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Danny Macaskill: The Ridge

I’ve posted about Danny McAskill’s insane bike skills before but his new video, filmed on Isle of Skye in Scotland, is truly something to behold. He returns to his home to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline. Wow....
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Can a massive seawall save New York from flooding?

Another excellent video from the first in the second season of The Verge’s Detours outlines the work that New York is putting in to flood defense....
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Spirit of Folk Festival 2014

Spirit of Folk Festival 2014 took place a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just got around to uploading my photos. It’s a small trad, indie and craft festival that takes place each year in Dunderry, Co. Meath. I’ve been at 3 of the 4 they’ve put on and can honestly say that I’ve had...
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Guinness Amplify

I’m coming to this one quite late in that Guinness Amplify is about to kick off the live events. Irish musicians submitted their applications earlier this year and an expert panel has chosen acts to both perform live around the country and receive studio time, mentoring, workshops etc. The chosen acts will get the opportunity to perform...
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Robin

RIP. 1951-2014....
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Turlough Hill and Glendalough

Turlough Hill, Ireland’s only pumped hydro-electric storage system, turned 40 this year and the ESB are celebrating by offering free tours. I’d been on such a tour in primary school so was interested to see it with adult eyes. It’s still an impressive facility capable of generating 292MW of electricity during peak demand periods. Water...
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Minimizing the Ticketmaster charge

No-one likes paying extortionate booking charges and unfortunately, with Ticketmaster’s almost monopoly, you have to put up with some pretty hefty ones when getting gig tickets. In the past year or so I’ve been trying to find the best way to minimise these charges as they are simply unjustifiable. As an example, I wanted to...
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Walking the cliffs of Howth head

We spent the afternoon walking the cliffs above Howth and finished the route with a visit to Beshoff’s fish and chip shop. Great day. Click to enlarge...
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Nirbhaya

What I saw tonight at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire was one of the most affecting performances, of any type, that I think I’ll ever see. December 16th, 2012. A young woman and her friend board a bus in New Delhi heading for home. What follows shocks India and the world, and changes the lives...
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Lego unveils Dark Knight Tumbler at Comic-Con

It’s coming in September. Definitely want to get this. Here’s a vid of the designer talking about it....
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Earth and Moon

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Trailer: The Book of Life

This looks really good. Guillermo del Toro is producing....
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Ceiliúradh – Behind The Scenes

A brilliant behind the scenes feature on Ceiliúradh, the event held to celebrate President Michael D. Higgins’ state visit to the UK back in April. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly, it captures how magic the event itself was and indeed the entirety of the visit. Well worth your time....
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Unfinished London

I’m a nerd. Whether it be about tech, history or whatever. If you’ve read any of the content here then you’ll know that. I came across a small series of videos on Youtube by Jay Foreman about particularly interesting aspects of London including how it came to have some many airports (below), unfinished tube lines...
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Smithwick’s Long Summer

Following on from the successful launch of Smithwick’s Pale Ale in 2011 and the addition of the seasonal collection with Winter Spirit in 2013, they’re adding another for 2014 in Smithwick’s Long Summer. I was sent one last week to try and I really liked it. It’s got citrus aromas with a hint of caramel,...
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If you don’t know what net neutrality is…

…watch this immediately and then keep an eye on what’s happening in the States at the moment....
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The Square

There are so many quality documentaries being made these days and I came across ‘The Square’ last week when browsing Netflix. The film covers the ongoing rollercoaster that is The Egyptian Revolution. Through the news, we have only got a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning...
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Three Flavours Cornetto

Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, The Lord of the Rings. They’re excellent trilogies of my generation and are joined by The Cornetto Trilogy which encompasses Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End. Directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and an array of brilliant character actors,...
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Network Noel

It’s gotta be hard to do PR for Dublin Bus but I believe they’ve struck the right note with their ‘Network Noel’ campaign. As they say themselves: “Noel wants to help customers get to know their bus service better and to make the most of Dublin Bus’ 28 high-frequency core routes. A sociable Dub originally...
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Why changing the clocks twice a year is bonkers

^^^ What he said....
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Hudson Yards – Suspended skyscrapers

Hudson Yards is the largest private development in US history and construction is underway in Manhattan. What’s unique about it? Well, the space they’ll be building in is occupied and will continue to be in the coming years. West Side Yard, a sunken rail yard wedged into Manhattan’s west side, is a critical nerve centre...
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RIP Shane MacThomais

Shane MacThomais, resident historian at Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, passed away suddenly late last week. I had the pleasure of meeting him last year and hearing his passion for, not just the cemetery, but Dublin as a whole. He’s a big loss to his family, friends and the city. Suaimhneas síoraí agus go raibh maith...
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This is why I love Community

I started watching Community almost four years ago and it’s some of the most batshit crazy comedy you’ll see but I love how they do it. Thank you Dan Harmon and co....
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Google introduces Android Wear

I don’t wear a watch. It’s been years since I did but the idea of wearable tech has got me interested again. Google has announced Android Wear today and will be working with a number of manufacturers over the coming months. I’m glad that they’re focusing on simplicity as the use case is fundamentally different...
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BUSK

BUSK is a short, social issues and subcultural music documentary, following five musicians as they busk in the arteries of the NYC subway system. It’s a brilliant insight into why they perform there and the challenges they face in doing so. Well worth a watch....
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Jumbo: The plane that changed the world

I’d caught the end few minutes of this documentary on BBC One last night about the build and evolution of the Boeing 747 aka the Jumbo. Watched it back tonight as it’s available on BBC iPlayer here. If you’re outside of the UK, as I am, you can watch it using the Media Hint plugin...
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The Internet is f*cked

Brilliant piece from The Verge on how the Internet is headed for disaster. Big companies in the US are wielding uncontrolled power and normal users will suffer as a result....
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El Sendero Luminoso

Last month Alex Honnold, an American free climber, became the first person in history to climb the El Sendero Luminoso (2,500ft) in Mexico without any safety equipment. Watch the video below in HD and full screen. Amazing....
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Chasing Ice

The above clip from ‘Chasing Ice’, a documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog to publicize the effects of climate change, is simply stunning. On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier in Western Greenland. The calving event lasted for 75 minutes...
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Day We Met

This made me chuckle this morning....
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Red Bull Stratos: The Full Story

Genuinely breathtaking new footage has emerged from GoPro of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from 128,100 feet above Earth’s surface in a stratospheric balloon. I was absolutely glued to this at the time and this is even better than what we’d seen then. Wow....
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Google Glass for fire fighting

I spotted this article on the Verge last week and thought it was genuinely the best use of Google Glass that I’ve seen. Patrick Jackson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is a firefighter by day and coder by night. He’s developing apps for Glass that assist in his day to day job (extracting people from...
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Baby

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12 Years a Slave

What an utterly compelling and uncomfortable watch this was. Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers a stunning performance as Solomon Northup, a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery. Michael Fassbender’s slavemaster Epps is as intimidating and cruel as he’s ever likely to be on the screen. In fact, there wasn’t a bad performance in the entire film....
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Cinema & Time

A conversation with Richard Linklater (director of the Before… trilogy of films) through cinema and time… about cinema and time. If you haven’t seen them, I highly recommend the trilogy of films shown in the video. Start with Before Sunrise. (hat tip to John Morton who pointed this video out on Twitter)...
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hitRECord

Put quite simply, hitRECord is an open collaborative production company, and hitrecord.org is where thousands of ordinary joes make things together. Joseph Gordon Levitt and his bro are the guys behind it and they’ve been working on it since 2005. They recently produced the first hitRECord show for TV and you can watch it below....
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Trailer: Her

This looks fascinating. Spike Jonze takes the helm for this comedy about a withdrawn writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer’s highly advanced operating system. It’s running above 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and is released in Ireland on 14th of February....
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Mistakes

Quite a terrifying road safety ad from the New Zealand Transport Agency. You have to question how reckless some people are on the roads that we have to produce these types of ads in the first place....
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Wicked

I knew nothing about it going in and that was the best way to see it. The hugely successful Broadway play, since running in London too, is touring the UK and Ireland with the run about halfway through in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. I’m not a huge musicals fan but the script, sets and...
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Just Saying

It’s almost a year since I’d seen this video about Dublin. The flow to it is fantastic and it gives you a real sense for what makes the city unique. It also made one of the women in my office cry. Worth a watch if you’ve never seen it. Written and directed by Dave Tynan...
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I saw The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday morning and I’ve put my spoiler free thoughts up on culch.ie. Click through to read....
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The problems with HealthCare.gov

The Verge have done it again with an excellent piece on the difficulties encountered with the HealthCare.gov site in the States. It speaks of the huge problems that procurement processes throw up and of the widening gap between what the private sector can do vs the hamstrung public service. I’ve personal experience of this problem...
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Never mind the chicken wings

Irish Pictorial Weekly is a satirical sketch show that’s in its second season on RTE Two at the moment. This weeks episode highlighted the fact that that we pay our judiciary €194k. Germany pays €73k. When we have people like Judge Nolan on the bench, it makes it even worse. The video above nails the...
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Look Up

I love seeing innovative ways of tying digital advertising with real time data and British Airways have done just that with their latest billboard campaign in Piccadilly Square. The billboard has a child track a real time flight in the sky overhead with the destination details etc. Granted it’s not something smaller brands could do...
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Using Parcel Motel

I’ve always had an issue with getting stuff delivered when ordering online and I’d come across Parcel Motel in September on the recommendation of a mate. It works by sending whatever you’ve ordered to an address in either the Republic or the North and then your parcel is delivered to a collection point close to...
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Friday Photo – The distant Mournes

Captured after taking off from Dublin Airport on the 10th. It was a beautifully clear day and you can spot the Mourne Mountains in the distance....
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Opt out of receiving a printed phone book

I’ve been living in an apartment for a few years now and have noticed the yearly pile of phonebooks that arrive in the atrium. The majority of them aren’t picked up so I’m presuming the management company throw a good few out and it’s a huge waste of paper. I can’t even remember when I...
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Blackfish

Most of the stuff that I’d read or watch is non-fiction so Blackfish was a documentary on my radar as having gotten great reviews recently. It’s a film that investigates incidents involving killer whales in captivity and is quite shocking. It’s clear that these mammals have a social sense far greater than humans (as has...
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Spirit Badger

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

This looks like another winner from Wes Anderson...
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