Updates

Hmm. It’s been a while.. Concussion? I spent 14 hours waiting to be seen by the A&E in Galway Regional. Never again! They couldn’t even tell me at 7.30am after my presenting at 18.00 the previous evening, whether I was going to be seen at all – just told ‘keep waiting’. Well with a headache and a swimmingly sense of consciousness, I decided to buy some proper medical care as the standard emergency medical care system failed me. Pfft. At least the Galway Clinic were professional about it, for 40% more cost and a saving in time and effort.. Mary …

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Oops – where did that rock come from?

Or in other news, in the recent face-off between the WellGo replica V12 pedals vs FSA Alpha Drive cranks, the cranks came out worse, bending and deforming. However both components just couldn’t overcome the might of a foot-cubed sized rock of a trail anchor on one of the last sections of the BallyHoura brown trail. Yes I had a bit of an ‘off’, with some damage to the bike, and a bit of damage to myself too.. I was pelting down the section between the last boardwalk and the bridge in middle 7 or so, and I clipped the left …

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Ebay feedback back to 100%!

At last after that disastrous ebay transaction involving that deceptive unhelpful idiot (hid4u) that failed to complete their end of a transaction jsut over a year ago, I am back up to my usual 100% feedback. The failed transaction was for a set of HID bulbs for my car. The seller advertised them for $35, with $60 shipping and $5 insurance. However, they had contacted me privatly looking for another $30 to ship them. This wasn’t part of the finalised transaction that they were bound to by the Ebay TOS so I complained them, to be given retaliatory negative feedback …

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iPhone!

I write this from the newest addition to my toy collection – a nice and shiny black 16gb iPhone. It’s a bit weird typing after being used to the little on-screen keyboard of the WM6.1 HTC wizard that was my communications device of choice for the past 2 years… My first impressions are good enough, I like the feel, and the interface. I’ll get back soon with the second impressions.

Toys for Christmas?

It’s that time of the year again when we start looking at gifts for our friends and relatives, and of course for each other! I’m thinking of gifts for myself that have a good chance of satisfying the gadget geek and true techie in me. The iPhone 3g, 16gb, Black The Asus EeePC 1000h 160gb w/Linux also in black. The iPhone looks like a good upgrade for me, as my HTC Wizard with a WM6.1 rom image upgrade, is starting to behave badly. The HTC is losing the SIM card sporadically, losing the connection to the phone network more often, …

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Wasting the court’s time..

Where to start with this one.. It’s a pain in the ass when a private company that is the sole provider to a state-sponsored monopoly fails in its role. Typical example is the NCTS : They appear to be unable to book a test over email, even though they advertise this service on their website. As a result of their failure, I had a day in court, nothing major, just the waste of time for myself, a garda and the judge. To top it all off, the NCTS group seem to be unable to provide simple information like “how long …

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Foglights!

What is it about drivers in this country? People do a ‘test’ that barely checks whether you know which pedal is which, then they get left loose onto the roads. Where they promptly forget all of the rules, recommendations and regulations involved in the act of driving. A case in point: This morning, there was a bit of mist around, maybe 1km of visibility, more for bright lights. Why on earth would some moron put on their foglight in conditions that really don’t merit it, then refusing to switch it off in slow-moving traffic? Very little more aggravating than a …

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Charity cycle

With my shiny new full suspension bike, I took part in the charity cycle that took part yesterday (Sunday 19th) at the Ballyhouras trail centre in aid of the Cancer Care Foundation that is assisting the Mid-West Cancer Centre in the Regional Hospital, Limerick. On the white loop for the first time, and for the first time doing that distance off-road, made it a bit of an epic undertaking. This was the first real endurance event that I’ve undertaken in 2 years, so there had to be a bit of preperation involved. Getting the powergels, energy bars and special drinks …

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New bike.

Last thursday evening I travelled down to Limerick to take a look at a bike that was advertised on IrishDH.com. Giant Reign 2 frame (2005 design with 6″ travel and the Manitou 3-way air shock), with a nice enough list of other components: RockShox recon 335 air forks, Deore brakes, Avid discs, Deore dual release shifters, XT shadow rear mexh, Deore front mech. It was a nice price, and I purchased! Sarah has now got the basis for a fantastic comfortable commuter bike with the Carrera Fury now that she is taking posession of that. I’ll be swapping out the …

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Committee

It’s so Irish really to have National Socialists on the committee of the local housing scheme who can’t get their teeny little brains around the fact that duplex-over-apartment terraced buildings in suburbia are not the worlds most family-friendly spots in the world. In fact given that they are generally built to rent to young professional couples or single professionals should be a bit of a giveaway to the demographic that resides there. It’s disheartening to see that some of the committee members have bees in bonnets about the fact that there are ‘Tenants’ (ooh such a dirty word) paying money …

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