Adam Yauch (AKA MCA) of Beastie Boys

July 24th, 2009

Beastie Boys
Adam Yauch (AKA MCA) of the pioneering Beastie Boys has recently been diagnosed with “very treatableâ€? cancer in his salivary gland.
The first thing that meets you when you visit their site is a YouTube video explaining the situation and apologising for having to cancel gigs and push back their next album release.

Get Well Soon Yauch.

Dirty Projectors – Stillness Is The Move

July 20th, 2009


“Stillness Is The Moveâ€? by Dirty Projectors music video

Been listening a lot to this Brooklyn/Portland band of late and really looking forward to their gig in September.

Wednesday 16 September 2009
Dirty Projectors
Whelan’s
Baile Ã?tha Cliath, Dublin, Ireland

Class new hurling video ‘Pass it On’

July 20th, 2009

Class hurling video from Bord Gáis promoting their sponsorship of the under 21 hurling championships. You can become part of their next video by uploading your video to Youtube and sending it on to them or by uploading your video directly on their site www.breakingthrough.ie.

Some interesting videos up there already none more so than the great Marty Morrissey showing his silky hurling skills. Others interesting videos uploaded so far include Charlie Redmond, Ronaldo, some hot chicks and some handy hurlers.

Heathers and SEBP

July 19th, 2009

Two of the shining lights of the Irish music scene in the form of Super Extra Bonus Party and Heathers team up on the single called Comets which is featured in SEBP’s second album Night Horses (May 2009).

SEBP’s second album Night Horses also features collaborations with Cadence Weapon, Mr. Lif, May Kay of Fight Like Apes, R.S.A.G, Captain Moonlight, Ann Scott and White Noise amongst others.


It’s easy to see why Heathers are also creating such a buzz especially when you see them live so make sure and catch them live:

13 Aug 2009, 21:00 – Roisin Dubh w/ HOORAY FOR HUMANS, Galway
14 Aug 2009, 20:00 – The Quad w/ HOORAY FOR HUMANS, Cork
15 Aug 2009, 20:00 – Whelans- upstairs w/ HOORAY FOR HUMANS, Dublin

When driving becomes writing – iQ font

July 18th, 2009

iQ font – When driving becomes writing / Full making of from wireless on Vimeo.

Seems Toyota are really jumping in to this social media thing with both feet while also pushing the boat out with some funky digital innovation. I love this iQ font idea, its execution is simple yet brilliant and the fact that there’s a tangible product at the end that everyone can download and use makes it even more appealing. The site even has a further feature where you can design a t-shirt using the iQ font and be in with a chance of wining concert tickets, provided your design stands out in the gallery that is.



Not forgetting Toyota Ireland who are now tweeting and who recently gave Irish bloggers a chance to test drive the Toyota iQ for 6 months on condition that they tweet/blog their experiences. The closing date for applications has now passed but be sure that Achgohairithe’s application was such that it cant be ignored so expect my tweets to become much more motoring related in the near future!!

They Came From…

July 14th, 2009

(int) Factor Films presents THEY CAME FROM… from factor films on Vimeo.

The 4th Plinth – One & Other

July 13th, 2009

The 4th plinth

Is this just a platform for Big Brother rejects?

Do you have what it takes to make it in to the Swedish Armed Forces?

July 13th, 2009

An absolutely amazing recruitment site for the Swedish armed forces. I failed miserably but have a bash and let me know if you make the grade.

THE SWEDISH ARMED FORCES

THE SWEDISH ARMED FORCES

Electric Picnic 2009 #EP09

April 1st, 2009

First of the #EP09 lineup rumours:

Kraftwerk
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrrPTLnISbI[/youtube]
MGMT
Klaxons
Fleet Foxes >>> lastFM
Massive Attack >>> massiveattack.com
Seasick Steve >>> lastFM
Bat For Lashes >>> lastFM
Michael Nyman >>> lastFM
The Beat
Squarepusher >>> lastFM
Future Sound Of London >>> lastFM
Little Boots >>> lastFM
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[audio:littleboots-rolex-youtube.mp3]
Friendly Fires >>> lastFM
Florence And The Machine
Bjorn Again
Fujiya & Miyagi >>> lastFM
Metronomy >>> lastFM
Dub Pistols >>> lastFM
James Yuill >>> lastFM
Free Peace >>> lastFM
VV Brown
Chase & Status
Golden Silvers >>> lastFM
Goldie Lookin Chain
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
The Cuban Brothers
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Ebony Bones
Altern8
Passion Pit >>> lastFM
[audio:06 Sleepyhead.mp3]
65 Days of Static
Diplo Presents Mad Decent Soundsystem
Fabio & Grooverider
London Elektricity
Rob Da Bank
Zane Lowe
Annie Mac Presents
Huw Stephens
Derrick Carter
DJ Yoda
Fake Blood
Gilles Peterson
Friction
Tayo
Johnno (Bugged Out)
Skream
DJ Derek
Monsters At Work DJ’s Present The Psychedelic Sounds of Monsterism Island Beardyman
Coley (Luv Jam)

Rebel Wars

February 11th, 2009

Taken straight from the PROC forum. One forum member corkoniense took it upon himself to lighten the mood in what is now a 600+ page, 6,441 comment and 290,000+ view thread on the Cork Hurlers strike.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfMFSU2zAW0[/youtube]

In his own words
“Me and a mate have put together a Downfall + Empire Strikes Back combination scene for your viewing. The script is Corkoniense’s, so sue me frank you sonofabitch. The tech wizardry is all my mate’s doing, as I don’t have a clue of these things, so kudos to him.

Remember: All characters in this movie are actors, with the exception of Dr. Joseph Goebbels, who stars as himself.

Enjoy!!!!”

I can only doff my cap to you corkoniense….quality.

Airtricity Update – The Facts

February 3rd, 2009

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I guess it was only a matter of time but after my post on Friday the story was covered offline in the Sunday Business Post and online on Soapbox Ireland, Office of Inadequate Security, ValueIreland, Brand Ireland and of course mulley.net.

What at first looked like a progressive step by Airtricity in engaging with the online community on this issue seems to have been no more than a cursory attempt to quell any chitchat among the blogging community in relation to the data breach. Funny that the engagement only came after the SBP ran the story.

Anyway, it looks Peter Lord or at least his IP has become a regular AGH reader so here are a few new facts you can add to your list. AGH is now on page one, position ten in the organic Google search results for the key word ‘Airtricity’ and the the Airtricity Letter has been downloaded times from AGH.

When is a Legal Threat not a Legal Threat?

February 2nd, 2009

When it’s a bit of “friendly” advice! I may have been a little hasty when referring to the rocket I got on Friday as a legal threat. Looking at it again (and again) and having got “legalâ€? advice (I passed it by one of my “legal” mates) it was more advisory in tone. It was the officialdom that probably got my back up so I went off on one when in actuality the email was simply “advisingâ€? me not to liable anyone. I’m happy enough to park her there but ill wait for the official response.

March in Support of Cork Hurlers

February 1st, 2009

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTY HURLERS CAN DO FOR YOU BUT RATHER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTY HURLERS
A supporters march will take place in Cork city in support of the 2008 Cork hurling squad on Saturday February 7th.

Rebels are being asked to assemble at Emmet Place, outside Cork Opera House before 3pm after which a march will take place in the city centre.

The march is being organised by well known Cork supporter Tom ‘Bomber’ Roche, who organised last year’s successful marches, and PeoplesRepublicOfCork.com

Fans are asked to bring as much colour as possible and to spread the word to as many Corkonians as possible.

Just hours after the hurlers’ press conference and statement, a 96FM poll has showed overwhelming support for the hurlers with 2,909 texts in favour of the players and 309 against.


Spread the Word
loveyourcounty.com
People Republic Of Cork : PeoplesRepublicOfCork.com
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A culchie with culture!!

January 31st, 2009

AGH makes the Indo……for the right reasons!

Didnt even realise i made the blog digest on the Indo back in September.
Marie Boran writes

“It is hard to sum up this blog in just a few words or even explain its exact purpose but I will tell you this much: it is sometimes written as Gaeilge, it often champions Irish culture and it is frequently hilarious.

I really liked the blog’s strange mix of hip and hip replacement, like a culchie with culture (this is how I like to think of myself!).

I could see myself glued to this blog if I were off in Australia or America finding my fortune. Actually, I’d visit it either way. ”

Well it’s like that old saying goes…”Give a culchie the culture section, and you’ve occupied him for a day. Teach a culchie how to blog, and you’ve occupied him for life.”

Marie a chailin once ive figured out AGH’s purpose you’ll be the first to know.

AGH – Legal Threat

January 30th, 2009

So much for free speech!! It looks like we’ve touched a nerve with someone in relation to our post this morning. I received an email this morning (which i only picked up now) from a major corporate law firm, here in Dublin. Lets be clear on this I haven’t done anything wrong, I have simply published a letter which was received by a family member. I refuse to be bullied or censored on this and I will not under any circumstances remove my blog post.

I’ve been blogging since 2005 and AGH has been up and running since 2006. We’ve sailed close to the wind on a number of occasions but this goes beyond all that… ive done nothing wrong and i stand by my post. I actually held back on information truth be known…

Airtricity – Customer Data Compromised!!

January 29th, 2009

Airtricity

I’m amazed that this hasn’t been picked up in the media yet, but this came through the door of a relation last week and to say she was shocked and worried is an understatement. I mean it looks like her personal data, including bank details may have been left in an unsecured location for God knows how long!!

The letter states that while they were working on their website a “file” containing personal details was inadvertently left in an unsecure location. They go on to say that while the file was not visible on the face of the website they cant guarantee 100% that the file wasn’t accessed by an unauthorised 3rd party.

While the letter itself is very apologetic and and goes to great pains to try and reassure the recipient that this breach has been investigated thoroughly and that measures are now in place to ensure the situation can not be repeated, it doesn’t state when this breach happened and how long the data was exposed to the world.

The fraud protection cover they offer by way of apology is akin to padlocking the stable door after the horse has bolted.

I’m going to look into this for her and my first port of call will be the data protection commissioner. Come to think of it im not sure what good contacting the DPC will do, given the fact that they had their own leak recently any action they take against Airtricity might smack of hypocrisy!

I can only imagine the phone conversation:
> Hello
- Yes
> Is that Kettel?
- Yes this is Kettel
> This is pot
- Ok
> You’re Black

Download the full Airtricity Letter.

ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTY HURLERS CAN DO FOR YOU BUT RATHER WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTY HURLERS

January 29th, 2009

Cork Hurlers Strike - March in Support of Cork Players
March in Support of Cork Players
Saturday 7th Feb 3pm :: Emmet Place

The Peoples Republic Of CorkForum
The full players statement – 26th January 2009

Language Hater Off To The Front

January 23rd, 2009

Gaza 2009
Looks like AGH’s favourite language hater is so busy fighting the good fight that he didn’t have time even to renew his domain.

That’s the cunt, five in from the left.

wankhorner

Thought it was worth dusting this one off again.

An Céad Dáil – The First Dáil

January 20th, 2009
The Sinn Fein members elected in the December 1918 election at the first Dail Eireann meeting, called by Sinn Fein on January 21, 1919. Shown are (from l to r): 1st row: L. Ginell, Michael Collins (leader of the Irish Republican Army), Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffiths (founder of Sinn Fein), Eamon de Valera (president of the Irish Republic), Count E. MacNeill, William Cosgrave and E. Blythe; 2nd row: P. Maloney, Terence McSwiney (Lord Mayor of Dublin), Richard Mulcahy, J. O'Doherty, J. O'Mahony, J. Dolan, J. McGuinness, P. O'Keefe, Michael Staines, McGrath, Dr. B. Cussack, L. de Roiste, W. Colivet and the Reverend Father Michael O'Flanagan (vice-president of Sinn Fein); 3rd row: P. War, A. McCabe, D. Fitzgerald, J. Sweeney, Dr. Hayes, C. Collins, P. O'Maillie, J. O'Mara, B. O'Higgins, J. Burke and Kevin O'Higgins; 4th row: J. McDonagh and J. McEntee; 5th row: P. B 1919 Ireland

An Céad Dáil Éireann - the First Dáil Éireann, 90 years ago tomorrow the 21st of January

Lot’s going on and lots of talk debate around the 90th anniversary of the First Dáil. RTE radio have a series of programmes commemorating the anniversary with one in particular How Macroom Remembers aired yesterday being of particular interest to myself.

The 21st January marks the 90th anniversary of the first Dáil in Ireland. RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One has made a documentary that looks at how the tumultuous events of 1919 to 1923 are remembered in Macroom and its hinterland.

You can download the the programme directly here. It was recorded around the time of the Kilmichael commemoration last year and has a few excerpts from the day itself. Of course you can download the full speech and see more pics from Kilmichael 2008 here.

Thomas Davis Lectures – Creating The Dáil

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First Dáil we are re-broadcasting a ten part Thomas Davis Lecture series entitled Creating the Dáil first broadcast in 1994.

The boys over at éirígí staged a high profile PR stunt much to the embarrassment of the blue heelers.

éirígí activists today (Tuesday) breached tight security at Dublin’s historic Mansion House to deliver a message directly to the Twenty-Six County political establishment.

As hundreds of elected representatives and other dignitaries gathered inside the building, two activists succeeded in unfurling a giant banner from the roof.

As the out-manoeuvred Gardaí scrambled into action, the banner’s message hung from the roof of the Mansion House for all to see – “90 YEARS ON – NO CLOSER TO FREEDOM – END THE OCCUPATION!â€? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQZ6xAP1uBE[/youtube]

Some more on-line coverage of the anniversary
The Cedar Lounge Revolution
The Irish Times
Indymedia
The Connolly Column
politics.ie
IrishElection.com

A Facilitating Concept

January 20th, 2009

Glasnost
As promised, you can now view all of AGH’s stats by accessing my AGH analytics profile using the details below.

http://www.google.com/analytics/
username: aghopenblogstats@gmail.com
password: aghopenblogstatsAGH

Its a fresh profile so forgive the lack of stats pre 2 days ago!! The figures are paltry enough even by AGH standards, nothing like the heady days of 06/07. Ill see if i can get some of my historical stats up on the AGH stats page.