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You Tuber

Or you spud should it be? Anyway, I’ve dipped my toe (my baby one at that) into the raging torrents of the YouTube world. It started when I read an article in the Sunday Times profiling this kid in Norn Iron who YouTubes (whataboutadam?). I watched his stuff while I was on a bit of down time at work – its research, honestly boss. I then watched one of his online friend’s (charlieissocoollike) videos that he had on his channel home page. I was really struck by their energy and infectious enthusiasm. It made me yearn for my more creative days. So I stuck up my video of fallen that I made last year for my Certificate in Applied Multimedia.

It really made me want to start making more films and videos n stuff. And so therefore I am resolved to do so. That said, I’m fucking off to america for two weeks on saturday so probably won’t have much to post over the next while. Still, its like my autumnal resolution. Make More Videos. We’ll see how it goes.

Took the midnight train going anywhere…

Ok, so I thought this thing would be more of a regular outlet than it so far has been. Doesn’t matter anyway no-one’s reading this at the moment so its more of a conversation with myself.

So the Sopranos finished last night here in Ireland. A fitting end I thought to a TV program that has consistently been one of the most interesting shows on the box for years. Its a shame to say goodbye to Tony but I suppose all good things have to come to an end and I’m glad they didn’t cop out and give us a traditional ending. Finishing the way they did meant the Sopranos ended the way it had always been – defying expectations and conventions. No explosive finale for Tony et al, just a tension filled last five minutes where you wonder who, if anyone at all, is gonna get clipped. It lets us make up our own minds.

And Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” as the last song – genius. I’ve just downloaded it from iTunes there and have been playing it solidly for the last half hour. Trying to “hold on to that feeling” I suppose.

Anyway, I think I’m gonna miss Tony Soprano. He made me laugh more often than not. Going for tea now so gonna sign off.

Day 2 in the Big Blogger House…

So I was swimming away yesterday in the UCC Mardyke Swimming Pool and low and behold a situation arose that I knew had to become my first digital rant, and that is Swimming Pool Etiquette!

Seriously folks, how hard is it to have a bit of consideration for the other people in the lane with you? Three clearly marked lanes are laid out for the slow, medium and fast. It really irks me when a slow f*cker gets into the medium lane where I normally am. I mean, I don’t swim in the fast lane because I know I am not going to be fast enough and will get in the way of the swimmers in that lane.

Now, fair enough I’m not expecting everybody to go at the same pace in the medium lane, but the very least these people could do is stop at the end of the length and let the person who is practically swiping their feet for most of the length to move past them. That would be too much to ask though, and consistently there are a handful of people out there who insist on hogging the lane even though their could be 3 people forced to slow down behind them, reduced to the breast stroke when they’re trying to get up a good rythm with the front crawl.

It really brings my blood to the boil and its not like the staff down there are any help. Some spotty 19 year old in a red t-shirt lolling over the edge of their high chair, completely ignoring the fact that there is some plonker holding up an entire lane of swimmers, so much so in some cases that people have to stop and walk and still the lane hogger won’t let them past.

I suppose while I’m on the subject of the Mardyke Staff, another thing that drives me round the twist is the way they will remove one of the lanes for an aqua aerobics class ages before the class actually starts, reducing the available swimming space for everyone else when it is clearly not necessary.

Take last night for instance. I was actually swimming outside of the lanes completely (I prefer to swim outside of the lanes cos you don’t have the aforementioned lane hogging problem) and had 49 lengths done when they took away the slow lane. This reduced the non-lane space in the pool so I had to go into the lanes to avoid crashing into the gaggle of kids that were in the non-lane area. I did a full 80 lengths and there was still no sign of the aqua-aerobics or whatever the f*ck they had taken away the lane for when I was leaving after my shower. It confuses and infuriates me this lack of consideration for their paying customers.

Its like the gym there – lovely state of the art machines, but already half the tv sets attached to the cardio machines are not working and they insist on blasting red fm or some other rubbish dance show at full blast through the entire place. It makes listening to your own music or the tv down their nigh on impossible without turning everything up full blast, which I’m sure is leading to my future deafness – ah well, at least Sarah can sort me out for a hearing aid!

Anyway, I suppose that’s enough of a rant for the time being. Phew! I can see this blog becoming the digital equivalent of the notice board in the house – a cheap form of therapy 🙂



So, I’m dipping my toes into the bloggosphere for the first time. I’ve tried a few of these things before with bebo and myspace but they’re all a bit fussy for my liking. I’m thinking it will be easier to update something that is all about the blogging and not about who my friends are or whatever. Digital ranting is probably what I’ll end up with, but hey, its cheaper than therapy. Also, I wanna see how easy this yoke is to use so that maybe Derry and Quentin can use it when they are sailing around the world next year.

So I suppose I should kind of give a state of play in mushland, seeming as this is the first entry. I’m still working for UCC, helping people with their websites and doing the occasional graphic design-a-me-bob. Today I was working on a sticker for to advertise wireless hotspots around campus. We’ll have to see what the feedback on them is before I start bragging too much. But I like them and doing stuff like that really makes it worthwhile coming into work. Not that I’m complaining about work or anything. God no, tis a great job and a great place to work. I really do count myself lucky that I can work in a place that gives me 26 holidays a year (not including easter and christmas) allows me to check out talent for a good 9 months (pity all the students leave for the summer but at least there are no queues) and means I get to do stuff of a creative nature. Yaay for UCC!

Home life is pretty groovy at the moment as well. I’m living by the lough in cork city with Cathy, Fiach and Sarah – 3 people who I’ve known for a hell of a long time and remarkably still get on with. This week we’ve mostly been avoiding the kitchen while the tiles have been put down. Another good thing about living by the lough is that its a handy starting point for running around the city (I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment and am about to head for a swim shortly).

Well that’s it for now, eh, I dunno what’s gonna happen next. Hopefully I can maintain a semi-regular contribution. We’ll see how it goes – working with the web all day dampens one’s enthusiasm for this kind of endeavour but you never know.