Author Archive

John Breslin – Net Visionary

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

I forgot to post about this yesterday. Congratulations to John Breslin on finally getting the recognition he deserves. You deserve many more awards too John.

Red Mum a columnist, Twenty is bigger than Jesus, Donncha photofamous

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Red Mum now has a column in the Echo (Dublin version.)

Twenty is bigger than Jesus and that ugly scouser Lennon. That’s no mean feat, even these days when so many people haven’t listened to Jesus’s cds or Lennon’s sermons.

To complete this holy trinity DJ mentions that Donncha’s photos could be in a TodayFM book. His work may even be on the late late with plank kenny.

Bye Bye Roy Keane

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Roy leaves Man Utd. Now off to Paddy Power with ye all to place bets where he’ll go. Sunderland will be good odds.

Scoble doble do time – Robert Scoble IT@Cork Podcast

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Tom has put up his podcast of the interview with Robert Scoble. I don’t know why but the theme tune to the Flintstones started going through my head when I thought of Scoble in mp3 form. My brain is weird, what can I say. Anyway, like Homer did with his “Homer, Homer Simpson” remake, here is one for Scoble.

Scoble, Robert Scoble
He’s the greatest guy in history
From the town of Redmond
He’s making a nice guy out of Bill G.

Rob writes about everyone he meets
using RSS and disruptive techniques

When you meet MicroScoble,
You’ll have a scoble doble do time,
A doble do time,
You’ll have a Bill and Steve and Ray old time.

I have between one and two thousand readers

Friday, November 18th, 2005

According to Dogbert anyway.

Love

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Got this by email. So not safe for work.

1 Go to Google and click on Images
2 Type in the word, love
3 Click Search
4 Look at the first picture – (yeah, the one with the Land Rover)!
5 Stare in amazement (not for too long though)

This is who we are: Euan Semple finds a good definition of the blogosphere

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Euan Semple quotes from Theodore Zeldin and says the quote can aptly describe the blogosphere:

I see humanity as a family that has hardly met. I see the meeting of people, bodies, thoughts, emotions or actions as the start of most change. Each link created by a meeting is like a filament, which, if they were all visible, would make the world look as if it is covered with gossamer. Every individual is connected to others, loosely or closely, by a unique combination of filaments, which stretch across frontiers of space and time…

Magnet debuts 24MB broadband – For €240 a month

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

SiliconRepublic reports on Magnet are releasing a 24mbps broadband product. This is the power of LLU. €240 a month isn’t something the general consumer but I know people that are paying a fortune for 4mbps adsl so this in comparison is far better value for money. Terrible shame it’s capped though.

EDIT: Just got their press release:

Full product list:

24MB service – €240.00 incl VAT (250GB download cap)

10MB service – €149.00 incl VAT (150GB download cap)

4MB service – €63.99 incl VAT (100GB download cap)

2MB service – €39.99 incl VAT (25GB download cap)

The 4mbps business product from eircom is €169 [b]ex vat[/b], so Magnet are at least 1/3 of the eircom price for eircom’s top business package. Some people may have issues with caps on such an expensive service though.

Sufan Stevens – John Wayne Gacy, Jr Lyrics

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

John Wayne Gacy, Jr was a monster who raped and killed 33 boys and young men. Sufjan Stevens’ song about him like many of his songs sound sweet but the lyrics are quite different. Just like Casimir Pulaski Day, this song is quite deceptive and if you listen closely to the lyrics they are quite chilling.

His father was a drinker
And his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne’s T-shirts
When the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things
Rotting fast in their sleep of the dead
Twenty-seven people, even more
They were boys with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God

Are you one of them?

He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He’d kill ten thousand people
With a sleight of his hand
Running far, running fast to the dead
He took of all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips
Quiet hands, quiet kiss
On the mouth

And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floorboards
For the secrets I have hid

The Nally case

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Suzy gives her thoughts on the Nally case and predicted there would be a lot of talk in the ‘sphere about this but it doesn’t seem to have happened yet. She also points to the ever hilarious rantings of United Irelander to be the opposite of what she believes. UI wants the man freed, yet Nally himself said he deserves jailtime.

After reading Suzy’s link to the Vincent Browne piece in the Business Post I was of the view that the man was definitely guilty of manslaughter and possibly murder. Vincent seems to suggest the victim was executed with the killing shot, a shot to the head. However there seems to be conflicting reports whether the second shot was to the head or shot him in the left arm and went through it and into his chest and lungs.

If you read UI as the counter to Browne then you will probably side with Suzy since it seems UI’s argument is the same as some of the loony liberals UI hates would post about on Indymedia. Suzy, pick a better person who disagrees with your view, you’re being lazy and going for easy kills. (This is the point in the post where UI decides he needs to make a rebuttal. Can you hear the mouse go clicky clicky?)

However my view softened when I heard an interview with Nally that was replayed on the Last Word tonight. He lives very close to where those two brothers were sexually assaulted and beaten last year and one died in hospital later from the beating. This was where the girl sliced the guys penis off too if I recall. They were travellers too that did it. And yes it does matter as all but the most openminded folks generalise, it is what humans do to prevent information overload.

An interesting fact was that Nally said he was guilty and he should do time. When he was reloading the gun he was of the firm belief that the other guy who had fled in the car was getting the rest of the clan to come back and kill him. It wasn’t about teaching a lesson to them, it was about the fact that he struck out at robbers on his land and then realised they could kill him or do worse before they killed him, like what happened to his neighbours. It was about he was an old man, he was alone, all he had left were his possessions and some of them were taken already. The state of feeling so weak and powerlessness can make one do irrational things. Thieves were on his land and threatening his world.

Seems to me he believed he was fighting for his life. If you believed that you could be sexually assaulted and murdered in a horrific way, what would you do? Me? I’d use force, I’d use every means to preserve my life. At the same time, there is a cost for destroying life, no matter who’s it is, if we respect our own life so much then we need to pay the price when we take another’s. I think the sentence the man got was fair.

Nally was asked did he speak to the victims family and he said no. He was asked if he did what would he say and strangely he said that they should cop on and start behaving and acting responsibly. I fear that Nally was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but that his case is just a convenient way to polarise people. Bigots love this kind of stuff to push their own agenda and their barely concealed hatred. A rally in Mayo will not be productive. People in Mayo should be reflecting on their community and what could have been done to prevent something like this. Look after your old people, tell your neighbours to check in with you, make sure everyone is safe, communicate with the Gardai more and as Nally said, some need to cop on.