Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Your name in foam – Give some feedback to Made in Hollywood

Sunday, February 15th, 2009

Made in Hollywood is a sponsor for the upcoming Blog Awards and Fran, the man who made the Ws for the Web Awards has started blogging. The first blog post is soliciting ideas on what he should cover in this blog. The top 10 ideas givers will get their name in foam.

Get suggesting. I wonder could we choose something other than your name? I can just see the expletives and lolcat phrases being layed by the giant foamchicken or however these things are made.

Bathtime psychology
Photo owned by janetmck (cc)

Fluffy links – Friday February 13th 2009

Friday, February 13th, 2009

One more day to go for my chocolates and roses…

Fantastic fundraising panel at Bizcamp.

Looks like we’re going to have a bareknuckle fight at the blog awards. Funnily this blog post makes me want to watch Westside Story. Have it on my shelf so I might as well!

Loving this photo from McA.

Real men. By Hugh.

Take a photo, it tells you the font.

Potholes and Google maps.

Trailer for new Tarantino flick. I dunno. His last was dire.

Via Una, foxes on a trampoline:

Boom: FF trails Labour in latest Irish Times poll, FF 22 down 5

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Irish Times poll:
FF 22 -5,
FG 32 -2,
Lab 24 +10,
SF 9 +1,
Green Party 4 no move,
Govt Approval 14,
Disapproval 85

You’re cordially invited: Pre-launch event by one of Irelands largest companies

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

8pm, Tuesday 17th Feb, Casting Couch, Fitzwilliam Sq, Dublin

I’m organising a pre-launch event where the above company will brief bloggers on the roll-out of their new product and an overview of how they intend to market it to the masses. This company has never worked with/interacted with bloggers before and they’d like the input from bloggers amd readers (that’s you!) you as to how best to engage with their customer base (in excess of 500,000). Your input will help shape how they interact with their customers and market to their customers in the future. Your feedback might directly change how a big Irish company works. Looks like Collision Course is making an impact!

All will be revealed on the night as to who they are and what they’re launching. You know, pre-launch, so it’s shush shush for now. This is certainly a new one and though there’s bias as I’m organising it, I’m genuinely impressed with the attitude of the people that are working on this, working very hard on this actually and who think online has to be in a marketing plan. If it works I’m sure other big companies might cop on to the idea that talking to the public is good for business.

There’ll also be some food and light refreshments at the event. Leave your name in the comments if you want to attend.

3D Invites - Wedding layout
Photo owned by Hans van de Bruggen (cc)

Fluffy Links – Thursday February 12th 2009

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Yesterday and the night before were hectic. This whole 7 day a week working for yourself and then trying to do a Blog Awards is tough!

OpenCoffee. BarCamps. TeenCamps and now TeenCoffee. Next week in Dublin.

Blipathon. DJs of the world unite for a 24 hour blipathon. Via social radio service organised by Brian Greene in Dublin all monies donated go to Tuesday Child charity in Belfast direct aid towards children in Gaza.

New blog: Didn’t get the wedding gene.

And another: Whinging Recession Cunts

Via L! CIT spends 22k on two portraits of staff.

There are now 4000 Irish people on Twitter and possibly much much more.

Dell runs Google Ads for Acer laptop searches. Dell as you may know, doesn’t sell Acer laptops.

Train workshop for website owners.

That attic insulation scheme? Read a totally different view.

10 Principles That Might Make Your Work Better.

Via Fabulist: Amanda Palmer – Creep

Blog Awards Week – The Book Event – Wednesday February 18th at 7pm

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

As part of the buildup to the Blog Awards, there will be a few events on the week of this. One of these is a talk with bloggers who are writers/writers who are bloggers.

Date and time: Wednesday February 18th, 7pm

Venue: Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin

Guests: Sarah Rees Brennan, Twenty Major, Ivan O’Brien and Mags Walsh alongside some other special guests.

Spiel: A panel discussion on all things books and blogging, mixed with wine, water and the odd chocolate bar and finishing with an open-floor Q&A.

Photo owned by Mannequin- (cc)


Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Via Stevie G’s blog. The PROC Posse do the Cork GAA carcrash. Non-Corkonians might not get some of the references. A mix of Star wars and Downfall:

Fluffy Links – Tuesday 10th February 2009

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

After years of me recounting how Ice Cream Ireland outranks Ben and Jerry’s if you search for Ice Cream on, Ben and Jerry’s are buying the ads for those keywords now.

Minister Ryan got caught out badly it seems.

Gary talks about Web 1.9. Is the web regressing or evolving when the numbers in a system go up?

New blog. Villa 81.

Want to get RTE TV when abroad? Paul shows you how.

Hard times on Wexford Street.

Times journo writes scatching article on Wikipedia page about him. Except. There never was a page.

The Girl Effect.

Get the whole of the New Yorker on DVD. For cheap.

Man crush for Tom Jones. Woah.

Dear Nerds.

Snow brings the fun.

Gay Street has changed.

Darts! Even the Darts players are wearing makeup because of HD TV. Tarts jokes may begin.

New RTE News Studio

Monday, February 9th, 2009

I got a tour today of the new RTE News Studio. The real one, not the one that doesn’t exist and cost 5 Million euros according the Daily Mail.

With just a few minutes to go before the launch of the studio during the 1pm news, some final tweaks were happening:

It’s really interesting to see how a news show is put together both in terms of the research and the editorial but the technical aspect too. This new studio will be the studio for the RTE 1 and RTE news shows, News2Day (kiddies news), The Week in Politics and more. I hear with this new studio there are talks about doing some new shows too, including perhaps a business show. If that turns out to be true, I’ll certainly tune in. I’d love to see more business coverage.

This new studio is bigger than what was there before and the background in the studio is walled with Barco screens instead of bluescreens. Videos can be placed on all three walls and the newscaster can actually look at the person in the link now instead of a green screen which makes it a little easier to work with. With the Barco screens too it means they can load new templates into the system and change the look entirely. The screens have been in place about a week so it’s early days yet when it comes to the graphics and imagery that RTE will be using. They showed us some mockups of the Leinster House background and a few more too and they look pretty damned smart. Not of this tabloid redtop wooshy crap that you see on Sky News.

It cost around €1.3M which came out of the surplus RTE had last year before the cuts happened. Money is so tight now that even Colm Murray isn’t allowed go to Cheltenham to cover it. Someone sponsor him! The money for this is a capital investment and this studio is going to last a long time. The Barco screens took a big chunk of that. I don’t know what the fuss is from some quarters about their “tax money” being spent. Anyone that’s been to the TV centre in RTE will know it’s falling to bits, probably held up with sellotape. Infrastructure needs to be maintained. At least now the News studio will survive if the rest of the place falls away into dust.

What fascinated me was the studio does not have cameramen or a stage manager. As the photo belows shows, there are three static cameras looking at the presenters. In addition there’s a remote controlled camera that looks a bit like a Dalek. Then you might notice a track up by the lights. There’s a camera on that which is able to swoop in and around the set:


The staff have been planning the new studio for months though they only started the labour on it on Dec 19th. Fast going. A lot of breathing outs and smiles today after the 1pm broadcast went without a hitch.

Here’s a pic of John Finnerty at the desk:
RTE News Studio

Fluffy Links – Monday February 9th 2009

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Enda says lets talk about the net.

The topic of TeenCamp last about two minutes and the rest of the “chat” was devoted to more random topics like Bebo, Facebook, voting etc etc. What I want to know is why aren’t conversations like these happening more often and on more mainstream stations?

Want to be a sponsor at the 2009 Blog Awards?

Val is on RTE next week. Woo. Go Val!

New blog: My life as a teacher in Thailand.

Ireland’s superman. 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Holy hell!

More on Kieran Rose and his running with the hares and hunting with the hounds.

Twitter word cloud of the Ireland Vs France match.

50% off paintings in the Nora Dunne gallery.

Some good vids on Shepard Fairey.

The design and build process of Apple. Highly interesting.


In case you didn’t hear what the FF press people suggested was an Obama moment. Suzy has it. And confirmation it was unscripted.

Jesus is what?

Roadcrew – the comic. Now and then it’s even funny.

Been invited along to a new play called Ages of the Moon. Written by the guy that wrote Paris, Texas. Here’s a vid about it:

Via Conor – Peter Doherty singing on the Late Late Show: