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Ciarán O'Brien
Worked at Alimentary & Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork
Attends University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
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It's not Half Life 3, but it IS a 15 minute TF2 cartoon. And if I'm honest, that's really all I've ever wanted.
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So there are two ways you can look at this.

One, the +Ruaidhri Mulveen way, which is "The universe just isn't interested in us".

Or my way, which is "Oh fuck the universe will eat us if we don't hide"

I prefer my way, for some reason. I really shouldn't, it's a horrifying prospect...
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I'm reminded of the classic Warhammer 40K line "Knowledge is power; Hide it well"*. Nothing wrong with learning more, as long as we do it sensibly. Or at least quietly. enough not to draw the attention of something that only hasn't destroyed us because it hasn't found us yet...

*At least 40K was where I first heard it. I wouldn't be surprised if they ripped it off from someone else.
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There's the Irish times, publishing an article that doesn't at all match up with the accompanying interview. A cynical person might think they were hoping you didn't watch the video and just blindly accept the text. It's fairly clear now that the usual confederacy of gowls were only so silent about this for the last fortnight because they were busy coming up with a PR plan.
Catherine Corless’s research revealed that 796 children died at St Mary’s. She now says the nature of their burial has been widely misrepresented
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I admit, I didn't really know much about David Quinn before the death of Savita Halappanavar. Frankly, the abhorrent shit he and his minions spewed over that one matter was enough to paint him as an absolute cockwaffle.

So I did something silly. Or rather failed to do something smart; I should have researched him a little farther back than that. If I'd done that, I'd have found this sooner.

I'm not sharing this for people to look at Quinn and think "What a heinous fuckstick". Chances are you've read most of his shrill apologist tat because you paid more attention to current affairs than I did.

No, what's interesting about this article is the comments section, where several survivors cut his "article" apart like they're equal parts artist and surgeon. It may be the only comments section I ever encourage someone to read.

Quinn was vile enough just being bigoted against same sex marriage, threatening to sue drag queens and lying to the constitutional convention. Reading about his antics before that should leave few in any doubt that he is, in fact, pure evil.
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This review pleases me more than I can fully articulate.
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This is one of the ceverest things in existence. <huggles internet>
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Wow really funny, had to watch the whole thing. And I hate musicals, normally.
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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY JUDAS PRIEST
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Holy shit. Something something, B.B. King's Landing.
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Whether or not you're the praying type, this might be a good place to ask the Bon Secours order to own up to the atrocities they committed in their Tuam mother and baby home.
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Ah, go on. Justice is a pretty good cause.
We, the undersigned, call for an judicial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 796 children whose bodies lie in a mass grave in Tuam, Co Galway. We understand that the children died while they were in the custody of the Bon Secours Sisters between approximately 1925 and 1961. We are concerned that evidence suggests that the mortality rate for these children was significantly higher than the national rate of infant...
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All the Ionanists keep claiming their arguments aren't religious. Which means they're operating outside their own rules, which means they don't qualify for the tax exemption they have been claiming for so long. Do mention this to your TD sometime.
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PhD student at Teagasc/UCC/APC. Gut microbiota related studies. Essentially I do science with poop.
Skills
Bioinformatics, microbiology, sarcasm.
Employment
  • Alimentary & Pharmabiotic Centre, University College Cork
    Research assistant, 2012 - 2013
    Bioinformatics support; Genome assembly and annotation, gene expression array analysis, datamining and the like.
  • Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork
    Research assistant, 2012 - 2012
    Genome assembly and annotation, genome mining.
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Currently
Cork
Previously
Galway - Limerick - kiltormer
Story
Tagline
"Like a less-crazy Alan Moore!"
Introduction
Hello.

My name is Ciarán. I am a scientist and gamer. Occasionally at the same time.
Bragging rights
I have a black belt in karate, I'm waiting on a couple of scientific papers with my name in them to be published, I won two Best Scenario awards at Warpcon, one at Gaelcon, and I won Itzacon's National Game Writer Award 2013. I got to be the narrator in Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and I managed to read as far as book 7 in the Wheel of Time without my head fucking exploding or taking up serial murder. Not bad going..
Education
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
    Ph.D Microbiology/Bioinformatics, 2013 - present
    All going well, in a couple of years I'll have submitted something called "Gut Microbiota-related Biomarkers Predictive of Health Status in Humans". It will involve a lot of traditional microbiology and a lot of bioinformatics analysis.
  • University College Cork - National University of Ireland, Cork
    M.Sc. Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, 2010 - 2011
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
    B.Sc. Marine science, 1999 - 2003
  • National University of Ireland, Galway
    H.Dip. Microbiology, 2007 - 2008
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Sarky, Sarklor, jerkface
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