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|Saturday, August 22nd, 2009|
Damn. So Tom
was supposed to be coming over this weekend. However he has the flu. The NHS's pig death
site said he had swine flu. :/ I'm gonna miss him this weekend.
|Saturday, July 18th, 2009|
|I have lots of memories.
I feel old. I have lots of memories and my life keeps changing in lots of different ways (partially my own doing). And I'm only 25. I feel like a lot has happened in the last 3 years. I hope life keeps being this interesting for the next 30 years.
|Wednesday, July 15th, 2009|
|Not going to Africa this year
Regular readers to this blog might have noticed, I've been silent on one topic recently. Africa. Usually by now I've mentioned where I'm going in Africa. However I'm not going away with Camara to Africa this year. Not that there's any bad blood there, I'm just taking a break. I've done it 3 years in a row, I'm having a summer at home this time.
However I've been reading things like White African
) and Hackers for Charity
, and it makes me want to go back to africa!
|Tuesday, July 7th, 2009|
London pride was on last weekend.
I flew over on the Friday night, and had to get up early in order to drive oodles of miles most of the way into London. I got to go on the 6 lane M25. It's big. I suppose. We found kelemvor
's house much quicker than syniqal
thought. And after seeing Kelemvor's house, I feel much better about how cluttered I think my room is. After getting some coffee in the sleepy Illarane, we got the train to Marble Arch. It wasn't hard to spot the gang. Got to meet jamiethegrey
's boy) for the first time, who I'm sure (judging my the amount of clothes he had on) was glad at how hot it was.
After some waiting around for Tom and Richard to appear, we headed towards the parade. We stopped roughly near the start. One can hear the drums from a distance. Some randomer asked if we knew what the event was. You'd think the pink union jacks would give you a hint.
The parade itself was different from the Dublin one. It was much more offical. At the start of the parade was the Army and Navy people marching in a rigid formation. (As one of the lads said, you can guarentee everyone of them will pull tonight). There also was lots of floats from various government departments. It was cool that the state was so supportive of things. But it made you feel like you weren't as much a part of it. Perhaps that's just cause I didn't actually march, I only looked. But it was different from the Irish Pride.
Walked aaages in the heat through hyde park. Meet up with some friends of friends. Sat around for about 6 hours in the lovely hot sun drinking and having a picnic. In the UK you are allowed to drink in public, unlike Ireland. That was kinda cool.
Briefly went back to Retro, a funky little gay bar. Think Pantibar feel, but with a bit more of an antique feel to it. However Kelemvor had returned from big journey across the wilds, so we went back to ~Kelemvor after 2 pints. Few drinks and then early to bed. Turns out the blow up bed he bought didn't include a pump. But Tom and I were able to improvise a bed with some cushions and quilts, so everything was fine in the end.
I'd seen the UK news and heard about the heatwave, but this was unreal. Myself and Tom slept with both windows open and a fan on permanently, and I was still waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. As a result I didn't sleep very well.
Next day we (me, Tom, Kelemvor and Illarane) went to a swimming pool. It was nice. It was great to get into the pool on such a nice day. It was quite empty and it was fun to splash around in the pool. I got a new laptop (which I'm typing this on now), but it was delivered to Tom and was back in his flat, so we had to drive all the way back to Cheltenham from London to get it, and then drive back to Bristol, where my flight was from. That's basically a big triangle. My flight was later than normal, so I didn't get back to my house till 1am. Tired Rory was Tired.
|Wednesday, July 1st, 2009|
I ordered a new laptop over the weekend. It's being shipped to the UK. It was the 3rd one I looked at and cost €450. I hate shopping for laptops, so i decieded to make it brief and simple. Last few weeks have been weird. I used to use my work laptop, but had to give that back when I changed jobs a few weeks ago. For a while i had no net connection, I only got my eeepc working properly. Which is a sort of laptop. As a result I haven't been spending much time online. And I'm a bit happier in general for it. I have a habit of spending too long on line, I need to listen to my body and go to bed when I'm tired! I should not spend 8 hours online in a stretch! One or two should be enough!
This evening I went down to Tog - the Hackerspace in Dublin
. I hadn;t been down in a while, One thing I want to get out of a hackerspace is to try to recreate the college computer lab feel and community. Paul who I was away with last year in Kenya with Camara was down there. It's nice to be able to meet up with people. Otherwise one loses touch,
I used to blog every time I went out on my bike. Now I don't. I drive into work on the bike, and I'm getting much better at urban driving. I confidetaly split lanes and overtake about 25 cars in a go. Motorbikes are so handy for urban areas. I went into Tog on my bike. It only took 5 minutes, which was cool. Riding in today was fun though.
However I need to get a more powerful bike. A 125 is fine when you're starting off, but now I want something bigger. I'm tempted to get a licence in the UK that way I can do direct access and not have to wait about 6 months for a driving test. Current Mood: accomplished
|Tuesday, June 30th, 2009|
|Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009|
|Friday, June 12th, 2009|
|Saturday, May 23rd, 2009|
|Friday, May 15th, 2009|
|Little bike trip and a bit of a meet up with some camara people
Yesterday after a tiring day at work, I went out on my bike to the see if the local bike shop had a disk lock. However they were closed, so I just rode around for a bit. It was a nice ride. I didn’t go on any dual carraigeways, they still sometimes freak me out.Afterwards it was down to Sin É to meet up with Colin and some of Camara volunteers from ‘07. It was mostly Team Kenya (’07). It was great to see some people who I hadn’t seen in a while. The whole crowd of volunteers who went away in 2007 were great craic.
|Wednesday, May 13th, 2009|
|Friday, May 8th, 2009|
|Nice & Monaco
I‘m off to Nice in a few hours
. Myself and Tom are spending the weekend in Nice and Monaco
. Tom’s finishing up a job there, so I thought I’d pop over and we’d make a weekend out of it.
|Wednesday, May 6th, 2009|
|Deflation - One of the benefits of this recession
So Ireland is going through a pretty harsh recession at the moment. Job losses and job cuts. However one of the benefits of it is that a lot more places are doing special offers and deals. Today I got a chicken fillet roll and finches orange for €3 in Spar on Abbey Street
. It’s quite common to see shops doing offers for rolls at around €3.
I still wanna get out of this country before it going completly down the tubes.
|Tuesday, May 5th, 2009|
Tom was over the long weekend
Myself and Tom are planning on motorbiking around Ireland in a few weeks for 2 weeks. We got some helmet based walkie-talkies and wanted to try them out. Also we wanted to see some country areas. The image on the left is the route we took. We headed out to Tallaght and went up to the Dublin mountains via Firhouse. We got up to where there’s a very nice view of all of Dublin city, (photos of me and Tom there), and we continued on to more country areas. I can’t believe how scenic and pretty it got after that. The whole long stretch through that is a bare barren valley, it’s all bogland. Tom wanted to see some bogs, it was only after passing some people cutting turf that I could definitivly say that it was a bog. It was a very nice place to drive though, since there was no hedges or walls, you’re just winding though this scenic empty wasteland. You can see some nice views of some mountains and lakes, including the Sugarloaf (Tom referred to it as a mountain with a point). Along the route we had some nice views of various lakes at the base of mountains and a brief glimpse of Powerscourt waterfall. We also go roughly as high up as the Sugarloaf.
We dropped into my mum for dinner and headed off late-ish. At the traffic lights near Charlemount Luas stop
, the bike wouldn’t start. At this stage it was after sunset and had been raining for a bit. It was only when Tom moved the bike from side to to side and didn’t hear the familiar sloshing of petrol in the tank that he realised what the problem was. (Try that in a car!) There are a few things in cars that aren’t in bikes. One is a fuel gauge. Yes that’s right, there’s no way to know how much fuel you have left in a bike. Bikes get around this by (sorta) having 2 tanks, main and reserve. Your reserve has about 2L of petrol and should be enough to get you about 30km. When you run out of petrol, you just switch to reserve and go to the next garage. However if you are like me and clearly did something silly and set it to reserve it will drain all your main and all your reserve. You won’t know anything’s wrong until it runs out and you are then left with no petrol in the tank.So I had to push the bike for about an hour. In the rain. At 10pm. To the nearest petrol station.
Which was in Dolphin’s Barn
, a very poor area of Dublin. The guy working in the petrol station was behind an inch of glass and you had to put money into a drawer which he slid in/out, like in prison. It was an experience. Eventually we got home, cold and wet.
Sunday we got up late after the long exercise the previous night. I made some home made pizza
. While letting the dough rise, Tom fixed the rear brake light on my bike.
He pointed out that since he was repairing my bike and I was cooking for him, this made me the bitch.After that it was a nice relaxing evening watching Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which I’d never seen before. It was quite good.
|Wednesday, April 29th, 2009|
|Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04
So I recently upgraded to the latest version of Ubuntu, 9.04 aka Jaunty. Everything is fine except that my video card for my laptop has been blacklisted by the desktop effects. Apparently there’s some flaws in the driver that cause your graphics to freeze after a while. But it means I have the computer desktop from the 90s now. No more do my windows have drop shadows, and I can’t nicely move form desktop to desktop. *sigh* I subscribed to the bug report on Launchpad and now I’m getting about a dozen emails a day.
|Friday, April 24th, 2009|
|TOG - a hackerspace for Dublin
So some of us are trying to set up a Hackerspace
in Dublin. I’ve been ‘elected’ an OCM, mostly as a political move since I haven’t been involved with 2600
. Oh dear, more committee-ing. I’m quite excited about having a hackerspace, sounds great fun. :)
In other news Tom’s brother’s wedding is tomorrow, I get to meet his family. That should be ‘interesting’. Since I’m flying over, I’m wearing my suit into work today. It’s less likely to get creased on me, than if I put it in a bag. Everyone in work keeps asking if I’m going to an interview. Given the state of the Irish economy (we’re Iceland mark 2), it’s quite funny.
|Sunday, April 19th, 2009|
I have a habit of not being proactive at things and just letting things happen. Which also means things just tend to not happen sometimes. Which bothers me. I’m going to start being more proactive.
|Sunday, April 12th, 2009|
|GPS trace of my trip to Kenya
I was in Kenya in July 2008 with Camara
. I had my GPS with me recording where I went. Here’s what happens when you put it on a map. All of this travel was done on road, no planes here. You can see Somalia on the top right, and Tanzania on the bottom, including Dar Es Salaam
on the bottom coast. The middle is Mt. Kilimanjaro and the towns of Moshi and Arusha, where I did a safari
. I’ve only had the GPS for year, so no trace of that.
Related: Going around Mombasa, where we were based