Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Fluffy Links – Wednesday May 12th 2010

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Journalist and blogger Adam Maguire puts up a list of gear that he got. Nice precedent.

Nice one. Via Jolt Online is FarmVillain.

So you can now run targeted ads in Facebook in Ireland based on which towns and cities people live in.

Prime Time has a blog. Congrats.

Ireland’s first Python conference called PyCon Ireland takes place on Sat 17th – Sun 18th July in the Dublin School of English.

eircom want Microsoft, Google et al to pay to next gen broadband infrastructure.

Interesting marketing. Using CAPTCHA as an advertising mechanism. Fill in brand name to prove you’re not a bot.

More advertising. Download iPhone apps, arrange to solve a puzzle.

(Via Jim Carroll) Hjaltalín – Traffic Music

Fluffy Links – Monday May 10th 2010

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Blog from Cathal Garvey. The other one.

Good post on Measure It! from Barry Hand.

Blogging the Humanities: arts, culture, heritage, humanities online, TCD 3 June 2010

When having no business plan is the best plan.

Building a Hybrid Organisation. Great research facilitated by Microsoft.

TED talk on designing the best TED talk.

Good post from Max Atkinson on exit polls and how they got bashed yet were right.

Ericsson boss thinks we’ll have 50 billion Internet connected devices by 2020. Not the trillion that some Ministers are saying.


Facedown extreme in Ireland

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Edit: Shame someone sent a lot of people over here to vent abuse at me. Not one of you eejits seem to understand copyright or how to construct a sentence though.

This will warm up your Friday. Via Ivan. Extreme Facedown Ireland.

Official Facebook Group for Extreme Facedown Ireland.

Some great ones:
Facedown Ireland

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Fluffy Links – Friday May 7th 2010

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Some thoughts on Online PR and working with bloggers.

Complete Car launches which is a new car consumer website by Paddy Comyn & Shane O’ Donoghue.

Slattery Communications are looking for a Community Manager for their client work. Nice to see jobs like that around.

Interesting Irish crime fiction. Requiems for the Departed contains seventeen short stories, inspired by Irish mythology. Out in June.

it@Cork are holding an IT Security Seminar on May 27th. Have a looksee.

50k to rent the front of Youtube UK for the day.

Corruption and power. How it always happens.

Ahh yes, voting.

Fluffy Links – May 4th 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Stratagem has launched an Election Predictor contest allowing you to predict who will do well on Election Day in Northern Ireland.

Good post from Adrian Weckler on Twitter and breaking news.

TOSBack keeps an eye on 32 terms-of-service pages for companies/services/websites in the Irish market. Every time one of them changes, you’ll see an update there.

Via Loic, great video on lessons learned from the team that made Dropbox.

Meteor are running a “Ireland’s Social Networking King/Queen” competition. Nominate your friends.

Kurt Vonnegut graphs storytelling. Entertaining and insightful.

Tubridy Show visits the Natural History Museum and there’s Don Conroy!

Reelgood’s May Promotion.

Fluffy Links – Thursday April 29th 2010

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

A very biz type Fluffy Links today.

Congrats to Social Bits on their fantastic new site.

Irish music bloggers, IMRO and give us money for giving free publicity to the bands on our books.

Science Road Trip! As part of the buildup to the City of Science 2012, Discover Science & Engineering are looking for a number of participants who would be interested in travelling to Turin on a science communications bus. This rocks.

Into UI? Want to work in the wonderful town of Kinsale? Have a look here at this job spec.

Small business in Wicklow? Why not enter the 2010 Wicklow County Enterprise Awards. Award shows are good for exposure be you longlisted, shortlisted or a winner.

The InterTradeIreland All-island Seedcorn Business Competition 2010 is open and ITI are doing workshops around the country on how to raise equity and develop business plans to try and win the competition. First workshop is May 4th in Cork.

Leviathan are doing a UK General Election Special Thursday May 6th in the D4 Berkeley Hotel, Ballsbridge.

Got an email about this:, a new company offering Irish businesses a way to network online and create leads. Subscription service with a free trial.

Rowan Manahan hacks Ignite

They play in August in Dublin, again!

Fluffy Links – Tuesday April 27th 2010

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Online PR course by me in Dublin on May 4th.

New blog. Confused of Cork.

M.I.A. vid referencing a certain terrorist org.

Colm Lyon finally blogging on the Realex site. Great start too. Worth subscribing to.

And another new blog: The Evening Herault

Interesting concept. Spendometer.

Via Jim C New album out, Between Two Waves.

This Like Button tech shows how much data you’re giving away.

Alan Kelly MEP twitter account hacked or? Guerrilla Tagging Session. Needs more Trainspotting running down streets being chased by rentacops.

Fluffy Links – Monday April 26th 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Eolai goes deep on how he sells paintings online. Take note everyone, not just fellow creators.

Great list of hotels in Dublin with free Wifi in meeting spaces.

Bizcamp Limerick is May 8th. Sign up?

Free office, power, net for a startup.

Google employees publicly shut their accounts on Facebook. The latest Facebook announcements are turning FB into the juggernaut and Google into an entity to get out of the way. Pram toys, meet floor.

Meanwhile Google Streetview also scans your WiFi network.

Is innovation nature or nurture?

Using the startup process to change disaster relief.

ITV shows a Facebook commentor calling David Cameron a first class cunt. Ooops.

“Origin Of Love” by John Cameron Mitchell, live

iPads and the future of news and media

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

I’m talking at the Media 2020 conference on Tuesday. I’ll be talking about gadgets and showing off my iPad but here’s my take on the silliness around iPad being the new Christ.

The deathnote for news has been served. So some are running off to the iPad and thinking that will save them and others are looking at paywalls, again. Marc Andreessen suggests burning the boats and going web only. Let management have a viking funeral too.

A touchscreen interface to your milquetoast content will not save your business.
A paywall to content that is far from unique or of value will not save your business.
Wordpress powered jaded content is still jaded content.
Has 3D saved the movie industry?

We’ve gone from storytelling to writings on parchment to printed missives to audio to audio and video to digital to multi-way interaction to a world now where something that fits in a pocket takes in data, sends out location data, takes audio, video, pictures, is manipulated by us, is shared with the world, shared and taken back into the device. Within seconds. We overshare on Facebook and generate our own news like we always have. “Any news?” we are asked. Do we respond with what we heard on the radio?

News should be getting richer and more multi-faceted every year and instead the past few decades it’s become homogenised. So yeah while starving yourself of oxegen got your rocks off for a while, it has also killed you. Ask Michael Hutchence and David Carradine.

Photo owned by nDevilTV (cc)

Why are news and media trying to barely iterate on what they are doing when there are devices out there that are not iterations of a previous device but big leaps and you don’t take advantage? The iPad is then going to take what it has now and iterate on that over years. Adapt to change. It hasn’t got multitasking, a camera, USB ports, is certainly not open yet is still vastly superior to anything out there. There are already amazing applications on it. Yet bringing in a new paperboy to deliver the newspaper to the door isn’t going to save you folks, is it?

Popular Science, Coolhunting and that Alice in Wonderland interactive book have been lauded as great so far for iPad but they’re on a device that’s a fraction of one percent of the people that daily consume media. If you wait for all of them to go all iPad buying then you’ll be very broke. Innovate what you’re doing, not how you deliver.

So all these huge news organisations in Ireland, all moaning about crime and gangland bladey blah. Not one has a Google map, mapping out the places where the violence happened. Not one has done interactive timelines. A multimedia world and we’re getting black and white single layer analog content or chirping about RTÉ.ie being a threat.

All could have been iterating their way to the full multimedia experience one gets with an iPad. Nah. Here’s an RSS feed and iPhone app that puts our content in a smaller window. Fa ab.

Look at the big bad content producers online right now. Facebooks, Twitters, YouTubes and all those other places of noise and mess. Look how much Facebook will make this year compared to the New York Times. While NBC or CBS kick their ass, look at the growth rate. Look at how much Apple has made from selling content and apps. I’m doubting the future of news will come from those in news right now or the trail blazing elitists that believe they’re better than their traditional media peers cos they have a blog and better than bloggers because they have a piece of paper that certifies they can type and press record on an mp3 recorder. You’re still the system, you just wear a silly cape around the office. Look to those who caused a stir online already and have a grasp of a business model used this century, not one that worked 200 years ago. Or actually know what a business model is.

At the end of the day the reason for the failure is this: It’s your stupid content, stupid


Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Worst recession ever. Banks not lending money. Ireland is all sorts of fucked. Nobody is spending a penny. Stealth redundancies en masse. House prices are plummeting.

And with it…

Office space is dirt cheap.
Every price can be negotiated.
Deals are much easier to do if you are someone with cash.
There are oceans of talented graduates looking for work and who’ll work damned hard to retain their position.
Colleges are throwing interns at companies.
People have more free time (unfortunately for some) to beta test your products or services.
The media want good news stories.

It’s cheaper to fail now.

Some great companies started in a recession, Google wasn’t one.