funferalHomeward bound (3.12.2005, 19:57 UTC)
Galway christmas Originally uploaded by Kevin OShaughnessy. We're winding down to the end of semester here in Urbana, and I'm beginning to look forward to my trip home. I'm due in Galway on Wednesday 21st December, around lunchtime.
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funferalRoche on the rationale for evoting (30.11.2005, 22:44 UTC)
Thanks to the ICTE list I've read a transcript of yesterday's Dáil debate on electronic voting, including this comment from Minister Dick Roche:The Government decision in February 2000 to move to electronic voting and counting in Ireland aimed at securing a broad range of identified benefits compared to the current manual arrangements, including more democratic outcomes through the minimisation of invalid votes and the more accurate counting of votes, provision of a higher level of servic...
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funferalIrish Ferries dispute threatens 'partnership' process (30.11.2005, 04:36 UTC)
Those outside of Ireland may not have caught wind of the current dispute at Irish Ferries, but for those paying attention, the manner in which this single dispute has catalysed much of the tension in industrial tensions, while exemplifying many of the absurdities of globalization and the neo-liberal market-focused policies of the European Union, together with the dangers for the nation-state and society, is striking. In short, Ireland being an island nation ferry services are vital both to frei...
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funferalData retention mission creep (29.11.2005, 19:02 UTC)
Terrorism. Organised crime. File sharing. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it? That's what the music industry seems to think in Europe, where they are lobbying for the proposed data retention directive to beextended to cover all criminal offences, including piracy, and not just "serious" crimes, as the original proposal states.The aim, as originally stated, of the directive, is to aid governments in their fight against terrorism and organised crime in the radically different world in which we ...
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funferalTravellers and prejudice in Ireland (27.11.2005, 19:21 UTC)
I've occasionally posted about the challenges faced by the Travelling community in Ireland. The Guardian has a good summary of some rather worrying recent developments.
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funferalWhat implications will the Irish press council have for small/amateur media outlets? (21.11.2005, 01:17 UTC)
Karlin Lillington reports on an interesting observation made by Fergal Crehan (fellow Tuppenceworth contributor and Flirt FM alumn) regardin the proposed Irish press council. The idea is that in return for self-regulation by a press/media council, media outlets will have some protection from the currently rather over-bearing law on defamation/libel. However, the changed standards will probably only cover those who are members of the council, which leaves those unable to invest in council members...
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funferalCall to save creative exemption in Irish tax law (3.11.2005, 20:21 UTC)
The Irish Arts Council is urging people to send 'e-postcards' to the Minister for Finance, asking him not to end the tax exemption scheme for artists. What I find interesting about this is that the Arts Council is a government-appointed entity, though one self-described as autonomous, and with the roles of being the Irish State's principal instrument of arts funding and an advisory body to Government on arts matters as well as being an advocate for the arts. So, what is it that's causing this ...
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funferalProfessional tagging (1.11.2005, 04:50 UTC)
As if the annotated audio idea wasn't enough, today I got pointed towards details of the BBC's programme catalogue - a 7 million line database - which is being prototyped on a Rails framework. Of interest, of course, is that the database was developed and maintained by professional librarians, so it offers an interesting counterpoint to the distributed annotation model. Further fun, of course, from the fact that tagging, etc., is being layered on top of the professional annotation in this applic...
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funferalKenny's Bookshop (31.10.2005, 02:56 UTC)
23 Kenny's Bookshop Originally uploaded by El Groo. One of the joys of Flickr is that you can create personalised RSS feeds, so that when photos with a certain tag are added you get a notification. I've got a feed for all photos marked 'Galway' which is how I came across this one, taken outside Kenny's bookshop in the city centre. There's a poignancy to this because Kenny's have recently announced that the shop is to close, with only their online sales operation - based in a sou...
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funferalAnnotated audio (29.10.2005, 09:09 UTC)
Given my critical approach towards digital audio it's easy for people to characterize me as Luddite in tendancy. I'm not sure if it will help to say that I find this technology to be absolutely fascinating.
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funferalNew funding mechanism for public interest programming in Ireland (25.10.2005, 05:34 UTC)
The BCI has launched its Sound and Vision grant scheme, after getting clearance for the EU under state-aid rules:All genres of programmes dealing with Irish culture, heritage and experience and adult literacy are eligible to apply for funding under the current scheme, including drama, factual and children’s programmes. Funding will be provided in the form of a grant of up to 95% for production costs.The deadline is 16th December at noon.
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funferalDigitizing radio - a discourse (21.10.2005, 21:46 UTC)
Here in Urbana we're in the process of working to get our new radio station, WRFU, on the air. It's a whole lot of work, but thankfully we've got a good group of people working on it. We're also going to get help from people around the country when we host a radio barnraising in association with the Prometheus Radio Project in just under a month. [Hopefully some funferal readers will come into town for the event - I look forward to meeting up with some of you.] One of the side issues that has c...
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funferal18 new community radio stations in UK (20.10.2005, 20:39 UTC)
Good news for community radio in the UK, where 18 new stations have been licensed. The Community Media Association notes that this is the Year of the Volunteer:Diane Reid, Director of the CMA, said: “In the Year of the Volunteer, we celebrate one of the fastest growing areas of volunteering – Community Media. With 48 Community Radio stations across the UK and more to come, communities have new opportunit...
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funferalMove to revamp electoral register in Ireland. (20.10.2005, 20:09 UTC)
The Irish Labour Party has launched a new bill - it actually got its first reading today - to totally revamp the manner in which the electoral register is compiled and maintained.Apart from creating an Election Registration Commissioner,the Bill provides for access by registration authorities to information held by third parties relating to persons resident within their registration areas and it makes provision for the use of personal public service numbers in connection with the registration of...
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funferalHigh-school station losing license? (19.10.2005, 20:08 UTC)
More bad news for high-school radio, this time from Maynard, Massachusetts, where WAVM looks set to lose its frequency assignment after a challenge by a Christian broadcasting network. WAVM had undertaken the process of converting from a 10 watt to a 250 watt license - in order to go from secondary to primary status on the frequency and secure against future challenges. Unfortunately, it appears that the conversion process includes a step that lets other broadcasters challenge for use of the fre...
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funferalTV service for Irish emigrants gets closer, but still not there (18.10.2005, 22:08 UTC)
I've posted previously about RTÉ moves to provide services to Irish emigrants in the UK, and Labour TD Emmet Stagg's efforts in the area. I include his latest statement below.
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funferalNew civil rights group for Europe (18.10.2005, 22:04 UTC)
The European Civil Liberties Network, or ECLN for short, is a new group founded by organisations like Statewatch and European Race Audit, along with individuals such as Gareth Peirce. Their initial press conference, launching the group, is due to take place in Brussels tomorrow morning. A timely intervention....
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funferal...and everything like that (13.10.2005, 19:53 UTC)
One of the first emails I sent to my friends back in Ireland after arriving in Urbana dealt, in part, with the wonderfully diverse radio station that is WEFT. Although I mentioned in particular the Grateful Dead hour, as an example of the eclectic programming, I could just as easily have written about another Saturday evening staple - The Old Timer, Kent McConkey. Playing old-time country, and calling out greetings to his regular listeners, he was a distinctive and fascinating voice on the radio...
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funferalPinter wins nobel prize (13.10.2005, 17:48 UTC)
Harold Pinter is the 2005 Nobel laureate in literature. As Wikipedia notes:Pinter opposed the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and 2003 Invasion of Iraq. In 2005 he announced that he was retiring from writing plays to dedicate himself to political campaigning. Pinter is an avowed critic of the Iraq war and famously called President Bush a mass murderer and Blair a deluded idiot.
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funferalReading group reconvenes - this time with readings (11.10.2005, 19:59 UTC)
Paul has the announcement on Media Geek - the first meeting (for this year) of our reading group on participatory media will be this Thursday, 7pm, in the meeting room at the back of Guiliani's. We'll start with some excerpts from Downing's Radical Media. All are welcome, and we'll be discussing where we want this to go over the next year or so. We may even grab a beer (or beverage of your choice) after the formal meeting and continue with some informal discussion. I hope to see some of you ther...
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funferalBack from Chicago (11.10.2005, 02:31 UTC)
Surveillance camera atop the "Freedom Museum" Originally uploaded by smith. I spent a long weekend in Chicago at AoIR. Generally good fun, meeting old friends and new, and having those conversations where everything becomes an object of possible academic critique. I spent much of my time volunteering and talking with people, and didn't catch as many sessions as I would like, but generally a productive and interesting weekend I felt. Now back to the slog.....
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funferalBCI releases new policy on news commitment derogations (7.10.2005, 22:09 UTC)
The BCI has completed their review of their policy on derogations from news and current affairs requirements. They have decided to keep the form of derogations the same - only allowing derogations from the 20% news/C.A. requirement for broadcasts from 1-7am - and to clarify the criteria which will influence whether derogations will be granted. These new criteria are:The impact the proposed derogation will have on the station’s Programme Policy Statement Commitments, and The contribution th...
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funferalIrish broadcasters to podcast? (5.10.2005, 23:27 UTC)
Fionse has a very interesting piece about Irish language podcasting on their site. It seems that irish langauge material, by virtue of its particular niche, may be where the most pressure will come for podcasting by RTÉ - I know it was a large part of my interest in chasing them down on this issue. RTÉ have been reticent on this point, and it seems podcasting is not going to happen in the short-term, though RTÉ do, seemingly see it as inevitable eventually. Foinse mentions ...
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funferalComplaint to Party still in progress (5.10.2005, 02:30 UTC)
Earlier this year I provided a brief report of my complaint to the Irish Labour Party. It's been a long and eventful summer since then. On 16th September, after a round or two of correspondence, I reconfirmed my complaint and made another formal submission by email. This morning, 4th October, I received acknowledgement of my complaint by email. Again, I plan to be rather quiet on this issue, but will provide updates as we have developments.
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funferalAIM status as communication tool (4.10.2005, 06:32 UTC)
When I started using my current iTunes track as an AIM 'available' message - in response to seeing various people use it for messages such as going for grocerie soon. Wanna join me? - one of my friends pointed me towards this essay.
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funferalWRFU fundraiser this Thursday (3.10.2005, 07:19 UTC)
WRFU will be holding a fundraising benefit this Thursday at Cowboy Monkey. Should be good fun. I'd be there if I weren't due to be in Chicago preparing for my presentation at the AoIR.
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funferalThis is why he lost (3.10.2005, 07:14 UTC)
Just recently I'd been reading about, and telling others about, the use of the phrase and a pony, when making wish lists. And then I come across this piece, about a documentary on the inside story of Kerry's presidential campaign:It is marked with bizarre moments such as when Loftus rants about the inability of an advance team of aides to get a pony into a hotel room for a birthday celebration. 'When I was an advance guy, if someone said "get a pony on the 10th floor of this hotel in four hours"...
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funferalCothrom na Féinne don 5 Ros Dumhach (3.10.2005, 04:17 UTC)
Shell Sign Originally uploaded by Monasette. It's been very interesting following the story of the Rossport 5 from the US. As I've discussed with others, the conjunction between radical and populist politics that seems to be in play is quite unusual for Ireland. It may be that the Irish language influence is coming to bear here. Irish language media activism has been among the most radical in the country, while being tied very much to a sense of community. The sense of marginal...
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funferalCothrom na Féinne don 5 Ros Dumhach (3.10.2005, 04:16 UTC)
Shell Sign Originally uploaded by Monasette. It's been very interesting following the story of the Rossport 5 from the US. As I've discussed with others, the conjunction between radical and populist politics that seems to be in play is quite unusual for Ireland. It may be that the Irish language influence is coming to bear here. Irish language media activism has been among the most radical in the country, while being tied very much to a sense of community. The sense of marginal...
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funferalYear of the killer dolphins (2.10.2005, 23:31 UTC)
It is, I suppose a sign of a poor state of affairs when the anecdote I've been sharing this week in order to cheer people up concerns the killer dolphins let loose by Katrina. It's all in how you tell it I suppose. And yes, it does sound like an urban myth. And no, I actually don' think it is. Most humourous response I've heard to this story? "Wouldn't want to be a tuna fisheries executive this week..."
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