Archive for the ‘Self-centred’ Category

Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

March 23, 2007

Phew! What a hectic couple of weeks down under. Having a bit of a nightmare trying to order simple things like computers and webspace and not much luck with our internet connection either. If anyone’s been trying to get to us at our divilment email, well, as you probably already know, you haven’t had much luck. A meteorite or something has hit the company who host our website trashing everything in the process leaving the website in tatters and the email too. So apologies for any disruption caused if you’ve wasted time typing away at emails that then went and bounced.

Other than that things ain’t bein going too bad. I ended up in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition at the weekend which was deadly. There were armlocks, chokes and strangles aplenty. Watchin the top belts at the club was kinda mesmirising – very Royce Gracie! I didn’t get too much of a hiding but that will probably change when the Auckland Open is on sometime soon. Eek!

Some big news in the IT world is that Oracle are suing SAP for code theft. Some big news in the cricket world is that the Pakistan coach’s untimely death has now been confirmed as murder – strangled apparently!


Slaps on the Backs All Round

March 11, 2007

A big congratulations goes to Sun Microsystems, who have finally open sourced Java – under the GPL, if you don’t mind. This is the move that will finally stop me criticising them so I’ll shut up now. In addition, they’ve very kindly given me permission to use their Joint Copyright Agreement for my Frogface project (just thought I’d plug that one again!) which is ticking along nicely on

Man of the moment is Ganesh, who’s managed to submit the first non-me patch to the Frogface codebase and, along with all the other Frogface developers, has demonstrated great patience as the project gets up on its feet!

Finally, a big shout goes out to Vee who’s working her little socks off studying at the moment. All she’s missing is the hang’n’cheese sandwiches to complete the student lifestyle – mainly cause she doesn’t have the time to make them!!!

14 Ways to Skin a Cat

February 28, 2007

Hmmm… You’ll probably be best relieved to hear that the title of this entry bears no resemblance its content. It’s just that when it’s 2.15 in the morning and insomnia has set in you think of ways to amuse yourself. It’s been an exciting week this week, what with Ireland’s hammering of England in the rugby. Sad to say I missed it. I had great plans of running across town to watch at a friend of Veronica’s house but when my alarm went off at 5.15am my talking clock didn’t really inspire me to haul myself out of bed!

The ‘hauling out of bed thing’ is becoming more and more difficult of late. Probably something to do with taking up Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and getting thrown about the place, sat on and strangled on a twice or thrice weekly basis. Have to say it’s good craic though – and it keeps me out of the NZ bars which are even more expensive than in Ireland (which is kind of like ‘being gayer than Graham Norton!’ – it really takes something! – if you excuse the pun).

Other than that work’s going pretty well. I’ve decided I’m going through a mid-life crisis so I went out and bought a skateboard at the weekend. So now I have all these 9 and 10 year olds whizzing by me like the red arrows and I’m chugging along like an uncoordinated rhino trying to balance on a unicycle. I look a bit like one of those middle aged executives from the 80’s who used to wear a suit jacket with jeans and trainers (or ‘tackkies’ as we call them in Limerick for some reason) – except I have a skateboard. All I need is the piano tie and I can be an extra alongside Don Johnson in the next Miami Vice.

I definately think the halfpipe is going to have to wait a while… Cowabunga…

In the beginning…

January 15, 2007

Well… Here’s the first of hopefully many blog postings – if I can stay motivated. Expect lots of geeky things (from Free Software to .NET), some travel things (like the party this weekend which involved a bouncy castle, a foam party and half a litre of Baileys) and a bit of politics (despite my New Year’s resolution not to talk about a certain Bush anymore)…

Some interesting facts
* Current location: New Zealand
* Current martial status: ‘Getting there’
* Current operating system: OpenSuse 10.2
* Pet hates: Software patents, reality TV, poodles
* Latest discoveries: Sushi (where has it been all my life!)