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Changing the world, one Facebook group at a time. January 20, 2010

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Diarmuid Hayes has joined the group “Kicking Things When They Fall Over To Try And Soften The Fall”

Diarmuid Hayes has joined the group “When I’m Older I’ll Talk About The Hard Winter Of 09/10”

While entertaining for a moment or two, these Facebook groups that hundred of thousands ‘join’ are pointless and don’t serve any purpose, but I have recently joined a new group, and I think it’s important I tell you about it.

Soccer Stars for Haiti is an idea them stemmed out of an article by Vincent Hogan in the Irish Independent.

Players have means to make a difference

Imagine if every professional footballer in the world donated one day’s pay to the relief effort in Haiti.

We’re not even talking ancillary earnings here. Just basic wage, football salary. Cristiano Ronaldo alone could write a cheque for £25,000.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kaka? Just under £24,000 each.

Put it this way. If John Terry, Frank Lampard, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba bought into the idea over morning coffee at Chelsea, together they could deliver a cheque for £71,555 to one of the humanitarian agencies now dealing with unimaginable horror in Port-au-Prince.

That’s almost £150,000 from just seven footballers. So imagine every paid footballer on the planet buying into the idea. We’re talking billions here, not millions. For just one day.

Sound overly simplistic? You’re probably right. What on earth could I have been thinking?

A Facebook campaign has been set up by a group of Irish student to accomplish this.  Hoping to emulate the success of the recent Facebook campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to Christmas number 1, the group relies on it’s members to spread the word about it to their friends.  I know that two students from DCU Ed Leamy and Noel Rock, have been working tirelessly to catch the public’s attention and make the nice idea a reality.

The group has grown from strength to strength, and at the time of me posting, in it’s third day of existence,  it has spread to the UK and to the US and has gained 6,817 members which is great achievement for the cause, but nothing when you compare it to the 126,00 members of the group “‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ or, Let’s eat, Grandma!’. Punctuation saves lives”

As has been pointed out on the group’s page “Footballers have a privelleged position in life because they were fortunate. They were born with a skill, a skill they might have had to work hard to develop but none the less one they were born with. They have a duty to help those who weren’t so lucky.”

As the second earthquake hits Haiti, I urge you all to join and to use whatever media connections you have to help publicize this campaign.

The group can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&ref=mf&gid=260387992697

I Love Winning Competitions January 19, 2010

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It happened again!

There I was, still in bed at 1.30pm (for you see, I was working late the night before). I arose from my slumber and turn on the radio, and after this energy-zapping task, climbed right back under my duvet.

“Do you like Jamie Cullum?”, said Rick O’Shea
“Yes” said my inner monologue.

I then text in the answer to a qualifying question, along with my name, where I was from and a little spiel about how much I love Jamie Cullum to 2fm.

The question was: “What is the name of Jamie Cullum’s third studio album released in 2003?”
The answer was “Twentysomething”

I then went back to sleep.

Ring Ring.

“Hi Diarmuid, it’s 2fm. You’re cool to go on the air and answer a few Jamie Cullum questions to win a prize?”
“Hi 2fm. That’s fine”

I jumped out of bed and went straight to the Wikipedia entry on Jamie Cullum. I studied harder than I have been studying for my upcoming exam. Did you know Jamie Cullum recently married Sophie Dahl? (grand-daughter of Roald) Or that he plays piano, guitar and drums? No? Well now you do.

Ring Ring.

“Hi Diarmuid. It’s 2fm again. We’re going to put you on after this song”
“Hi 2fm, that’s fine”

The next thing you know I’m on the radio chatting to Rick O’Shea. Rick was quick to point out that I sounded sleepy and he wished me luck in my exam on Wednesday, which was nice. But what wasn’t nice was that in order to win the prize, I didn’t have to answer Jamie Cullum related question, but rather play a much more difficult game entitles “Jamie or not Jamie?”. In this game I was played three pieces of music and had to identify whether or not it was a piece from a Jamie Cullum track. In order to win, I was required to identify two out of the three pieces correctly. I did not panic because Jamie Cullum’s voice is quite distinct, and all I’d have to do was hear a line or two of singing and it would be easy.

There was no singing.

I was played a short bit of jazzy piano. No lyrics. Just music.

“Jamie or not Jamie?
“Well Rick. It sounds like something he might play, but I’ve never heard it before. I’m going to say not Jamie”
“Yvonne is giving me the thumbs up. Well done Diarmuid. One out of one. Here’s the second piece.”

La La La. Piano Piano Piano. Jazzy Jazzy Jazz.

“Jamie!”
“Correct! We didn’t even need to play the third! Congratualtions!”
“Thank you Rick O’Shea”

And as much as I loved being on the radio and showing off my knowledge of Jamie Cullum’s music to the country, that was not the best part. No no. The best part, naturally, is the prize.

My prize consists of:

  • Two tickets to see Jamie Cullum live at the Olympia in May.
  • A signed copy of Jamie Cullum’s new album (I have this album already in digital form, but it’s still a nice thing to have)
  • and finally

  • A private audience with Jamie Cullum, the same day as his concert in the Olympia, in the Westbury Hotel with a champagne reception for myself and a friend. A real money-can’t-buy prize.

In a discussion with my aunty on the phone today, she pointed out that I always seem to land on my feet.

“It’s better to be born lucky than to be born rich”, she said.

Raw January 12, 2010

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Raw is back!

What’s Raw?
It’s an RTÉ drama series set in a Dublin restaurant, and the first series was class. It was all sexy and cosmopolitan , and showed Dublin as a cool modern place with loads of nationalities and sooo many accents, the sexiest of which belonged to JoJo, played by Charlene McKenna, the little minx.

JoJo, played by Charlene McKenna

It’s was all about this restaurant called Raw, and the staff that work there.  And the mischief they got up to, and the fights they had.  Talking from experience, things can get really heated in a kitchen environment, and it’s all very exciting and a great premise for a TV show.

Series Two started last night, since we’ve left the restaurant, it’s gone out of business and poor JoJo is working in that shop that sells loads of Crosshatch in the Ilac centre with the creaky floors. But low and behold, mysterious woman comes and saves the day, she wants to open up Raw again and bring back all the old staff.

Except mysterious woman is shit. She’s some auld wan the The Clinic who doesn’t fit into Raw at all. Get away from Raw you terrible actress. Anyway, as happy as I am to see JoJo and Geoff and Pavel and Tiny back, I’m not liking the new cast.

In fact the first episode is all a bit serious.  Problems with the lease this, problems with the ex-wife that. They better start bringing back some of the craic of the first series soon.

Like this:

And before you guys start harping on about it doesn’t deal with the big issues like the Wire does, I know. But I’m not sure whether or not I agree that it needs too. Nothing wrong with a bit of fun.

Semester 1 review January 12, 2010

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It’s been so long since I logged into this that I forgot my password. But I have it now so let’s get on with it.

I’m going to write up a little review of my first semester this year. Perhaps some people might come across it and find it useful for choosing modules and the like, but I’m mainly doing it for myself. Blogging makes things clearer for me.

So what modules did you take lil D? And could you give us a little comment on how you found it?

Social History and Television Drama

Well if it isn’t the most fantastic class I’ve ever been in. Probably my favourite. I have a fair interest in television drama and it’s one of the areas I’d love to work in once I graduate, so of course I was going too enjoy this module. This said, it has exceeded any expectations I had.
The lecturer Sheamus Sweeney is definitely the most impressive member of teaching staff I’ve come across in DCU. So professional and well prepared, intelligent and passionate. I wish he taught every subject.
An idea that he explained in class and one that really hit home with me is the idea that a TV drama should aim to engage or change the society around it.

“Art which adds nothing to the experience of the public,
which leaves it as it found it, which wants to do no more
than flatter rude instincts and confirm unripe or overripe
opinions – such Art is worth nothing.”
Bertolt Brecht

We’ve looked at dramas like Mad Men, Strumpet City, A Very British Coup and have been introduced to The Wire (of which I’m currently in the middle of season 2)

French
Oh la la. A risky move. Having not done a tap of French since 6th year, I said I’d give it a go. A second language is an amazing thing to have, I know this. But it’s so hard. It’s not not other modules when you can miss a lecture here and there and then just cram when it comes to assignment time. You have to commit yourself. I haven’t. I don’t know if I’ll pass this semester or whether I’ll keep it on next semester. My heart says yes, but my fear of failure says Non. Module-wise, the lecturer is great and is really on top of things, and it’s completly down to me if I’ve messed it up.

Media Studies

Fuck off you waste of a woman. Unfortunetly this module is compulsory. She refuses rightout to use moodle for copyright reasons (?) and enfuriates everyone with her lack of respect for her students. She will casually walk out of class for a while with no explanation, cancel lectures and make no attempt to put them on another time. She holds the lecture in a room far too small for the amount of students registered for the module, but after time, this ceased to be a problem since people copped on and stopped wasting their time coming. I like to think I get art, and that I can appreciate good photgraphy, or good cineography, but the shit she shows us in class, I can’t stand, nor have I found anyone else in the class who agrees.

Research Methods
Contrary to what the majority of my class feel, I don’t think this is that bad. We chose to do our on how an irish audience relates to the Wire. i kinda wish we had chosen something a little better, something you can get your teeth stuck into. The lecturer is a little out of touch with the class, but over-all the module is ran fairly well. anyway, it doesn’t matter, since this module is compulsory for CS students. A Lot of group work. Pick your group members and project titles verrry carefully. My group was savage by the way.

Video Production
A very slow moving module. Also a drop in the standard of the lecturer, when you’d imagine it should be an improvement. It’s like, I wouldn’t have down any other production module. Video is what I want to do above Radio and Photography, but I just wished video was run better. There’s a bit too much focus on big assignments, and not enough on the little weekly tasks. That said you are given a lot of freedom with regards to your projects, which is good. I was very lucky to be in a great group for this too. Super motivated folks the lot of them, and we’ll be finished way before the deadline. Hoping this module will pick up a bit next semester. We have a new lecturer who I’ve only heard good things about.

I can’t wait for semester 2.