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Fluffy links Tuesday October 24th 2006

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Fantastic time-lapse photo of a plane taking off. Or maybe it’s landing.

Another blog post you wouldn’t see from a politician. Again by Dominic Hannigan. Gotta love the bitchy comment someone left. (I don’t mean the spam) I still prefer the very honest and natural blog posts from politicians like Dominic, Ciaran, Seamus and Damien than other posts from other politicians. I’m even warming to certain posts by Joan now too.

How to create a Cylon Jack-O-Lantern. The new season of Battlestar rocks quite a bit. Lots of Iraq war undertones.

Conor has a quiz. The youth of today ask some very blunt questions don’t they?

Larry Lessig on the ethics of video sharing sites. As in the ability to truely share with some while others lock-in your content. Where’s the download button in YouTube for example?

Dotsy’s Complaint talks about the Joe Higgins Vs David McWilliams debate on the free market.

Bjork – Pleasure is All Mine. (Live) Remember that this song is done acapella

Tenacious D movie trailer. Starts slow but then goes deep into Jack Black livewire territory.

Stop the Carnage Week – Damien Blake wants to harness blogger power

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Damien Blake has suggested bloggers have a “Stop the Carnage Week” this week where we share our ideas on what should be done to stop the constant deaths on our roads. Twenty has already started.

Damien suggests:

  • Write a post on your own blog
  • Tag it with ““, link to his post or add a comment with the link
  • If you don’t have a blog, you can comment here
  • Most importantly, we need your suggestions on how to improve things
  • I’ll prepare a report on the submissions, and forward it to the Minister, Taoiseach, Road Safety Authority, Insurance Federation and every member of the Oireachtas.

I’m sure people are sick of this talk about road safety already with every paper and radio station discussing it but if a blog post can make you even a slightly safer driver it could be the difference between life and death. Unlike a lot of those crappy memes going about, this is worthwhile. Also see the Road Deaths Map.

My own suggestions:

  • Courses like the “Ignition” course that Hibernian Insurance offers should be mandatory. It certainly made me a safer driver.
  • Driving Instructors need to pass certain criteria before they can teach.
  • Everyone should have to sit a certain number of driving lessons from qualified instructors.
  • If there isn’t a reasonable drop in road deaths of young people then speed restrictors/monitors should be added to their cars. A work colleague was telling me today of devices that can text parents to let them know their kids are speeding. Speed is fine for motorways, not for crappy roads that are in the majority of this country.

Fluffy links – October 23rd 2006

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Via Conánn FitzPatrick
Contentment

Via the Beaut.ie blog is a Joe Duffy version of Sexy Back. Lyrics and song itself are on Bebo Bands.

I’m gonna shave me back (YEAH)
And then I’m gonna wax me sack and crack (YEAH)
I will be smoother than yer man 2pac (YEAH)
‘Cept I’m not dead and I am not black (YEAH)

Gift grub have accents closer to the real thing. Still good though.

Creative advertising.

Google fucks over Ze Frank. I think David not Goliath could win this one though. :Update before this is even published. Google backs down.

Leinster House bans blogs. Hmm. Just as politicians start getting into them.

The Art-O-Meter. Using science to measure the “artiness” of a piece of art.

Convert delicious bookmarks to Google bookmarks. Also staying on this topic. Find out how many of your delicious bookmarks are dead.

Via Tom Coates A fantastic way of using Moo Cards. Moognets.

Enviro blog Worldchanging is looking for bloggers.

Google Earth is going to have a new layer for congressional races in the U.S.

The Google Earth 2006 election resource tool indicates the country’s 436 congressional districts with stars on the popular 3D map of the country. Clicking on a star pops open a bubble window that has information on the candidates in that race.

Hmm, could Google Earth be used as a resource in this country I wonder?

Old Boy – Crazy Korean Cinema

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Have seen this a few times already but here’s the trailer for Old Boy. Few years old now. Korean cinema is really kicking ass of late. Apparently there’s going to be a US remake with Nicholas Cage. God. Warning, movie contains over-the-top violence and fuckedupness.

Bloggers and blogging politicians on RTE tonight?

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

The Week in Politics is on RTE at 2255 tonight and I think this will be the one that might have Dominic Hannigan from Labour and Cian from IrishElection on it. Tune in if you can.

Update: Apparently not. Hmm.

Damien Blake makes it into the Sunday Times

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

“Scrap €52m e-voting system, says councillor” runs the headline. Breaking ranks it says too. Damien, you’re a rebel!

Nailbomb – Wasting Away

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Nailbomb was a side-project of Max from Sepultura and Alex Newport from Fudge Tunnel. They released two albums. A studio album called “Point Blank” and a goodbye world live album called “Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide” which was a fuck you to the record companies who wanted to make money from the band when all they wanted to do was have fun.

eircom to enable another 100 exchanges, 120k more people can avail of broadband

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Press release from eircom. 100 more exchanges to be enabled. Wimax in 5 urban areas to address line failures on existing exchanges and Setanta sports for all eircom broadband customers.

120k more people to get broadband through the upgrading of 100 exchanges and roll-out of WiMax. Free Setanta Sports via broadband for all eircom customers too.

An additional 100 telephone exchanges in communities across the country will be DSL enabled. The exchanges are located in all 26 counties and this further investment will be completed during 2007.

Furthermore, eircom is committing to take all broadband orders placed within the five urban centres of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Galway. In total, 120,000 extra telephone lines will now be able to support broadband due to these initiatives.

To help achieve this target, eircom will commence the rollout of WiMax technology during 2007 to overcome difficulties that arise when providing broadband over some telephone lines. WiMax will be used to supplement existing DSL service in these five major urban centres. The introduction of WiMax will ensure all potential customers will be able to receive broadband. Today’s announcement follows extensive WiMax trials that have been conducted by eircom in locations across Ireland during the past year.

I’m off to find out more information.

Update:
Wimax is only available after you place a “broadband” order with eircom. Rollout from Jan 2007. You can’t apply directly for this product. There will be an install fee. Prices will be same as DSL. Speeds not announced yet. Setanta is available to existing and new customers from Jan 2007.

List of Exchanges to be enabled in next year:
Cavan
Kilnaleck
Mullagh
Killeshandra

Clare
Clonlara
Tiermaclane
Milltown Abbey

Cork
Whitegate
Castlemartyr
Leap
Cloyne
Balineen
Ballyclough
Kildorrery
Ballygarvan
Timoleague
Ballinaclashet
Kilworth
Doneraile
Lombardstown

Donegal
Raphoe
Carrigart
Convoy
Mountcharles
Muff
Fahan
Greencastle
Quigleys Point
Kilmacrenan
Killygordon

Dublin
Garristown

Galway
Turloughmore
Dunmore
Rosscahill
Monivea
Kinvara

Kerry
Lixnau

Kildare
Carbury
Nurney

Kilkenny
Kilmacow
Knocktopher
Goresbridge
Mullinavat
Freshford

Letterkenny
Manorcunningham

Limerick
Rathkeale
Patrickswell
Pallaskenry
Cratloe
Cappamore
Glin

Laois
Rathdowney
Durrow
Ballylinan

Longford
Ballymahon

Mayo
Balla
Kilkelly
Louisburgh
Ballindine
Shrule
Newport
Charlestown

Meath
Summerhill
Wilkinstown
Julianstown
Nobber
Balrath

Monaghan
Inniskeen

Offaly
Rhode
Kilcormac

Portlaoise
Ballybrittas

Roscommon
Frenchpark

Sligo
Castlegarren
Cliffony

Tipperary
Kilsheelin
Borrisoleigh
Dundrum
Ardfinnan
Newcastle

Wicklow
Roundwood
Glendalough
Dunlavin

Wexford
Ferns
Ballynabola
Camolin
Killurin
Fethard
Castlebridge
Ballywilliam
Broadway
Killinick
Duncormick

Westmeath
Killucan
Castlepollard
Tyrrellspass

Waterford
Annestown
Ardmore
Aglish

Fluffy links – October 19th 2006

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

Yes, he’s actually in Fianna Fail. Damien Blake on e-voting.

Via Joel Cere. Nissan wins defamation lawsuit against French blogger.

While the tribunal acknowledged her right to self-expression, she published personal data about her colleagues, violating their right to privacy and was accused of defamation.

Howl @ the moon blogs about the Trojan Games. Brilliant. If they did this at the Olympics ratings would sore. Other things would go up too.

Canadian Tory MP booted out of his party for his blog antics.

AllofMP3 goes free. Kind of.

Wanted, Cork crime blogs.

Demigod? Thanks Jeremy.

20 ways to survive the workplace.

Networkers give you their card within the first 30 seconds of conversation. After about 20 minutes telling you how brilliant they are, ask whether they would like your card. Then return their own to them and watch them slip it straight back into their pocket.

Ricky Gervais on creationism and Darwin and other stuff:

Free Richard Delevan – Sun Times Misunderestimated his comments

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Seems the Sunday Times did something old media accuses bloggers of doing: Totally misunderstanding a situation and creating a big hullabaloo about it. Mick has more on this on Slugger. Though Mick just stops short of singing “Wind beneath my Wings” to Richard, he’s right in that the Times got over-tabloid on this. Here’s what Richard actually said.