Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Introducing my personal music shoppers

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

My best of 2006 for music as I mentioned somewhere before, er maybe, are Beirut, Final Fantasy, Midlake, Girl Talk, the New Pornographers, Grizzly Bear, TV on the Radio, Cold War Kids, Sylvain Chauveau and Regina Spektor. I’d make a proper list but that would be effort. Not all of them had albums out this year but they were artists I listened to for the first time this year.

When it comes to finding new music though there are a few blogs that I use and based on their recommendations, I’d listen to some samples and get the music. So introducing my personal music shoppers, we have: Sinead Gleeson, Auds, Nialler, the Torture Garden, I guess I’m floating, You Ain’t No Picasso and Said the Gramophone.

Thanks to all these people my musical palette has been kept happy. Thank you guys and gals!

The Twitter sign-up is stupid

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

6 fucking attempts to sign in because of a shitty captcha system and because the username I wanted was taken. We’re all gone web 2.0 right? So maybe do what Vox does and tell you the username is taken as you type it in. Simple. Also how about also NOT asking for a picture until the username is accepted and the captcha is accepted? It’s more than annoying to have to rechoose the pic again AND again if your username is rejected and the captcha is too hard for a human to bloody read! Oh, hang on, after signing in, it seems to have accepted the pic. Good but annoying since it did not say this.

Still waiting for my mobile number to be verified. Any year now thanks…

So this is my Twitter profile.

Ok, a brief explanation for those that don’t know what Twitter is. It’s a way of group texting someone I suppose. You can text a twitter mobile number and it updates your twitter page on twitter but it also sends it to a list of subscribers who can be on twitter or on their mobiles or on IM. You can send a twitter message via text, via IM or on the web on the site itself. Or at least that’s what the brochure says. I just wanted it so I could send teeny tiny blog posts via a text message. But the mobile part isn’t working for me. If there’s other services out there like Twitter, let me know.

Fluffy Links – December 22nd 2006

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

Rob has built another aggregator, this one for Nuclear news.

The Warriors can be viewed on Google Video now

NY Times, kind of gives the finger to the US Govt. Prints an article and includes the blacked-out bits the Govt wanted removed but provides links so you can find the missing pieces.

Remember this from Four Weddings and a Funeral?

Fun Wii t-shirt.

This sounds like a fun movie.

Threads – Some post nuclear apocalypse docudrama:

Politics In Ireland – Political Blog Search Box

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Just testing this out to see hot well it works and hopefully in time it can be added somewhere on Politics in Ireland. This searches through all the Irish Politics blogs I previously listed. Have a bash.

Web Design Company buys Irish scaffolding company for 20M? WTF

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

WTF. Hey Breaking News guys, is a webdesign company, but SiteServ the scaffolding company also exists. I don’t think they have a website. It seems to be the scaffolding company that bought this other scaffolfing company. D’oh!

From and and a few more places.

Web design copmpany Siteserv has announced the acquisition of formwork and scaffolding provider, Easy Access Limited.

Easy Access, which was established in 1992, is involved in the sale and hire of formwork and scaffolding products to the Irish market. It operates from sites at Clondalkin, Dublin, Tuam, Galway and Glanmire, Cork.

The consideration for the acquisition comprises an initial payment of €20m on completion, €17m of which will be in cash with the remainder being satisfied through the issue of 5,454,545 Siteserv ordinary shares at €0.55 each.

Deferred consideration of €3m will be payable in equal instalments of €1.5m in cash on the first and second anniversary of completion.

Additional amounts will be payable based on the financial performance and levels of growth in profitability of Easy Access over the next two financial years up to 30 April 2009.

The maximum additional consideration payable under these arrangements has been capped at €3m. Easy Access is being acquired on a debt-free/cash-free basis.

In the year ended 28 February 2006, Easy Access had turnover of €16.5m and earnings before interest and tax of €4.3m. Net assets at completion are expected to be approximately €8.2m.

The acquisition will be funded through Siteserv’s existing resources and additional borrowings of approximately €15m.

The Siteserv ordinary shares being issued as part of the consideration are subject to 12 month lock-up. Application will be made for the new ordinary shares to be admitted to trading on the IEX market of the Irish Stock Exchange and the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

Patrick Jordan, managing director of Easy Access, and his management team will remain with the business going forward. Patrick Jordan has also been appointed a director of Siteserv effective today.

and a screen shot, just in case:
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It’s not just bloggers that jump the gun and don’t double check their facts. Maybe the Christmas party started early?

Fluffy Links – December 21st 2006

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

While waiting for the AA to come along and start my car this morning, a few links for your pleasure.

New blogs on the block for this week.

Sponsorship for the Blog Awards 2007 is now open. Each category will cost EUR270 to sponsor. Seven of the 21 categories have already been booked.

I like the latest delicious homepage widget but jeez, this could have been released years ago.

Gotta love the cut-throat car advertising market.

Some fucking idiot in the states put her grandchild through an airport x-ray scanner

So maybe Bebo wasn’t the top search for 2006. Seems the search engine people have been filtering/censoring their top searches lists.

This is a really cool way of giving a Christmas present to employees. Origami using a 100 dollar bill, wrapping an iPod Shuffle.

L.E.D. Reindeer on a billboard run by pedal power.

TodayFM @1730: IrelandOffline, eircom, ComReg and Ice Broadband

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

End of year roundtable discussion on the Last Word show on TodayFM this evening at 1730. On it will be Rex Combs, CEO of eircom, John Doherty, ComReg Commissioner, Fran Rooney from Ice Broadband and Damien Mulley from IrelandOffline.

I strongly suggest listening in if you want decent broadband or any kind of brodaband. If you want to make a comment then email: or text in using the shortcode: 53102 (Normal text rates apply)

Fluffy Links – December 20th 2006

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Fox Sports as bad as Fox News. Someone in fox really really doesn’t like Liverpool FC.

Sign up to trial LouderVoice.

Opera browser runs on the 100 dollar laptop.

The Darfur Wall. Art and so much more.

This time it is Sony caught with a fake “blog”.

670m spent online in one day. Christmas frenzy.
China is restricting foreign adoptions. You need to be rich, not fat, not gay, married a while

Irish Blogger Survey – Question suggestions

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

As things start to ramp up for the Irish Blog Awards 2007, I thought it might be a good idea to do a census or a survey of who we are and how we go about what we’re doing. It will also be an additional way of getting some attention for the Blog Awards if it is released the week of the Awards. It might go some way to answer the who, the what and the where.

I’ve emailed a few bloggers on this and they’ve provided some fantastic questions to ask but the more input the better. What questions would you like to ask of Irish Bloggers? I was thinking that a survey of 30 questions at most is probably enough before people get tired/annoyed/bored of answering. There have been many complaints previously on surveys about Irish Bloggers, so for once, let the Irish bloggers dictate what will be in the survey.

Best Contribution to the Irish Podosphere (2006)

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Er, there isn’t such a category at the Blog Awards and that word is mank, but in time, you never know, there could be an award of that type. There are many Irish people who have done a lot to make podcasting popular in Ireland but in my personal view there’s one who was there at the start, spread the word to all who would listen, showed how it could be done, created countless podcasts on varying topics and really and sometimes annoyingly, evangelised the shit out of podcasting. Today, this week, this month he is still throwing lots of energy into showing the potential for podcasting.

Who’s this person? Well today he went off to collect a person of the year award while over in the UK. Now while some people made the damaging statement that I have an axe to grind with Bernie Goldbach and we have some old rivalry going on, I don’t think that is the truth at all. I’m still not into podcasting and still haven’t made my own podcast as I don’t have the energy and passion to do it (though I did buy a mic for recording recently) but Bernie and his utility belt weighed down with gadgets and his portable recording studio in the shape of a wheeled travel bag has energised Irish podcasting. He deserves recognition for what he has done for the Irish podcasting scene and maybe in time that’ll get reflected in more than inbound links to him.

Well done Bernie.