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Mulley and Markham on MS

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I contributed to a piece that Markham Nolan helped put together on Multiple Sclerosis for the Sunday Business Post. My scowl is on the cover of the Agenda section and Mulley on the rocks is on pages 6 and 7 too. Oh how that photo will be reused for a future public upset…

Mulley scowling
Picture of the front cover taken by Bernie.

Markham covers his mother and the tough experience his whole family had with her MS and I give my experiences of being diagnosed with it earlier this year.

The piece I contributed is much longer than what’s in the Business Post and they added in my age to the piece too. I’m 31, not 27 as the article states. 31 and 3/4s at that. Overall the edited version reads very well. However the last two paragraphs which I thought the most important were edited out too, which is fair enough. They’re the pros. I’m including them here as I think it’s worth covering as if it wasn’t for this blog I wouldn’t have encountered other people that have MS experiences:

There are many like me who have MS, perhaps the majority but I only thought of wheelchairs and crutches before my own experience with MS. I might never get another attack and all I have is a slightly moany left side that I can easily deal with. I knew some of the history of Markham’s Mum and I was thinking would that be me in a few years. A few hours after I got out of hospital it was Markham I contacted to ask for his experience. Since I “came out” with MS a good deal of acquaintances and friends have told me privately of their MS or that of their spouse or parents. I was shocked at all these people close enough to me who have experience of MS and I never knew.

My blog has a phrase “invisible people have invisible” rights. When people with MS came to me, telling me their story it helped a lot. I wouldn’t have heard 80% of these uplifting stories had I not disclosed my MS on my blog and to friends and family. It is a personal choice though and being open about my MS has been of immense benefit to me. This was my story, why not tell yours.

Update: A post on this from Markham.

The FG school of branding

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Don’t break anything

Friday, September 5th, 2008

I should be in Belfast, in Nordyland around now and am going to be offline for almost all the weekend. I’m attending Creative Camp and will possibly give a 15-20 minute talk on something which I’m not going to tell you in advance. It’s all part of the hoopla. No, I have it prepared, I swear. It won’t use powerpoint though!

A few timed blog posts will go out still to keep the content junkies happy but if you comment ends up in moderation, it might be a while before it gets through. Advanced apologies.

Belfast Essay:

Property Pin raises €13k so far for full page ad campaign

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Once again the members of the Property Pin show how amazing they are at organising something. Sick of the lack of attention at the realities of the Irish property market, they’re putting their money where their mouth is and are raising money to buy full page ads in the Indo and the Irish Times.

This alone should get them a hell of a lot of media attention but I’d worry they won’t get the deserved attention if they don’t put a spokesperson forward. Til now they’ve mostly remained anonymous but if they want to do this to get maximum exposure they need their own Maurice Pratt of sorts. The media themselves will get a kicking if they are interviewing anonymous entities.

Go Pinsters!

Walker Road Demolition
Photo owned by Draco2008 (cc)

Fluffy Links – Friday September 5th 2008

Friday, September 5th, 2008

The ICCL’s Electric Picnic Photo Album. I want one of those t-shirts!

Those broadband issues with BT Ireland are still ongoing.

If you were one of the 100s or maybe 1000s of people spammed by Insure.ie yesterday and today, here’s the online complaint form for the Data Protection Commissioner. Commandant Lasard himself will look into this.

Watch your eyes, it’s the website for Gay Pride Limerick. One day gay pride will be something that doesn’t need a parade with men dressed as women. Til then the majority of the gay community will keep focusing their energy at partying instead of campaigning for equality. Live for today folks!

Boards.ie forum posts = messages left on the wall of a public toilet. I love how the Indo reporter threatened legal action if he was named in the article. What a cock.

And on that. Boner wanted.

Via Irish Craft Update: Dublin’s 24 hour comics day 2008

Blog for upcoming actress and writer Pauline McLynn. She’s gonna hit the bigtime. Just you wait and see. I have this hunch.

So what email addresses get the most spam? Fascinating survey.

Via James. Ouch. Ad firm emails all their staff the comms plan for breaking redundacy news to them.

Mitchell and Webb – Wrong side

Who wants to help Amanda Palmer?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Got this from Olga, can you help?

Amanda Palmer now solo singer of The Dresden Dolls needs a free or cheap place to crash in Dublin for her and her crew. (Preferably with wireless internet.) I think they are looking for a cheap band rehearsal space too, or a house they can sleep in and rehearse in.

This is Amanda: http://myspace.com/whokilledamandapalmer

The Dates:
September 9th-17th (need a place for 2 people to crash)
September 18th-27th (need a place for 5-6 people to crash and rehearse)

Let me know if you guys have anything or know of anyone, as they don’t seem to be having a lot of luck turning something up. I think if they’re crashing in someone’s place they’ll also guest list you for shows/give you free merch/and threaten to cuddle you.

Dear person browsing from luas green line

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

We can see you:

Luas Mulley

Luas Mulley

Innovation Vouchers – €5k to help your company

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Enterprise Ireland brought out Innovation Vouchers last year. The idea being that any limited company could apply for a voucher, worth €5000, that could be redeemed at a knowledge provider (University, IT, etc). The knowledge provider would then go off and do a bit of research or development for you. A handy way of getting something done when you don’t have the resources and getting the educational institutions to do something with the real world. Something they rarely experience.

If you haven’t applied for a voucher, do so now for goodness sake.

Saying that, I’ve heard some companies are finding it amazingly difficult to get a knowledge provider to do some work for them. I’m hearing that one firm were laughed out of it and told to pretty much PFO as they wouldn’t consider anything below 50k for them to do any work!

Slide44
Photo owned by MikeBlogs (cc)

On the positive, I’ve heard also that some ITs are well tuned in and are doing their very best to help out companies. Informally it seems companies are talking to each other, recommending some knowledge providers and warning to not waste their time with others. National College of Ireland are having an open night about their work and what they can do with Innovation Vouchers:

Information Session on A New Facility for Measuring User-Screen Interactions featuring the newly installed National E-Learning Laboratory (NELL) at National College of Ireland on Wednesday 17th of September from 17.30 to 19.00.

Applied research can answer important questions regarding screen-based media, usability, design, content development, engagement and task-completion. The session is intended to be of particular interest to organisations intending to apply for an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher.

Interested? Book your place by contacting the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching at 01 4498600

So what works for companies, what should companies be doing to get their vouchers redeemed? Care to recommend some good knowledge providers, are you a knowledge provider and actively want to talk to companies?

Got this great business idea you’re developing the past while?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Stop deluding yourself and enjoy your brain crack.

I miss Ze Frank.

Fluffy Links – Thursday September 4th 2008

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Congrats to Nooked and their new shopping widget.

FBD Insurance are on Twitter. Welcome folks!

Minister Eamon Ryan to use Bebo and Facebook for consultation feedback? Read that and how eircom had a barney with him about speeds at campbell’s blog.

Speaking of Bebo. It seems it can’t be stopped, even in Irish prisons. Hah. I think that’s good in a way. It should be hard to stop access to the Internet.

eWrite messenger now supports Toddle newsletter templates.

Staying with eWrite, Gordon did some stats on a Facebook campaign he ran for the Web Awards, seeing uptake on the ads he ran.

Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is now free to download or read online. Great book and fun TV series.

Clever. HP are selling some of their latest notebooks without packaging. They come in messenger bags instead. Great idea.

Terry – TED-like talks but done by college students. Please please please do one in Ireland. Students only. Not the academics!

Steven Johnson gives Palin 3 weeks before she’s kicked out. D’ya think?

Some firefighting photo, this.

Using humans to get around blocks made for robots. Seems that it costs $0.002 to solve a CAPTCHA. (those horrible text box from things that are hard to read)

From Terry: Things to avoid when publicly speaking: