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Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

We arrived in Seattle yesterday. We’re going to be here for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to keep a half-assed journal of my thoughts about the move for myself, and for anyone who’s interested to read. We landed late on Thursday night; our travel time wasn’t particularly long, but from the time we left the […]

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The Weirdest Letter I’ve Ever Received

I received a letter yesterday from Time magazine inviting me to subscribe. I was briefly subscribed to the Economist, and I’m currently subscribed to the National Geographic Magazine, so it’s not outside the realms of possibility that I might be interested in subscribing. However, the letter inviting me to subscribe is a work of such […]

Direct and to the Point

“I’ve always had a problem with the whole concept of celebrity – it reduces people to things.” Celebrity is something that Nathan McNamara is starting to get more and more first-hand experience of now.  He laughs: “It also annoys me because sometimes I’ll meet someone, and I’ll think ‘I just read an interview with you, […]

I’m Hatin’ It

It’s the first time I’ve ever lost a job. And it’s all because of them. It was a Thursday afternoon when they came in, and things started to go down hill. They came up to my till and just stood silently, staring up at the menu, their dumb faces showing blank expressions. I greeted them […]

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Adam’s Song

This one is in retribution/retaliation/recompense/restitution for The Speech.  

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The Space Station Blues

I watched a video today that taught me a number of lessons that I didn’t expect to learn when I woke up this morning. The ISS is huge.  Like bigger than my house.  It takes Mike Fossum, our narrator and camera-man, quite a while to go from one end to the other.  And then there’s […]

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Orion’s Sword, and other sky-things

I’m giving a public lecture tomorrow – which sounds awfully formal and grown up; rest assured, it won’t be – at the Knowledge Exchange in Temple Bar.  It should be fun, and hopefully it will be a little educational. I really liked the idea of the Knowledge Exchange, but I thought that some of the […]

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Palindromic Scrobble Count

  It took me three attempts to show that image in the post, by the way.  CS degree put to good use there…

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Leap Card: First Impressions

The Leap Card is Transport for Ireland‘s integrated public transport card for Dublin. It allows you to use Dublin Bus, the Luas and the Dart without having to fish in your pocket for change.  It’s Dublin’s answer to the Oyster card. I love the Oyster card. It’s ones of the things that excites me about […]

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Meet Eddie…

Hi there. This is Eddie, your new laptop computer, and I’m feeling just great, guys, and I know I’m just going to get a bundle of kicks out of any program you care to run through me.