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Fluffy after all this time – Fluffy links August 22nd 2006

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

“They’re Amazon. You’re Easons. They have a future. You do not.” Welcome back Richard Delevan.

Ad for BBC World. Map manipulations.

A Getting Things Done Firefox Extension for GMail.

Edward R. Tufte on Information design. If you are into designing anything that people will use to get information, then consider buying his book.

Gerard Manly Hopkins, set to music. I’m a big Hopkins fan so this looks quite interesting:

I am all at once what Christ is, ‘ since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, ‘ patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,
Is immortal diamond.
Cloud-puffball, torn tufts, tossed pillows ‘ flaunt forth, then chevy on an air-
built thoroughfare: heaven-roysterers, in gay-gangs ‘ they throng; they glitter in marches.

56% of all Danes are now ready to completely drop their fixed line phones in favor of mobiles.

The 9/11 Commission Report done in graphical novel fomat.

Apparently the below scene from Stormy Weather which features Cab Calloway and Nicholas Brothers was Fred Astaire’s favourite tap dance routine.

On the day of college offers, this is appropriate

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Ze Frank gives college advice.

eireaball fada – Attention Chris Anderson

Monday, August 21st, 2006

In Irish “long tail” is “eireaball fada”.

Thanks Adam. Thanks Michael.

Do we have eircom engineers doing this?

Monday, August 21st, 2006

The life of one BT Engineer.

Edit: Here’s one answer. No.

Adding more intelligent women to my feed subscriptions

Monday, August 21st, 2006

In my Ice Cream post I noticed the distinct lack of women in the list. I really really don’t read enough blogs of women outside of Ireland apart from the women that write at Crooked Timber. I subscribe to a lot of intelligent Irish women such as Treasa, Sinead, Red Mum, Annette, Suzy, Claire to name but a few but looking at the international blogs I’m subscribed to, I realise it’s totally male dominated apart from 4-5. As a result I’ve now added a few well known and very bright women to my subcription list. I’ve read the sites now and then via (perish the thought) a web browser but now I’m directly subscribed.

So after adding Danah Boyd, Maryam Scoble, Miss Rogue and Denise Howell I’m now subbed to 162 rss sources. Crikey!

I must start adding more arts and culture feeds to the list too.

New blog on the block – The Innovate Blog

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Innovate has a blog. Innovate is a joint programme between Leitrim County Enterprise Board and Omagh Enterprise Company that provides businesses with the opportunity to improve profitability. Best of luck with it guys.

Wanted: Logos for new projects

Monday, August 21st, 2006

I have two web projects that I’m looking to get logos and themes created for. One is completely non-commercial and the other isn’t very commercial. Anyone out there want to do these? Email me with links to existing work and typical prices. Thanks.

Blogger’s Ice Cream – What flavour represents the various bloggers?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

After the interview with ice cream maker Kieran Murphy, I was wondering what flavour ice cream would represent the blogosphere. Of course no one flavour ever would. So then I was thinking what flavours would represent the various bloggers out there. It started off as a small list and now is bloody huge. Am sure you can add in your own in the comments too. In no particular order:

Tom Coates Ice Cream
Vanilla Ice Cream with english toffee swirls and miniature bassett’s jelly babys.

Mike Arrington Ice Cream
Vanilla with crunchy cookie pieces, candy pieces and anything else that goes crunch! Unusually there’s a swirl of barbeque sauce in the ice cream too. Highly popular with Silicon Valley nerds but the ice cream spoils quickly when consumed around Mountain View.

Robert Scoble Ice Cream
Creamy and dotted with gummi bears and bits of marshmallow. Very popular flavour and the subject of many debates about whether it is a good flavour or not. Funnily enough both sides on the debate keep consuming it.

Hugh Macleod Ice Cream
Redbull, coffee and scotch mixed together. This ice cream has quite a kick and also has interesting squiggles running through the scoops.

Jeff Jarvis Ice Cream
Like the Hugh Macleod ice cream but without the scotch and with twice as much redbull and coffee and also with guarana. This ice cream is wired and will have you talking and blogging at twice normal speed. Lots of jalapeno peppers sprinkled inside.

Om Malik Ice Cream
Various spices mixed together, along with heaps of coffee. The only ice cream in this list to have nicotine as an ingredient.

Evelyn Rodriguez Ice Cream

Jasmine, Camomile and Chai Tea flavour.

Dave Winer Ice Cream
Vanilla. The Dave Winer ice cream is the base ice cream for thousands of other flavours. A little bit nutty and with swirls of coffee flavour. A nice caramel centre welcomes you after a while. There are hidden slices of jalepeno in this ice cream too. Like the Scoble ice cream there are lots of fans and lots that don’t like the ice cream due to it’s no bullshit plain flavours.

Marc Canter Ice Cream
A multitude of flavours all mixed together. The Canter ice cream simply demands that all other flavours are mixed with it. A great, storming, kicking ice cream. Just don’t consume during tech conferences or it might send you to sleep.

Boing Boing Ice Cream
Bubble gum and candy mixed with mint to make it even cooler. Amazingly this ice cream is carb free.

Mena Trott Ice Cream
Ice cream packed in the inside and outside with hundreds and thousands of coloured sprinkles. An ice cream used by many as a core ingredient for all other ice creams.

Doc Searls Ice Cream
Genuine all-American dairy ice cream with a few gold flakes added in. This tried and tested ice cream remains consistent while all the new “trendy” flavours come and go.

Dave Weinberger Ice Cream
Contains all the miscellaneous flavours available and mixes them together.

Tom Raftery Ice Cream
Made from Murpy’s Irish Stout and with a ginger swirl.

Seth Godin Ice Cream
Purple coloured, dairy cream. This ice cream is so good that you find yourself going out and getting others to try it.

Guy Kawasaki Ice Cream
An unusual flavour which is a mix of pineapple and shittake mushroom.

Kevin Burton Ice Cream
Coffee flavoured but caffeine free.

Jason Calacanis Ice Cream
Rich ice cream designed by hired experts.

Kevin Rose Ice Cream
Young, fresh, the flavour is always changing depending on popular tastes of the day. The ice cream was rumoured to cost $60 a scoop but apparently the scoops are practically cost free.

Bruce Schneier Ice Cream
This special ice cream does not give you belly aches, it fights cavities , makes your teeth stronger and lowers your cholesterol. Has a slight squid flavour to it.

Nicolas Carr Ice Cream
Dairy free. Sugar free. With a twist of bitter lemon. Sometimes people mistake this ice cream for a lump of coal.

Shane Ross unmasks the contributors to IBEC

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Shane Ross uncovers some of the biggest contributors to IBEC in the Sunday Independent today. The main issue for me though is the taxpayer funded organisations and how much they pay in:

An Post pays €123,000 of taxpayer money to IBEC.
The DAA pays €120,000 to IBEC.
The ESB als pays €120,000 to IBEC.
RTE pays €90,000 to IBEC. Is 10 IBECs worth one Pat Kenny?
Bord na Mona pays IBEC €75,000.
Bord Gais pays IBEC €63,000.
Coillte pays IBEC €60,000.
CIE pays IBEC €27,000.
That’s €678,000 of tax money each year going to an organisation that’s very much pro monopolies. I’m not even certain are these all the orgs or just the ones that pay the most.

Going back to the overall article though. Ross mentions how much banks pay in. What about other industries? Where’s the O’Reilly group in this? Do eircom, Vodafone, o2 etc fall under the TIF group which is a satellite of IBEC? Lord knows they pay enough into it to have a Vodafone director state there is no demand for broadband. Right, yeah. Why is Voda bringing out a 3G data card then? Maybe as time goes by the Indo will be less pro-eircom. Maybe.

Should there be mandatory drug testing for all politicians?

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Last election it was brown envelopes on the FF posters. This election talcum powder all over the posters?