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Fluffy Links – Tuesday October 7th 2008

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Post the Roast for 06/09/08 is up and going now.

Via Keith: Freetext ‘Autism’ to 50308 and, if you’re an O2 customer, they’ll donate 5% of your bill total to Irish Autism Action at least until the end of the year.

G’wan The Ken, Devious Theatre are now doing War of the Worlds.

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend was covered by Peter Gabriel. A song where they namecheck him and he does his own take on it with his cover. Phantom FM play it now and then. Not heard it anywhere else. Try and get it!

David Byrne is playing the National Concert Hall next April. You can only get tickets via their site. Plenty left it seems.

Aircon repair in Russia. Shesus.

Alan has a great post on eWrite and his take on a redesign for it.

The Link Economy. Interesting idea.

LinkedIn is doing well in these harsh financial times it seems. Lots of job seekers around these days.

When I come around

Storyland – RTE crowdsources web TV series for 19-25 year old audience

Monday, October 6th, 2008

RTÉ is running a competition for a new Web TV series and the public decide who the winner will be. Pilots are sought and then the public votes on the best one and it becomes a web TV series. I like that you send in your pitch after filming it on your phone.

They’re also hosting an information evening about the show on October 22nd.


Aspiring and experienced programme makers are invited to make pitches for a 6-part drama series to be webcast in March 2009. From the pitches received, a panel chaired by Irish scriptwriter and actor Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage, Prosperity) will commission 10 new pilot drama series to be webcast on

StoryLand is a unique project in which the viewer decides which series they would like to see more of. Each pilot first episode will be webcast on www.

Closing date for submissions is 12 noon 17 November 2008.

Here’s what they need from you, young Tarantino:

* Script of the first episode properly formatted 3 to 10 pages long. (An example of the format is available on
* Director show-reel, max 3 minutes (can be shot on your phone, DV cam etc.).
* 30 seconds worth of video footage to support the submission. This can be a pitch to the voter (why they should vote for your episode) or a piece to camera about the team involved and where the ideas came from. Whatever you choose to do, make it creative and have some fun! Be warned if you are lucky enough to be part of the 20 shortlisted projects this 30 second promo will go up on line. Details of where to send your DVDs can be found on the e commissioning submission form.
* A budget not to exceed 8 thousand euro.
* Marketing ideas on how you will get people to watch and vote for your series.
* CVs of as many of the cast and crew you have on board.

EU Conference on Social Activism Online in Ireland – Take aways

Monday, October 6th, 2008

EU Conference Dublin
Organise, Activate and Influence: Social Activism Online in Ireland

EU conference

Hopefully the next few months will show that people have organised, activated and influenced as a result of the really good conference that was held on Saturday in the EU offices in Dublin. A huge congratulations must be given to Philippe, Ruth and Cian for doing so much work and putting a really good and diverse day together.

Zack was brilliant and insightful as usual and it was nice to meet him after chatting on GMail Chat for years and I was very impressed with Damian O’Broin‘s presentation. You can see it here. He’s one of the best Irish presenters I’ve seen. He should get into training people on how to do it right. (Seriously Damian, most Irish business people cannot do it right. Teach them.)

I met loads of bloggers and non-bloggers too and had a great chat, gossip and bitch with Keith Martin about politics. He’s fairly normal for a guy that’s into politics. That’s rare! The networking was really good and it was great to see a lot more non-political people at it and there was a good gender balance at it. In the audience at least…

There were many views about Irish blogging from people that didn’t blog, some constructive, some moronic. Oh yes, nothing is WRONG with Irish Blogging just because an area isn’t covered by bloggers. We’re not the public service. A gap in the market doesn’t mean all other markets are wrong.

What I would love though is maybe for a group, perhaps the EU, to run an event where members of the media talk and train people to do research the way journalists do, how to verify sources and turn gossip into hard facts or find out what they have will never hold. Bloggers could become an R&D army for journalists if those journalists guide them on how to do it. The vast vast majority of bloggers want nothing more than attribution, they don’t want to be in the papers writing their own columns, they prefer the freedom of a blog. Why not up the quality of all media by getting the amateurs to up their game?

I’d love to see more Europeans come along to the next event and show how they’re using blogs and social media for political and campaigning uses. Be great to see Simon Dickson asked to talk about his work with the UK Gov and Downing Street. Blogs, vids and Twitter for example.

A fantastic event, I don’t want to wait another two years for another though. For those that went or were interested in this, what would you like to see if there is a future event?

Photo above is by Red Mum and some brilliant ones from the day are here. – Massive placename resource for Ireland

Monday, October 6th, 2008 is a database of the official Irish and English placenames for more than 100,000 towns, villages, parishes, islands, rivers etc around the country. The same team from Fiontar in DCU who developed have been working on for the past 18 months.


Looking around the site you’ll see the scans of archived index cards with placenames research going back decades, and there are sound files of the correct pronunciation of more than 3,000 placenames in Galway, Donegal and Waterford available so far. Anyone with an interest in heritage, culture, history or geography should find it interesting. There are versions in Irish and English too.

For the second phase of the project they’ll be adding an interactive map interface, sound files for all place names, teaching resources for primary, secondary & 3rd level & other features.

Fluffy Links – Monday October 6th 2008

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Potentially blog post of the month in the wake of the Twenty incident?

Congrats to John and his wife on the new addition.

Suzy has a nice breakdown of Irish blog posts on the Irish financial meltdown.

The Last Rewind was on Phantom again yesterday. A show about the days of taping and mixtapes. I recently bought an old cassette Walkman from eBay.

New blog: The Hawthorne Effect. You may remember him from such blogs as…

This is a blog about my own work as a social researcher and how the things we often take for granted in the public sphere are more complex than are reported in the mass media.

Today’s ad men talk about yesterday’s Mad Men. No women to answer the questions?

Yeah it’s morally wrong but this is a fascinating way of getting money from people. It scares me at how easy it is to dupe people. Hello politics!

from here: What the Brick really is, according to Weintraub’s sources, is a block of high-quality, aircraft grade aluminum out of which Apple’s new laptops will be carved using robot-controlled lasers and high-powered jets of water in Jobs’ new factory.

Shel Israel has a nice post on the Power of retweeting. New version of pass it on but this time the rebroadcast keeps the original message and each pass sends it to dozens or hundreds of new people.

The Internet of things.

Life is hard:

Eels – It’s a Motherfucker

Facebook Ad Fail by

Monday, October 6th, 2008

If you are going to have a sponsored ad like this in my newsfeed: facebook ad

Sending me to a jobs search results page is wasting my time and only makes me want to give out that a media company should know how to do Facebook ads. are MORONS.

Vote Vote Vote!

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

netVisionary Awards
The voting round for the IIA Net Visionary Awards are now open and will remain so until October 17th. I’m shocked at how many people I know are on that voting list. Bloody bloggers are everywhere. Every one of them deserves to be on it too. Nice to see new talent being recognised as well.

The public vote is hugely important for the Net Visionary Awards and you can win based on the number of people who vote for you (this is what I was told last year) so make sure to vote for those people you think should win and spread the word too.

Best of luck to everyone!

Fluffy Links – Friday 3rd October 2008

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

7 reasons why the recession could be a laugh.

Via Roger Nick Thinks

everyday i play a record for my dad and transcribe the conversation we have about it.

O2 Blog Post of the Month.

Woah, Kieran is running a military operation, not a food awards.

Neil Gaiman is on a book tour. Each night he reads a different chapter from the book. It’s videoed and out online. Oh yeah.

How do you make a gay pride t-shirt with rainbow and all even gayer? Here’s how.

Wicked use of Craigslist.

Kevin Mitnick carries a lot of tech with him. Shesus. Utility belt anyone?

Ecuador’s new constitution gives Nature some rights.

Fun Italian car dealer.

Halo 3: Instant Karma. Only saw this ad now. Fun.

Fluffy Links – Thursday October 2nd 2008

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Barcamp Cork II – November 1st. Do come along, it should be fun. Sponsors sought too but do remember this is massively non-commercial. pays tribute to Twenty
on his retirement. I guess if Bertie can go, so can Twenty. Should we call him iar-blogger?

Emily Tully has a new documentary series on the Wives’ of GAA stars. It goes out on Today FM each Sunday for October.

Pat Phelan, not a pirate though he does allow consumers to relieve telcos of their fortunes.

Win two tickets to the Future of Web Apps event in London.

Leaning on a Shovel, the blog for

The Tuesday Push – in numbers.

Via Enda iPhone Coasters.

Never been to this place. Sounds interesting and so very old school. I like old-skool cafs, they have character and interesting characters.

Anyone remember this ad? Genius

Where’s me laptop?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Ruairí Quinn aka Quinn Kong* to those in the Labour inner circle has been asking all the Govt Departments what IT equipment they lost so far in 2008. Interesting reading.

Here’s the list:

Dept of Taoiseach:

No computer, desktops, laptops or other data devices, such as blackberries and memory keys, have been reported missing or stolen from my Department to date in 2008.

Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

My Department’s records indicate that to date in 2008 one laptop has been reported stolen, one laptop reported missing and one BlackBerry device reported stolen. None has been recovered or found. There have been no other computers or data devices reported lost, missing or stolen during this period.

It is my Department’s policy to invoke the facility to remotely erase all data from a BlackBerry device as soon as it is reported missing, and immediately cancel the subscription with the service provider. In the case of the stolen BlackBerry it was not possible to do this locally and the device was disabled by the service provider at my Department’s request.

So if a Blackberry is stolen you wipe the data from it LOCALLY, as in if it is nicked but the robber is there with you, you wipe the data? No remote wiping then?

Dept of Finance

To date in 2008, one memory stick has been reported stolen and has not been recovered. I understand that no sensitive or private data was compromised with the loss of this device.

Dept of Health and Children

To date in 2008 there has been one item of ICT equipment reported lost, missing or stolen. This relates to a Blackberry which was stolen from a member of staff. It has not been recovered. I understand the device was password protected and that no sensitive or private data were compromised with the loss of this equipment.

Dept of Transport

There have been eight instances of laptop computers, data storage devices and memory sticks that have been reported lost, missing or stolen from my Department to date in 2008. These instances included five laptops and three Blackberries. Of these, four laptops and one Blackberry were subsequently recovered.

Dept of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Dept of Foreign Affairs

In the period in question two Department owned laptops have been stolen and one Department issued USB memory stick was lost. None of these items have been recovered to date.

These devices did not contain any sensitive data and both laptops were encrypted.

Dept of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Dept of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

I am informed that no such devices were reported lost, missing or stolen to date in 2008.

Dept of Social and Family Affairs

The following data devices, owned by the Department, were reported stolen or lost to date in 2008:-

Two Laptops – (1 house break-in, 1 office break-in)

Two Desktops – Buncrana SWLO

None of these devices have been recovered.

As all client data is held on central databases, no client data is held on the stolen computer desktops.

Laptops can be used to access centrally stored client information through a secure remote log-in. No client data is retained on the laptops after the remote session ceases. Similarly, the Department’s e-mail system retains its data in a central location although it can be accessed through a secure remote log-in.

Dept of Defence

Dept of Environment, Heritage and Local Government:

To date in 2008, three laptops and one external hard drive have been reported stolen and have not been recovered.

No sensitive or personal data was stored on any of these devices.

Dept of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

There have been no reported losses of desktop PCs or memory keys in my Department to date in 2008. There have been two Blackberry devices lost, neither of which was recovered or found.

There have been no reports that any sensitive data has been compromised by these losses. The level of personal information relating to members of the public processed within my Department is very small.

Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

5 Laptops reported stolen

Dept of Education and Science

In 2008 to date no desktop computers, laptops or blackberry devices were reported lost, stolen or missing. One USB memory key was reported lost but was subsequently found. No sensitive or private data was compromised.

*May in fact be a total lie.