There’s nothing Irish people like more than being told how great they are by outsiders and sure aren’t we the greatest little country on Earth to be sure. So the press release yesterday that Ireland topped the Forbes list of best countries to do business with was reprinted by nearly all of thenationalmedia and tweeted by so much of the Irish Twitterati that some had to filter it.
But Forbes must not have thought much of the list as it didn’t make their print edition! Maybe I’m mistaken but I downloaded the Dec 16th PDF and couldn’t find a reference to it anywhere. Download here yourself and have a look. Forbes seem to have a website with a combination of editorial pulled from their magazine and then random articles from contributors. Here’s an article that is in the Dec 16th issue. Note the ‘This story appears in the December 16, 2013 issue of Forbes.’ header at the top.
The Irish article doesn’t have this header. The quality of contributions that make the website but not the magazine is questionable. Here’s a website article claiming that the Third Space cafe in Smithfield is going to take down Starbucks.
So Forbes seems to be turning itself into a Buzzfeed style content farm. And one of the random stories that a writer might have made to hit his quota for the week has a whole nation patting itself on the back.
Right, bit of a random post but there’s two good takeaways in Ennis, County Clare that don’t have their menu anywhere on the Intertubes. I tried uploading a photo of the takeaway menus to Yelp but the image size was downsized so much the text was illegible. So I’m posting here. This is a personal blog, I can do what I like!
Click the images for the readable, full resolution versions.
I’m going to the Forbidden Fruit music festival this weekend and for all gigs I like to do ‘homework’ on the bands and what sets they’re likely to play. That sounds like working to have fun but concerts are always better when you know the songs!
MediaMonkey is my music player of choice; one of the reasons being its powerful scripting functionality. So creating playlists from setlist.fm got boring enough that I decided to hack together a MediaMonkey script, extension, addon, plugin or whatever you want to call it to do it for me. Luckily most of the work was done for me and I just had to adapt the Last.fm Loved Tracks Playlist Creator from psykar so 99% of the code is thanks to him.
Install the MMIP below and go to Tools -> Scripts -> Setlist FM Playlist Creator and enter a setlist URL like this one: http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/cut-copy/2011/the-button-factory-dublin-ireland-13d1b5a1.html. A playlist should be created in this format: [Setlist] ArtistName – CityName (EventDate). A message will pop up if some songs weren’t found. Future upgrades of the script might tell you what album these missing songs are on. Download the MMIP below:
Make sure to have MediaMonkey running in administrator mode or you’ll get a “Product installation error”. For any other errors or feature requests, post as a comment below. If you like this script and it saves you time, please post a comment below telling me you use it. It’s disheartening to bother with something when you think nobody uses it!
Heading to the big smoke tomorrow for All Blacks game and Cut Copy concert. I’ve a ticket spare for Cut Copy (def not All Blacks), maybe 2, if anyone wants one, cost price or best offer. email georgiecasey at gmail.
Last day before we all have to vote on the lisbon treaty. Since I read the facts on this before Christmas I’ve been strongly in favour of a yes vote. It’s a basic housekeeping exercise for the EU and I’m pro-europe as everyone in Ireland should be. The money we’ve received during the 80s and 90s was crazy, now we hear complaints from clueless fuckers that we’ll be sending money to the 10 accession countries. Our contribution is tiny compared to the UK and Germany, the latter has been bankrolling the EU project since its beginning.
It’s a good thing if infrastructure is improved in Poland and other countries, their economy improves and we can sell our shit to them. Some deals are win-win. I was sure this would be passed easy but with the scaremongering by the previously unknown Libertas, I’m not so sure now. All the main parties are in favour of it, does that not convice people? You only have the obsolete shinners against it (check out that united irelander blog if you’re looking for a good laugh btw).
This shouldn’t have went to a referendum, it should have been passed in parliament somehow like all other EU countries did. People don’t know what’s good for them.
muxtape is another one of these web 2.0 startups that get the site up now and will worry about copyrights later. Basically you signup and upload 12 of your favourite tracks, send everyone your link and they can listen to the songs through flash. Of course the links to the actual MP3s stored on Amazons (very cool) S3 service are easy to find and come with a little ‘DON’T STEAL MUSIC’ query tag variable.
I love this site, I go there everyday and pick a new tape to listen to, the amount of new music I’ve been introduced is unreal. It tends to be the real music fans who create the tapes aswell so no Rihanna or Justin in there. I hope it isn’t closed soon but it inevitably will. Surprised it lasted this long.
In the meantime, using the excellent muxtape downloader greasemonkey script that place a little download link beside each song. It’s like the last days of Napster!