Archive for December, 2007

mmmm… …solsticey

December 21st, 2007

happy festivus everybody

Pathway to Paradise

December 19th, 2007
Ronan has been using his recuperation time wisely, digging through the youtube archives for useless information.

In retaliation I offer.

As compensation; those without youtube access can look here...

xmas racer…

December 17th, 2007

People with too much time on their hands (or legs) say

I’m a Mazda Miata!

You like to soak up the sun, but your tastes are down to earth. Everyone thinks you’re cute. Life is a winding road, and you like to take the curves in stride. Let other people compete in the rat race – you’re just here to enjoy the ride.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Winter Birthday Season

December 14th, 2007
The annual winter birthday extravaganza has been even more extravagant than usual this year with Ronan, Edu and Eoin all hitting the big 30 earlier in Dec. Elsewhere others continued, or will continue the slouch towards their 4th decade while the rest of us are just about holding their own…

To mark my own participation in this years winter birthday season, as well as the whole christmassy thing, there will be mulled wine and cake in the flat later. We even decorated a bit. Its tree-mendous.

Cultural Outings…

December 10th, 2007

Went to the Messiah at the University Concert Hall. The ICO supplied the musicy bits and the Limerick Choral Union sang along. Not too shabby overall.

Apparently one stands during the Hallelujah chorus, this is following the tradition allegedly started by King George II. From wikipedia

In many parts of the world, it is the accepted practice for the audience to stand for this section of the performance. Tradition has it that King George II rose to his feet at this point. As the first notes of the triumphant Hallelujah Chorus rang out, the king rose. Royal protocol has always demanded that whenever the monarch stands, so does everyone in the monarch’s presence. Thus, the entire audience stood too, initiating a tradition that has lasted more than two centuries. It is lost to history the exact reason why the King stood at that point, but the most popular explanations include:
  • He was so moved by the performance that he rose to his feet.
  • He arrived late to the performance, and the crowd rose when he finally made an appearance.[8]
  • His gout acted up at that precise moment and he rose to relieve himself.
  • After an hour of musical performance, he needed to stretch his legs.[9]

The “many parts of the world” above refers only to English speaking countries. Presumably the other nations of the world at the time didn’t give a toss about the musical preferences of some German usurper at the court of St James and so they and their successor cultures don’t stand.

Greener than thou!

December 3rd, 2007

Limerick may have its green christmas sacaffolding thing with lights powered by a turbine (which doesn’t appear to move in windy weather, like last weekend). But the Japanese are going for eel power!

(via boingboing)