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Giving Thanks – Via LinkedIn

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

It being the season of goodwill and all of that, it’s worth noting that this can be done in many many ways. Right now with the recession biting and many good people being let go or made go part-time, it’s worth making a little effort in pointing out to others the good work they’ve done with/for you. Other people don’t even know it but they’ll be let go soon too. It’s unfortunately inevitable. One way for me to give thanks to people is LinkedIn, where over the next few days I’ll try and recommend as many people that I worked with as I can.

Map at Nemuro Station
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It doesn’t take much effort at all to make a recommendation but might be of immense benefit to the person you’re recommending. Don’t do it for any other reason than to recommend the other person. Don’t expect reciprocity. Also don’t ask for recommendations from people you haven’t worked with. That’s messy.

On that topic, please note I’ll be doing that LinkedIn thingymajig with it@cork next week and I’ll put the notes for it online after it. 50 people have so far registered for it. I would have thought events like this would have been snapped by a recruitment company to sponsor… 😉

Fluffy Links – Tuesday December 2nd 2008

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Fergal’s post-Obama’s win blog post is sobering but hopeful about Irish Politics. Blog post of the month for November.

I so want to go whale watching after reading Calvin’s post on it. And so I have. Booked it after reading Calvin’s post and am possibly freezing some bits off on a boat off West Cork later today.

The IIA released their Business Blogging Whitepaper and are asking for comments online.

Geek Girl Dinner in Dublin this Thursday.

New Irish blog (to me): Muse

Nice interview by Krishna with Joe from RTE on social media.

Nialler’s latest podcast is out.

Good post from David Cochrane on using a mobile broadband dongle to create a local wifi spot.

Win a coolio prize for saying Rick O’Shea is cool.

Britt points out a great quote for our recessionistic times.

One of my fav blogs of late is The Dieline. Even if packaging design isn’t your thing, there’s some beautiful stuff on it.

Oscar Wilde is on Twitter, of course.

I can’t get behind that:

Thom Yorke – Black Swan (Not an official vid)

And the winner of the SEO competition is…

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The winner of that competition is, if we go to Google.ie:

Winner of Geansai Gorm competition

Congratulations to Paul Savage for his Geansai Gorm site MyBlueJumper.com

Honourable mentions: Cormac Moylan for going pure Irish and including the fada and seeing where it brought him. Some nice research into how Google really doesn’t pay attention to the Irish language too.

Keith Shirley for running Google Search Ads just for this competition. A fantastic way of getting the attention of the people interested in this competition. Well done Keith.

Shame we saw some sites banned by Google for spamming. Hilarious that a fake press release made news in Limerick.

Many of those involved found it a learning experience though some I’m sure were bored to death by it too being the experts that they are. For the Web Awards 09 there’ll be some kind of practical part that will either be about pure SEO or recognise it. (Best Practice this year had an SEO element to it.)

The Blogging Bank – RaboDirect now have a blog

Monday, December 1st, 2008

RaboDirect Blog. Comments are open. Their GM is blogging along with other RaboDirect employees. This is certainly a first for Ireland. Impressive.

piggy bank
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Of course we also have the No Nonsense Blog too. (Currently featuring Roddy Molloy)

And we have the fun Irish Mortgage Brokers blog from Karl Deeter which takes no prisoners and has pictures of KITT and Arnold from Diffrent Strokes.

So in the very conservative world of finance we have banks, mortgage brokers and insurance companies blogging. If they can do it, other industries can too.

Fluffy Links – Monday December 1st 2008

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Grandad’s new book is out soon. Pre-order.

Indiecater have a Christmas Album out. All new tracks from some great artists. It’s December, I’m allowed to use the other C Word now. Shurrup.

Nice work from Cormac on looking at Google search results that come back in Irish but are pretty weak at giving good results for what was asked.

Fine Gael did a dumb thing? Noooo.

What a cool editing/writing policy from Bloomberg. No buts.

Social media might not be right for you. Perilous waters. Danger Will Robinson.

Go Boards.ie, topping monthly web stats already.

This was one VERY weird interaction on Twitter.

Sorry but I don’t see why a bit of work 20 years ago on a song entitles you be like an ugly Baldwin brother, you know, living off that whiff of fame forever after. I think the BBC were far too sympathetic to the artists over this. Copyright should be short-term advantage not some damned nobility right.

Fox News told Fox off by Obama’s people.

Us Now – Documentary about Government, Web 2.0 and participation

Via YANP – Will it Blend does Thanksgiving:

Via Frank Das Shadow – Navigate The Menus:

LON

Friday, November 28th, 2008

In London for the weekend. No posts til Sunday night. Play with the buses or amongst or with yourselves.

Museum of London at night
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I Trust Tommy

Friday, November 28th, 2008

I Trust Tommy

I Trust Tommy.

Rick does too.

Fluffy Links – Friday 28th November 2008

Friday, November 28th, 2008

Manky Toy Show, ready to go. Ho ho.

Only in fucking Ireland could you get off from drunk driving with this excuse.

Via Paul Meaty! A chicken stuffed in duck stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon.

Friend in Dublin is looking for someone to move into her flatshare. Details here.

Five things you should know about Advert Recording. (An Irish perspective) I like this:

Smile when you read, trust me this makes the read so much more inviting to the listener, you look stupid in the studio, but you can hear the smile and the warmth that generates

The IIA’s Social Media Working Group are inviting you to give feedback on ther Business Blogging Guide which will be released soon. Oh and you have to pay them 30 quid to give them feedback. Not very social then is it?

Too soon too soon! Concentration Camp Lego.

What is it with Australians and Facebook and getting caught?

The Dutch get their own typeface. Nice.

Via Jonathan is this video of video in video:

Now playing in the Abbey: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Fluffy Links – Thursday 27th November 2008

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

John has announced the winners of the Boards.ie data thingy.

Three Ireland. Muppets.

At the Golden Spiders (where I did an Uncle Tom it seems) Peter from EuroLanguages.com came up to me with his card and handwritten on it was a request to be added to a Fluffy Link. And here we go. Nice way of reaching me!

Check out Short.ie that shortens your website link.
Good survey results from Frank on social sites and blogging.

Stephen has never gotten flack from people in Cork when walking around holding his hands with his boyfriend. I’ve gotten odd looks and heard snide comments when I’ve held hands with a guy in Cork so I don’t fully agree with him.

Parsnips!

As predicted Seán Kelly is the Fine Gael candidate for the euro elections in Ireland South. Colm Burke is the weakest link, shame.

Batt O’Keeffe now profiled by the Dáil Ministers.

Motorola get caught astroturfing which is now a breach of consumer law in most European countries.

Oh yeah?

Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen…

Well done Leo Varadkar

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t it Leo Varadkar who brought all this Fás stuff to light in the Dáil last year? And tonight we hear about Harney’s Haircut and before we learn of it, it seems Leo knew, based on his statement here:

Fine Gael Enterprise Spokesman Leo Varadkar TD has questioned whether any Government Ministers benefited from FÁS largesse by having gifts or services bought for them at taxpayers’ expense

The Fine Gael machine needs to capitalise on this more. More of this kind of thing and they’ll bring down the whole house of brown envelopes around Fianna Fáil and the Greens. Enda being boring and saying he’ll be Taoiseach won’t work. Learn some fake humility. I really do wonder at times about the Greens though. It seems once they get Fianna Fáil to use recycled brown envelopes they won’t act as their conscience.

Clarification:
Given Markham and Suzy noted FG need to concentrate not on haircuts but abuses of power, I should have pointed out that when I meant “more of this” it was in terms of blowing the lid off all these abuses in the public sector, not ignoring the millions squandered to concentrate on a haircut.

Naaran Zodiac Leo word
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