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Fluffy Links – Tuesday September 7th 2010

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Fred from has started blogging over on

Fluffy links full of events today:

Voices of Children Conference this Wednesday in Dublin.

Will focus on the lives and experiences of children of lesbian and gay parents. Organised by MarriagEquality, the conference is called Voices of Children and will be used to launch a report on research in to children of lesbian and gay parents.

Measure It! is on September 29th. Hosted by yours truly.

There are generally 3 quick presentations which focus on measurements and then the crowd are given a task to do after being split into groups.

The One Stop Self Publishing Conference is in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel on October 16th. I’d be going but it’s on the day of the web awards.

The GIY (Grow it Yourself) 2010 Conference takes place on Saturday the 18th of September in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Tickets are priced at €40 and include a hot buffet lunch and tour of the Guinness Storehouse

Hothouse Flowers – Emotional Time

Fluffy Links – Monday September 6th

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Liking this. The Fota Learning Zone. For Fota House that is. The Gardens there are amazing

Student writer? Want some work? Got this via email: “Interested in writing? Looking for some part time work to help get you through the long college year? Cybercom are looking for student writers around Ireland to write topical posts on student life…” Contact Cybercom for more details or send a sample of your work to lynne < at > .

William Gibson’s new book is out. Zero History.

Nice post from Midpoint Creative on how they’ve helped out with the Web Awards.

Hurling helmets: Women say that they “take care of the ugly”.

At long last, a Dublin Bikes app is back.

WhatClinic blog points out that A/B testing isn’t the holy grail afterall.

Thanks to James in UPC, great list of connection testing tools.

Found via the Irish Times: While it’s an infomercial for heartburn meds,‘s iPhone app is handy for finding pharmacies.

Via Kottke, medley of dancing in movies. Defy you not to tap a foot and shimmy a leg:

Connections – James Burke and his technology detective stories

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

I remember watching James Burke‘s Connections series years ago and found it again on YouTube today. Many of the shows are there, split into 10 minute intervals. Connections brings you on a journey through time, back and forth, showing us how small discoveries were crucial to future inventions. Burke suggested the episodes were technology detective stories in the first episode and he certainly was right. Perhaps the modern equivalent of James Burke for me is Steven Johnson with books like Emergence, Ghost Map and Invention of Air. As usual, trying to get a copy of this British TV show is difficult from or Amazon UK, is a little easier from US websites and is so much easier from torrent sites. I’m sure he’d have some wry comment about that himself.

Fuck Brochures, have a comic

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Instead of doing a traditional brochure for the dayjob I decided to have a bit of fun, at my expense mostly and commissioned Tommie Kelly to make a comic for Mulley Communications. The result is pretty damned good. (Biased) I posted it out to a few people and yesterday there were a good number of tweets about it giving good feedback. I fired some ideas to Tommie, he took them and created the comic. It was a quick and painless process. He’s taking commissions too if you want him to do something as fun for your company.

Mulley Communications Brochure

It gets in my penchant for trains, use of colourful language and that red shirt that so many dislike. Me as Willy Wonka was his idea, really. The cover image comes from this photo by Phil. What I like is that in the digital world where I do most of my business it is very rewarding to create something physical as well that will age, fade, tear, stain and crumple.

The full comic is below but the print version is better. I may have a few left and maybe volume 2 is on the way.

Mulley Communications Comic front page

Mulley Communications Comic page 1

Mulley Communications Comic page 2

Mulley Communications Comic page 3

Fluffy Links – Friday August 27th 2010

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Dublin Tweasure is back on for the final time on September 25th. It’s a treasure hunt around Dublin. Prizes, running, competing against friends. Clues sent out via Twitter.

You can listen or purchase the new Sufjan Stevens album now.

Love how Nick McGivney gets Morning Ireland and Newstalk Breakfast to compete for his listening on Twitter.

Conor O’Neill shows us how to get Facebook Places working here.

Liable because you Googled it? This is an interesting one. So the ex HP boss Googles for someone, sees her past, does nothing about it which results in him getting the chop.

Not long to go before nominations close for the Web Awards.

Reeling in the Years is officially on YouTube and what a great start to this video with Pee Flynn:

Beirut played Tripod the other night and were rather excellent. Sean Penn liked them too:

I am

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

New eircom mobile network (eMobile) to launch in October?

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Because adding a question mark means when you’re proved wrong you can say it was just an inquiry, not solid fact.

Adrian Weckler covered the pending launch of the new eircom mobile phone network this autumn.

A little digging and we see that they are kitting out new stores all around the country. The planning permission on a store on Patrick’s Street/Opera Lane in Cork states it’s for eircom. A quick search on Recruit Ireland finds the job listings. The perks pretty much tell you it’s eircom. What’s interesting is that the jobs start at the end of the month and you’ll get three weeks training. That would mean that the new staff are ready to go at the end of September.

The TIF conference (big telco industry back slapathon) is early October too. It would be good to have that launched at or before it and soak up the buzz.

The name didn’t fit right with me, so I dug more. Corporates already work with Eircom Mobile. hasn’t been registered though. Lots of other ones are however.

Lots of playing on the CRO website for business names and we see that eMobile is a business name for eircom. is owned by eircom but has been for a long while it seems. And then there’s the emobileie account on Twitter. But eircomMobile exists too.

So I think we’re on track for an October launch and a possible name is eMobile. Or maybe e-Mobile. But it could also be Eircom Mobile. I’d prefer eMobile.

Fluffy Links – Thursday 19th of August 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

So what should Michele do with his body bag that arrived in the post. (Unused)

Need voiceovers. Chat to this bloke.

Edelman is looking for a Senior Account Executive.

The Affiliate and Performance Marketing Conference is having a roadshow in Dublin next week. Free to attend.

New blogs: Foodie one! A Food Awakening.

Backbench Revolt.

Some nice savings in Cork for takeaways with Just Eat.

Making Bacon. No really.

Nice idea. Cards to help you get a job.

Got an email about Temple House Festival, Temple House estate near Ballymote in Sligo from 10-12 September. Over 80 acts – 4 Stages – 3 Days. Lineup: Howard Jones – The Undertones – Reef – The Wailers – The Stunning – Damien Dempsey – The Walls – New Young Pony Club – The Saw Doctors – Terry Hall (DJ set) – Peter Hook (DJ set) – Donal Dineen

The Rehab Waterways Adventure, in Association with Bord na Móna, Sets sail Saturday, 21st August and sails around the inland waterways of Ireland for the next 2 weeks, finishing at Carrrick on Shannon on Saturday, 4th September.

The Far Side show on Phantom can now be streamed. Nice one.

Via Derek in Phantom is King Charles.

Trad for Trócaire. In association with Comhaltas Ceoiltóirí Eireann Trócaire are encouraging people all over the country to hold fundraising trad sessions in aid of Trócaire.

Fluffy Links – Monday August 16th 2010

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Suzy Byrne drives a tank over the idea that marriage is the ultimate goal for gay couples.

Fran Hollywood talks about their Facebook Page on their blog. Why not like their Page?

Realex Web Awards are on October 16th, 2010. Venue is the Mansion House.

New wedding set it up to highlight beautiful and interesting ideas to inspire Irish brides and grooms.

New blog: Juleser’s blog.

IGAP is back again. Great programme for Irish Web companies. It’d be great if the calibre of speakers from last year was attained. Videos of the talks would be great too.

Together against Discrimination Journalism Award and European Year Journalist Award 2010 – more prizes worth a few grand.

Amazing video of the work that went into a decanter many deacanter many decades ago.

Via Stephen O’Leary. Roger Federer does William Tell.

Fluffy Links – Friday August 13th 2010

Friday, August 13th, 2010

This is Pop Baby’s Electric Picnic lineup is pretty packed itself.

Some handy Facebook marketing tips for NGOs from Conor Byrne.

Music in the Historic Quarter is an outdoor music trail and event programme which takes place throughout Dublin’s Historic Quarter from 21 August to 1 September 2010.

Foursquare now have a store where you can buy physical Foursquare badges or just t-shirts.

So putting asterisks over letters in a curse word doesn’t make them less sweary it seems. Starring out letters drives me mad. Say it or don’t.

Liking the trailer for this iPad game: The Incident.

Lots of politicians and journos abusing the phrase “ahead of”.

Kids do give a damn about privacy. They’re probably more switched on than the adults who spent so much time “thinking about the children”.