Friday, August 31, 2007

Lazy Politicians

4 members of the cabinet didn't turn up for the first cabinet meeting of the new session because they were on holiday. They have had 10 weeks to go on holidays.

How would Mary Hanafin react if parents did this with children taking holidays in term time?

Double standards and poor public service!!!

The life of a web developer

We live a strange existence, with people not really understanding or valuing what we do.

I came across this letter which puts it beautifully.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The kids are back!

Schools are back today so the traffic is starting to get mental. It took an extra 10 minutes or so to get to work because of it and I am on a bike!

Just a message to all parents. Walk to school with your kids, it's healthier for you, for them and the planet.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

An oldie but a goodie

I love this clip! It is so bad yet so good!

Busy Busy Busy

I've been so busy lately that I barely have time to think. I have a couple of projects working side by side in work and of course the client from hell (Steve, you know who I'm talking about).

Was at the Dubs match on saturday and it was so dissapointing. They lost it when they left their morale in the dressing room at half time.

I might have a seller for the bike but that is a whole post on it's own!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Touts with a site?

I was looking for Dublin Vs. Kerry tickets and I came across this site. Yesterday they were offering tickets to this game for €300, they have a face value of €40.

There is no way I would pay that for a ticket. They have extraordinary prices for all their tickets. Is this legal? Are they a tout with a site?

tell me what you think?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Bike Test

I had my bike test at the ludacrisly early time of 08:15 yesterday morning. I have not been well for the alst few days so getting up even earlier was hard, and I was very tired.

I dragged my ass over to Tallaght and started (after sitting in the waiting room for a few minutes). I felt nervous and although i knew I had got the questions right I weasn't 100% sure.

Then out to the bike.

"How do you check the brakes" he asked.

"Well you make the bike upright and check the brake fluid in this window here " (oh dear god, the window was empty).
"And you squeeze the brakes to see if they are spongy" (they feel spongy!!!!)

He was happy with that. He sent me out, drive around a bit, do a u-turn drive at walking pace all that jazz. Headed back and i was really nervous.

He came back to the desk and said "Very high standard, keep it up".

I was so relieved, now i'm looking forward to my insurace rebate.

More reasons for not liking the Evening Herald

Last week a story broke, a man had been found battered to death in his bed, his wife had been taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. So the headline in the evening herald was...

Man Dead as wife fights for life!

I have to paraphrase as I only catch the headlines as I walk by the newspaper seller. I wouldn't dare buy one!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Motorbike Pretest

I had my pretest today and I was pretty nervous. I got there and there was really nothing to be worried about. You just drive like youhave a brain and take care and you will be grand.

It took a while to get used to the bike though because the back brack has a slightly different position to my own so i was on it all the time, but I will work on that.

Roll on tuesday!

Wikipedia Scanner

I've just read about a tool that tells you who edited articles on Wikipedia! Not who in person, but the organisation their IP address comes from.

It just goes to show no matter how noble an endeavour there is always some malcontent in the background trying to meddle and interfere.

The site is offline at the moment until the interest wanes, but check it out when it gets back online.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

RTE and big brother

Don't read on if you think I am talking about the national broadcaster spying on us. I'm talking about their continued coverage (at least on their website) of Channel 4's Big Brother. Why?

If you are interested in big brother and have access to the internet, why would you go to to get second hand pointless information that you can get on Channel 4's website.

The pointlessness of Big Brother doesn't even come into it, and that is saying something.

So thank you RTE for wasting more of our licence fee on drivelling pointless crap!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Selling my bike

My friend is selling his 250 Maurader, and if I can sell my 125 I will be upgrading, so if you are interested be quick, like the wind, the flash, superman running fast and click here.

It's been a while

Ok, it's been ages since I last posted. Way too long, my apologies for that. It was a hectic weekend, Dublin were playing and beating Derry and we spent the rest of the day boozing. So about 3 oclock I definitely had enough. Meaning I could not take anymore without dying.

So I went on home, buying a lion bar and losing it in the 20 metre walk to the bus.

I slept and woke up feeling decidedly ropey and spent the next few hours in the recovery position. I then decided to bite the bullet and go for a run. It was the only guaranteed way to cure me, or perhaps kill me.

I did about 2.5 k and it was painful and unusual but I got to the end and I felt perkier, or to be honest slightly further form death's door.

Spent the rest of the day lolling about not able to do anything and would you believe today I feel pretty ropey still.

Roll on tuesday and recovery!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Beyond Temptation

Check out this chap. He is turning down 5 billion dollars to keep the land unmined and untouched. Now that is what you like to see.

Would I turn down that money. I don't know. I hope to think my principles could not be bought, but you woul have to see the giant novelty cheque before you could say yes or no.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Awesome website

I just StumbledUpon a site called FlashEarth. It's a place where you can use all the popular map sites in one interface. I've had a play around with it and I think it is really cool. Check it out!

They came up with the name first.

RTE have announced their new schedule. Check out the new Des Bishop show. "In the name of the fada". For the love of all things holy what sort of moron came up with that.

I think the had the name and then built a show around it.

Don't get me started on them calling a show Living the Dream. I'm the only one living the dream around here!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


At long last I did a 5k run. It has been a very long time since I had gone that far. It took 29:15 which is not a great time but it was pretty easy and I had no problems with my knee so that is great!!

It was great to be out in the fresh air but the mystery puddles made the going very wet!

Today I will be running in the gym so I hope there are less puddles although in my gym it's not guaranteed

Friday, August 3, 2007

Mind your language

Since I left school I have become really interested in learning languages. I have done some German and Norwegian which I really enjoyed. I intend to do some more classes later in the year.

Check out the BBC website. There is a whole section on learning languages. The French one is great. It will help most people. I've had a quick look at the German one too.

Is there anything that site doesn't do?


Have a read of this. It's about how the Earth may evolve after humans have gone. It is creepy and poignant.

Nature just keeps on truckin'


I've been pretty slack lately with my posting but it is because I have been so busy. I've been at wedding's, in Norway, back running and generally tired.

I am going to take it up a notch over the next few weeks and put the effort in.

So keep coming back as there will be better posts happening more and more often!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Running Again

I got out running again last night. It's the second time in the last 2 weeks. I ran 2k in 11:06 last week and then last night I ran 3k in 16:56.

The time wasn't great but I got through it without any problems with my knee and my lungs felt fine.

Hopefully I can pick it up to 5k in the next week or so.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Cantona is a legend

I read today that Eric Cantona is fronting the Homeless Worldcup. It's great to see that not all footballers live in their ivory towers oblivious to what is going on in the world.

Well done Eric!

Norwegian Army

Check this out.

It is fantastic