You are browsing the archive for shortlist.

Blog awards shortlisting

September 15, 2013 in Culture, Housekeeping

blog_awards_2013_badge_shortlist12 months ago, I had one of the best nights of my year when I attended the Irish Blog Awards in the county town of Kildare.

I had some good news over the weekend as the blog has been shortlisted again this year in two categories! That’s not to say I can book my tickets yet. Unlike the Booker Prize or the Oscars, the blog awards shortlist is actually the second-last step on the selection of finalists for the big night. That list of finalists is due to be published on September 29th.

For the record, the blog has been shortlisted in Best Sport/Recreation and Best Podcast categories. The latter is a nomination for After the Fact, the show I host on Claremorris Community Radio, which is podcast each week.

Finally, the odds on my needing to get out the suit in October are further improved by the fact that Mrs has also been shortlisted. Her fantastic site has made the cut in the Best Science/Education category!

Huzzah, I say!

SongPop and other good news stories

September 9, 2012 in Culture, Quizzes

SongPop, a cause for good or an addictive time sink?  Well, truth is, it’s both.  So I guess it comes down to your attitude to addictive time sinks and, generally speaking, I love them!  Judging by my Facebook wall, loads of other people feel the same about it.

For those who are uniniated, SongPop allows you to challenge one of your friends to a quickfire audio quiz, in which the intros to five songs need to be identified in as quick a time as possible.  The app awards scores based on the time (to a tenth of a second it appears to me) it takes and someone wins.  Simple as that.  Straight after winning or losing, you have the opportunity to rechallenge your friend.  At this point you also can decide what category the next five songs will belong to.

It’s an inherently social game and, while you can ask the app to randomly match you up with an opponent, it makes most sense (and is most fun) when you challenge your own friends to a match.  This is probably why the app is so popular on Facebook, as it piggybacks your friends list, informing you of who’s already playing the game and/or allowing you to suck invite new friends in.

If you like audio rounds at quizzes, you should definitely check it out.

Blog awards latest: Some great news this morning – has been shortlisted for two categories in the Irish Blog Awards!  It’s made the cut in the ‘Best Sport/Recreation’ and ‘Best Pop Culture’ sections.   Still, there’s no need to dig out a tuxedo just yet; the remaining nominees will be distilled further at the end of the month when the Finalist List will be published.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Finally, up Galway! Here’s hoping to the first half of Connacht’s possession of the All-Ireland senior trophies being in place by this evening.