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Fluffy Links – Friday July 6th 2007

Friday, July 6th, 2007

The Blakeotron has some nice pics of the Letterkenny skate park.

Annie has moved too.

Maybe we should go back to paper, if all our data is stored on weird tapes and devices?

With AllofMP3 gone, here are some alternatives.

Bill Gates saves the gays, again.

Via Una is the Mentos Intern. Oddly addictive.

Via Loic Le Meur, Jyri Engeström from Jaiku at MoMo Amsterdam. I saw this young guy around Reboot minding his kid, little did I realise he was one of the Jaiku founders:Absolutely terrifying BASE jumping video:

Starting startups – Hothouse discussion

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Conor has started a discussion about running an initiative to get college grads to start their own startups with financial help and help from experienced people:

  • Every summer we run a Hothouse in one/more of the colleges
  • It is open to those who graduate that summer or the following summer
  • 10 weeks long
  • Build something you can demo
  • You’ll have subsistence money to live/eat
  • A limited company will be formed for you and all legals/IP taken care of
  • You’ll get introductions to everyone you need to help you get the thing built
  • You present your product at the end

This model works well in other countries.

Alan O’Rourke has also added his comments to this:

My proposal is to take a group of students from varying disciplines and combine them into a well rounded business group, give them space and a basic support wage and let then run at a project for the 3 summer months.

Its an idea heavily inspired by Joel of FogCreak software and their development of CoPilot.

A group of 3 students, consisting of a developer, a designer, a marketing person.

For me, there definitely needs to be a mix of business and techies for these startups. Not insulting tech people but you also need to be a shark to survive and I think that’s the issue with many startups. You need someone that dreams of swimming in a sea of money and not about efficient code. You need someone that will go out and be all about taking money off people whether you have a great product or a fantastic one.

Dennis Deery too has some comments too.

Let’s keep this going.

Fluffy Links – Wednesday July 4th 2007

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Happy July 4th and stuff. Flaming Lips in Cork last night was second best show I was ever at. Fan fricking tastic.

Best t-shirt ever?

Check out this World Clock. Time, number of deaths, births, temp of earth and ways people are dying. Fascinating.

Unlock your iPhone here. Hack it here.

Dave Winer’s Twittergram phone-in service seems very like MySay now.

LG are now doing a YouTube phone. Hmm.

Win a free festival t-shirt. Go on. Do. Like.

Check out the Curry 2.0 vids.

Flaming Lips dvd thingy:

Weckler says “Feck it” and steps into the Blogorrah breach

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

With rumours that the Blogorrah reunion tour is still on hold til Derek gets his polkadot M&Ms and a second wheelbarrow of cash, Adrian Weckler has decided to feed the rabid public some PR pics and starts off with the grand ole dame of lovely girls: Lorraine Keane. Adrian, you don’t know how many people are glad of that fix, just make sure you don’t have them ODing with too many of them.


Update: I forgot to link to Adrian to start with. Ooops. Apologies.

Feedburner Pro is now free

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

For those that use Feedburner, now the pro tools it offers are free, since Google now owns it. Should be able to get even more interesting stats for my feed now.

He snuck it in at the very end – Blogger Dinner in Cork sooooon?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Mr. Uber event organiser himself has suggested a blogger dinner in Cork, sooner rather than later. I’m there. But please please please, not the same old fucking faces again. Ok, yes the same old faces but only if they bring a new face too. I really do fear that BarCamp and other events are getting far too cliquey. We need to expand the brainwashing programme.

Don’t bring a bottle, bring a new person. Start of August maybe?

Fluffy Links – Tuesday July 3rd 2007

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

This is the article I wanted to write about Cork and Cork people for years. Kathy Foley saved me the bother. Great great article. I don’t read the Sunday Times anymore because it is no longer online. I won’t buy half a tree just to read Kathy and a few more people.

New blogs on block are back.

Fraudband. What a great term.

Wow. Nice bit of dosh there for the IIA. Though not massive.

Google takes a few shots at Michael Moore’s new film in order to sell more ads. They suggest running ad campaigns to counter any searches for the movie on Google.

EI lends their support to Paddy’s Valley.

Another fantastic TED talk on poverty and the third world.

I still miss Ze Frank. Here’s an old post from 43 Folders about how Ze stays creative.

Majesty Snowbird. Again.

CC Licenced Spanish short film on YouTube has 10M views and encourages remixes of it:

The one with the waggily tail – Anyone own this dog?

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Via Andrew:

Lost dog

My sister rescued this little fella when she saw a group of young boys, around 11 years old, throw him off the blackstone bridge in Kileens. The bridge had a drop of about 10 – 15 foot with water only ankle deep below. The kids walked off leaving him down there, he was okay but for a small cut on his paw, he must have landed well, luckily. He was unable to get back up from under the bridge as it was too steep. Lisa was able to get help from a teenager nearby to climb down and get the dog up.

He had no collar on his neck. My sister asked the teenager if they knew who might own him, but he had no idea. He looks like he’s been well kept up til now. Really nice dog. It’s likely the young kids led him away from his home.

He’s a Labrador, About a year old. Very friendly, luckily totally oblivious to what the kids had meant to do to him.

If anyone around Cork might know his owner, like to adopt him or know of a good home, email me.

amonaghan AT


Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Up until this week in a lift in a hotel in Lisbon, I had never met Haydn Shaughnessy which is shameful since we’ve been at at least one BarCamp together and we’re both in and around Cork county. I wish I had met Haydn way back at BarCamp in Cork last year because the conversations we had in Lisbon once we met were really inspiring and covered tech, business, our frustration with the lack of motivation to have a startup culture in Ireland and art. In case you didn’t see the mentions on other blogs, Haydn has put a lot of work into starting his own art gallery in Kilbrittain called Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery for Innovative Contemporary Artists. I need to get myself down there soon.

During one of our conversations I was telling Haydn how I’d love to do what he did. Start a gallery and get some not well-known (locally) but good artists some attention that they deserve. This is what Haydn is doing now. It seems to be a total labour of love and maybe when I have the time I might do the same, that or organise some shows for artists. I’d love to bring some bands and singers I like to Ireland and show them off here. I think Irish audiences are fantastic and greatly appreciate quality music moreso than other countries.

Haydn also mentioned that his office which is next to his gallery would make a great spot for those who want to escape their own environment and go on a work-type retreat to a scenic location while still connected to the world. Having your office in an Art Gallery overlooking the sea would certainly be a way of relieving stress and helping your creativity.

Twitter sub trends

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Oh God, he’s still talking about Twitter. Thanks to Google Reader, here are some trends on my Twitter subs:

From your 77 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 3,255 items, starred 0 items, and shared 0 items.

Top 20 noise makers:

Subscription Items/Day
Paul Walsh – 13.5
Conor O’Neill – 13.4
Bernie Goldbach – 7
Matt – 6.7
Damien Mulley – 5.8
Brian Greene – 5.1
Uldis Bojars – 4.9
Don Crowley – 4.1
Ken McGuire – 3.6
Elly Parker – 3.5
Olivier Ansaldi – 2.5
Tom Raftery – 2.5
AlexiaG – 2.5
Gareth Stack 2.5
Robin Blandford 2.4
James Corbett 2.2
Liam Burke 1.9
Laura 1.8
Conn O Muineachain 1.6
Walter Higgins 1.5