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September: Into the GameZone
Sun, September 28, 2014, 1:00 PM GMT+1
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Am I a Glasshole? Or are you a self-absorbed, irrational luddite?

Here's my open letter to people who oppose the wearing of Google Glass in public: http://goo.gl/CdYKDj

http://www.cultofandroid.com/54761/glasshole-self-absorbed-irrational-luddite

#googleglass  
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Yes, his tone is abrasive, but that aside I think he makes some valid points - essentially boiling down to "OMG, you've got Google Glass, you could be filming me RIGHT NOW!" "Yes, I could be, but I'm not, because why would I, but now that you're making a scene, I'm sure the security guard monitoring the CCTV is zooming in on you..."
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Credit where it's due.  We switched to the City Bin Co for refuse collection sometime last year.  They've been excellent so far - never missed a collection, they text the night before a collection to remind you which bins are being done, and they're much cheaper than their rivals.

Now they've started sending out a monthly "bindex" - how much of each type of refuse was collected, and how your house compares to the average.  Print it out, stick it on the fridge, and there's an incentive for the kids to beat the neighbours...

(No, this is not a sponsored post!)

#recycle #green
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The stats are a nice touch.. Areas still seem limited though.
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Hoppy Christmas / Festivus / Saturnalia / Winter Solstice / Hanukkah / Kwanzaa / <insert your holiday here> / Holidays to one and all.
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Thanks! To you and yours, too!
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Let's go hunting meeples
Sun, March 23, 2014, 1:30 PM GMT
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The view from JW Sweetman's yesterday, as we watched Brian O'Driscoll and Ireland make more history...
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This looks excellent - "Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide".  Will pick it up when I'm next in town.  Seems exactly like what +Field Trip does, just in print form.

+Joe Philley +Niantic Project 
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+Google+'s uber-auto-awesome of my year.  If you have Google+ and auto-backup of your photos turned on, you'll get one too, if you haven't already.

So, we have...

1. The +Gaelcon Convention Charity Auction team, +Cian O'Sullivan and +Noirin Curran, drinking the +Wil Wheaton / +Stone Brewing Co. w00tstout that came all the way from America, courtesy of +Liam Frost, and that sold for €300 at auction. (October)

2. Grain steeping during my first #Brewday . (January)

3. +Fernando Moreira, aka #nCoder , aka #thatIngressguy , at one of the Enlightened's meetups. Fernando will hopefully represent Ireland at #ingresselitev .

4. A banner at an ICTU march against austerity.

5. The entrance to #Newgrange .  I was there twice this year, once with family, and once for an international #Ingres  event.

6. Ross Castle, Killarney. A morning trip from +K22012 (except it was 2013) with +Fiona O'Grady, +Jonathan Neville, and +Frank Dermody. Yes, there may have been #Ingress  involved. (February)

7. Ireland's first Level 8 portal, built by +John Bartlett, +Kevin Fan +Fernando Moreira +Gary Coady , +Joseph Fallon, et al (February?)

8. +Nina Shiel , +Drew Shiel , +Oliver Reilly and +Michelle Guinan, at someone's birthday, in WJ Kavanagh's.

9. A carved stone to the rear of Newgrange.

10. An old building in Narbonne, France, near where we went for holidays. (July)

11. A life-size, walkthrough replica of MIR at the ESA Space Museum in Toulouse. (July)

12. +Amanda Palmer playing the Academy (July)

13. Ingress agents after the event where we claimed over 100 L8 portals in the city, a record at the time.

14. Bitter Ruin gig in Whelans (they'd played support to Amanda Palmer - check them out at bitterruin.com). (September)

15. #CraftBeer  

16. Ditto.

17. Look, I don't want to talk about it, OKAY!? (Jonny Sexton about to miss that penalty when Ireland played the All Blacks and came so close to winning). (November)

18. & 19. Work Xmas drinks.
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An excellent brewpub with decent, tasty food. The pub is owned and run by the Galway Bay Brewery which means you can always get really good beer from them and many other craft breweries. (Galway Bay's "Of Foam and Fury" Double IPA won "Best Beer in Ireland 2013", as voted for by members of Beoir). Tends to get very busy in the evenings due to its close proximity to the IFSC. The only thing I don't like about the place is the acoustics - sound seems to bounce off the walls and when it's full and noisy it can be hard to have a conversation, but there's no music to compete with, either.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Really confusing/absent signage for finding the route to return rental cars. Manage that, and you need to find a luggage trolley. Wheel your trolley all the way to Terminal 2 for Ryanair, only to find that for no reason that was ever explained (we did ask and just got Gallic shrugs!), you can't bring your luggage trolley inside the terminal building. Struggle with your luggage and carry-on bag to the Ryanair check-in desk, and you then have to take back the luggage you just checked in, and bring it *yourself* across the width of the terminal building and around a corner, to where some security (?) people will take it from you and load it onto a conveyor. (In the meantime, I suppose, you could load stuff from you carry-on bags into your luggage, if Ryanair had previously said your luggage was too heavy and you'd unloaded... Didn't test this, but they're hardly going to run after you to stop you doing it seeing as they're always short-staffed and busy...) Beyond security, there's an underwhelming and expensive duty-free with not too much choice on offer.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Bigger on the inside!
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Was there for a family birthday dinner. We'd booked an "early-bird" sitting for 6:15 and were told we'd need to vacate by 8:30, which was fair enough on a busy Friday evening. Service was very efficient and friendly. Food was quite good - the seafood chowder was especially delicious, but being on Howth's west pier I imagine the ingredients are extremely fresh :-) My main - the slow roast pork belly - was a little salty but still delicious. Only complaint is that they only do wine - no beer available.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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We decided to try here having read the reviews on Google. Arrived without a booking, which turned out to be a mistake as they were full, but they managed to fit us in. Delicious food, with friendly service, in an interesting and beautiful setting. Highly recommended. Nicest restaurant we found between Vias and Portiragnes.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Drink: A decent range of Irish craft beers - Metalman, O'Hara's, Galway Hooker - on draught, as well as "traditional Irish" Diageo drinks like Guinness and Carlsberg. Food: Toasties served all day! Atmosphere: Good, friendly service from George and an eclectic mix of music from manager Tadhgh, at just the right volume to be heard without interfering with conversation.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good, tasty, well-presented food. They were very busy when we arrived so they moved us to the upstairs part, which is also a second-hand bookshop. Great view of Bull Island from upstairs. Very friendly service - they kept apologising for the length of time it was taking for our food (which wasn't all that long, really, and it was a bank holiday Monday) and despite our protestations that it was fine, they wouldn't charge for dessert or drinks. A bonus is it's run by/for a charity. Only quibble - no beer on the menu, only wine and soft drinks.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago