Monthly Archives: June 2004

Aidan Staunton, Cork Artist Showing in Vision Centre

Aidan Staunton, a renowned Cork artist, is showing a collection of his paintings in the Cork Vision Centre for the next two weeks. This is what Whazon.com says about him:

Images of Cork City and Ireland West.

A visually striking exhibition by Cork based artist Aidan Staunton. The exhibition consists of oils and watercolours. This is his seventh solo exhibition.

He is inspired by old Cork City scenes and the rugged landscape of the West of Ireland.

In his exhibitions he records both places and changes that have occurred in cork over the past few years. His paintings range from the urban images of cork city, through to the rural aspects of the West of Ireland.

This exhibition will run from 30th June –15th July 2004

The Cork Vision Centre @ St. Peter’s is open from Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.

I attended the opening of the exhibition last night and his paintings are breath-taking. If I had some spare cash I’d buy “Looking Down St. Patrick’s Hill”, or “Fitzgerald’s Park Fountain” to adorn the living room at home!

RTE's Bush Interview

Justin has a lot more on RTE’s Bush Interview that I mentioned previously. He notes that the White House complained to “RTE, the Irish Embassy, the Irish Government, and the reporter herself” aftewards. hehe.
He includes links to the realvideo version of it as well as an mp3 audio-track too. I recorded the realvideo streaming version using the following command:

mencoder -o primetime56.avi -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc rtsp://streaming2.rte.ie/2004/0624/primetime56.rm

Excel password remover

If, as sometimes happens, you’re working at something and are called away from your desk, it’s nice to know you can lock Excel and stop others fiddling with it. Unfortunately it’s also possible that you might forget your password. *ahem*
If so, go download the Free Excel password remover and watch it work wonders and crack that password and get you back into work mode faster than you can read a long winded run-on sentence that’s meandering nowhere, fast.

Phone Upgrade

Over the weekend I moved from Vodafone to Meteor and also upgraded to a Nokia 6600 at the same time. Nice phone, this review is reasonably favourable, although he mentions that battery life is very bad (no surprise there!) and he commented on the 20MB of the memory card that was taken up by “undeletable” applications. They’re very deletable when you format the memory card! :) Opera was deleted when I did that but I don’t have any use for mobile browsing, regular phone charges are expensive enough!
On that subject, I selected the “Meteor 200″ plan. For €40 a month I can make 200 minutes of calls. That’s 20¢ a minute. Last month I talked on the phone for 3 hours and it cost me twice that. Fingers crossed that my phone bill goes down.

I’ll test the Gnome Bluetooth/Bluez stuff on Fedora Core 2 at home later, I don’t know if I’m going to go to the trouble of getting Bluez/Orbix working myself. p3nfs, Gnokii and Gammu seem to be other options. p3nfs worked fine before so even if I have to use the Nokia Suite to copy it over I’ll be able to copy .sis files over for later installation. Gnokii has been tested on the 6600 but it looks like there could be problems with it still.

It seems to be almost impossible to find a decent midi version of new zealand story. I found a few mp3 versions but none of them were up to scratch. Maybe I need to find a sid player/plugin for my phone? I did find a few cool music sites, including ocremix. Will visit later, but the version of NZS there isn’t great and seems to worble out of tune!

Just as I was writing this I received a text to my phone.. “A picture is worht a thousand words! Capture the moment with Vodafone picture messaging – NOW just 25¢! To opt out call 1800200234″
I could just ring that number and complain but I’m not a Vodafone customer anymore, why did they spam me? Stewie on #linux says I need to contact regtel. Fire up Google and find them methinks.

Telephoto Is For Cowards

Telephoto Is For Cowards, maybe so, but it’s a brave soul who’ll go up to some of the people I see on the street and take their photo! Mark linked to the Photographers Rights pamphlet but it applies mostly to the USA. Things are different enough in Europe that it would confuse matters.
(Via a long thread on STF)

The fact is, real photographers don’t shoot candids with telephoto lenses.
One pervasive image of the photographer is the celebrity-stalking paparazzi, the sleazy PI on Cheaters, and the creepy old guy in the trenchoat in the woods by the playground, all of whom wield big black cameras and three-foot-long lenses. This is the image of the photographer as stalker: someone who sees us from a long way off without us seeing him; who steals our picture without our knowledge, for some sinister purpose or other.