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Fluffy Links – Wednesday October 29th 2008

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Few days left to register and come to BarCamp Cork. Look at the great talks!

Sweet and scary meringues. Mmmm.

Blacknight are now sponsoring the SEO competition.

Send your drunken photos to +353 877510456 I’m sure they’re looking for something else. However 🙂

Jennifer points out you can get grants for your website being built.

Dáil Ministers has a go off John Gormley this time. And this is a real interview with the besandaled one. I shit you not. “John’s uncle, John Gormley still lives in Muff.”

iPhone and Flickr. A love affair numbers wise.

A different type of election poster – Vote for Robocop and Unicorns.

Oooh yeah. Tom Waits + Kronos Quartet + Live + Way down in the hole.

GMail has become much more efficient now, thanks to this add on allowing the GCalendar to be in GMail.

Rufus Wainwright – Gay Messiah

Rufus Wainwright – What a world (live)

G’wan the Pin – Fianna Fáil and the Green’s €6.5Billion Builder bailout to be investigated by EU

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Everyone’s fav property website (except maybe for Fianna Fáil, the Greens, Daft, MyHome and the developers) has done it again. They were first to point out that the Home Choice Loans scheme was dodgy as fuck and now they’ve raised it with the EU, who are going to investigate it. This is probably the next big scandal from the budget. Stay tuned here. This is people power and the web working for the common good.


After hundreds of contributors to website recently lodged complaints with the EU.
The European Commission has now confirmed that it is to carry out
further investigations under EU State Aid laws regarding the
governments ‘Home Choice Loans’ scheme unveiled in Budget 2009.

Part of the complaint alleges that the scheme is a “Subsidisation Of
Certain Residential Property Developers” and “Distorts” the market in
favor of Big Developers carrying a heavy stock of unsold properties
across the country at the expense of buyers and tens of thousands of
existing sellers. Tom Parlon, Construction Industry Lobbyist is
credited with the successfully ring fencing of €1.65Bn of Tax Payers
money to bailout the developers via this scheme. Some commentators
estimate the true cost could rise to in excess of €6.5-10bn.

Such numbers put the medical card controversy into perspective while
also revealing the massive extent to which the governments appetite to
help an Tax incentivised and formerly profitable industry before the
public health interest into sharp contrast.

The Commission reference for the case is “CEL – CP300/2008 – Housing
Financing in Ireland”.

Broadband customer service – Want to tell RTE about it?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Photo owned by Kofoed (cc)

RTE Current Affairs are looking for stories about experiences with broadband or customer service in general. Want to tell your side? They’re looking for both positive and not so positive experiences. I know which will have the most volume!

Email: with your story.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest SEO of them all?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Competition time! Are you the best SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) person in Ireland? Want to prove it? Via the Irish Web Awards vehicle, we’re running another competition to see who’s the best at SEO in Ireland.

Mister Wilson Spammer
Photo owned by Mister Wilson (cc)

You have until December 1st at 3pm to rank your website for the following phrase: geansai gorm. Yup, we’re using a phrase as gaelige in order as as not to pollute the indices as much as possible.


  • Entries open to all Irish individuals and Irish businesses.
  • Search is to be performed on Without Pages From Ireland selected, with personalisation off and from an Irish IP address.
  • The domain to rank must be a new domain. Must not contain the keywords in the domain name at all and no ccTLD domains are to be used.
  • Only want the homepage to rank, not other non-useful pages.
  • 301 redirects are not permitted.
  • Keywords as gaeilge instead of english but copy can be in English

Edit: Forgot to say a big thanks to both Cormac and Richard for their feedback about this idea.

BarCamp Cork II – Now get a proper photo for your bio

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Phil has kindly offered to do a photo session for those attending BarCamp Cork. Since there are so many people form tech startups and blogs and the rest attending, it would make sense for maybe some of them to sit and pose (without feeling too awkward) and let a pro like Phil take their photo so they can use it in press photos etc. Well the opportunity is there for you now.

BarCamp Cork

Fluffy Links – Tuesday October 28th 2008

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

New site about Inchicore.

Ciara has a good report on the BNI conference last week titled “I refuse to participate in a recession”.

New Irish blog Lower the Tone.

An Open Letter To Ciaran Cuffe

Via Debz Boba Fett Hoodie.

You should fire your web agency when

I’d love to see Irish research on brain reactions to ads.

No truer words. Optimization is the enemy of innovation.

Speaking of which: Cluetrain summary on Slideshare.

Surf the net as if you were in China without having to go. Wow, god bless you technology! Will probably be the same for Australia soon too.

Oh. My.

Via Jonny H Guy creates a level on Little Big Planet in order to propose to his girlfriend.

Via Bock – Gays for McCain:
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What the fock? Ross O’Carroll-Kelly is blogging and Twittering, kinda

Monday, October 27th, 2008


Not that you’d spot it on the Irish Times blog page since they don’t link to the blog of Ross called Life With Ross. The 8th Ross book is out for Christmas and Ross has a blog and he’s even on that Twitter yoke too. However if you look at the blog it’s just actually pulling in updates from his Twitter account. Maybe that’s why it’s not listed on the Blog section?

I hope Ross interacts with people on Twitter like he did via the text ins he did/does.

New Media, New Audience? – Free Arts Council conference on November 25th

Monday, October 27th, 2008

The amazing Annette in association with the Arts Council has organised a whopper of a conference in Dublin Castle on November 25th titled New Media, New Audience?. Two keynoters will be speaking, the engaging, intelligent and charming Charles Leadbeater (see his TED video) and the crank’s favourite Andrew (is to Nicholas Carr, as Channel 6 is to the Beeb) Keen.

Culture Fest 08 leiderhosen
Photo owned by Cindy Funk (cc)

The full agenda includes some great panel discussions and workshops. (Disclaimer: I’m giving a workshop and getting paid for it). It’s nice to see a traditional and what I’d see as conservative (Arts being conservative seems so wrong!) group take the idea of new/social media heads on and see what they can do together. Every element in every segment could do with more insight from those in the Arts in my view.

Register here to attend the day.

Fluffy Links – Monday 27th October 2008

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Bank holiday in Ireland but what the hell. Lots of non-Irish read this now. And I’m working today anyway!

Donal, as well as celebrating his birthday yesterday is turning into a model what with being on stamps and buses.

Been emailed a few times to give a push to this blog post about a charity owing a lot of money to the taxman and needing a dig out. Not sure how able they are to run a tight ship but they certainly are doing a great job looking after kids (as Kate testifies) who the Government deliberately appear to ignore.

New (to me) blog of Steven Troughton-Smith.

Via the Business Post is news about a new PR agency in Ireland called who specialise in social media and blogging. They don’t have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Bebo and don’t have a blog either. Uhm. Something amiss there surely.

10 billion photos on Facebook now. And all locked in.

Pedigree Chum ditches Crufts sponsorship, maybe down to BBC investigation.

The 80/18 rule.

Google gets a jet. Nice.

Handy guide to cheap data roaming around europe.



Sunday, October 26th, 2008