I remember watching James Burke‘s Connections series years ago and found it again on YouTube today. Many of the shows are there, split into 10 minute intervals. Connections brings you on a journey through time, back and forth, showing us how small discoveries were crucial to future inventions. Burke suggested the episodes were technology detective stories in the first episode and he certainly was right. Perhaps the modern equivalent of James Burke for me is Steven Johnson with books like Emergence, Ghost Map and Invention of Air. As usual, trying to get a copy of this British TV show is difficult from Play.com or Amazon UK, is a little easier from US websites and is so much easier from torrent sites. I’m sure he’d have some wry comment about that himself.
Instead of doing a traditional brochure for the dayjob I decided to have a bit of fun, at my expense mostly and commissioned Tommie Kelly to make a comic for Mulley Communications. The result is pretty damned good. (Biased) I posted it out to a few people and yesterday there were a good number of tweets about it giving good feedback. I fired some ideas to Tommie, he took them and created the comic. It was a quick and painless process. He’s taking commissions too if you want him to do something as fun for your company.
It gets in my penchant for trains, use of colourful language and that red shirt that so many dislike. Me as Willy Wonka was his idea, really. The cover image comes from this photo by Phil. What I like is that in the digital world where I do most of my business it is very rewarding to create something physical as well that will age, fade, tear, stain and crumple.
The full comic is below but the print version is better. I may have a few left and maybe volume 2 is on the way.
Dublin Tweasure is back on for the final time on September 25th. It’s a treasure hunt around Dublin. Prizes, running, competing against friends. Clues sent out via Twitter.
You can listen or purchase the new Sufjan Stevens album now.
Love how Nick McGivney gets Morning Ireland and Newstalk Breakfast to compete for his listening on Twitter.
Conor O’Neill shows us how to get Facebook Places working here.
Liable because you Googled it? This is an interesting one. So the ex HP boss Googles for someone, sees her past, does nothing about it which results in him getting the chop.
Not long to go before nominations close for the Web Awards.
Reeling in the Years is officially on YouTube and what a great start to this video with Pee Flynn:
Beirut played Tripod the other night and were rather excellent. Sean Penn liked them too:
Because adding a question mark means when you’re proved wrong you can say it was just an inquiry, not solid fact.
Adrian Weckler covered the pending launch of the new eircom mobile phone network this autumn.
A little digging and we see that they are kitting out new stores all around the country. The planning permission on a store on Patrick’s Street/Opera Lane in Cork states it’s for eircom. A quick search on Recruit Ireland finds the job listings. The perks pretty much tell you it’s eircom. What’s interesting is that the jobs start at the end of the month and you’ll get three weeks training. That would mean that the new staff are ready to go at the end of September.
The TIF conference (big telco industry back slapathon) is early October too. It would be good to have that launched at or before it and soak up the buzz.
The name didn’t fit right with me, so I dug more. Corporates already work with Eircom Mobile. EircomMobile.ie hasn’t been registered though. Lots of other ones are however.
Lots of playing on the CRO website for business names and we see that eMobile is a business name for eircom. eMobile.ie is owned by eircom but has been for a long while it seems. And then there’s the emobileie account on Twitter. But eircomMobile exists too.
So I think we’re on track for an October launch and a possible name is eMobile. Or maybe e-Mobile. But it could also be Eircom Mobile. I’d prefer eMobile.
So what should Michele do with his body bag that arrived in the post. (Unused)
Need voiceovers. Chat to this bloke.
Edelman is looking for a Senior Account Executive.
The Affiliate and Performance Marketing Conference is having a roadshow in Dublin next week. Free to attend.
New blogs: Foodie one! A Food Awakening.
Some nice savings in Cork for takeaways with Just Eat.
Making Bacon. No really.
Nice idea. Cards to help you get a job.
Got an email about Temple House Festival, Temple House estate near Ballymote in Sligo from 10-12 September. Over 80 acts – 4 Stages – 3 Days. Lineup: Howard Jones – The Undertones – Reef – The Wailers – The Stunning – Damien Dempsey – The Walls – New Young Pony Club – The Saw Doctors – Terry Hall (DJ set) – Peter Hook (DJ set) – Donal Dineen
The Rehab Waterways Adventure, in Association with Bord na Móna, Sets sail Saturday, 21st August and sails around the inland waterways of Ireland for the next 2 weeks, finishing at Carrrick on Shannon on Saturday, 4th September.
The Far Side show on Phantom can now be streamed. Nice one.
Via Derek in Phantom is King Charles.
Trad for Trócaire. In association with Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Eireann Trócaire are encouraging people all over the country to hold fundraising trad sessions in aid of Trócaire.
Suzy Byrne drives a tank over the idea that marriage is the ultimate goal for gay couples.
Realex Web Awards are on October 16th, 2010. Venue is the Mansion House.
New wedding blog:OneFabDay.com set it up to highlight beautiful and interesting ideas to inspire Irish brides and grooms.
New blog: Juleser’s blog.
IGAP is back again. Great programme for Irish Web companies. It’d be great if the calibre of speakers from last year was attained. Videos of the talks would be great too.
Amazing video of the work that went into a decanter many deacanter many decades ago.
Via Stephen O’Leary. Roger Federer does William Tell.
This is Pop Baby’s Electric Picnic lineup is pretty packed itself.
Some handy Facebook marketing tips for NGOs from Conor Byrne.
Music in the Historic Quarter is an outdoor music trail and event programme which takes place throughout Dublin’s Historic Quarter from 21 August to 1 September 2010.
Foursquare now have a store where you can buy physical Foursquare badges or just t-shirts.
So putting asterisks over letters in a curse word doesn’t make them less sweary it seems. Starring out letters drives me mad. Say it or don’t.
Liking the trailer for this iPad game: The Incident.
Lots of politicians and journos abusing the phrase “ahead of”.
Kids do give a damn about privacy. They’re probably more switched on than the adults who spent so much time “thinking about the children”.
Both the IIA/Irish Times/Prosperity and the Digital Marketing Institute have been press releasing and posting about their FETAC Diplomas. As well as emailing me asking to blog them.
After checking with FETAC it turns out these Diplomas are not FETAC approved just some component of them. Anyone that knows FETAC know how strict they are on this use of their logo and name to sell courses like these.
An email from the Digital Marketing Institute stated “FETAC Accredited Diploma in Digital Marketing” so that got me wondering.
This was their site earlier:
And their Twitter:
Since changed to this, though note the website address:
Press releases sent out though with this line too, which some outlets picked up without checking. All news to FETAC.
Update: This was the DMI take on FETAC a week or so ago
So, how come some of the Diploma in Digital Marketing courses that you will see listed claim to be FETAC accredited? They are not! What that training company is doing is saying that the course is accredited by virtue of the fact that the company is accredited to deliver a DIFFERENT FETAC accredited course. For example, the Digital Marketing Institute could apply to FETAC for accreditation for, say, a Microsoft Excel course – there we could proudly announce that we are FETAC accredited.
But perhaps this would be a bit disingenuous, don’t you think?
Then this is from the IIA website:
and from their press release:
Diploma in Digital Marketing to launch in September
An exciting new Diploma in Digital Marketing with FETAC accreditation (level
5 minor award) is about to launch in September.
So yes, keep your eyes open for organisations claiming to do diplomas with FETAC accreditation. I worked with some orgs that worked with FETAC for training courses and they worked their backsides off to get accreditation. Very disappointing then to have this kind of thing happen. I’ve been asked numerous times about my views on these courses too so might as well put it down here: Some of the lecturers on them are very good. Right now there doesn’t appear to be better alternatives out there. And there’s your business opportunity right there.
The Glucksman Gallery in Cork are looking for interns.
Jolt Games versus Chuck Norris. Chuck no likey.
it@cork members can win a place on a 4 day project Management Course worth €1250 by it@cork member Velopi. Didn’t they do that song about JCBs?
Good post from Mumblin’ on Jim’s blog about the realities of the music industry.
This is an iPad holder I’d love. Sits into it to become an old style TV.
Some handy accessories/apps for taking photos with the iPhone.
12 classical musicians use their heartbeats to control in real time a computer composition and visualization environment.
Plan B – Prayin’