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We're no longer Daft enough to do this...

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A strange thing happened the other day. Daft.ie, that MASSIVE, well resourced property website that everybody knows and loves dropped us an email. To us! For REALS!

Was it every layabout entrepreneur's dream; the long awaited multi-zero buy out? A dramatic on-boarding attempt to recruit the very leading edge of student acommadayshun* website development thought leadership??

Erm, No.

But they did have a capital related reason for making contact...

A capital 'd' in-fact. Our tagline for the past number of years has been "We'd have to be Daft to keep doing this". It was an intentional jab at the market, one we felt was kinda funny. At the very least we've seen it draw a wry smile from our users from time to time.

Daft.ie, for trademark reasons (which were slowly and politely explained to us as being a state of having ownership of a common word craftily customised with a capital d followed by the expected characters of a, f and t, frequently followed by a space or other delimiter) has asked GaG (trademark pending) to remove what they perceive as a reference to them from our obviously hilarious header.

daft === Daft === daft.ie ... trademark law 101

This caused an unusual amount of drama in the GaG-Cave (trademark pending).

Our Legal team** wanted a fight and suggested we could probably win in any court room scenario, then reminded us they bill by the hour and have never been paid. The marketing cadre** immediately jumped in and screamed that we MUST USE THIS AS A MEANS OF PROMOTING THE GaG (trademark pending) BRAND, JUST LIKE WATERFORD WHISPERS NEWS DOES ALL THE FUCKING TIME***.

Research suggested that trademark related exchanges tend to start as vague threats with the implication of a forthcoming devastating nuclear option...

We considered, reflected and pondered. And finally decided...

We're caving!

But not for any of the reasons suggested above. The message from Daft was warm, fair, to the point and non-threatening... this is to be admired. It's a very adult approach to what is often a childish issue. It's only fair to reciprocate. We're more than delighted to remove the potential infringement of the Daft.ie trademark from our headers. We're pleased to no longer be "Daft enough to do this". We're happy to acquiesce to the demands of an exponentially larger competitor.

We're caving...

And that's ok. We were too myopic anyway. We've caved.

But the best thing about the Daft request takedown request? It's quotable ;)

Stay tuned to an all new grabaGAFF.com. Coming soon :D

* intentionally misspelled, you know, for the yoof
** It's imaginary
*** Imagination shouts a lot

Fun fact: the word trademark is used seven eight times in this post. A personal record!

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50 shades of Valentine's Day

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YAY! RIDING!
Riding. YAY!

Valentine's Day sees the Irish opening of '50 shades of Grey'. Can you just picture the marketing folks high fiving one another for being so creative? '50 shades' is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling series of scribbles that has become a global phenomenon. Somehow.

But ignoring the idea that a plurality of the population seem completely ignorant to the vast swathes of such content happily given away for free all over the interwebs, we found ourselves curious. How will the consequences of this 'cultural event' play out over the coming days, weeks and years?

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College and University open days 2015

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Code College / University Dates & Times
AC American College, Dublin 2
AD National College of Art and Design, Dublin 8 Open Day:
Wednesday, 26th November, 2014,
9.30am - 2.30pm

Portfolio Brief Information Sessions:
8th, 11th, 12th November, 2014
AL Athlone Institute of Technology Friday, 14th and Saturday, 15th November, 2014
AS St. Angela`s College, Sligo
BN Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 Schools Open Day:
Tuesday 25th November, 2014, 10am - 1pm

Open Evening:
Tuesday 25th November 2014, 5pm - 7pm
BY IBAT College Dublin, Dublin 2 Open Evening: Wednesday, 7th January, 2015, 5-7pm
CE Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin 6
CI Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, Castletroy, Limerick
CK University College Cork (NUI) Open Day: Saturday, 11th October, 2014
Spring Open Day for Schools: 17th April, 2015

For further subject specific open days details:
click here.
CM Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9 Saturday, 15th November, 2014, 10am to 4pm
CR Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown Campus:
Friday, November 21st from 10.00am - 6.00pm

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design:
Friday, November 21st from 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday, November 22nd from 10.00am - 2.00pm

CIT Cork School of Music:
Saturday, 22nd November from 10.00am - 2.00pm
CT College of Computer Training, Dublin 2
CW Institute of Technology, Carlow Main Campus:
Thursday, 20th November, 2014
Queries or requests for School Visits to:
Mary Bates at 059 9175092.

Wexford Campus:
Friday, 5th December, 2014
Contact Angela Rossiter at 053 9185803.
DB Dublin Business School & DBS School of Arts, Dublin 2 CAO Evening: Tuesday, 2nd December, 2014 5-7pm

DBS OPEN DAYS 2015:
  • Tuesday, 6th January 5-7pm
  • Wednesday, 14th January 4-7pm
  • Tuesday, 20th January 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 12th May 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 9th June 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 18th August 4-7pm
  • Saturday, 22nd August 12-2pm
  • Tuesday, 25th August 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 1st September 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 8th September 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 15th September 5-7pm
  • Tuesday, 22nd September 5-7pm
DC Dublin City University, Dublin 9 DCU Open Days will take place on
Friday 14th November, 2014 (10am - 3pm)
and Saturday 15th November (10am - 2pm)

St Patricks College and Mater Dei Institute Open
Day on Saturday 15th November, 2014 at the
St Patricks Drumcondra Campus (10am - 3pm)
DK Dundalk Institute of Technology Saturday, 17th January, 2015, 10.00am - 1.00pm

CAO Information Morning Enquiries:

School Liaison Office

Email: [email protected]
DL Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology Friday, 21st November, 2014 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, 22nd November, 2014 10am to 2pm.
DN University College Dublin (NUI), Dublin 4 Saturday, 8th November, 2014
DS Dorset College, Dublin 1
DT Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 6 Friday 5th & Saturday 6th December, 2014

9am to 3pm each day

DIT Aungier Street
GA Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
GC Griffith College, Dublin 8
GF Grafton College of Management Sciences, Dublin 1
GY National University of Ireland, Galway 3rd and 4th October, 2014
25th April, 2015
IC Independent Colleges, Dublin, Dublin 2
ID ICD Business School, Dublin 2
LC Limerick Institute of Technology Thursday, 16th and Friday, 17th October, 2014
LM University of Limerick, Ireland Thursday 16 and Friday 17 October 2014
Full University Open Days

Saturday 11 October 2014 11.00h - 14.00h
Graduate Entry to Medicine Information Day

Saturday 10 January 2015 Additional Open Day
LY Letterkenny Institute of Technology Friday, 21st November, 2014
MH Maynooth University, Co. Kildare 2014 Open Days:
Friday, November 28th (9.30am to 2.00pm) and
Saturday, November 29th (10.30am to 3.00pm)

Spring Open Day:
Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 10am to 3.30pm

Summer Open Day:
Saturday, June 27th, 2015, 10am to 3.30pm
MI Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Thursday, 16th October, 2014 (9am – 3pm)

Friday, 17th October, 2014 (9am – 2pm)

Saturday, 17th January, 2015 (11am – 1pm)
MU Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Co. Kildare 2014 Open Days:
Friday, November 28th (9.30am to 2.00pm) and
Saturday, November 29th (10.00am to 3.30pm)

Spring Open Day 2015:
Saturday, April 25th, 2015, 10am to 3.30pm

Summer Open Day 2015:
Saturday, June 27th, 2015, 10am to 3.30pm
NC National College of Ireland (NCI), Dublin 1 Wednesday, 26th November, 2014



Saturday, 24th January, 2015
NM St Nicholas Montessori College Ireland, Dun Laoghaire
PC Carlow College
PI Portobello Institute, Dublin 1 Thursday, January 15th, 5-7pm
(Portobello Institute, Dominick St, Dublin 1)
RC Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 2
RS Respond! College, Dublin 9
SG Institute of Technology, Sligo
SN Shannon College of Hotel Management, Co. Clare Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 at 4.30pm

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 4.30pm

Booking recommended:- 061 712590 or
[email protected]
TA Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin 24 The Institute Open Day was held on
Thursday 13 November 2014 from
12:00-18:30 and an Information
Open Evening is scheduled for 20
January 2015.
TL Institute of Technology, Tralee Friday, 14th November, 2014 from 9.30am to 1.00pm
TR Trinity College, Dublin 2 Saturday, 6th December, 2014, 9.00am - 3.30pm
WD Waterford Institute of Technology Tuesday, 9th December, 2014, 10.00am - 2.00pm

Tuesday, 14th April, 2015 (open-evening)

South Park episode 201 Uncensored

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I learned something today. The magical power of threatening people with violence. That's obviously the only true power. If there's anything we've all learned, it's that terrorizing people works.

Kyle

That’s right. If you don't want to be made fun of anymore, all you need are guns and bombs to get people to stop.

Jesus

That's right, friends, all you need to do is instil fear and be willing to hurt people and you can get whatever you want. The only true power is violence.

Santa

On the takedown

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This one is for the landlords out there.

We recognise things are a touch stressful at the moment and we know your phones and mailboxes are glowing red with desperate students trying to secure a roof over their heads for this coming year. Ours are the same, and fun is a word we're never going to associate with this experience. However...

“How dare you let me use your free advertising service and keep an ad online even though I never told you to remove it or click on the removal link in the sign-up email or the notice the ‘take down request’ link in the footer of every single page. You're invading my privacy and I shall have none of it! I shall sue you to your end!! Expect to hear from my lawyer, who goes by the name GODDDDDDDD!!!’

A.N.Other, Landlord.

Sadly, we get a few variances of this each day...

While there are many zeros in our annual salary, they're sadly all prefixed with a '.'! Furthermore, there is no fee to have your property listed here. We're the very definition of free! We pay for this with our own time and money so you don't have to. We do not sell your details on to third parties ala Google / Facebook / Twitter etc. You, or the students who use this site, are not some commodity that we monetize (the banner ads that pop up from time to time don't even cover hosting expenses). We do this purely to help students. It was such a non-Daft idea, NationWide choose to do a piece on us once upon a time, which might help you understand our way of thinking.

In helping students, we're also helping you. We're not asking for your pity, appreciation or gratitude. We would however, ask to be treated with just a modicum of dignity. We're here to help, not to serve.

In the beginning...

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There was light. And other stuff... apparently. It's hotly debated and fascinating to follow. But this post isn't about the beginning of everything, just grabaGAFF.com. As Today, we're 10 years old!

It was the halcyon days of the early aughties. Men dressed as ladies. Dogs dressed as men. Ladies dressed like dogs. Despite the dotcom crash and a penchant for terrible hair cuts, two men came together. Their vision; to build a website for niches, because they'd heard the whole "niche market is selling well". Time, sobriety and use of a websters English dictionary would steer them towards the students aid space. Because students are clearly where the money is...

Unfun facts about April 15th

GaG shares a birthday with Kim Il Sung, founder of the NORKs leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (the top one), from its establishment in 1948.

Abraham Lincoln died, having succumbed to injuries delivered by the FAG Alec Baldwin of his time, John Wilkes Booth.

McDonald's opens. Would later suffer going mainstream, with all the associated benefits and ills success brings.

The RMS Titanic sinks. 1,502 people die. Fictionalised retellings would plague cinema goers for decades to come.

With company like that, how can we possibly fail...

Good Friday

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Jebus died for (y)our sins. Then, after some downtime, came back as bread for some, and wine for others. But for a guy who was so pro-piss-up, Ireland has this curious habit of using his big-two events as reasons to close watering places. WTF?

BRB
BRB Source: Unknown :( please let us know

So how do we get a pint on Good Friday?

We've spoken about our lack of patience when it comes to arbitrary drinking rules applied by the Irish Government over the years. So we've gone out looking for alternatives on what could otherwise be a very dry Friday.

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Muppets

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"Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what's on the other side?
 Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it. I know they're wrong, wait and see.
 Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. The lovers, the dreamers and me."

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Happy Paddies Day!

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Happy Paddy's day
Bacon gets it! source: imgur

YAY! Yet another annual parade in the rain day, Before we disappear into town to celebrate in our customary fashion, we decided to share:

Polar bears

Everyone boasts of "Irish ancestry" today. But would you believe us if we told you Polar Bears can legitimately claim lineage?

True story

Patty's day?

Marcus Campbell shares some Pronunciation Tips to prevent you getting red faced while getting shit faced:

Become learned

Have a good one!

Justin Bieber, pop scrotum

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Justin Bieber, Pop Scrotum
Pop scrotum source: The Irish Sun

Enough said...

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