Archive for May, 2007

More telecom setbacks

More sets backs have been encountered with the launch of my latest telecom venture www.freecallsclub.com aimed at the US market. The service is similar to my other telecom businesses CheapChat (Ireland) and CheapChatUk (UK) but this time is completely free to use for anyone owning an american phone line. Their is registration involved (which is free) but this is just a 30second formality and after that unlimited calls. From my latest estimates the service will be up and running by mid June, but hopefully sooner.

Gmail

I’ve been really impress with the people in google. Recently they introduce a 20mb attachment limit on their emails, i struggled with this issue of getting a manual form germany last week with outlook. They really know how to motivate their staff and they get amazing results. I met a girl who took her first sick day in after being in the company for over a year and all she could say was how much she missed not being in work that day… Anyway Google’s gmail system is way better than the like of outlook express and I really wish you could just use their system to open all of my emails on one page. Currently between all the business ventures and personal mail boxes i have 15 email address. So how about it google techies?

TV reality show tells broke young adults to buy property during a major crash!

I’m an Adult, Get Me Out of Here on RTÉ Two is the latest reality show from Ireland national television service. It basically brings young broke adults and convinces them its time to get a mortguage. Which is fine, except that Irelands has just started a major correction in the property market. This show would have to have been filmed a few months ago to allow for editing etc. So i’m guess it was done at the very beinging of the year. Since then prices have fallen at least 20-25% and there is a stand off in the market. Property agents have been culling their staff numbers and interest rates are up again.

Maybe what the “professionals” should be saying is go rent for a year and then buy when Ireland cops on that a single person doesn’t need to be earning 100,000 a year to afford a reasonable sized home! Unless your buying repo i can’t think of a worse time to buy residential property (but i wouldn’t even by repo in this market).

Bertie nets JP MCManus €24,000

In the Irish elections Fianna Fáil get back into power today. Bookies are already paying out since this morning that Bertie Ahern would be back in for a third term. Legendary gambler JP McManus placed a €45,000 bet that Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was a sure thing, netting himself €24,000 in profit at 8/15 odds.

The Cookie Thief

I heard Wayne Dyer read this short story / peom out today and at the time it was exactly what i needed to hear.

The Cookie Thief
by Valerie Cox

A woman was waiting at an airport one night,
With several long hours before her flight.
She hunted for a book in the airport shops.
Bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see,
That the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be.
Grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between,
Which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock,
As the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock.
She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by,
Thinking, “If I wasn’t so nice, I would blacken his eye.”

With each cookie she took, he took one too,
When only one was left, she wondered what he would do.
With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh,
He took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other,
She snatched it from him and thought… oooh, brother.
This guy has some nerve and he’s also rude,
Why he didn’t even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled,
And sighed with relief when her flight was called.
She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate,
Refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat,
Then she sought her book, which was almost complete.
As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise,
There was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair,
The others were his, and he tried to share.
Too late to apologize, she realized with grief,
That she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

How many times in our lives,
have we absolutely known
that something was a certain way,
only to discover later that
what we believed to be true … was not?

DVJing – Pro’s and Con’s

For those of you who don’t know DVJing it’s DJing but instead of using just Music you play DVD’s so the video’s of the tracks appear on screens & walls. The concept is incredible however it’s a lot more stressful than solely focusing on the music as if your playing commercial music the video’s are designed for MTV and can be as short as 2mins instead of the usuall 3/4. This is a major hassle with dance music where normally you’d have 6/8 mins of a track for the outro. The way you get around this is with lots of loops and using the “Hot Keys” – ocasionall in pre programmed forward direction to skip the middle of the song (the talky bit) rather than the way they are usually used to go back to a point in a track.

So why hasn’t DVJing taken off better than it has? Well there is several key points.

1. Buying the VJ tracks is expensive and a very niche market. You can’t get all the tracks you want… Some tracks will never had a video made so you’ll have to make your own graphics for it.

2. It’s an expensive set up for the Club 21 has Six decks in the DJ box. 2DVJ, 2CD and 2 Vinyl. Pionner players – DVJ-X1 RETOURE RRP at 3999Euro, really you can buy them ex vat for 2200Euro, Still pricy since you need at least two decks and three would be preferable. And then the Plasma’s and projectors you’ll need to surround the club. In this case 14 40” plasma’s and 3 projectors.

3. There’s no good skimping on DJ’s when you have the gear, an amature will definately go off like a fart in Mass! Why? Well some video’s have a break down where the music stops for the story line to take over. Remember video’s are mini movies designed primarily for MTV.

4. Do people in clubs really want to have to compete with the hot girls in music video’s for attention? Is it anti-social?

I had the pleasure of playing the launch of Club21 in 2005, Ireland’s only DVJ capable club and then was resident there for the first year of its existance. Since then i’ve moved on but occasionally do a guest slot i’d say about once every month or two.

Check out this Video of DJ Yoda made by Pioneer as a demo of the equipment.

Hed Kandi Vs Fierce Angels

Without a shadow of doubt my two favourite record labels. We had Mark Doyle over to play our office party for Star DJ’s anniversary and it was quite possibly one of the most enjoyable DJ sets i’ve every heard.

So what exactly is the story with Fierce Angels???

Mark Doyle, founder Hed Kandi, as well as several other key employees including illustrator Jason Brooks (some day Jason i’d love to buy an orignal piece of your art work… it’s incredible!) tore away from and set up Fierce Angels in Mid ’05. A legal battle of Hed Kandi Vs Fierce Angels prevented the release of the first album for 2 months and nearly brought the label under before it began after incuring costs of £135,000 (sterling).

Recently the two went head to head again with a release of Fierce Angels – Fierce Disco and Hed Kandi’s – Twisted Disco. Both Albums are equally good. Hed Kandi (now under ministry of sound) being more commercial than it used to be and Fierce Angel being more like what got Hed Kandi to be the massive label it is today with great tracks that wouldn’t be found else where.

This wasn’t a marketing strategy, but in my opinion it should have been. Anyone who likes funky house knows Hed Kandi, It’s the first label that springs to mind to describe its genre. It’s so influential that people have started to like it just to be cool, therefore it had to become more commercial to appease the masses. Fierce Angels is more niche and doing it for the love of good music. Saying that I think it’ll grow fast. Either way I’ll be making sure I pick up every release by both labels. That’s how reliable these two labels are and I think the market can easily handle it.

On the subject Mark Doyle said “When I’m putting he tracks together It could be Snowpatrol or DanArborise
or James Blunt or Bonnie Bailey. Each track gets judged on whether it fits without worrying about fame,promotion or who is more important. I make compilations because I love putting them together it’s very personal and quite selfish but you hope someone else will like them. ”

I’d recommend anyone checking out Fierce Angels Es Vive Ibiza album, it’s my favorite album of 2006!

Cheap Ass Labels

I recieved a fax this evening from a label trying to promote their new single “Urban Angel – Poison Love”. Now i understand that some labels have a tight budget but this one takes the biscuit. At the bottom of the press release it asked me to go to a site and PAY to download it. What are the PR department thinking?? Most record labels send out Promo’s, which can be pricey to post out – espically if its a double vinyl. Some even give you an address to download the tracks, i think that’s fair enough saves me space and mother earth cause not every track is a hit.

The idea behind Promo’s is that punters hear them out in the club, associate them with a fun night out and hopefully go looking for the track. Its rare a club gig goes by when punters don’t ask for the names of tracks played, to me its the ultimate compliment – i even carry a little tear away pad to write them down for them. But its its fair to say this track will never ever reach my ears, what counter productive marketing, the label set the track up to fail.

www.PeterJones.tv

This is one of my favourite websites from, simply put – a Very cool guy. Peter Jones is best known for his TV appearances on BBC’s “Dragons Den” (had the same producer as my TV show “The Fund” did – Paul Stephenson) and Tycoon on ITV 1.

I love this site and its multi media features, but more to the point i love this defination you can find on it: ULTRAPRENEUR n. ultrapreneurs (very rare)) Radical spirit whose restless pursuit of innovative business excellence is unbounded; recognised as a super-heroic leader of hearts and minds.

Eliminate, Delegate or Automate

Lately i’ve been focusing on trying to do less with more… It seems like i never have a minute to myself and mind is scattered. So i picked up an audio book by Jennifer White on the very subject. One of her concepts that really stuck in my head her method of dealing with everything that comes in her path – Eliminate, Delegate or Automate if none of that works Negotiate. It makes sense and i reckon it’s something that will really help me get through my work load and procrastination tendencies.