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Another post BarCamp thing – The wine from BarCamp Cork

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

A few of the people on Saturday who were at the Cork BarCamp were asking what the wine we had was. It was called Culepo. Pic of it here. You can get the red (Syrah) here for €9.90 and the white (Sauvignon Blanc) here, also for €9.90.

Note to self. Remember to get some off Austin when next I call in.

Edit: Fixed wine type

These are not the fluffy links you are looking for … January 22nd 2007

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

I’ll let you in on a little secret. Generally these days the fluffy links are done a few days in advance and sometimes even a few weeks. With my weekend taken up with BarCamp and other activities I haven’t had time to collate lots of sources for the fluff and yes, as asked at BarCamp, Donagh Kiernan is the originator of the “fluffy” name. Anyway, some links for the day:

Everyone loves ferris wheels, even the Klan.

Making and marketing movies is easier than ever. Such is the case for animated movie “M dot Strange” and comedy A dog’s breakfast. All you need is YouTube?

Tom Murphy and BoingBoing report on the wonderful “Proceed and Permitted” letter Linden labs sent to a site that parodied their SecondLife product. A “Proceed and Permitted” is the opposite to a cease and desist letter.

Laura is organising an open source conference in Limerick on February 16th to 19th.

Ubuntu studio sounds pretty darned cool.

Netlabelism – A music blog just for CreativeCommons licenced music. Also you have generationWire which does something like this too.

BarCamp Deise was fantastic

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

At the first BarCamp in Cork I really didn’t get to see any talks as I was busy running around tending to things. It was nice to sit down and listen to people this time around. Well done Keith and Tom for a very well-organised event. Wasn’t the spread done really well too? The scenery around there was lovely. Must be nice to come to work and appreciate the calming vista.

I enjoyed a few talks but missed out on some because of timetable clashes but hell, it is great that there was variety. The panel discussions were worth the ticketprice alone. 🙂 Videotaping the talks too. Clever. Tom and Keith took the baton from the Cork boys and improved on what we did. Kudos to you both lads, I really emjoyed myself.

I took some notes but the slides will probably be available from the various talks in a few days. And the vids!

Adrian Smith has a nice writeup and a rather brilliant mindmap of the “Building a Web Services company� discussion. I really need to get into the mind mapping stuff. That diagram is a great refresher of that talk. Keith has a review of the day, as does Ken McGuire and James Cooley too.

Suggestions for the next BarCamp.
And just to be clear, I’m not knocking anything at BarCamp Waterford. 🙂
Have rooms that are totally quiet. The main room location in Cork wasn’t great as it was an open area and some people were completely ignorant and would rather have loud conversations around the corner. This was less of the case in Waterford but I found room 1.10 at times to be drowned out in noise and I was straining to hear the speakers. I would still also have a coffee/food area for networking etc.

I fear the event is becoming far too cliquey. Yes, I’m sick of all your fucking faces after only two. I would like to suggest that next time, if you have been to a barcamp before you *have* to bring someone that hasn’t been to one but who you’d think would find benefit from one. I also think that preference should be given to those who haven’t presented before.

I would like to see an actual unconference at the next one too. If necessary we should drag someone along that has done unconferences before.

Battlestar Galactica Admiral comments on Irish Peace Process

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

So says anyway. Slow news day at, I know I know.

Click the image for a larger screenshot:


IDAFYfA 1 – Larry Gogan – The 60 second interview

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

IDAFYfA – I didn’t ask for your advice. You can guess the small f.

Following on from the blog post about viral ads, I’ve decided to come up with equally useless suggestions for other companies and individuals without them asking. Thus the name of this not very regular column.

First victim is the eternal Larry Gogan. Larry, famous for his sixty second quiz would be ideal to host a podcast called “Sixty Second Interviews”. Like many publications in Ireland (though they fail to mention it) it would be a pay to be interviewed style segment. Corporates would pay 500 euros to have Larry Gogan interview them, but just in sixty seconds. Not a lot can be said in that time but with the right questions and an interviewee with some coaching, enough could be presented. Obviously there’ll be a chatty style preamble with the guest before the ticking stopwatch but the whole segment would take no more than five minutes.

Rent a professional studio for one day each week, have Larry come in and interview 10 or so individuals. Larry wins, the backer wins, the interviewees win. The legend of larry carries on for another few years, the company would be happy to show off that they were interviewed by Larry and tell all their clients and there’s enough money for Larry to interview non-paying guests too.

Lesbians lesbians lesbians!

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

The vast lesbian conspiracy it seems.

Fluffy Link – January 19th 2007

Friday, January 19th, 2007

1 Million Irish Bebo profiles! Holy crap. How many are active though?

Now this is odd. A blog devoted to the lowercase l in words where the rest of the lETTERS are in uppercase.

Someone built up a community in social networking site in Orkut and then once it was built they went off and sold it to some marketing company. You got to wonder if marketing shills are targeting people with hugely popular social networking profiles or blogs and trying to DRINK PEPSI FOR A REFRESHING TASTE infuence people with sneaky methods of pimping their client’s shite.

Someone likes to write letters to the editor of the Indo. LOTS of them.

Joanna Newsom plays Dublin on April 14th. I’d recommend buying her album Ys and consider going.

The people’s Ard Fheis?

More fluffy links. But not from me.

Telco 2.0. 27th-29th March in London. Pat, you going?

Ethics books are stolen more than non-ethics book.

Bebo competition – Nintendo Wii as prize if 1000 enter

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

I’d actually have expected more people to have joined the Bebo competition by now. 200 so far. Current prize is an iPod Shuffle. If it reaches 400 then the prize will be an iPod Nano. If it hits 1000 then it’ll be a Nintendo Wii.

Get all your Bebo friends to enter. It takes just 60 seconds to enter your profile by going to and then adding this profile to yours.

Given that most people have 50-100 friends on Bebo, you’d think just a few persuasive people could have gotten hundreds entering this competition. Still it is an interesting experiment to find out how to engage the Bebo generation.

Ask the Bert at Davos?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Jeff Jarvis has started to encourage people to make videos in which they ask some world leaders some questions. It appears if you are lucky enough you can have your video shown to one of the leaders and they’ll be asked to respond. He suggests putting them up on YouTube tagged “davos07â€?.

In another post he has a list and Bertie Ahern is on the list. Anything you want to ask the Bert? I’d suggest also tagging the video with “votetube”.

Fluffy Links – January 18th 2007

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Circuit board luggage tags. Right, like these will get through airport security.

Diane Duane aka Out of Ambit points to Hugh Laurie’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Why is this guy not also writing comedy?

A proper fuck you to traffic wardens. Even if it did take 6 years.

Busted live on-air for cheating on her boyfriend. Ouch.

There really is no escaping some Cork bloggers.

Via Digg, Schipol airport has etched flies in urinals so guys aim at them and spill less.

For Steven. He gets the joke.

Borat acceptance speech: