28 Dec 2012

Just saying that this is Dublin

Author: will | Filed under: Dublin, Ireland, Irish, video, YouTube

"I still believe in Bewley's"… I think that's the only line you would need to change to do a version of this in any Irish town or city. I still believe in Sir Henry's, I still believe in King John's, I still believe in Eyre Square…

So take a walk through very late night Dublin City, with salty (NSFW) language and a fundamental truth, "there are ten good reasons to go, but a thousand tiny ones not to, and you can't tell which is which anymore."

It seems like months ago that a US based TV crew came to film a Coder Dojo session and interview a few of the participants.

Well folks the video is up and it shows sessions in the NCS Cork and the Science Gallery in Dublin.

There are Coder Dojos all around the world now, we really need to see if Coder Dodo Antarctica is possible (I suspect a "R" workshop would be best there).

And yes that is me, looking terrible as usual, in the clip. But its also some amazing minds coding, modding and creating.

CoderDojo.com for details of your nearest Dojo.
Above all, be cool…

24 Jul 2012

Bring on the House

Author: will | Filed under: CoderDojo, conference, Dublin, video, YouTube

Coder Dojo celebrated its first birthday by going to Dublin. In act it went to Leinster House for DáilDojo (The Irish Houses of Parliment and its "lower" house) and have a Dojo between Leinster House itself and Buswells.

A few TDs (Irish Member of Parliament) and Senators showed up, some with their kids, to learn coding. We also had Minister Ciarán Cannon and an Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny. I doubt either of them learned even Scratch, but its a start.

I still want to force a Minister to solve the Blockly Maze demo (no I wasn't let).

For the record, not safe for Lunch. And X was the easy one according to +Jennifer Gardy 

30 May 2012

Red 5 with the Rebels

Author: will | Filed under: Cork, job search, video

Red 5 Studios are creating one heck of a First Person Shooter MMO. Oddly, a large portion of Red 5 Studio is made from former Blizzard employees. Guess who has their European headquarters in Cork.

Welcome to Cork Red 5 Studio.

Based on what the Extra Credits crew are saying, you are going to be a shining addition for Cork (for Browncoat shiny at least).

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27 May 2011

Swim or sing

Author: will | Filed under: music, video, YouTube

Luck plays a huge part in our lives. Of course sometimes we don’t call it luck. Sometimes we call it serendipity, sometimes we call it coincidence and sometimes we call it a friend of a friend.

That is how I first heard Jeffery Straker. He was a guest at the wedding of a friend of mine. The story of how that Irish bride who travels the world for fun bumps in to a Canadian boy who travels the world touring is not going to be told here (I suspect a train station is involved). However we were introduced, heard him perform live and, well, liked him.

That was a short one-day break in his European tour and he rushed off to London the morning after the reception.

I haven’t heard much from him until now. He’s been busy.

Brand New Ocean is from Jeffery’s new album ‘under the soles of my shoes’ launching June 21, 2011 to iTunes and music retailers across Canada. No idea of Irish dates or protections, but let me know what you think of him. He is a nice guy in person, and a very good guy in song.

28 Mar 2011

Wii didn’t start the Fire

Author: will | Filed under: game, video, YouTube

A history of gaming wrapped up in a song.

As a kid, I loved arcades. The cacophony of competing attractions, the beeped promise of pleasure, the weight of the coins in my pocket. The games were good to. Graphically there weren’t brilliant, but the simple to start, hard to master game play made up for it.

Now the consoles have near photorealism, and sometimes poor play. I feel a longer post coming on.

14 Jul 2010

Mix and Mash

Author: will | Filed under: bootlegs, conference, Dublin, mashup, music, video, YouTube

A pair of very creative videos…

First off the Lego based trailer for The Dot Conf in Dublin on July 22nd, I do like the very surreal schedule.  Well what do you expect when there is a three eyes alien as your host.

And secondly, put together fifteen different pop hits vying for top spots this summer and you actually get a very coherent track called “Like OMG, Baby” and put together by DJ Earworm for the London based Capital FM’s Summertime Ball (and first performed at Wembley Stadium with all the acts in the video)

In case you are wondering, the track samples together
Alexandra Burke – All Night Long
Cheryl Cole – Fight For This Love
Chipmunk feat. Esmee Denters – Until You Were Gone
Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers
Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed
Jason Derulo – In My Head
JLS – One Shot
Justin Bieber – Baby
Ke$ha – Tik Tok
Pixie Lott – Mama Do
Rihanna – Rude Boy
Scouting For Girls – This Ain’t a Love Song
Tinie Tempah – Pass Out
Usher feat. Will.I.Am – OMG
The Wanted – All Time Low

6 Oct 2009

Its so big

Author: will | Filed under: advert, advertisement, advertising, television, video, YouTube

Yup, its a video (you may need to click through to see them). An advertisement for Carlton Beer where they take the proverbial out of advertising. Similar to a British Airways one from 1989.

I wonder is an ad maker somewhere is feeling nostalgic.

take care,

I will admit that the idea hit me while watching the video below. Disney has its Disney Princesses line. Well what about those little girls and boys not interested in being kind and nice (and trust me, its a lot of people). Those girls will eventually grow out (mostly at least) of their princess stage. Boys grow out of their Power Ranger phase (says the guy still in his Transformers phase from childhood). Can we have the Disney Bad Girls.

Think about it. Some girls want more spice with their sugar.

I’m not talking about the Tinkerbell and the Disney Fairies franchise, (darker, but not black) I’m talking about the bad girls. Dr Agnes Nairn pointed out in a 2005 study for Bath University that most girls will torture their dolls as they get older. Maybe things should get dark.

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Essentially a sub set of the Disney Villains grouping (rarely used as a group). Name-checking Queen Grimhilde (the Queen in Snow White), Anastasia Tremaine (the kinder of the Ugly Sisters from Cinderella in the video), Maleficent (the wicked fairy godmother in Sleeping Beauty), Ursula (the Sea Witch in The Little Mermaid), Cruella de Vil (from The Hundred and One Dalmatians) and Madame Medusa (from The Rescuers).

The main problem with the female villains in the Disney movies is that they are almost all fully grown women. Compare this to the young princesses or the fairies. Is it hard for little girls to cast themselves as fully grown? Probably not. Admittedly in the case of stepmothers (the Queen or Lady Tremaine) it makes sense, Cruella is a well known character, and Maleficent is a major character in the Disney parades. But small changes can be made, just as happened with the princesses.

A shape changing Ursula could look like the queen she is in a black gown (with 6 frills or pleats on the way down the black dress to hide the fact that she is actually an octopus). Come to think of it, octopi can change shape themselves, as does the character. The major change for the character would be to have her walking out of water. Madame Medusa could easily be changed (she isn’t that well known) but a more flattering dress and stockings is all that’s needed. As for the Ugly Sister, she is already the same age as Cinderella if not a bit younger.

I’m sure that most of the princess stock could be adapted to the colour scheme of the “bad girls”, and Grimhilde or Maleficent would be good halloween costumes. Imagine a Ursula duvet cover or bedspread available with matching tentacle beanbags. And given the span of time-lines available (medieval witch queens and other magic users (yes, young Miss Tremaine gets a wand at some point) jumping to the 1930s and 1960s) there are more options available.

Unlike the princesses (who never really seem to acknowledge each other) have the bad girls working together. Maybe in a modern setting. Yes its a little bit Fables, but being bad can be just as much fun in the now, as well as in the past.

Just an idea.
Will Knott