Over on the Mulley Communications site I’ll be giving away my Online Marketing training documentation if 103 people leave comments on the post. Oh and there might be a free Online Marketing training course resulting from it too. The training material can be used for commercial and non-commerical activities too once Mulley Communications get attribution. We’re almost halfway there when it comes to comments.
You can apply to be a Blog Awards judge here.
Ronan Carroll aka Tenaka released his deput EP on January 10th. You can download it for free or get a hardcopy for a fiver. His mySpace allows you to listen to his songs via the browser. Check it out.
I’m liking the Choice Music Prize lineup. Some talented people in that list.
Hothouse are currently recruiting for the 17th Venture Programme which will begin in March 2009. This PDF has more details. Many people in the blogging world have done the Hothouse programme and it has a good reputation from what I hear. Now is the time to go for it…
Michael Flangan has a new online portfolio.
Rick Protest, now with photoshops.
Thomas Brunkard is a funny man.
New blogs to me: Brian H Fitzsimons.
And another: Colin Fitz.
One would have thought Channel 4 got digital.
New video from Beirut. Ah good old Beirut.
These toys, I want.
ComReg make the rules that eircom plays within, now they tell the Oireachtas they’re getting tough on eircom. After you gave them free reign the past few years.
Terrorvision – Tequila
Terrorvision – Oblivion
Following from the post asking you to donate phones to the Jack and Jill foundation, we have three winners.
The winner of the Nokia 5220 XpressMusic is Úna Ní Chonghaile. Congrats.
The winner of the Voyager 815 bluetooth headset and an Elextex rubberised portable keyboard for phones is Fin. Congrats.
And the blogger who won the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet is Chris D. Congrats.
Please keep donating phones. Donating a phone is easy as you drop the phone and charger (if you have it) in a jiffy bag and send it to their freepost address: The Jack and Jill Mobile Appeal, Freepost, Ratoath Road , Finglas, Dublin 11
If you collect 10 phones they’ll send a courier to you.
TeenCamp is on Saturday. You going? Got suggestions for group discussions? What would you want teens to tell you about your business or industry?
NiallerH interviewed me on the tellyweb thing about blogs and me and me being narky with EVERYONE and PR in Ireland being dead in two years and got me to say rude words about things. I carried it on over on the business site too.
The Rick Campaign is spreading!
McNightmare. If you dislike clowns and stuff, don’t click.
List of Google products that make Google direct and indirect money.
Short fluffy links today. Get nominating!
Skip James sings “Crow Jane”
I’m completely biased in this because Rick O’Shea is a good friend but I’d listen to his show if he was a mate or not. Except his show isn’t a show anymore. It’s a playlist with a voice that doesn’t get enough coverage. As you may have read on some blogs and in the press, 2FM made a very silly decision to take an axe to Rick O’Shea’s afternoon show along with the shows of Nikki Hayes and Will Leahy. Rick’s show was a modern radio show, meaning it was interactive, it was guided by pop culture and whatever zeitgeist was happening, it read texts out, it got people to do funny things, it spread the 2FM wings out from radios and into the general populace and the ratings showed it was working quite well. The future of Radio is not the “broadcast out and that’s it” model, the future of radio is about reaching out and getting back and reaching out again. Radio needs to be guided by the voices of those that are listening. We don’t need a Carson Daly radio model.
And now the personality and the soul of it has died. The music lives on but nobody wants just music anymore, as someone said, our iPods will do that for us, we’re much better at being our personal DJs.
They won’t take his blog away though or his chat and banter with us the audience at the Blog Awards or the Web Awards so we can still have fun with Rick there. You can join the Facebook group If It’s Not Broken Don’t Fix It: Keep Rick O’Shea and Nikki Hayes Talking to show your support. Or has Una says, email email@example.com.
I don’t think a Facebook Campaign is enough though but at least it’s a way of showing our support. Join the group, write a blog post and maybe suggest ways of getting this more attention.
A little clue about the future of business comes from two recent job adverts.
Boards.ie are looking for an Online Community Manager. Someone to look after and work with their 200,000ish community. As more people go online, this idea will not be so rare. I love this part of the spec:
We are looking for logical thinkers with the ability to facilitate community discussion with fairness and impartiality. This is a unique opportunity to work with the most fantastic web community in Ireland.
Then in Cork we have a company looking for an Online Retail Specialist:
Online Retail Specialist required for a large Cork based organisation
Reporting to the Online Project Manager, the successful candidate will play a key role in the delivery of a large scale online ecommerce solution. Role will involve working with the online team to shape the entire online proposition and support the delivery of the solution as well as creating the appropriate brand experience
Ideal candidate will have a recognized background in online marketing, in particular with brands with well established online trade as well as excellent commercial acumen, budgeting experience and knowledge of online design.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want more info.
Recruit Ireland are giving free ads to Limerick companies. Fair play.
And for those in Limerick, Evert and Chris are giving free advice.
Emily Tully is giving free PR Advice.
Via Adrian: Chris Horn tears a new one over Dell. Mary Coughlan, the Government and Michael Dell are not spared. Thank fuck someone who has weight is saying this and not being an apologist and not wanting to offend.
I do like a bit of Cedarification.
Pocket Walsh. Haha.
Handcrafts are on the way back it seems. Which is not a bad thing is it?
The guy who played Omar has a blog.
Irish Website owner arrested over incitement to hatred?
I do like this poster. Getting people to choose a candidate using gum.
Some amazing social media stats.
Tricky – Overcome
Belfast band Burning Codes (I’m cogging all this from Indiecater) released a physical album back in October called Burning Codes and now Indiecater are offering it in digital form for a whole €4. Seriously. 4 quid for an album that I must say I was quite impressed with. I’m a fan of Explosions in the Sky, Spiritualized and all those types of bands so Burning Codes appealed to me. Don’t ask me to name what those genres are, music I like is what it is.
You can listen to some of the songs on their mySpace too.
Keith pointed to a doc from the Irish Institute for European Affairs called The Next Leap. I barely agree with any of it. Too much blueskying and sound bites. Too much investing in talking shops and new industry bodies.
Some of the “key action points” from the report and my thoughts.
Commit the funding required to provide sufficient connectivity and equipment to bring Irish schools up to the OECD average, and exempt all school ICT equipment from VAT
Laptops in classrooms is a waste of resources. Laptops outside of school as a policy is needed. Laptops in schools should not be a stepping stone for this. The new whiteboards in schools are already gathering dust in many schools because the basics aren’t being done right. How many Irish speakers do we have because of Irish in school? Putting subjects in digital format does nothing extra. Though it’s a handy number for the sponsors of this report.
Kids need to be
thought (ironic I know) taught how to teach themselves, how to discover, how to analyze, how to think. That’s what will get us our knowledge economy. Not HP laptops running Windows.
Support “niche exploration” groups to investigate possible areas of national expertise
Quango quango quango.
Introduce weighted marks at Leaving Certificate level for ICT relevant subjects
Extra points for maths and other subjects to corrupt the system in favour of IBEC like industries? That will get us more kids under pressure to do these subejcts and do honours. More time spent on these than the “easy” subjects. We’ll be in SAT country next instead of a holistic approach. Maths is not education. It will also get more grind schools making lots more money for Maths classes and the like and from it all they’ll do is teach the kids tricks on how to do well in the Leaving Cert, not educate them on the subject. It’s a dog training school that will come out of this.
Establish a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) within DCENR
Cos they did so well with our broadband future. Why the hell should tax money be wasted on this?
Re-task RTE as an incubator & developer of media content irrespective of platform
Yes, cos we want the civil service to use even more of our tax money. Let the private sector do this.
Convene a taskforce to discuss an optimal national strategy to promote Ireland as a location for localisation services
Did Dell teach us anything? This is not high-level work. This is grunt work. It can be moved outside of Ireland quickly. Many of the tech companies are already doing so.