Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

12 things I learned this weekend

(1) Rugby sucks. Golf sucks too but not as much as rugby. (2) Some advertising and PR hype does not work. I’ve lost count of the amount of clueless press releases, photo ops and stupid stunts from mobile phone pimps …

Mon, Sep 10, 2007, 11:14

   

(1) Rugby sucks. Golf sucks too but not as much as rugby.

(2) Some advertising and PR hype does not work. I’ve lost count of the amount of clueless press releases, photo ops and stupid stunts from mobile phone pimps 3 Ireland bigging up their involvement in Irish music (the latest was about a completely pointless Paddy Casey phone). They need to do something else because, per John Collins, 3 Ireland have just 134,000 clients (Jaysus, there are some blogs which have more readers than that) and (ironically) 3 per cent share of mobile phone revenue which means the company are carrying a huge loss since they entered the Irish market in 2005. Maybe they could sack some people?

(3) Keith Duggan is a Tupac fan. We’ve been digging The Irish Times sportswriter’s Sideline Cut column for an age and he’s started dropping loads of musical references into it of late. The other week, he was wondering about the whereabouts of Engine Alley. Last Saturday, he was referencing the Dead Kennedys and quoting Tupac. Hey, maybe he’s after our job.

(4) It seems that we’re not the only ones reversing IP addresses to cause mischief. Una has a great story in the Sunday Tribune showing how some RTE folks were caught editing Wikipedia entries about rival stations and programmes. Sure, wouldn’t you think they’d have more to do?

(5) If you only to see one film about FBI shenanigans this week, make sure it’s Breach

(6) Straight No Chaser magazine, RIP

(7) Monocle, the new magazine from Wallpaper grandee Tyler Brûlé rocks. Intelligent Life, the new magazine from the The Economist, does not rock.

(8) When is a sell-out gig not a sell-out gig? When it’s The Police at Croke Park. This gig was supposed to be sold-out and now, there are tickets back on sale and ads on radio and in the papers. Did they find some extra seats or something?

(9) Now that On The Record’s video recorder has finally stopped taping Law & Order, anyone got any advice or recommendations about hard-drive recorders?

(10) Finding a baritone saxaphone player is the most difficult part of putting together a brass section.

(11) Some people aren’t feeling any blog love.

(12) There was a big rave at Fairyhouse Racecourse on Saturday. And I bet not one On The Record reader was at it.

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