Keith Gaughan

An attempt at public introspection

Life

Leaving Twitter

· 4min

I made a decision, unconsciously, a couple of months back, to stop using Twitter. I still kept using it, but my use became more sporadic. This morning I deleted the last remaining client I had installed.

I’ve been using it for quite a while. My initial reason for joining …

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Ending 2019

· 5min

Following on from last year’s post, it’s time to re-examine where I am in my life once more.

The good

My weight has stayed surprisingly stable over the last year. I’m still overweight, and I’ve yet to hit my goal of getting below 70kg, but the …

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On asking for things

· 7min

I’ve had variants of this stuck in my drafts for a while now. It’s time I sat down and wrote down what’s been on my mind.

First of all, go read Salary Negotiation Tips from White Men in Tech (and part 2). It had been on my …

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Ending 2018

· 5min

It’s coming to the end of the year, and I figure it’s a good time to review what went well over the past year, what went poorly, and how things can go better.

The good

First up, and most important, is that I found a few great friends …

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Starting again

· 3min

I haven’t posted here in two years. This site was meant to be a way for me to start writing something more than post random crap on Twitter. I’ve failed at that, but I’d like to try again.

Note

What’s written above was accurate when I …

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Snowblindness

· 1min

…or why it’s sometimes a good idea to just completely walk away.

I’ve been working on something here at work that really, really ought to have been done a good long time back. But between this and that, being pulled hither and thither, and having lots of other …

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Leaving Boston today

· 1min

I’ve to check out of the hotel at 12pm. My flight’s just after 7pm. I might be meeting up with Mark later, which would help kill a lot of time. Of course, that’s all moot unless I can check in early.

Good news is I managed to …

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Turns out I was sick rather than tired

· 3min

I don’t know whether it was that I picked up the ‘flu that’s been going around the office, or if I ate something bad while I was here, but I was in a complete mess Friday and Saturday. I was completely out of my head Saturday morning, but …

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The DSL modem’s arrived

· 1min

I received the DSL modem earlier today. I’m just testing it out right now. It’s sooooo fast! This rocks!

One annoyance though: I ordered a DSL modem with a wireless hub built in so that I could work in peace and quiet and not have to sit in …

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Digiweb pull their thumbs out and activate my DSL

· 1min

After three months of trying to get broadband off them, first satellite and later DSL, I’ve finally got Digiweb to activate my DSL.

This all really should have been done a month ago, but until today, they’ve kept putting me off, giving excuses like “we’re waiting on …

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Weight

· 4min

[Update from 2020: This post is mean. I appear to have been very angry at myself when I wrote this. It looks like it turned into an exercise in beating myself up. Some of it did come true: I got up to 105kg a few years ago, but managed to …

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Worried about two friends and the tsunami

· 1min

Right now I’m worried. I haven’t posted up anything since it happened because I didn’t know what to write, but I’m worried about Thérèse and Vinnie, two friends of mine who are travelling through SE Asia right now.

I haven’t heard word from them in …

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Area 51 Opens

· 1min

I’ve been keeping quiet about this for ages, but now I can talk about it.

Some of my friends are after opening a gaming café here in Cork. The quality of the existing ones isn’t that great and, seeing as we all go gaming pretty often, they decided …

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Cork City Centre Is Flooded!

· 1min

Cork is buggered!

Sweet mother!

I had to head off to CIT to pick up some tickets for the graduation ball. When I got back to the offices, things were fine, but Dan’s after looking outside the window, and the city’s completely flooded! It took just 40mins for a one-foot deep …

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Why you should always finish your projects

· 1min

I was looking at my feeds earlier, and peeking through Simon Willison’s weblog feed, and spotted a reference to Live Bookmarks in it. Go take a look at the screenshot: it looks frighteningly similar to a cross between Sage and a cut-down version of what I described for Mocha …