Archive for November, 2005

10k on Flickr

Just got a warm & fuzzy feeling when I logged onto Flickr and saw I’ve just gone over 10,000 views on my 2,636 photos currently on the site. Bit of a milestone…

Onto a winner!!

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That’d be it; the picture that got me first place in the “Cork Culture” category earlier on this evening. I even got a little trophy/medal with my name engraved on it aswell as some moolah in voucher form. How big & important do I feel?

Buy my Ferrari


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If you’ve passed Lee Garage on the South Terrace lately you’ll no doubt have been drawn to peer in the window at this ’97 F355 sitting a little too closely to several Fiat Panda’s, Punto’s and other models of *ahem* car. Yes, this aging beast can now be yours for a piffling €85,000! Cruise down the South Mall while everyone stares and berates you under their breath. Spend all your time dodging the pot-holes that would surely end the life of this machine should you enter one. Wait with baited breath for someone to key it/steal it/burn it out. Yes, it makes far too much sense to put a Ferrari on Irish roads these days. Nice car though…

Onto a winner?

My dire plan to take over the world one photograph at a time moves a step closer to realisation.*rubs hands in an evil fashion* Either that or I’m just having a very good week!

On returning home this evening I found an envelope containing several prints I entered into the SACC Evening Echo photo competition quite hurridely(sp?) about a month or so ago. Thinking it couldn’t be a good sign that they’d actually returned my prints to me, I was overjoyed to read the enclosed letter; the jist of which was

Congratulations, you are shortlisted.

Needless to say that I’ll be attending the function in the Rochestown Park Hotel next Tuesday night to see if I actually have won anything. At the very least I’m delighted to have been shortlisted. Below are the 10 photos I entered to the competition.

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“Skateboarding in Cork” – Category: Sport

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“On the crest of a wave” – Category: Sport

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“Eighteen Turns” – Category: Cork Culture

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“Céilí Mór” – Category: Cork Culture

Lee Swim
“The Lee Swim” – Category: Cork Culture

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“Inniscarra Dam” – Category: Landscape

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“Charlesfort Graveyard” – Category: Landscape

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“Gougane Barra” – Category: Landscape

make hay while the sun shines?
“Making hay while the sun shines” – Category: People

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“Tall Ships Crew” – Category: People

Still more changes

Having gotten a little tired with the same old theme, I decided to try out K2, a delightful little WordPress mod. After a bit of farting around (ok, alot of farting around; I just realised it’s 2am) it’s finally working in some acceptable way. It also means that the one plugin I’ve wanted to get working for yonks is now finally somewhat working. FAlbum is up and whirring away so all my flickr photos are available through that tidy little link at the top of the page. Firefox users may see problems, but IE surfers should be grand. I have no explanation for this and it’s too early/late for further googling on the topic.

Next stop, fixing the RSS. No, I haven’t forgotten about my loyal readers (all 2 of you) with your RSS readers.

Update: Praise the Lord! RSS is now, once again fully functional.

Hotel Broadband

Perhaps all too an ironic subject to rant on given that I am writing from a hotel room but I feel it is worth a rant nonetheless. I sometimes travel around the country for work and normally take my laptop with me so I can catch up with emails, blogging, reading various photography websites while I’m away (and of course to break the monotony). However it would appear, to my eternal dismay of course, that access to acceptable internet services while staying in hotels is like getting exclusive access to a golden fleece.

In all the hotels I’ve been in (even only in the last year or so) I could count the number on half the fingers on one hand that have dedicated internet access for residents. Dedicated internet access sounds like such a hugely technical term but it need not be. One standard broadband connection, be it wired or wireless is sufficient to provide a small to medium hotel. With that in mind, is it excusable for any hotel, no matter of it’s size, and located in a broadband enabled area to ignore the notion of granting access for guests? Am I waffling yet?

It seems all too easy a solution for the chain hotels to bring in the likes of BT or Eircom to provide a hugely expensive pay-as-you-go solution. If I wanted to quickly check my emails or write a few, should I have to pay an extra €20 or so on top of the €90+ I have already paid the hotel for the room?

This morning over breakfast in a Navan hotel, I overheard two American’s comparing internet speeds they had gotten the previous evening. One quite rightly scoffed at the idea of actually dialing up and being subjected to surfing at 26k/sec. It’s insulting that with all the hype surrounding broadband at the moment and the huge amount of marketing the Irish telcos have put into informing the public about the broadband rollout, it still somehow manages to pass over the heads of hotel owners.

If you had a small hotel of say 20 rooms, putting a single wireless access point in the middle of the hallway serving these rooms would, with perhaps a little signal loss, serve all the residents. Two access points would in all likelyhood give each user quite a strong, reliable signal. Hold on though, there’s no need to go that far. Many hotels will already have several CAT5 cables already running to each room over which internet could easily be provisioned. I’m currently in the Marriot Johnstown House Hotel in Enfield and to my delight, there are no fewer than 3 phones and 2 computer connections in my room. There may even be a third computer port in the bathroom, but that’s just inviting woe onto my already dying laptop. Add to this an Eircom wifi network which I can also pick up (at a stretch) from my room, although this is a pre-pay service which requires a user to purchase a voucher. Finally, a hotel with decent internet access for residents!

Is there a serious opening in the hospitality industry for an individuals or companies that setup wifi networks? From my experience so far in Irish hotels, it seems to be a wide open niche…. Unfortunately.

Finally Published

I’ve been reliably informed by a co-worker that a photo I submitted to Today FM’s “Us” competition was published in the Life magazine in the Sunday Independent. That can mean only one thing, I’ve made the book! Could I be happier? Probably, but not much! It’s now a certainty that come Friday morning I’ll be in line outside Waterstones or Eason in Cork city waiting to get my greasy (yet delightfully triumphant) mits on a copy of the book.

Now Hiring RSS Engineer

An opening exists within the rymus.net community for a qualified RSS engineer. Must be educated to junior cert level, be able to carry 3 pints at once and have an existence that revolves around RSS. Renumeration to be decided, plenty of job perks including access to company leisure facilities and private jet. For aptitude test, see below.

The RSS at http://blog.rymus.net/feed/ is currently giving the following error;

XML Parsing Error: xml processing instruction not at start of external entity
Location: http://blog.rymus.net/feed/
Line Number 2, Column 1:

< ?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
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The URL http://blog.rymus.net/wp-rss2.php appears to be presenting valid RSS. Diagnose and repair problem in as few steps as possible. Extra marks will be awarded for ease of solution.

Good luck.

Killarney National Park

Last weekend (wait, no, the weekend before last) I took a spin down to Killarney to have a stroll around the park. An ill-advised, drenching, windy and generally less than completely pleasant stroll around the park. From there to Torc waterfall and from there to home.

Ya, fur sure, more on de Flickr ya

*cough, splutter*

I’m back to a steady limp following a server-move by my webhost. It appears all blogs (or possibly any site using a mySQL database was killed for some time before rising from the dead not too long ago. Bad news for any bloggers then :(

Cosmetically I’m ok, backend wise still a bit windy. That’s always the case though…