Idle thoughts

How come Hollywood can build realistic dinosaur models and CGI spaceships, but the special effects department still can’t recreate realistic puking? Can someone please do me a director’s cut of Julie And Julia so that it’s just Julia? When a party tells you its manifesto is “fully costed”, remember they were “fully costed” in 2007 […]

The Big Lie

The Big Lie, Part One: Spout any old bull you like, so long as it panders to the audience’s prejudices. Indulge yourself. Cite bogus studies. The Big Lie, Part Two: When corrected, do not address your directly. Repeat the lie. Preface with “What the PC brigade won’t tell you is…” The Big Lie, Part Three: […]

The Jobbridge database

The Jobbridge database [Version One] courtesy  of a Freedom of Information request. [Since the Excel XLSX file is rather large at over 14Mb, there may be problems in formatting etc. Any suggestions for improving usability gratefully received.] Version Two: Jobbridge database in Socrata (from a suggestion by Steve White)

Jobbridge and Freedom of Information

Victory of a sort…but mostly not In March 2012, I sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Social Protection (DSP), looking for the Jobbridge database. By July of the same year, DSP had replied with some of what I sought, but I had some problems, and so an appeals process began. My […]

RTE, BAI, and the marriage referendum

In response to a letter from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland about coverage of same sex marriage, RTE politely responded that it knew how balance worked. I previously published a copy of the BAI’s letter to RTE, which I obtained from the BAI itself. Below are the letter and the official RTE response, obtained through […]

MoJo Kit

Kit used in the course of mobile journalism #mojo (mostly radio/audio at present) 1- Hama Traveller Compact Pro tripod 2- Canon 450D DSLR Camera + Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens 3- SD Cards 4- Audac CMX230 microphone 5- Samsung Galaxy S5 6- Panasonix RP-HC200 headphones 7- 1m XLR microphone cable 8- JTS […]

Proper Charlie

Maybe the problem is Charlie Haughey wasn’t that interesting. In a way, he wasn’t. I grew up with CJH as Taoiseach, yet no matter how many times I was assured he was a charismatic, powerful and dominant presence, I never saw it. I saw another dull grey politician, and Ireland being Ireland, it wasn’t that […]