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Fluffy Links – Monday February 16th 2015

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Boom, 110 SMEs have entered the Blacknight SME Awards. Really happy with that. In 3 years we’ll probably see 400+ SMEs enter and once again our main issue is we can’t find a venue that will hold all the finalists.

I love prime numbers. Reg ex to dig some out.

What is a “full-stack” startup? Startups that control all aspects of their product, like Apple. Compare this to replying on key parts made by others. Microsoft makes the software but needs to work with Intel and others for hardware. This can be very limiting.

Jim blogs about how he runs his events. Banter is a superb cultural series at this stage. Free to attend with an amazing amount of guests who are asked proper questions by Jim and the audience.

Kind of in the same light. Blacksmiths make their own tools. Apple designs their own manufacturing plants. Jonny Ive doesn’t just design the iPhones you know…

Remember the amazing series “The Secret Life of Machines“? I wonder was the new series of Cosmos influenced by it?

ROG metaphorically head butts Hook.

Jeff Bezos really involved in the Washington Times digital initiatives including make a really clever news app that isn’t supported by the majority of tablets and phones out there. That makes sense.

Baidu was the Google killer in China. Now Baidu is being killed. Google still nowhere in search share for one of the biggest countries in the world.

Jeez, this is a very Apple heavy Fluffy Links but still. Apple Pay to be used for US Govt payments. Pretty huge, this.

Developing with WatchKit 1.0. Remember the early days of iPhone apps? We’re slightly past that point when it comes to Apple Watch development but it’s still probably that basic and awkwardly new.

5 ways to get better at asking for help.

How the way you write changes the way you think:

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Fluffy Links – Monday January 26th 2015

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Guy in his 30s, raised by his lesbian parents does an AMA on Boards.ie, good questions, great answers.

via Justin. If you have nothing to hide … they’ll get you under those laws too.

How to read more books. Get off the fucking phone isn’t given as advice so directly. Bring a book with you as you travel is.

<3 to Buzzfeed.

A computer in a tic tac box. Yeah, very bulky. Damn.

via Eoin. Convert anything to anything. CloudConvert. Now with extra kale leaves.

I Survived Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email

Tolstoy. Why do men stupefy themselves? (With booze, drugs, other)

Constraints are good, really good. Legendary Apple designer Susan Kare shares two nuggets of advice.

Freebooting. Stealing content and using it as your own. Mostly without attribution. Those “Lad” Facebook Pages are a great example. Though you see it on Twitter wholesale too. Your tweet “quoted” instead of Retweeted so the freebooter gets the credit.

Telepathy. A comms app for iPhone, iPad without the need for a mobile network or Internet connection. So when they shut down our phone networks when we rise up, they can’t stop the comms.

How To Destroy The Web – Bruce Lawson

Crazy scary robot cutters

Fluffy Links – Monday 19th of January 2015

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The SME Awards are open for business. Go go go.

29 Short Lectures on Digital Marketing. Now in Tweet format.

I have a Lead Generation course happening in Dublin on February 11th.

And Barry Hand is doing his very popular and really good Digital Strategy workshop on February 4th.

Via Justin Mason Man saves the life of his wife with the help of 3D printing and an open minded surgeon. He did a 3D print of her skull and tumor. Imagine when it will be the regular thing for a surgeon to do “test runs” on brain ops with a perfect copy of the brain and the tumor.

In between sending hundreds of people to their deaths by drone strike, some candid moments from the Whitehouse.

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence. :)

How to ask people for things via email.

Radio doc: The Blue-eyed slaves from Montserrat with the Irish surnames.

This set of articles from analyst @monkbent are his own best of 2014 and if you read them, it’ll enrich your 2015.

Dental health. Some facts to know. Avoid mouthwash!

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, documentary with Mark Oliver Everett about his physicist genius father.

Via Russell Davies. The other side of your life insurance docs is art you can hang.

Cantus Arcticus was commissioned by the University of Oulu for its first doctoral degree ceremony.

Fluffy Links – Monday January 5th 2015

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Effortfully.

Beautiful word.

Quarter Block Party, Cork, February 6th to 8th.

Oral history, er written down of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Fascinating.

The best Solutions Journalism of 2014. None of that “curiosity gap” crapola. Journalism that can make a change in the world. More please.

Mental disability and Irish Law. Things you might like/need to know.

via Kottke. Passwords and the stories and emotion behind some of them. Immediate punch to the gut in this piece.

This is cute. Printable, hackable (physically cut and paste), Valentine’s Day card.

via DF. IBM Design Language. Getting high praise.

Watching Harry Potter and this popped into my feed, nice juxtaposition. iPhone, Arduino and a few other bits and you have a fairly fast M&M sorting machine.

Magic Leap wants to bring magic back into the world. It has half a billion of funding to do so. John Graham Macnamara is one of those involved. Sounds like an Irish or Scottish name.

Kickstarter coaches. As Kickstarter becomes more and more popular, it makes sense to get an expert in to ensure your campaign works. Same in every other marketplace.

Search for symptoms on Google and you might be able to connect directly with a Doctor. Google is testing this right now. Lots of positive uses, think about it too for mental health issues.

Fluffy Links – Monday December 29th 2014

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Last Fluffy Links of 2014!

On January 13th in Dublin I’ll be giving 29 short lectures on digital marketing. It’s nearly free to attend this. Nearly as if it was free people wouldn’t feel obliged to turn up if they got a place.

Mailchimp Snap is a nice idea. Take a photo, send it to your mailing list or part of it with a little note. All from your phone.

A list of courses UCC will be doing mostly in the evenings come January. So many I’d love to go to but work travel means no.

Laghdú by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman. Album of the year say so many people and they’re right. Do see Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh live too if you ever have the chance. A gent and a slow-motion explosion of talent in front of you.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel has its own app. You can connect to the CCTV streams too. Obviously only as a passenger but you could watch yourself drive in and out of the tunnel from your phone. The future has landed but we won’t realise it until it’s the past.

Is the Malcolm Gladwell mask slipping? Doubts on his work now.

Anti-social (media) publications. Let people read the content and not see Twitter and Facebook begs. You may get less traffic but people that do consciously share your content are more bought in to it.

A graphical explanation of UI vs UX.

Missed stories on Facebook? Most people do. Catch up here.

Absolutely scary. A piece from a woman about her father. Her father the serial killer.

Hoodies where the hood part can be swapped out for another one and you can collect the designer hoods? I’m in.

You can just tell that the people in Reuters, stuck on Queen and started singing “I Want to Break Free”. Reuters says good luck and fuck you to commenters.

The Philosophy of Aristotle

Fluffy Links – Monday November 3rd 2014

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Well that was a bit of a lull. Web Awards stuff got in the way of me posting stuff up here. Good event, hotel will never be used by me for anything again though. Roll on the SME Awards.

Some alternative Christmas jumpers you might like. 51 days to go.

Heard Tony Mac Mahon on RTÉ Arena the other night. He has a new album out with Steve Cooney, which is a recording from a good number of uears ago from a gig they never knew was being recorded. That link allows you to listen to it.

The Irish Coffee in Chapter One is a hell of a thing. Good post about how it’s made.

Rhône Wine Week Ireland 2014 is upon us. Full events listing.

When betting or making decisions, an empty stomach could help with decision making.

CEOs share the best advice they’ve received and given.

Luke Skywalker’s home in Star Wars? Stay in it for a few quid per night. Just need to get yourself to Tunisia.

With Tim Cook publicly acknowledging that he’s gay, lots are saying that’s great, let’s move on. Eh no, the reason this very private man made that statement is because it helps. A lot of LGBT people both young AND old need role models that suit them and Tim Cook will help people. Just watch this video from Pixar if you think we’ve got that whole “everyone is okay with gay people” bull.

Interesting one from James. Twitter video cards potential, video keeps playing while you scroll through Twitter. Second screening without the TV!

How to make videos succeed on YouTube. BBC advice.

Tony Mac Mahon explaining an air.

MKAI – Waiting

Fluffy Links – Monday October 13th 2014

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Web Awards stuff has/had me busy so that’s why the lack of posts.

Looking forward to this gig in Triskel Cork on Saturday, the lovely Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh is playing.

Apply for Late Late Toy Show tickets.

On that, list of 2014 Christmas Pantos.

Roy Keane Rant fanfic.

Clarity as a business model. Lovely way of looking at super clear and honest ads. There was a bit of this where ad agencies started making clients make better products so they didn’t then have to lie and confuse to sell shitty things.

The Physical Web. I like this idea. Very very early days. When everything has an IP address (and this is almost a certainty) then do you need an app for it? Use cases:

Any store, no matter how small, can offer an online experience when you walk in.
A ZipCar broadcasts a signup page, allowing you to immediately drive away.

JOMO! The Joy Of Missing out. Yes.

And on the topic of JOMO, one day I’ll get around to talking about my personal trainer, David and the huge progress achieved in the past few months after going to him. I went with back problems but the side effect of fixing them has been the various issues I had with insomnia were kicked away too. It’s so exhilarating to be falling asleep before settling into bed. Another side effect is I’m now a 28 inch waist. I’m 12 again. I want to start a blog, yet another one around sleeping and sleeping issues as I seem to notice more and more people are having them. Definitely a link between this and the always-on life. Anyway, this is almost a public promise to go through this in the future here.

Aidan’s site. Want docs, print outs binded? Binding.ie may be of help.

Fascinating story of two guys building an art tool that hasn’t been made in 100+ years, the very end is very enlightening too.

Tina

Fluffy Links – Monday October 6th 2014

Monday, October 6th, 2014

79 days until Christmas. Some more posts from me over on Christmas.ie

This illustrated take of Cork City centre is lovely.

The iPad beats chocolate brands, Nickelodeon, Disney, YouTube and M&Ms as the favourite brand of kids 6-12 year olds. That’s the thing, it seems more a family device these days than anything else. One can do many in one family too which probably stunts their own market. A phone is never and never will be a shared resource though.

The finals for the 2014 Web Awards are out. Some crazy numbers in it this year. We’re going to have to gut it for next year, the size is not sustainable.

Calendar for inspirational women in science and tech. Put the Frozen wishlist to the side for a few moments.

Merce Cunningham, motion as a metaphor.

David Hieatt is doing some Do Workshops on branding. I traveled all the way to Cardigan in Wales to attend one. Was worth it. Plus I drove a car ON TO A FERRY. Woo. I’m 6.

via Kottke, Emergent calls bullshit on Twitter/Social Media news stories. Shame they’re not real time yet.

Using Excel to summarise your Twitter Analytics data better.

If only there was video. 1991 Clio awards were amazing, it seems.

Working with Dignity.

Rhythm and Stealth, full album:

Fluffy Links – Monday September 22nd 2014

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Finally a listicle that’s original and interesting. Ben’s 30 at 30.

You need balls to get gender balance. The LadSummit is still the LadSummit.

I like this technique from Amazon, they wrote a “test” press release when considering buying Twitch so they could explain to the world why they were doing it and that helped them explain to themselves why it would be good or bad.

OpenCo. I like this. It’s like Culture Night but for businesses. Open your doors and host a talk or and event.

Value is created by DOING.

Shane Parrish has read and summarised Peter Thiel’s new book. Very interesting insights from the billionaire investor.

Charle Munger, investment genius and nice guy. Shares wisdom.

I read this bio on Tony Fadell from Nest and I think he’s going over the top to be like Steve Jobs in the interview with his always wanting to redesign the world. Seriously? Complaining about the CCTV cameras in your house in the interview. Channeling Run Burgundy more than Steve jobs. Kind of a big deal.

Karl Lagerfeld quotes. Ubercoolkarl.

Favourite books by some CEOs. Atlas Shrugged a Bible for an Oil CEO. Course.

Sinkane – Mean Love (Full album)

Fluffy Links – Monday September 15th 2014 – 100 days until Christmas

Monday, September 15th, 2014

It’s for charity yeah, you do realise that if you want some business to help your charity, it can cost them a lot? A guide on how best to “pitch” your charity to a business.

How to own it on Instagram, a guide. TLDR; – Go niche, one picture a day, pose, edit, network.

Social Media for Business – Cork City, October 28th.

4 week, 8 module digital marketing course with Cork Chamber. Cost is same as some training orgs charge per day.

Measurement.ie slide decks.

When I read idiotic tech opinions in the Irish Times, I should hold the same standard to the rest of the paper. Why don’t I? The Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect.

Infinity apps. This guy spent a year working with a “distraction free” iPhone. – Removed mail and browser and so used it for calls, texts and music. Maybe he could have bought the original iPhone? Still, it will make your life calmer.

The Late Late Toy Show is on November 28th 2014. Tickets for it can be applied for online from October 10th.

Ben Thompson rightfully asks where the “Why the Apple Watch?” bit never happened at the keynote when previous big launches always had the “Why is this needed?”.

Culture night 2014 is this Friday. Here’s what’s happening in Cork.

How to get yourself into eating healthy food.

This site tracks utterances of homophobic language on Twitter. There’s a lot of it. Sister services for racist, sexist and anti-traveler tweets would make interesting and saddening projects.

J1 connect. Thursday September 25th. U.S. Embassy doing an event for J1 alumni who are interested in working, studying or setting up business in America.

Go the fuck to sleep, Werner Hertzog edition:

Doesn’t need to be Christmas for unicorns