The Ark

2019
Jun
18
Letting your mind breathe
“Modern life is making us anxious: Keeping calm in modern life is difficult and even our ...”
Jul
12
The Numbers Stations
“ https://youtu.be/Wvr6o7fBcTY The Numbers Stations, Documentary BBC Radio4. As a kid, I used to scan the radio ...”
15
Margaret Hamilton: Pioneer Software Engineer
“Enjoyable, if brief, interview with Margaret Hamilton, who lead the software team for the Apollo ...”
Sep
24
"We are in an abusive relationship with our phones"
“ This is an illuminating way of looking at what the relationship really is like between ...”
25
True Crime: "The Girl in the Box"
“ Not knowing is a hard thing to deal with. Fascinating unsolved crime long read in ...”
27
Oct
09
11
Well named
“ https://flic.kr/p/2hqt1Z7 Shenanigans at the lap dancing club, Blackpool. Teehee. ”
16
Good Tools
“ I've been thinking and reading about technical and non-technical leadership, productivity and leveraging, and this ...”
Faded Grandeur
“ https://flic.kr/p/2hq6bZb Blackpool North Pier. ”
2018
Jan
19
Dalmatia’s fjaka state of mind
“What a beautiful description of a state of being, languishing in the Mediterranean sun: The Croatian ...”
Jul
03
05
Catholic Adoption
“In the news, more adoption issues in a case that further illustrates the attitudes and ...”
Desegregation in Iran (just a bit)
“For the first time since 1979, women in Iran are allowed to attend a men's ...”
2017
Jan
17
Chelsea Manning to be released!
“Some good news in the last days of the Obama administration, President Obama has commuted ...”
23
Making space - tips on de-cluttering from Marie Kondo
“I find it far, far easier to accumulate than de-clutter. This sounds like it might ...”
The Guardian at Davos 2017 WEF
“Illuminating roundup of what the Guardian heard at Davos 2017, sample: At Davos you know ...”
Billy Barr
“Curious story of a hermit who lives up Gothic Mountain in the Rockies, alone. A ...”
24
Eugene Cernan, Dead at 82
“Eugene A. Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon and Commander for the ...”
25
Journalists charged after covering Trump inauguration unrest
“This certainly seems chilling, "Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | ...”
Time for a radical solution?
“If, after four years of printing money, the system isn’t working, what next? This is where ...”
29
"Make drivers stop hitting them"
“Again and again, the default position is that people on bikes, or foot, or mobility ...”
Don't ignore it
“"I don’t understand people who believe that if you ignore something, it’ll go away. That’s ...”
30
You'll have to crash louder
“Folk who advocate banning cycling with headphones always think it's ludicrous to equate it with ...”
Harry's Last Stand: On removing platforms
“ BBC putting #Farage on TV b/c you think it adds balance to your news coverage ...”
What If?
“Remember sitting in history, thinking “If I was alive then, I would’ve…”You’re alive now. Whatever ...”
31
"There is no justice, there's just us"
“Rules, justice, the system, none of this works by itself. Terry Pratchett once wrote "There ...”
Feb
06
Autocracy Or Kleptocracy - Trump's America
“David Frum expounds on the possible outcomes of Trump's Presidency in the Atlantic. Fascinating and ...”
07
"Mod Drama" in the Alt-Right
“This is a fascinating and delightful article by Katie Notopoulos, with its detail on classic ...”
13
Suppression of anger
“Helen Blackman on how 'policed' the simple need to sound off every now and then ...”
24
Actual Planning with Data
“A sensible statement about health planning for once. Imagine using actual data to plan capacity: Ireland ...”
Mar
03
1,200 people in Europe will die prematurely due to Volkswagen
“The stark reality of the 'cheating' on emissions by Volkswagen: “The researchers estimate that 1,200 ...”
12
Surviving Autocracy
“Marsha Gessen wrote a set of six rules for surviving an autocracy back in November ...”
Yonatan Zunger - What things going wrong can look like
“In Trumpistan, Yonatan Zunger had a guess at how things might play out (https://medium.com/@yonatanzunger/what-things-going-wrong-can-look-like-400f84a0cc3a#.yyni3tha1): On a ...”
Ban cars near schools?
“A bit radical but why not? How much air pollution should it be ok for ...”
19
Borders & Bad Old Days
“Interesting article over on the New European ( "Don't send Ireland back to division" ), exploring ...”
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Apr
24
The 'poisonous cabin'
“Unsurprisingly enough, and as previously indicated from small scale tests, sitting in a car or ...”
May
09
Passing the Buck through Prayer
“The recent Dail vote to require members to stand for the daily prayer has got ...”
18
Chris Cornell, Dead at 52
“Fuck. I was only talking about him yesterday with a friend who'd recently gotten me ...”
Aug
Sep
02
Iron Rails, going places
“ "Could have stayed somewhere, but train tracks kept going It seems like they always left soon And ...”
Oct
02
Misdirection
“ "The way to take a problem, and make it a huge problem, is first to ...”
03
The Chain of Destruction
“I've just finished the excellent documentary "The House I Live In" (thanks to D for ...”
Nov
20
Malcolm Young, Dead at 64
“https://youtu.be/n_GFN3a0yj0 "Malcolm Young, AC/DC Guitarist and Co-Founder, Dead at 64" Rock In Peace.”
2016
Jan
05
06
Stay in the garden, kids!
“News has broken that twitter might be abandoning it's rather unique 140-character limit for messages, ...”
07
‘If I dropped dead tomorrow, what a fantastic f**king life I’ve had’
“Interesting interview in the IT from a while back with Francis Rossi of the Quo. On ...”
08
10
Cycling in 2015
“I started 2015 having made a decision that I didn't need the car anymore, but ...”
13
Capitalism vs Markets
“They are, in fact, two different things: capitalism is a system of ownership; markets a ...”
15
Beware the Internet of Things: Nest Thermostat Glitch Leaves Users in the Cold
“So, a glitch in a software update to the Nest left users quite literally cold ...”
19
22
I am loving Deutschland 83
“ Very much. Cast, soundtrack, storylines, all great so far. It's all vaguely familiar in some ...”
26
Mind the (pay) Gap
“Although Anderson eventually received salary parity with Duchovny, she told The Hollywood Reporter she was ...”
31
Police speak to boy, 10, due to spelling error
“http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jan/20/i-live-in-a-terrorist-house-police-speak-to-muslim-boy-10-over-spelling-error As a result, the child was interviewed on 7 December by police and the authorities ...”
Feb
03
04
Green Party backs fiscal council’s lower spending limits
“Prudent: “We we are with the Fiscal Advisory Council,” Mr Ryan told a press conference ...”
06
07
12
Post-Cyberspace
“Danah Boyd has an interesting piece on the Reality Distortion Field that is modern tech. ...”
Yet more evidence
“New Canadian study shows bike helmet laws make no difference to injury rates: The ultimate conclusion ...”
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17
UK's Nuclear Deterrent in the age of drones
“Interesting observations in the age of the drones. All declared threats to Britain tend to come ...”
26
Clinging to the wrong certainties
“What I find most odd about the age we live in is that even though ...”
27
The (Cycling) Valley of Death
“As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I take a look at ...”
Mar
01
Brought freedom
“Lovely piece by Deborah Orr in the Guardian, about how much the EU project has ...”
02
Transport choice
“This: So ‘mass cycling’ simply means that everyone has the option to cycle, for any given trip, in much ...”
03
“Great story about the dying profession that is journalism. So many older, experienced, journalists have ...”
05
Labour Benefits: Poor
“Hmmm, good if you're expecting, bad if you're sick or laid off: Ireland offers the second ...”
06
07
Miriam Lord on Micheál Martin
“Outside, workmen were building a new entrance at a blocked-up archway. “What are they doing exactly?” ...”
09
Over 100 years of International Women's Day - Gender Equality is still a long way off
“It's been more than 100 years since the world began observing International Women's Day, and ...”
10
11
Biking triggers social awareness
“It all started innocently enough.  I was 12 years old, living on a farm, and ...”
15
18
Something to remember
“In the ongoing discussions over the future of Irish Water and forming a government, one ...”
21
Equality Forgotten
“Fascinating op-ed in the NYT: On a speaking tour in 1917, Ireland’s foremost suffragist, Hanna Sheehy ...”
Apr
01
Big Data requires Big Laws
“There's no such thing as being 'offline' anymore. It's almost impossible, I'd say, to live ...”
09
POD no longer compulsory
“Good news: As longstanding, longsuffering readers will be aware, for the past year and a bit, ...”
14
Nano-spacecraft: Alpha Centauri in 20 years?
“Fascinating idea: Breakthrough Starshot’s spacecrafts, which they call “nanocrafts,” will be gram-scale computer chips that will ...”
25
The Neoliberal Problem
“Financialisation, as Andrew Sayer notes in Why We Can’t Afford the Rich, has had a ...”
28
Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016? 
“Ironically enough, the work of many recently deceased celebrities tells us what we ought already ...”
May
02
I'm going to have to make time for Game of Thrones
“I've still not started watching GoT, but I admit I'm running out of reasons not ...”
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"April breaks global temperature record, marking seven months of new highs"
“Feels like we're participating in a slow-motion disaster. More scary news: Latest monthly figures add to ...”
Blood Types
“Fascinating long read in the BI: Why do 40% of Caucasians have type A blood, while only ...”
"John Major warns" (again)
“The elder statesman has been wheeled out: The Former Prime Minister John Major is set to issue ...”
Jun
06
09
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Farage post Brexit: Nothing to do with me, Guv
“"I would never have made that claim..." Watch Farage move sideways fast here: WATCH: @Nigel_Farage tells @susannareid100 ...”
26
Brexit, Day 2
“A summary of events: UK politics update:Government: PM resigns, but not quite yet. Opposition: Tearing itself ...”
Brexit: Nicola Sturgeon
“Nicola Sturgeon looks like the only person with a firm hand on the tiller in ...”
Normans Vs Anglo-Saxons
“"What if columnists wrote about the U.K. the way they do about the Middle East?" ...”
29
Brexit Days 3 & 4
“This 'Brexit' event is surely the greatest existential crisis for the UK since Suez back ...”
30
Brexit Bubble
“I'm quite concerned about the potential impact of a BREXIT, and have been avidly following ...”
Jul
05
Unguarded Insight
“Fascinating, unguarded comments from Kenneth Clarke and Michael Rifkind on camera in Sky's studios. Very ...”
06
Possibilities...
“Andrew has posted some interesting and plausible futures for the UK post #Brexit. Worth keeping ...”
17
What's rare is, reportable
“Good points from John Naughton in the Guardian today about the recent Tesla car auto-pilot crash: For that ...”
18
Donald Trump
“Fascinating article on Trump, and what seems to motivate him: “I started off in a small ...”
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Sep
05
Boarding for: Tehran
“BA has resumed flights to Tehran. Now that's a country I'd love to see. Especially ...”
Gates of Damascus, James Elroy Flecker
“This is the song of the East Gate Warden  When he locks the great gate and ...”
06
The Unloved Soccer Manager
“Brendan Rodgers and the Plight of the English Soccer Manager By accepting help with player recruitment ...”
Desire Lines
“Good to see South Dublin CoCo filling in some desire lines in this park near ...”
Edinburgh school parking ban encourages walking - BBC News
“Good news from Edinburgh: A pilot scheme to ban parking outside primary schools in Edinburgh ...”
08
Bike Parking
“With the depressing news recently that funding has been apparently cut by the NTA for ...”
09
Prince Buster, dead at 78
“Prince Buster, Jamaican ska pioneer, died yesterday. Hugely influential in the Jamaican ska and rocksteady ...”
21
Tardigrades  - new insights into their legendary toughness
“These things fascinate me, they're unbelievably tough: Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are ...”
28
A bad case
“A truck passed me twice this morning (due to it getting held up in traffic), ...”
Oct
05
Brexit: The end of the beginning
“It’s now obvious Britain is leaving the single market. Of course, Theresa May spent much of ...”
07
“And if you lose one game on the trot you’re sacked.”
“More managerial merry-go-rounds, this time over at the English national team, where Sam Allardyce recently ...”
Loosening the belt won't cure the problem
“Somebody gets it: More roads equal more traffic And why do more roads equal more traffic? It’s ...”
08
Just Askin'
“Good stuff from Donald Clarke in the IT: Somebody is always “just asking a question” about ...”
Electric Cars are still Cars
“Copenhagenize is pondering where the clean energy to power all the electric cars of the ...”
11
Time not well spent
“Interesting:  Addicted to Your iPhone? You’re Not Alone - The Atlantic Harris is the closest thing Silicon ...”
Climate: The Cost of Doing Nothing
“Financial cost, not just environmental: Between circa €3 and €6 billion is therefore estimated, but it ...”
12
Gary Younge on American Gun Culture
“Gary Younge spent over ten years in the US working for the Guardian, and gave ...”
16
17
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, dead at 88
“BANGKOK (AFP) - Millions of Thais donned black Friday as the grieving nation prepared to hold traditional ...”
24
Brexit negotiations going well then...
“ Brexit negotiations going well. pic.twitter.com/CsNxYjmIk9 — Ben Phillips (@benphillips76) October 23, 2016 Teehee.”
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"You don't know. Ye dinnae ken. You don't have a Scooby."
“RTE have a good summary of the recent happenings over in BREXITland ("May lacks legal ...”
Nov
02
Fight Like Apes no more: "Stick a fork in us, we’re done"
“Fight Like Apes have called it a day, due to financial reasons. Spotify doesn't cut ...”
03
Design beats enforcement
“Design, design, design: Much as cyclists might like to see bad drivers punished for their distracted ...”
05
Parking Without Thought
“@ellenfromnowon has shared an excellent short video that shows clearly the difficulties faced by a ...”
06
Cycle for better health says 20 year study
“Another study showing that one of the best health adjustments you can make is to ...”
07
A Reminder from History
“A German man living in California shared this message with the American people #beentheredonethat pic.twitter.com/Rtq9OqBWmn— ...”
Enemies of the People?
“Yvette Cooper has written a strong article in the HuffPo pointing out the dangers of ...”
08
Awaiting developments in the US Presidential Election 2016...
“First CNN exit poll in under 20 mins. pic.twitter.com/rop8CehcPo— Jamie Glackin (@JamieGlackin1) November 8, 2016 ”
11
RTE & Katie Hopkins
“So far RTÉ has received 676 emails critical of the decision to feature Hopkins as ...”
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"Seems a fair summary"
“From an @FT comments page. Seems a fair summary. pic.twitter.com/MmZVSXUeYu— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) November 16, ...”
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France, the European Project & Our Future
“Jason O'Mahony is on top form, raising scary visages: France is where a Europe of free ...”
Dec
02
Hiring diverse teams
“Jonathan Nightingale on hiring: In tech, a common pattern is for hiring managers to say “I ...”
13
Legitimizing
“Very good point here: When I could get no really substantive on-the-record statements from the tech ...”
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25
George Michael, Dead at 53
“Sad to hear of the passing of George Michael on Christmas day. Another one gone ...”
28
How Democracy Ends?
“Asks David Runciman in the LRB. Can the modern, democratic state survive the assent of ...”
Mozart: Still got it after all these years... ?
“Mozart has topped the CD sales chart for the year, according to qz. The music business ...”
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2015
Jan
02
06
Good News: Serious cycling 'keeps you young'
“Stay young, keep cycling: A study of fit amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 found that ...”
07
08
11
Danger 5
“ "You hit a woman!" "I hit a NAZI!" Possibly the best thing to emerge from Australia since ...”
12
16
Jane Bown
“Jane Bown's obituary appeared in the Guardian before Christmas. I admit I hadn't heard of ...”
19
Sell anyone on Vision Zero
“ The notion that 100 percent of traffic deaths are preventable is difficult for many of ...”
27
Nothing to hide? You still have everything to fear.
“"It was early morning when the German police stormed the house of Andrej Holm and ...”
"... an opportunity to be themselves"
“ TENI launched a video on legal gender recognition yesterday to correspond with the introduction of ...”
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Higher standards for 'professional' drivers?
“So-called professional drivers, who drive for a living, are, on a day to day basis, ...”
Feb
04
By Thor!
“Curious: Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and ...”
07
Bus advertising in Denmark. Epic.
“ Molotov Cocktails! Sexy Sandwiches! Via Grist”
09
Krugman: "The dynamic is different this time"
“Paul Krugman could be on to something when he points out that small country politicians ...”
13
The Elephant in the Village
“Instructive piece on the BBC about the demise of some Tesco stores in the UK ...”
The boring 'miracle cure'
“No need for pills, no mad sessions at the gym, no personal trainers required, no ...”
14
Spicy sauces and gender
“Penn State have released a study on hot sauce and gender: In the study, the researchers ...”
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Bus Stops of the former Soviet Union
“Some quirk for the day - An obsession - brutal, beautiful bus stop design of the ...”
20
GCHQ does whatever the fuck it wants
“According to the latest Snowden documents, it seems that GCHQ have stolen the master encryption ...”
22
Normal Supper
“Judas: still on for Friday? Jesus: Friday? Judas: yeah, the last supper Jesus: the what? Judas: supper. Normal supper ...”
25
Old Friends - The Sound of Music's 50th Anniversary
“There's a lovely interview in Vanity Fair with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer for The ...”
Mar
01
02
US Govt wants to have its cake and eat it
“http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-united-states-is-angry-that-china-wants-crypto-backdoors-too “You can't have it both ways,” Trevor Timm, the co-founder and the executive director of ...”
What's a house for?
“There needs to be a public debate about how the crisis should be resolved. It ...”
03
04
Flexibility - Or why cars can't get away with things bikes can
“Mark Treasure has written up an excellent post (complete with some illustrative photos) on why ...”
05
Children and Play in the Holocaust
“Jason Kottke has been doing some reading on children and play, specifically Peter Gray, and ...”
06
09
Brave
“ Four years ago, intimate photographs of Danish journalist Emma Holten were posted on the web. ...”
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Jupiter & Saturn: Destroyer and Protector?
“This is very interesting: Our solar system is weird. First of all, it doesn’t look much like ...”
27
Friday Afternoon: Queenadreena, "Pretty Like Drugs"
“ Katie-Jane Garside is just fantastic.”
30
The Mahler Project
“ A short documentary about an event inspired by a one liner in the original ZX ...”
About Time
“Practice of jailing minors in adult prisons to end from this week: The practice of admitting ...”
Apr
01
Don't get pregnant in Indiana
“Purvi Patel gets 20 years for neglect and feticide. "The first woman to be sentenced for ...”
07
Progress
“First post a year ago today, happy birthday to postcards! I've managed to keep posting ...”
08
09
Alexei Sayle for a Marxist Top Gear
“Yes please: So what better place to reintroduce Marxist ideas than on a show dedicated to ...”
10
"It's Taken 21 Years To See Kurt Cobain From The Feminine Perspective"
“This looks good: Before the film was shown at Sundance in January, director Brett Morgen dedicated ...”
13
UK Non-doms
“Even more interesting — and depressing — was the resulting ‘controversy’ about the pledge, which ...”
14
Meanwhile, in England
“British Sunshine day 3, utter chaos as it is too hot to drink tea. Unattractive ...”
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Videogram: An SDCC "high quality cycle route"
“ SDCC call this a 'high quality cycle route' (see http://www.sdcc.ie/services/roads-traffic/cycle-tracks/tallaght-to-ballyboden), I wouldn't. It is segregated, so ...”
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May
01
Toilet training the wee ones
“Toilet training is one of the bits of parenting that you *really* hope goes well, ...”
05
A story of activisim and perseverance - How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world
“The Guardian has a great piece on how Amsterdam became the world's cycling capital. It ...”
The Actual Grammar Nazi
“Every now and then, I like to revisit "the actual grammar nazi" tweet. pic.twitter.com/xS3CxgR4Il— Hend ...”
Where were you when...2015 edition
“The Future. "Grandma, where were you when happened?" *sighs wearily* "On Twitter, darling. We were all on ...”
06
07
Archdeacon: ‘No’ referendum posters are homophobic
“‘No’ posters in the same-sex marriage referendum campaign which say every child should have a ...”
08
09
Oireachtas report says direct provision should be scrapped
“A firm call for ending direct provision, but is anyone going to action it? The Oireachtas ...”
12
Cargo Bikes - Copenhagen's Bicycle Culture
“Cargo bikes are, probably, the purest expression of utility cycling. They allow for that bit ...”
The 35th Amendment - Lower age restriction for Presidential Candidates
“The presidential age barrier is arbitrary, meaningless and offensive to the idea of a republic. So, What’s ...”
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Intolerance cannot be tolerated
““The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence ...”
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Mary McAleese - Former President of Ireland - Why My Family is Voting YES to Marriage Equality
“"We who are parents, brothers and sisters, colleagues and friends of Ireland's gay citizens, we ...”
21
It shouldn't be like this
“Never again do I want to have to politely beg someone for a right I'm ...”
Jun
02
In the Public Interest
“Fintan O’Toole in the Times: ‘I don’t know what the definition of public interest is.” Thus ...”
A Surprise New Candidate!
“"Hello, my name is Mr. Rettalb, and I would like to stand for president of ...”
05
Worker Exploitation and Abuse is widespread
“Fascinating read in The Atlantic. Patagonia as a company has tried hard to remove exploitation from ...”
07
Surviving the open plan office
“Five great tips to help introverts survive in an open plan office: http://www.quietrev.com/5-ways-to-love-your-office/ Well worth ...”
10
Major Dublin city centre transport plan announced
“This looks great: http://irishcycle.com/2015/06/10/public-imput-wanted-on-major-dublin-city-centre-transport-plan/ Especially the bit about D'Olier street.”
11
Challenging Gender 'norms' with Cycling: Kabul, Afghanistan
“Bicycles as tools of liberation.   Why did you focus on bike riding? It's kind of cliche, but ...”
Groningen: The World's Cycling City
“ Groningen is a cycling heaven, bicycles, and perhaps more importantly, people, have been put front ...”
12
AA Roadwatch on the Last Word: A few thoughts
“Conor Faughnan of the AA, perhaps seeing the thin end of the wedge for private ...”
Dreamliner 787-9, straight up
“ *jaw-drops* Via: Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 performs near-vertical takeoff in test flight – video | World news ...”
16
South Africa fails to hold Omar al-Bashir on ICC warrant
“So, Omar al-Bashir has flown back to Khartoum, "despite an order barring him from leaving ...”
18
Direct Provision: A report recommends...
“There's nothing that can be done without a report drawn up first, and of course, ...”
Are You An Expert?
“Jeff Atwood is interesting as always, on being an expert: So what does it mean to ...”
"City Bus Drivers Protest Vision Zero Law By Driving More Carefully"
“No, it's not the Onion or Waterford Whispers, or even the Donegal Dollop, yes, these ...”
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What's Really Warming the World?
“This is a great visualisation of the causes of climate change. It examines several factors, ...”
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Looking in the wrong place
“The Dublin Cycling Campaign posted this earlier, pointing out the complete lack of #space4cycling in ...”
Jul
01
The Truth is Out There: CIA claims responsibility for UFO sightings in late 1950s, 1960s
“It was us!, claims the CIA (Irish Times). All those UFO reports in the 50's ...”
02
'They', 'Those People', 'Them'
“Those people. They are us. Sobering piece from Mark Treasure. Top comment, which explains a lot: "When I mentioned ...”
03
Obesity – the ticking time bomb which starts young - BBC News
“We've created an immobile society, avoiding outdoors play, driving everywhere, and sitting constantly. Inserting an ...”
Friday Afternoon: AC/DC!
“After the gig on Wednesday, who else? Here's a couple of videos I found of ...”
04
"Was the photo taken before you put your own helmet on? Stay safe!"
“I saw a (private) facebook thread recently were someone had posted a photo of them ...”
05
4th of July, 2010
“Five years ago I was over in Harrisburg, PA on an extended business trip. The ...”
 Volvo Lifepaint: Blame the vulnerable
“ "The young driver lost his concentration and hit me from behind...." "We are on roads that ...”
07
Srebrenica, July 1995
“This makes for horrifying reading: New research reveals that Britain and the US knew six weeks ...”
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Eurosceptics of the Left
“Has the EU been captured by the ECB, and is the financial sector, those most ...”
Friday Afternoon: Fifty Thousand Watts of Funkin'
“Some High Voltage from The Frank Popp Ensemble *leaves office* ”
Pour encourager les autres
“Yanis Varoufakis is pulling no punches in the Guardian today. The euro is a hybrid of ...”
24
"War on Roads"
“The "War on the Roads" explained. pic.twitter.com/mhyDmxmVvu— Bez (@beztweets) July 21, 2015 ”
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Good news, everybody! Flickr Pro is back
“Excellent. We’re excited to unveil the new Flickr Pro for both existing and new members of ...”
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The secret lives of the priests in Father Ted
“Fascinating. A potted biography of the miscellaneous other priests that populated life on Craggy Island. I’m ...”
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RadWagon: Geraint Thomas Sports Crash and Helmets
“Quite why a downhill race has any comparison to going down the shops is beyond ...”
Aug
05
515 days later
“Finally, something: "Debris confirmed as coming from Flight MH370" http://www.rte.ie/news/2015/0805/719398-mh370/ Still hard to believe an entire aircraft ...”
13
The real dangers
“Damien Ó Tuama in the Irish Times, responds well to their recent variable-quality series on cycling and ...”
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Beneficial Effects
“Some good news: Stillbirths have dropped by almost 8% in England since the smoking ban was ...”
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Conundrum
“We're paying €28m a year to private toll road operators thanks to 'minimum traffic' clauses ...”
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London becomes Europe’s gridlock capital
“The FT contradicts itself a bit here I think: The works-traffic is being compounded by large ...”
"Re-Cycle"
“https://youtu.be/7ELFSBf6aNE”
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Sad Puppies & Donald Trump
“Amanda Marcotte makes an link between GOP nominee hopeful Donald Trump and the 'Sad/Rabid Puppies' ...”
Tux at 24
“"Happy Birthday, Linux!", announced slashdot today. I've been a user for a long time, my ...”
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2015 Defence White Paper
“The new 10 year Defence white paper is to be published today - "Government plans ...”
"What you put in the frame determines the photograph"
“https://youtu.be/Xumo7_JUeMo Interview with Joel Meyerowitz where he discusses the way he approaches his work. "When I ...”
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Marcy Borders, Dead at 42
“Marcy Borders, made famous as the subject of 'The Dust Lady' photograph by Stan Honda, ...”
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The Algorithmic Sea
“Amazing: http://kottke.org/15/03/the-algorithmic-sea”
Sep
01
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Losing trees
“There are more than three trillion trees worldwide - around eight times more than some ...”
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"HELL'S CLUB"
“Very impressive editing in this film mashup. There is a place where all fictional characters meet. ...”
07
Preparing for Winter Cycling
“Richard Bloomfield has a few useful tips on preparing for autumn/winter cycling over on dublinbikeblog.com: Cycling ...”
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"They’re fleeing a fucking war."
“ Cynical and sweary, but spot on.”
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Autumn Harvest
“  https://flic.kr/p/yXTdeM Picked all the fruit with the kids earlier. Almost all pears this year. Just two ...”
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Make Repealing the 8th an Election Issue
“Martina Devlin makes a strong call to vote only for parties that will repeal the ...”
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Yanis Varoufakis - "Austerity" is class war
“Yanis Varoufakis noted simultaneous reductions in taxes on the wealthy and cuts to spending on ...”
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Volkswagen may be charged with pollution deaths
“I was wondering if the additional deaths caused by this would result in prosecution, maybe ...”
Oct
01
Communities or Commodities
“An argument that I’ve heard a lot over the years is that, since I often ...”
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The truth is still out there
“https://youtu.be/v1K0e2Juvf0 Mulder? Scully? Skinner? Cigarette Smoking Man? Could be good...”
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The unselfish vote
“Interesting: How does this affect peoples’ likelihood to go to the ballot box? We were totally unprepared ...”
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'Jadotville'
“Netflix have picked this up exclusively, so I hear. http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/film-siege-of-jadotville-to-reveal-heroism-of-irish-troops-1.1891868 It's a fascinating story, I'd consider getting ...”
Less Employment, More Crime
“Here's some very interesting research into crime levels from Enda Hargaden, University of Michigan: He found ...”
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Friday Evening: "The Police - Masoko Tanga"
“https://youtu.be/NwW3N6UW9XU Great reggae style closer from their classic debut album "Outlandos d'amour", released in 1978.”
Nov
07
Autumn in the Park
“ Cycling to work can bring you through lovely places. Even on a dull morning in ...”
Sigh.
“New access point at the local park. Still no good, even if slightly easier to ...”
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Lindsey Hilsum: "We cover bomb attacks in Beirut too, but you show less interest"
“Touché: If you don’t watch the extensive foreign reporting we provide, it must be partly our ...”
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Trump: Internet Inside(tm)
“ mamasnark on Twitter: "Basically, Trump is what would happen if the comments section became a ...”
Metaphor
“Perfect metaphor for the 'War on Terror': Man tries to put out garbage fire by driving ...”
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MI5 report challenges views on terrorism in Britain
“Well now, that's interesting... MI5 has concluded that there is no easy way to identify those ...”
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Choice illusions
“we are sentient beings capable of choice, and that this is highly valued, but choices ...”
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Dec
01
A glimmer of hope
“The use of antibiotics exerts a Darwinian selection pressure for acquisition of resistance by the ...”
Do a little something
“The thing is, none of that actually matters. How we feel on Facebook doesn’t matter. ...”
07
Glacial change
“Only a country as restrictive as Saudi Arabia could come up with such a thing ...”
09
Progress: Rule on priority of primary-level religion classes to go
“Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan is to remove a 50-year old official rule which gives ...”
22
The Exploitation Economy
“Which is exactly what it's not called, because that'd be far too honest. Instead, it's ...”
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I have seen it...
“Star wars! (@ Light House Cinema - @lighthoused7 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in ...”
The Beatles arrive
“The last of the great holdouts after AC/DC and Led Zeppelin allowed their back catalogues ...”
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Ordinary decent men
“A tale of finance, power and bribery in the Times today. Against a background of ...”
Arctic temperatures risen above freezing
“Temperatures recorded by Arctic monitoring stations rose above freezing on Thursday, triggered by the same ...”
2014
Apr
04
Hello world!
“*blinks*”
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Test
“Just a test.”
07
BBC Research Blows Out the 1% Rule
“BBC Research Blows Out the 1% Rule. In the UK at least. It's now more like ...”
Peaches Geldof, 1989 - 2014: ‘How is it possible we will not see her again’
“Una Mullally in the Irish Times: Peaches Geldof was just 25.The television presenter, journalist, and daughter ...”
08
Tuesday morning and the internet is on fire : OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug
“This is pretty bad : In short, Heartbeat allows one endpoint to go "I'm sending ...”
How to do new things
“Dave Winer: The best way to learn something is to start doing it. Don't wait for ...”
A Mayor for Dublin - the detail matters...
“And rightly so. As Dr. Quinlivan points out: In 2006, I remember interviewing the Mayor of ...”
09
UK/EU
“Funny how Tories don't grasp that if UK leaves EU, EU can then tax EU ...”
Theo de Raadt on heartbleed
“OpenSSL is not developed by a responsible team.via Re: FYA: http: heartbleed.com.”
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Ben Goldacre: What the Tamiflu saga tells us about drug trials and big pharma
“Remember the big stockpiling exercise by Governments of Tamiflu for our benefit in the event ...”
Heartbleed - it works against the client too
“Just when you might have thought it safe to wander out, a reminder that those ...”
14
Heartbleed - it gets worse...
“Apparently, the NSA may have at least known of this bug for a long time, ...”
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Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make it bullying
“Great column by Colette Browne in the Indo today, pointing out that being irate at ...”
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Autism and the Agitator - The cost
“Frank Bruni calls out Jenny McCarthy and the anti-vax campaigns in the NYT: There’s also this: ...”
Manchester United’s biggest problem is not selecting next manager
“Interesting piece in the FT on Moyes' sacking, pointing out the remarkably short lifespan of ...”
25
Why can't toys just be toys?
“Kira Cochrane has a great piece in the Guardian summarizing the issues with gendered toys. Do ...”
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May
01
Soccer Mangers: What are they good for?
“Not a lot, it would seem, says Vincent Browne in the IT: Based on data the ...”
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To the coffee-house!
“This is delightful - "The distractions of social media, 1673 style" by Tom Standage: You know ...”
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What does it mean? - The Aftermath
“The most annoying thing about most of the commentary about the European elections is that ...”
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John Gormley's lessons from Governments past...
““History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” ― Mark Twain John Gormley, late of the Green ...”
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World Cup: So, this just happened...
“Brazil vs. Germany.: Pretty much sums it up...”
09
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Advice for teenagers, 1959 style
“Advice for teenagers from 1959. pic.twitter.com/0OPjP6T6MC— Suzanne Alexander (@SuzzanAlexander) July 1, 2014 ”
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"I ... wept, as I rarely have as an adult" - Jon Snow
“Gaza is not just about them, it’s about us, too: Leaving Israel and beleaguered Gaza far ...”
Aug
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Why Ireland became the only country in the democratic world to have a constitutional ban on abortion
“The Irish Responsible Society, of which five key PLAC leaders were members, was the Irish ...”
Dammit, Nancy
“This is an interesting little piece on the late Albert Reynolds and the 1994 IRA ...”
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"...no further action was taken."
“Once again, society has failed the vulnerable. Via @mazzyk: Child B's situation deteriorated rapidly – within ...”
Sep
01
Lead: Environmental Racism
“I'd heard about the correlation between lead and violent crime before, but George Monbiot adds ...”
02
London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure? - video | Environment | The Guardian
“The answer surprised me, anyway. Worth a look - London air pollution: which mode of ...”
Jason ‘Political Blogger’ O’Mahony on the Inspireland Podcast
“This is a very listen-able interview with Jason O'Mahoney. Sample: The thing that attracted me to ...”
03
Privacy vs Prudery
“A very visual representation of what two different societies value. Both newspapers are tabloids (although ...”
08
Russia visit you!
“Two Odessa girls are sitting in a café. One says “Sara, can you believe it? ...”
10
A dated and flawed approach...
“ “Even Minister Donohoe appears to be toeing the RSA line of victimising pedestrians rather than ...”
"I assure you it could, and it will"
“This is a fascinating letter from a Dr. Meehan to then Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald on ...”
12
5 years of Dublinbikes
“Latest statistics: Current number of stations: 100 Current number of bikes: 1,500 Long-term members 46,695 Short-term members (YTD) 9,395 Journeys ...”
14
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Congested with Cars
“Motorists have ruined England - and they need to pay the price, says Alex Proud ...”
17
Dodder greenway should be a “bicycle superhighway” says Danish experts - IrishCycle.com
“Danish consultants who worked on plans for the River Dodder Greenway in Dublin say that ...”
Common Ground
“I'm in the unusual position of agreeing with Ronan Mullen ("What is to be done ...”
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi...
“ I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of ...”
18
Empires Love Their Dissidents Foreign
“Any regime, no matter how repressive, will gladly fête its enemy’s critics—while homegrown versions of ...”
21
Stealth Fashion for the Snowden Generation
“Curious kickstarter project to create fashionable 'pockets' that block WiFi, mobile, GPS and so on. ...”
22
The Prussians are impressed
“The DRB has a delightful glimpse of Dublin and Irish life in 1835 by a ...”
#indyref
““You’re Irish? I cannae hold my head up in yir company. I’m so angry that ...”
23
We fucked up
“ When I was eight years old they taught us in school that rising levels of ...”
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Jobs for the Boys
“Who said poltics was going to be reformed? Oh, wait, Fine Gael did. In their ...”
Oct
02
Automatic Pilot: Dropping the Crutches
“There's a great article in Vanity Fair covering the Air France Flight 447 disaster, and ...”
Little Pork Chop
“This little app will neatly chop you message into multiple linked tweets - http://little.porkchop.io/”
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Reverse Showrooming
“Laura Slattery in the IT reports two interesting nuggets from the latest Google Consumer Barometer: When ...”
First (ARPANet) Post!
““Lo.” Inauspicious, perhaps, but then an infant's first word generally is. Besides, no one on Professor ...”
31
Facebook: Now available on Tor
“This is significant: The Facebook onion address (accessible only in Tor-enabled browsers) connects users to Facebook’s ...”
Lustig's Letter: This immoral government
“Robert Lustig eviscerates the UK government over it's stance on immigrants running the gauntlet of ...”
Nov
01
05
I'll just leave this here.
“ Global greenhouse gas emissions will need to fall to zero by the end of this ...”
06
08
Too Many Cooks...
“ Much Bizarre. ESQ: How did you come up with the idea for this? CK: It was one ...”
09
Bill Murray.
“Bill Murray strikes me as someone who is very comfortable with himself. In as much ...”
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xeno
“n. the smallest measurable unit of human connection, typically exchanged between passing strangers—a flirtatious glance, ...”
24
An odd exchange, in which Mr. Grimes is accused
“I saw a most odd exchange on twitter the other night. I was surprised at ...”
27
Bumping into a comet - What does it sound like?
“Amazingly, the Philae lander recorded the sound (through the landers' legs) of the first landing ...”
28
Well, whaddya know..
“thejournal.ie - "Turns out Ireland was telling the truth about company taxes. Unlike nearly everyone ...”
29
Friday afternoon was brought to you by...
“ First up is P.J. Harvey's Down by the Water (hat-tip to @monaeltahawy for posting) from ...”
Property Tax + Vacant Land Levy = Crap version of a Site Value Tax
“In an attempt to encourage (I presume) the use of otherwise valuable and well-located land, ...”
30
Wanderers
“ Wow. Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.”
Unintended consequences - renters & water charge deposits?
“Renters face €1k water charge deposits | Irish Examiner: In a statement last night, the landlords’ ...”
Banning the word 'Internet'
“Padraig Reidy over at Index on Censorship wonders when people will stop blaming the tool ...”
Some good news: 26 charts and maps to be thankful for
“Some good news, for a change: The press — and humans in general — have a ...”
Dec
01
Tax Tweaks
“In an effort to avoid another outburst á la Irish Water, the Government has been ...”
First Teaser! Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
“ Oh, yes. This could be good. I must admit I got excited at the X-Wings.”
03
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Nothing to do with Breaking Bad - Dr. Quinn, Morphine Woman!
“Dr. Quinn, Morphine Woman with Jane Seymour from Jane Seymour ...”
08
09
Asserting ourselves
“Irish Times: High-level Government officials spoke first thing that morning, after which visiting figures from the ...”
10
Through the looking glass: Reading a Book
“Ever realised how fucking surreal reading a book actually is? You stare at marked slices ...”
12
Parable of the Polygons
“Or why being unbiased isn't enough. This is a fascinating visual display of how just ...”
13
Too poor for love
“The BBC are have reported that a South African man is to be deported, as ...”
Jams Tomorrow
“From the latest Private Eye. "Political intent, not natural inevitability" pic.twitter.com/IxDcrQPjC1— Mark Treasure (@AsEasyAsRiding) December ...”
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Being Yourself
“society: be yourself society: no not like that— no (@tbhjuststop) December 17, 2014 ”
18
National Roads Authority drives through national climate policy
“Tsk.. In 2009 the Department of Transport published Smarter Travel - A New Transport Policy for ...”
20
The Story of How NORAD's Santa Tracker Began
“Lovely little interview in the NPR that explains the story of how the Santa Tracker ...”
22
Protecting yourself - tips on defensive cycling
“While you can't beat proper infrastructure for cycling, both for safety and enjoyment (it's no ...”
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