Fluffy Links – Monday January 26th 2015

January 26th, 2015

Guy in his 30s, raised by his lesbian parents does an AMA on Boards.ie, good questions, great answers.

via Justin. If you have nothing to hide … they’ll get you under those laws too.

How to read more books. Get off the fucking phone isn’t given as advice so directly. Bring a book with you as you travel is.

<3 to Buzzfeed.

A computer in a tic tac box. Yeah, very bulky. Damn.

via Eoin. Convert anything to anything. CloudConvert. Now with extra kale leaves.

I Survived Another Meeting That Should Have Been An Email

Tolstoy. Why do men stupefy themselves? (With booze, drugs, other)

Constraints are good, really good. Legendary Apple designer Susan Kare shares two nuggets of advice.

Freebooting. Stealing content and using it as your own. Mostly without attribution. Those “Lad” Facebook Pages are a great example. Though you see it on Twitter wholesale too. Your tweet “quoted” instead of Retweeted so the freebooter gets the credit.

Telepathy. A comms app for iPhone, iPad without the need for a mobile network or Internet connection. So when they shut down our phone networks when we rise up, they can’t stop the comms.

How To Destroy The Web – Bruce Lawson

Crazy scary robot cutters

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Björken hearted

January 25th, 2015

That new Bjórk album, was expecting to end up in a dark hole with my mascara running because of the sadness. It’s some album but I think I need to listen to it lots or read the lyrics sheet that came with it.

And I just wanted to get that headline out before anyone else.

How much has IDA spent on Web Summit?

January 22nd, 2015

FOI Request to IDA has generated this:

2012: €80,000 ex VAT
2013: €140,000 ex VAT
2014: €100,000 ex VAT

The below is for a press conference and networking event at the 2014 Summit. From IDA “Our networking event in the National Museum which had over 200 clients and potential investors present. We also had a press announcement with national and international media in the building to coincide with the event.”
IDAWebSummit2014

2010 and 2011 payments to Web Summit.

How much has Enterprise Ireland spent on Web Summit?

January 22nd, 2015

TLDR: €265k in 2014, €175k in 2013, €144k in 2012 : €584k over three years

I did an FOI request in December:
1) Grants, fees, payments made to the Web Summit / Founders
2) Web Summit/Founders costs paid by EI such as speaker fees, travel costs (if any)
3) Costs for the EI for stands, marketing and running events around Web Summit / Founders

This is what I got back:
EiWebummitCosts

The Income column is money EI made from subletting their stand at the 2014 Web Summit.
The column on the right includes travel and accommodation costs for overseas buyers, investors and media.

2010 and 2011 payments to Web Summit.

Accounts for the company behind Web Summit, Manders Terrace Limited. Please note these are from Duedil so may not be fully up to date.

Manders Terrace Limited | DueDil

Fluffy Links – Monday 19th of January 2015

January 19th, 2015

The SME Awards are open for business. Go go go.

29 Short Lectures on Digital Marketing. Now in Tweet format.

I have a Lead Generation course happening in Dublin on February 11th.

And Barry Hand is doing his very popular and really good Digital Strategy workshop on February 4th.

Via Justin Mason Man saves the life of his wife with the help of 3D printing and an open minded surgeon. He did a 3D print of her skull and tumor. Imagine when it will be the regular thing for a surgeon to do “test runs” on brain ops with a perfect copy of the brain and the tumor.

In between sending hundreds of people to their deaths by drone strike, some candid moments from the Whitehouse.

Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence. :)

How to ask people for things via email.

Radio doc: The Blue-eyed slaves from Montserrat with the Irish surnames.

This set of articles from analyst @monkbent are his own best of 2014 and if you read them, it’ll enrich your 2015.

Dental health. Some facts to know. Avoid mouthwash!

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives, documentary with Mark Oliver Everett about his physicist genius father.

Via Russell Davies. The other side of your life insurance docs is art you can hang.

Cantus Arcticus was commissioned by the University of Oulu for its first doctoral degree ceremony.

Fluffy Links – Monday January 5th 2015

January 5th, 2015

Effortfully.

Beautiful word.

Quarter Block Party, Cork, February 6th to 8th.

Oral history, er written down of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Fascinating.

The best Solutions Journalism of 2014. None of that “curiosity gap” crapola. Journalism that can make a change in the world. More please.

Mental disability and Irish Law. Things you might like/need to know.

via Kottke. Passwords and the stories and emotion behind some of them. Immediate punch to the gut in this piece.

This is cute. Printable, hackable (physically cut and paste), Valentine’s Day card.

via DF. IBM Design Language. Getting high praise.

Watching Harry Potter and this popped into my feed, nice juxtaposition. iPhone, Arduino and a few other bits and you have a fairly fast M&M sorting machine.

Magic Leap wants to bring magic back into the world. It has half a billion of funding to do so. John Graham Macnamara is one of those involved. Sounds like an Irish or Scottish name.

Kickstarter coaches. As Kickstarter becomes more and more popular, it makes sense to get an expert in to ensure your campaign works. Same in every other marketplace.

Search for symptoms on Google and you might be able to connect directly with a Doctor. Google is testing this right now. Lots of positive uses, think about it too for mental health issues.

Ones to watch 2015

January 1st, 2015

I’ve been doing these Ones to Watch now for 8+ years. This is my 9th “Ones to watch”. This is the 2014 one. Good to see it’s something worth copying.

2013 ones to watch. 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008, 2007.

My ones to watch are entirely subjective, they’re based on people I know or know of, these people are mostly Irish or they have a link to Ireland that’s weaker than the criteria to play for our soccer team. I do not link to people hoping I’ll get gratitude from them or get links, retweets or future business from them.

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Marie Duffy was featured in these Ones to watch about two years ago. In 2014 she has been directly affected by mental health issues and she wrote about it from hospital. This felt like watching storm coverage on TV and the person in the middle of the storm pausing the scene and talking directly to you, explaining what’s going on. I worked with Marie when I was on the board of Spunout and am really proud of everything she’s done and will do. If there’s one new thing you’d like to read as 2015 starts, read this short piece from her. “Can you guarantee your safety?”

In no particular oder, here are some people to check out and see what they’re up to in 2015.

Matthew Mulligan
Deputy Editor of tn2 Magazine and Editor-at-Large of Trinity News for the 2013//2014. This is his LinkedIn. A very boring place for someone that is not. I first encountered Matthew from various tweets to his writing and retweets of his commentary. A very talented writer who I hope to read more from in 2015. His Twitter, far more interesting than LinkedIn.

Jane Ruffino
Well there’s someone that won’t shut up. Won’t be quiet when some bro has his mansplaining to share with the world. Won’t play the game of “all is well in techland” as everyone feeds from the trough. Good. I’m glad Jane has her weekly slot/shot in the Business Post. You should read it. This is her site. This is her Twitter. She did archaeology, she knows how to dig up the stuff that other people buried. Oh my, isn’t that clever writing from me? Punarific. Jane is also the token woman on the list so I can now go back to talking up the menz, right? All of the menz.

Mark Coughlan
Good journalists weave. They take various threads and bring them together and give you a tapestry. Weaving. Mark has put in the time to craft his skill, put himself out there and worked hard which has made him skilled. It wasn’t family dynasties that got him to now. In 2015 though they’re going to replace that pen in his hand with a swankier one.

Vicki O’Callaghan
I’m sure she’ll get awkward reading this. Vicki is a digital champion for Landmark Digital who look after all the digital properties of the Examiner. What’s great about Vickie is there’s no being able to bullshit her on anything digital. Same goes for a few others in there. The Examiner publications have seen major changes in the past few years and their digital offerings have been doing really well in 2014. I’m not privvy to the way the Examiner works but 2014 seemed to be a year of things settling down with debts, layoffs and office moves so given some good enough digital gains in 2014, I think 2015 will be very interesting for the Examiner group and it will be worth seeing what Vicki and her colleagues will be doing. Plus you know, Cork bias from me.

Mat Morrison
Mat’s Irish now. He’s stayed in Dublin at least three times. So yeah. Mat has spoken at the Measurement.ie conferences from the very start and made them successful as a result too. He’s finished up in his last gig and is off now, wandering the land like an episode of Kung Fu. 2015 ought to be very interesting for this very insightful chap. His blog.

Ciara King
Yer wanno from Chris and Ciara on 2FM. If she doesn’t kill him, their show is going to grow in 2015 and you may see them get more attention for the work they do. Ciara’s youth diary entries are a recently uncovered gem. Even if she did kill him, she’d get out in a few years anyway and can resume what she does. Ciara King on Twitter.

Aoife Clarke
Aoife and Caitriona and the other Lidl comms staff seem to be always on social media looking after their brand. Lidl did well in the 2014 Social Media Awards and it’s because of an in-house team that obviously like what they’re doing. For such a massive brand, the Lidl comms are a bit of fun. Looking forward to what happens in 2015 with whatever Team Lidl will be doing.

Deborah Maguire
Deborah is the bosslady of Irish Made Gifts, a growing company in Cork that sources well produced Irish crafts and sells on behalf of producers. One of the ways to pay attention to a company, technology or person is having three different sources come to you talking about the company/person and I experienced that a few times in 2014 with Deborah.

Jim Carroll
The Banter Boy. Jim has been piloting Banter for a good few years and it’s expanding out and out each year too. It’s almost, but thankfully not fully become “the establishment”. And when other outlets report on what happens at them, good stuff is happening. Again, not privvy to his plans but with Banter, Agility HQ, that Irish Times gig and other bits n baubles, 2015 could prove very interesting. New shirt for those bigger arms or something.

Quick notes on 2014 flipping over to 2015

December 31st, 2014

We say true things so we’re outspoken. We call out mistruths so we’re angry. We do this repeatedly and we have an agenda. Truth is some kind of social faux pas these days. 2014 was another year of Snowden “leaks”, Wikileaks “leaks” and Sony email leaks. Truth being released is now controversial. Let’s see what 2015 brings for all things true.

Will the T in LGBT, no longer be a silent T?
Transparent from Amazon was a well received show on a parent transitioning to being a woman, surrounded by her completely batshit insane family. What was fantastic to me was a lot of the crew and cast were trans themselves but the show didn’t need a giant flashing yellow arrow to point them out in the show.

Laverne Cox on the cover of Time. And not a trans show but the BBC airing the Boy in the Dress this Christmas was a fantastic way of moving society forward even if by a few millimeters.

T was just tacked on to LGBT for many years, T issues were skipped or attached to being mental health issues. I’ve been totally ignorant of it, comfortably so for ages because just like fighting for equal marriage, it’s easy to ignore those you don’t know of. I remember only a few years ago the near violent protests when some college LGBT societies wanted to add on the T to their swiss army knives of letters. Some of those most against it then I note are very vocal campaigners for marriage equality now. I’m sure that’s LGBT equality. So maybe with a few things like this, things will change. The creator of Transparent equated her show to Will and Grace for gay rights, I thought that show was awful and very stereotyped but it was a start to having gay characters regularly on screen.

And away from societal stuff…

Music:
No more Phantom so I tuned in to 8Radio, Lyric FM with Liz Nolan, John Kelly and Aedín Gormley. John playing Dobrinka Tabakova every Friday.

2FM came back with swagger and I find myself listening to it a lot more than before. Nicky Byrne is perfect for that radio slot with Jenny too. And Chris and Ciara. The music has upped a gear too.

TV series:
Fargo, Breaking Bad was good but just good. Hannibal went a bit too grotesque but man what an ending.
Rick and Morty maybe my fav show. Black Dynamite was good but too formulaic. Archer over-extended. It was not Wired Season 2 if that’s what they were going for. Come back Venture Brothers.

Books:
Mostly factual books with me taking lots of notes. 100 years of solitude though. Damn. Currently reading The Peripheral. Not sure what’s happening. Read Iain M. Banks’ last one. Sad it was all over, goodbye The Culture.

Being Mortal will stay with me for a long time and has already changed by 2015 plans about things I wanted to research. I was looking at looking more into things related to sleeping and better sleep but ageing is probably something to consider too. Look after your older people. Falls are their biggest threat according to that book.

Fav site:
TravelPirates, LowCostHolidays, Ryanair. Holiday porn. I know, holiday porn.
Bookdepository for books, too many books. I need to stop looking at Bargain Alerts on Boards too.

Pulling things together

December 29th, 2014

You know the way when you do a proper tidy of an office, bedroom or whole house, you rip everything out, pile it up and then find a way of re-ordering? While doing so you find things you forgot about and you might decide to dump them or find a use for them again?

You then reorganise things in patterns comfortable to you. Adding some new bits to an existing pattern/pile or removing some, merging others and of course then there’s the detritus the remains and you shove that away somewhere in a box labeled Misc, misc boxes are drafts on this blog. Some drafts are 9 years old now.

When you’re done, all is tidy once again but you know that it isn’t 100% perfect but pretty good. The tidying, acquiring, moving is how I see myself putting proper long form blog posts together. Here are some lovely insights on how to distill ideas and find new ones:

These are all kind of linked. Reading the tea leaves, pulling things together.

Shane Parrish’s piece on how he reads and takes notes. Superb quote:

“I’m trying to engage in a conversation with the author.”

And from him again, a collated set of quotes on ways we can gain insights.

Kazuo Ishiguro: how I wrote The Remains of the Day in four weeks. 4 weeks of hell where it seemed he was almost hallucinating at the end. He does point out 1) He had done a tonne of reading before he started off on this journey and was satisfied with the amount he researched 2) After the 4 weeks he had the raw material for the book, not in any way a finished book.

I wrote free-hand, not caring about the style or if something I wrote in the afternoon contradicted something I’d established in the story that morning. The priority was simply to get the ideas surfacing and growing. Awful sentences, hideous dialogue, scenes that went nowhere – I let them remain and ploughed on.

Time is the Secret Ingredient to Writing Great Articles. Thomas Baekdal. Genius. He suggests gathering your data, writing it up, putting some thoughts together and … wait.

By allowing yourself time to reflect on your story, you see things that you hadn’t realized initially. You form connections you hadn’t recognized, and you identify the patterns that you couldn’t see before. And, more to the point, you let the story simmer for as long as it needs to.

Fluffy Links – Monday December 29th 2014

December 29th, 2014

Last Fluffy Links of 2014!

On January 13th in Dublin I’ll be giving 29 short lectures on digital marketing. It’s nearly free to attend this. Nearly as if it was free people wouldn’t feel obliged to turn up if they got a place.

Mailchimp Snap is a nice idea. Take a photo, send it to your mailing list or part of it with a little note. All from your phone.

A list of courses UCC will be doing mostly in the evenings come January. So many I’d love to go to but work travel means no.

Laghdú by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Dan Trueman. Album of the year say so many people and they’re right. Do see Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh live too if you ever have the chance. A gent and a slow-motion explosion of talent in front of you.

The Jack Lynch Tunnel has its own app. You can connect to the CCTV streams too. Obviously only as a passenger but you could watch yourself drive in and out of the tunnel from your phone. The future has landed but we won’t realise it until it’s the past.

Is the Malcolm Gladwell mask slipping? Doubts on his work now.

Anti-social (media) publications. Let people read the content and not see Twitter and Facebook begs. You may get less traffic but people that do consciously share your content are more bought in to it.

A graphical explanation of UI vs UX.

Missed stories on Facebook? Most people do. Catch up here.

Absolutely scary. A piece from a woman about her father. Her father the serial killer.

Hoodies where the hood part can be swapped out for another one and you can collect the designer hoods? I’m in.

You can just tell that the people in Reuters, stuck on Queen and started singing “I Want to Break Free”. Reuters says good luck and fuck you to commenters.

The Philosophy of Aristotle