Archive for August, 2003

Want a good floor tiler ?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

Forget Tommy Walsh from Ground Force Karlins the person for the job if you want them tiles done right in the Kitchen. Our own grouting grrrrrl.

Karlin is also doing an interview with Tom Murphy from boards.ie this Friday in the Irish Times. Yay boards.

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Metrosexual

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

Todays word is Metrosexual
‘ The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference. Particular professions, such as modeling, waiting tables, media, pop music and, nowadays, sport, seem to attract them but, truth be told, like male vanity products and herpes, they’re pretty much everywhere.
—Mark Simpson, “Meet the metrosexual,” Salon.com, July 22, 2002 ‘

the wheels on the bus

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003

… go “guess where we are cos we are never on time”

Was talking to Antoin on the #joiito channel recently and we talked about a system for tracking buses so ypu’d know where the fig they are. Irish buses are rarely on time and it would be good to know how many stops away the bus is. A very cheap vandal proof solution would be needed too.

My suggestion was a unique number on each bus stop and a number you texted and it would text you back the location of the bus. “Four Stops Away” This technology would work with either a gps system on the bus or some very easy system on the bus where the driver pressed something to give his location.

But as Antoin said and its very true the drivers and their managers might not want their location known as it could possibly highlight how bad the service is.

So then I thought that theres no need for the buses to do it. Power tp the people ! Everyone could participate by texting the number when the bus arrives with a code of ‘now’ or something and with the bus stop id. Then the database is updated and people can txt to see is a bus arriving soon.

Might be a good application of “people power” and using technology to get around bureaucracy.

.us domains

Monday, August 18th, 2003

I’m going to reg a few more .us domains. They’re cheap and you can have fun with them. Spamalicio.us would be a cool one I think. Pecario.us is taken as are loads of potentially funny ones. I have 3 now thought that I’m going for. Forgot my godaddy.com password and account id so I’ll buy them at home. Will post what they are once I reg them.

Not that I don’t trust both of the readers of this blog. :)

mulley

Saturday, August 16th, 2003

I own Mulley.net , Mulley.org , Mulley.info and now Mulley.us.

I’d like to get Mulley.com too but we’ll see. I want to make Mulley.org into an online Mulley Family Genealogy website or something where the various mulleys can go online and track their roots. I have some ideas for a genealogy website that I haven’t seen on the other ones. When I eventuallu perfect my php skills I’ll launch into it. Meanwhile Mulley.org will just have a forum where people can talk.

I’m delighted too in the fact that Mulley.net is showing up in 3rd place when you do a search for “Mulley”. I’d like Mulley.org to reach 1st place once I do some work on it. I’m confident I can get it to work. Or else get Kevin to do it.

Its Saturday .. all day long

Saturday, August 16th, 2003

Was looking at Jois blog today. Theres a cool new resource page that lists the online status of #joiito chan regulars as well as their blogs and most recent entries from said blog. UPDATE: And here is how he did it.

What I’d love from a News Aggregator is to have different categories which are stored in different files. So I can have a tab for rss feeds from #joiito regulars, a tab for all the Irish bloggers out there and a tab for all the other stuff I look at. Having them in different files would make it easier to distribute to others and you could make some nice blog rolly thingies too.

Was looking at the Archives of Elegant Hack and saw a book review for The Design of Sites: Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience Looks like an interesting enough book. Adding to my ever expanding wishlist.

Ok, time to get some clothes on, open the blinds and step into the world. Oh and get some food.

What to read next …

Friday, August 15th, 2003

So I have a load of books and I’m not sure what ones I should read next…

Heres my list:
House of Leaves
Linked – The Science of New Networks
Comeback by Richard Stark
A Clash of Kings: Book Two of ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (A Song of Ice and Fire)

I have about 12 more but I think I’ve narrowed it down to the choices above.

Curious Incident

Thursday, August 14th, 2003

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time I read this book going over to the UK on Monday. Great book. Great read. Very interesting idea. I highly recommend it.

Systema

Wednesday, August 13th, 2003

About Systema

“Systema is a realistic combat style of fighting with real-life, rather than sport, application. It involves a unique, high speed, elliptical open-hand striking system, kicking, and defense on the ground. Unlike many Asian styles, Systema has no predetermined fighting stances, but teaches you to defend yourself against attackers from any position. In addition, students are trained in the use and disarming of weapons, improvised weapons, as well as combat in non-traditional situations such as fighting from a chair or while in a car. Other courses in knife throwing, shovel fighting, executive protection and women’s sex assault defense are also taught by Russian trained experts. “

BigWord-alizer

Sunday, August 10th, 2003

For those that want to come across as clever and big, why not have a resource like dictionary.com where you input a word and the website will spit back a bigger word which means the same thing.

I know lots of people that take forever to post on website while they search for that big word. This would allow them to post quicker and make the web run faster and fill it with the thoughts of idiots more efficiently. Meow. Saucer of milk for table 666.