First time seeing this girl live and she’s lovely. Talent and a good rapport with the audience. Amazing band too.
Disclaimer: I was there via an invite from WHPR, a client of Diageo and I got free pints of Guinness at it. The double cheeseburger, hamburger, cheeseburger and twisty fries I got from McDonald’s halfway through were not on their bill. Probably a good thing.
Myself and Alexia called into the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art after both being at Science Foundation Ireland to chat to fellow blogger Frank Gannon. The ReFunct Symposium in IMOCA is all but gone but one of the art pieces is a drill suspended from the ceiling, leaning against a wall and this drill is connected to their website. When the website is loaded by someone, the drill goes off. Here’s a video of this in action and me trying to explain it as Alexia loads the site on her iPhone.
Saw them last night. Great performers, these lads. The crowd didn’t seem too into it and felt like some were there for a chat. Not at all like the vibe when they supported Passion Pit. Right up front people were chatting away as the band kicked into their first song and chatted all through it. Then the idiots trying to mosh at the end. Remnants of the idiocy from Oxegen?
Fun moment when Orin? volunteered from the crowd to do keyboards for the band. “Do you know how to do a D?” “I do D all the time”
So we see that eircom are going to court against the telecoms poddle again. Once again this is about something called Local Loop Unbundlin which is all about who has full control of your phone line from the exchange to your house. In the UK unbundling is a massive success and we see dirt cheap, high speed broadband and lots of choice. The opposite to here. LLU has never worked here and companies that thought they could get it to work like Smart got walloped. BT Ireland probably wouldn’t have moved out of consumer if LLU worked well. This latest court trouble is deja vu.
In 2005, Comreg proposed a Line Share Price of 39 cent which was successfully challenged by Eircom
In July 2008 eircom appealed ComReg’s direction to set Line Share price at €2.94. ComReg subsequently withdrew their direction.
And now we have the latest court challenge to a regulator that never goes to Court but jacks it in on the steps.
The hope on the horizon is that we seem now to have a Department of Communications that despises eircom when once it wouldn’t really challenge them. And whatever the sentiment of the Department, we get the same from the “independent” regulator. Interesting times. I’d like to see a day in Court as some kind of precedent might finally be set.
The IDA had a blogger’s briefing about their new campaign last week. The Business Post covers the €2M ad campaign they showed us. (Diclaimer, their ad agency and I worked on the briefing) Resulting from this though the IDA are starting to embrace online communities. First stop is a LinkedIn discussion group they’re facilitating called Innovation Ireland. Name is a clue to the content. Contributions welcome.
This blog post on design houses have entrepreneurs got me thinking about businesses and how they should always be in an adapting frame of mind. It made me think of dancing and specifically of dancing at weddings. We start off with the bride and groom and the traditional waltzy dance and move there to the “classics” and pop hits with the wedding band and then as the DJ comes along we wobble our extremities to all different songs, rhythms and so on. Some businesses are perfect at the traditional stuff, no stamping on feet at all while others are shit and do their best not to crash into others as they spin about. The ones good at the waltzes sometimes find themselves in foreign land at this “modern” stuff and leave the dance floor.
I often think that while being fantastic at one style of dancing is great, the ones that are rough around the edges and will stand in the middle of a dance floor and give it a bash have the better attitudes. Trying different things out, being game for something new is a survival skill. I’m reminded of this by three tech companies in particular: Odeo, Seesmic and Game Neverending.
Odeo created a tool called Twittr which became Twitter and Odeo the shell got sold on. Seesmic started as a video service and now their main product is an aggregator for Twitter and more and Game Neverending had a photosharing tool that turned into Flickr. Sometimes if you do join the dancefloor after watching the ebb and flow and studying the dance moves you’ll be grand, sometimes the music changes without notice and you’ll need to improvise and adapt.
It seems this year more companies than ever had to adapt and yet still haven’t. Taxi drivers are a great example. All complaining there are too many plates. That can’t be changed but they won’t adapt in other ways. Offer premium services. Create a driving standard way higher than the regulator enforces and push that as a selling point. New music, they sit in chairs and grumble. Any other examples of Irish industries that are not dancing to different tunes when they could be?
You dancing? I’m asking. And an all too serious video to end the post with:
Details are up for the 2009 it@Cork conference. Liam Casey opens the conference, Dr. Ed Walsh closes it. Lots of good talks jammed in between.
The theme for the conference is “Recovery Through Technology”.
I’m part of the organising committee and it’s very interesting working on a conference that needs to watch costs while getting good speakers to encourage enough people to come along to make the conference work. 2009 and the state of the economy and business in a way is making the talks at this conference very relevant to those attending and those organising. There are probably more opportunities now than ever before and hopefully we’ll have the speakers show all the possibilities out there.