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Simon Coveney’s Private Member’s Bill tonight and tomorrow

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Simon Coveney from Fine Gael has put down a motion on broadband during Fine Gael private members time in the Dail this week. There was some coverage about it in the Sunday Indo business supplement this weekend. It will be debated by all sides of the house from approximately 7 to 8.30pm this evening and Wednesday evening too. If you ring his office you can go and watch from the fruit throwing visitors’ gallery as his guest. Number is 01 6183755

I disagree with the FG broadband policy and their attitude til now on broadband but credit where credit is due, at least they are getting attention to the situation. Ross’ Bill is a bit better though. If it takes death by 1000 cuts or 10,000 cuts at least it might get the Government and the utterly woeful Minister for Communications to realise he’s being watched and held to task. There’s no hiding from the dire situation anymore.

(The 12 year old juvenile only giggled once at the title. Ok, twice)

Mother, Mum, Mam – Got a great mother story?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Eamonn from Flowers Made Easy is running a competition for the Best Blog Post about your Mum for Mothers’ Day. Best Post will see a bouquet delivered to her on Sunday. Sunday is Mothers’ Day for those that don’t have their mothers ringing you up every day this week to remind you…

Eamonn wants you to link back to him so he can track the post but I’m sure he’ll be happy with a nofollow link, right? No linking text is required. If you don’t have a blog you can do it on your Facebook or Bebo and point him to that. Or maybe leave it in the comments on the Flowers Made Easy blog?

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Photo owned by SantaRosa OLD SKOOL (cc)


Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

This site seems a bit wobbly since last night. Hang tight, it’ll be okay soon. Really.

She’s happy to see you

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Can you tell? (Props to Michael)


With apologies to Midget Wrangler

Monday, February 25th, 2008

In a discussion with someone who announced AFTER that he was her ex and in my excitement that she was coming to the Blog Awards, I said that some of the content from Midget Wrangler was “filthy“. And I was being the typical catholic schooled conservative person when I said it, though not thinking like Fr. Ted with a placard. I never thought or think she should stop being transparent about her sex life, it’s just the frankness of it and it juxtaposed with other tamer topics is quite new and refreshing. She’s a good writer and should not be stopped from continuing to be one and write what she wants to write. My humblest apologies for offending you and a slap to a certain someone for leaving the tact jacket at home.

Fluffy Links – Monday February 25th 2008

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Via Jimmy Carroll are details about the Cork French Film Festival and specifically La Jetée set to music. Am there.

Brian Vaughan has a new blog. Say hello.

Sully’s blog is out there too.

I’m not sure is the Munster Express meant to be parody, fair and balanced or something else. This is an odd story.

Three is releasing a pay as you go broadband service. Something I think has been needed for years. No contract at all needed now. This might very well suit students and lots of other people besides. Would love to see the takeup. The three network is improving in some places but is awful in others still. Hopefully o2 and Vodafone might release something like this too. cock up again. They proudly talked at the UCC Journo conference last week about how one person can power the whole service. Oversight might be good. cockup

Some t-shirts for VCs.

I still prefer Jazz Biscuit’s CC photo search tool but this plugin is also neato.

Neil Gaiman posted about a Coraline 3D trailer. Good quality but we have to wait for the cinema to appreciate the 3D goodness:

Sylvain Chauveau – Never Let Me Down Again

Trunk Monkey – Interesting ads for a car dealer

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Via Laughing Squid

Prince tears it up – While my Guitar Gently Weeps

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

At the end of 2004 Rock`n`Roll Hall Of Fame Show this version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps was shown. Tom Petty, Jeff Lynn, Prince and more.

Eamon Ryan’s One day meeting on broadband costs taxpayers €50k

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

From a question about the International Advisory Forum on Broadband.

222. Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the cost to the Exchequer of the International Advisory Forum on broadband to be held in Dublin later this month. [7197/08]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Eamon Ryan): The estimate of the cost of the International Advisory Forum on broadband is €50,000.

8 people will be the ones telling Ryan over the course of the day how to plan the future of broadband in Ireland. That money would nearly pay for the enabling of an exchange in a rural Ireland to get broadband. That’s 50k less for the provision of broadband.

Blog Awards 2008 – Goody bags, Qik and sponsorship

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

So the merchandise for the Blog Awards is looking a bit sparse at the moment. If you work in a company (or have a friend that does) that would like to have their merchandise or samples given out to a few hundred bloggers, give me a shout.

If you want to do video live stream on the night of the Blog Awards using QIK let me know. Qik have created a dedicated channel for us. I’ll also be giving out some cards to avail of the net access there since the Alexander charge for that at a high fee. You ideally need to have a Nokia N95 to do the live video streaming.

Oh yes, there are also two sponsorship slots available for the Awards, due to a sponsor pulling out and the other slot is for sponsorship of nametags.

Right now 360 people are registered to go to the Awards. And with only a week to go I had my first Awards disaster dream. Things are heating up!