Nick Geoghegan

Professional Yak Shaver

Some Thoughts On The Real World, By One Who Glimpsed It And Fled — Bill Watterson

Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top […]

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Richard Hawley — Serious

http://youtu.be/r-1O0pAw5A8

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Persistence — Calvin Coolidge

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

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Goodbye, Seamus

  I sat all morning in the college sick bay Counting bells knelling classes to a close. At two o’clock our neighbors drove me home. In the porch I met my father crying– He had always taken funerals in his stride– And Big Jim Evans saying it was a hard blow. The baby cooed and […]

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Hello, from Sydney

Since I can’t be there in person, my world travelling photo will have to make do.  

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The Egg — Andy Weir

You were on your way home when you died. It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust […]

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Passing the driving test

Well, I finally passed my driving test. They say that 4th times the charm. A huge thank you to John Gibson, from Gibson Driving School, who has been an absolutely fantastic instructor and person. So now I’m competent to drive tractors and cars, but not to use the big scissors in work. I don’t think 10gen will give […]

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Getting Service or Asset Tags on Linux

At one point in time, you will need to find out your service or asset tag. Maybe you need to find out when your machine is out of vendor warranty, or are actually finding out what is in the machine. Popping the service tag into the Dell support site will tell you this… But what if […]

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Dacia Test Drive

After Paj got liberated and driven into a ditch, I started looking for new cars. My requirements are really basic: Reliable Easy to self maintain Readily available parts Diesel – max 1.6L (this is malleable) Good MPG So I have been looking on Carzone, Auto Trader and Done Deal. One brand that kept popping up in my price […]

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Goodbye Paj

On the 20th of April, my car was stolen and written off (Cat B). I had test driven multiple Pajero Juniors over the preceding 3 months of buying Paj and was smitten. Eventually I bought it from North Road Motor Company in Dublin, who sold it to me in an unfit condition to drive – the tyres were bald, […]

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After The Titanic — Derek Mahon

They said I got away in a boat And And humbled me at the inquiry. I tell you I sank as far that night as any Hero. As I sat shivering on the dark water I turned to ice to hear my costly Life go thundering down in a pandemonium of Prams, pianos, sideboards, winches, […]

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Astaire Unwound

  This effect was produced by building the whole room inside a steel-reinforced cylinder, which turned as Astaire danced. The camera was held down so that it rotated with the set, giving the view that the room was stationary and that Fred was freed from gravity.

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Meanwhile, in AIB

Looks like AIB are branching out after being hit hard by the recession.

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Enabling Server Name Includes on Debian Squeeze

I don’t like waste, particularly when the resource is finite and fast diminishing… I also dislike paying for IP addresses. So here is how I enabled SNI in Apache running on Debian Squeeze. SNI allows multiple sites to host SSL content from the same IP address. Before SNI, Apache would listen for HTTPS (port 443) connections based […]

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Mounting Samsung Note II on Linux

I recently got a Samsung Galaxy Note II – my first brand new phone in ten years. Whilst it’s a damn big phone, and Android is new to me (although I’ve been an Android developer for a while now!), I really like it. One thing that was bugging me is that I couldn’t mount the […]

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Ode of Welcome – Oliver St John Gogarty

The Gallant Irish yeoman Home from the war has come Each victory gained o’er foeman Why should our bards be dumb. How shall we sing their praises Our glory in their deeds Renowned their worth amazes Empire their prowess needs. So to Old Ireland’s hearts and homes We welcome now our own brave boys In […]

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