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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.
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
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
The Grand Budapest Hotel
This looks like another winner from Wes Anderson
Friday Photo – Dublin sunset from Howth
Having walked the cliffs of Howth on Thursday evening, I rounded the head to catch the most amazing sunset. You can see the chimneys of Poolbeg in the distance.
A city in flames: inside Detroit’s war on arson
Understaffed and with few resources, Detroit-area firefighters battle a plague of abandoned, burning buildings. An excellent piece by the Verge and highly recommended viewing.
Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle
You’ve probably seen it elsewhere but this is just joyous.
Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum
Invitations to cemeteries don’t come along all that often, thankfully, but when it’s Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum, you’d do well not to decline. Established in 1828 by Daniel O’Connell, the cemetery is completely non-denominational and has a total of 1.5 million people buried inside its walls. That’s more people below ground than there are currently
The mind blowing Mir mine
BBC Focus magazine have a feature called Megapixel in every edition where they feature mind blowing images. The edition I’m reading a the moment features Mir Mine in Mirny, Eastern Siberia, Russia. It’s a former open pit diamond mine and is 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep with a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft). It’s
Friday Photo – Sand sculpture
My favourite of the sand sculptures currently on display in Dublin Castle. I didn’t get the name of it or the artist. :-/
From One Second To The Next
‘From One Second To The Next’ is a harrowing documentary by Werner Herzog and AT&T on the hazards and consequences of texting whilst driving. A hugely necessary work.
Quality work from Poorly Drawn Lines.
A Fortnight Plus Half
Just watched this excellent video of Shannon and Stephen Parker’s trip to Ireland. It’s not short at 19 minutes but is a brilliant showcase for what Ireland has to offer tourists. Good to see they enjoyed themselves.
Friday Photo – Mushroom cloud-esque
Ireland has been experiencing great weather for the past week so I went for a wander on Sandymount Strand the other night and captured the shot above. I thought the sunset looked quite mushroom cloud-esque. Anyway, I’m hoping it continues.
Jack Dorsey: The Future Has Already Arrived
I rarely, if ever, post lengthy videos here but I thought this one was worth it. Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter and Square, talks about how his career has developed and how he listens to customers and tries to make their experience seamless.
Friday Photo: So….you’re not open 24 hours?
Spotted at Asda in Enniskillen. The big red sticker is kind of misleading.
Mountain biking with Track and Trail
I hadn’t been on a bike in twelve years, let alone one built for mountain trails. It started with a tweet from Martin, a keen mountain biker, who suggested we head out for a half day experience in the Wicklow Mountains. Our small group (myself, Christian, Ben, Amy and Ciaran) met up on a Sunday
Friday Photo – The setting sun
Taken on Monday evening as the sun went down over Upper Lough Erne in Fermanagh. The silence was deafening and I loved every minute of the few days away.
Dance moves for shy people
By the ever excellent Poorly Drawn Lines.
Fluffy McCloud is Conor Finnegan’s funny, short graduate film from the IADT National Film School. It’s a mix of stop-motion, live action and hand drawn animation. Great stuff.
Danny MacAskill’s Imaginate
Another stunning video of bike skills from Danny MacAskill. Love the Imaginate idea too. (h/t @broadsheet_ie)
Friday Photo – Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams delivering a brilliant show.
Storm chaser Mike Oblinski filmed this amazing video of a huge rotating supercell storm forming near Booker in Northern Texas. Full screen and speakers on to appreciate it in full. (h/t broadsheet.ie)
Friday Photo – Moon watching
Myself and Steph went out to watch the full Moon last Saturday night and she caught the image above while I was busy taking photos on my phone. It was reflecting off the tide that was in on Sandymount Strand. Love nights like that.
The Guardian have just published the best multimedia story I’ve seen on the web. Firestorm details the ordeal of the Holmes family, who were caught in the devastating bush fires that swept Tasmania last year. I highly recommend you click through and experience it.
A powerboat experience
I was looking for an alternative gift for a friend last Christmas and came across a deal for powerboating with Adventure Training Ireland. The lads run city kayaking, powerboating and sailing from their base at North Wall Quay by the Jeanie Johnston. We booked in for last Saturday morning and on the stroke of 11am,
Friday Photo: GSGC in concert
The Gardiner St Gospel Choir, of which my flatmate is a member, launched their new album tonight with a fantastic gig in the O’Reilly Theatre, D1. Proceeds went to Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Details on how to get the album are here.
Trailer: We’re The Millers
This actually looks damn funny (and NSFW). Plus it’s directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber who did Dodgeball.
Friday Photo – Darkness Into Light 2013
This time last week I was going to bed in preparation for Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light 5k in the Phoenix Park. In aid of the suicide and self harm crisis centre, you can run or walk it. I walked it this plus the addition 15k home to Sandymount. I’ll run it next year and
Friday Photo – 99 Problems
Taken last week at karaoke in the Workman’s Club for Elly’s birthday. I think I found my new go-to tune.
Thank you Sir Alex
As a Man Utd fan of 21 years, all I’ve known is the managerial reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. He has overseen the most successful period in our club’s history and we owe him a debt of gratitude. The best ever? Probably. Premier League (13) – 1993, ’94, ’96, ’97, ’99, 2000, ’01, ’03, ’07,
Star Trek: Into Darkness
This is basically a stream of consciousness seen as I saw it this morning. It doesn’t contain spoilers. Star Trek: Into Darkness is the follow up to J.J. Abram’s 2009 film which introduced a time travelling element, skilfully avoiding pissing off the fanbase and setting a clean slate. As the name suggests, things get a
The Gift Shop Sketch
I’ve been at two gigs in the past week, Passenger in Vicar St and Alt-J in the Olympia. Both gigs were sell outs and the atmosphere was great….during album material. When they did cover versions or new tracks, there was a large proportion of the audience chatting. I don’t know if that’s something that’s become
Finding Paul Miller
Fascinating piece by The Verge on our of their writers who left the Internet for a year.
The magnificence of it all
Iron Man 3
Let me preface this mini-review and say that I’ve seen it twice. I unexpectedly got screening tickets for Tuesday and had already booked opening night with a few cousins. I haven’t read any of the Iron Man comics and was introduced to the character through Jon Favreau’s excellent trilogy opener in 2008. I didn’t enjoy
Friday Photo – The Moon, Martello and Me
Taken a couple of weeks ago in Sandycove. Beautiful light as the sun went down.
Golden years: The tale of Manchester United’s 20 titles
A great read for any United fans
Caught Oblivion last week with a few friends and I was the only one to like it. They actually thought I was trolling them. It tells the story of one of the few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth, its surface devastated after decades of war with the alien Scavs. Jack, played by Tom Cruise,
Friday Photo – Massacre
Street art seen at Grand Canal Dock this week.
The Hot Sprockets – Soul Brother
I’ve mentioned The Hot Sprockets before as we’ve met and interviewed them at Spirit of Folk plus been to a few other rockin’ gigs. Their new single, Soul Brother, has a brilliantly funny video which is embedded above. Volume up and full screen it. Like the sound? I’d highly recommend catching them live in Whelans
What If Other Planets Were As Close As The Moon?
Fascinating series of images by Ron Miller on io9 showing what planets would look like if they were as close to us as the Moon is. (h/t broadsheet.ie)
I came across the trailer above via @blogography‘s blog and it blew me away. BRIDEGROOM is a documentary directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason that tells the emotional journey of Shane and Tom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship — a relationship that was cut tragically short by a misstep off the side of
First person shooter: on-body police cams
Fascinating video piece by The Verge on police cams that are starting to roll out across the US. They include the views of Josh Wolf who spent 226 days in prison after refusing to hand over raw footage he had shot of an anti-G8 demonstration in San Francisco. Definitely worth the twelve minutes of your
Friday Photo – Jason & Louise
I got to attend the beautiful wedding of two good friends in Cork on Thursday. Huge congrats to Jason & Louise.
Do trust in the things you love
Mickey Smith – “If I can only scrape a living, at least it will be a living worth scraping”. Beautiful life affirming stuff.
Friday Photo – WP
I deal with WordPress a lot. In fact, I’ve been using it ever since it forked from b2 over a decade ago so I’ve seen it gradually become a major player in open source. The mug is from Wordcamp Ireland, a WordPress conference that took place in Kilkenny in 2009, and I found it this
Saw Side Effects this evening. Rooney Mara plays a young woman whose world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist (Jude Law) has unexpected side effects. I won’t say anything more about the plot as it would spoil it but I’d recommend catching it. Rooney Mara is excellent plus this is touted to be