Archive for November, 2008

Fluffy Links – Tuesday November 25th 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Agree with Michele, recession me arse if the staff in a store don’t bother serving you.

The Nora Dunne Gallery officially opens on Saturday in Kimmage. Well done to Karen Harper for all the hard work.

Via Donal, a good list of Sean Fhocails.

Can’t believe took James’ account away.

Peter is blogging the journey of his Facebook App.

Dominic Hannigan picks up on the Blackberry Storm Paddy Tax.

Stephen mentions a new Independent candidate for Cork City at the locals called Mick Finn. Independents generally have more spine.

Christmas. Oh my.

Dostoyevsky is on twitter.

Google looks at preinstalling Chrome on computers. Hopefully by then it will suck less. Awful piece of software right now.

Via Seán: Burger King are now dropping wallets around US Cities as a marketing tactic.

Congrats to Shel Israel and his new Twitter book.

Via Matt, Call on me – Super Sexy Vid Version. Warnings apply.

This blog

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The control panel tells me:

You have 3,435 posts, 9 pages, 54 drafts, 2 scheduled posts, contained within 21 categories and 5 tags. You have 16,849 total comments.

That’s a lot of words.

Something like human...
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NaNoWriMo: the niche
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Monday, November 24th, 2008

So I won a Golden Spider and people somehow suggest (on their award winning Golden Spider “blog”) I’m a begrudger for it. Despite the dripping sarcasm in the other post some people think I’ve somehow rolled over because I showed up and accepted the Award. Some people suggest I was a hypocrite for taking a photo with Philip from Bebo. Er no. Apologies for missing Gavan’s sarcasm there.

Mulley taking the photo thing very seriously

Some even thought I’d pull a stunt at the event. I had threatened something like this before but after organising three Blog Awards and one Web Awards and other events I wouldn’t dare do that anything as insulting as disrupting an event. I know how much work and headspace goes into making an Awards show run well and by eck the Golden Spiders were a masterclass in how to do this. I chatted to a few judges too who exist and worked hard too to evaluate the websites they were given.

I’m very very grateful for the Award and for how I was looked after at the event. They covered the ticket too, not like I’d pay for one! The Golden Spiders staff were awesome and made sure everyone had a good time. 790 people were at this event. All at tables. That’s a hell of a lot of people to look after. Des Bishop rocked as MC too and was very gracious with picture taking and people pestering him, like us:

Ross Duggan, Damien Mulley, Des Bishop, Eamon Ryan, Danny and Vince Donnelly

The points I’ve always made about Awards shows still stand though. For the Net Visionary Awards, the Digital Media Awards and the Golden Spiders. Now, I’ve said I’m going to bring out all the second round scorecards for the Web Awards and I will once I’m back in the home office for more than three days (October and November have been chocka with work) and I’ve love to see more than vague suggestions of areas being marked by the Spiders and any kind of clarity from the IIA about how they rank their winners. I was told I won by votes at the Net Visionary Awards last year but Arseblog got more votes than anyone in the Podcast Category and didn’t win at the same Awards.

So that’s the transparency issue and the other issue is paying to play. I do not like it. The web is meant to be open and was built on open standards and using many open source tools. If you want to run a show honouring the hard work for developers and companies that invest in the web then the playing field should be level. It’s like having an Olympics but only for rich white men. Not going to be the same is it?

People say the Golden Spiders are good for business and they certainly are. I already got calls after the win but I’d never pay to enter them or advise a client to do so. Lots of things are good for business. If you do anything with the tobacco industry or drink marketing you’ll make a fortune too. I’d like to win an Award where as many others are able to win the same Award and it is out of ability and skill that will win it and not how much we can afford. That’s why I started the Web Awards and that’s why I turned down a buyout offer for the Blog Awards as the potential buyer would have changed them to pay to play and ignored some people. There’s plenty of room for both styles of Awards show and maybe even a few more types. I’m sure many of the people at the Golden Spiders would have had to breathe into a paper bag if they got teleported to the Web Awards and away from the safety of their tux. 🙂

So thank you to the judges, well done to Business and Finance and congratulations to all the winners even if I didn’t clap for some of you, like the OSI. Stop robbing people blind for maps. Give our data back to us.

Fluffy Links – Monday 24th November 2008

Monday, November 24th, 2008

It’s been emotional Flirty. Best of luck.

Mary Mulvihill’s blog. Mary is looking to get a list together of Science bloggers in Ireland. Let her know if you’re one.

Don’t forget that the Irish iPhone survey is still going. While I’m looking for people in the Republic, Irish is Irish. Happy to see what the folks in Northern Ireland do with their phones. All welcome!

Coming to the bloggers Christmas lunch?

Want to learn about blogging in Cork before Christmas? Chat to Sabrina.

What bollox. Now Fianna Fáil and the Greens are complaining answering Parliamentary Questions costs a lot. Except they don’t and they’re very necessary to see what the Government is hiding from the public.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) will celebrate International Human Rights Day with a special evening event in the Irish Film Institute on December 10th. Be there or be etc.

Well done to Paul in CityLocal for getting featured in the Business Post.

Youngfella kills himself live on the Internet. Some watching goad him into it. You can just bet that journalists will be ringing around asking Internet users to “defend” the Internet over this.

Loving this piece of art that the U.N. got done but it does seem rather extravagant. Then again, it’s the U.N.

Charlie the Unicorn – Live

Green Day – Brain Stew/Jaded:

Business Post covers my spat with Pat the Baker and Bebo

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Business Post piece on it today. A right of reply to the comment by the guy from Pat the Baker where he said I was ‘‘totally and utterly wrong’’ would have been nice since they used my analysis as article fodder but the blog post more than speaks for itself as is. For those coming from the Business Post, my correct analysis on the Pat the Baker campaign is here.

Stay tuned to the Mulley Communications blog as a lot more analysis pieces are in the works. Lots of emperors have purchased lots of new clothes in Ireland.

Parenthetical Girls – A Song For Ellie Greenwich

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

This is Ellie and her body of work.

Review of Parenthetical Girls – Whelan’s Dublin

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
Parenthetical Girls – Whelan’s Dublin

Gig of the year for me. Not everyone starts off the night by jumping into the crowd and singing and dancing their songs. Four very talented musicians entertained a small enough crowd in Whelan’s last evening and I think created a lot of new fans in the process. Ian was the person that got me into them and I fully agree that their album is album of the year for me. Most played album on the iPhone right now.

Not only were hugely talented and swapped instruments now and then but they were good fun and had a laugh with the crowd. Zach the lead singer in the band too at one point played the room with a paid of drumsticks, walls doors and he even sang and made beats out on the fire escape which was an unusual experience for the crowd in the main room. God bless very long microphone leads. They’re playing Galway tonight, if you live there get to the gig, it’ll be worth it!

Well done to Ian too for opening for them. I actually didn’t realise it was you til after dude otherwise I would have said hey.

Rated 5/5 on Nov 22 2008
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I won a Golden Spider

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Did I also mention eircom bought me booze? Did I also mention I think Eamon Ryan rocks? And Fine Gael? Gimme me 50 quid and I’ll link to you. It’s all Michele Neylon’s fault. He nominated me. Thanks Dude, appreciated.

Update: Me and Philly Mc from Bebo. Bebo rocks, did I mention that?
Me and Philly Mc

Cheers to Bredanistan for taking the pic

Fluffy Links – Thursday 20th November 2008

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Crewger have upped the game and made things shinier and better. Check em out.

Great blog: Mum Lives on. Blurb:

Keeping the memory of my mum alive

Don’t forget to do the iPhone survey or recommend it to a friend that has an iPhone.

Rick spotted this. The Diary of The Irish Apprentice Secretary.

Found via ChrisTwitter: So the British Nutter Party’s membership list got leaked and there’s been much fun on the Internet as a result and someone has gone as far as doing a Google Maps Mashup so you can know how far away you are from a rightwing psychopath. Please note the nearest nutjob might actually be behind you. So we have the BNP version of lolcats too of course.

Paul points out that there is an official Monty Python Channel on YouTube and they’ve had the foresight to upload a huge amount of content with the understanding it’ll be used to sell DVDs and so forth. I hope it works, I think it will.

For the Bloggers flying to Brussels, will they too dance on the roof of the building?

Irish iPhone user? Take the survey, win €50

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

i’m running a survey to find out the habits of iPhone users in Ireland. How you use the phone, what you spend, feedback on the phone etc. If you fill in the survey you’ll be entered into a draw to win a voucher for €50 worth of iTunes vouchers or if you send an iPhone owner to the survey and they fill it in, you’ll be entered into another draw for a €50 voucher.

The Irish iPhone survey is here.

If you have any issues with the server etc. please let me know.

Outremont, 19-Nov-08
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