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Pass the spin please – Another Green gets handed the baton-o-FUD

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Neilformer – Commie in disguise (he of the Che loving, Coke hating Labour Kids) takes a few shots at Roderic O’Gorman and his nonsense post about the Green Party and their backturning on equality. Neil makes very salient points and also points to Ciarán Cuffe and another blog post on his view of the past week. I don’t for a second believe what he said last week in the press but once again a blog post from Ciarán gives me some hope that the Greens have some morals. What good are morals though if you never take a stand? Anyway, contrast Ciarán’s blog post with Roderic‘s. I know which one is more transparent. As Neil also points out, I think it very poor form to use the names of Katherine Zappone and Anne-Louise Gilligan to try and copperfasten what the Green Party did last week. It’s pretty low in my books.

Speaking of low, while cheap to laugh at a typo, I find it funny that Roderic talks about getting passed the spin, (I think he meant getting past the spin) as if he was the next baton holder in the Green Party FUDathon. It seems indeed that Roderic picked up the baton and performed well enough, if spin and buck passing is the game. Screencap of the blog post title before it is changed on Rodder’s blog.

Green Party Spin

I wonder will I get dressed down privately now because of what I said about the Greens? I hear that’s the new fashion these days.

Bonus link to Una’s piece last Sunday on Ciarán.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 6th 2007

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Dude, just stick up the article now.

Someone doesn’t like Fianna Fáil.

Hugh riffs on Social Gestures and Social Objects.

iPhone done to powers of ten.

When an Irish Times journo likens you to this badass, your face automatically reddens. My fav show in a long while and a bloody great character from it too. I might not look good in a bow-tie but other than that, I can be him.

Listen at this LOUD. Via Michael

via Airstrip One, Jape – Floating

Via You Ain’t No Picasso Of Montreal cover Purple Rain (no doubt Prince will demand this to be removed)

Ever notice American audiences are so annoyingly fucking ignorant at concerts and talk through songs?

Bebo releases Bebo Nation – Million Dollar homepage esque idea

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Congrats to Adam for his work on Bebo Nation. The Max Bebo can make from selling the 10×10 pixel slots is €25k so I assume there’ll be more island a la Second Life.

Tribune Business Editor fired for … quoting a blogger?

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Richard Delevan is no longer Business Editor of the Sunday Tribune after being fired this morning. Rumours were going around today that staff in le Trib were told he was kicked out. Allegedly he was told sling his er hook over an an article he wrote about an auctioneer who couldn’t sell his own gaff. It’s all the fault of A Randow Walk. 🙂 (The post I linked to is gone now. Ooops) Also mentioned on Property Pin. (Being clear, I’m not actually blaming A Random Walk or Property Pin, I was being sarcy.)

Of course I’m biased on this. Richard gave me a job in the Tribune in January this year doing what I do on this blog, writing about things that interest me. I’ve never enjoyed myself more. Easiest person I’ve ever worked for and he’s encouraged me so much and helped me improve how I write about things. It’s a shame I won’t be working with him as much because everytime we chat I’m more enthusiastic than ever about technology. At least he can go back to writing his blog and book.

Real Men

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Heard this cover sung by Tori on Phantom yesterday evening:

This is the original from Joe Jackson, the vid is cringeworthy:

Lyrics.

Why I should win the Golden Spiders

Monday, November 5th, 2007

So I, along with some very worthy people (Deborah, Grandad, the wonderful ladies of Beaut.ie and the fabulous Denise) are nominated in Best Blog category at the Golden Spiders. I’m sure some Golden Spider judges might be reading this site and wondering why I should get the award above the others.

Well, if you choose me, I’ll probably make an entertaining thank you speech. Entertaining for me, not the Golden Spiders people. I’ll probably say that paying to enter awards is an awful way of doing things. I might also call on the awards next time to be more transparent in their judging and I’ll probably ask that sponsors recuse themselves from being nominated and make reference to this blog post. I’d also probably be bold enough to mention that I’ll be running an Awards show in April that will directly compete with them. That’s just the speech.

So gwan, choose me 🙂 and vote for me too, here.

Edit: It was pointed out to me that the way I worded one of the sentences sounded like I was snubbing Denise. Sorry if it appeared that way, not intentional. Denise is a great person and runs the amazing IrishAnimals.com website. The website alone has probably saved the lives of many a doggy and moggy.

Business Blogging Training Course in Wicklow

Monday, November 5th, 2007

I’m giving a training course on Friday in association with Wicklow County Enterprise Board. The training course is for businesses who want to start a blog or have one and want to improve their blogging skills. There are still a few places left for the course. Full details here.

This is a rough overview of what I’ll be doing but will probably change on the day to suit the needs of those attending:

Module 1
Aim: Introduction to Blogging
1. What is blogging? Why is it good for business?
2. Search Engines and blogs: Why blogs are a natural fit.
3. What are blogs to model yours on? What are the good Irish blogs?
4. Community Building: Blogs have human qualities.
5. Is it worth the time and effort? Why spend more time on another tool?

Module 2
Aim: Setting up a Blog and going live by the end of the day
1. Getting started: Choosing a blogging platform
2. Blog installed, now what? What makes a good blog post?
3. Copywriting for blogs: Titles, wording, formatting, linking

The Science bit: URLs, links, trackbacks, spam, what are these things?
4. Getting noticed: Links, comments, mail shots.
5. Interacting with your new audience: How followers can build your company for free.
6. Nosy neighbours: Who’s talking about me and my blog?
7. Live, from this room: Going live.

Fluffy Links – Monday November 5th 2007

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Firefox plugin that randomly adds obscenities to the page.

Advertising costs in New York.

Using Facebook as an authentication gateway for WiFi.

A backshaver for men. Ugh.

Surprised the ISPs don’t do the dns redirect trick here.

This handy Yahoo! pipes application allows you to turn your Amazon wishlist into a nice RSS feed. The Amazon one that’s provided is a little iffy.

So a soldier gives a 17 year old HIV and only gets charged with assault and gets 3 1/2 years? I remember cases where people practically got life for this.

Some new Irish blogs. Post Darwin and Sam Kidd and Hairy Fish.

A clock that works really slowly over time. As in 1000 years. Uses trees to chart the time.

Via Conor, a nice road safety ad from Australia

Operator Please – Leave it alone

And now a critic of Ace Internet Marketing has his site attacked

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Distributed Denial of Service Attack.

Most popular artists and albums in Ireland via Gracenote

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Via JP

Gracenote Maps tells you what is being listened to in what country. Shame there isn’t more than Top 10. Would love to see a Top 1000.

Current Top Artists in Ireland:
U2
The Beatles
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Green Day
Guns N’ Roses
Bob Dylan
Eminem
Foo Fighters
Bruce Springsteen

Current Top Albums in Ireland:
Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits
International Super Hits – Green Day
Rush of Blood to the Head – coldplay
Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Echos, Silence, Patience and Grace – Foo Fighters
Eyes open – Snow Patrol
Neon Bible – Arcade Fire
Curtain call (The hits) – Eminem
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Because of the Times – Kings of Leon