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Got home

Just back from a trip home to Ireland and am pooped. Got up at 6am (1am EST) and drove up to Dublin Airport from Donegal Town via Omagh. Got there about 10.30am, would have been earlier but the car was running on fumes and I had to stop for petrol. As I was whizzing down the M1, my cousin John, whom I gave a lift to the airport, said there’s no services on that motorway. Which lead us on a 30 minute detour trying to find some petrol pumps in the wastes of Louth! 😉

Got to the airport at 10.30am, dropped off the car, had a ciggie, met my friend Eamon L. who dropped out to see me off and had a nice big (expensive) breakfast before going through security. Had 3 jumbo sausages, 2 rashers, 2 slices of thick toast, 1 egg, 1 hash brown, 1/2 a fried tomato, and numerous backed beans.:) A good end to a long drive, and a nice fill-up before a long flight.

On the plane I got 2 seats to meself and dosed off for about 2 hours or more after they served “dinner”. Woke up somewhere over the Canadian north and got to watch the lame ending to the last Harry Blouter film.

At Logan (Boston’s airport), I got through everything quickly, and didn’t have to wait too long for a shuttle bus to the blue line on the subway. And it wasn’t too busy considering it was rush hour. I guess most of the commuters were heading the other way. I changed Gov Center for the Green Line that goes near the house, and lucky enough I got a local train going to Kenmore (never seen one of those before) which was nice and quiet and not full of rush-hour nasties. And got home in time to see the sunset.

So now I’m pooped, as it’s 11:45pm Irish Time, and I need dinner … pics will appear on Flickr at some point.

Update: Here’s one! 🙂
BackstrandsMore via this Flickr search.

Killing X

On Ubuntu it used to be that ctrl-alt-backspace would kill X (the backend of the various graphical user interfaces on Linux). In an aim to be user friendly this is now disabled by default. This can be a real pain if X locks up, you can’t kill it nor change to a console.

On Debian and Ubuntu you can install the dontzap command which will allow you to kill X:

sudo apt-get install dontzap

Then run dontzap:

sudo dontzap -d

Or you can the following section to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (which is what the dontxzap command does):

Section "ServerFlags"
        Option  "DontZap"       "False"

See Alberto Milone’s blog for more info:

Support Pine Street Inn

Support Boston’s Pine Street Inn this year and buy holidays cards based on a photograph I took:

The photograph also came 24th in the Boston Globe’s 2008 Winter Wonderland contest:

Boston Sunset

Penny over at BostonZest did a write up on this and asked me to comment on the picture:

Updated: Oct 25th with updated link to Pine Street Inn’s Greeting Card page.

My Flickr Explore (Feb 2007)

My Flickr Explore Feb 2007.

1. Fred and his cap!, 2. Sunrise @ the lake, 3. Boston Twilight, 4. Donegal Town: The Diamond 1973, 5. Celtic Sprially Wrought-iron, 6. Frozen Bog Puddle, 7. Boston Sunset, 8. Maghery,

9. Under Lough Eske Bridge, 10. Celitc Spirally Wrought Iron, 11. Big Waves, 12. The Atlantic near Dungloe, Donegal Ireland, 13. Donegal Bay, 14. Donegal Town: The Old Castle, 15. Old Donegal Town Postcard

From Big Huge Labs:

Also, see your “interesting” flickr pics at:

Header Image

Trying to replace the header image in the theme I’m currently using. The image is the word unsleepable in the screenshot below:
Default Unsleepable blog theme header image

The theme is called Unsleepable and is by Ben Gray, which is a modified version of the K2 theme by Michael Heilemann.

The instructions at say what file needs to be replaced, and the approximate size. And then used the instructions at to create glossy text thing:

/home/mick blue glossy image for the header of the Unsleepable theme

It doesn’t look bad here on this posting, but in the header it just doesn’t look great. I think I need to change the colour and remove the forward-slashes (/). What do you think?

/home/mick blue glossy image preview in the Unsleepable theme

I’ll try making another one over the weekend.

Updated with unmickable:

Unsleepable WordPress them with unmickable image.

However the font looks too blocky. I wonder if this is because I’m using the Gimp?

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