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Niall Murphy
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Perhaps the most pressing question of our time.
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A snowy walk close to Pittsburgh's Bakery Square.
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Remember when you used to live in Ireland... seems like that was a long time ago :)
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A brief photowalk in San Diego, much inhibited by a cough.
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Those came out very nice.
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Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
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Some people just want to watch the world burn.

Lexington reservoir, CA, in greatly reduced circumstances.
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Recent trips in Kerry.
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Kerry is quite possibly the most picturesque place on the whole picturesque island. Lovely photos!
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Trip to Ballycotton Lighthouse, Co. Cork.
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Wow - excellent photos, Niall. Well done.
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(Because I know there are bikeists who follow me)

So it turns out my 26" Giant Expression N7 had a complete failure of the back wheel, including the fancy-ass gear enclosure.

Of course, life being what it is, they don't do that model any more.  Replacing it with the wheel they do do any more, and the correct changing assembly, cords etc will cost 600 EUR.

I am now potentially in the market for a new bike.

Anyone got any good suggestions? Up until the moment when it catastrophically failed, that rear wheel sealed gear assembly had actually saved me a number of occasions standing by the side of the road swearing in the rain trying to re-rack a chain. About five years worth of them, in fact. Now I am inside, swearing.
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A walk around the strip district of Pittsburgh.
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Hard to tell which set is San Diego and which is Pittsburgh.
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Wonderful!

I generally hate both setting and sitting exams -- thankfully I've had more of the former in the recent past than the latter -- but the below is Just Great.
 
Oxford's All Souls College has a famous fellowship program, access to which is determined by a somewhat infamous exam. What is truly marvelous about this exam, though, is that the questions are profoundly interesting: these are not questions with right and wrong answers, but ones which require deep thought and argument. And that's what's expected of candidates: not an absolute answer to the question, but demonstrating a strong command of the subject, and the ability to make compelling and clear cases.

I have to say that these questions seem quite delightful, and many (all?) of them would make excellent seeds for any conversation. I may well seed posts with them in the future, in fact. Consider some of the following exam questions:

"Did the left or the right win the twentieth century?"
"What, if anything, is wrong with using drones in warfare?"
"When, if ever, should firms bear responsibility for their customers' poor purchasing decisions?"
"Can a privately-supplied currency such as Bitcoin be viable in the long run?"
"How do apologies work?"
"How might we look for the rural poor of the Roman Empire in the archaeological record?"

There are plenty more. This article gives a few, and you can read the complete archive of past questions at http://www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk/content/Past_Papers

Maybe we should have some kind of "All Souls Challenge:" picking questions, writing posts about them and having conversations, and then tagging other victims...

Thanks to +Irreverent Monk for finding this!
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Hmm, fortunately I have the opportunity to ask people questions like this on a regular basis... and they are compelled to answer.  MUahahahaha.
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Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
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Ireland in early Autumn.
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Irish, lived in Dublin most of my life.
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2 kids, O & F
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  • Belvedere College
    Leaving Certificate, 1987 - 1993
  • University College Dublin
    B.Sc., 1993 - 1998
    Computer Science & Maths
  • Mater Dei Institute
    M.A., 2010
    Poetry Studies
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