2020. C’mere. I’m just going to run the same list as last year. Too fatigued to do one for now. I didn’t even think about this list until 2350 on the 31st.
2020. 2019 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008, 2007.
Previously on Ones to Watch: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 2008, 2007.
Eileen Ni Fhloinn
2018 was one hell of a year. The first half saw the country vote in a landslide for repeal. Will McInnes told me the story of being in an airport for work travel and these waves of young Irish people in Repeal sweatshirts coming from everywhere to board planes to Ireland to change the future of our country. And then in the second half of the year a large chunk of pissed off people voted for a racist who was given a platform by a media that wanted a Trump moment. All in all though 2018 let Irish women know they didn’t need to take it any more, they could change the world despite the patriarchy telling them how to campaign, how to behave, how to dress and they routed around system that really didn’t want any change if the gatekeepers weren’t paid. So it’ll be interesting to see what the below people do. No pressure.
So we begin…
Noah started popping up again and again in 2018 for me. That rule of three thing works for me, people mentioning someone or something three times and you start paying attention. I had seen Noah in my twitter timeline and then saw him pop up on Masc.Life. What he is doing via the This Is Me campaign for Transgender Health rights is really important. We’re good with words of support from the Government but from my slight interactions with the Irish health system it is not equipped for LGBT+ people at all outside of groups with specific remits.In the near future (if not already) a man is going to present to a hospital as being pregnant and I fear the hospital will have no idea what to do.
She’s been on the list before but she’s reloaded and stuck on war paint now for the more interesting and violent sequel. Commadena. You know the idea of surrounding yourself with people smarter and better than you? This is Dena. And she does it in such a
subtle humble way. I was watching the Long Kiss Goodnight while making this list. Dena is Charlie. We’ll be at a great loss when she moves on from this small town country.
I actually assumed I had added James to a previous ones to watch. I should have but now I have. Join his mailing list. James finished up his gig in a great job and now that he is looking after himself his big battery is going to be full recharged and off he’ll go. Big battery energy. James has matured so much over the short time I know him ajd is a person that makes you happy by just occupying the same space you’re in. Er, James isn’t dead and this isn’t his eulogy. If VCs invested in the futures of someone (and in a way that’s what they do) I’d become a VC and the people on this would be my bets.
The way I do these lists is I watch to see patterns and how momentum starts to build around people. Well Sinéad has been bubbling away for years and that kettle is now starting to whistle. Some people get fame and success from natural ability and luck. Others work so very very hard, help so many others and push those up the ladder first. That’s Sinéad. She has now been given or created the space to show off her own talents. And while many books have been put together by Sinéad, her own big boss book is out in April. The dozens or maybe hundreds that she has given airtime and column inches to are going to throw you one hell of a ball for 2019.
Maybe Gav should have been on the 2018 ones to watch list as 2018 has been pretty awesome for him,always on the TV and doing some radio slots too. A lot happened in Ireland in 2018 and Gavan was there to cover it. We probably need to start a GoFundMe for time off for him. But with such momentum and hard work, 2019 should be very interesting for him. We’ll see him chat to Ryan on a Friday night I guess? And he ended 2018 by going viral with his piano moves.
Eileen Ni Fhloinn
Irish Travellers were used by Peter Casey and the media to stir up controversy in a presidential campaign that obviously upset them for being so boring. Eileen went to bat tearing down their bullshit. If it was any other minority group in Ireland that racist bullshit would not have been allowed to be promoted. The travellers were left damaged while Casey got a gig on Newstalk. We need Eileen’s voice and those of her community to be heard and respected. We’re making great strides making our country better socially and yet we’re not fixing some of the longer term issues. I hope Eileen gets more airtime than failed presidential candidates.
Radio.ie, Pirate.ie and the recent Pirate Radio archive. And all that academic stuff now too. Brian has been a sound man and my sound man for years and years and years.
Kathy was on the list last year so let me be all smug. Well Repeal has influenced everything in 2018 and will influence everything for the near future. So many that worked in repeal deserve a break but someone of Kathy’s character will not just disappear. Hard work, integrity, creativity. That always gets noticed.
In fairness, these are obvious ones this time around.
This was about 40 minutes in to the call
It’s Tommie Kelly’s birthday today, he’s 40 or something. So instead of the usual posting of “Happy Birthday” on his Facebook, I thought I’d do a bit of gushing about what a great guy he is.
I first encountered Tommie via Twitter and later was reminded of his work when he was locked in some course where some amateur was teaching him, the pro, how to use photoshop. I’d been following some of the comics he posted online. Roadcrew etc. Around that time I was thinking about getting personalised stationary done (since I’m that kind of jumped up shit) but wanted something different (since I’m that kind of jumped up shit) and thought Tommie’s style would be fun on letterheads. I got on to him asking about this.
Of course then I stopped myself and thought, the hell, Tommie is a comic book artist. Why get a landscape painter to paint your walls, why waste Tommie’s skill? So Mulley Comic 1 was born and it was a joint effort as Tommie educated me on what could be done. He also contributed a lot to all the ideas in it. Then there was Mulley Bucks and my first Christmas Card. Then came Mulley Comic 2 and my next Christmas card. Everything we do is a joint effort.
Recently we worked on a few panels of me being killed in really horrible ways and so far the highlight of my career was a book for my mother’s birthday. It’s a children’s story she told me as a kid turned into a book. Tommie did the illustrations and it’s blown everyone away that’s seen it.
Tommie has a special offer on his site. His birthday offer for his new work “Them”. So take a punt on it or wish him a happy birthday on Twitter. And Tommie also does commissions.
This is some of the work myself and Tommie did:
Not a list of things as such. Random tab closing for the year.
All of Suzy Byrne’s posts of 2012 were worth reading. Low volume, top content. Like this.
In Digital, I think Kieran Flanagan had the most influence on what I read in digital. Rabbit holes were dived down into from his own content and links to others.
Alan Rice’s gotcha for the Psychic’s live was brilliant.
Broadsheet was a multi-visited place for me daily in 2012. I really expected them to do well at the Web Awards but hey, I only run them and (badly at that according to the accounts).
Jim Carroll had his hand in many pies in 2012 and again sent me on wondrous journeys from his links and the music he played on Phantom.
General Assembly was my favourite new learning model for 2012. Handy stuff that you pay for and respect.
Internationally Daring Fireball and Kottke were about the only feeds I subscribed to. But worth it.
Music. I went back to radio. Maybe it was because I wasn’t at any main computer but many but streaming 2FM, Lyric and Phantom was my 2012 music. With Jim and Pearl gone from Phantom, I stopped listening to them though. And the breakfast show turned into some kind of smashy and nicey post-ironic mess too.
Twitter has become the front and back channel. While media didn’t want to cover stories for monetary (fear of being sued to death) or editorial reasons, Twitter became a distributor of “alternative” content and even when there was self censorship, the DM backchannel was used well to distribute news. Like that of the over-the-top cease and desists from … oh you know who 🙂
Roll on 2013. Odd numbered years are better.
The hand is the cutting edge of the mind. Civilization is not a collection of finished artefacts, it is the elaboration of processes. In the end, the march of man is the refinement of the hand in action. The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill. He loves to do what he does well and, having done it well, he loves to do it better. You see it in his science. You see it in the magnificence with which he carves and builds, the loving care, the gaiety, the effrontery. The monuments are supposed to commemorate kings and religions, heroes, dogmas, but in the end the man they commemorate is the builder.
That quote is from about minute 42 of the below. The whole video is worth watching and the whole of the series too.
24 hours of ambient sound from the Starship Enterprise.
John suggested I ask people this:
What is your one single favourite thing on the whole Internet? A person, a website, a piece of content like a photo, video or song or?
Rules (if you believe in such things):
Go off and have a think about this if you like and then come back.
You’re only allowed one and it must be your absolute favourite thing.
When leaving the comment, please include a short sentence as to why it is your fav
If you want to make this anonymous, please do.
Heart attack on a plate. Worth it. So we decided to make an Irish Pork Bacon Explosion last weekend. My friend Jonathan did all the work while I took photos.
Cooked bacon bits sprinkled on top