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Fluffy Links – August 20th 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Nice to see this. Digital Media training programme.

Build your own iPhone App using this web service. iPhone App to make an iPhone App is around the corner.

Happy first freedom birthday Nick!

Ripoff Republic revisited. Nice price comparisons.

Arthritis Ireland are now blogging.

The Irish Government on Twitter.

Gah. This Digital Media as a Profitable Business Tool event looks great and I was down to go but now can’t as I’ll be London bound. Ah well.

Limerick is Loved.

Tommy used to work on the docks, ripping off Bruce Springsteen songs…

eircom to block Pirate Bay from September 1st 2009, other ISPs say no way

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

See Adrian Weckler’s blog for more details. Eircom have confirmed it to him.

Excerpt from UPC press release:

UPC can confirm it has received a request from solicitors acting on behalf of the Irish divisions of EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony music companies that UPC blocks access to the Pirate Bay website.

This request is separate to ongoing court proceedings between these same companies and UPC with respect to their demand that UPC take certain actions in relation to subscribers allegedly involved in illegal music downloads.

This latest request is apparently further to an unopposed court action between these companies and eircom whereby eircom was ordered to block access to Pirate Bay as of September 1, 2009.

UPC has informed the rightsholders that there is no basis under Irish law requiring an ISP to block access to certain websites and that it will not agree to a request that goes beyond what is currently provided for under Irish law.

Giant Ws all the way – The Web Awards are back, get nominating, get sponsoring

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Off ye go to nominate your favourite websites. Don’t be shy about nominating your own work. Some people were “shocked, surprised and disappointed” (direct quote from an email) that the Wizards behind the Web Awards didn’t consider them. One needs to be nominated, don’t assume your Mam will do it for you.

Sponsorship opportunities are available though going fast.

Irish Web Awards

And this sums up what a No Black Tie event means:
No Black Tie

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 18th 2009

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

73man is back but as 53degrees. Thank God he stayed at an odd number.

Photowalk in Cork on September 26th. See more on Chez Donncha. Discounted rooms for the Friday and Saturday in the Montenotte Hotel for those traveling from elsewhere. Donncha also running a raffle to win three free rooms. Photobloggers getting well looked after. Kudos to Hotel Pat for getting the deal and Donncha for being the ringmaster.

SEEPP (South East Enterprise Platform Programme) is looking for business start-ups and that the closing date for applications is fast approaching – August 27th!

Analogue Magazine now has an online TV show.

Episode 0 begins with Choice Prize nominated Adrian Crowley chatting about the creative process behind his lush new album ‘Season of the Sparks’

Bandit Country and now Pirate Country?

For Gav, rubick’s cube mosaics.

Words don’t come cheap. A million quid to be shown how to use power-words?

NTM – That’s my people

2FM learns too late about perils of ignoring their audience

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Quote via Irish Times:

2FM has been targeting a 15 to 34 age group for a very long time,” she explained. “It is a very crowded part of the market. There are very strong local stations chasing that same audience. They are in a position to be very close to their listeners like guerrilla radio.

2FM got close instead by turning off talk and interactions in a time when the world interacts more. So can we have Rick’s voice back now?

Fluffy Links – Monday August 17th 2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Dave Hollingworth has released KPInator, an open source tool to help companies with their KPIs.

Eoin goes over the numbers for those interested in book sales in Ireland.

Via Daniela – a one stop er shop for gallery shops. Buy all your books and tat from the Tate, Barbican, Saatchi Gallery etc.

The Irish Print and Packaging forum.

Absolut Gimp?

To arrr.

Nice video (at the end) on Mad Men. Thank God it returns.

So new PR hires are expected to know social media. Eh, duh.

Meebo, a hugely successful startup is doing a regular series of posts on how to start a start-up. Nice one guys.

Two Steps Behind

Next to Read’s on Nassau

Sunday, August 16th, 2009


See here.

Well that was uplifting – Banter

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Last evening I went to Banter, a music-related discussion event and the theme was DIY gigs.

Niall McGuirk spoke about the Hope Collective and how it came about from the punk scene in the 80s. Fascinating stuff. Oh and check out his Vegan Cookbook/Touring Diary.

Dylan Haskins is the youngfella that runs Hide Away house gigs and the record label and now has directed a film about DIY culture called Roll Up Your Sleeves. Well done to Willie Walsh and everyone in Project Arts for encouraging Dylan too on this.


This is the trailer for it:

Loved the honesty from Niall and Dylan and Jim Carroll was a great host. The whole event was super positive and everyone that ever wanted to do something and couldn’t motivate themselves to do it should chat to Niall and Dylan. Dylan talking about doing a tour of Ireland with five bands using Bus Eireann buses while a van with the gear of all the bands following the buses, loved it.

Niall and Dylan did something that marks them out – they did stuff when they were told they could not or society made it impossible to do. They just routed around the obstacles. When Dylan couldn’t get a space for all-ages gigs, he hosted them in his gaff. Niall routed around MCD and venue owners and organised a Fugazi concert. By thinking differently and being driven they got what they wanted and all because they had a passion and love for music.


The DVD was for sale after the gig and I got one or two to send to people who are thinking of starting their own businesses as this DVD should be watched by more than those who are involved in the DIY music scene. Every business school should have a copy of this, there are lessons to be learned. Another bit of it I loved was the way that they busked for petrol money to bring them back from the gig and how they worked as a group to promote themselves before and after the gig too. The band makes and sells their own merchandise. I got the sense that people did things for the love of it but knew how to use their creativity to further fund their creativity. Jim Carroll has a good piece on Dylan here.

I also bought two DVDs to give away here on the aul blog to whoever wants one. First come first served with the condition you watch it with at least one other person. Overall, one of the best events I’ve been at in a long time which has added a spring to my step. Well done to Bodytonic et al for putting it together. There are some amazing non-corporate things happening in music and arts in Ireland right now. I think a good future is on the way for those not worrying only about drawing down grants. Interesting times, interesting times.

70 Funded places for unemployed graduates on ICT course at UCD

Friday, August 14th, 2009

via the Mulley inbox:

Seventy funded places for unemployed graduates are available on a Graduate Certificate in Information and Communications Technology at UCD, as part of the announcement by the Minister for Education of 1,000 part-time postgraduate third-level places for unemployed workers. Successful applicants will have €2,500 of the €2,750 fee funded by the Higher Education Authority.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 24 August 2009.

There are also four other Graduate Certificate programmes, in entrepreneurship, information technology, sustainable agriculture, green technologies, or nanobio science. See here.

Princess Bride Twitter evening – live blog

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

The Princess Bride Twitter evening kicks off at 8.01pm tonight. Tag your tweets with #AsYouWish or join the liveblog below. Or click through here.