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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


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


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


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


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!


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!!


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


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!!