Hailo Gets PreBook – Why it Matters in Dublin and Two Handy Hacks

When the London app Hailo launched in the US market it was expected to pummel it’s old and outdated cab hire competition. However in October of last year – several dozen legal battles and a heap of marketing spend later – Hailo announced they were pulling out of the North American market entirely. The company cited…

8 Amazing Places to Stay in Ireland with Airbnb

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin as the old phrase goes but other people’s firesides sure can make for a lovely retreat. So, the term ‘staycation’ has been knocking around in Ireland since the big R hit back in 2008. And while plenty of us have been exploring what our own back yard has to…

The ‘How Basic are You?’ Test

There’s a new phrase that seems to be knocking about (and even appearing on quite a few t-shirts) – ‘Basic Bitches’. The trend for hating on ‘basic bitches’ is pretty much akin to hating on, well anyone showing a lack of originality. There’s a pretty funny video on it from College Humour below… The thing…

Will YOU Be Paying for the Irish Times?

Follow my blog with Bloglovin So, after an abundance of rumours for the last 5 years, the Irish Times have finally publicly announced they will be going behind the paywall (well, partially)… next week! The Price: €12 per month for 3 devices simultaneously. For that, you get what you currently get, plus access to the…

Teaching Gender Inequality – the Simple Irish Stats

So I’m trying to hack my way through my readability list of unread articles from 2014 and a few on gender in the workplace are in there. I thought I’d pull together this table on gender and equality in the educational employment. Unlike many careers, education tends to have very clear labels or ‘stages’ of…

Best Reactions to the New Star Wars Trailer

This is not the trailer you seek. Ah, no. It is. Sure you’re grand. The day after Happy Turkey Day, Lucasfilms caused the internet to collectively wet its pants when the new Star Wars trailer was launched into the webisphere. A lot of fans (myself included) had rather given up on the franchise – which had…

Time to Call ‘Bullshit’ on Nostalgia (or ‘Why We Need to Dump the Christmas Jumper’)

Nostalgia – a “wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition“. So says some online dictionary I just googled there. Throughout history, when a lack of belief or an uncertainty in the future found a home in our collective conscious, nostalgia suddenly becomes de rigueur.  It’s something the victorians were…

The Problem with Irish Ad Agencies

So Shane O’Leary just published this post about youth in advertising – asking why Irish adland is so afraid to let us take on leadership roles. Kudos to Shane. Have a read of it there first. (I know, I know – nobody ever comes back when you link them off into the depths of the internet…

Why You Should Totally Read Comics

You Can’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover – But You Can Judge a Comic Book by a Page I’ve just this week completed an online course from the University of Boulder, Colorado on comic books and graphic novels. People are often really ‘judgey’ about reading comics, and about the sort of people that do…

Why Snapchat is Now Less ‘Private’ than WhatsApp…

So Snapchat – the mobile temporary image and video sharing app loved by under 25s – has changed its privacy policy and T&Cs and folks, it ain’t looking good. If you would like the 140 character summary, scroll straight down to the bottom of this post but for everyone else, here goes: First and foremost…

It’s Time for the Internet of Ideas

(reboot) Back in November The Web Summit arrived in Dublin. And for a brief, beautiful week, nerds ruled the streets. Publicans wondered bemusedly at their sudden shortage of craft beer, delinquent ‘youths’ in Temple Bar were temporarily scared off by desperate start ups, begging them to invest. People with Google Glass could actually walk around…

What’s in a Word – Misogyny in the Politics of Irish Water

        I am very much anti Irish Water (in its current form) but I was extremely disappointed to hear about claims that the abuse being thrown by protesters in Jobstown was misogynistic in nature. The reasons they were deemed misogynistic was specifically the use of the words ‘bitch’ and ‘c*nt’ towards TD…

Mattress Mick – Back with an Internetty BANG in a Music Video

This is the Irish internet equivalent of Christmas. Christ on a bike… Mattress Mick is back with a Bang (although I don’t think any of us in Dublin ever thought he’d gone away), with a hilarious music video. The video contains every ingredient to make it a viral hit – including dancing monkeys, gangnam-esque bad dancing and…

20% Mortgage Deposits – There really is no Place like Home

There’s no place like home, apparently. But thanks to the latest plans from Central Bank it looks like I’ll  never figure that out for myself. Of all the stupid ideas to be considered (even counting the privatisation of Irish Water), 20% mortgages has to be the worst of them. A monkey’s fart could probably consider the economic…

#Frumping – are Friendships getting a Social Media Makeover?

So a few months back I was chatting to some of my mates about that whole ‘getting older’ thing. You know – the bits you didn’t know that happen in your late 20s but inevitably do. Like you’re friends’ brains suddenly being kidnapped by permanent baby talk and how the temporary pause in gift giving…

Relationship advice for Ladies unfortunate enough to be Successful…

The Irish Time’s ‘advice’ column has been seriously pissing me off as of late but today they really have outdone themselves. Some poor soul sought help in the matters of lurve because men feel threatened by her success and money. I’d like to respond with some erm, actual advice that isn’t from a 1950s home…

Juicing: The Ultimate Pure Green Cleanse

So everyone is ‘juicing’ now (didn’t you get that memo?). And by ‘everyone’ I don’t mean uuber-human celebs and the Star Tech off on the far flung planet of Silicon Valley but …you know, normals. I’ve never done any diet before, ever. So why follow the flock now? Well about two months ago after being…

Diagnosing Domestic Abuse – it’s Time to Try Harder

We hear a lot about domestic abuse these days – the statistics, the ad campaigns – but numbers are just numbers and the effect of a great ad campaign, even harder to grasp. Victims of abuse do not stumble upon a ‘revelation’ that they are in an abusive relationship. A victim of abuse does not…

What Women Want: Tech is NOT for Girls!

  We’ve come a long way in terms of equality for women. And while Lean In tells us there’s plenty ladies can be subtly doing to further the cause in the workplace, there is one area that I think needs to be a little more aggressively pushed – magazines. I’m not talking about the content…

Trending: Zombies?! (What Finally got Me Running…)

For a long time I put ‘running’ in the same mind-numbing box as other boring pursuits such as tennis, golf, darts or cricket. Anchorman Ron Burgundy famously described ‘yogging’ as a hobby in which ‘apparently you just run for an extended period of time‘ and up to this point I’d have agreed that description pretty…

Trending: Psychopaths? Why I kinda Wish I was a Psychopath

When we say ‘psychopath’ or ‘psycho’ in everyday conversation, a lot of gorey images come to mind – Bundy, Bateman or that kid down your road who used to pull all the legs off a spider… but that’s not the full picture. As I’ve already accidentally alluded to in the post Lessons from the Wolf of…