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George Lee on a Segway at it@Cork conference

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Via Gavin. Seriously:

I have a stack of about 60 business cards

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Yes the Arts Council conference went well. Exceptionally well. Audio recordings already up. When I grow up I want to organise a conference like that. Very very well planned. Best organised conference I was ever at in Ireland. What I liked the most was the BarCamp style spaces idea. Want to talk about something? Then do. So a structured and unstructured part. Free grub at lunchtime, swimming pools of tea and coffee. AV people in every room recording all the talks and providing mics to the audience. Impressive.

Mark Rothko
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And the content? Andrew Keen appealed to the luddites and kept talking about monetising everything. I didn’t realise Arts was so vulgar as to stick out your paw and demand money before doing something that’s meant to be a passion and a career. I never noticed the F1 style stickers on the Mona Lisa. He talked in half-truths and rhetoric that appealed to those that wanted to keep us all living in a world where only certain people could give their opinions and tell you what you should like. It was good to see him spar with Charles Leadbetter too because while I think Keen did nothing more than write a gutter journalism styled book, he was the only one that really said “woah there a second folks, let’s face the reality of this.” Nick Carr does this too though oddly not in book form. We need people with contrarian views around what is sometimes snakeloiling.

I made a few empassioned pleas during my workshops and on a panel I was at for the Arts community to get using the web and the latest tools. They need to stop being so inward looking and find new people to work with and show off too. I pointed out that there are dozens of music bloggers in Ireland now and who are doing a fantastic job of promoting music but where are people from the Arts? I pointed out that Darragh is going to various events as a volunteer and promoting them but why is it pretty much Darragh on his own doing this? I think I may have gotten everyone in the room to invite him to all their future events too. Loads of content from Darragh to come.

The future is engaging with people and speaking their language and sharing your work and your talents with them. I also may have been harsh with David McKenna from RTE when I said what they do for the Arts is pointless as only people in the Arts listen to their shows and that audience is dying. RTE are doing nothing for the Arts where the current generation is and that’s online.

Later I asked David McKenna again (poor guy, I wasn’t picking on you!) to give us OUR content back. We’re the taxpayer, give us the raw data back and let us play with it and promote it using our tools on our spaces. A podcast is not enough. Or an RSS feed. Don’t build channels, just let us take it and distribute it. David mentioned licensing issues but as John Kelly and Andrew Taylor pointed out, everything from tomorrow on can be done with a new contract so live versions of whatever songs or performance pieces can be redistributed.

MIddle
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I’ll have further thoughts on this in the days ahead so this is my first take. Overall a great great day, O learned a lot, people asked me a lot of questions which always makes me happy and now I need to send Online Marketing documentation to all those business card owners.

Update: Don’t forget that you can comment on the official blog too.

Disclosure: I got paid to give workshops at this event. I’d go again just to participate though. Well worth going to.

Fluffy Links – Wednesday November 26th 2008

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

At the it@Cork conference today so blogging will be light.

Hey ho, let’s Joe. Joe is blogging. Bye bye spare time Joe!

Soundcheck this Thursday in Dublin. You have to go!

Mulley Communications blog now asking how you’d run an online campaign for Pat the Baker.

Got this in an email:

The final Phantom 105.2 Music Quiz of 08 takes place at The Sugar
Club, Leeson St. on Wednesday, December 3, with proceeds going to the
Concern Christmas Campaign to protect people from hunger next year.
Tables are €50 (five people maximum) and can be reserved in advance by
e-mailing webmaster@phantom.ie

Or see here.

They’re called Villagers.
Nialler and others have said they think they’ve found the next big thing in Irish Music. Judging by this video, I think they’re right:

Three Ireland win National Dialup Tender

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

This is the 373 page thread of complaints about Three on boards.ie

This is a cataclysmic failure. eircom would have been better to give the tender to as they have way more experience in rolling out broadband, wireless and satellite. Of the two that were in it, eircom certainly could have offered more. Best of a bad lot for sure. Remember Three outsource everything with BT building the network for them and that network was a piece of shit for months after they first starting selling broadband.

People who use the Three service right now get dialup rates a lot of the time in Dublin, not broadband, so you can be sure those few people who can actually avail of broadband under this scheme will getting nothing close to event he loosest definition of broadband. A giant FAIL by Eamon Ryan and his Department over this.

There is also the huge, monstrous irony that some people will not be allowed to avail of broadband under the National Broadband Scheme in their area because they’d be classed as being in areas where they can already get Three Broadband, yet obviously they can’t.

Festival Linux IPVG Chillán
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FAILorama.

The End is Night

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

A short comedy about the end of the world.

Widescreen version.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 25th 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Agree with Michele, recession me arse if the staff in a store don’t bother serving you.

The Nora Dunne Gallery officially opens on Saturday in Kimmage. Well done to Karen Harper for all the hard work.

Via Donal, a good list of Sean Fhocails.

Can’t believe Ireland.com took James’ account away.

Peter is blogging the journey of his Facebook App.

Dominic Hannigan picks up on the Blackberry Storm Paddy Tax.

Stephen mentions a new Independent candidate for Cork City at the locals called Mick Finn. Independents generally have more spine.

Christmas. Oh my.

Dostoyevsky is on twitter.

Google looks at preinstalling Chrome on computers. Hopefully by then it will suck less. Awful piece of software right now.

Via Seán: Burger King are now dropping wallets around US Cities as a marketing tactic.

Congrats to Shel Israel and his new Twitter book.

Via Matt, Call on me – Super Sexy Vid Version. Warnings apply.

This blog

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The control panel tells me:

You have 3,435 posts, 9 pages, 54 drafts, 2 scheduled posts, contained within 21 categories and 5 tags. You have 16,849 total comments.

That’s a lot of words.

Something like human...
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NaNoWriMo: the niche
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but

Monday, November 24th, 2008

So I won a Golden Spider and people somehow suggest (on their award winning Golden Spider “blog”) I’m a begrudger for it. Despite the dripping sarcasm in the other post some people think I’ve somehow rolled over because I showed up and accepted the Award. Some people suggest I was a hypocrite for taking a photo with Philip from Bebo. Er no. Apologies for missing Gavan’s sarcasm there.

Mulley taking the photo thing very seriously

Some even thought I’d pull a stunt at the event. I had threatened something like this before but after organising three Blog Awards and one Web Awards and other events I wouldn’t dare do that anything as insulting as disrupting an event. I know how much work and headspace goes into making an Awards show run well and by eck the Golden Spiders were a masterclass in how to do this. I chatted to a few judges too who exist and worked hard too to evaluate the websites they were given.

I’m very very grateful for the Award and for how I was looked after at the event. They covered the ticket too, not like I’d pay for one! The Golden Spiders staff were awesome and made sure everyone had a good time. 790 people were at this event. All at tables. That’s a hell of a lot of people to look after. Des Bishop rocked as MC too and was very gracious with picture taking and people pestering him, like us:

Ross Duggan, Damien Mulley, Des Bishop, Eamon Ryan, Danny and Vince Donnelly

The points I’ve always made about Awards shows still stand though. For the Net Visionary Awards, the Digital Media Awards and the Golden Spiders. Now, I’ve said I’m going to bring out all the second round scorecards for the Web Awards and I will once I’m back in the home office for more than three days (October and November have been chocka with work) and I’ve love to see more than vague suggestions of areas being marked by the Spiders and any kind of clarity from the IIA about how they rank their winners. I was told I won by votes at the Net Visionary Awards last year but Arseblog got more votes than anyone in the Podcast Category and didn’t win at the same Awards.

So that’s the transparency issue and the other issue is paying to play. I do not like it. The web is meant to be open and was built on open standards and using many open source tools. If you want to run a show honouring the hard work for developers and companies that invest in the web then the playing field should be level. It’s like having an Olympics but only for rich white men. Not going to be the same is it?

People say the Golden Spiders are good for business and they certainly are. I already got calls after the win but I’d never pay to enter them or advise a client to do so. Lots of things are good for business. If you do anything with the tobacco industry or drink marketing you’ll make a fortune too. I’d like to win an Award where as many others are able to win the same Award and it is out of ability and skill that will win it and not how much we can afford. That’s why I started the Web Awards and that’s why I turned down a buyout offer for the Blog Awards as the potential buyer would have changed them to pay to play and ignored some people. There’s plenty of room for both styles of Awards show and maybe even a few more types. I’m sure many of the people at the Golden Spiders would have had to breathe into a paper bag if they got teleported to the Web Awards and away from the safety of their tux. 🙂

So thank you to the judges, well done to Business and Finance and congratulations to all the winners even if I didn’t clap for some of you, like the OSI. Stop robbing people blind for maps. Give our data back to us.

Fluffy Links – Monday 24th November 2008

Monday, November 24th, 2008

It’s been emotional Flirty. Best of luck.

Mary Mulvihill’s blog. Mary is looking to get a list together of Science bloggers in Ireland. Let her know if you’re one.

Don’t forget that the Irish iPhone survey is still going. While I’m looking for people in the Republic, Irish is Irish. Happy to see what the folks in Northern Ireland do with their phones. All welcome!

Coming to the bloggers Christmas lunch?

Want to learn about blogging in Cork before Christmas? Chat to Sabrina.

What bollox. Now Fianna Fáil and the Greens are complaining answering Parliamentary Questions costs a lot. Except they don’t and they’re very necessary to see what the Government is hiding from the public.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will celebrate International Human Rights Day with a special evening event in the Irish Film Institute on December 10th. Be there or be etc.

Well done to Paul in CityLocal for getting featured in the Business Post.

Youngfella kills himself live on the Internet. Some watching goad him into it. You can just bet that journalists will be ringing around asking Internet users to “defend” the Internet over this.

Loving this piece of art that the U.N. got done but it does seem rather extravagant. Then again, it’s the U.N.

Charlie the Unicorn – Live

Green Day – Brain Stew/Jaded:

Business Post covers my spat with Pat the Baker and Bebo

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Business Post piece on it today. A right of reply to the comment by the guy from Pat the Baker where he said I was ‘‘totally and utterly wrong’’ would have been nice since they used my analysis as article fodder but the blog post more than speaks for itself as is. For those coming from the Business Post, my correct analysis on the Pat the Baker campaign is here.

Stay tuned to the Mulley Communications blog as a lot more analysis pieces are in the works. Lots of emperors have purchased lots of new clothes in Ireland.