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Friday Night 80s

In my old blog, I mentioned how great it was that Today FM had the unbeatable combination of Ian Dempsey and Ray D’Arcy from 7 AM to midday.

Then I blogged about the mistake they were making by letting Ray go. But the station still had my favourite presenter, and my favourite show: Friday Night 80s.

Then in the middle of last year, they (the station management) decided to put an end to Friday Night 80s. I never got around to blogging about that for some reason. Second big mistake, IMHO.

I wondered at the time if another station might pick it up. Well, I did a search today and Nova has taken on the mantle. Good for them. I will give it a list tomorrow (on podcast) to see if it is up to scratch.

Today FM had better hang on to Iano with everything they have. I can’t really think of any other compelling reason for anyone to listen to the station.

Stone Stacking

This is completely amazing: Gravity Glue.

Inspired by these accomplishments, I made my own small, simple stack on Malahide beach last weekend:



Terminator Genisys – What Went Wrong

Here are the stats according to IMDB:

  • The Terminator – 1984 – 8.1
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day – 1991 – 8.5
  • Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines – 2003 – 6.4
  • Terminator Salvation – 2009 – 6.7
  • Terminator Genisys – 2015 – 6.8

I have read some reviews which blame:

  • The fact that the story (particularly the time travel elements) makes no sense
  • Some claim that Jai Courtney lacks charisma

For me the problem is the choice of the terminator.

The step up in the terminator between T1 (the T-800) and T2 (the T-1000) was obvious. That made perfect sense. Then they seemed to struggle to know how to step things up for T3.

I saw an interview with Arnie at the time of T3 and he was praising the idea that the terminator would be a woman! What a ridiculous idea! Even the name T-X is stupid.

I don’t remember much about T4 – a bit of an indictment in itself! So I don’t really know what the premise was.

But in the new movie they decided that the terminator would be John Connor. Not a terminator who looks like John Connor, but John Connor himself. The problem with that is that it’s an obnoxious idea. I hated it. My 10 year old son hated it.

They say in the Hollywood Reporter that the movies poor performance at the box-office may have killed plans for 2 more movies. I think that is probably for the best. They seem to have no idea how to move things forward from the first two movies.

Having said that, I just read on IMDB that the rights to the terminator series revert to James Cameron in 2019. So maybe there is still some hope.

Here ‘s a picture of Emilia (one of the Sarah Connors) and Arnie (one of the T-800s). Ain’t time travel (and sequels) confusing!


Seafield House, Donabate

I drive around Malahide Estuary on a regular basis and I have long been fascinated by the large house which is visible on the other side of the estuary.

Google Maps reveals that this is “Seafield House”.

Included below is a photo which I took with my phone across the estuary (it is clearer with the naked eye than in this photo). A nicer photo (taken from a much smaller distance) is available here.


Russborough House

I was very impressed when we had occasion to visit Russborough House recently.

The house is lovely and the tour was excellent. I would thoroughly recommend it.

It was a rainy day so we didn’t get to enjoy the outdoor attractions (although we did do a quick run through the maze and I did get a few photos).

Unlike a lot of similar houses in Ireland (e.g. our own Malahide Castle) Russborough house is not owned and operated by the state. Instead it is looked after by the Alfred Beit Foundation.

After our enjoyable visit, therefore, it was sad to see the controversy which arose when the trustees decided to sell some works of art to provide funds for essential activities.

Hopefully more visitors will discover Russborough so that something like this will not have to be repeated in the future.


Solar Eclipse

On the 20th of March we had a partial solar eclipse in Ireland. All parts had at least 90% eclipse, and some parts had over 95%.

It was cloudy, and I was on my way to work, but the clouds cleared for a few seconds and (although you’re not supposed to look at it of course) I saw the spectacular view of most of the sun being missing.

I took the photo below with my phone. Of course, it does not really capture what I saw (which was very clear).

There won’t be another partial eclipse here in Ireland until 2026 so I was delighted to have caught a glimpse of it.



Little changes on the Dart

I travel on the Dart very regularly.

One day I spotted that something had changed! The straps you can see in the photo below had suddenly appeared throughout the carriages!

I wonder if they were there for long before I spotted them!


Where (or what) is the “Resteraunt”?

I spotted this sign in Connolly Dart station the other day.

I’m sure this sign has been up for a long time – parts of it are quite faded.

It’s a wonder that nobody (who could do something about it) ever spotted this mysterious way of spelling the word “restaurant”!


Alternative versus Alternate

I was writing a sentence the other day and I came to a part where I wondered if I should say “alternative approach” or “alternate approach”.

The answer is that alternate approach should only be used when the original approach cannot be used for some reason. If you can choose between the two approaches then the second is an “alternative approach”.

The following sentences provide examples:

  • I couldn’t get it to work so I had to use an alternate approach
  • It was taking too long so I decided to try an alternative approach


And so it begins…

There has been much talk recently in the media about the dangers from Artificial Intelligence (AI).

According to the BBC, Stephen Hawking said that: “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race”.

According to the Washington Post, Steve Wozniak said that “the future is scary and very bad for people”. He said that “eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently”.

All very scary.

I couldn’t help laughing therefore (even though this is not at all funny) when I read in The Guardian that a robot had killed a worker in a Volkswagen factory in Germany.

The cause of this inappropriate laughter was this thought: “And so it begins…”

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