Build a #HouseforRudolph

Build a #HouseforRudolph

Homelessness is a huge and growing problem in Ireland. This year more than 800 children and their families have lost their homes, Focus are working to eliminate Homelessness.  This Christmas we want kids in Ireland to build a #HouseforRudolph and the parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends to donate to support. Its easy. Build a house in Lego or Minecraft or draw your house. Or make it any other way. Take a photo or a video. Upload it to  Facebook/Twitter/ Instagram/Youtube/Pinterest wherever  your friends will see it. Tag it #HouseforRudolph Then text HOMELESS to 50300 to give €4 to Focus Ireland this Christmas Here are three boys who’ve done their bit, and asked Michael D Higgins, Ryan Tubridy and their pal Hubert to build a house too. (Ff anyone can let the first two know we’d appreciate it) Post by Dermot Casey. Post by Dermot Casey. Post by Dermot Casey. Tell your friends. Have fun. And donate. Build a #HouseforRudolph  and help end homelessness....
A straw is a small thing

A straw is a small thing

As my Dad used to say “A straw is a small thing but it shows how the wind blows.” The Brick is a small thing too. A bit bigger than a straw but as Damien Mulley pointed out The Brick now more popular than Labour, Joan Burton, Enda Kenny and Fine Gael on Facebook: https://t.co/bTLh4mxZBB — Damien MuÎley [ ☰ ] (@damienmulley) November 25, 2014 Not 100,000 people marching on the streets, but lots of bricks to be built on. And a straw can break a camels back.   Image Joey Gannon on Flickr via CC...
From rec.humor.funny to Twitter

From rec.humor.funny to Twitter

Eoin Kennedy is running the second open conference Congregation in Mayo. This is the intro to the piece I wrote as price of entry. I can’t think of a worse way to spend time than to take most of a weekend, drive across the country and discuss techniques to use Social Media to market your business.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than to engage with interesting people around how we share and shape the world we live in.  From a distance Congregation may be either or both of these things. A bit like Social Media itself. I first used Social Media in 1989. We called Usenet and there is a very small distance between it and social media we use today.   I used it to consume volumes of Star Trek parodies on rec.humor.funny and have serious discussions on Neural Networks with researchers from around the world. What is most interesting about Social Media isn’t its newness, it’s that we keep making and remaking similar tools to help us sense and share and shape our world. you can read the rest of it  here Photo Credit Ledelle Moe via...
How we use our technology

How we use our technology

My father used tell me a story of an old lady, Mary Dwyer. Mary’s house got ‘the electric’ during rural electrification  in the 1930’s.  Asked how she found electricity Mary declared it to be a wonderful invention. As it got dark in the evening she could turn on the light in her living room, then she could easily find the candles and light them before turning the light off again. Much like Mary we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the power and potential of our technical tools.  For the first twenty years electricity was only used to power light bulbs. Then the electric motor was invented. And life changed. Image via Brian Herzog on...
Interstellar

Interstellar

The tl;dr version is – go see the movie. The slightly longer version. Possible spoilers. Interstellar is a beautiful movie.  Raised on a diet of Issac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke and Fredrick Pohl I was reminded of some of the vastness of space tonight. And like any movie there are holes to pick. In the end its beautifully filmed, scored and acted. It is more artistic poetry than scientific prose. But that is OK.  There will invariably be comparisons to 2001 (which Clarke wrote the screenplay for and based on his original short story).  While the ending of 2001  reflected an almost drug induced journey into Innerspace and a cold subjectivity, Interstellar is at its heart a story about the love a father has for his children.  Cold and clinical Interstellar is not. It is beautiful. And ambitious and...