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Fluffy Links – Wednesday August 12th 2009

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Soundcheck getting in on the Princess Bride online Tweetathon. If you’re heading there you can see PB on the screen and also see the Twitter interactions. We also have a Liveblog for those not on Twitter.

A night of the claws out. Feminists and proto-feminists talk Lisbon. DeBurca versus McKenna and Marylou demanding to be let finish. Her. Sentences.

WhoseView (a client) has people putting up reviews on eeerything and anything. Some witty feller has reviewed the Winding Stair and it’s quite fun. Take that Amazon three wolf t-shirt reviews.

David Byrne allows you to play a building. Wonder should I head back to London just for this? Only around for a few weeks.

Closer than you think. Mapping remoteness.

less than 10 per cent of the world’s land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city

Neil Armstrong really was a tough mofo. They don’t build them like they used to.

Via Unarocks is a vid of Anne and Barry today. Jam!:

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 11th 2009

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

The Realex Payments Web Awards 09 are open for business. Guess who the new main sponsor is? Get your nominations in for the categories too. Press release went out today and yes it’s true, turn up in Ireland soccer gear (they play the same night) and you can get in for free.

Online campaign to get Rap as Gaeilge into Irish charts. And the track disses Peig!
Track sample:

I wish I was in Galway for this: Turning the right brain left and keeping it right. Art + Business + Creativity, with Lynda Cookson and Allan Cavanagh!

BarCamp Derry is on in October.

Event:
Exchange Dublin in association with Temple Bar Cultural Trust are calling on citizens, funders, public representatives, artists and more to take part in ‘Culture and the City – the Debate’, a masked anonymous debate and theatrical event where invited guests and audience members will respond to broad questions about Culture and the City Meeting House Square, Temple Bar on Wednesday August 19th at 6.30pm (gates open at 6pm)

Shame I’m otherwise engaged: SymbioticA’s BioTech Art Workshop is an introduction to biological techniques and issues surrounding the manipulation of living systems. Artists and researchers from various disciplines engage in the biological science lab to utilise language and techniques into their practice and research.

Grow your own footbridge.

Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour – In Your Eyes

Fluffy Links – Monday August 10th 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009

In and around Dundrum today? Seems the newest Leo Burdocks’s store there is giving away free Fish and Chips all day. Found via Bargain Alerts.

If you want to partake in the Princess Bride Twitter evening, there’s now a Facebook Event so you can note your attending. The Princess Bride LiveBlog is here.

The Tuesday Push is taking some time off, it must think it’s a TD or something but in the mean time can you fill out this survey for them?

Bloggers and Twitters in the Irish Times and writing for the Sunday Times too!

It’s the small things. Via Ewan’s delicious, Microcopy is vital for web apps.

# When signing up for a newsletter, say “this low-volume newsletter”
# When people add their emails, say “we hate spam as much as you do”

Tape Art. Wow. Portraits using audiotape.

Via Buildings and Food Fergus the Forager – blog of a guy that just survives on foraged food for a year.

Arcade Fire – No cars go

Javier Mariscal exhibition in the London Design Museum

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

Visited the Design Museum in London this week. They had two exhibitions on, Super Contemporary and one on Javier Marsical.

There was a great timeline about design in the UK that contained a huge amount of information and jump points into lots of areas. One that really interested me was the design of the roadsigns in the UK. One single design to unite them all and they left real genuine designers design them. Civil service working well.

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Javier Mariscal is the guy that you might know more as the guy that designed the mascot for the Barcelona Olympics but is famous in design for so much more. Here are some photos and videos from that exhibition:

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As you wish – Princess Bride Twitter evening, August 13th

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

If you’re interested, a few of us Twitter folk are having a Princess Bride Twitter evening on Thursday August 13th at 8pm. At 8pm on the button we all press play on the DVD in our drives and start watching while sharing the experience (i.e. comment loudly) on Twitter. The event was party inspired by Graham Linehan’s Bad Movie night, except this is a very good movie but was more inspired by the Irish Twitter community who gather around their TVs from time to time and with their laptops exchange comments with each other about whatever is on the box. It’s a fun shared experience.

I was thinking the hashtag for the event could be: #asyouwish

Update: Sign up to attend via Facebook.

Life is good
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Anyone can take part but you might just want a DVD copy of the movie to fully enjoy it. Why not bring friends along too to take part in this, like a cult maybe we can convert people into The Princess Bride.

If you’d like to take part stick your name down in the comments or if you’d like to host a watching party in your gaff, do so too.

Helen at the Globe

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

On the way to the Tate Modern for their Futurism exhibition and after finishing my Mister Whippy (threw away the flake) I popped into the Globe Theatre to see what they had free in the next 36 hours. Helen was the only free show and at 7 this evening. Romeo and Juliet is booked out for the season! So I chose Helen and the fantastic girl behind the counter gave me the best seat in the house (C40) which is front and centre.

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She also discounted it from £40 to £20. I knew nothing about it going in. After a few minutes I thought I’d skip out halfway as I was knackered but as the show got going I didn’t want to. Helen is played by Penny Downie and she’s energetic and playful and you can see the audience hang on to her every reaction. Paul McGann who played I in Withnail in I plays Menelaus and feck me he has not aged one day since Withnail. I thought he was one of the younger McGanns actually.

The play itself is so so story wise but it’s a comedy and is highly playful and interactive with the audience. I heard some girls bitch after about it lacking meat, pah. It was was the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in ages and ages. The ending reminded me of the Monty Python Alien in Life of Brian but you know, funny. A cute touch too was the cast came out and danced in sync for the ovations. Very cool and very obviously they needed a good bit of choreography.

This wsa my first time in The Globe. It’s beautiful. Smaller than I would have imagined. A few shots from the iPhone of it:

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Anything on in the Globe is worth going to. Who’s been?

Fluffy Links – Wednesday August 5th 2009

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Off to London for some work and research for a few days and to find someone a birthday present. And this. Try and break as little as you can. Ta.

The Across the Water Tweetup is coming along nicely. Nov 14th in London.

Daniela gives a run-through of what’s happening in the Arts here in Ireland.

From a Facebook Ad no less: Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship.

This is a fully-funded programme, including all fees, and participants will receive a bursary to the value of €17,500 (plus a rental allowance).

Ireland is totally ass-backwards when it comes to the world of digital. Says the EU. Government spin will say the report is from old data, yes motherucker because it takes time to gather data from all EU countries. They’ll say it won’t take into account our recent broadband gains. The same jaded line is used year in year out. I’m sure they’ll mention the vapourware plan to “digital leapfrog” the world. Frogs thrive in stagnant conditions.

Via Max. BBC Radio 4 programme on Powerpoint.

What’s your Douchebag name?

Limited edition bottled water. Uhm, it’s water.

Helmet – Wilma’s Rainbow

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 4th 2009

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Well done to Kevin on his new website: Back Page Football.

Darragh of the Digital variety has done up his site, have a looksee. Then there’s his involvement with the Listen and Learn Recordings:

Microwaves, calculators, iPhones and iPods, computer applications, Microsoft windows, Linux and administration tutorials and walk through’s, you want it, we’ve got it!

900k Irish people now on Facebook. Wowsers

Even UCC are getting into this new media lark with one of their night courses.

With a name like Another Bloody Water, it has to be Australian

Via Tipster. How interesting. Using Google searches to give more up-to-date data on unemployment levels than the official statistics.

100 episodes of Design Matters now available.

Merce Cunningham died last week. RIP.
“Split Sides” feat. music by Radiohead & Sigur Rós

A dance with Torture Survivors expressing the unspeakable with their bodies. Fall and Recover:

No Techcrunch I won’t delete my Twitter message

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

After I retweeted something from Pat Phelan about James Whatley quitting Spinvox I got this email from a Techcrunch staffer:

Mate would you mind deleting that tweet? We wrote a pre-emptive story based on an unconfirmed rumour. No idea how it ended up in our RSS feed and James could lose his job.

All best,

Techcrunch who published all those docs on Twitter yeah? And made a big deal about them being allown-up journalists yeah? Yeah, fuck off. Others seem to have gotten shut down on this. Not here. Screenshot too:

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More detailed screenshot.

Google has it too, I expect they’ll get a DM too from Techcrunch.
No thanks techcrunch II

Update: The Techcrunch apology to James Whatley.

Arrr – There be Pirates

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Talk like a Pirate Day is on Saturday September 19th all around the world. Some stuff happens in Ireland every year but nothing hugely coordinated compared to the rest of the world. I’ve set up an Irish Talk Like a Pirate Fan page on Facebook. Amazingly over 2000 Irish people have chosen Pirate as their default language on Facebook so maybe we can do something as a group, big or small for that day.

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