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Sunday, December 25, 2005

happy christmas

Nollaig Shona Duit!!

Wishing you and yours the Happiest of Christmases!!!

I'm off to the KISC Staff reunion on Tuesday so why not try and see me on the webcam?

Will be back in the New Year and then off again to Andorra for more Skiing!!

Take Care and all the Best :o)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

its getting closer

This time next week it will be Christmas Eve!

I got soo much to do... 2 exams down, 1 to go, 7 days of bag packing to go and i have to get all my christmas presents, get ready for the reunion to Switzerland...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

1 hours saved

Google Web Accelerator today has officially saved me 1 hours!

I started using it on the 22nd of November, and today is the 13th of December. So thats 3 weeks or 21 days. So on average Google Web Accelerator saves me about 2.9 minutes a day!

Monday, December 12, 2005


Never... EVER Underestimate the power of Study.

It can get you to do soo many things that you just wouldn't be bothered about doing without it! For instance today, I was going to start studying for my Financial Management exam I have on Wednesday... (did I say start... I meant continue.. of course!) but I kept getting side tracked!

Here is a brief list of things I managed to do before I settled down to the books:

  • Cleaned my Room
  • Hovered my Room
  • Rearranged all the wires from my laptop/tv/xbox and everything else on my desk
  • Tidied and refolded my Clothes
  • Organised my Shelves
  • Wrote an Email Ski Trip Group (didn't send it yet)
  • Did my recycling
  • Read a book about Farts
  • Managed to Break my Bedside light
  • And Stuck two stickers onto my Snowblades (one saying Red Sucks, the other Blue Sucks)
That's about it! I did in the end get a good bit of Financial Management done.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

jcb song - holey moley

Holey Moley!!

The amount of people coming from search engines to my previous post on the JCB Song. In the last week alone... there was 112 unique visitors coming directly to the post page, with most of them leaving via the same page.

It seems to be people who want to download the JCB song for free. Now you all know that's illegal? You shouldn't be using programs like limewire to search for music or downloading it without paying for it. Why not use iTunes? It costs... oh wait... just gave a search... they don't have it on iTunes for download! myCokeMusic? Just checked and nope, not there either. Infact, I just checked the official site and the only place you can seem to buy it if from the HMV website. I suppose they just want you all to buy the single to make it a Christmas Number One!

My advice if you want to just:

Everything else is just illegal *cough*

Friday, December 09, 2005


Last night we went to see Santa with the Beavers!! Here is a nice picture with the big man himself, and Mary sitting on his knee. We couldn't get her off him. And to think she is married.

He was in Little Rascals in Mallow especially for us and all the other Beavers in the Cork South County! All the beavers had a great night and got to stay up WAY past their bedtime! That's it until the new year for beavers, but I get to look forward to a week of Bag Packing in Dunnes Stores up until Christmas Eve.

Oh the Joys! :'-(

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

crush calculator

I usually don't do stuff like this, but try this crush calculator out!

Pretty interesting results!!

Monday, December 05, 2005

kinsale road roundabout

Ok. Here is either an interesting post about the new Kinsale Road Roundabout or else its going to be boring. First of all... the location. It's part of the Cork Link Road System, linking the City to West to East via Duel Carriageways. This is what it used to look like:

Now recently they started work on the new Flyover, and in all fairness they haven't distributed traffic one bit. They successfully moved lanes across and made more new lanes as they had to close other ones to make room for the flyover. Claps all round.

Also those numbers are a rough estimate of how many cars use the Roundabout during rush hour in the mornings and evening. (You know, 5 times the amount of cars coming in from the top right [Douglas] than there would be from the right [Woodies].)

During the last week or two, the traffic lights that successfully controlled the flow of traffic around the roundabout are broken/turned off/not working. (Mind you there is only lights on actual roundabout and the entrances at the two 5x and the 2x from the City.) This is what started to annoy me... not the engineers or the working doing the engineering thing, looking in holes and what not, but its the Gardaí­ standing in for the Lights.

The traffic builds up steadily at both entrances at the 5x's, the places where there is the most traffic, and that is because our finest have no idea or cop on. They give every entrance an equal chance and time to get onto the roundabout. The result is there is hardly any cars at the Kinsale Entrance (3x) or the City Entrance (2x) or the Woodies Entrance (1x), its all backed up on the other two... and don't worry, if a car does come to one of the other 3, they will stop the two main entrances to allow you to enter.

Lads, they are building a flyover... why? There must be a lot of cars going from one direction to the other... which directions? maybe the ones with the most cars... so why not... and here is the crazy idea... let loads of those cars through and free up the congestion!?


This is what it should look like in the end:

P.S. If anyone is wondering WTF a mushroom is doing in the middle of the first picture... well its called the magic roundabout, and whenever i think of it, i think of a magic mushroom, thus coming to the conclusion of a mushroom! Plus it looks class!

ofi sunday

Mr. Chris Evans returned about 3 weeks ago with his new Show, OFI Sunday. (I'll let you guess/google what OFI means) It's basicialy a remake of TFI Friday except on a Sunday. Giving a search for what other people think apparently everyone seems to hate it. I'll let you decide for yourselves... There is nothing better on TV at that time anyway...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

the late late toy show

Ok... I've calmed down a bit from last night. I've also read Dec's response to the disastar. I agree completly with him. From the start, lets get it out of the way, i'm not Anti Pat or anything, its just... wait a minute... I hate the guy.

The start was the worst thing ever. Darth Vader riding in on horseback, and the Vikings and medievil soliders and i think i saw a dragon... WTF!

First off i must say, considering that xbox360 was launched yesterday, why was it upside down on the table and all that was mentioned about it was "the new xbox" while the main part of the segment was talking about the Gaelic Games Game for the PS2. And dont get me started about that game. He also brushed over the PSP aswell. Comon, thats meant to be the in-thing for christmas. I mean... Comon...

Infact i don't care about it anymore. I just feel sorry for RTÉ. There was more toys that you pressed and did stuff with than there was anything else. Pat tried more toys out on his own than with kids. The Kids (fair fecks to them) gave Pat a hard time. Pat can't handle anything that isnt scripted. In fairness he was a bit better than last year when they kid from Cork started talking about saying hello to his teacher. I thought Pat was going to break down. He was still Plastic Pat. RTÉ... Retire him, he doesnt have to do the job as long as Gay, get someone else new in there as soon as possible.


I saw Doom today, the new film. It is class! I did not see any of the trailers for it or anything, besides the fact I haven't had any time to! As films that started out as video games go, this isn't too bad Compared to previous ones:

Super Mario Bros.
Double Dragon
Street Fighter
Mortal Kombat
Wing Commander
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Resident Evil
The House of the Dead
Alone in the Dark
I didn't see the trailers and didn't know what to expect... I've played the games, the newest one not so much... but still played and knew about it. The part of the film that is done in first person I thought was excellent! It was a real nod towards the game!

So its fingers crossed for Halo:The Movie... lets hope its even better...

I'm not going to say anything about the pathetic excuse for the Toy Show tonight... I'll leave that for later on in the weekend :( It put me in a bad mood going to bed.

Friday, December 02, 2005

the 360

Today is the day that the new xbox 360 launches in Ireland and Europe. I'm pretty sure I, along with most of the country wont be able to get their hands on one before Christmas unless you prebooked it 3 months ago. But that's Microsofts game.