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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

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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

Fluffy Links – Monday September 1st 2014

Monday, September 1st, 2014

So yes, I’m now playing around with Christmas.ie and hope to get some content on it soon.

The Maker’s Manual explores how everyone from do-it-yourselfers and artists to inventors and entrepreneurs are leveraging new tools, platforms and services to take their ideas from concepts to reality.

The Bunreacht app by @nathanshox is back and updated Get your copy now legal eagles and freemen of the land .

Teens: “Half the time I don’t really buy any brands. I just bought a pair of fake Doc Martens because I don’t really care.” But high end tech gear like Beats and Iphones, all over them

Legal risks for media outlets using user generate content. From the BBC Journo school blog. Again. Super stuff.

The V+A have an upcoming digital design weekend. Would love to go.

They use the phrase “potty mouth” so I have no respect for these fucking clowns.

MSN Messenger is shutting down. Should we have a wake?

Disney Drones coming to a key near you. Dumbo will be the first one? Then Buzz Lightyear?

What’s especially interesting about this long-brewing rivalry, is how differently Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks have approached the act of marketing themselves. The two companies own around 60% of the country’s coffee market–with Starbucks controlling an estimated 36% and DD roughly 24%.

Coffee bigger than donuts.

An interesting one for the Apple origin story. Seems they didn’t rip off Xerox, Xerox gave them all the stuff they were working on in return for a deeply discounted amount of Apple stock. I wonder when they sold that stock?

Fluffy Links – Monday August 25th 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014

This is exact;y why I do training and talks even if it’s the same talk nearly every time. You learn more by teaching it or prepping as if you’re going to teach it.

Traffic to Telegraph surges because of deeper thinking and integration with Facebook.

Risky podcasts. Well, podcasts on risk.

Would love to see this for Ireland. Searches from poor areas and wealthy areas.

Tom Doorley on Cork restaurants and the ones he likes.

Livermorium. If I were to have a heavy metal band, that’s the name. (It’s the heaviest metal in the world).

Fiat gets their Tumblr audience.

Citizen Journalism bolloxology. A smartphone doesn’t make you a reporter but here are some BBC tips on how to report better if you happen upon a newsworthy event.

Growth Hacking as a term has a higher bullshit ding than SEO but this post on getting 100s of thousands of email leads. It’s actually simple enough stuff with a little automation.

Rageviews

By @mikearauz “My Company Adopted a Holacracy. It Kind of Sucked”.

A bit dense but. Things I’ve learned from Andy Rachleff.

Just. Wow. Unicorns!

Critics say this is the best documentary film ever

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.

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.