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I know that I am dying and I wish I could beg

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Just watched My Own Private Idaho. Good movie with an odd ending. The kind I like. Inspired by Henry IV and Henry V apparently and I can see why. River Phoenix is brutally sweet and innocent and hurt in the movie. Keanu Reeves is Keanu Reeves. More wooden than a church pew. The movie ends on a song from the Pogues about the doomed life of a London rent boy. I’ve heard this song numerous times and never paid attention to the lyrics until now. I’m once again reminded of the absolute lyrical brilliance of Shane MacGowan. I think we haven’t appreciated his talent because he comes across as a stupid self-destructive paddy, something the noveau riche Irish don’t want to admit to as much anymore.

Lyrics to The Pogues – The Old Main Drag

When I first came to London I was only sixteen
With a fiver in my pocket and my ole dancing bag
I went down to the dilly to check out the scene
But I soon ended up upon the old main drag

There the he-males and the she-males paraded in style
And the old man with the money would flash you a smile
In the dark of an alley you’d work for a fiver
For a swift one off the wrist down on the old main drag

In the cold winter nights the old town it was chill
But there were boys in the cafes who’d give you cheap pills
If you didn’t have the money you’d cajole and you’d beg
There was always lots of tuinol on the old main drag

One evening as I was lying down by Leicester Square
I was picked up by the coppers and kicked in the balls
Between the metal doors at Vine Street I was beaten and mauled
And they ruined my good looks for the old main drag

In the tube station the old ones who were on the way out
Would dribble and vomit and grovel and shout
And the coppers would come along and push them about
And I wished I could escape from the old main drag

And now I’m lying here I’ve had too much booze
I’ve been shat on and spat on and raped and abused
I know that I am dying and I wish I could beg
For some money to take me from the old main drag

Google be my message centre

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Google Google Google Google. I spend an awful lot of time talking Google. However, I feel of all the companies out there, they’re the ones who can do the best job at various things.

Google Desktop is helping everyone find what they want on their desktop, and GMail is helping organise people’s email. What about text messages and phone messages? Wouldn’t it be handy if Google did a tie-in with the main mobile companies out there so that every txt message to and from my mobile would be stored in a special section of my GMail? Tie that too into online txt messaging services and one could suddenly have a massive amount of additional information to organise. Hell, I wonder could they also integrate with live billing so you have a record of who you called and who called you?

Come to think of it, why is Google Talk not storing your conversations in a section of GMail? Would make sense no? Take it off the desktop.

Goodbye Hotmail hello Microsoft Mail?

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Via MeFi: The Hotmail Team are beta testing a new interface for hotmail. Looks good, they took their time responding to GMail though. It’s not just about space – functionality and speed matter too. Good luck with dealing with the massive amount of Hotmail spam too, that was a nightmare when I used the service a few years back. This looks like a nice Outlook style interface. I’m surprised they don’t call it Outlook Online Mail or something. Be good to tie their Exchange OWA service with Hotmail and with the Outlook desktop client. Strenghten the brand or something.

Nintendo Revolution – Pics and Videos of the controller

Friday, September 16th, 2005

Woah. From the initial pics I thought it looked pretty crap and that they needed a lesson in design from Sony or Apple but Russell Beattie pointed to this video of the Nintendo Revolution controller in action. This looks pretty damned good. Forget form factor for now, I’m sure they can fix that in the next version. I’d go with sexy technology and applications rather than form-factor.

Bye Bye AOL – The Disaster being sold to MSN?

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Susan reports that AOL could be sold to MSN or Google. Wow, it took Time-Warner long enough to get rid of that embarassing wart on their face. To think a few years ago that wart was more beautiful and promising than them.

Google Blog Search – Unimpressive to say the least

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Google Blog Search is out. Remind me again how long ago they bought Blogger? Google has turned into that Battleship they should never have been. Does it really take this long to build a blog search engine? Everyone else is way before them on this, when they actually had the chance to be first on the market.

Besides it should be called Google RSS Search, not Blog Search. I get Irish Examiner RSS feeds in the results. They don’t do blogs. I’ve also noticed a few spam blogs in the first few results for certain searches. Some are blatantly obvious too. Perhaps there should be a “Flag This” next to the result or would that allow some jealous people to try and rig results?

When I typed in a search for my own name I had assumed I’d get results back with people mentioning me on their blogs, as I do with pub sub and IceRocket and so on. Nope. It returned back all the posts on this site. That’s shite. Hardly any of those blog entries mention my name in them, it’s just the name of my site. Rejig the algorithms Google. This is a monumental let-down.

Chair-throwing Google-Fucker comes to Dublin

Sunday, September 11th, 2005

Steve Balmer coming to Dublin.

Hobbs threatens legal action against The Village

Friday, September 9th, 2005

The Irish Times tells us today that Hobbes threatened legal action over an article in the Village. Publication today was halted but it is to go ahead tomorrow with nothing changed, allegedly. Handy that it gets a mention in the Irish Times now. Should boost numbers.

Vint Cerf joins Google – Mars base to follow?

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Vinton Cerf Joins Google. Didn’t Vint want to build the Internet out to Mars? Will the Google Moon labs now move to Mars? His title is “Chief Internet Evangelist”, is he going to compete with Robert Scoble by blogging non-stop and talking up the good things about Google?

Eddie not ready for telly with Kenny: Hobbes says not going on Late Late

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

On the Last Word yesterday evening Hobbes said he was not going on the Late Late on Friday. He has said he did not agree to appear on the Late Late Show. Is this just an attempt to have a better bargaining position with Pat Kenny to make sure that he is not eaten alive by the rabid Fianna Fáil pro-Groceries Order people?

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