Date Archives

July 2018

JavaScript for Kids

I’m learning JavaScript.

It’s a language I’ve never coded before although I have used/manipulated it on numerous occasions. I’m following Nick Morgan’s ( JavaScript for Kids as a learning guide and so far, so good.

The above (^) is my first piece of written JavaScript. Woohoo!

While I’m at it check out these impressive JavaScript creations:

Check back again in a few weeks to see how me and my JS code are progressing…


(Post) Ring of Kerry 2018

Done. Dusted. Never again.

Some might say they enjoy the 175km challenge around the hills (and mountains) of County Kerry. I call them liars. Given that this was my second time around the circuit I wanted to enjoy rather than endure the cycle this time around. Trimmer (by 5kg) from the last time I took on the challenge, alas the Ring of Kerry was not so much enjoyed but endured, albeit much of this is down to the fact that I didn’t fuel myself sufficiently in the early stages of the cycle.

A short stop in Cahirsiveen at the 60km mark, was soon followed by the arduous Coomakista climb and while I reached the summit, I did so with little energy, owed entirely to insufficient food, particularly carbohydrates, in my body, and a rise in temperature, owed to the once-in-a-generation heatwave.

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After refuelling in Sneem, albeit feeling somewhat nauseous due to the high sugar intake, I completed the remainder of the cycle incident-free, slowly and steadily summiting Molls Gap before the dangerous descent into Killarney.

In future, I will be more mindful of my carbohydrates intake, will get a better nights sleep, will put more kilometers in the legs, and will enjoy the challenge as opposed to its endurance. Who said never again?

Feile Peile 2018

I’ll be honest…my knowledge of Féile Peile was minimal prior to the past weekend…and for someone who has been heavily involved (too heavily at times) with Gaelic Games, that statement is surprising and disappointing in equal context. However, that statement changed over the course of this past weekend with quite easily the…

…best weekend I have ever experienced in GAA terms.

Having been duped/roped into assisting with the fixtures and results of the weekend from a technical perspective by Diarmuid Cahill, alongside the genius that is Shane D’Arcy, we set up integrating the ServaSport feed into using a variety of HTML5, CSS3, PHP, and XML.

Not withstanding the phenomenal traffic that the feed garnered (at times the server could not cope with the volume of concurrent connections), the weekend proved to be an incredibly busy one, and although I didn’t see a football kicked, I must admit that it was a magical weekend to be involved in. Check out the videos, posts, and images using #feile2018 to get insights into the craic that was had!

Many thanks to Diarmuid for his gentle persuasion and to his trusty network of voluntary sidekicks from Counties Down, Louth, and Meath. I can’t believe I never got involved in Féile Peile before. That has changed…I’ve caught the Féile Bug!