According to Google Autocomplete:
I just call the numbers.
It’s Tommie Kelly’s birthday today, he’s 40 or something. So instead of the usual posting of “Happy Birthday” on his Facebook, I thought I’d do a bit of gushing about what a great guy he is.
I first encountered Tommie via Twitter and later was reminded of his work when he was locked in some course where some amateur was teaching him, the pro, how to use photoshop. I’d been following some of the comics he posted online. Roadcrew etc. Around that time I was thinking about getting personalised stationary done (since I’m that kind of jumped up shit) but wanted something different (since I’m that kind of jumped up shit) and thought Tommie’s style would be fun on letterheads. I got on to him asking about this.
Of course then I stopped myself and thought, the hell, Tommie is a comic book artist. Why get a landscape painter to paint your walls, why waste Tommie’s skill? So Mulley Comic 1 was born and it was a joint effort as Tommie educated me on what could be done. He also contributed a lot to all the ideas in it. Then there was Mulley Bucks and my first Christmas Card. Then came Mulley Comic 2 and my next Christmas card. Everything we do is a joint effort.
Recently we worked on a few panels of me being killed in really horrible ways and so far the highlight of my career was a book for my mother’s birthday. It’s a children’s story she told me as a kid turned into a book. Tommie did the illustrations and it’s blown everyone away that’s seen it.
Tommie has a special offer on his site. His birthday offer for his new work “Them”. So take a punt on it or wish him a happy birthday on Twitter. And Tommie also does commissions.
This is some of the work myself and Tommie did:
Not a list of things as such. Random tab closing for the year.
All of Suzy Byrne’s posts of 2012 were worth reading. Low volume, top content. Like this.
Alan Rice’s gotcha for the Psychic’s live was brilliant.
Broadsheet was a multi-visited place for me daily in 2012. I really expected them to do well at the Web Awards but hey, I only run them and (badly at that according to the accounts).
Jim Carroll had his hand in many pies in 2012 and again sent me on wondrous journeys from his links and the music he played on Phantom.
General Assembly was my favourite new learning model for 2012. Handy stuff that you pay for and respect.
Internationally Daring Fireball and Kottke were about the only feeds I subscribed to. But worth it.
Music. I went back to radio. Maybe it was because I wasn’t at any main computer but many but streaming 2FM, Lyric and Phantom was my 2012 music. With Jim and Pearl gone from Phantom, I stopped listening to them though. And the breakfast show turned into some kind of smashy and nicey post-ironic mess too.
Twitter has become the front and back channel. While media didn’t want to cover stories for monetary (fear of being sued to death) or editorial reasons, Twitter became a distributor of “alternative” content and even when there was self censorship, the DM backchannel was used well to distribute news. Like that of the over-the-top cease and desists from … oh you know who
Roll on 2013. Odd numbered years are better.
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Civilization is not a collection of finished artefacts, it is the elaboration of processes. In the end, the march of man is the refinement of the hand in action. The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill. He loves to do what he does well and, having done it well, he loves to do it better. You see it in his science. You see it in the magnificence with which he carves and builds, the loving care, the gaiety, the effrontery. The monuments are supposed to commemorate kings and religions, heroes, dogmas, but in the end the man they commemorate is the builder.
That quote is from about minute 42 of the below. The whole video is worth watching and the whole of the series too.
24 hours of ambient sound from the Starship Enterprise.
John suggested I ask people this:
What is your one single favourite thing on the whole Internet? A person, a website, a piece of content like a photo, video or song or?
Rules (if you believe in such things):
Go off and have a think about this if you like and then come back.
You’re only allowed one and it must be your absolute favourite thing.
When leaving the comment, please include a short sentence as to why it is your fav
If you want to make this anonymous, please do.
Heart attack on a plate. Worth it. So we decided to make an Irish Pork Bacon Explosion last weekend. My friend Jonathan did all the work while I took photos.
Want to add any? Leave them in the comments and I’ll amend the post later.
Did this on Facebook a while back and got a lot of replies. Here are some choice places in Ireland:
Blackbox Theatre, Dyke Rd, Galway
Effin, County Limerick
Strangalowilly, Co Tyrone
The Giant’s Ring, Belfast
South Ring Road
Kilcock, Co. Kildare
Edit: Shame someone sent a lot of people over here to vent abuse at me. Not one of you retards seem to understand copyright or how to construct a sentence though.
Official Facebook Group for Extreme Facedown Ireland.
Some great ones:
Was not this one. Luckily I didn’t publicly announce my retirement. This was meant to be my last Blog Awards but a few things didn’t go the way I wanted them to go on the night so the beatings will continue til the morale improves and I’m happy with a Blog Awards. Maybe I’ll get it right the 6th time or the 7th.
Notes like the below make it all worth it though:
Please do blog and email and give thanks to the organisers. It takes considerable effort to run this and year on year less thank you emails are sent while complaint emails go up. It makes a difference between the organisers enjoying doing this or seeing it as a chore.
Thanks to Nathalie for the photo. Thanks to Jim Caroll and Rick O’Shea for positive messages about running events.
If you’re a progressive hotel you’ll be emailing and offering your hotel facilities at a deep discount. 300 good spending bloggers, most will stay in the hotel if it’s of good value and many will take lots of pics of the place too. The Blog Awards is not going to be in Cork, Dublin or Galway next year. So loads of choices.