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The perfect mediocrity

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The Killing:

You have not yet learned that in life you have to be like everyone else. The perfect mediocrity; no better, no worse. Individuality is a monster and it must be strangled in its cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I have often thought that gangsters and artists are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of their glory.

Via Jim

Fluffy Links – July 30th 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Declan Burke, or as we know him: Declan Burke, has a new book out called Absolute Zero Cool.

Digital subscriptions for the FT are the main growth area for them. Kind of makes sense. Good content seems to get subscriptions.

Aww, kid gets lost at a conference, goes straight to a superhero for help.

Angel Tube station has a thought of the day on their notice board and now it goes online.

A flying unmanned drone that can crack into your wifi or mobile. William Gibson will love it.

A few ways to simplify sign-ups/forms.

Colours – Grouplove

Fluffy Links – Sunday July 10th 2011

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

The network defeats the hierarchy.

Brian O’Driscoll. His brand and how he protects it. Absolutely compelling piece from MKC about BOD’s sponsorships. You again have more respect for the man after reading it.

OnlineAdvertising.ie are giving away 1 Total Google Adwords Account Optimisation every 2 weeks for a limited period.

From the people that brought us Cava in Galway is Aniar. Looks good. Missed out on getting to it the other night.

Percolate. Nice idea to filter links from Twitter etc into easy reading.

Onesheet, the new MySpace, the new SoundCloud?

At last, Blair is blunt about Gordon Brown killing New Labour. We’ll forget the Iraq lies though…

Deaf Dogs trained in sign language.

Fluffy Links – Sunday July 3rd 2011

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Róisín Dubh is an original 3-issue comic book series out in Ireland right now.

And on comics. Irish Comic News.

Some great music to check out from Cian Nugent.

I’m fascinated by Amazon, a company that seems very switched on to what they’re doing and have built a lot of new technology to do what needs to be done to push themselves forward. You rarely hear of anyone bar Bezos and Wogels their tech guy but there has to be a whole ship of clever people in there. Here I like this interview with Bezos about trying things out and learning what happens. Thinking ahead 6-7 years as well is fascinating.

Hacking Gamification. Presentation from Kleiner Perkins on Gamification. While the g word is totally abused these days, it’s still worth looking at for all startups.

Colourmusic – Yes

Via Suzy, The Others

“The Others” from Laura Maye on Vimeo.

Fluffy Links – Friday July 1st 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Robot Flaneur. Tune into a city via Google Streetview. Randomly be transported to another part of the city to discover.

Mangina Jones doing two shows in Project Arts next month.

News/media. Flow and stock ideas.

Congrats to Whoseview.ie who got 1.1M visitors in Q2 2011. Hard slog is worth it.

Twitter for newsrooms. Handy resource.

Violent video games are free speech in California. Sex is not.

Vodafone has commissioned the Vodafone Collective @ Live at the Marquee and this video has someone doing a painting, on a model.

IMELDA MAY LIVE AT THE MARQUEE // VODAFONE COLLECTIVE X ISABEAL FERGUS

Fluffy Links – Sunday June 26th 2011

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Work is calming down in the next two weeks so volume of blog posts should hopefully go way up.

Want to fund an Irish album? Lots of ways to do contribute and you get different rewards depending on what you donate/sponsor.

Nice social media resources from Howard Rheingold.

Amazing, genuine, super positive reviews of Ryanair.

It’s years old (8) but this article on website relaunches/redesigns is worth noting.

Great video on advertising, very relevant still.

F.lux for those on computers too long.

Fusion Family’s : Dr. Sadler

Fluffy Links – Saturday June 4th 2011

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Calendar.ie, a site with the list of public holidays for Ireland (and a printable calendar).

Crawford College of Art multimedia final year multimedia and visual communication students have an exhibition starting June 10th. Hope the website isn’t a testimony to their skills.

IGNITE (in UCC) is a free 9 month business incubation programme which has been designed specifically for graduates who wish to set up new businesses and turn innovative ideas into new products and services. Applications are now open from graduates of any discipline, from any 3rd Level Institution for IGNITE – beginning in October 2011. Information evening is on June 13th.

CruiseCamp 2011 is a go.

CruiseCamp is a fun and informal business networking event with a difference. Setting sail on the fabulous Moonriver Pleasure Cruiser at 7pm from the bridge in Carrick on Shannon you will meet business owners from around Ireland while cruising on the river Shannon

Bus Éireann are sponsoring Alan Bennett to travel around the country on Bus Éireann services to events, gigs and festivals and report on them. Blog here.

How NOT to recruit an independent IT contractor.

Yes please. Weyland-Yutani T-Shirt

Ai Weiwei portrait projected on to Chinese Consulate.

All watched over by Machines of Loving Grace, the docu from Adam Curtis is high on smug and low on data but the music is great, here’s one track:

Pizzicato Five – Baby Love Child

Fluffy Links – Sunday May 22nd 2011

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Want to get rid of the kids this Summer? For a while anyway. Kidscamps is a national listing of camps for children during school holidays.

Prosperity’s 2011 Digital Salary & Employment Survey is out. Nice to see some folks making 130k a year in the digital space in Ireland.

Saw a review of this on The View the other night. “Iron”, by ‘one of Scotland’s brightest dramatists’ (The Times) is a psychological thriller about a woman, serving life for murdering her husband. Running in the what used to be The Lighthouse cinema. It’s a very very long play I’m told though.

Tonnes of deal websites in Ireland now. Get them all on one page with DealPage.

Learning from what works with waitresses for tips. Standing really close or being cold, both seem to work.

Really like The Index, the blog by Laura Slattery on the Irish Times website.

All Watched over By Machines of Loving Grace. New Adam Curtis BBC series on why we’re zombies run by computers.

The Album Leaf – Over The Pond

Fluffy Links – Sunday May 8th 2011

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Watching Carl Sagan’s Cosmos at the moment so this is quite fun.

Love this copy of the early marketing/PR plan for Mint.com, lots you can learn from it. And not rocket engineering.

Bill Cullen is coming to Cork on May 21st to do a seminar on business success. 75 quid a seat.

This is mad. Check out the words in toy ads. Quite different for boys and girls.

Win a GIY starter kit.

Two craft events on:
Crafters and Artist Support Group – Thursday 19th May 8pm The Creative Space, Killiney. Email Craftconnect@gmail.com for more info

1 day Mentoring workshop for craft people and artists, Sunday 22nd May 11am – 5pm, Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown, D18

126 Special Olympics Ireland athletes will represent Ireland on the global stage at the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Special Olympics Ireland want them to know that the whole country is behind them. Leave your message of support for the team on Facebook.

Placebo – Running up that hill

Fluffy Links – Sunday May 1st 2011

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

And we have a headliner. Bord Gais Energy sponsor the Social Media Awards.

Cork Social Media Course in May and Dublin Social Media Course in May. Some spaces still left. My last public training classes of 2011. And maybe longer 🙂

The first ever Green Energy BizCamp to be run in Ireland on the 19th May 2011, Kilkenny

One Hundred Mornings, opens at the IFI in Temple Bar on Friday May 6th. The Director will also take part in a discussion about his work at the IFI on Saturday May 7th

New blog from Raven Designs.

Hard lessons from Jeff Jarvis that won’t be learned by many in news and media. Paywalls won’t work unless you’re paying for the public not to access your rich boy’s private member’s club.

Solstice is a five day arts event and symposium that will run in Cork from the 15th -19th of June 2011 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival programme:

Via Tara Gleeson: Looper – Impossible Things #2

So there was this boy and this girl, and they’d never met. They’d never spoken to each other or even seen each other. But one day the girl wrote a letter to the boy.