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Sunday, December 31, 2006

2006

What a year! I did not have any killer post this year that push my page views up to over 1,400 in one month like last year, but I'm not still doing too bad!

Total for 2006:

  • 3,821 - Page Loads
  • 2,439 - Unique Visitors
  • 1,948 - First Time Visitors
  • 491 - Returning Visitors
On average, each day:
  • 12 - Page Loads
  • 8 - Unique Visitors
  • 6 - First Time Visitors
  • 1 - Returning Visitors
I hope everyone had a great 2006. For me it has worked out fantastic, but I'm really looking forward to 2007! Have a great night where ever and when ever you are in the world when you ring in the new year!

That's it for me for this year... Thanks to everyone for reading, commenting and supporting me :-)

signing off...

Darran.

Friday, December 29, 2006

happy everything

It has been a very busy week;

It was Christmas!! It came and went so fast! Not too bad for my first Christmas away from home. We went skiing for the morning, where I taught how to Ski. After about 2 or 3 hours, we decided i needed a bit of time to get off the green slope and get in some real runs! Myself and Taidy headed up to a very windy peak. It was a total white out as we took the peak-to-creek run down, turning off to head towards mid-station (have I mentioned enough runs that no one knows what I'm talking about yet...? Here is a map!) to meet Heather. It was impossible to see where you were or where you were going at the top. You had to rely on people being in front of you to see their outline, or else if you were lucky, there was a marker warning you of a cliff or something. Good times!

Following a trip home to open presents, and a Shower we headed out for Christmas Dinner. We had reservations booked at the Hilton in Whistler! It was a lovely buffet Christmas dinner, with as much as you want to eat. I had 2 starters, a main course, another starter and then some desert! It was class, we didn't have to wash up or anything after!

After that it was out for a bit of dancing, or that was the plan, which failed on 2 accounts, 1. We were way too early for dancing, and the club was empty and 2. We were all stuffed after dinner! So it was home and then to bed after a great day! I hope you all had a good day what ever you got up to.

The day after, Stephen's Day was so lovely! The sky was so blue and the sun was shining so bright! If I wasn't trying to get over this cold I have I would of loved to be up the mountain.

Besides that I have be working like a trooper, and going to enjoy a well deserved day off on the slopes tomorrow! I hope you all had a great Baby Jesus Birthday and everyone has a plan for New Years. Back to the Future I, II and III over in Nordic Drive if anyone interested in attending :oP

Saturday, December 23, 2006

readers

I know that friends and people I know read this Blog from time to time, thanks to StatCounter! I see how they find my blog and what they are looking at. I don't usually take notice because it could be any one of my friends.

Yesterday I noticed that I got a visitor from Ireland, finding my Blog via a Search for Taidy and their address had a host name ending with .amazon.com. There could be only one person that fits a description like this! If i was putting money on it... I would have to guess...

AMY
Was it you reading my Blog? You know you can all leave comments after every Post!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

back online

Early Friday morning our broadband connection was lost at home. After nearly 5 days were back online here in Whistler. Bloody ridiculous!

It has been terrible for business, the week before Christmas, as if you used high-speed Internet access for your credit or debit cards you could not process any of these transactions. Thus a severe loss of business. I know where I was working, we didn't have a dial-up back up in place and it took till Sunday before we had to set it up ourselves.

This is not helped either with Whistler Cable/SHAW Cable and their terrible technical support. I was in contact with them 5 times in total, twice for work and the rest for home, the first time to find out was it us or is everyone out. They could only give me a straight (or correct) answer last time I rang. Every other time they didn't really know what the problem was at the moment or when it would be fixed. About as helpful as a kick in the face.

I really wouldn't mind if they told us what went wrong, which we now know:

Heavy snow had weighed down B.C. Hydro wires on a transmitter near Whistler, which touched the Telus line, knocking out ADSL access to Whistler and neighbouring Pemberton.
But we weren't. There was a severe lack of communication. It was word of mouth and rumour that kept us up to date. Things I've heard over the last five days were from Solar flares and Sun spots to the Internet would be out for at least 2 weeks. We found out yesterday it had something to do with a fiber-optic line broken, which really isn't true either. What kind of Joke Company is this... would they got away with this in Ireland? Maybe... but I'm sure there would be way more complaining ;-)

On the lighter side of things, I started to Snowboard yesterday. I would show you a video of my first few runs, but Taidy took it so who knows when I will have access to it...

wii fitness

I did it!
I got my Wii Sports, Wii Fitness age down to 20! The perfect Score! And here is the proof:

Thursday, December 14, 2006

sushi village

I had Sushi for the first time ever last night. We have been putting it off for a while now, but considering there are a few sushi restaurants here in Whistler, we couldn't put off going out for some any longer.

We headed in to the Sushi Village, in the Village (funnily enough), where we tried to make out what is nicest and what we should try. Of course we didn't have a clue, so we just got come combinations.

For starters:

  • Sweet Potato Tempura - サツマイモの天ぷら
This was basically sweet potato, that kinda looked like deep fried hash browns. It was alright, it gave up some practice with using our chopsticks to get ready for the main course. Which was a selection of:
  • Tekka-Maki - 鉄火巻き - Fresh tuna wrapped in the center
  • Kappa-Maki - かっぱ巻き - Sliced cucumber in the center
  • Salmon-Maki - サーモン巻き - Fresh salmon in the center
  • Spicy B.B.Q. Salmon Roll - スパイシー バーベキュー サーモン 巻き - B.B.Q Salmon, avocado
  • Spicy Scallop Roll - スパイシー 帆立巻き - Scallop, Cucumber
  • Spicy Tuna Roll - スパイシー 鉄火巻き - Tuna, cucumber, radish
They were all covered in rice and then what were guessing is sea-weed type thing to hold it all together, or else the sea-weed thing and rice on the outside! We were not too fond of the Tuna or Scallop, altho the Spicy Tuna Roll was quite nice.

There was about 12 little pieces of sushi each, and it was quite filling. That also might be the fact this was our first time trying it, so we got full on raw fish pretty fast! One pointer is the small bit of green stuff you get on the side of your dish, my suggestion is, try a tiny bit and then just don't touch it. It's Wasabi and its the worst substance known to man.

Overall, it was a great night. You'd need to be in the mood for sushi, but it very different, but defiantly worth a go!

P.S. Do ya like the way I put in some Japanese into this post! Hopefully it might be noticed! Hello all my Japanese readers :-)

a tedious job

This has to be one of the most tedious jobs I have ever done. There was 60 single boxes, that first of all had to be constructed. Then I had to put some poof or stuffing in to line the bottom. Then add a single chocolate truffle. Close and seal with a little sticker. Then cut a small length of ribbon and tie it in a bow. As you can see, at this stage I had 7 done and another 53 to go! Fun fun fun!
I got them finished before the night was out. Olé!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

year in review

Here is something you can all try. I got this idea from a Blog I'm reading the simple life honey about someone who is also in Whistler! You take the first sentence from the first post for each month of the year. It gives you a summary of 2006! Maybe next year I might be more creative at the start of each month! Strange to look back at the year! Good times, good times!!

January: So its the start of a New Year and this is usually the time I make 1 very achievable goal for my self!

February: Conor... the optician... or whatever.... you work with glasses...

March: I'm looking forward to The West Wing tonight.

April: That is what the penalty points website looked like up until Sunday, the day before the new points came into affect, and the same they the government started advertising on TV and Radio.

May: This guy bet his girlfriend that any old website could get 2million hits.

June: I came across this website that generates a graph of any website by reading the html on the page, and then makes a a graph to represent what it finds!

July: Ciara Crowley & John O'Mahony

August: I have added 5 more!

September: I have visited 11 countries (4%)... i better get moving!

October: Taidy arrived home today and was so tired he fell asleep in Conors.

November: I have arrived in Canada!

December: I got my left wisdom teeth out yesterday.

trams for cork

The Green Party today unveiled plans to bring a light rail system to the city of Cork.

YAY!
Dan Boyle announced that it would be a rail line connecting Ballincollig to Mahon going through the city centre. Then a spur line linking Bishopstown to CIT and Cork University Hospital. After that they could extended the line to Passage West, (and maybe Carrigaline?) and develop a light rail network for the Northside of the city.

After that news, other candidates and councillors came up with more crazier plans such as a harbour water bus service, from the city centre to Ringaskiddy, Rochestown, Cobh and Mahon.

Altho the plan for re-opening the Cork to Midleton rail line isn't really a bad idea, it could work! But what about re-opening the Cork to Crosshaven line? Servicing Carrigaline, that would take a lot of cars off the road. Pitty most of that old rail line is a road now!

But whatever the government does, they have left cork out of this transport 21 plan. They have to do something!! Get the finger out >:-(

Monday, December 11, 2006

euro firefox

The Internet Browser Firefox is in Europe. As you can see, very much so in Finland, Germany and Poland as you can see from this map.

The browser is now used by some 23.2 per cent of European PC web surfers - up from 19.4% in April.
This shows that there is a lot more non-technical people using Firefox. That's good!

Spread the word! Spread the Fire! Get your families, friends, next door neighbours, EVERYONE to use it!!


P.S. Big shout out to the Danish and Norwegian readers reading my Blog! Please identify yourselves!!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

wii'ing

So we have had the Wii for the last 2 weeks, and it's Brilliant! Here is a photo of Taidy getting really really excited about getting his own Nunchuk and Wiimote!We have a total of 90 Mii's, who take many forms from Friends at home to Famous people and complete members of bands! A detailed list will be posted here when I'm in the mood!

The best game by far is Wii Sports! The free game that comes with it. I'm a Professional in Tennis and Bowling and on my there with Golf and Baseball. Boxing is just too energetic for me so it will be the last one I go for!

Every night at mid-night we do out fitness, where we are given 3 random training levels and have to do out best at them. Then the Wii calculates our age! I've been between 22 and 35 mostly!

The other games we have are Red Steel and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. Haven't really gotten into them yet, as most of our time is spent getting out skill level up on Wii Sports!

If you have a Wii and would like to see some of our Mii's, our console address is: 6429936395951829 or send an email to our console at w6429936395951829[at]wii.com

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

day of the ninja

Today is the Annual Day of the Ninja.




On this day, people are encouraged to dress as ninja, engage in ninja-related activities, and spread information on ninja via the Internet.

Not to be confused with Talk like a Pirate Day, this is totally different. The last thing we want is a Ninja-Pirate blood fest. Altho it would make a great movie!

Other names for today include:
  • International Creep Like a Ninja Day
  • Stalk Like a Ninja Day
  • Sneak Like a Ninja Day
  • Move Like a Ninja Day
  • or simply Ninja Day

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

ouch

I got my left wisdom teeth out yesterday. YUCK.

That's about all the news i have. I won't be skiing for a few days and I don't have work till Friday, so I'm just relaxing!

I've closed up on my own about 3 times now, twice with Zero Cash Difference! I even got practice with the Alarm! Saturday night when i armed the alarm, and closed the shop, I forgot i left the safe open. So i knew it took a while to fully alarm the shop, so i waited what seemed like for ages and then opened the door again. Straight away the alarm went off... so loud as well! It wasn't fun. I then had to turn it off and wait on the phone while an operator at the alarm company could take my call! Interesting night indeed!

That's me!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

a week

Holy Moley! It's been a week since I updated this Blog. What a busy week!

We got a Wii! I walked into the shop on Wednesday last to check what time they are open at (because we were going to get up early for Thursday to get one if they had one) and they said they had 6 in stock! So I took one! It's class! Wii Sports is soo much fun and we have been making Mii's of our friends and some Famous ones as well! This has been taking up a lot of time the past week!

I've been working my ass off! Worked every day last week, but I had Thursday off to head up the mountain for a bit of Skiing! I didn't mind working my ass off because there is so much to learn in the shop!! So this week have 3 days off, and mostly evenings for the rest of the days, so there is LOADS of time for the slopes!

Yesterday I went to the dentist. I had a sore gum at the back of my mouth between my teeth. So I needed someone to check it out! It's a real fancy place, LCD's on the ceiling! I left the place $76 down, 3 prescriptions in my pocket for about $35 and a appointment for next Monday for a $570 operation to remove my left wisdom teeth. Oh joy!

Besides that, nothing else is happening here in Whistler. Were off to see Casino Royale tonight, because at the Village8 cinema Tuesday night is the cheap night! YAY!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

geared up

A quick nod towards Robin over with his Geared Up Blog. He launching his new domain this week and has this Widget that shows the content of his blog! Check it out!


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

rogers chocolates

Rogers' Chocolates
I started work today.

It was so much fun! I started at noon where I was introduced to the shop, and we moved on to the till and all the regular products! Learning all about their Victoria Creams, Empress Squares and Almond Brittles, not forgetting the Gourmet Bars and Truffles among other things!

It seemed like information overload! Kinda reminded me of the first few days I spent at KISC! Good fun :-)

So some customers came in and I helped serve them, learnt how to greet them and interact with them. The type of shop that it is means that it's not like any other shop in Whistler. It is an old school shop with that old time feel. Calling people Sir and offering samples. The best thing about the shop is that nearly everyone who comes in wants to get chocolate and is really happy about it!! In turn, its easy to be happy to them!

I'm really looking forward to working there for the Winter and the working times fits in well with the Skiing times!! Olé!

Monday, November 20, 2006

canada eh

I suppose it is time for an update! Here we go!

I finally got myself a job! I'm working in a Chocolate Shop in Whistler Village, and I start my training tomorrow! It will be evenings and weekends type work and it will allow me a lot of time for skiing and snowboarding.

The snow situation here is shocking. Last week there was a huge dump of snow and it was going so well that the mountain decided to open up early on Saturday! We were in Vancouver on Friday for the night, so didn't get to go on the slopes till Sunday. Walking to the bus and to the gondola in the rain wasn't very reassuring one bit, but once we got to the top of Whistler Mountain the snow was lovely (for early season snow that is!) and everything was good! Got a run in and then the winds started! It was like a blizzard up there, white out! You couldn't see a thing and it was so windy you could put your arms out and get blown to where you wanted to go! (as long as that was the direction of the wind)

All the lifts were then put on standby as they were getting thrown around too much, so we decided to head home and call it a day. After all we had 6 months on the snow!

Besides the uneventful trip to Vancouver this weekend, we haven't been up to much! Gotta go now and get some sleep for work tomorrow!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

wii

We just rang (at 10pm) the local video/dvd/game rental/retail shop here in Whistler. Asking what the situation with the new Nintendo Wii is tomorrow (as it goes on sale tomorrow!) The lady at the end of the phone told me some things I didn't want to hear.

  1. They are starting to sell the Wii at mid-night
  2. There is already a queue outside the shop
  3. They have a limited amount of Wiis to sell
  4. The number of people in the queue already outnumber the amount of units they have
  5. They are unsure when they will be getting another shipment in
  6. Next possible date is Thursday 2 weeks the 30th of November
I did not like that news. No Wii for us and we were looking forward to it soo much!

The funny thing is that we were in the Village earlier this evening and were going to pop into see if there was a queue in case we needed to join it. But we thought sure there will be LOADS, first thing in the morning will be loads of time to queue up and get one. We were so wrong!

Friday, November 17, 2006

dang snow

A comic from one of the local news papers. Taidy was going to cut it out, but I knew he wouldn't get around to it, so I just took a picture of it!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

twitter

I signed up to Twitter yesterday. Basically it's:

A global community of friends and strangers answering one simple question:
What are you doing?

You can answer this question and keep everyone who is a friend up to date with what you are doing at once. Sign up and let me know what you are doing, or check out what I'm currently doing: twitter.com/darran

There is a nice little bit of code as well that I added to my blog that tells you what I'm currently doing.

Friday, November 10, 2006

rock shandy

At home my drink of choice is usually a Rock Shandy, a non-alcoholic half-and-half of fizzy orange and lemon soda.

Ever wonder where the name Rock Shandy came from?

A former Managing Director of C&C, Mr. Frank Murphy, was a member of the Blackrock Swimming Club that used to go swimming in the open sea baths in Blackrock. After training on a Sunday morning they would go to O'Rourkes pub in Blackrock for a drink. Their favourite drink was a combination (shandy) of Club Orange and Club Lemon from whence came the name, Rock Shandy.
Now at home sometimes I get my rock shandys with red lemonade instead of either the orange or the lemon. I don't know why this is or what the correct name for it is either. But it is usually a Cork or Munster thing... strange that!
So when I ordered one over here, I recieved the worst rock shandy ever, the Canadian version (in the Irish pub... the Dubh Linn Gate... no less! tsk tsk)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

gadget on website

Following on from my previous post on how I made my first Google Gadget, it has graduated and passed all the necessary tests. It is now available for everyone who searches for 'webcam', 'kisc', 'kandersteg' among other things, and they can add it to their own Google homepage! And people have been adding it from all over the world! Canada, United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Estonia, Japan and Spain to name but a few!

With the gadget in the directory, it also means that its available for people to "add it to your website"!! When you do it, you can put it anywhere, it will look like this:



Tuesday, November 07, 2006

hug a bear day

Happy Hug a Bear Day! On this day you can do stuff like:

  • Give all your teddy bears a great big hug!
  • Line up a variety of teddy bears, notice the different sizes, textures, etc.
  • Find pictures of as many different kinds of bears as possible.
  • Act like a bear.. crawl on the ground, catch fish, find and eat honey, sleep, climb a tree. See how many you can think of.

Ok, what a nice day. Normally I wouldn't be too bothered about this sort of stuff, but me being in Whistler... and this is Bear Country, how could I resist celebrating it! Here in North America there are bears, lots of them... and especially here in Whistler! There are notices and information about Bears all over the place here warning and informing you all about living in Bear Country!

So today I'm going to be on the look out for real bears in my back garden to I can go out and give them a huge hug!! I might even get a picture with one?!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

canada

I have arrived in Canada! My first time leaving Europe (if you don't include the trip across Istanbul to Asia... which I am counting, so its my second!) and my first long haul flight! It was myself and Conor who went from Cork with Aer Lingus to London Heathrow and onto Vancouver with British Airways.

I had my rucksack, Ski and Boot bags and carry on bag. Conor had his carry on bag, suitcase and snowboard bag. Our limit was 2 pieces of luggage and we were allowed carry an extra bag for ski's or snowboard (and boot bag). So we could of had 2 pieces of luggage each AND ski & boot bag or snowboard bag! But no... that wasn't the case... The Aer Lingus lady charged us €30 each for the carriage of our ski's and snowbaord! Even tho Conor was only carrying 2 pieces of luggage and within his limit, and all i had was 1 boot bag extra.

Aer Lingus were totally unhelpful or understanding where we were coming from. It was a code share flight, basically a British Airways flight operated by Aer Lingus. We had no problems in London because we were always within our luggage limits! Its just Aer Lingus being stupid. I will avoid flying with them again.

Besides that, everything went great, we arrived in Vancouver Wednesday. Eventually found the right bus to our Hostel, Hostel International Central on Granville Street. It was a really nice place. Good atmosphere! The free breakfast in the morning was worth while getting up for! They also have free Internet access (if you bring your laptop!), bring an Ethernet cable in case all the table are taken!

From there we went to our SWAP orientation meeting where we learnt all about living in Canada and what to do and not do while we were there. We sorted out all the paper work like applying for our Social Insurance Number and sim card. We then went off to the Bank to open our Canadian Bank account in TD Canada Trust! It was actually weird opening it. We were brought into an office and this financial advisor started having a conversation with us! Interested in us and how we were before we even started talking about opening an account! Home in Ireland if we went into a bank looking to open an account we would be asked to fill out this form. Totally different!

So after lunch and the collection of our sim cards for our phones we made our way to Whistler. It took a bit longer as it started to snow that day and the bus driver had to take his time! We were met by a not as hairy, but still quite hairy Irish, Scottish, Canadian! There was a nice dusting of snow from the first day of snow that day, making the place have that wintry feel.

The next day we explored the village and did some shopping. It has been raining ever since and now all the snow has washed away. Everything is just wet now!! But at least i will get to see the place without snow before the heavy stuff arrives! The job search starts on Monday and i already have a few places in mind, like the Irish Pub! Who know, but keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll keep ya posted!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

halloween

So this year I finally got off my ass and got dressed up as the Video Game Character I look regularly look like; Gordon Freeman.

As it is kinda hard to construct an environmental suit from scratch, I decided that I'd go as lab coat wearing Gordon. People have made environmental suits before, but its far too much work, especially considering I'm off to Canada the next day!

  • For the lab coat, Eric lent me his. Thanks Guy!
  • The Crowbar was easy. There is a Superman toy with a bendable crowbar and that shouldn't cause a problem in getting into the club.
  • I wore a black and orange jumper, to stick with Mr. Freeman's Colours!
  • The lambda (λ) symbol and the I.D. Card were printed off and laminated at home
  • Finally the glasses are those cheap ones Department of Social Welfare Glasses thanks to Conor!
Some other Pictures from Halloween:

Ian as Sam Fisher and Simon as a Cereal Killer
Mezer and the Boy Wonder
Sandy as Sandy
Eric as Ken and Footsie as Ryu from Street Fighter!

Friday, October 27, 2006

week around ireland

I had a friend come visit for a week and a bit around Ireland. All the tourist areas like:


Bus to Newgrange!

Newgrange, one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath

Ringing the Bells of Shandon, 3 blind mice!

View of Cork City from the top!

Blarney Castle, Stone Kissed!

Torc Waterfall, Kilarney!

Top of Torc Mountain!

Charles Fort Kinsale!

Nice Sign on the Cliffs of Moher!

The View over the Edge on the Cliffs!

Bunratty Castle, County Clare!

Kilmainham Jail/Goal

Fun week, really good, not its just time for Canada preparation!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

300

I made it! 300 Posts! Just thought I'd tell you.

Lack of posts the last week and a bit because i have been busy entertaining! More news soon...

This time next week, I will be in Canadia!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

webcam gadget

I was on the Whistler Blackcomb website looking at their webcam and notice a "+ Add to Google" button. I clicked and sure enough, it put the whistler cam on my Google Homepage! I then and an idea and now I have created a Google Gadget for the Kandersteg International Scout Centre Webcam! Now you can have the view from the Webcam on your Google homepage!


Add to Google

Olé!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

loud howard

Like a bus, you wait for a post from me, and then two come along at once!
This is the Dilbert Comic for today:
I love Loud Howard. I felt it was my duty to inform Scott about my feeling about him. The email went like this:

From: Darran
To: scottadams
Date: Oct 11, 2006 1:12 PM
Subject: dilbert

I love LOAD HOWARD!

Darran.
Then 6 hours later i get a reply:
From: ScottAdams
To: darranc
Date: Oct 11, 2006 7:06 PM
Subject: Re: dilbert

Darran,

Glad to hear you're enjoying Dilbert. I appreciate you letting me know.

Scott Adams

YAY! The famous cartoonist emailed me! It up there with an email i got from DJ Dusty Rhodes years ago!
Am i easily pleased...? Yes.
Is this a lame excuse for a post...? Yes.
Do i care...? No!

isic

I'm off to Canada in 3 weeks. I got my International Student Identity Card in the post last week from USIT. I paid for it back in April when i had to fork out for the visa and flights. I only got it last week because when i went looking for it, they told me i never sent up any photo for it, so i sent one up! 6 months later i receive it and notice that it is valid from 01/09/2005 until 31/12/2006.

Now I'm off in 3 weeks on my Student Visa with my Student flights expecting to be basically being a student! I couldn't be more wrong. According to USIT they only needed me to be a student to book the flights and couldn't care less what my status is after that. In fact they couldn't care less if i physically had the card.

The ISIC Card (i know the last C of ISIC means Card) will get me many discounts on bus and rail as well as in shops etc while I'm over on Canada on my Student Visa, except after 2 months of use i won't be able to use the card anymore!

They have the system sewn up and don't care what people think. They are nothing more than a big bully and with their monopoly they are sitting pretty. Funny the Government doesn't step in, considering they are all against monopoly's in the travel industry and all!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

rules of shotgun

The term "Shotgun" refers to the front passenger seat of an automobile. "Calling Shotgun" is the act of claiming the position of Shotgun for one's self. As this position is the most coveted of all positions when riding in a car. -ShotgunRules.com

These are the rules that i use for any car I drive:
  • The driver makes the rules i.e. me!
  • You must say "shotgun"
  • You must be able to see the car and driver at the same time but the driver doesn't need to be able to see the car
  • It must be called as you are heading towards the car to get into it
  • If you sit down in shotgun before anyone calls it, you retain shotgun
  • Shotgun has to do missions involving someone leaving the car i.e. to call into and collect someone, bringing rubbish to the bin etc...
  • Once shotgun is called, it remains the callers until either:
    1. the caller leaves the car for the rest of the journey
    2. everyone leaves the car for a mission that involves some sitting down or an extended time away
  • Once shotgun is called, everyone else can call seats they don't want to sit in i.e. "calls not in the middle" or "calls not sitting behind Darran"
  • The drivers significant other as well as the cars owner automatically get shotgun
  • Any problems or discrepancies can be resolved by the driver who may call for a game of rock, paper, scissors.
  • The driver also has the ability to remove shotgun from anyone for whatever reason they like!


They are my rules and subject to change without notice!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

new imagery

Google have updated their satellite imagery!

On October 3rd, we updated Google Maps and Google Earth with the following new imagery:

- the whole state of Minnesota, South Carolina, North Dakota, Missouri (updated to 2005), Idaho, Maryland, and now full coverage for the entire state of Texas
- Updates to Florida (most of the state covered now)
- 15 high-resolution cities in Germany
- update for London, 2006 data at 10cm from Bluesky
- South Georgia Island (courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey)
- Albany, OR; Lubbock, TX; Port Townsend, WA; Portage County, OH; Trumball County, OH
- 32 Digital Globe Citisphere cities (updates and new coverage)

In addition there was a significant update to the regular Digital Globe imagery all over the world.

Enjoy! - link

So what i hear you say, they update imagery ever few months! This time it is different! You can now see my house! Yup!

YAY!! =)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

phone pics

Some of you who keep up to date with a feed reader will notice that there have been a few new posts tonight! I finally got around to getting all the images off my phone and putting on here!

Those of you who looking at this thru the good old website, you will have to go searching for the new photos!!

Enjoy!

driving with one eye

Ok, I know i don't have much to be doing with myself, and i could be coming up with far better things than this, but my brain is working overtime on stupid things.

Next time your driving, try and close one eye. It becomes really hard to do! I can only assume it is because you loose your depth perception. Open the eye again and it becomes a lot easier!

Funny that....

Monday, October 02, 2006

ha!

Taidy arrived home today and was so tired he fell asleep in Conors. Teoiny then decided that it was a perfect time for a Kodak moment! Classy as ever!!

Saturday, September 30, 2006

toblerone

If you have ever had a Toblerone bar, you will notice the picture of the Matterhorn on it. Linking into its Swiss history eh?! What else do you notice on it?

Well it was only last week that my eyes were opened to something that has been in front of me for several years and I never noticed it before!! There is a hidden image on the mountain linking into their Bern History. Its so well hidden that no Swiss person I have asked knows about!

This, I believe, is an unbelievable discovery!!
Tell the world!

Friday, September 29, 2006

extras

The new series of Extras by Ricky Gervais is up and running for the last few weeks, but its the theme song at the end of the show that got me searching the internet. Mind you it didn't take too long to find the answer, it took a bit to find the actual song!

Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

Bring tea for the Tillerman
Steak for the son
Wine for the women who made the rain come
Seagulls sing your hearts away
'Cause while the sinners sin, the children play

Oh Lord how they play and play
For that happy day, for that happy day

Thursday, September 28, 2006

deirdre o'kane

Saw her last night in the Cork Opera House. I'm no reviewer or expert on writing the perfect article on her, but i can search the Internet and bring you an overview of the show:

Funny and feisty, warm and down to earth, she chatters on engagingly for an hour of babies and how they affect your flirting; the terrible service you get in Ireland; an increasingly mad tale of having her car clamped; insomnia and nursery rhymes.

Added to this there is O'Kane's rich fantasy life, in which she shops at Argos with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, chats baby names with Victoria Beckham and frets about the wellbeing of Katie Holmes. O'Kane is wonderfully comfortable on the stage and with her audience.

via Edinburgh Festivals

Now i thought she she did go on for a bit about babies, pregnancy and more babies. Fair enough she just had her own child (and another on the way?) so she had a lot to say on that subject. That went down a treat with all the women in the room, but after the first 30 minutes i thought it was time to move on!

It was my first comedy show as such and i did get a good laugh out of her. Andrew Stanley was on before her and he was really good. Lots of audience interaction and some great jokes! Maybe he was more along the lines of my taste.

pric€ facts

Barry Collins' Price Facts!

Every few weeks there are these bright yellow leaflets in Collins' Supervalu in Carrigaline listing a number of items bought in Dunnes Stores and again in Barry Collins, and the price paid in each store and the saving made!

This week there is 39 items with a total of €93.44 in Dunnes and €92.85 in Supervalu! That's a saving of 59c!! Now don't run off just yet. Looking down through the long list of small type and prices i took out a ruler and compared each items price. There are 2 things that are cheaper in Barry Collins.

  1. Jacobs Jaffa Cakes 300g saving 8cent
  2. Amigo Orange Drink 6pk saving 51cent
If these two items are not on your regular shopping list, there is absolutly no difference in shoping between the two stores (apparently)

The small print at the end of the leaflet shows that they checked the prices in Dunnes in Ballincollig on the 18/9 and in Supervalu in Carrigaline at 11.45am on the same day! Even giving a time!

Maybe they came back from Dunnes and realised they needed to lower some of their prices and lowered those two items so the leaflet would look good and everyone would make a 59cent saving!!

Oh and have you seen their website! Talk about a mess and totally unfriendly and unusable! You think with all that money they could of asked someone who knew something about web design! http://www.collinssupervalu.com/

Monday, September 18, 2006

so far so good

I've been busy trying to get my blog back to its old self again with counters and feeds as well as trying out the new features like labels. I've already arranged my labels as a cloud instead of a list à la del.icio.us, with a nice hack I've found. I'm sure that more hacks and tips with beta will surface in the coming weeks and months, but for now I'm happy enough and will continue labeling posts! (about 50 down... another 200'ish to go)

Tomorrow morning I'm off again to Switzerland for a bit of a holiday!! So as i write this I'm not even sure I'm going to even try and get my laptop through Gatwick. They are meant to be easing their rules for flying out of the UK this week, but knowing my luck the news will break tomorrow morning as I'm in the air to London!

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 17, 2006

blogger beta

So i finally made the change over to Blogger beta. New features include:
Customisable Archive: I organised my posts by month, and they go back to 2003. So the list of months was quite long previously, not they are broken down by year then month and then by post! Way nice to look at!
Labels: Like with Gmail, you can now label your posts so you can view similar posts with the same label
Future Posting: I can write now and publish later!
Nice Looking Dashboard: For the better blogging experience ;-)

All these are nice and dandy, but its a lot of work getting the template back up and similar to what it was before you make the switch. Counters have to be re-installed and the new template need a bit of time in getting used to.
You also have to add labels to all your posts. It's going to take a fair bit of time I'd say with all 270 posts made in 'classic blogger'. But i do like a challenge!

Oh! Just noticed they added a Gmail type spell checker as well! Hurrah!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

feed button

Those of you not reading this via some kind of reader (which by the stats on feedburner... is everyone) I put a feed button on the page. It replaces the static rss image, so now people can subscribe to my blog via whichever is their favourite reader!

For those of you... and you know who you are ;-) who might not know what I'm talking about, a feed reader is a program or web service that allows you to read feeds or posts that are published from which ever sites you subscribe and updated each time there is a new post, thus not having to come back and check the website for any updates!

My reader of choice: Google Reader

For those of you who are reading this thru a rss reader can you please look at my previous post :o)

Update: This doesn't seem to be working in Blogger Beta....

explanation

For those non-native English speakers reading this blog, and those who have a good command of English but don't understand what I talk about most of the time, I first of all apologise.

With reference to the post 1 days saved, I forgot to mention what Google Web Accelerator was.

Google Web Accelerator is an application that uses the power of Google's global computer network to make web pages load faster. Google Web Accelerator is easy to use; all you have to do is download and install it, and from then on many web pages will automatically load faster than before.

Hope that explains how I managed to speed up my web surfing so I started saving days while surfing the internet!! :-P

Monday, September 11, 2006

911 cover up


An interesting mini-movie about September 11th and ideas around it and making you ask questions about if it really was a cover up. If you have 80 minutes to spare today or this week, have a watch of this.

Its really good.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

1.0 days saved

Google Web Accelerator update:

I've had it installed since November 22nd. I had the first half day saved in 4 months and it took me another 5 and a half months to get the rest of the day!

My new minutes per day saved has dropped from 6 to just under 5! Altho I didn't use my laptop for about 6 weeks this summer.

I wonder what I will do with my free day?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

no playstation 3 for christmas

Burn on Sony!!

Score another one for Microsoft!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

countries i visited

I have visited 11 countries (4%)... i better get moving!
Or i could view all the countries i have worked with before (19%):

Thursday, August 31, 2006

google logo

Lets get Google to honour Scouting, after all Scouting has done for the world after all!

To: Google, Inc

As members of Scouting & Guiding worldwide, we wish to petition Google to incorporate Scouting and Guiding graphics into their Google Search Page Holiday Logo for February 22nd of each year. This date is the birthdate of Lord and Lady Baden Powell, and was chosen as an International Scouting/Guiding day of celebration.

Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell of Gilwell (Chief Scout of the World) founded Scouting in 1907, a worldwide movement affecting nearly every country, with millions of members worldwide, while Lady Olave Baden-Powell was named Chief Guide of the World for Guiding, the worldwide sister organization to Scouting, founded in 1910.

Sincerely,

"sign here"
Go on Sign it!

how strange

This is the Garfield strip for today... the day I get my licence... humm...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

driving test

I passed my driving test today! I am now a fully licenced driver!

It was the 14th of February that i did my theory test and got a nice score of 40 out of 40 questions right. I then got my provisional licence, by walking into the motor tax office and handing across the form and my results of the theory test (and €15). I then was licenced to drive, with a fully licenced driver of course!

The test was over in about 40 minutes. It involved the tester asking me about 3 rules of the road questions, and to identify about 10 road signs. Then it was off out to the car. Pop the bonet (or hood for those Americans!) and tell him how to check the oil and brake fluid. Then into the car for a drive. He sat there telling me directions; take the next left, at the end of this road turn right, take the 2nd exit at the round about and so on... I also had to stop 3 times, to do a 3 point turn, hill start and reverse around a corner... ooohhh how exciting. I also had to demonstrate hand signals.

So i'm no longer a provisional driver. But what does that really mean?

The differences:
I can drive on motorways (the few we have)
My insurance will go down
No more 'L' plates on the car
I can drive on my own (not that i havent been doing that since early March anyway!)

That's about it...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

scouts video


Scouts what we are is what we do
One promise, One image

Watch it on YouTube

pluto

Pluto is no longer classed as a planet!

2,500 experts were in Prague for the International Astronomical Union's (IAU) general assembly.

Astronomers rejected a proposal that would have retained Pluto as a planet and brought three other objects into the cosmic club.

Pluto has been considered a planet since its discovery in 1930 by the American Clyde Tombaugh.

via BBC News


So all school books will have to be re-written, and somone is going to have to make up a new mnemonic sentence instead of:

My Very Easy Method Just Sums Up Nine Planets
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Sunday, August 13, 2006

liquids

So with all this new security and lack of fluids on planes I think that the terrorist have won another battle in the war in terror! Good for them, at least they are getting on with what they have to do. As for the people fighting them, well good job catching that "plot" this week. Nicely handled with all the airports. I wonder who's idea it was to ban EVERYTHING from going onto an airplane.

I hope its not going to last longer, as then all the Shops and Duty Free after security will have to stop selling a lot of their stock. It is basically an inconvenience to everyone.

I was thinking of flying through Gatwick in September but it looks like I may have to find another way around... to avoid the UK. Well it's their loss!

Gawd I'm bloody annoyed about all this!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

web 2 dna

WEB2DNA will take you website, analyze it, crunch it to little bits and spit it out as a graphic representation of a human DNA. Here is my site in the form of DNA!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

more flags

I have added 5 more! Austria, Azerbaijan, France , Monaco and Serbia. I'm kinda including a few from a bit of work i did over New Years, and i know Serbia & Montenegro is already on the list, Serbia is a different Country :oP

The updated list:

AmericaUS
ArgentinaAR
AustraliaAU
AustriaAT
AzerbaijanAZ
BrazilBR
BulgariaBG
CanadaCA
ColombiaCO
DenmarkDK
FinlandFI
FranceFR
GeorgiaGE
GermanyDE
GhanaGH
Great BritainGB
Hong KongHK
HungaryHU
IcelandIS
IrelandIE
ItalyIT
JamaicaJM
JapanJP
KenyaKE
KoreaKR
LatviaLV
LibyaLY
MacedoniaMK
MonacoMC
NetherlandsNL
New ZealandNZ
NigeriaNE
Northern IrelandNIre
NorwayNO
PolandPO
RomaniaRO
SerbiaCS
Serbia & MontenegroYU
Slovak RepublicSK
South AfricaZA
SpainES
SwedenSE
SwitzerlandCH
TaiwanTW
TurkeyTR