Its ain't a christmas song but if you going to buy it by this one. can anyone find the extra lyrics extra sexy version from austin 1998 and cohen live 94 album online? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallelujah_(Leonard_Cohen_song)
Monday, 15 December 2008
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
IOC AND RTE out do China
Due to International Olympic Council Internet broadcasting rights restrictions RTÉ is prohibited from making Olympic content accessible outside the island of Ireland (the territory).
These rights restrictions prohibit RTÉ from making any audio content broadcast live from, or recorded in, an accredited Olympic venue available outside the territory.
Because of the nature of RTÉ Radio’s comprehensive Beijing 2008 Olympic Games coverage the only manner in which RTÉ can comply with these rights restrictions is to regretfully make all our live Radio streams and the majority of our archived programmes available only within Ireland for the duration of the Olympic Games.
We do realise that this is of annoyance and inconvenience to our users abroad for which we sincerely apologise.
A limited number of programmes will be made available post-broadcast worldwide, in an edited format, during the Olympic Games. Please check the programme website to see if this is the case.
Did you try and appeal?
Yes. The EBU made a number of appeals to the IOC, but was rejected.
Why not just block the Olympics themselves?
Because the restriction is not just limited to highlights of the Games, but it expands to any footage filmed within the 'accredited' area or interviews conducted within the 'accredited' area. For instance, if Pat Kenny was to interview an Irish person via a mobile phone and they happened to be in an official Olympic car, we cannot play that interview outside of Ireland.
Realistically, this means we need to block all live streams, radio and television, because we cannot monitor all of the streams 24 hours.
Question is will anybody else be monitoring this and objecting to Pat Kenny interviewing an Irish athlete live?
How about a program on censorious capitalist copyright restrictions RTE?
Another blog describing NBC lame coverage
Thursday, 17 July 2008
Radiohead have used live Lidar laser scanning and recording to make a video for the new single House of Cards watch the music video the making of and then wait for the load up of the 3d video google gadget. 3d DataWhich you can download and manipulate yourself if you know how.
The Dublin docklands has jumped on the big name fad but I think Gormley work like the Blind Light installation (where you can't tell the difference between people and sculpture among the smoke) and the pieces like the Quantum Cloud are exceptional and you can seen the engineering and craftwork much easier then in something like the bland Spire.
I like his description of it as a ‘like a charcoal drawing against the sky, changing as your position changes in relation to it’ as it will covered in black matt paint and think the use of complex angles to create something that the eye has to fill in itself is very clever.
The sculpture is being made by the Advanced Geometry Unit of Arup Engineers, London.
The science behind the sculpture which is based on TCD Weire-Phelan geometries of the bubble matrix!
to create and see through but sturdy lattice. It the same formula used for the Beijing Olympic swimming pool Other examples of his use of engineering on Body Space Frame and Quantum Cloud construction The right placement?
Its been placed on the south bank of the Liffey 12 metres from the quay and 30 metres down on seaward side of the Sean O'Casey bridge. It will be 46 metres high 12 metres its widest take eight months to erect and will cost €1.6m.
Some nearby residents objected the idea of towering over them and were They were on Liveline on Monday raising their concerns.
The DDDA say "The authority could have located the statue, which is 80% the height of Liberty Hall, in an area where it needed no planning permission, but chose to site it at City Quay on the seaward side of the Sean O’Casey bridge, to allow for public input."
The East Wall Residents' Association said it planned to object to the project because there had been no public consultation. Indo 07 I'm sure DDA would say they has been full public consultation and opportunities to object,a number of locations were listed for the sculpture in the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) but the DDDA chose it and stuck with it. The main consideration was it not getting the way of boat traffic.
I think it could have been put further down the bay. I don't know why they had to put it next to the few remaining old residential houses on the docks. They should have put if further out. The 'Quantum Matrix' above seems to be more in open industrial space, rather then among the new city. Although there are the old warehouse of the CHQ and the Georges Dock Iron contraption it may have been more suited to where there is still some industrial activity. As pointed out in the objections there a number of other sculptures nearby to lives lost at sea and the linesman on the quay and the sculptural shape of the Sean O'Casey bridge itself but this overshadows them. Although this statue is much more light weight other submissions have compared its height to the Statue of Liberty or Christ figure in Rio which are in far more open spaces. I think the artist wanted it near people but somewhere nearer Grand Canal dock would have been just as busy.An Taisce submission preferring another location.
The decision mentions the request for it to be put in more open area(page 13,pg.2) but rejects it without really giving a good overriding reason.
"It is positioned at a point between the old and new development areas of Dublin City and on a prominent site when viewed along the Liffey Corridor and along one of the main thoroughfares down to the River Liffey. It is also at a location where north/south and east/west pedestrian movements intersect.
"In addition, the proposed site allows the sculpture to be viewed against the skyline within an area of Dublin that has low rise buildings on both sides of the river and it does not interfere with navigation on the river Liffey"
DDDA may use these sculptures to distract from thing like their plan for buildings on stilts jutting out into the Liffey with a canal (an open grey system) behind it(Archiseek). And the deliberate dereliction and speculation that the docklands redevelopment is based on.
ps I don't think the money could be spent elsewhere for the homeless or the hospitals I just don't think they come from the same budget.
ps Why did the DDDA with all this derelict docklands space, only allow 7 story buildings, if you going to blame anybody for lack of high rise in Dublin don't blame nimbys or an Taisce blame the DDDA.
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
vid author boris99gj's description:
The formidable Grace Jones performs Love is the Drug... The video is of the backing screen, she was stood centre stage with very little light with a silver mirror ball bowler hat, a strong lazer pointing down directly onto her head! enough said.
Legend and a great musician and performer.
Friday, 20 June 2008
was listening to yesterday rte radio again and hearing a lot of politicians talking about how they met these people worried about conscription,particularly older women,... and i thought by god these FF'ers are telling us they only meet are stupid disconnected no voters, that they are saying that the only no voters are imbeciles.
now im no-voter-who-abstained, im deeply anti-war , campaigned and marched against shannon etc, but i don't think conscription is on the horizon, but im am worried about merkel and and o'deas words about making the EU a global power player and 'exporting peace and prosperity to the rest of the world' echoing george bush's comment just a few weeks ago... and we all know what GWB means about exporting democracy, it means exporting capitalism and conflict and drill rigs.
But I was talking to my mother (an FG reluctant yes voter,most worried about immigration) who said she met a neighbour who said the very same thing about conscription, and i said well she's an imbecile... and she said well i don't think it'll happen right now but maybe my grandchildren...' but i said well im big anti-military head and even i don't think that will happen, imbeciles!
Then I heard Mary Hanafin talking about the conscription issue coming up again, but she describe how a young women came up to her and asked her about shannon, military and neutrality and hanafin said she went on to say how it didn't change our position on neutrality (which could be true but we're not neutral).
Dermot Ahern and Michael martin both said how they found a lot of older women were bringing up conscription and and that's what they found after doing polling after nice 1 that it was older women worried about military.
anyway my main point is i then realised that these women aren't imbeciles they just think in different way to me and other young folks on the issue militarism.
when i think of iraq or Afghanistan, i think of the 100,000 unnecessary deaths and the trauma and destruction Iraqis have to live in ( and also the pillaging of their resources) but when the so called general public think of Iraq, particularly older women think in sons...
this is why they use the word conscription to convey their worries about neutrality, while i would use militarisation.
you see all the time on the news in uk and usa they manly report the deaths of us soldiers, they barely mention t the deaths of even the iraqi soldiers on 'our side' even if they died in the same battle.
UK and US parents say bring the troops home, they don't say end the war or save iraqi lives, most don't think in that way.
both patricia mckenna and pana and SF mary lou mcdonald all said they weren't worried about conscription or weren't going around telling people about their sons being conscripted and it wasn't in their literature. It wasn't in any no groups leaflets.
M L McD said on tv3 other night that she wasn't using scaremongering about conscription but people were thinking 'longheaded' about it and she was most worried about militarisation. and when she says militarisation she means imperialism (cos she doesn't mind the other kind).
lots of yes vote advocates mention indian and china in threatening way, a distance menace that are will trying to dominate the world, which leave you to think how could we fight them without conscirption...
so that's a longwinded way to say something very simple and obvious, conscription (ie. military neutrality) is valid concern in this eu referendum.
that's why they exit polls said they lost nice 1 and so they made changes ith the seville declaration reassured people and nice 2 passed but it's still why they lost lisbon.
and it a valid concern because we're not neutral and never really have been, and were certainly not now with active facilitation of the iraq war at shannon and no matter what ff/fg say, many of their voters are concerned about militarism, because of our history of being on the wrong end of imperialism, which connected to the feeling for independence which connects with the general fear of loss of sovereignty,(its the reverse of the uk independence euroscpetics who are pro-military). we've seen this at one of the biggest ever protest marches in recent times against the iraq war and the use of shannon. you could say our position on neutrality wasn't going to change but we're not neutral so nobody can't trust their assurances on that. Our neutrality is threatened most by our own governments actions not some exterior EU bogeyman.
so maybe these people aren't coir constituency either but COIR hit on the right word to use, conscription because it reflects women's and parents fears more then faraway conflicts that the PANA and the SWP talk about, so coir partly won it on SF,SP, PANA and SWP's issues with FF and FG voters.
that and uncertainty, distrust and immigration.
insert 'sons and daughters' and male parents where appropriate
Thursday, 12 June 2008
Trying to see if its worth putting this in 3d and how best to visualize the votes. At the moment it hard to see the difference in yes and no. ETA June 13th. I've gotten the results for Lisbon treaty and added them to many eyes that I described in my previous post. Lisbon Treaty 2008 Visualisations
With the help of sgrillo's GE-Graph
Nahh that work either starting map as ordinary sat view with earth browser option.
Updated with Lisbon 2008 referendum results: NO % constituency.
Updated with Lisbon 2008 referendum results: Yes % by constituency.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
I've been looking for ways to display Ireland election or referendum results dynamically live interested in visualisations and mapping of info and web 2.0 here are the two combined, Many Eyes an Visual Communication Lab IBM research project.
Anybody can upload data sets from various sources and use the visualisation models to visualise the date in various ways from graph to word clouds to heat maps.
Somebody called Colm has upload and visualised many interesting data about population, houses, politics and GAA.
Compare Bertie election 2007 acceptance speech and his resignation speech a year later (switch between 1 or 2 words on the Many Eyes sites).
Its a pity it doesn't have Irish electoral constituencies of other administrative districts if any has the shapefiles for them please add them.
Google had visualisation API for heat maps now to but only maps and recognises individual countries or administrative areas at the moment as far as I can see.
Im going to see if i find or add Ireland administrative boundary geonames.
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Mircrosoft has added a birdseye view to micrsoft maps for parts of Ireland,they are amazing but its strange how their aerial/sat maps are _awful_, they seem to have skipped a process and gone for the four angled birdseye views, but you might not think to look at the excellent quality birdseye view for central Dublin after seeing the quality of their aerial maps...
The problem is it makes it quite difficult to add overlay with mapcruncher(as I explain below).
Microsoft Live version of Googleearth and Googlemaps/mymaps, its been around for a while but is still in beta and of limited use with low resolution images for maps.live.com for Ireland.
You have to download a small program and then find the area of interest on the map then load the overlay image and match points in the two images so Microsoft knows where to overlay it and account for curvature of the earth and terrain etc.(This with Ireland's low resolution images which disappear if you try to zoom in too far).
You click render, it then splits the top image into tiles to overlay on the server maps (which seems unnecessary on small maps?). You need a web space where you can upload multiple folders and files optimally your own web domain.
Here I overlayed the current image of Dublin airport with what it will look like when the second runway is built.(Source)
See the map; Live maps: New runway for Dublin Airport Mapcrunch
Google have added photos and videos as direct options to overlay on googlemaps, so you can just view and area and see corresponding photos from flickr,panoramio etc, so you view photos like
or perhaps zoom into Croke park
and see videos taken by somebody (badly on their mobile phone) of some past-it rock band or even GAA if that's your sort of thing.
PS. A Canal Bank Walk by kregori
Saturday, 10 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
In an previous blog post I complained how a digital reconstruction of the Lismullin henge at Tara, the site of which was being controversially destroyed for the construction of the M3 Motorway, was being withheld because...
Virtual images will not be made publicly available for the moment as the high quality of the computer generated images may lead to misconceptions as to what actually exists at Lismullin.Well here are the images.
Its clear the images were withheld because it would have given a visual aid, strengthening the case by the activist that the Tara valley was full of ancient sites, and whether or not much remained of the upstanding structures at this henge in a hollow showed how it was the landscape itself that was important and that should be preserved along with the central monument at Tara.
In June 2007 John Gormley told the Dáil he would release the file in the near future "to ensure the highest levels of transparency and accountability".. The reconstruction were first made in mid 2007 nits now mid 2008, so Gormley's idea of transparency is release vital images a year late. The massive site with the post holes marked in the foregound.
The massive site with the post holes marked in the foregound.More images of the exposed site
The site is a large (c.80m diameter) circular enclosure formed of a double row or ring of stakeholes. The two rows are 2m apart. The stakeholes are small in diameter (c.10-15cm) and evenly spaced (c.60cm apart) perhaps suggesting post and wattle construction. The enclosure appears to have an entrance in the east. A smaller enclosure c.16m in diameter formed of similarly closely spaced postholes (c.25cm diameter) is positioned centrally within the large enclosure. There are two radial rows of postholes forming a corridor between the entrance of the outer and inner enclosures. In addition there are what appear to be two slot trenches between the end of the corridor and the entrance of the inner enclosure
The enclosure is situated at the centre of a natural geomorphological hollow surrounded by a ridge of higher ground which overlooks all sides of the monument, which in turn is surrounded by lower ground.
More info on Lismullin.
It doesn't seem like(to my amateur eyes) they used a height map to show Lismullin's position in the hollow of the landscape does it?
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
if you follow my ramblings here http://www.atheist.ie/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=11864#11864 (playlist are cool but,i don't want to embed every video i watch onto a website!! i could add my favourites but i want to add amny peoples favourites and you can't really create a shared playlist apart from in a group and you can't create a playlist of videos added to a group or embed them :/ ) im trying to find a way to list videos of irish atheists or videos recommended by irish atheist on a website, embed... one seems to be able embed a list of videos you've watched or list by keyword but 'irish atheist' throws up too much rubbish, if people specifically wanted to add their videos they could add an, opt-in, addmetoirishatheist tag on their videos. and then create a feed which searches for that unique tag. which results in this, (which might possibly be added to atheist.ie front page, if the owner want to) http://www.freewebs.com/dublinstreams/a2partyoutubefeedexample.html but there's still no way to embed a list of recommended videos via group... :/ http://www.youtube.com/group/irishatheists a group is fine, i guess, but i wanted something more automatic and something you can integrate into a website well i got it working for opt in tagging youtube video list, now test of opt in tagging blog posts by adding addmyblogtoirishatheist as a tag
Thursday, 24 April 2008
Finally after years of legal wrangling and speculation and deliberate dereliction of our national main street plans have been revealed of new mall for O'Connell street. 'Dublin Central'
RTE: The plans cover a 5.5-acre area known as Dublin Central which stretches from O'Connell Street to Moore Street and from Henry Street to Parnell Street.See Irish Times:€1.2bn mall scheme to transform O'Connell Street area and Property Week:€1.25bn Dublin mixed-use scheme planned for details.
Another Irish Times article: €180m spent assembling 'Dublin Central' site describes how they want about buying all the building on face and behind O'Connell Street, Henry Street, Moore Street and Parnell Street.
Chartered Land are the developers who built the new Dundrum Town Centre, the refurbished Ilac Centre and Grand Canal Square and South King Centre.
Malls in Blue
Heres a Google Earth Version and a Googlemaps version. You download the Googleearth Version or view it in
Googlemaps and save it to your 'mymaps' and collaborate and add info.
to follow the walking routes through the proposed development of the streets behind O'Connell street.
Where would be without Architecture Ireland site. It has details of the Arnotts Northern Quarter development and new streets and there are also details of the Original Arnotts buildings. HKR Architects are the site developers for the 'Northern Quarter'.
See it in googlemaps
I can't find where you enter the kml's address so I just add it to the url in the address bar after "http://maps.live.com/?mapurl="
More Google Sketchup Buildings for Dublin
I was looking for 3D Google Sketchup buildings for Dublin I had remembered that a few were made years, but was always surprised with google having its EU headquarters here that there is not more google things for Dublin, but I found the old collection of buildings but I also found new one been worked on currently under the Dublin google Sketchup collection.I know there a good mock up of Dublin in second life, and I've seen part of Dublin recreated in 3D in an old TCD graphics department and there are plans to do a new dynamic one, but apart from laziness I figure that I never really attempted to add my own because like the TCD projects its already been done somewhere its just not put up on google.
Also partially complete Dublin Airport