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Monday, December 8th, 2008

There’s no worse time to leave that safe pensionable job and there’s no better time to start that business with your limited resources.

* But starting a business now is tougher than ever. And?

* I know nothing about web apps or code. And?

* I’m not sure I can get a grant for this. And?

* But have you seen the trouble blogs can generate. And?

* Remember the bubble! And?

I stuck up a video about procrastination on the site this weekend and it’s a very Irish thing that we target reasons NOT to start a business and take a risk unlike the American model where it’s about the positives and the attitude is obstacles can be taken care of. Just like the video, there will always always be reasons (many valid) not to start a business in this country. Even a failed or failing business is good for Ireland as the money spent stays local, knowledge is shared, scars are earned.

Confusion and Happiness Street Graffitti Background
Photo owned by Halima Ahkdar (cc)

Here’s a reason to try out that idea, to work for yourself, to develop that web app:

You can always go back to living in medicority, taking shit from a boss who is flailing about in a bumbling along industry. You’ll have learned more practical stuff in one week working for yourself or in a small startup than you’ll ever learn in a lifetime in that pensionable job. Would you take a risk for love? Would you do it for business?

And you don’t have to give up that day-job just yet anyway. 9 to 5 jobs are just that. Switch off and back on at 5.01 and work til midnight on that new business.

And don’t start wasting time on fucking lists.

Fluffy Links – Monday December 8th 2008

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Not a sausage… Rashers though!

Liveblogging the Apprentice tonight?

Michele responds to the article in the Business Post that business blogs ain’t all that. Brendan also has his say.

Five things. Olympic boxing.

Blog I missed. Cork Silver.

New Cork-based Sports blog that’s been email us all about being about: Jump the Fence Baby.

Rewatch Vincent Browne go from nought to jugular in about one second as he interviews Eamon Ryan. Why doesn’t he do that to all those in the Government though or even the limp opposition?


Irish book banned in the UK cos Tom Cruise don’t like it.

State’s best 25 albums of 2008.

Police and thieves and bouncers in Dublin.

Mad Men go 30 Rock for a while. Don Draper as someone else? No. Oh hang on.

Look who took the pic as well as the pic.

Congrats to Eoin et all in Slattery Communications for their new Facebook App.

Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

Getting my stuff done

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Edit: Now with extra D!

Nyom Blog Blog Nyom Nyom Blog Blog Blog

Friday, December 5th, 2008

There’s a Cork Bloggers late-lunch thingymajig on Monday, December 15th, 5pm. Organised by Joe.

Photo owned by jcorrius (cc)

Then on Tuesday December 16th there’s another slapup meal in Dublin for the bloggerati.

Sign up to go along, if you’ve not gone to one of these events before then come along, you’ll be made very welcome.

Photo owned by jcorrius (cc)

Wordle of

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Via Ciarán. Looks like it’s only of the current front page. Phew.

Mulley Wordle

Fluffy Links – Friday December 5th 2008

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Sweary is back.

Best Wedding Photos and Wedding evar!

Sabrina did a great blogging masterclass the other day and her slides are online. I’ve certainly learned a lot from the slides alone. I shoulda been there, shoulda woulda…

HPV vigil happening in Cork and Dublin on December 10th.

Via David The blog of Hackett|Flynn Publishers Agency.

New blog: Assistant to the Brand Manager.

Paul Dervan found this absolute gem of a service for finding and seeing photos on Flickr called
Rowan points out a great presenter.

Via Chris. It’s the fact they rectangled out the horse’s eyes for the photo that’s hilarious.

Very handy tips for PR companies
that want to get digital but these guides apply to ALL businesses that want to keep up to speed with the world.

Synch your Facebook with your mac address book.


Via Fabulist: Washington – Clementine

Via YANP: Magic Weapon: “Charles (The Red One)”

Gilmore for Taoiseach, Bertie for President and Paisley for Pope

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

The Obama kool aid is in effect in Labour too. How many times did Gilmore say change?

Anything less than Gilmore becoming Taoiseach (what are the Paddy Power odds?) will make their recent conference look like a complete farce. Check out all the Gilmore for Taoiseach Posters:

Gilmore for Taoiseach, stupidity for currency

One further comment, how many people under 30 years of age are up on that stage? New Labour, old bones:
New Labour, old bodies

Oh and: Cringe. (Isn’t that the tune to Oh Christmas Tree?)

More Christmas gift ideas – Buy some Irish Art

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Eolai has an art sale on again. I bought two from him last time round and have ordered another two now. Buying someone an original piece of art is always fun. Prices start at $25 and go up to $95 and includes free delivery.

Cliffs of Moher

Also while we’re talking about Art, “Colours From the Heart” is a new exhibition from Anne Rigney. It opens tonight in The Front Lounge, Parliament Street, Dublin at 6:30

Green Party – Caption contest

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Fun with the Green Party Flickr Stream.

Trevor Sargent in Ethiopia and still pedantic – “Only one R in Organic actually” (Original):
Trev in Ethiopia

Oh look and there’s Super Gorm and Ming the Merciless. (Original):
Super Gorm Agus Ming

Super Gorm and his no no no, not going to make any super phallus jokes. (Original):
Super Gorm agus ... well

It’s no longer Super sandal weather, it’s Super hatty weather! Weeeeeeee. (Original):
Super Gorm agus super hatty

Fluffy Links – Thursday December 4th 2008

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Ciaran Rooney has a new blog. Simple address too: yet the same crew took off Mr. Weckler.

Via Una: Graham Linehan very pissed about a bad Irish Times “profile” of him. File under fiction it seems. He’s since toned down the post but this is how it originally opened:

There’s a profile of me in the Irish Times today, which would be flattering if the thing wasn’t such a load of shite. Conjecture, myth-making and truthiness posing as my life story.

And again Via the Rockser: Fionn Times has a blog.

Via Adam is news that Michael O’Toole, the Crime dude for the Irish Daily Star is blogging.

Matt Cooper has a blog. And he has videos of Maurice Pratt!

Via Christian, Cybercom are running the Vodafone Pass the Pressie campaign on Bebo. It’s a bit better than yer man with the loaves but no fishies since it’s genuinely interactive, not write a poem interactive.

Via Enda 8 hours battery life to this very cheap netbook.

BizBookReview – Business Books reviewed in 140 characters or less.

Amazing design for a Blackberry welcome pack.

Via BoingBoing Michael Geist’s Copyright docu (48 mins long):

My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes

Via Red Mum – Boomtown: