Friday, October 30, 2009

Any of you who know me well know that i love doctor who- unfortunately i never discovered doctor who until the rebirth in 2005. That said i've gone back and seen a good few of the older episodes over time.

So on november 14th i shall be sitting down to watch waters of mars

And that leaves us waiting for the "End of Time", this year's christmas special and the last for DT and RTD. By the looks of the fan made videos on youtube its going to epic with the doctor loosing his mind as his time is running out. He seems to be going around visiting old friends (rose, donna, sarah jane). The master and Jack are also going to appear. Can't wait

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Youtube's greatest hits

Saw this recently- there's a lot i haven't seen before

Funny ad from france

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Still doing the rounds

The Right or Left Game

About two years ago i found myself in Dublin for the Explorer Belt reunion (the explorer belt is a blog topic for another day). Myself, andy and jeff took the train up in the morning and the two lads heading to keogh's house (our crash place for the night). I, however, had different plans and heading into the city centre to spend the day with a friend. However my friend's plans had to change and i had 12 hours to kill in dublin. After a while of wandering around the shops i got bored and decided to head towards Temple Bar, dublin's cultural hotspot. Here's where the day gets interesting...

As i was walking past, I saw some skate boarders. I don't really know why I did it, it just came to me. I asked one of them a question: "Should I go right or left here?" To which she replied "Where do you want to go?". I answered "I dunno, you tell me?"

And so the Right or Left game was born. For the rest of the day (until i met my friends at 9) I wandered around Dublin asking strangers to act as my compass. I went to Stephen's Green, O'Connell St, Hueston St, Temple Bar, Grafton st, Trinity, Busaras and everywhere else in the city centre. I found streets i didn't know existed. I met the most helpful and friendly people (and one or two who don't fit that bill).

For an entire day i just let go of control and went with the flow. That day was one of the key moment in my life and my transition to the new, more confident, adventurous me

Thursday, October 15, 2009

just weird

Rover Moot

Unfortunately there's no sound

classic stuff

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The green dilema?

So with John O'Donaghue out, fiannia fail's popularity at its lowest ever and an ever increasing air of discontent (especially from the trade union market), all eyes turn to the green party. This Saturday, 500 members of the party will meet to vote on the reviewed programme for government- if they say no, then we get to go the polls

The greens have a rule, when taking a vote they need two-thirds of the attendees to pass a motion. That means that if you're against it you only need one third plus one to block a motion (nicknamed vote by minority by detractors). Now while party leaders (Gormley & Ryan) will obviously be pushing a yes vote but will they be able to convince enough of the party. From my experience, the green party membership hails from all over ranging from eco business types to far-left hippies and everything in between. Therefore reaching that 2/3s majority will be an uphill struggle.

The greens have always stood by the belief that they can achieve more in government that out of it. They seem this government as their one chance to put their policies into action, even at the expense of their popularity. The question that the greens need to ask themselves is how much more of their popularity can they rise in pursuit of their ideals.

The greens promised to be the watchdog of this government but the public only see them as biffo's lapdog. The greens have a chance to kill this government but risk not being able to implement their policies anytime soon. It'll be interesting to see how the next few days pan out

Saturday, October 3, 2009

the spirit store

I suppose i should mention the spiritstore art cafe. For the past two months a nice group of people (mostly students, graduates and staff of the art college plus me) have occupied the landmark Sarsfield Bar in Limerick and turned it into an an art safe/social space/performance venue.

Its a place for people to come in, have (free) tea and coffee, have a chat and enjoy (again free) "performances" from artists, actors, writers, lecturers, musicians, sound artists and much much more. On the one hand it offered the people of limerick a place to hang out while it offered local performers and artists an opportunity to display their work to the people of limerick.

I started off as a customer but soon ended up on the other side of the counter. Through the spiritstore i have come to meet all kinds of people from various walks of life. It was an incredible opportunity and I am delighted to be associated with this project.

After the two month period, the project came to an end. The initial question: "Is there a need/want for a place like this in Limerick?" in my opinion has definately been answered.

bloggers block

Just can't think of anything good to write. That's not to say i can't think of anything at all. I start to type, then stop, then re read what i've done and then hold down the backspace till its all white again, and then a new idea pops into my head and the same process begins and ends as before

So what do i talk about, what i did today (not much), my thoughts on lisbon2, a book review, something artsy and what not, links to websites i like. Thing is, it doesn't really matter does it, all this will just get lost in the vast sea that is the inter-google-web. One wonders (wow that's a tad artsy isn't it) how some blogs and tweats of randomers go beyond the realm of obsurity into some huge (and fyi i don't really mean people who spam trend topics to get followers)

A friend raised an interesting point tonight (perhaps indirectly), does anyone else care what i'm doing or thinking. If so, why? Am i somehow interesting? If not, then should i stop trying to communicate to a world that doesn't care? There is my Nth attempt at blogging, all my previous attempts ended with no success yet once again I have returned to the blogosphere (no idea why i came back this time), will this attempt be any different, will i give up after a few attempts again or will i fail yet again. What defines success and failure for a blog?

Well i found my topic (yes, a topic about a lack of a topic).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

google wave

For those who don't know google are currently developing a web tool called wave. Basically its the replacement for email. Its a collaboration tool, instant messaging service, email service, app hosting service and more all rolled into one user friendly tool. There's so much to it that i would be doing a diservice to try and explain it fully- there's a long but fascinating video on the wave website

I for one, think this is the best thing every and can't wait to be able to use it