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Top notch nonsense from Team Seamie and Andy, enlightening the unwashed ignorant masses as to the inadvisability of trusting ‘Stone Cold Mulhearn’ with your personal safety during a zombie attack, and informing us that “You’re not going to be happy in a bucket of your own sweat.” Quality stuff, gentlemen. Keep up the good work.
Sophisticated Ignorance is a delightfully whimsical waste of 10 minutes each and every Wednesday morning.
Warning: Some of the language is unsuitable for children. And adults. And probably most pets.
Soon, it will be Ciara and Ben’s Big Day. I look forward to a fun day and many entertaining speeches. And Ciara and Ben living happily ever after, of course. Hurrah!
Due to illness I had a little down time this week. As I recovered, rather than attempt to focus on anything actually critical / work related, I devoted some time to migrating all my old blog posts from their heavily customised blosxom roots to this new shiny WordPress instance.
A little PHP code and a dash of XMLRPC later I had a passable file parser and importer, though I failed to work out what magic incantations are required to set the category in WordPress. Fortunately, it was simple to bulk-edit the posts once they were imported and change their category from ‘Uncategorised’ to something more appropriate.
All in all, 602 historic posts imported and no planets or blog aggregators spammed (that I’m aware of.) Success!
…delicious, nutritious and absolutely definitely one of the finest fusion food items I have invented this weekend. I was going to add a photo, but I eated it. (The Chicken Jalfrezi Baguette, not the photo.)
Once again security theatre strikes Gatwick Airport in the UK. My walking through the metal detector set it off, prompting the lady supervising to indicate I had been “chosen” to walk through the new millimeter wave scanner. I fly regularly, and am reasonably certain I had no metal on my person, though I understand the metal detectors periodically alert on a random passenger as a control case. I’m now fairly used to asking to opt out of millimeter wavelength scanners, and did so – something they deal with regularly and simply in the US by performing a slightly more intrusive pat-down. I have no problem with this. Pat-downs are unlikely to have a cumulative medical effect.
This time, however, the lady informed me that once I had been chosen, there was no option to opt out, and indeed my only option was to leave the airport and not board my flight. She helpfully offered to call her supervisor, who confirmed that this was indeed the new law – a law enforced (or enacted – I forget his exact words) by the Department of Transport. No pat-down could be offered; no personal search could be considered; no alternative verification of security could be countenanced and my only option was indeed to not board my flight.
In between his assurances that this ‘new’ scanning technology was safe, and emitted less radiation than a mobile phone call (“one tenth of a second of a mobile phone call”), he announced that new regulations meant Gatwick airport was getting fully fitted with these millimeter wavelength scanners and that it would be impossible to avoid them in the future.
I explained that I quite wanted to get home and if being scanned was my only option for boarding I would certainly go through with it, but would greatly appreciate if he could provide me a method to formally note my objection, which he did.
Throughout, the staff of the airport were friendly, but unwilling to consider the possibility that this rule of passing through the scanner could be waived under any circumstance. Several of the comments regarding safety, the quantity of radiation emitted and vague references to it being ‘the law’ (without letting me know what law, though I didn’t press very hard) gave me the impression that they have been trained in security theatre rather than any meaningful understanding of how security works. I reeled in particular at the supervisor’s comment that people were not allowed to opt out if they were chosen since they then would be considered to have something to hide.
My two girls were in the inaugural Leixlip St. Patrick’s Day parade, marching with Brennan Performing Arts. The weather had deteriorated since the earlier parade in Maynooth, but while everything else was dampened, spirits were not. Congrats to all on … Continue reading
The unseasonal snowfall died back to a light drizzle for the parade in Maynooth this year, but spirits seemed hardly dampened as the local groups turned out in force for the 2013 parade. If you were in the parade and … Continue reading