The Irish Blog Awards? You must be joking, these are my blog awards! Although I must admit they are just as glicky and back slapping as the Irish ones [oh there's me shunned for another 10 years, but fuck it, Damien never liked me anyway :-P]
I have these Brillo Award things, which are basically handed out to people who have said nice things about either me or my blog, and have told others about me. So I'll be handing out a few more of those later in this post, but first I'd like to list out a few more sites that I read on a regular basis, because I'm quite crap at handing out the link loves (this is down to laziness rather than anything else). We shall begin, in no particular order....
"Blu's Eyebrow Blog"
I must admit, when I came across this blog randomly one day I did have a little laugh at it's subject matter and even said WTF. But I kept coming back to it, and you know why? Because it's good shit! I'm an eye man when it comes to women (well I'm a lot of things when it comes to women, but eyes in particular) and nothing sets off an eye like a good "hairdo", so that's why I'm an unashamedly fan of this blog. There's sometimes a few pics of ladies in there showing off more than their eyebrows, but it's just the eyes I care for.
Not sure why Darran's old Blogger blog isn't in the link list already, I was sure I put it in there. Never mind though, this Cork man's tumblr account has some of the finest geek funnies you'll find out there. I'm particularly fond of his finds regarding time travel and hyperdimensions, even if I do constantly find errors in their reasoning.
Ah Extra Last. This place was hard to track down because they kept changing the name and URL without telling people but this place contains everything I love about the internet. Ultra Hi-Res promo images of women holding new pieces of technology in humorously ironic poses. Not to mention men in suits looking unbearably uncomfortable to be included in the photograph. This is the thinking mans 4chan.
A random tumblr I came across. Strangely addictive with it's offering of random images of technology, video stills and 1980's iconography.
"Bits & Pieces"
I've gone through many "Humor Sites" on the net but I'm quite fond of this one. There's a great sense of local community about it. It come's in two versions, naughty and nice. Naughty can be very naughty at times.
I came across the owner of this blog via Derren Brown's blog. A Dublin based woman and proud Atheist, who's not afraid to express all personal emotions through the medium of poetry. She's also offered to buy me a pint the next time I'm in Dublin...
"Conor's Little Dangly Bits"
Conor is a man (oddly enough), a man famous on the Irish interwebs for his Louder Voice rating thing. He is often complaining about his broadband connection and shows off pictures of his backup net connection, which consists of 3G dongle sellotaped to a tree branch out in his back a garden. His "dangly" blog provides a good mix of everything, leaning on the technological side of things.
An American living in Ireland, although I'm not quite sure where exactly. It used to be Cork but could be Dublin now. He works in the line of techno and likes to blog in terms of techno too. Also likes to come up with ideas and inventions revolving around IT hardware and web 2.0. The curious thing about this individual is that I've met and spoken to him in the past but he won't remember me... and that's the way I like it ;-)
An American man who writes about the injustives he see's regarding black peoples in American. Some quite interesting and thought provoking topics that all should read, but I do feel he's got an air of a persecution complex about him at times, and I wonder how hypocritical it really is to keep referring to "the white folk" all the time.
To complement Abagond above, this time we have more of the "race rights" thing but this time from a white rights perspective. Again some interesting and legitimate points to read but ultimately falls into the "The Zionists are all out to get me" point of view.
"Random rants and musings on life and everything."
Stephie is one of those "lovely girls" you hear about. She hopes to have her hand taken in marriage by a dominant manly man one day who will bring home the bacon while she cleans the house and cooks the meals, while looking after their 12 children in between. She thinks that all Irish women have their place in life, and that's under the rule of Britain. :) I think I may be shot for that description. No, this is a blog belonging to a strong feminist, pro choice, republican, socialist and trade union lover. Why she read's my blog I'll never know.
"It's All Random... Mostly"
So first off the bat for this round of Brillo awards is The Shape's blog "It's All Random... Mostly". Mr. Shape man made himself known to me suddenly one day telling me I was his god, because up until then he was godless. Things were going great and he was about to be awarded a Brillo award when he tore the head off me over a comment I made regarding English newspapers. The healing after that was hampered when he told me one of my finest pieces of music was shit, and that I was an idiot for trying to get Fianna Fail out of government. It's all water under the bridge now though (although I still suspect him of involvement in a recent mentally deranged Islamic attack on my blog). So there you go Mr. Shape man, wear your Brillo Badge with pride.
Mr. Stephen Spillane owns this blog. A gay man. Now usually I'd frown on describing someone by their sexuality but like myself, he's a gay rights campaigner. Hmmm am I campaigner? That might be a bit of stretch: I don't go on marches or anything but I do protest against bigotry. He's also a technophile apparently. Anyway, an absolute gentleman who has only ever anything good to say about a person even if he can't stand them! He's always promoting posts I write about things, even the dodgey ones :). Most importantly though, he loves the Eurovision, not quite as much as I do, but is a fan nonetheless ;-)
And that's all for now. So many more links to come in the future, and more sites to evaluate for Brillo awarding, so don't worry if you think I'm treating you like worthless scum now. All in good time....