Archive for December 2006


December 15, 2006

The 59th and final episode of An Líonra Sóisialta is broadcast and podcast today, bringing the 12-week run to a close.

The 5 episodes published this week review some of the series highlights and give me a chance to say thanks to those who contributed. Today’s episode expresses the hope that this material will continue to be of assistance to Irish speakers discovering the “Social Network”. In order to further this goal, the series archive has been licensed under a Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution-NonCommercial license.

This was a unique project, and perhaps a little ahead of its time. I am very satisfied with the results.

I intend to post in more detail about those results after Christmas, and also to talk about some new projects. For now however, it is time to retreat and focus on more important matters.

The directors of Edgecast Media have spent the last couple of days getting to know their newborn daughter. Later today, she will meet her two brothers. Both mother and daughter are well, and we are all looking forward to a very special and peaceful Christmas. We wish you all the joy of the season and the company of those you love.

Beannachtaí na Nollag.

Santas Videos in Your Language

December 7, 2006

Not only does Santy defy the laws of physics every Christmas, but language differences pose no difficulty for him either as he corresponds with children all over the world.

This Christmas he’s joined forces with an Irish company to send video emails to Irish kids in three languages: English, Irish and Irish Sign Language.

I think it’s an enterprising use of video on the net – and of course the basic idea extends to other occasions besides just Christmas.

Check out

Disclosure: This company contacted me through a mutual friend. It’s a garage startup like myself and it doesn’t have a marketing budget. I’ve told them they should get a blog, and in the meantime I’m happy to help them spread the word. The site featured last week on An Líonra Sóisialta.

As a parent of Irish-speaking children I particularly like their multilingual approach, and I think a video of Santa signing is a lovely idea for hearing-impaired children.