November 2003

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Monday, November 24, 2003

The Second (or was that the Thirtieth?) Coming of Phillip K. Dick. The Man gets the Wired magazine treatment - a pretty good summary.

Over the weekend we did a couple of walks over to Annacurragh, in between giving the house a good going over and starting a new book. Hot whiskeys and a warm fire and welcome (!) from John at the Annacurragh Inn.

Friday, November 21, 2003

First day I've felt really well in a long time. Good bye, flu virus, may you burn in hell.

New job opportunities are beckoning - doing tech support for the Mob.
Reminds me of the old Grateful Dead song:

I had a steady job
Hauling items for the mob

Y'know the pay was pathetic
It's a shame those boys couldn't be more copacetic

Zoom zoom! The graphics on this page provide a pretty fascinating zoom trip through the universe working through the exponentals of a metre from the macro world of the galaxy down to individual quarks. Pretty awesome!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Bush is being wheeled around London as we speak. Somehow I don't think he'll be making time for a quiet word with Mike Moore, who's over there to "greet" him ...

Estimating the aerial cruising velocity of an unladen swallow. If you just want to know without all the maths, it's about 24 miles an hour.

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Blogging still patchy due to health constraints.

We went to Amsterdam at the weekend - usual good pre-Christmas cheer (undaunted by the usual crap A'dam weather at this time of year). Somehow it's a city whose charms never grow old - there's always something new to do. This time our new things were to (a) start using the tram system properly, bombing around town instead of taking all day walking and (b) visitiing De Pijp, where the ethnic-flavoured market and associated shops has lots better value than you see in touristville A'dam.

We're gonna go again next May!!! WE've resolved to make a special shopping budget and do some big-time shopping next time.

Something we have seen before: the Sint Nicholas fun and games were afoot: carriages, bands, guys in blackface ...

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Gloomy news for the open source camp: the Reg tries to make it an upbeat story, but it ain't.

Monday, November 10, 2003

And the beat(ing) goes on - a real 3 week dragon-virus - getting the last lash (we hope) of it's tail right now. Blogging more in defiance than anything else.

Spotted on Slashdot - Disney finally bows out of hand-drawn animation for good.

Thursday, November 4, 2003

Even bigger outage (outrage) than I though it would be. More of a virus than a bug proper. Chastening to realise how much, how easily, how thoughtlessly the world/web goes on without you. So bear it in mind, guys, we might think otherwise, but we're REALLY ALL JUST BIOMASS - which from a cosmic )or even terrestrial/oceanic point of view, is just roadkill waiting to happen. It takes less time than you think to become part of the food-chain, companeros ...

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November 2003 archive
Living somewhere near here:

Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
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Blogs we like
Blogcritics: news and reviews
Where is Raed? in Baghdad
Oblomovka in California
Melanie - this really is a blog.
Deborah - is buzzing in Sweden.
Paulianne diarying in Diois
Karlin Lillington on the move.
Tom Chi making music in Seattle.
The Homeless Guy - out and about.
The Agonist - somewhere in Texas (when he's not touring the Silk Road).
Eric Raymond - an individual.
William Gibson - for as long as he keeps it up.
Ilonina - is random.
SlashDot - geek central.
BoingBoing - a directory of wonderful things.
Bernie Goldbach - is under way in Ireland.
Ideas Asylum - for insanely good ideas.
Tom Murphy - has a PR angle.

Dept. of War-blogging Just to keep an eye on these guys and be reminded that the neo-cons aren't going away any time soon ...
Den Beste - good on engineering topics, rabid on everything else.
John Robb - war-blogging from the armchair (which is the closest to a war-zone most of these guys get).
Instapundit - for breaking news, and a right-wing take on same. "If you've got a modem, I've got a (bigoted) opinion"

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I live in Ireland, in a lovely part of the country called Aughrim in the county of Wicklow. I work in South Dublin - it's a long commute - but 2 days a week I work from home. Whenever possible, I walk with my dog Scooby (Scooby's a feisty Glen of Imaal terrier with loadsa character) under beautiful Croghane Mountain.
About the name Mulqueen Mulqueen is a Clare sept, first recorded as a bardic tribe in the annals of the Dal Cais in the 10th century. I'm from Limerick originally myself, and the name is mainly found in south Clare, North Tipperary, and Limerick East. The name is O'Maolchaoin in Gaelic - the "Maol" (as with all the many Irish surnames beginning in "Mul") means "bald". It doesn't mean there were a lot of hair-challenged gents back then! The tag refers to "tribes wearing horn-less helmets" - it wasn't just the Vikings who wore horns, many Irish tribes did too. The "chaoin" means "gentle" in the sense of well-bred (the sense that survives in "gentleman" or "gentility"). Presumably the bardic (poetic) activities are referred to here :-) Anyhow, some of us are still writing - there is a disproportionate number of Mulqueens working in Irish journalism. Heraldic elements in clan history generally tend to be much later additions, but for the record the Mulqueen coat of arms holds a lion and a heart, and the motto: "Fortiter et fideliter" - brave and true.