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Innovation in Ireland, the IDA and knowledge sharing

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Previously on the Mulley soapbox I mentioned a blogger evening with the IDA I was involved with. I’ve met with the IDA a few times and they do appear to get the idea that the group is more intelligent than the individual and the network is more intelligent than the group. Thus eminating from meetings and the blogger briefing is the Innovation Ireland LinkedIn Discussion group, facilitated by the IDA and with people interested/concerned/working in the future of Ireland contributing to all forms of discussion on current innovation in Ireland, on what other countries are doing and what Ireland should be doing.

Creative Coffee
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I’ve already expressed strong opinions on the death of manufacturing in Ireland and how those that moan about the demise are as bad as the taxi drivers complaining about the inevitability of inevitability. There are close to 200 members of this LinkedIn Group and more opinons are welcomed. Lots of news resources being shared in the group. Don’t be afraid to join and point to a blog post of yours if it covers that topic. In addition we need to accept the situation we’re in and move on. Too much shoegazing and concentrating on the past and all the bad stuff that was done, talking about what others have done and how we can achieve through innovation is better than writing only about job losses, I hope.

A conversation seems to be slowly happening on value added services and proper design thinking these days. I was at DIT (where Seán Haughey got that welcome) this week where some Swedish people as well as Seán McNulty from Innovator talked about Innovation as a way of saving money and increasing business. This was part of their Quality of Life exhibition. Innovation is not just about product design and it’s not about bunging money into R&D. We talk about sales focus, marketing and PR focus, maybe we should ask everyone in every business conversation about how they’re innovating?

Lisbon part two, Lisbon fuck you

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Emailed to me last night. Don’t agree with the sentiment but this guy/guys are massively talented. Fas, John O’Donoghue, Dev, NAMA, Ryan Report, Water Charges all mentions in this hiphop video.

Lisbon part two, Lisbon fuck you
We should vote no if we love our freedom

Website. mySpace. (23k plays on mySpace)

Fluffy Links – Friday October 2nd 2009

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Enjoy voting today. Shame there’s no option for “Yeah ok but you lot are still gobdaws”

On that. Brilliant John O’Donoghue poster.

Great post from Des Traynor on building a web app and then growing it and finally selling it. One of the most pragmatic posts on this area I’ve read.

Making money from twitter and people who want text updates if people reply to them. People said this would not work for bebo and they were wrong. Maith and fear AgTweet.

Desktop app to monitor your o2 bill/usage.

Asda staff member records himself being a cock, sticks video online. Asda lets their own staff respond on YouTube.

o2 are blocking websites now?

Enterprise Ireland’s IdeaGen:

A new initiative that is designed to inspire, inform and connect Ireland’s brightest innovators and entrepreneurs inSouth-East region between October and December 2009.

Good news for CEBs and grants too.

Hi, how are you? iPhone App. For Daniel Johnson fans.

General Petraeus is one badass mofo. Really. Watched too many Clint Eastwood movies?

G’wan Keith Floyd:

Pixies at the Olympia – September 30th 2009

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Debaser

Here comes your man

Wave of Mutilation – Alt version

Update: More videos from Alexia.

Sean Haughey and DIT – 100 Sean Haughey’s greet him

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Minister of State on visiting DIT Bolton Street on September 30th gets met with an interesting silent protest

Just before he walked in:
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Changed my mind, Vote No, Leader says so

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I hope Adam finds this to be funny 🙂

Fluffy Links – Monday 28th of September 2009

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Another competition on Food Fight, this for goody bags from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Looks like Donncha’s Cork photowalk facilitated by Hotel Pat and the Montenotte Hotel went well. Well done to Donncha on looking after everyone.

Should Murphy’s Ice Cream do an ice cream to campaign for equality?

Via M, new book from Irish author Alan Glynn.

National College of Ireland running great lunchtime talks. Legends in your Lunchtime.

Kind of like Moo Cards. Memolio.

The history of Bruce making Born to Run.

Aim for awesome. What a great way to run a business.

Irish band Atomic Horsebox and their song Air Guantanamo. You can pay what you like for their album on their site.

Via I Guess I’m Floating

A video on a Yes Vote for Lisbon

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Under this video in the comments, no doubt the idiots from the Yes and No camps will forget the content of the video and it being humour and instead use the same forced bullshit they use everywhere else to not inform the public but verbally jerk themselves off at being “passionate” about a point. Point of order… Be warned.

TV shows of note – As suggested by you

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Been asking on Twitter what TV shows you thought were worth watching. My own comments added.

Mad Men is now a given. Glee too. (I’m in love with Glee at the moment)

Others suggested were:
True Blood (watched Series 1, meh to be honest)
Generation Kill (Bloody amazing)
Breaking Bad (Saw two episodes and saw it as just Weeds)

Cougar Town

Flash Forward

Peep Show
Damages (Series 1 was ok, 2 bored me quickly)
Nurse Jackie (great first few episodes but grows boring)
Lipstick Jungle

Any others?

Imelda May – “Don’t Tell the Devil” Live in Bruxelles

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

First time seeing this girl live and she’s lovely. Talent and a good rapport with the audience. Amazing band too.

Disclaimer: I was there via an invite from WHPR, a client of Diageo and I got free pints of Guinness at it. The double cheeseburger, hamburger, cheeseburger and twisty fries I got from McDonald’s halfway through were not on their bill. Probably a good thing.