Apr 04
An Hobad

An profa i mo lámh

Nov 12

I’ve been interested in Gaelic typewriters for a long time, and as many of you know, have made digital versions available.

An article in the Belfast Telegraph as well as this follow-up are interesting. I wonder if Mr McIlwaine managed to get one for Mr Hanks.

You can see a part of Hanks’ typewriter collection in this endorsement for Barack Obama made round about May 2008.

Nov 06

How splendid is it that President-Elect Obama’s team has already created change.gov. Looks as though the “new” technology is going to be a part of things to come.

Alas, creating the page so quickly didn’t preclude an amusing error. I decided to subscribe to the site to see what they’d be sending out. I put in my e-mail address, but no zip code as we have no postcodes in Ireland. That causes an error, and a page comes up asking you to put in some more data. (On that page you can change the country of residence for instance.)

The error involves placeholder text which is still visible… I’m sure it will be gone soon, but here’s a screen shot:

Lorem ipsum.

One friend to whom I pointed this out wondered if the page had been attacked. But no: it’s just place-holder text.

Aug 15

This eBay seller enjoys leaving humorous or semi-humorous quips in his feedback for others.

Note his use of Unicode spoofing in his feedback for the item dated 30-Jun-08:

ʞɔɐqpǝǝɟ uʍop ǝpısdn
• +++++++ɐ ¡uoıʇɔɐsuɐɹʇ ʇɐǝɹƃ
¡ʇuǝɯʎɐd ʇsɐɟ ǝɥʇ ɹoɟ noʎ ʞuɐɥʇ ‘ppɐ oʇ pǝʇuɐʍ osןɐ ı

Impressive, eh?

In follow-up: David Faden offers a web converter for turning your text, based on Philip Newton‘s question: ¿ʇı̣ əsnqɐ ʇ,uɐɔ noʎ ɟı̣ əpoɔı̣un sı̣ pooɓ ʇɐɥʍ

Dec 24

We had a very good crop of sloes this year so I am laying down a number of bottles. I’m trying different proportions to see what I like. Laid down so far:

1/2 litre gin
250g sloes
200g sugar

1/2 litre gin
250g sloes
150g sugar

1/2 litre gin
250g sloes
100g sugar

1/2 litre gin
300g sloes
150g sugar

Method: Sugar is weighed and funnelled into the 75ml swing-top capped botle. Frozen berries are weighed out in a bowl, zapped 40 seconds in the microwave, and each is sliced with a scissors before putting into the bottle. Then gin (Cork Dry Gin in this case, which was cheap enough per litre in the 1.5 litre size used upside-down in pubs). I’ve labelled each bottle with the recipe and date of bottling.

Feb 13

This Norwegian comedy sketch came as a breath of fresh air to me today. I needed a laugh! The sketch is by “KLM”, Kirkevaag, Lystad, Mjøen, three very well-known Norwegian actors.

I haven’t been very good about keeping up my blog, but so far this year I have been away from home for four weeks! It’s hard to find time. So in the meantime, enjoy the YouTube offering. :-)

Nov 21

I ran across Jake Mandell’s online test of your musical skills. I’ve often wondered about the relation between musical and linguistic ability. My ear must be pretty good, because I scored 89.9% when I took the test. So I’m not tone deaf and I have pretty good short term music memory. As I have a good ear for languages (and a good accent in general when speaking them) this doesn’t surprise me. I’ve never been able to read music, though. Since I’m not good at maths either, I wonder if those skills are related.

Oct 22

Trying to figure out how all this blogging works, I’ve found myself to figure in other people’s blogs…. James Seng, for instance, blogged about having dinner with me in January 2005! In fairness, it was a splendid Thai dinner, and it was a pleasure to spend some time with James… and get driven a bit around Singapore in James’ rather nice car.

Nice memories, though. I’m grateful to him for putting me in touch with the UNDP about the Afghanistan project. In many ways, that opened the door to some other interesting work I’ve done.

Oct 22

Some people have said I should blog. Well. Let’s see. I don’t know if I am much of a diarist. But let’s see.

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