Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Great hooks, number 1. (9.12.2005, 16:47 UTC)
Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of the death of John Lennon, originator of my most hated song (what is it about Imagine that everyone else seems to love it?). Apparently, the Beatles were the first real boyband, and as pop developed, we have had ongoing discussions about the perfect hook. "She loves me, yeah, yeah, yeah" is an example of the art. Once in your head, it takes the musical equivalent of ten nuclear warheads to get it out. I contend that the very first pop music hook was by GF H...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Is there really only this? (9.12.2005, 10:27 UTC)
Some time ago, Sinéad wrote a piece on how few women there were in the bloggosphere. At the time, I didn't really address the issue because to be honest, I saw it thus: there is a possibility that many women have better things to be doing, or, potentially are writing blogs, but not making any major efforts to raise their profile. Or they might be addressing different issues, issues that are perhaps very specialised. Someone arrived here yesterday looking for a knitting blog based in Dublin....
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...on Driving in Ireland (again) (9.12.2005, 10:06 UTC)
Some time ago, Mark pondered the setting up of a name and shame driving website. I had then, and still have very mixed feelings about this, for a number of reasons. Theoretically TrafficWatch is nationwide, which enables you to ring up and crib about a driver you see being bold. But I'd mixed feelings about this too because I recall the experience I had ringing up about a driver who went flying through a red light, nearly knocking me (masquerading as a pedestrian) down in the process, and I rea...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Some updates (8.12.2005, 21:14 UTC)
Following some configuration hassles, and general all round messing, I have made some changes to the set up here. The languages blog is now a blog within the main windsandbreezes configuration, but you can still access it from languages.windsandbreezes.org. It has its own XML feed here: languages.windsandbreezes.org XML feed. This will make it a hell of a lot easier for me to update, and hopefully won't cause too much grief for the currently (one) reader. All updates to the languages blog will...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...It's all a learning game (8.12.2005, 20:56 UTC)
One of the reasons I set up windsandbreezes.org was so that I could learn stuff. I have, quite a bit. This is (finally) the languages blog which you can access via languages.windsandbreezes.org. All content going in here will also appear on the main www.windsandbreezes.org page. If you only want to subscribe to the languages blog, this is the XML feed you need to subscribe to. Entries which have appeared on the earlier version of languages.windsandbreezes.org will soon be moved over, although...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...The vexed questions of programming comments (8.12.2005, 17:03 UTC)
The DailyWTF has a piece on comments which caught my eye. Now, strictly speaking, this one really belongs on languages.windsandbreezes.org but I have configuration problems and a memory like a sieve. I started writing computer code almost 6 years ago, and metaphorically beaten into me was the value of documenting your code in such a way as the next person to come along (not always likely to be yourself) would have a fighting chance of understanding what exactly it is you are doing. For the reco...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Prologue (7.12.2005, 20:52 UTC)
THERE was a slight 'aargh' followed by a thump, the sort of thump which has, on occasion, been known to accompany a body, falling, say, limply, to the floor. "Dashed inconvenient for him to resign like that", said one voice. "Well, his position was untenable", commented another voice. This voice was slightly dark and fruity, with a sombre and cynical overtone. "And dying like that is a bit of a hindrance to persuading him to reconsider", said another voice, slightly further away. "Still, at ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Other human beings (7.12.2005, 20:07 UTC)
/rant wireless link died, didn't notice and lost entry /end rant /second attempt Planetpotato has a piece on aspects of living in Dublin that I can identify with. Right now I'm smiling and being pragmatic about the loss of a fine, incisive entry I wrote on the subject over the last half an hour. Anyway, this is something which interests me, because I have noticed it too. In fact, I notice it every time I come back from somewhere foreign. Dublin is not the most pleasant place, from the point of ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...No really...it's absolutely definitely not... (7.12.2005, 12:14 UTC)
I borrowed this one from Neil Gaiman's blog. How to get the identification of cheese totally wrong Plus, moral question: you see someone with what you think might be a hell of a lot of cocaine - do you tell the cops, or do you try to take him out?
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Flotsam (6.12.2005, 23:03 UTC)
I'm not enthusiastic about reading any newspapers lately - they are depressing the living daylights out of me. Someone dumped a copy of the Epoch Times through the letter box again (aarggh), and it had a rape story from China on the front page (clue, if it's bad news, and it involves China, it's very, very likely to be on the front of the Epoch Times). As a result, raw material for this blog has been somewhat thin on the ground. So here's some things that just caught my eye for no particular re...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Doolin Waterworks (6.12.2005, 21:06 UTC)
This picture was taken in May 2003 (I think) with the Olympus OM10 and the Makinon lense, and scanned by yours truly, the not particularly talented scanner, with a Xerox scanner. I'd a terrific time that day - the sun was shining, the sky was nice and blue, and the sea was providing me with some entertainment, the like of which I can pretty much only dream of here in Dublin. I had my first surfing lesson the following day and had a ball, so all in all, that weekend was a good one. As it's a ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Things to do with potatoes in the kitchen (6.12.2005, 11:11 UTC)
From the Winds & Breezes cookery collection: Mashed potatoes Peel some potatos and boil in water for about 20 minutes. Drain water, add a bit of butter and a drop of milk, some salt, and some pepper, and bash with a potato masher. Variation 1: add some chopped onion while mashing Variation 2: peel a clove of garlic and throw in the water with the potatoes. Use a little less milk when mashing. If you really want, you can add tomato ketchup to the finished product for added effect. Winds ch...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Maestoso.... (5.12.2005, 22:42 UTC)
Many years ago, I used to be an organist, and I had, relatively speaking, a great organ at my disposal, provided I played ecclesiastical music on it. I have rather an attachment to the sound of a pipe organ as a result. Most people would think of Bach first and foremost when it comes to organ music, and it is fair to say that his Toccata and Fugue (something or other - he wrote a load of them) are possibly the best known pieces of organ music in the world. However, they are not my favourite. ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Buying Christmas cards (5.12.2005, 22:25 UTC)
I spent some time today in Easons, in Swords, trying to buy Christmas cards. It wasn't easy. They didn't have a vast choice (not by my standards) and I was caught with some ethical considerations. Like 1) should I buy Christmas cards at all. After all, there are environmental concerns 2) there are some cards from which a donation goes to a given charity. Can I ethically buy ones which don't make a contribution to charity? It's a tough one, because with it comes the whole esthetic argument. I ev...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Last night on television (5.12.2005, 12:31 UTC)
I was rather busy a lot of this weekend between going shopping with my sister, and singing at a mass for the first time in 11 years, and things. I also went to Pianos Plus yesterday for the first time (shocking, I know), and met and fell in love with a Steinway 'A'. I think it cost about 80,000E so it'll be an affair of unrequited love, I feel. Anyway. Since we got digital television sometime back, I have not been all that good at watching television, seeing as I can never quite figure out when...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Lighthouses on canvas (5.12.2005, 12:06 UTC)
Thanks to Janine, I have been able to source this, which I ordered last week and which I was delighted to see arrive on Friday, already. So now, on these cold dark nights, I will be carefully stitching away to see how long it will be before I get this finished. Very happy about that. I was getting bored of watching VH1.
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...More in the mists of time (4.12.2005, 17:05 UTC)
Every Wednesday, during fourth year of college, from 6pm onwards, you would find me in the Chaplaincy Centre (now called the "Interfaith Centre") in DCU rehearsing with the Folk Group, and most Saturdays, for 5.30pm Mass, you would find me sitting at the Korg electric piano with a guitar somewhere around (just in case). I wouldn't say I had forgotten it per se, but, as with so many things, it is a long time ago now. So it was a bit of a surprise a few weeks ago to find an email from one of the...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...I can hardly wait (2.12.2005, 15:20 UTC)
Roll on Next Weekend
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Moments (2.12.2005, 15:05 UTC)
If you live or work in north county Dublin, unless you are very, very busy indeed, you can't help but have noticed the torrential rain we've been enjoying this morning. I like the rain. I like the sound of rain hammering on windows, and balconies and rooves. I don't know why - I just find it incredibly peaceful. Today is good like that, except I have to work. What would be nice would be to able to sit at home, with some nice classical music in the background, and the sound of the weather, a mu...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Sur la piste des Dragons oubliés (2.12.2005, 12:02 UTC)
I'm unashamedly plugging this for a number of reasons: I don't know how likely it is that anyone here in Ireland will find out about it if I don't, and anyway, what I've seen of it makes me think it's a wonderful book. It should be available from Au Bord Des Continents. I have to thank Elian for providing me with the images which I really, really like and in particular, for permitting me to post them here. I will be translating the pages relating to Elian Black'Mor's work into French as well ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...on the death penalty (2.12.2005, 11:07 UTC)
From the Sydney Morning Herald from breakingnews.ie ********************* I don't think I really understand the point of a death penalty. Is it supposed to be a deterrent, or a punishment? And does it really work as either? And if it's supposed to be a punishment, why do I feel that it's less the convict who is punished than the family left behind? And if it's supposed to be a deterrent, why isn't it working?
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Kaleidoscope (1.12.2005, 21:12 UTC)
I like candles. Or, strictly speaking, I like the idea of candles. Some candles can be ugly enough, and they don't have the same effect. Currently I have four candles burning on my dressing table. Three of them I bought recently, and the fourth was a birthday present a few years ago. Apparently it smells of apple crumble. I just never got around to burning it. I like to have a few candles burning, because I find that they cast a peaceful and restful glow over a room. I also find that I'm less ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...I want one of these too (1.12.2005, 14:39 UTC)
Two things are likely to change in my life in the next six months: 1) I will get Win XP at work (please don't laugh) and 2) I may not be living a five minute drive from work when or if I buy my own place. How can these things be connected? Well, if I don't live close to work, I can't go home for lunch, and enjoy really nice, good food (in other words, not sourced from the main sources for food around where I work). But if I get WinXP and have USB capability (which sad to report I don't currently...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Fingal County Councillors - online stars? (1.12.2005, 14:02 UTC)
It's been a while since I did this, but our friends in the Irish Independent leave themselves open to it some times. Apparently Fingal County Council will be making council debates available live on the Internet. Is this a good things or a bad thing? Well...realistically, it has the benefit of making council debates accessible to your average poor Fingal resident, who has much of a vested interest in what happens in the area. Currently most of what I know about it, I learn from a sheet of paper ...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...A gadget I want (1.12.2005, 11:17 UTC)
VW Beetle shaped DVD/CD player. sigh...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...More on other people's property (30.11.2005, 15:55 UTC)
From Le Monde today a report on the property market in France and how it may be affected by a rise in interest rates. It's interesting to note that in France, at least, there doesn't appear to be the same level of denial which is prevalent in this country. The last couple of paragraphs of the report are interesting, highlighting, as they do, a number of indicators suggesting that in France, at least, the market has turned. The ones which strike me as interesting relate to the fact that rents a...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Dragon Empereur (29.11.2005, 20:52 UTC)
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Unexplained Disappearance (29.11.2005, 20:49 UTC)
Following on from this image, here's another extract from the Elian Black'Mor collection. Again, image reproduced thanks to the artist.
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...Dragon des Abysses (29.11.2005, 20:45 UTC)
This is, along with a couple of upcoming images, an example of some of the work of Elian Black'Mor. Elian's name is one of the top three search strings which bring non-regular readers to this site. I particularly like Elian's work for a number of reasons. I like his incredible attention to detail in the pictures, and I love his use of light. This is an extract from his book Sur La Piste des Dragons Oubliés which you can get from here. See here for why I'm interested (Image is reproduced b...
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Winds and Breezes - A bits and byte ...it's oh so quiet.... (29.11.2005, 19:29 UTC)
It's also very damn cold here. I'm not actually a Startrek fan, at all. Can't stand it. Used to live with someone who really liked Seven of Nine (or was it Six of Nine? I can't remember). But they had one gadget which I really wouldn't mind. There's probably some trekkie term that I don't know but effectively it was one of those yokies that you could step into, dematerialise, and rematerialise somewhere else of your choosing. Now my grandfather would have used this as proof to suggest that as ...
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