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Less of a liar if you use email

Wednesday, March 24th, 2004

According to New Scientist and Many 2 Many people lie less via email than on the phone. Probably to do with the fact that email is logged and can be forwarded on. Also the study showed (I think) that people are generally more honest online. This can be true.

Laws of Instant Messenger

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

Instant Messenger Handbook

Excerpt here:

The First Law of Instant Messenger: Instant Messenger is Not Real Communication.

What you write is rarely read the way you would have said it in person, especially when you’re trying to be funny. This brings up the second law of IM:

The Second Law of Instant Messenger: Instant Messenger is Not a Venue for Sarcasm.

Using sarcasm over IM is nearly impossible, because most people take written language literally and cannot see you roll your eyes or make some kind of face to indicate that you’re kidding. In the end, when you type “I really wish Jennifer Love Hewitt would make more CDs and movies” that’s exactly what the other person thinks you mean. Explaining your sense of humor over IM is like making crepes on the backyard grill — not worth the effort.

If you do make a joke and aren’t sure someone else got it, then send a little smiley face at ’em and drive home the point. It’s polite. Which brings up the third law of IM:

The Third Law of Instant Messenger: Emoticons Should Be Used Like Punctuation.

While somewhat girlish and lame, emoticons can be acceptable if used to punctuate thoughts, in the same way a sly wink is used in person. This is fine. You’re not lame if you do this sporadically. Remember, there’s a fine line between using the “embarrassed” smiley once in a while, and becoming a junior-high school girl who ends every sentence with one of those rainbow-double-happy-face exclamation-point things.

Ultimately, there are certain words that are such poor communicators over IM even emoticons can’t help them. And so, Law Four:

The Fourth Law of Instant Messenger: There’s Nothing “Fine” About the Word “Fine.”

Indeed, an especially problematic word is “fine,” which never, ever means that you’re fine with something, even if you’re actually fine with something. After years of hearing people utter “fine” in a clipped, short, “I’m so NOT FINE about this” way, it’s been permanently tainted with an opposite meaning. Instead use: “cool,” which is peppy and indicates that you are, in fact, fine.

Because of the miscommunication and myriad meanings words can take over IM, you must obey the cardinal rule of IM at all times. More than “don’t type in all caps,” more than “don’t speak in acronyms,” more than “cybersex is for losers,” more than anything else, you must remember the Fifth Law:

The Fifth Law of Instant Messenger: Never Fight Over Instant Messenger.

Don’t do it! Getting mad at your significant other via IM is not useful or smart. Having that long-desired sit-down about how your roommate is a total slob will backfire horribly. Telling your family you’ve failed at school because all you’ve done is add to your buddy list is a poor choice, since they’re gonna want to yell at you over the phone. All you’ve done is open Pandora’s Box of massive misunderstandings and major miscommunication, creating a special new kind of hell for yourself.

Never forget: The emotions and sentiments expressed over IM are not real. They only read that way.

The Stills – I recommend

Saturday, March 20th, 2004

This got recommended by some guy on boards.ie and I was slightly sceptical but damn its good. I really like the singers voice. So go buy The Stills – Logic Will Break Your Heart

I’ll probably get sued by a record label for publishing song lyrics without permission in the future but fuck you, I’m advertising one of your bands.

The Stills – Lola Stars And Stripes Lyrics

we all need to feel secure
we’re so middle class
But i’m still waiting for next week’s chemical blast

don’t go feeling insecure, no feeling sad
with an M-16 you’ll feel the surge of your american past
but are you afraid?
you always said the world would never last
and lola i’m not afraid
if you star-wipe all your past away
and the sun burns one more day

lola, lola, will the world end me and you
lola, lola, no we’re never gonna make it through

can you take me back to that place where stars glow
comets swarm like fireflies outside your window

but are you afraid?
you always said this world would never last
and lola i’m not afraid
if you star-wipe all your past away
and the sun comes one more day

lola, lola, will the world end me and you
lola, lola, no we’re never gonna make it through
lola lola lola lola ooooooooooohhhh

and then I got asked

Friday, March 19th, 2004

And then I got asked what I was loyal to. Thats a good question too.

Library Lookup Tool

Friday, March 19th, 2004

http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/stories/2002/12/11/librarylookup.html

A cool tool that lets you search your local library to see does it have in stock a book that was mentioned on a website. Searches by ISBN now I think.

where would you like to be in 5 years

Friday, March 19th, 2004

“where would you like to be in 5 years ? ”

I was asked this by txt Thu from this kid I respect. Its a good question and will promote a rant .

Begin Rant.

I would like to be in a different Ireland to the one we have today. I want to live in an Ireland where people don’t blink any eye whos hand you hold. I want an Ireland where I’m free to marry someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex.

I want to love in an Ireland free of corruption in every part of life. The Brown Envelopes and back-hander mentality is almost an accepted norm nowadays. People assume politicians are corrupt and do nothing about it. We need honest, decent politicians to show people there is such a thing and we should reward these people.

Rant almost over.

Not enough time and too much information

Wednesday, March 17th, 2004

Someone said I have too much time on my hands but in fairness even if I didn’t have to sleep I’d still not have enough time. Theres so much information out there that I’ll never be able to take in everything that I want to know about with my current physical structure. Maybe when they perfect that computer-neural interface then I can take in more.

Also a quality filter on the information thats out there would help a lot too.

Madonna – Dear Jessie
Lyrics

Pink elephants and lemonade, dear Jessie
Hear the laughter running through the love parade
Candy kisses and a sunny day, dear Jessie
See the roses raining on the love parade

People who don’t listen.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

There are people who, instead of listening to what is being said to them, are already listening to what they’re going to say.

List of the individual entries for this website.

New searches on the site:

2004.03.15 15:35:53 143.239.7.1 Search: query for ‘field’
2004.03.15 15:36:02 143.239.7.1 Search: query for ‘mick’
2004.03.15 15:36:34 143.239.7.1 Search: query for ‘dan’
2004.03.15 15:37:11 143.239.7.1 Search: query for ‘ucc’

Wonder who that is ?

Day 2 of staying off junk food again. I need diet coke and chocolate !

Cafe Paradiso

Monday, March 15th, 2004

My first time in a Vegetarian Restaurant last night unless you class the Quay Coop as a Restaurant. Cafe Paradiso is a really nice restaurant despite the lack of meat. Got some Mushroom thing as the main meal, wasn’t very impressed with it !

Not enough infusion of flavours, just mushrooms and some mash. In fairness the mash was the best I’ve tasted but the mushrooms were just that, they tasted like any other mushrooms.

The service was excellent though. And the waitress was so sweet and gorgeous too. All places should have staff like that. We got organic lemonade and it was brought out in cans. BIG NO NO. An effort should have been made.

The deserts were definetly delicous and divine. Blood orange sorvet covered in white chocolate. Yum.

Price overall was on the cheeky side but everything was organic. I’d go again. The company was good too though. It made the night.

New musical excess

Sunday, March 14th, 2004

Jet, the Stills, Jonny Greenwood and the Von Bondies. All very interesting and work looking at.

IOLBB seems to have issues with the nameserver that my main sites are on. I’ll change nameserver because I doubt these fuckwits in IOl will fix their issues.