Ravings From The Bog


Sabbatical

749px-I-276.svgI’m taking the month of September off. Not off work, but off Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Flickr and the many other distractions that have kept me from proper family/personal time over the last few months. I’ll still be checking my email and perhaps be online for five minutes at a time checking bank balances and cinema times, etc, but that’s it.

It’s an experiment of sorts. I tend to be easily distracted and lose myself for hours on teh internets which has created not a little tension at home, but I also feel that my thought processes are actually being affected by the flittering about that this fine Apple iMac allows me by having so many programs running at once!

So, from tonight at midnight, I intend to use the time saved to do the jobs that have been left undone, to spend more time with my wife and kids (!) and to fix various broken things, and cut the grass rather than pay somebody to do it twice a month, and get moving on a number of things that the “internet inertia” has stopped me from doing.

Now, I could be smart and say that the graphic above represents me “hitting the road” from the internet, but I’ll be honest instead and admit that I weigh 276lbs. My intention in being that honest is to force myself to be looking for a sign for Interstate 256 to post on 1 October – in other words, get off my arse and get some exercise. I intend to take seriously the idea of eating properly (not just my Branflakes) and losing some weight and keeping it off.

I have various other similar intentions for the month of September, regarding work, finance, leisure time, etc.

Wish me luck!

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CupCakeCampNI
August 16, 2009, 1:49 am
Filed under: Belfast, Blogging | Tags: , , ,

CupCakeCampThe long-awaited CupCakeCampNI event took place today at Blick Studios on Belfast’s Malone Road. Despite clashing with Belfast’s visit from the Tallships, the event sold out well in advance.

Twitter pal, @doorofkukondo, (also known as Ciaran Madden) was the organiser of the event and through his energy, drive and enthusiasm, everything went swimmingly. Such was the interest in the cupcake phenomenon, that space soon ran out for displaying the hundreds of cupcakes that the various professional and amateur bakers brought along. Disaster was averted when permission was given to tuck in and space was quickly found!

Freshly brewed coffee was supplied to wash the confections down by @grib and his lady wife, with their @beanandgone business, and the posters (above) were designed and created by @davymac – both top men in their respective fields, thanks guys.

Many volunteers were on hand to support the endeavour, including @goodonpaper, @stuartgibson, @mynameisciara, @Peek-a-Bo0 and @bardsrad et al.



Belfast Twitter Festival or Twestival on U105
February 12, 2009, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Belfast, Blogging, Entertainment, Technology, Thoughts, UK | Tags: , , , , ,

U105 BelfastI had an interesting experience this morning. Myself and Andy McMillan (@goodonpaper on Twitter) has an opportunity to promote this evening’s Twestival event for charity:water on Belfast’s U105 FM radio station. Carolyn Stewart seemed genuinely interested in Twitter and had us on air for eight minutes rather than the usual four! Nerve-wracking stuff but despite a few SNAFUs and stumbles, we managed to get the point across well, we think.

The event takes place in Lavery’s Bunker between 20:00 and 22:30 this evening with entertainment, raffle prizes and good craic (still hate that word!). Pay at the door or buy tickets online at the Belfastwestival website – costs £5, 100% of which goes to the charity (Thanks Laverys!)

Belfastwestival Link