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Barr Tribunal Report – Web version

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I put a Web version of the Barr Tribunal Report online. I split the PDF that arrived on CD today and converted each chapter and appendix into a web page so it can be read in most browsers. Antoin also has the PDF of it online. Hope people find this useful.

Barr Tribunal Report Index
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 1 – Introduction
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 2 – Terms of Reference and Interpretation
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 3 – John Carthy – Background
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 4 – The Events of 19th and 20th April 2000
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 5 – The Final Minutes — John Carthy’s Exit from the House and Subsequent Fatal Shooting
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 6 – The Management of the Incident at Abbeylara — Siege Management Principles
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 7 – The Aftermath — Post-Mortem, Forensic and Ballistic Examination
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 8 – Conclusions
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 9 – The Media
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 10 – Rank and Structure in the Garda Siochana and the Role of the Emergency Response Unit
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 11 – Less Lethal Weapons
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 12 – Police Practice in Other Jurisdictions
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 13 – Gun licensing Law and related matters
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 14 – Victim Provoked Police Shooting — ‘‘Suicide by Cop’’
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 15 – Recommendations
Barr Tribunal Report Chapter 16 – Costs
Barr Tribunal Report Appendix 1
Barr Tribunal Report Appendix 2
Barr Tribunal Report Appendix 3
Barr Tribunal Report Appendix 4
Barr Tribunal Report Appendix 7

All the webpages are also in a 800kb zip file here.

Radiodread – Reggae version of Radiohead’s OK Computer

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Easy Star have done a reggae version of Radiohead’s Ok Computer. You can listen to some of the tracks on their MySpace. Lucky is really good. You can pre-order Readiodread from for $15.98 ex shipping (not UK) or from Musictoday for $12.99 ex shipping. Ships August 22nd.

Track listing:
1. Airbag featuring Horace Andy
2. Paranoid Android featuring Kirsty Rock
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien featuring Junior Jazz
4. Exit Music (For A Film) featuring Sugar Minnot
5. Let Down featuring Toots & The Maytals
6. Karma Police featuring Citizen Cope
7. Fitter Happier featuring Menny More
8. Electioneering featuring Morgan Heritage
9. Climbing Up The Walls featuring Tamar-kali
10. No Surprises featuring The Meditations
11. Lucky featuring Frankie Paul
12. The Tourist featuring Israel Vibration – Skelly Vibe
13. Exit Music (For A Dub)
14. An Airbag Saved My Dub

Irish Times buys for €50 Million

Friday, July 28th, 2006 sold to Irish Times for €50m. More expansion into new markets by the Irish Times. Maybe in 5 years time they’ll buy

EDIT: Thanks Conor!

Hello Examiner readers

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Hello readers of the paper. Feel free to look about.

Meetup in Cork tonight – Bodega @ 1900

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Michele suggests the Bodega at 1900 this evening. Sounds like a plan. Who else is about?

and we’re back. Thanks Blacknight

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Went over the limit yet again. Crazy. Blacknight has already upped my bandwidth and transfer since the site was using up so much per day and they again had to up the limit this morning Now running on “unlimited”. Thank god yesterday was payday! Thanks to Paul and Michele for the great hosting support.

Traffic stats:

2006 07 23 118.1 MB
2006 07 24 347.9 MB
2006 07 25 6.96 GB
2006 07 27 31.45 GB

I don’t know where the 26th went to. I think maybe the 27th data is for two days. Madness though.

Fluffy Links July 26th 2006

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Who’ll come to kiss the ring of Irish bloggers at the Irish election Ard Fheis? Great question from Suzy. She links to a video from ABC on the power of political bloggers in the US.

Iain MacLaren mention that the Taskforce on Active Citizenship has launched a public consultation on the topics of participative democracy, volunteering and citizenship. Fill in the online survey here. I wish Iain would allow comments from non-Blogger account users.

Go Whale watching in Ireland on Sunday Augist 6th.

Adam Maguire was one on Monday. Kind of. His blogging and writing has improved a good deal of late. Well done Adam.

Another well done to Conn Ó Muíneacháin who got funding for a new radio series. Blogger, podcaster, radio producer and great role model. The blurb about his new show:

An Líonra Sóisialta (The Social Network), a series of 64 short episodes over 13 weeks, which aims to introduce the radio-listening, Irish-language community to the world of online social networking.

The Barr Tribunal report is online thanks to Antoin.

Euan Semple suggests having a MySpace for SMEs. What a very clever idea.

And the beat goes on – just under 30,000 visits

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Tuesday Stats

This is crazy. I thought the traffic would die down. It’s increased! I think half the traffic today came from Gorilla Mask so thanks to them and also thanks to John Battelle. This stat watching is tiring!

A fun 24 hours: 18,000 visits and lots of links – Sex and Google sells

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Scoble, Techcrunch, Techmeme, front page of and Shame I didn’t get higher in Digg, but 89 Diggs is great.

Google stats

Big thanks to the folks in Blacknight Solutions who easily handled the traffic surge. It’s crazy to see how much bandwidth this ate up too over the past 24 hours. EDIT: Paul from Blacknight let me know I transfered 7 gigs of data today. Damn.

I didn’t beat the Infactahnista’s record of 20k visitors in one day but I got close enough. Thanks to everyone who left comments and linked to me. It really does show that sex and Google does sell.

But holy fuck I made Fleshbot. Woo, I’m so honoured.


I’m sure I’ll be editing the previous post to add in tips on how to use Froogle to find the cheapest chocolates and roses. There was talk of another few guides such as “How to get laid using Yahoo!” and “How to get laid using MSN”. I’m sure there’s far too many jokes that if Microsoft helped you to get laid you’d pick up every type of virus known to humanity.

How to use Google to get a girl and get laid

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

This article is about using the many Google sites and applications to get yourself a girl and get yourself laid. In it we’re going to use a guy called Johnny McCool. Johnny is a 22 year old Internet nerd. He works as a programmer with some megacorp, went straight from the computer labs in college to the cubicle farm. He needs to get out more and he needs a girlfriend.

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1. Google Search

Getting Laid with Google

a) Getting yourself found.
b) Profiling the person

Getting yourself found.

The Google search engine is a very powerful way of getting yourself found. A good way to get yourself found is to create your own website with lots of details about yourself on it. Or rather lots of untrue crap that you hope some girl will find appealing. Since Johnny McCool is using his real name then it makes sense for him to register To get yourself found you will need to structure your site in such a way as to make it “search engine friendly”. This means a few things such as figuring out what words you want people to use when they search for you and then seeding your webpages with those search terms. Further to this, the more you update the site, the more Google will visit and the higher up in search results you’ll be. Google rewards you for fresh content. Therefore set up a blog on your site.

Now, it would also be good to create content that women like and use this as the honeypot to get them to your site. Have lots of links on every page to your profile on networks such as Orkut (more below), have lots of good pictures of yourself (see the piece on Picasa below) and have contact details for you readily available. Think of articles such as “Why as a man I think it is ok to cry” and “I can be tough but emotional at the same time”. Don’t forget to sprinkle with trigger phrases such as “modern man” “strong but sensitive”. Don’t go too far though, or your male friends might beat you up .. in Second Life.

Profiling the person

Profiling is researching someone so you are better informed on how to woo them. Woo, not stalk. It’s a thin line folks but a line nonetheless. Google will allow you to search forums, sites and blogs for people looking for their ideal man. It is best to search for phrases with the names of local places so that you don’t have to travel 100s of miles to meet women.

As well as finding specific women, you can also use Google to find out what women want. A few simple google phrases will deliver you lists of things they want in a perfect mate. There are 1000s of websites out there devoted to women saying what they look for in a man. Go Google them.

2. Google AdWords

Google AdWords allow you to advertise on search results pages and on the 100s of 1000s of websites that run Google Ads. You only pay when someone clicks on your ad. This means that if someone is searching for something you can choose to have an ad appear for that search phrase. Johnny McCool can have an ad for his website
when someone searches for the phrase: Does mr. right exist? and when the results page appears, the ad will be on the right hand side:
Johnny McCool

3. Google Mail and Google Talk

Google Mail
Finding someones gmail is easy enough nowadays and with Google making us all be adult and use firstname.lastname style combinations it should be easy to guess the email addreses of people you’d like to date. GMail and GTalk conversations are stored in your GMail account too so it is very easy to search over past conversations to “remember” what her interests are.

But the important thing about GMail is that it is a conduit to open a chat window with the person thanks to the full integration with Google Talk. You got her GMail then you can chat with her. Always have another browser window open with search results for her name and another window with search results for “non-schmaltzy chat-up lines”. Get charming.

Google Talk

4. Google Video

She found me because I was viral.

Google Video

Years back Ze Frank created a video on how to dance properly. It soon got passed all around the Internet and made him famous for a while. You too could do the same. Stick your gmail address and website address into the video so you can be found and contacted.

Or you could do what famous Sligo Tourism Representative Aine Chambers did and talk about something like tourism while highlighting all your own best features. Here’s Aine: Aine Chambers

You just need to be creative. But you wouldn’t be reading this if you were, right? Thought so. So instead, create a video of you saving whales or helping old ladies across the road. Again stick your email address and website url into the video. Maybe include a few videos of you shedding some tears. Women love to see emotional men. But they also like jerks. So also have a video showing you can be a total asshole.

5. Google Alerts

Google Alerts
You’re going to piss women off. It happens when you are unskilled in the woman-dating game. It’s ok. However, it would be good to know who is pissed off and writing about you online. Thanks to Google Alerts you can get email alerts when anything new is found by Google with the search criteria you set. But don’t stop at your name. Also have searches for potential dates by including names of Girls you’ve found on Google. As well as that include the names of the bars and clubs in your city, town, village, truck stop so that if someone mentions they were out clubbing at “The Dancing Donkey” last night, you’ll know about it. Alerts help you to find local people. It might be good too to just have a Google Alert to notidy you if the local stalking laws in your area get updated. Just saying, is all.

6. Google Maps

Google Maps

Well Johnny is a nerd and a man. There’s no need to go the extra mile and email her the Google map. She’ll make it there by asking for directions if she gets lost. Yes, that’s what women do. Really. Google it if you don’t believe it. Arranging dates and finding locations using Google Maps is a good idea. Knowing where she lives or roughly and then using Google Maps to pick a nearby restaurant and bar is a better idea. That way you can walk her home and maybe just maybe she’ll invite you in for a coffee.

Also make sure the places you go and her place are not near your place. While you are happy to go to he place, you do not want her to be horrified if she visits your lair. All the cartoon posters and pizza boxes might put her off. Women also don’t like Thundercats bed sheets. Additionally, if it all goes pear shaped and she takes out that court order saying you are not to be within 400 feet of her, it would cut down on the embarassing moments when you bump into her in the local grocery store.

7. Google’s Orkut.

Another social networking site. Orkut is ancient Brazilian for “place to find people who will have sex with you”. This is why Orkut is full of Brazilians.

Google's Orkut

Like all other social-networking aka cruising sites, you can take other parts of the Google dating plan and integrate them into this. Use your google email, google talk, use the “improved” photos from Picasa and link to your soft and bastard videos.

8. Google Calendar

Google Calendar

You need a central place to remember the birthdays and times you are meeting the girls. Yes, girls. Plural. There’ll be more than one. Google is so powerful it turns you into a player. In fact, it’s even more powerful than that and you can go from a player to a playa. No, we don’t know the difference either. Thanks to the Google Calendar you can keep track of all of the dates and all of the times. Thanks Google!

9. Google Mobile

So you’re on the date and she is the well educated type. She uses big words like symbolic, quasi-judicial and laudable. Under the table just text Google Mobile and ask what she is on about.

Google Mobile

Unfortunately the profiling with Google search won’t reveal everything about your date so Google Mobile will allow you to find out the name of that pansy poet she mentioned that she likes and you can quote from his poems and make it look like you’re quoting it from memory. She may also talk about current affairs and so not knowing anything outside of World of Warcraft and Dungeons and Dragons, you can google for that, right there from your phone.

10. Google Picasa

Google Picasa can be used for creating pictures of Johnny McCool which are very complimentary. Picasa is a quality picture/photo editing tool that Google provides for free.

Google Picasa

It allows Johnny to take his existing photo of himself:
Johnny McCool

And improve it with no glasses, bluer eyes, blonder hair and bigger muscles:
Johnny McCool

11. Google Base

Google Base

Google base is like the spare room in your house. Any and all kinds of shit are stored in there. Google sticks a search engine onto the front of it and will hire more PhDers to figure out what the fuck to do with the mess that is Google Base. It’s really like a Flea Market except you can also sell your soul to get some hole. Yes, Google Base allows personals. If you don’t like seeing naked pics of people then don’t click that … pointless finishing the sentence since you’ve left already with the naked promise. Just like Orkut, Google Base can be used to store your personal profile but it can also be used to store other content you create like podcasts and videos and pictures.

That’s all for now

These are just a few of the ways that you can get laid with the help of Google. There are many more and as time allows we’ll add more to them. Feedback appreciated.

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