3. Trust and Ethics
4. Transparency
5. Rewards
6. Comms – Realtime
7. support

Pg 108 – Questions to ask yourself

Pg 118 “Every soldier is a sensor. Every citizen is a contributor. Every resident a reporter.” – Brian Humphrey

Pg 137 Euan Semple “Banning social sites at work is for wimps, real managers have conversations with their time wasters about wasting time”

Pg 142 Crowdsourcing site “Innocentive” – Yury Bodrov

Pg 147 Hackdays – Social Innovation Camps

Pg 162 Andy Grove – “high tech runs three times faster than normal businesses. government runs three times slower than normal businesses”

Pg 173 Ben Fletcher, Karen Pine – Do something different programme

Pg 177 Train company PR guy – “We have twenty seconds before the world knows more about the crisis than we do”

Pg 179 OODA
Observe – What’s going on here?
Orient – What’s my place? Where am I in relation to this?
Decide – What will I do?
Act – Do it
Quick loops, moving and iterating
“The best decision right now”

Pg 240 Global Guerrilla blog – John Robb
Vinay Gupta writings
Are you financially resilient? How can you improve this.

Fluffy Links – Monday July 7th 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Rapid response PR from Walmart. Use your blog to call bullshit on shoddy journalism. Nicely done.

In the food industry in Ireland? Want to be? Join the Foodworks programme.

The Apple iBand/iWatch as a payments and ID system. Disney already doing this and we know who has a LOT of stock in that company

Meanwhile. The Princest Diaries.

Via Justin Mason – A Repair Cafe. Lovely idea.

brings together people with things that need fixin’ with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment

The 30 best albums of 2014 so far.

Someone up high protected Jimmy Savile. Tabloids were chasing him and still nothing even with the scale of abuse that is now known? It’s even mentioned in the original House of Cards.

If a movie doesn’t do a scene from inside fireworks or a volcano after all these done videos, I’ll be disappointed. Bullet time in the Matrix was original done in music videos.

The Moto watch actually looks good.

Hendrick’s Gin and DFS open vintage hair salon at Changi Airport. Odd but cool idea.