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Shepherd like you mean it.

December 14th, 2009

We’re due a letter from the pope any day now. Wonder how it will be received.

Run for fun!

December 5th, 2009

The funrun along the river bank was held today. Nev and Niall were out with cameras so you can check there or the main site to see how everyone got on. This year the run was all the way into town and back, for the first time since 2001. The weather, as usual, stayed fine; which is pretty good considering the weather and the state of the river recently.

As usual money was collected for charity; this year The Blue Box Creative Learning Centre.

I got to wear a yellow jacket and use the associated authority to stop traffic at the canal bridge. Traffic this year was noticeably less than the last time I did this in 2007. We also got to herd Brunt some of the way home.

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Just in case you wanted a 2nd Opinion

November 26th, 2009

2012 by MovieBob

And check out MovieBob’s take on the two Twlight Movies. God knows, I have no intention of ever reading the books or watching the movies so you may as well get an Internet Critic’s opinion.

Administrivia redux

November 26th, 2009

My old host plan kind of nuked itself so I have done a transfer to a new provider. Everyone say hi to Blacknight, we could be here for a while.

The transfer is a bit more rushed than I might have liked, so bear with me while I iron things out, fluff pillows etc.

Here is a bit of Bohemian Rhapsody to keep you going.

PS Don’t forget to update your RSS feeds, links etc, assuming they are working again.

In case you were wondering…

November 21st, 2009

2012, a movie inspired by Mayan apocalypse myths and crackpot theories that works better as a metaphor for  John Cusack’s current career – playing essentially the same role that was novel in “Sure Thing”, endearing and nostalgic in “Grosse Point Blank” and “High Fidelity” and now just comes across as ineffectual and pointless (even with the plot on your side).

It probably scores quite highly on the most improbable airplane take-offs from crumbling runways since the Battle of Britain. And even then I couldn’t quite escape thinking that they only did it once and just changed the CGI of the plane and surroundings for the other two. Other than that its geologically and geographically a bit weak. I would hope that if the Da Vinci Code did nothing else(!) it at least brought home to most people that the Mona Lisa is in the Louvre, in Paris and so you don’t need to show people that you are in Paris by having the Eiffel Tower visible from the Louvre and certainly not visible as if you could view it along the Champ de Mars. Maybe the whole Crust Displacement thing happened more than once. And even if it did its unlikely that it move the Mona Lisa from an underground specially built chamber to an office with a window view of the Eiffel Tower.

The supporting characters were just bad. Although they did do a nice setup of the aged US president potentially having a hot young wife.  But she turned out to be merely his daughter and was only in the movie as the love interest for the character that was written to be played by the Denzel Washington of 10-12 years ago and instead got played by some mere wannabe. A lot of the supporting characters are played by mere wannabes, which I suppose is what happens when you only have John Cusack as the lead. Oliver Platt is good as the not-baddie but he looks like he is just phoning it in.

There’s no big bad in the movie per se, unless you think neutrinos are inherently evil – maybe those Mayans were on to something. But aside from the Bhuddist chaps and the favourably treated protagonists everyone else is morally flawed in some way by being too rich, or by sleeping with the pilot, or being bat shit crazy or Indian, or at sea, or having stolen John Cusack’s family or Japanese, or just unlucky enough to be alive but not a Billionaire (in euros, not dollars) and so gets their well-deserved comeuppance from the evil neutrinos.

There is really no point in talking about the science aspect of science fiction these days. So instead I have to wonder what kind of novel gets published in hardback and only sells 455 copies worldwide? And why did the John Cusack’s character agent/editor give him an expensive watch in anticipation of high sales yet not give him an advance big enough that 7 years later he could avoid being a chauffeur for a Russian Billionaire – although that worked out well in the end; if you don’t include the pilot(s), the bimbo, the Billionaire himself, the state of Hawaii, or indeed the rest of the world. At least the dog survived.


Disaster Strikes!

November 20th, 2009

We went to 2012 Friday night and so missed all the excitement around town

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Graduation 2009

September 4th, 2009

Some photos of the recent pleasantness.

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Sean, Cyril and Me

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Sean, me, Tom

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Me, my parents, John

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Sean, my parents, Me

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All ece PhD graduates and Supervisors

Thanks to Neville for being photographer for the day.

mmmm…. …pie

June 7th, 2009

The election count is all over bar the shouting. Squid did a really good job over at the Limerick Blogger and on Twitter tracking numbers and counts and keeping everyone up to date.

In the meantime there are numbers to be crunched and analyses to be performed. John has thrown up some historical graphs and figures on his blog and there will in time be counts etc available in the local and national media, online and from the councils themselves.

Anyway, the new Limerick City Council is
Fine Gael (8): South: Maria Byrne, Ger Fahy, Jim Long, Diarmuid Scully; North: Michael Hourigan, Cormac Hurley, Kevin Kiely; East: Deins McCarthy
Labour (4) South: Joe Leddin, Orla Mcloughlin; North; Tom Shortt; East: Gerry Mclouglin
Independents (3): South: Pat Kennnedy; North: Kathleen Leddin; East: John Gilligan
Fianna Fàil (1): East: Kieran O’Hanlon
Sinn Fèin (1): North: Maurice Quinlivan

Limerick City Council 2009

I can see Fine Gael doing a deal with Pat Kennedy to ensure overall control of the council. Kennedy is essentially an Independent FG councillor anyway and one year in the Mayors office as the price for his support wouldn’t be daylight robbery.

Note to Eamonn Ryan

June 6th, 2009

Having a Green Economy is not dependent on having a Green Party!

Don’t be back!

June 6th, 2009

I was about 5 mins into Terminator:Salvation before I thought “Please somebody save me from this rubbish.”

Even the type of people who like explosions were wondering how you can spend $200 million on a movie and only $2 on a script, and seemingly $0 on acting lessons.