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Fluffy Links – Thursday 25th September 2008

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Richard is giving away two tickets to the Web Awards. Might be worth applying. Looks like we’re going to reach capacity within a week for the Awards.

Congrats to MAXroam going white label and allowing companies to become resellers.

Is Eoin O’Dell on performance enhancing chemicals from his Jamaican cousins? He’s on fire of late on his blog.

New blog: Whoopsadaisy

Thanks to Ian for the hat tip – Get chocolate business cards in Ireland with Print Delicious. No cards in your arse pocket from now on!

Website from a chap in Limerick – On The Map

Irish Tech Company? Get yourself listed on TechCrunch’s Crunchbcase.

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

It ain’t just Irish newspapers that rip off bloggers. UK wholesale.

Using the Mechanical Turk for audio transcription.

National Day of Volunteering in Ireland is this Friday. Do.

Web 2.0 Expo NY: Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library), Building Personal Brand Within the Social Media Landscape

Fluffy Links – Wednesday September 24th 2008

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Don’t forget to register for the Web Awards if you want to come along.

Irish Web Awards? Nah, try the Irish Hair Awards.

I’m giving a talk at the Irish Computer Society today. Call in and say hello.

The Spanish wine tasting is 2:45 on Thursday now.

This is a beautiful blog post from Robert J. Hogan.

Nice tips on how to get media attention. Worth bookmarking.

We can now map the fuzz zones in Ireland or some of them anyway,

Dear RTE, please create this app for the iPhone. An iPhone app to citizen journalism. Clever. Well done CBS.

Chocolate and typography. Yes please!

Fun with writers for hire. The Best film ever made.

I commissioned an essay from a supplier of tailor-made academic essays. I requested a 1500 word essay that was to “prove that Junior… is the best film ever made.” This essay was to make reference to various writers including Freud, Barthes, Baudrillard and Jameson in proving it’s case.

Spore becomes the most pirated game ever, one reason probably being because they filled it with crappy anti-piracy protections.

The prophesy comes true.

Kottke also adds this take from Kevin Kelly:

Anything that made purchasing and starting to play difficult — like copy protection, DRM, two-step online purchasing routines — anything at all standing between the impulse to play and playing in the game itself was seen as a legitimate signal to take the free route.

First look at the Google phone.

Tuesday Push 23rd September 2008 –

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

Download Music

Probably an established brand in the Irish Web Scene these days, is a simple service with all the complex stuff hidden away. Buy music off the site or via their SMS shortcode. You get a copy sent to the phone and to an online download link so you can have a copy on your computer too. All for a euro.

I’ve already covered the album that they brought out. One of the guys behind the site is Johnny Beirne who has been a music fan forever and always has been involved with independent music in Ireland so this site sprung from his passion in this area. Some of the best businesses out there have been created by people that have been immersed in their market and want to improve it or see a painpoint that can be addressed.

If you’ve not seen before, go and have a look.

If you want your technology/product listed on the Tuesday Push, then fill in this form here. We’re not interested in some rebadged or reskinned piece of technology, you have to have added some kind of IP to your service. To see the benefits of the Tuesday Push, read Gordon’s blog post on it.

Conor is on the Late Late this Friday

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This Conor. The last time I tuned into the Late Late and Pat the Plank was to watch another set of brothers – Patrick and John Collison. Monsieur Prendergrast will be on along with his brother Daragh to talk about Civil Partnership and how it affects his parents, Ann and Bernadette.

It’s great to see real stories from real people around this area and not people wanting to boost a political career or play political games. I couldn’t personally give a damn about marriage or marriage equality, I’d want equal tax rights and family rights if I was in a longterm relationship with someone of the same sex. It seems that most of the campaigns around the issue of gay rights forget about the kids and rights of and access to the kids. Without going too off the topic, the rights kids have now even if their parents are legally married are crap and the father and mother have different rights too.

Campaigning for gay couples to have a clone of marriage is backwards and it makes me think all these campaigns have never talked to the many people like Conor and his mums or real non-textbook heterosexual couples and their kids and the issues they face.

Disclosure: I’m one of those gays, apparently I’ve been too ambiguous about that. I’ll now go back to protecting the Kylie Wikipedia entry.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday September 23rd 2008

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

The Web Awards organising still roars on soaking up all my time. Oh yes, register if you want to attend. 100 people are coming so far. Luckily Mulley Communications Ltd is now my full time gig so I can dedicate some time to it.

Post the Roast for this week is up.

Eighty stories, twenty photos, one book, ready in time for Christmas, all proceeds to Focus Ireland. A bloggers’ book?

The slide cast of the pitch for Decisions for Heroes.

Julian points out another RTE cookery show looking for contestants.

Google’s own docs show that people can’t tell the difference between ads and search results on Google? They were selling this as a plus to potential advertisers. Youch. That’s not balanced or impartial.

How Social Media Can Help Your PR Efforts

RTE plagiarism? Once instance only?

50 amazing tour posters

History of NYC’s Internet community by Fred Wilson.

Cisco virtualizes the Data Centre.

Minimal Sites. Yum.

Via Colm Brophy: Fucked up kiddies slide. Is this real?

The best anti-drugs video ever

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Via Mick

Edit: Video already removed. It was a youngfella on something filmed walking around a town in the early morning.

Special K?

Fluffy Links – Monday September 22nd 2008

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Via Aisle One. Check out the amazing work of Patrick Mullen. Typetastic.

For those sick of the property market lies – Irish Home Truths

Blacknight tips for moving between hosting providers.

Spanish wine tasting at Bubble Brothers HQ on Thursday. Come along!

Tweak. An art and electro and tech festival on in Limerick. 22nd and 27th of September 2008. The lineup looks fantastic. Well worth going to I should think.

Young Entrepreneur Bluesky event in Tralee on Friday.

VRM Hub Conference – London, Monday, November 03, 2008, 2pm. I’d love to go but no way I can.

Other bits:
Goosebump city for West Wing fans. Aaron Sorkin did a fanfic of Obama talking to Jed Bartlett.

You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence.

Thanks to Google Blogoscoped I saw that GMail labs allow you to put your labels and chat on the right of GMail. This for me has made GMail a little bit more productive for me as I have a hell of a lot of labels and a very wide screen.

You can now play songs in Yahoo! search results. Great idea. Now if only anyone used Yahoo!

Via Kottke: The new Charlie Kaufman movie Synecdoche New York:

Via Fabulist: TV on the Radio – Golden Age
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Protest against Government bail outs of property developers

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

FYI via The Property Pin, Karl from is organising a demonstration outside the Dáil:

WHAT: Peaceful demonstration to protest against Government bail outs of property developers.

WHERE: Outside the Dail at the junction of Molesworth Street and Kildare Street in Dublin 2

WHEN: Thursday 25th September at 1:30 p.m.

WHY: Bailing out the property market is a mistake.

Oh do come along

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

The Moviestar Irish Web Awards are on October 11th. Registration is now open.

There’s even an unofficial Facebook event page thing for it. Already!

It should be a laugh. If the usual gathering and community building at the Blog Awards gets replicated again at this then without talking it up too much, it should be fantastic. Everyone is welcome too. You don’t need to be nominated, you don’t need a website or a blog. 30 euros in. Rick O’Shea is your wonderful MC for the event too.

Moviestar Irish Web Awards

If you can’t be interesting, be useful

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Via Roo Reynolds was a talk by the amazingly interesting and wizard of interestingness – Russell Davies and one of the things Russell suggested was be interesting and:

If you can’t be interesting, be useful

There have been a tonne of blog posts about the drunkathon that was last Thursday evening at Spy but for me the most interesting post was by Daragh Doyle. It answers the first part of the above quote. Darragh did a brilliant A to Z of the evening in pictures and verse. Imaginative and informative. While all the other blog posts about it were great, this stood out a clear mile. That’s one way of being interesting.

Fricking laser beams