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 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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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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It’s Saturday, and I’m going to go to town and buy me some toys.. If there’s an iPhone in stock I’ll be taking a good look at it, also thinking of little things like a new usb-key for the keyring, an external small usb harddrive, a nice large flatscreen tv (I wish!) or something else along those lines. It’s bad that I have such a love for gadgets and gadgetry – it’s not exactly the toys themselves, but more what went in to them, and the wizardry involved in the engineering, the design, the manufacture and the aesthetics involved. It’s …

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Monday mornings..

I dislike monday mornings. Getting up at ungodly-hours, driving to be on time to meet the NCT guys to show them my shiny expensive tire and getting my little green/yellow window ornament.. I’m knackered! Finishing at 6pm, and getting a run in if it stops raining. I have to get fitter!


Lots of time in the driving seat.. Galway –> Achill. Achill <–> Erris Head. Achill –> Galway –> Castleknock. Nearly tired of driving! Somewhere around 10 hours of driving between 8pm Friday and midnight Sunday night, as well as doing rescue for the Triathlon that took place on Saturday in Blacksod Bay. I’m a tired bunny. I’ve now got 3 days onsite with a customer in Dublin, for my first Professional Services engagement. Nice opportunity, and I’m learning loads. Staying in the Castleknock Hotel which is nice enough, rooms are pleasant, staff are nice and helpful, and I’m less than …

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Site setup (cont.)

Whahey! Right, now I’ve managed to get the gallery part working as expected, and I’ve started to migrate my pictures from random directories through to the Gallery2 backend. I’m happy! People can now register and leave comments, I’ve a few antispam measures in place to make things difficult for the internet unwanted. People can access the gallery from the frontpage. Hopefully I don’t have too much in the way of bad pictures that may make their way onto the frontpage. So far I like wordpress…

First Post!

Well it was about time – my old website hadn’t been updated since about 2002. So, it was time to move with the times… WordPress as a frontend, and I’m trying to get my media working within one of the proper gallery programs. ;)