Couch to 5k (then 10k next day…)

My first ever 5km run - icy rain was an added "bonus"

My first ever 5km run – icy rain was an added “bonus”

About a year ago I first met Canice from Cara Pharmacy through EO.

We meet up once a month for our forum and for the last few months of the 2013, apparently I was doing nothing but whining about not being in shape or in any way fit.  Canice mentioned the Cara Bundoran Run that he is involved with and it could be a good target to aim for.

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RAKNomination not NEKNomination

rakI got tired of seeing all the stupid things people were doing for this NekNomination craze and I just don’t understand the allure of this pastime.

Granted, I am a non-drinker but still, some of the things these people were coming up with was just insane!

I am, however, intrigued by the idea of publicly nominating two of your immediate circle of friends to do something which they are then – in theory – accountable for.  I was sure this could be used for something more positive than the two tragic deaths which occurred as a result of people taking part in this NEKNomination stuff.

Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with people having a few drinks, I don’t even have a problem with people getting drunk – I’ve had many great nights out with people who were well on their way… I don’t even think that the NEKNomination craze is responsible for the issues we’ve had with the deaths and injuries – I think we have a bigger, deeper problem with our attitude to alcohol in this country, but that’s another post.

When I thought about doing something more socially aware using the same social accountability structure I thought the name Donate Draft would be good.  You do something nice for someone and then Draft in two of your friends to do the same.  When I was outlining this to others, the donate part of the name seemed to imply more of a monetary element rather than just doing something nice.

I saw the video from the South African Brent Lindeque and thought the Random Act of Kindness Nomination would be a better fit for a name – shortened to RAKNomination, hence the site was born – http://raknomination.com

If you are interested in helping out in any way shape or form, please drop me a line and possibly share the site around to your network.

Dublin Tattoo Convention

Dublin Tattoo Convention 2013Looking forward to heading along to the Dublin Tattoo Convention this weekend in the Red Cow Pavilion.  I’m looking to take some photos for my newly set up site/page Tattooed Humans.

Paddy Goon from Body Shock is one of the organisers and it promises to be an interesting event with the first ever Tattoo Wars competition taking place during the convention.

If you’re heading along, let me know…

#WebSummit 2013

Really looking forward to this Web Summit.  Have tried to go for the last two years but have been away at another conference each time.

If you are going along or if we have met at the event, drop me a line and say hi!  TheSummit.me/Stephen

What’s the point of LinkedIn?

I get these requests pretty regularly and admittedly I do send out requests when LinkedIn shows me someone I know but I’m still trying to figure out what LinkedIn is actually good for…

I’m not hiring, nor am I looking for a job.  I don’t really follow all the posts people put up because most of the notifications are for people and their new contacts – that I don’t really care about.

Anyone give me any feedback on what LinkedIn is good for or how I should be using it?  Either way, feel free to add me!

My LinkedIn Profile

This is a fantastic idea

Mercedes allowed people to open the doors of their virtual Viano with their own electronic car key and some interesting people were inside!