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I don't often invent words, but when I do, I like them to stick!

Stucker : The type of annoying sticker that does not peel off easily. Typically, upon attempted removal, such stickers either: rip/damage the surface they were stuck to, or partially rip themselves leaving a sticky mark that's very difficult to remove.

If you like it, please up-vote my recently added definition for "Stucker" on the infamous urbandictionary. If it gets out and about it could even end up in a dictionary of repute :)
The type of annoying sticker that does not peel off easily. Typically, upon attempted removal, such stickers either: rip/damage the surface they we...
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Ha, ha! Gave it a thumbs up! Love the sentences! :)

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So I'm aware this video will have limited appeal, but I thought I'd share it just in case anyone out there is trying to create a mini rainwater harvesting system in a similar scenario. Not you?... well then, I recommend not wasting 11 mins watching it :)
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Hi Andrew love this video!We'll done,very well thought out!
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Why does everything to do with "Verified by Visa" always look like a scam?! I mean: redirects to random unheard of domains, dodgy looking graphics/logos and layout... these are exactly the kinds of things you might expect from a real scam. It's ridiculous that it is actually official. Check out this good write up about the problems with it... +Visa you can do better!
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Ridiculous indeed!

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I think there is a lot of truth to this. Key message... It's probably better to dabble in several diverse areas of interest rather than spend all your time on one.
 
Specialization, Polymaths And The Pareto Principle In A Convergence Economy
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Wow, dramatic sky over Dun Laoghaire.
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You must have some lovely sun sets with a view from there. Look at the sky on the 27th Aug and let's know what you see???
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It's a bit odd when things you remember from your childhood years show up in a museum! Getting old I suppose.

But, check out this fantastic taster of what's on display in +The Little Museum of Dublin, lots of interesting Dublin related artefacts, some surprising others very nostalgic.
The Little Museum of Dublin tells the fascinating story of Dublin in the 20th Century. The backwater of an empire that became a booming European capital, Dublin went through a remarkable transformation in the last century. There was the violent birth of the Irish nation, the conservative years that followed, the false economic hope of the 1960's and the explosive confidence of the 1990's. The museum was launched in 2011 with a public appeal for ...
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Everyone eligible to vote in the Irish marriage referendum #MarRef should watch this fair and respectful debate. Well done RTE on hosting it so well. 
A debate on the upcoming Marriage Referendum. Representing the yes campaign are Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, Colm O’Gorman, and Irish Times Columnist, Una Mullally. Representing the no campaign are Petra Conroy from Catholic Comment and blogger, Keith Mills.
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Hmm, never really thought about this...

"[...] a hypothetical, future quantum computer would be able to retrospectively decrypt any internet communication that was recorded today, and many types of information need to remain confidential for decades. Thus even the possibility of a future quantum computer is something that we should be thinking about today."

Glad someone is thinking about this though, and trying to solve the problem. Check out the link referenced below if interested.

I think for me it highlights the need to secure the pipes (physical infrastructure) though which data flows, as well as securing the data itself.
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Fascinating unique piece of drama, based on the characters from Joyce's "The Dead", but set amidst the 1916 rising. Last two performances... tonight, and Saturday. Tickets via http://leesonparkplayers.com/current-production/ 
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Be more focused, have fewer meetingsand then go home early. It sounds like a dream, but it can work.
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What do the names of the counties of Ireland really mean? Well, take a look at this...
 
All 32 counties of Ireland with their literal English translations

This map of Ireland shows all the county names translated from the original Irish into English, basically showing their literal meaning.

Where counties have a Viking name, they are translated too. (Sorry, everyone from the Church of the Toothless One.)

For me, it's 'Cainnech's Church' (Kilkenny/Cill Chainnigh)!

As a side note, London shouldn't even be beside Derry on this map let alone in brackets.


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#Ireland #Irish #Gaeilge #Heritage #Culture #History #Celtic #Tradition #Counties #Leinster #Munster #Connacht #Ulster
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You know those "related content" ads currently blooming beneath articles from many reputable news sites and blogs? (If not, scroll to below the article on http://bit.ly/1G2zj45 to see what I mean). Well, I've always thought they were borderline spam due to their often tabloidy content and very misleading positioning nestled within the site's own content.

Yet +Yaron Galai​ of Outbrain (inventor of this online advertising concept) claims they are focused on the user and aim to provide useful, interesting, contextually relevant content. That of course is a great idea and has huge potential. However Outbrain and its clones need to do a lot better if their intent is indeed honorable. So far, I imagine the success of their technique relies largely on misleading unaware users. Not cool, please clean up your act.

Update: Despite what I just said, Outbrain is probably the best in this arena at present. I would say that on average I get only 33% "spammy" articles. Competitors like Taboola are more like 90% spam.
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I had a corner room on the 17th floor with a fantastic view of the city centre and also Alcatraz island. Very happy with my stay here, the only thing I didn't like about this hotel was its external appearance; its an eyesore on the skyline.
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Great place for getting timber cut to measure. Also the only place I know where you can get birch ply in Dublin city. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff.
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There are very few places I know of around Dublin who care about high-end audio, this place is one of them. Many years ago I was looking for better than average headphones and I came here so that I could test the sound of various pairs with different music and playback devices. The staff were very accommodating and helpful, and I ended up buying something I'm still enjoying today. Online retailers are killing specialist shops like this, so if you want to be able to test before you buy, support these places.
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I try to stop off here whenever I'm passing. They open with a new exhibit every month or so. Their exhibits are always based around some kind of science/art fusion, sometimes more sciency, sometimes more arty, but always interesting to experience. I think it's staffed by students from the college who are happy to explain the often unusual exhibits.
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Great place for a stroll. There's wild flower meadows, a huge playground for kids, the occasional sculpture and even a café.
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Very different, fun decor, relaxed ambiance, friendly staff. Have been here a couple of times, and very much enjoyed the experience on both occasions.
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This is a great spot for lunch/dinner. They do nice deals like kids go free (at certain times). Been a few times, always been great.
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