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Sunday, October 1st, 2006

“I have this great idea for an event.”

Conor and Walter know what I mean. Stay tuned.

Sufjan writes an epic

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Live video of Majesty Snowbird by Sufjan Stevens. He plays the Olympia on November 1st which sucks since I’ll be in New York then and I’ll also be missing Beirut play the following night. Damn. Anyways, enjoy:

Ever seen a trailer for a book?

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Steven Johnson – The Ghost Map

BarCamp Ireland – The aftermath

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Got home around 10am this morning even though I live in Cork! What a great event. Sorry I didn’t get to say hello to everyone and stop and chat for long. The venue was fantastic, the speakers were great and maybe at the next one that John Breslin is organising 😉 I’ll have time to sit down and listen to more talks.

BarCamp NoshowsFor those that registered but didn’t turn up, maybe we’ll see you at the next one. It’s a great pity because as well as missing lots of networking and interesting ideas, there were lots of freebies as some bavarian people can testify. Free coffee, biscuits, free lunch, lots and lots of free Bubble Brothers wine, (leave your thoughts about the wine on their blog) free BarCamp T-shirts, free Fon routers, free laptop skins and free drink in the pub after.

Thank you to those that did talks and those who came along to hear and encouragethem. Fair play to the other non-troublemaking Damien for coming all the way down from Letterkenny for this.

Thanks to Michael Bambury from Enterprise Ireland and to the people of Howard Holdings for letting us use the Webworks building. Thanks to Christian van den Bosch, Randy Johnson and his wife Margaret for giving us a hand on the day. Thanks to all the sponsors who were so generous and helped out a great deal. In no particular order Pat Phelan from Roam4Free, Donal Manning in Heineken Ireland, Sigmar Recruiting, Ed Byrne from Hosting365 for providing the free t-shirts, Michele Neylon from Blacknight for stuffing us full of pizza, Julian from Bubble Brothers for giving us all that wine (Elly was certainly a fan), Brian Caulfield from Trinity Venture Capital (great talk too), C&C Group for all the beverages, hooray for Qumas for the lovely food at lunchtime and Madgex for the backnetwork. Why not say thank you to them all on your own blog?

A good way of giving thanks is to organise the next BarCamp. Maybe have one in Galway, one in Dublin, one in Carlow?

Finally and most importantly a huge thanks and well done to Conor O’Neill and Walter Higgins who put in way way more time than I did into this event and deserve the applause of everyone and a pint from everyone at the next post-event drinks thing. Be sure to spread the word on Sxoop Technologies and Argolon Solutions.

Steps of Webworks Building

Borat addresses press about the fallout over his movie

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Some men left behind

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Haliburton contractors abandoned by military when their convoy gets attacked in Iraq. One contractor survives but sees two others being murdered. Meanwhile their National Guard cover abandons them and lets the rescue choppers come to their aid, 45 mins later. The guy videos it all. Watch as a bullet comes through his windscreen, not too far from his head.

It’s a tribute to the professional military rescuers who at least came back and got him out, but how insane or desperate for money do you have to be to drive in convoys over there?

Global Competitiveness Report 2006-2007 – Ireland 21st, again.

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Ireland has stayed in the same position as last year in the Global Competitiveness Report from the World Economic Forum. Great.

  1. Switzerland
  2. Finland
  3. Sweden
  4. Denmark
  5. Singapore
  6. United States
  7. Japan
  8. Germany
  9. Netherlands
  10. United Kingdom
  11. Hong Kong SAR
  12. Norway
  13. Taiwan, China
  14. Iceland
  15. Israel
  16. Canada
  17. Austria
  18. France
  19. Australia
  20. Belgium
  21. Ireland
  22. Luxembourg
  23. New Zealand
  24. Korea, Rep.
  25. Estonia
  26. Malaysia
  27. Chile
  28. Spain
  29. Czech Republic
  30. Tunisia
  31. Barbados

Volunteers also wanted for BarCamp on Sat Sept 30th

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

More here.

Volunteers wanted for blogging conference

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

We’re looking for some Santa’s little helpers for the Blogging the Election conference. Interested? Follow the link

Getting out and voting

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

It seems that It MySpace will now be encouraging people to register to vote and Walmart are going to be doing something like this too by running an initiative to register all their staff to vote. They have 1.3Million employees. Simon McGarr wrote a guide on how to register to vote which deserves attention.

In one of the afternoon sessions at the Blogging the Election conference, perhaps if there’s interest we’ll discuss how a non-partisan campaign that involves everyone can encourage people to register to vote. Please consider going to this conference. Register here for it. There’s a €15 entrance fee on the door but lunch is free!

If you want to sponsor the event then give me a shout. We need about another 2k in sponsorship by the looks of it!