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3rd political journalist starts a blog

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Mark Hennessy, political correspondent for the Irish Times is now blogging. Other political journalists blogging are Kevin Rafter and Harry McGee.

I wonder is there any truth to the rumour that after the Irish Times get more of their journalists blogging they’ll offer blogs to subscribers of Ireland.com?

Fluffy Links – May 15th 2007

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Happy blirthday blather. Yeah I’m late.

Tim Worstall points out that now even accountants are saying the sky is falling in relation to Second Life and calling it a potential haven for terrorists. Nice smackdown:

Couldn’t be anything at all to do with the thought that if 6 million people can rub along online without any external control then as people begin to realise this, they might wonder whether they need such controlling out here in meatspace now could it?

Vermont has brought about a universal service obligation for mobile services AND broadband, meaning everyone who signs up for one of these has to be given it. 100% coverage.

Alan Moore’s wedding.

Via Rashomon is Bjork live in NYC singing All is Full of Love:

Yahoo! interview Dave Weinberger about lots of things including his new book Everything is Miscellaneous

Chatroom for Irish bloggers

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

Just set up a watercooler chatroom for Irish bloggers. The neat feature for me is that you can add it to your own page as well. Say hello.

Fact: Green Party give a shit and will take your shit

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Well I think that’s what they mean when Ciaran Cuffe says all their election posters get turned into sewerage pipes.

The smell of Polypropylene on my hands from the election posters. (yes we are recycling them, into sewer pipes)

But will they take any shit from Fianna Fáil if they find themselves in Government with them?

Fine Gael’s Broadband Manifesto – Talk about clueless

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Amazing that the political parties pay experts to brief them on broadband and telecoms and then they come up with the following backwards, mundane, buzzword laden tripe:

Fine Gael in Government will adopt a two-stage strategy to revolutionise broadband access in Ireland recognising that Ireland has one of the lowest take-ups of broadband in the EU and the total failure of Government policy in this area, with many householders and businesses unable to connect to a broadband service.

It’s more than just takeup. There’s quality, there’s competition and there’s the future.

• We will immediately prioritise the extension of access to basic broadband services across the whole country. Other countries with similar population density and settlement patterns, such as Norway and Northern Ireland, have achieved 100% coverage of basic broadband services long ago. We will ensure it happens here.

How? Care to mention the way this will be done? Do you actually know or would you do what Dempsey did and just ask the Civil Servants? Cos you know, that really worked didn’t it?

• We will move quickly to put in place so-called Next Generation networks that will improve on the existing broadband service as a second stage in our strategy to create a fresh vision of our future telecoms needs. The fastest broadband available to households in Ireland is still slower than that available in many countries.

If you do get into Government, how will you do this? How how how? NGN is a buzzword that the current Government are latching on to as well.

• We will achieve this vision in a way that will be efficient and speedy and will not be characterised by an overblown budget or an inordinate delay. A number of options are available.

Talk, talk, talk.

One possibility is to create a brand new infrastructure under State control.

A little more detail there lads?

Another possibility is the pooling, integration and further development of existing telecom assets of private and public bodies under the management of a new Public Private Partnership, with organisations taking ownership shares in the new entity commensurate with the value of the assets contributed – subject to control by the State of the infrastructure.

Sounds really messy. Too many stakeholders spoil the broth?

• We will work, over a short and well-defined period, with ComReg and the industry participants to agree a plan to achieve this vision in the shortest time and most cost effective manner.

Same ole shit,, different political ribbon. You cannot guarantee shortest time and cost effective. Working with the telecoms poodle means it’s doomed.

If this is how Fine Gael plans on our telecoms future then Ireland isn’t going improve.

Wanted: Blog and logo designer

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Right to the point, I pay crap money but you will get recognition on the blogs for your work.

Looking for a designer for 3 different blogs:

1. Is for a professional/commercial blog. Will be using WordPress as the publishing platform. The blog will need a logo and a theme. Logo needs to be original and simple, blog needs to have a retro theme. I’m not willing to pay a lot for the work because I’m mean but if the blog starts making money, I’ll pay you more but I won’t guarantee it. Designers who like to gamble might be suited for this.

2. This blog is a tech-inclined blog which will need a logo, though nothing fancy and a “nice” theme. Not looking for anything big with this. Not looking for anything at all special here, just a deviation from a standard wordpress theme as I want something a little different. This pays less than above.

3. Looking for a new theme/design for Mulley.net. New template mainly. Again, nothing too special.

All different jobs so if you are interested in any, let me know by email. 1+2 are not going live for a while so you will have to agree to a possibly non-legally enforced NDA. 🙂 I’m notoriously difficult too, so be warned. (Really good at selling the idea of this aren’t I?)

The Education system today…

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Heard a really depressing story yesterday which really put me at unease for a while. I’m still in shock. It seems 4-5 girls beat the crap out of a younger girl in a secondary school in Mahon last week and to humiliate the girl further, they took turns to urinate on her. Mahon is a neighbourhood just down the road from where I live yet this story seems to be from a different world compared to mine and with two Fine Gael candidates from millionaire families, far from the political representatives of the area.

Former Education Minister Micheál Martin is just a stonesthrow from Mahon too. What kind of world creates monsters like that? What kind of school has an environment where this could happen and what kind of world will we be living in, if these are the products of our country? Apparently this is not an oddity with beatings and fights happening a hell of a lot there and at other schools in working class neighbourhoods. Also hearing that the suicide and parasuicide rates in these schools are higher than average with bullying being a major factor.

Fluffy Links – May 14th 2007

Monday, May 14th, 2007

In Dublin for the day. Blog on autopilot. Tune into TodayFM around 5pm to hear me talk broadband for almost the very last time as part of IrelandOffline. Text me if you are around Dublin from 1300 to 1900.

Walter reviews the Mix 07 tech conference.

Steve Jobs has some choice quotes for Greenpeace. Love it.

I think [Greenpeace] particularly depends too much on principle and not enough on fact. You guys rate people based on what people say their plans are in the distant future, not what they are doing today. I think you put way too much weight on these glorified principles and way too little weight on science and engineering.

The least influential people in business in Ireland. The Sindo have a go at regulators, IBEC and the Comp Authority. Might need to reg to read it.

Jane Fonda back on the Colbert Report and freaking out the host.

Like Swings but hate heights? Not for you so.

Speaking of fears, don’t like flying, then don’t watch this.

Late to the party again? Only seen this now, via IsADubVote for the Muppet Party.

Via John Mortell – Bertie Temple Bar:
Bertie Temple Bar

Via Irish Eagle is the cast of Cold Case (US) speaking as gaeilge:

Michael Howard on Newsnight again

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Via the BBC Editor’s blog is another Michael Howard Newsnight moment. No, not the most famous one where he got asked the same question 12 times by Paxman but where he rips into Alistair Campbell and does it in such a cool and reserved way. Campbell really seemed stuck for a reply besides the “You’re a sore loser” line.

This is of course the most famous Newsnight clip ever:

Via IrishElection – Bertie Ahern statement on his monies (Not communion or confirmation)

Sunday, May 13th, 2007

Via Irish Election is the Bertie statement. Leave my family alone is the gist. Good spin.