Several intriguing twists played out during the 2011 Presidential election, including the biggest loss by Fine Gael (the current party leading the government) in any national election and the huge setback faced by challenger Sean Gallagher, an entrepreneur running for national office. Gallagher was tarred with the same brush that swept the Fianna Fail party from office.
I made today's video with my SonyEricsson Xperia Arc between rain showers in my back garden, highlighting interesting items related to emerging Irish entrepreneurs, an Irish company selling directly to the Chinese domestic market, the return to form by Nokia via the Windows Phone this week, and thoughts about how the delivery of news is starting to shift in Ireland. The jury remains out in whether the Irish public will pay enough to sustain traditional journalism in a tablet-oriented market. You can see this newsround by clicking on the image or by continuing below the break to my 10-minute news clip. I just noticed that YouTube permits the recording and uploading of 3D clips, something the Xperia Arc is capable of recording. I wonder what will happen if I begin offering shorter 3D newsrounds in the future, all recorded on the small mobile phone.
It's becoming more challenging to crank out these short clips on Sunday mornings because they get in the way of more pressing family obligations. I take the early morning shift with our infant son and I have to juggle the papers' arrival in Cashel (6AM) with baby playtime. While I can easily read the papers around feeding intervals, it's harder to produce the videos with still imagery overlaid and hit a self-imposed noon deadline. The videos are often up on YouTube hours before I blog about them. It's there that I can see the flow of 10 active viewers, often Irish living overseas as a result of the current severe economic downturn at home.
Bonus Link: Nokia cross-talk on Google Plus.