Gone Viral review.

No, this review hasn’t gone viral, but the lads behind the Vine account Fupin EEjits have.

With followers in the hundreds of thousands; Senan Byrne and Eddie Whelan are the international social media sensation you’ve probably never heard of, unless you Vine.

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Senan Byrne’s profile on Vine.

Thankfully director Charlo Johnson’s latest offering, Gone Viral, gives this pair of psychiatric nurses an opportunity  to explain the who, what, when of Vine and how going viral has affected them both in a positive sense (direct messages from Swedish models) and in a negative way (Eddie’s nose apparently gets a lot of flack).

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Gone Viral publicity poster.

Narrated by Senan and Eddie themselves, the film feels like you’re sitting in a pub with the lads sharing a pint.

Gone Viral reveals more about the psyche of the 21st century bearded Irish male than a Snapchat from last year’s Leprechaun convention on Croagh Patrick.

The film premiered in July at the Galway Film Fleadh before making its way to the amazing Guth Gafa International Documentary Festival in August.

At only eighty Vines long, Gone Viral is definitely worth a watch, toilet humour aside, they’re very funny guys.

 

 

 

Don’t Quote me on this!

"Insert life-affirming quote here"

“Insert life-affirming quote here” © Julie Corcoran.

This week I have been mostly capturing dew laden webs with my dark chamber, otherwise known as a camera. As my lens focused and froze a moment in time forever, I thought, there’s something missing.

When I got home and loaded the images onto my computer, I knew there was something missing. But what was it?

The spider, I hear you mumble to yourself, no, not the spider.

What my picture lacked was not exposure or shutter speed (well perhaps, I’m only learning); but a life affirming text. My photograph needed a quote.

“Quotations are also commonly printed as a means of inspiration and to invoke philosophical thoughts from the reader”.

I also like the other reason on wikipedia, for using quotes,  “to make the user of the quotation seem well read”.

It was only natural that our obsessions with popular images in poster form during the eighties would evolve with the growing popularity of the internet. Most teenagers would disbelieve you now if you told them there was a shop (Athena) in the St. Stephen’s Green centre that only sold posters. The enormous popularity of the image of a man holding a baby (L’enfant) or the dangling kitten telling you to ‘hang in there’ would be lost on them.

But now we have the internet! An endless supply of quotations to makes us feel clever and good about ourselves. However, clever quotations from knowledgeable dead people is, it appears, a finite resource. A perusal of quotes on pinterest would lead you to believe we’ve begun to scrap the bottom of the barrel. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the message, it’s just not packaged as a traditional quote; short, snappy and to the point.

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More a novella, than a quote. Found on http://www.pinterest.com

Don’t get me wrong, I love quotes. I especially love quotes scribed across a nice photo of a landscape; I have made plenty of my own in the past. But should I succumb and type one across my spider web, or just leave it as it is, and let you come up with your own life affirming thoughts.

Holy Foal! #good #god #it’s #a #horse

 

Our mare looks very pregnant.

We scratch our heads, phone a friend. A distant memory returns from last spring of reaching for head collars and lead ropes in a panic.

Our mare was joined in a field by a randy chestnut stallion, Po, who at that time, had not been de-balled.
The dastardly deed done, now we wait. We contemplate possible names for the surprise foal.

The usuals come up like Beauty and Sandy; all boring and predictable. Then my six year old suggests with a giggle we called the new arrival god ( I dropped the capital ‘G’ there to avoid being blasphemous. God might be listening, or following this blog. I think it’s blasphemous to even suggest that. I’m digging a hole for myself now. If anything bad happens to me now, this blog post will be cited as the reason).
God (start of a sentence, therefore, not blasphemous), she announced would be a great name because in the morning questions could be asked like;
Did you give water to god“, or “Did you give god his hay” or my personal favourite, “go and let god out of the stable“.
Anyway, at this stage, we’re just hoping for a healthy foal. Will keep you posted (God probably already knows). 

 

Eva with child

Eva with child

 

'Echo' born on the morning of May 1st.

‘Echo’ born on the morning of May 1st.