Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Fuck, the Law

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

Via Boing Boing comes a legal paper called “Fuck” which discusses the word and the law around it. Censorship, free speech, harassment etc, fuck is very important.

Choice quote:

Understanding this relationship between law and taboo ultimately yields fuck jurisprudence.

From an Irish perspective it is something worth looking into especially with our history of censorship and the Church and State’s constant worries about morality. On the same note I notice that Fuck.ie is available. I wonder has anyone tried to register it. Maybe I should try and register an RBN and see what happens?

This post was proudly sponsored by the FCC and the momentum for the post was helped by listening to Track 3 from Music For the Jilted Generation – Their Law by the Prodigy

Longest commute in Ireland – So much for teleworking

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006

A while back TheRegister wrote about a guy in California that has a 7 hour roundtrip commute. This guy works in Cisco and drives 186 miles from his house to get there and then when finished for the day drives 186 miles back.

With his family still sleeping, Givens heads out the door at around 4:30 a.m. from a horse ranch at the edge of the astonishing Yosemite National Park. On a good day, he can make the 186-mile trip to Cisco’s sprawling offices in less than three hours.

To highlight the fact that broadband isn’t ubiquitous in Ireland, perhaps there should be a competition to find the person with the longest daily commute in Ireland? It’d be great if a broadband company sponsored this but there would be a very strong possibility the winner themselves are not in a broadband area and so it might look a tad funny if a broadband company gives the person a voucher for dialup Internet. Of course they could gibe them broadband for boats and install a satellite dish.

EDIT: When I type in Telework Ireland, the Telework Ireland site is first in the results. The site is down now but if it was up you’d notice all the cowebs on it. Not been updated in a long long while. The first ad for this search is a job ad for Google.

Shill Shill Shill – The Irish Times piece on blogs and defamation

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I see that the Irish Times turned the pimping for work press release from Karyn Harty into an opinion piece

The long awaited Defamation Bill, which was presented to Cabinet on Wednesday, may not immediately excite the interest of those who are not in the publishing business. But in reality, the increasing use of the internet and, in particular, blog sites (personal weblogs) means that it is now much more likely that any one of us could be defamed or be responsible for defaming someone.

*Yawn*

Hadly any variation on the press release. As Gavin also points out. This is pure pimping and still adds nothing to the debate. TJ McIntyre and the good folks at Digital Rights Ireland are probably better qualified to write this piece.

This is as poor as “Spam is dangerous, writes anti-spam company shill” or “Man who sells vitamin tablets tries to insinuate his competition are dodgy in shitty press release” type pieces.

*Snore*

Machiavelli personality test – 69%

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The Machiavelli personality test has a range of 0-100
Your Machiavelli score is: 69
You are a high Mach, you endorse Machiavelli’s opinions.

Most people fall somewhere in the middle, but there’s a significant minority at either extreme.

Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy interviewed by the Torture Garden

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Toture Garden interviews Owen Pallett.

Hugh says give Tom a job, Shel does too. I just want to hurt a puppy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Ok, I thought Tom’s post was tongue-in-cheek but I guess it isn’t. Hugh says hire Tom. Shel says hire Tom. I say Hire Tom or the puppy gets it. If the ISPCA had a blog I bet they’d link here right now pouring scorn on me. Not tested on animals type scorn obviously.

Technorati: A survey company only?

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Another state of the blogosphere and more fantastic stats but that’s even more fascinating is that Technorati still exists. What does it do apart from stats and surveys? Technorati is just a blog stats company in my view. How many years has it been running? I’m still quite curious as to what the business model for this is? How are they making money again?

I’m with Marc Canter on this one, show us the money!

I listened to Tom Raftery’s Podcast with David Sifry and I wasn’t impressed at all. He seemed quite evasive on many technorati related questions like funding and making money. The site is slow, the way it seems to rank things is a bit like playing black magic and I’ve rarely seen stuff come my way from it. Compare that to daily traffic from Tailrank. Technorati has been at it for a good bit now, shouldn’t they start making a profit soon or selling themselves to someone? Though all it needs is a little time and a Google algorithm tweak and they could be quite screwed. Maybe I’m blind but what value does it bring to net users? Do they secretly sell their surveys to the NSA and FBI? If they make themselves a blog version of Nielsen then yeah, they might be on to some gold.

Aine finally gets TV time – Podge and Rodge And Aine

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Aine should be a regular on the show. She was a natural and Tony Fenton on the show as the voice for Blind Date was a nice added bonus. I’m waiting to see what the hits from Google will be now.

EDIT: 30 visits already this evening.

EDIT No. 2: The 2nd half of the show – The Blind date

Got new glasses today

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Two new pairs.

Damien Mulley glasses

Damien Mulley glasses 2

Ahhh vanity

Is this classed as food blogging?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

This is the 1.2kg rib-eye steak a co-worker had the other day. Notice his phone next to the plate. Yes, big plate, bigger steak.

big bloody steak

This is the small 850gram rib-eye steak I had. Yeah it was a bit fatty.

big bloody steak 2

And this is the trout I had a few weeks ago. Yes of course I ate it all, including the eyes. Mmmm, jelly.

Mmmm trout eyes

EDIT: Forgot to add that I had a sing-a-long with the fish and had it opening and closing its’ mouth as it sang with me.