Archive for August, 2008

If you’re thinking of doing meetings in Cork in August

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Check out my favourite hotel. I got a discount when I booked a room for the Media Training because it’s Summer (you wouldn’t think it with the weather) so I thought I’d let you know about their Summer rates too* because they might be useful for meetings and it’s nice to reciprocate after Carmel and Caroline were very helpful organising the rooms for the Blog Awards and the Train the Trainer events and Dave in head office Yo bro! (who asked for a shout out on this blog since his Mum reads it)

Summer prices to the end of August
€275.00 full day or €137.50 half day for Delta/Echo/Oscar or Tango
€200.00 full day or €100.00 for half day for Alpha/Bravo or Lima

*They didn’t ask me to blog this and I get nothing in return. I can be nice at times. Even to companies. No. Really.

Cool marketing
Photo owned by hiddedevries (cc)

Fluffy Links – Monday August 18th 2008

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Tweet Tweet – Archive your Twitter communications inside your WordPress Dashboard

MP3 Hugger has Little Boots doing a cover of My Rolex. This girl is a-rocking.

Via Elana, this is a screwed up Cake Wreck.

Alexia got her O2 iPhone but not without even more bother.

My Morning Jacket play Kilmainham on October 29th, oh yeah and yer man Seasick Steve will do the warm down after…

Cathal shows how insanely civil serviced the new An Post mobile top up is.

Paul points out an interesting report commissioned by An Post about direct mail marketing. Looks like someone in Amárach has discovered the Cluetrain as the report is called “The Future is a Conversation” or else they had to gently introduce An Post to the concept.

Rate This Toilet is back and flush with new reviews. Badoom.

Nialler says invest in Minotaur Shock.

Video of the Space Shuttle launch from a passing airplane.

Personal Space.

The art of food. A sneaker burger.

Pac Man: The Movie. I thought it was kind of interesting.

Regina Spektor – On the Radio


Sunday, August 17th, 2008

Looks like these guys are legit, even if the ad is over-the-top, it’s an SEO/marketing dream:

12 days to nominate your work for Irish Web Awards

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Nominations open for the Irish Web Awards. For now only the creators/builders/owners of websites can nominate their own creations but this will probably changed given the feedback we’ve gotten already.

12 days to go to get nominations in.

When is my wedding

You should be reading these in the pub

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Not at your desk.

Can you answer Keith’s question? has changed their front page after feedback. Now you can see the latest posts on the front page.

I <3 Flirty Something:

the type of guy you should settle down with and pop out kids like a pez dispenser.

Maryrose points out how to get off phone spam lists.

Well done to Educate Together in Greystones.

Giving up control in politics = Create superfans?

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Let your voters tell others why they’re voting for you.

Jason Kander sign

Jason Kander distributes signs for his campaign where those that display them on their lawn write in why they support him on the sign.

This will scare the total crap out of the parties here in Ireland. Give someone a sign you paid for and let them fill in the bits? Lack of control, lack of control! This is what this whole new web thing is all about though and now it’s being re-applied in “the real world”.

Blogs, social networks, YouTube etc. – Give people the space to express themselves. Their dime, their time, their effort. Build those places and let them be creative. They’re better than you at being creative, they’re more intelligent than you. Be the provider, let them play. Give them the tools to spread the word and evangelise their work which is on your space. They’ll bring the traffic. For Jason they’re expressing themselves on “his space” (his sign).

I should think that entrusting someone with one of those signs means they’ll appreciate that trust and be more proud of supporting you and showing off their creativity.

Go democracy.

Photo owned by Mike Licht, (cc)

Rick’s last day outdoing Gerry Ryan

Friday, August 15th, 2008

It’s Rick’s last day filling in for Gerry Ryan and making the mid-morning quality again. Everyone should email ( ) and text in 51552 thanking him and letting his bosses know we appreciate his show. Maybe, just maybe they’ll let him stay there.

Fluffy Links – Friday August 15th 2008

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Check out Susan’s lovely Stony River Farm blog. Nice reading in it.

Nice post (yet another) from MJ about how to get funding in Ireland if you’re a business.

Teehee or oooer, you decide. CloudSteph points out RTE‘s Olympic gallery almost shows nudey bits.

Photobooth. Nice idea for events. But everyone has a camera these days.

Jim points out Fionn Regan is playing an intimate gig in November in Dublin. Avail.

Via Enda: No need to buy that app on the App Store to use your iPhone’s 3g to get your laptop online.

Ah handy. Make a toastie without cheese going everywhere in the toaster.

Polaroid kill off the polaroid and bring back… a camera with a printer?

A book on light and architecture. Check out the power station and roller coaster.

Mayhem. It’s like the Joker planned this.

Yup. Get yourself fired from Burger King by having a bath in their giant sink and stick the video of it on YouTube.

Via Sizemore – Far North trailer:

Especially for B’Dum B’Dum B’Dum

All Jazzed out

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Best of luck to Mister Jazz Biscuit.

Useful Irish Web Tools

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

As well as GMail, Twitter, WordPress, Bloglines and Meebo, the other web tools I use on a daily basis and a few times a day are and Jazzbiscuit’s Image Search. They’re invaluable.

If I’m linking to anything on Twitter or emailing something to not so web savvy people then I’ll use Cathal Garvey’s URl shortening tool. It rocks. The latest version of it too produces a Q Code thingy, you know those new barcode things that some cameras recognize and turn em into urls?

JazzBiscuit Creative Commons Image Search

Online pop culture anarchist JazzBiscuit has an absolutely fantastic image search service that brings back creative commons licenced images. I’ve been using it for months now to tart up my blog posts and add a bit of colour. Nice one Jazzy.

Jazzbiscuit search

Try both out and bookmark them. They rock.

Any others worth mentioning?