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Des Bishop more fun on a holiday than Tommy Bowe or BOD?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Via a survey from

Most popular male celebs to holiday with (Irish):

1. Colin Farrell
2. Des Bishop
3. Tommy Bowe
4. Brian O’Driscoll
5. Any member of Westlife

While Kathryn Thomas beats Grainne Seoige and Sharon Ní Bheolan?

See full survey results here.

Fluffy Links – Monday August 9th 2010

Monday, August 9th, 2010

New blog (to me) from Humphrey Jones. “More Stress, Less Success is a blog about being a teacher – a busy one.”

Nice app for Cork Tourism. Top ten places to check out.

Fancy that. Load of wine bars in West Cork now. Totally agree with the dislike of laminated menus.

Sales of tea, ham and batch bread soar as GAA season reaches climax.

Facebook Questions has an Easter Egg! Love it.

Book for adults done as a kids book. All my friends are dead.

Via the brilliant Berg Blog. A ball controlled by moving your phone.

Via Fabulist: Sarah Blasko – No Turning Back

BlogTalk 2010 – Galway – August 26-27

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

BlogTalk 2010 is back again in Galway. Registration for BlogTalk is €149 for two days (early bird). There are also have student / unemployed / one-day rates too.

Some of the speakers include:

  • Dan Gillmor (director, Knight Center): Activist consumers and responsible media creators in a networked age
  • Stowe Boyd (social tools authority): Social media blur: blogs, networks are turning into real-time streams
  • Don Thibeau (director, OpenID): Open identity for open government
  • Charles Dowd, Sonia Flynn (Facebook): The Facebook Platform
  • Ade Oshineye (Google): Social networks versus conversational networks

Full breakdown of talks.

Might be worth a visit for Dan and Stowe alone.

Fluffy Links – Thursday August 5th 2010

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Keith Bohanna is running a Getting Things Done training day at the end of August. Also, because he likes me, €25 off if you quote DM or “Mulley is a bollox”. Up to you.

Congrats to the IIA with their Digital Marketing Diploma course.

Laura Jane Cassidy has a competition on her blog for various booky type things.

Philipp Lenssen has brought out a book called “Graphic Adventures: Being a Mostly Correct History of the Adventure Game Classics”. Base material is Wikipedia articles. Great use of open content.

IDEO launch OpenIDEO which is a platform to share innovation ideas to improve the world by looking at specific projects.

Two slightly related. Don’t set goals.

Achievement in games might be a bad thing. What about Foursquare and the like?

Via Jim C on his Phantom Show:
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Fluffy Links – Wedn August 4th 2010

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

(This should have gone out on Monday, oops)

Want to win a Robert Roberts hamper? Gráinne has the details.

Great breakdown from Ciara on the costs of the new iPhone 4 in Ireland.

Drew B does crowdsourcing for a week, letting people on Twitter and Facebook make his decisions for him.

Lovely legal opinions highlighted by Google Scholar. Done in rhyme, rant, noir crime style and more.

Instapaper user? Longform is a service like editor picks of good content to read on it.

Mad Men fan? See how their furniture is done.

Beautiful. The 3D revolving yet stylish palindromical sign for the Victoria and Albert tube entrance.
And a video:

Troika_Palindrome from Troika on Vimeo.

Fluffy Links – Friday July 30th 2010

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Last day of that Facebook sticker for your business and then I send them off to be printed. Get in.

Maura from Easy Schoolbooks has started to blog. I first met her at a training course a year ago at this stage.

Conference from the EU Ireland office. Communicating environmental issues through the web – What can the internet deliver?

“Claiming Our Future” is an event on in the RDS this October. Bringing 1000 people together in one day to discuss the future of Ireland. They’re looking for an intern.

NixonMcinnes are hiring. Brighton jobs.

A new WiFi Kindle is out. Cheap too.

Youtube gives you 15 minutes of fame instead of 10. Should have done this from the start.

Quick video showing main theme from Inception is directly taken from…

Blogging ideas – Matt Cutts suggests what is good content

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Matt Cutts from Google did a presentation in Paris a while back and during it made some suggestions about what can make good content for a blog, content that might get you some quality traffic:

  • Provide a useful service – Blog about legal issues for example
  • Do original analysis/reporting
  • Provide great information/tutorials
  • Blog from a creative niche
  • Write code and open source it
  • Live Blog
  • Make lists
  • Create controversy
  • Network via your blog
  • Start an event/conference

Here’s his 107min presentation:

Fluffy Links – Tuesday 27th of July 2010

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Have a looksee at the Something Wonderful Comic who are looking for new readers.

Aoife makes her own crisps. Oven-Dried Salt ‘N’ Vinegar. Wow. Yum.

You’ve seen the Joe Duffy soundboard, right?

Handy for all businesses. Bord Bia Marketing Reports.

Parnell Summer school. 8 – 13 August this year is entitled: Gotcha! The Role of Media in Politics and Society

Mrs2Be now has a social media directory of Irish Wedding Suppliers.

Stream or download this album from a great band for free. The Cast of Cheers.

Facebook are looking for a Community Manager, Platform Operations (Dublin)

How to make your own In and Out burger.

Fatboy Slim – Everybody Loves A Carnival

Fluffy Links – Thursday 22nd July 2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Self whoreage. Now 100 companies have signed up to get free customised Facebook Stickers. Still another few days before I send them to the printers.

New blog, least to me. Frank O’Regan

Good tips from Catherine O’Mahony on PR and sending stuff into the Business Post. OMFG I linked to a paper!

The Pill is 50 years old. It totally changed the world. A website to celebrate it and society. Sorry COIR!

Paywalls, how are they working for you Rupert?

18th century ship found at WTC site.

The fashion of Akira.

Kele – Tenderoni

Annie’s got her book on

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Annie sent me a picture of a dead deer the other day. Such a flirt. Here it is:

Annie's dead deer
She’s got a new book out. It has nothing to do with cooking and roadkill.
She’s got a new book out. It has to do with her trip through America.

The official blurb says:

“To the Left of the Midwest’ is an exhibition of photography from award-winning blogger Annie Atkins’s first book. Compiled on the railroads from California to Texas, this travelogue chronicles a personal journey through the small towns and backwaters of the United States during Obama’s election in late 2008.”

The launch of it is tomorrow evening from 6pm at the Joinery in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Why not go? It’ll be worth it.

Delighted to see Annie do this, she’s a wonderful photographer and an inspiring blogger. Sending that native American to collect her award at the Blog Awards that time was a bit precious though. But she still rocks. Turns out that native American wasn’t even genuine. Still, as I said, she rocks. Bought pigtails in the poundshop, could have made an effort, like. And a plastic axe. Honestly. Twenty has nice things to say too.