Archive for March, 2012

Short Verse

Charleville Forest
As I walk through Charleville Forest
With the King Tree at my side.
A little rabbit slowly ambles by,
I walk deeper into the forest
As the afternoon gently drifts by.

Down by the castle
As I slowly wander by,
Cattle lazily graze in the summer haze
As they watch the world drift by

In the grotto the air is still,
Within the monk’s cell as I pass by
And the Sandy River is cool and still
As the children play nearby.


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Is E-mail Evil?

Through remote mail, smartphones, Blackberries and tablets, email insists that there should be no place or time where the discreet buzz of an arriving message cannot be felt. And, regardless of time and place, it wants these messages to be replied to as soon as possible – in the form of more emails, feeding others’ inboxes.

Email is free and instant, so there’s no reason not to send it in vast quantities – and, just to be on the safe side, to copy everyone into every message, and to cover your own back by double-checking every step of a process in written electronic form. Email doesn’t want you to make autonomous decisions, to delegate, or to switch off: it wants you to turn everything into typed words and queries, copied to everyone. It doesn’t want you to make phone calls or attend meetings, either: the preference is for endlessly reduplicated words and attachments.

This is a caricature, but you get the point. Left unchecked, the tendencies of email as a medium are towards overwhelming, choking, ceaseless email-management – and little else.

Asking what email wants may seem bizarre, but it’s a question with an interesting intellectual pedigree. In his book What Technology Wants, author Kevin Kelly proposes a striking reversal of cause and effect when it comes to technologies like email. The notion of “wanting” something he writes, “is not just for humans. Your dog wants to play Frisbee. Your cat wants to be scratched, Birds want mates. Worms want moisture. Bacteria want food.” Similarly, technological systems have their own species of wants: “not carefully considered deliberations but rather tendencies. Leanings. Urges. Trajectories.” So how, Kelly goes on to ask, do technology’s wants affect us?

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American Samoa (/əˈmɛrɨkən səˈmoʊ.ə/ ( listen); Samoan: Amerika Sāmoa, IPA: [aˈmɛɾika ˌsaːˈmoa]; also Amelika Sāmoa or Sāmoa Amelika) is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa). The main (largest and most populous) island is Tutuila, with the Manuʻa Islands, Rose Atoll, and Swains Island also included in the territory.

American Samoa is part of the Samoan Islands chain, located west of the Cook Islands, north of Tonga, and some 300 miles (500 km) south of Tokelau. To the west are the islands of the Wallis and Futuna group. The 2010 census showed a total population of 55,519 people. The total land area is 76.1 square miles (197.1 km2), slightly more than Washington, D.C. American Samoa is the southernmost territory of the United States.

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Hurling Legends 25

Joe Dooley made his Offaly senior debut in 1982. However, he did not make his championship debut until the 1984 Leinster final. Offaly defeated Wexford that day, so Joe collected his first piece of silverware. The following season Joe made it two Leinster championships in a row, and followed it up with his first All Ireland. Collectively, Joe won 6 Leinster titles, 1 National League and 3 All Ireland titles. Individually he won 1 All Star and was picked on the best Leinster team of the past twenty five years in 2009. Joe retired in 2000.

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Household Charge

The government are making it as awkward as possible to pay this outrageous charge:

The Department of the Environment has said that post offices are not collecting payments for the household charge over the counter and no arrangements have been made to allow this.

The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said earlier today that it would have been her preference that the €100 charge should have been payable at post offices from the beginning.

She urged all homeowners to make next Saturday’s deadline – which she called ambitious but insisted that it would not be extended.

Ms Burton said the law on the issue is set out but she hoped “as much facilitation is given to people as possible”.

Meanwhile, Mick O’Reilly of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions said a suggestion that council workers be asked to go door to door to collect the tax was outrageous.

Where individuals refuse to carry out these instructions they should be fully supported by the trade union movement, he added.

Latest figures suggest around 328,000 or just 20% of the 1.6 million liable households, have so far paid or registered to do so.

The Government says it is confident that number will rise significantly in the coming days.

Registration forms for the payment are available in post offices, and people can fill out their forms, and post them along with a cheque or postal order, in the post office. Payments can be made over the counter at local authority offices.

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Two division 1 games tonight, and two draws. The odds on that would have been good. Dublin 2-15 Tipperary 0-21 and Limerick 2-16 Offaly 4-10.

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Algeria i/ælˈdʒɪəriə/ (Arabic: الجزائر‎, al-Jazā’ir; Berber and Algerian Arabic: Dzayer or Ldzayer, French: Algérie), officially the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria (Al Jumhuriyah al Jazairiyah ad Dimuqratiyah ash Shabiyah), also formally referred to as the Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria, is a large country in the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa with Algiers as its capital.

When referring to its land area, it is the largest country in Africa and the Arab World, and also of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea; it is also the tenth-largest country in the world. The country is bordered in the northeast by Tunisia, in the east by Libya, in the west by Morocco, in the southwest by Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali, in the southeast by Niger, and in the north by the Mediterranean Sea. Its size is almost 2,400,000 square kilometres (926,645 sq mi) with an estimated population of 37.1 million as of 2012. Algeria is a member of the African Union, the Arab League, OPEC and the United Nations. The country is also a founding member of the Arab Maghreb Union.

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