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Fluffy Links – Monday Dec 6th 2010

Monday, December 6th, 2010

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Sigur Ros online store is a go! Woo.

Adrian Weckler goes over some great biz apps for the iPad. My fav apps are Osfoora and oPlayer though.

Via Ben. A website that shows you how high the Thames is in a visual manner. Leave the site open and you can see the rise and falls. From the same guy that allowed you to print a book of all your tweets and other insanely clever ideas.

Put your tweets on a tea towel.

Via Jim Carroll – The Unthanks

Reachout have done an anti-bullying video. They have not called it a viral. Thank feck.
BullyOS

Fluffy Links – Friday December 3rd 2010

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Ireland competes in another International sport –Football Tennis. Really.

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Measure It! January 5th or 12th, you decide.

Remember that online retailer list I put together? Now standing at 82 listings of people selling goods online in Ireland, some have special discounts. As a retailer, you add yourself here. It goes live right away.

Some videos from the launch of Wicklow TV.

Was in Malaga the other there where I had a good laugh with Mr. Adair from NI Travel News.

At the Janelle Monae gig the other night, where she painted and sang, some clever kid got a video:

Fluffy Links – Tuesday 23rd of November 2010

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship has opened the application form for their 1Million investment fund. Up to 24 early stage technology startup companies can avail.

Silent protest outside Dáil on Thursday holding You’re Fired signs.

Colm Tobín on the IMF coming to town.

The first allowed for compromise and nuance in Ireland over issues of identity and sovereignty. It allowed for the idea that you could be British in Ireland, or both Irish and British, or just Irish. It allowed for the idea that history carries as much shadow as substance, and that nothing is simple in our heritage. It was negotiated with imagination and openness by Irish politicians and civil servants as well as British ones.

Queer Notions 2010 – Dec 7th to 11th. I like the idea of The Bobby Sands Memorial Race:

Bobby Sands was a long distance runner as a teenager. During his time in the infamous Maze prison in Belfast, Sands wrote articles and essays on endurance and running. His essay, ‘The Loneliness of a Long Distance Cripple’, is the inspiration for Welsh choreographer Eddie Ladd’s extraordinary show The Bobby Sands Memorial Race.

Set on a 12ft X 6ft running machine, Ladd’s stunning solo piece follows the sixty six days of the hunger strike and considers the long-distance goal of resistance.

Go Google. They bring out a plugin that allows you via Word and Excel to live sync with Google Docs. And it supports more versions than Microsoft’s online offering!

The Pipe, the documentary about the Corrib Gas project, will be released at the Irish Film Institute with a gala screening + Q&A on Thursday December 2nd at 6pm

Roy Harper – When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease

Fluffy Links – Saturday November 20th 2010

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Another Foodfight.ie competition, this one with Doodle bread.

And it’s from Cork. Nift.ie task management web app.

Despise designing a powerpoint deck? Outsource it.

An IGNITE Information Evening which will include talks on Wealth Creation and Idea Generation will take place on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 at 6pm. To register for this free seminar email ignite@ucc.ie

Researchers throughout Ireland are invited to the 6th Annual Scientific Workshop of the National Access Programme (NAP) which takes place at Tyndall National Institute in Cork on Wednesday 26th January 2011.

Loving this Cake Stands made from old plates.

Preventing suicides by projecting an ad on to the river under a bridge.

Digable Planets – Where I’m From

Fluffy Links – Monday 15th November 2010

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Not my idea, so after some banter on twitter a website gets created that lets people know Is Mulley On a train? I think it’s genius. I would though.

I’m compiling a list of Irish Online Retailers to get Christmas gifts from this year. Are you one? Add yourself here. To see the list so far have a look here.

And on that: Do Irish websites make money?

Now this is a nice patriotic ad for Ireland. I thought it was by the IDA to start with, it should be:

And yes, I agree. Being There is a fantastic movie.

Ghost and Entity removal. Thank you Internet.

City Tickets. Take pay and display machines and allow them to be used to log issues with your City Council.

Username and password in the one box. Like it.

Hidden Cameras – Boys of Melody – A Take Away Show. Walking down by a river while performing this. Lovely.

Fluffy Links – Monday November 8th 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Two competitions over on Foodfight:
Win a voucher from James Whelan Butchers.
Win tickets to the Food and Wine Magazine Christmas show.

When first I heard you could talk to smoking doctors online, I thought it was something different to the Quit Smoking clinic….

An Post Mobile App lets users, track and trace that letter or parcel, find the nearest post office and calculate postage for everything from a postcard to a parcel all from their iPhone, iPad or iTouch.

Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series. The first Salon takes place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall, 6pm – 7pm, 10 November 2010.

Fluffy Links – Friday November 5th 2010

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Fantastic. A marketing ROI calculator. Web based and free!

The 2010 Boards Photo Book is being launched on November 20th. As usual, all money goes to charity.

The third series of Dragon’s Den has a closing date 28th of November for those that want to submit their idea. Ah g’wan.

Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide app has been updated. More content and even premium content!

Check out this massive waste of money. Grants given to iPhone app creation for the Arts. Clones of existing ideas. A funding system that already exists and a hologram about Irish coffee for only 180k.

Freshmilk clothing from Cork has made a range of tees in support of Movember.

Dead Cat Bounce have made a moustache inspired single in support of Movember that’s out this week called ‘Everytime You Shave A Moustache Dies’

And also being with the elsewhere

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

This blog post from JP Rangaswami, a conversation with Mark Little about #cementgate and the weird machinations of my brain are the catalysts for this blog post.

David Maybury tweeted one morning (and I was awake for some reason) about a cement truck parking at the gates of the Dáil as some kind of protest. The “pics or it didn’t happen” brigade including myself kicked in. They took his tweets and retweeted them, sent his pics all around the world and even demanded from news outlets like Morning Ireland and Newstalk what they were doing about the incident. I think it was Morning Ireland that started calling it #truckgate and the crowd told them it was #cementgate, we the public found this news and this is how we are calling it. Do keep up. “We” the masses found the news via David, named it and sent it out and they could be part of it like the rest of us. And the news spread around the world, pushed by the scattered Irish. BBC, CNN and the New York Times all covering it eventually. And calling it #cementgate.

In the next few hours the Internet pointed out it was the same truck that was around Galway. That the Gardai had impounded the truck before and they also caught out the liars who said that Gardai had to jump out of the way when the truck rammed the gates. A YouTube video showed the truck slowly drove to the gates and stopped with no cops there to get out of the way.

A couple of days later I bumped into Mark Little in Dublin and chatted about what happened that morning. Mark mentioned that maybe David might never report a story like this again but someone like him will. We all have the tools now to do the same, we have a device with a connection to the Internet. The way I see it, we have a connection to people who are more experienced than us who can direct us to do the right/best thing. Take a picture, do a video, this is how you change a tyre, this is how you address a wasp sting. Give us the raw feed and we can do the rest including fact checking while you point or if you have the experience, you can report. Share group memory, shared experience and someone tapping into it.

As I started writing this post I read JP’s post on social objects and how we are documenting all these things now with phones and web apps. Maybe the positive with these tools is we are becoming more observational of our surroundings at times, because of these tools. That would make a nice photo. Let me check in to this location. Let me ask people on Twitter is there anything to do around here, oooh there’s an amazing hidden café here. Yet there is also the fact that these tools disconnect us, as per this bang on description from William Gibson:

He was elsewhere, the way people were before their screens, his expression that of someone piloting something, looking into a middle distance that had nothing to do with geography

Cementgate truck

To me David Maybury was being there but he was also being with the elsewhere. He saw the truck, heard the sounds, the background noise, the smell of the ozone from the truck post shut-off perhaps and he was on Twitter responding to people, sharing the imagery and being asked about the event. Twitter for me can add another layer of data and insight into an event I’m at. It can lead me down different paths instead of the regular worn ones. So by describing things, like diarying did years ago but in the new multimedia way and connecting people to it, an event or a building can become more colourful and maybe I become a better observer as a result. So does being digitally connected elsewhere make us appreciate here?

Fluffy Links – Tuesday October 26th

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

So far in 2010 it’s been stop and go and stop stop stop for blog posts here on this website. November is going to be insanely busy with me for work so the blog is going to become very quiet. Just so you know!

Unboxing is a big thing in tech review circles now. Buy something and then film it as you unbox it. This is the first recording of a modern unboxing.

Check out the LinkedIn of the Panos fella from The Apprentice. You can find a LOT more of the Apprentices on Twitter too and you’ll get a good idea of who wins it 🙂

This is fairly shocking but unsurprising. Use open WiFi, log into sites others have logged in to with ease with Firesheep.

Good hiring advice here.

Museum for rescued letters. Love it.

Lady GaGa and her little monsters can be strong poltical lobbyists.

If you’ve read Zero History by William Gibson, out just a few weeks you’ll have read about the flying penguin drones. I’m stunned that they exist and are out a while:

Fluffy Links – Monday 25th of October 2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New Irish language blog by cailíní deasa for cailíní deasa and it’s called … Cailín Deas.

Science Week which is on 7-14 November this year. Now with web comics!

One4all now have an iPhone app. See on your phone where you can spend your vouchers.

These sunglasses are either super cool or super fool.

Apple have just approved the ‘World Edition’ of Grab Radio. Grab Radio now has over 40,000 stations on board with up to 40% ( 30% on the first release) now streaming with metadata to enable Grabbing and Tagging of music and shows all round the globe.

Sticking with the music theme. Tastebuds.fm is a brand new website that matches single people based on their music tastes. Created by two musicians (one from Cambridge, UK and another from Co. Offaly). Phil Collins, bringing people with bland tastes together since 2010.

Nice FOI web app. Irish version is deffo wanted.

Time lapse footage of the making of the covers for Bill Coleman’s new record ‘You Can’t Buy Back Your Life’. The music is snippets of songs that appear on the album.

This is how the 2010 Realex Payments Web Awards went down: