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Bloggers and their readers win prizes

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

If Pat is Santa, I’m an elf. I’ve been given four prizes to give away on this here blog in exchange for promoting the Jack and Jill Foundation who recycle mobile phones. Just to note Jack and Jill didn’t provide the prizes but a supporter of theirs and it was thanks to Santa that they contacted me about this.

What does the Foundation do?

The Foundation provides early intervention home respite to families with children up to the age of 4, with severe neuro developmental delay and palliative conditions requiring extensive medical and nursing care at home.

Here’s the deal. For everyone that donates one or more mobile phones to the charity, they’ll be entered into a draw for three prizes (First, second and third out of hat) – a Nokia 5220, a Voyager 815 bluetooth headset and an Elextex rubberised portable keyboard for phones. The blogger who gets these people to donate phones will also be entered into a draw for a Nokia 810 Internet Tablet.

Nokia Tablet

Donating a phone is dead simple as you drop the phone and charger (if you have it) in a jiffy bag and send it to their freepost address: The Jack and Jill Mobile Appeal, Freepost, Ratoath Road , Finglas, Dublin 11

If you collect 10 phones they’ll even send a courier to you.

So if you’re a blogger/run a blog, send your readers this way (this is not a link building thing so nofollow away) making sure they have you as the referer (as in “JohnnyBlogs sent me”) and you could win a Nokia 810 Internet Tablet and if you want to donate a phone leave a comment on this post with the make/model of the phone you’re donating and which blogger sent you this way. Yes, you can donate a phone and refer your own blog so you can be in two draws.

It’d be interesting to see which blog sends the most referers. Game on blogger people!

Me and Irish Rail

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

I should get like a golden seat or powerpoint for all the money they made off me in 2008. These are all my tickets for my Cork-Dublin journeys:

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The four wise men of Irish Tech

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Over the past year and even longer there’s been four people who have devoted a lot of time helping out others in the growing Irish technology scene. They’ve given their precious time without charge to encourage and help as much as they can and it has resulted in a greater body of shared knowledge when it comes to business and tech.

Those four people are Pat Phelan, Joe Drumgoole, Keith Bohanna and Conor O’Neill. At Barcamps, Open Coffees, on blogs and on the oldskool phone they’re regularly dispensing advice and helping people make connections. I’m not sure how much people appreciate these guys but this is my little thank you card on the web for them as this year comes to a close. The Irish startup scene would be a lot poorer without these guys giving their time. Thanks Pat, Joe, Keith and Conor. Maybe we should give thanks back by talking up their work or do what they do and help out others when we can. These guys are heroes.

abacus and words of wisdom
Photo owned by lilibethjanuary (cc)

Get some festive music into thine ears

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Head over to Indiecater and get some great Christmas inspired music from some great musical talent. Two tracks I really really liked from that compilation are: Track 12 – Nonstop Everything -There Is No Santa, Little Boy and track 15 Loxsly – Santa Got The Spins. 17 tracks for a recession busting €6.50. You can listen to them before you buy too.

Then via You Ain’t listen to Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas album called “Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII.”

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(Pic taking outside Apple Store in Regent Street)

Fluffy Links – Monday December 22nd 2008

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Great new Irish foodie site. CheapEats.ie Cheap good food in Ireland.

Well done Keith and dbTwang on their Angel Round.

Last chance to win that $1500 phone.

Cork Tweetup tonight.

Kittens or danger?

Rollerblading dwarves, how to lifehack Getty Images.

Keith is super, thanks for asking.

Via Steve Quinlan, so this school is more like a cult?

Marketing to the Youff. Hmmm. Not sure is this sinister or not.

I’m Courier. Not to happy with that.

The Yahoo! Query Language.

George and Mrs Bush wish everyone a WTF Christmas:

Via Fabulist Angus and Julia Stone – Just a Boy

Made in Hollywood website relaunches, got photos?

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Made in Hollywood, the people behind the Web Awards props recently relaunched their website and it’s very impressive. They also have a blog but have a look at the props they’ve made for other events. Nice. Fran Hollywood from Made in Hollywood is looking for some good pics from the Web Awards of the Ws that he made. If you have any then email them on to him and he might use them in the gallery on his site.

Made in Hollywood giant choc bar

1 minute survey on mobile usage

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Dave Kelly has a survey out about mobile phone usage. Just a few short questions are asked. Why not help him out with the survey and fill it out?

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Photo owned by windyharbor.com (cc)

A party political spamcast on behalf of McAWilliams

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Internet, the man behind the video intros for the Blog and Web Awards is currently battling it out on Twitter to become king of the Twitter world or some title like that and he needs your vote to be the winner. Can you help him? Pretend he’s a poor starving child that’s blind, has to walk 15 miles a day to get water (why the fuck don’t they move?) and needs a goat for Christmas.

All you have to do is be on twitter and send out the following message:

@shortyawards I nominate @mcawilliams for a Shorty Award in #personal because…

Do it for democracy, do it for freedom, do it cos he has my family kidnapped until I write this post.

100 pies for voting!
Photo owned by irina slutsky (cc)

Win a $1500 Nokia phone

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Via Pat Phelan once again. Leave a comment and consider donating a small amount of cash for the chosen charity.

Ones we watched in 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

So how did the Ones I suggested we watch do in 2008? Not bad at all.

Robin Blandford.
Himself and David are now building and running Decisions for Heroes. Trailblaizers!

Fergus Burns
Another trailblazer. Nooked getting bigger and better every month.

The Paddy’s Valley 20
Well…

Patrick Collison, John Collison and all at Auctomatic
Sold! Massive attention. Late Late with the Plank. Household names and names uttered by Mammies when scolding their kids for not being proactive enough.

Richard Hearne
Still the S.E.O. God in Ireland even if he didn’t enter the Geansai Gorm competition! He went through 2008 at breakneck speed, let’s hope he slows a bit in 2009!

Conor O’Neill
Well Argolon and LouderVoice have been doing immensely well and once again Conor has been giving so much to the Web 2.0 community in Ireland with his constant help and sharing. Let’s hope he’s appreciate for that.

Alexia Golez
Well she moved to a new domain and battled O2 towards the end of the year over the iPhone. Mizz Golez is on the brink of a hostile takeover of the Fluffy Links with her Red Links. I think think Alexia would be of immense benefit if she can be convinced to leave the good ship Redmond.

Martha Rotter
Loved and respected by people in the Irish tech scene for her tough job envagelising Microsoft. Still the shining star she was last year.

Marcus Mac Innes
Well Pix.ie is doing rather wll thanks very much and there’s been impressive work with some rather large brands this year establishing Pix.ie as the place to be when it comes to photos in Ireland. Also won a few awards to boot!

Pat Phelan
The hardest working man in Irish technology? Net Visionary for 2008 (which I wasn’t very surprised about)

Cian O’Flaherty
Helped organise the EU bloggers conference in Dublin this year and working like a trojan for a certain current affairs show.

Paul Fabretti
In the UK Paul is establishing himself as a much respected social media ninja dispuptive maven coach. Go Paul!

Paul Walsh
Wubud. The Digital Mission and so much more. I think that shows how well Paul has done.