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Fluffy Links – Monday August 11th 2014

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Ireland’s first Mobile Journalism conference with a tonne of workshops. March 2015.

One day there’ll be millions of mini-satellites in space that you can rent and use like some kind of Amazon Web Service. SSaaS – Space Satellite as a Service or something like that. A Scottish company is already on their way to this, they’re called Clyde Space and one of their mini-sats called the Funcube can be connected to by schools.

For shame. Really, Irish number ones. So much novelty shite.

Remember Dollar Shave Club? They’re doing VERY well as it happens. Razors, by post. It works.

Digitising the life of Salman Rushdie.

Wikipedia apps for the developing world. Free access. Now if they had some peer to peer option to share the offline content with other phones, it would be really clever.

More ways to earn from your clients without being a pushy git.

Ice cream that changes colour when you lick it. Very Willy Wonka.

A bit dense but good. Business lessons from Andy Rachleff.

Not a fan of Andreessen of late but this podcast on bundling and unbundling can give you insight if you are in business or want to get into business.

Time chunks not time confetti. Managing your time. And another guide says kind of the same thing but also encourages you to log your time, almost like a food diary.

Sir Christopher Meyer on maintaining peace. “if you want your neighbour to be peaceful and friendly, don’t make him thin and angry, make him fat and prosperous

Ask two friends to reach recommend a book you should read. Find the connection between the two of them.

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Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 5th 2014

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Last chance to book a place at the Twitter workshop in Dublin tomorrow.

LukeW: Offline First is the new Mobile First.

Mentions of burgers, celtic tiger and beer on Yelp Dublin over the years. Kind of a useless tool really.

This almost reads like a whistle-blowing system for Central Bank Employees.

Working with your customers to co-design products/services.

A night in the museum, sleepovers for adults. Can we do this is the dead zoo?

This is a RIG. BBC video production rig. What comes after the very expensive steadicam.

This Gareth Pugh guy seems to be very much inspired by sci fi. Beautiful fashions.

I really like this. Just another great way that comic books are being so creative with how they communicate.

Where all those user interface symbols come from.

Genius. Order your food with a certain accent to get a discount. Or arrive as a super hero.

How to “paint” WiFi. Clever way to make invisible wifi appear to be visible.

No fuckhead you are NOT a storyteller:

You are not a storyteller – Stefan Sagmeister @ FITC from FITC on Vimeo.

Full double album

Fluffy Links – Monday July 28th 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sports doesn’t have to be on a field with mud or in a ring with blood. Sky Sports and others won’t cop this for years but those who get in early and build a viewing audience will get acquired by the old giants.

12 lessons from waking at 0430 each week day.

Books:
Women in Space. 23 stories of awesome astronauts and space industry people.

Books to read this Summer as suggested by Bill Gates.

Another growth hacking ebook but this looks good. Big name case studies.

YOU MAKE TIME. But where do you find the time to read books? I hear the same about doing SEO for websites, doing social media updates etc. etc.

Another reading list from Responsive.org

Now the robots are making us mimic them. Be scared.

Very good slidedeck from Kathryn Parkes at the recent Refresh event. All about storytelling and user interfaces.

Bacteria that feed off electrons. Bound to happen. Could they feed off us?

How to make cute chalkboard signs from cardboard.

You iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, just one big (or small) data logging device that can phone home. (PDF file)

LittleBits is such a cool site and concept. Receive a text message when someone rings your doorbell.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Bullshit is the glue of our society. George Carlin. Comedian yes, philosopher yes.

I had hoped to go to the Dots conference but I have work in Cork that day. Boo. Go to it.

Building a successful internal network. Lessons from Telefonica.

Design guidelines from your favourite sites and apps.

The National Library on Flickr Commons. Copyright free photos. Grand Parade Cork.

How Simplifying a 3-Step Form Generated a 30% Conversion Lift

Got interviewed for a student project recently about brands working in regulated markets and whether that hindered them. 2007 interview with Ev Williams from Twitter about how their character restrictions make people creative.

BBC The Men Who Made us Spend. It’s a bit over the top. MehmehBUTAPPLEmehmeh.

This is Eye witness news in a way, Gordon Brown talk to LSE not recorded it seems but tweets from people that were there can give you context.

Moneyball for publishing

Managing in the decade of information overload.

Fluffy Links – Monday 14th of July 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Each and Other is risen from the ashes of IQ Content. Very exciting to see what happens next. Reads like they’re on a design thinking/Ideo path.

New fashion blog. Based in Ireland.

Festival of Curiosity, Dublin, July 24th to 27th.

BBC shows you how to track a company on Twitter for news. Timeline flow is a biggy, pattern recognition again.

Money Ball the sequel? Buy LOTS of players and see how they perform. So data and then performance. Sounds like a startup

“Most of us do not even know how to ask a question. Most of us do not see the root of the word “question” is “quest”.”

Brazil versus Germany. Without Brazil.

The News section is hilarious.

The two Google founders giving a joint and candid interview. A very rare thing.

How to get young people to vote

Fluffy Links – Monday July 7th 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Rapid response PR from Walmart. Use your blog to call bullshit on shoddy journalism. Nicely done.

In the food industry in Ireland? Want to be? Join the Foodworks programme.

The Apple iBand/iWatch as a payments and ID system. Disney already doing this and we know who has a LOT of stock in that company

Meanwhile. The Princest Diaries.

Via Justin Mason – A Repair Cafe. Lovely idea.

brings together people with things that need fixin’ with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment

The 30 best albums of 2014 so far.

Someone up high protected Jimmy Savile. Tabloids were chasing him and still nothing even with the scale of abuse that is now known? It’s even mentioned in the original House of Cards.

If a movie doesn’t do a scene from inside fireworks or a volcano after all these done videos, I’ll be disappointed. Bullet time in the Matrix was original done in music videos.

The Moto watch actually looks good.

Hendrick’s Gin and DFS open vintage hair salon at Changi Airport. Odd but cool idea.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 23rd 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Just FDIY. Tinder profile consultancy business. Took 3 hours to get up and running and instantly made money. Reminds me of this and this. Tinder is huge, it’s mass market but also new. The first to move in this mass market space has a serious advantage. It won’t last but having tools or services available that people need and to start offering them before Tinder builds these tools themselves or a company with a bigger marketing budget offers them, means you can make money.

Handy tool for people wanting to book your time for mentoring or meeting up for a coffee.

The IEDR have an initiative to help web businesses up their game. A good few grand worth of work is on offering. Case studies from last year. (PDF)

Cool toaster. I’d like it in my kitchen for a whole 15 minutes.

Like IFTTT (web system to automate web tasks), there’s Zapier. And on that, some IFTT recipes for market intelligence.

Bullet HQ mileage app.

Building a safe space for failure.

Ensure that some of your heroes and role models are women. Practical steps for men to help feminism. Not sure housework as the first point was a string start to this article.

Certain people don’t know they’re passive aggressive.

$249 for a 3D printer. Mass. Market. Appeal.

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” Such a great line and one that probably cost their competitors billions over time. It was quoted in the new series Halt and Catch Fire. A show about the early PC industry clone wars. It’s much much better than the awful Silicon Valley show about brogrammers, a show loved by brogrammers who don’t self-identify at all.

Halt and Catch fire

The Old Mill Pond.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 16th 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Brunch options Cork. The definitive list.

The media covered this Employment Tribunal story as one where someone that was on Facebook all day at work couldn’t be fired. Her appeal was upheld because she didn’t have a contract at all, let alone one that told her how to behave at work and there was no social media policy and she wasn’t supplied with company disciplinary procedures. Make your staff sign fair contracts and have policies in place and follow them. Not that difficult. Shocking that a company with 35 employees was doing this.

Draw three circles.

Digital Labour conference in NY.

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

FDIY. Fucking Do It Yourselves. Journalism grads set up their own paper instead of waiting for a job to come to them. You graduated a year ago and have been looking for a job since? What personal projects have you done over that time? None? Have you volunteered somewhere? No? Wow, I so want to hire you because oh how motivated you are. Set up your own data analytics company, set up your own sales techniques company, volunteer, set up your own service that helps people make up excuses. Fucking DIY. Also see: And?

A better approach for trying to get corporate sponsorship if you’re an NGO. “Because CHARITY” doesn’t cut it anymore.

Pixel art Star Trek game. Yes please.

Fuck Coderdojo and their Billie Barrie school of coding where parents want their pension to appear via pressings on a keyboard. Linus Torvalds says steady on. Seriously, you do realise you are pushing for the net decade’s call centre jobs with this attitude, right?

Jeff Bezos doesn’t say much and his measured utterances are always gold. Signal, not a lot of noise.

Marc Andreessen says a lot, a lot. Including calling Snowden a traitor. Still, some great thoughts and his software will eat the world essay is one of my favourite things ever.

The YouTube Playbook for creators and now the Kickstarter handbook.

We really are poor at budgeting even after a long recession.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 9th 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Social Media Awards happened on Thursday. They were the biggest and best yet with 600+ people packing into the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Rick has some photos. Rick and I are still in shock 3 days later at how amazing it was. Thanks in no small part to Bord Gais Energy getting us a killer venue and putting on a killer “sock walk”.

Easy when you think about it, a lot of thought went into making this easy though. 50 Ways to Get a Job. From all the various stages in a job you might be at.

Beautiful design. Microsoft book welcoming Nokia to the fold.

Free yourself from email. Some handy tips.

Not a real live product yet but these stairs slide things look awesome.

RYOT delivers hard hitting news by hijacking another news story. Take the Kardashian/West wedding, infuse it with other world issues. It comes across as rather shitty to be honest. Let them have their vulgar wedding. Sneer. Here’s a proper? story from them.

Nice way of visually measuring jeans on a website. We really need to move away from the flat way we design retailer websites.

Weh weh, when you’re old and wrinkly your tattoos will look horrible.

Genderize. API that scans first names and figures out the gender.

Lovely photography and free to use for commercial and non-commercial uses.

Hello stories, goodbye ads. Well no, they’re still ads. They’re kind of advertorial really.

Fluffy Links – Monday May 26th 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

What a weekend. For Labour. What a weekend. For hypocrites and hangers-on to be punished.

Ryan Tubridy and women.

Product Hunt is like a league table of new startup ideas. All of these are real! But such bullshit bingo with their pitches.

Dark Patterns. Creepy, sneaky, shady ways websites get you to share too much of your data.

This piece on subscription TV not actually performing well has a nugget that to me is far more interesting. YouTube buys Twitch, a site where you can watch video game plays. For a billion dollars. A whole sub culture that a lot of industry types seem to have missed.

The youngins on Twitch would rather watch live videogame action. About 18 million U.S. viewers watched the final game of the 2013 World Series. But Twitch drew 32 million for the “League of Legends” world championship last fall, according to SuperData Research. Boom!

Mistakes Made. Startup-type lessons. Insightful.

New mini feature on Facebook Pages for cafés and restaurants.

Water leak reporting using social media in Brazil. Could work here too.

“A quarter of all songs on Spotify are skipped within the first five seconds” Jim on the Attention Economy.

Pick something to obsess about. It shows you have passion and it allows you to unwind outside of work. Just not My Little Pony.

A conference on email and messaging. Would love to go but U.S. only for now.

Basement Jaxx – Unicorn