One Piano Happy Blogger

So, I finally got the piano I’ve been chasing for months. Total cost: free.

I had trawled through the buy and sell with no real joy (budget was 200 Euro and no more), checked out a few second hand piano shops (who had advised me I’d be looking at 1800 quid upwards) but as fluke luck would have it, in the music listings on Gumtree.ie after breakfast Monday appeared “free piano”.

The piano itself is exactly the style I’m after, manufactured by TG Payne in London (must get an exact date on it) and it weighs a pure ton and more. Honest to God, heaviest thing I think I’ve ever had to lift!

The travel and getting it into the house likely knocked it out of tune a bit (middle two octaves seem fine, outside of that is questionable) but I also picked up the piano to challenge myself, first to get back into playing and second to learn about piano tuning.

So I get to chalk off a goal in life, didn’t think I’d get the piano itself for free but there you goo! My thanks to Maureen O’Brien in Drogheda for the piano and Shane Walsh of On Route Transport in Kilkenny for making the trip to pick it up and deliver to Kilkenny at 11pm last night 🙂

Ripping Blogs And Forums To The Press

Here’s a question for you this morning….

You’re quoted in an article in a newspaper about your take on certain events and you give permission to the article’s author to make reference to your website after speaking with him in depth about the article in question.

The following morning you pick up another newspaper and see that an entire blog post has been lifted without prior contact or permission and reprinted word for word. Also lifted are quotes that you made on a private forum (free forum, but you have to register to be able to read it) which another journalist registered for, published in full in said newspaper attributed to “one contributer said…” or “one contributer replied…”.

Now, in fairness, I would have certainly expected more from this newspaper, one I’ve had a decent relationship with over the last year. The article didn’t have an author’s name to it (how can you author something that is someone’s entire blog post and numerous subsequent quotes and comments) but I know who you are and neither myself or the others involved are too happy!

So whats your take? Would you be pleased to find your work appearing in the media without a sniff of a mention, courtesy phone call or email?

At least they didn’t reprint the photographs! There’s only so far across the line you THINK you can walk.

Crocodile Hunter Killed In Australia

There was always bound to be a danger when you spend your life chasing crocodiles, wrestling them, popping your head inside theirs etc., but Australia’s favourite son – Steve Irwin aka The Crocodile Hunter – has met his maker.

Was a bit mad listening to it in the van on the way to work – ‘Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin has been killed while filming in Australia’. The chap had become an absolute icon in Oz for his work in the outback, his films, his TV series and his Australia Zoo which “brought millions into the Australian economy through tourism”.

Reports say that he had been diving as part of filming and underwater documentary when he was hit by a stingray barb in the heart.

Mad.

(via BreakingNews and Today FM’s morning news)

Go On The Cats

Chalk down a 29th All Ireland hurling title for Kilkenny. Some craic and a great game. Delighted to see Cork stopped in their tracks for the three-in-a-row – pain in the arse, isn’t it Corkonians?

Great game of hurling too. Even in the pub people weren’t giving Kilkenny much of a shot but going into the break with a slim lead seemed to calm a few nerves about the place. Hairy moments when that Cork goal went in but the lads on the field gave it their all and there’s a great win in the bag.

Not too much interest in hurling to be honest (soccer and NFL being my sporting loves) but having had Brian Cody as a primary school teacher for a few years as well as being in school (primary and secondary) with some of the lads on the current panel, there’s always some sort of an interest there.

Plus, you have to support your county, right?

Anyway, fair play to the lads…. go on the Cats!

On A Week Off

So, I’m on a week off, on my second day into the week in fact. Left the office at 4pm on Friday to take my first break away from work since Christmas. Before that we didn’t take any time off either. Just feel like I should be there for the week doing something, hard to get out of the mindset.

But in saying that, its nice to get the time out! Series one and two of ‘Spaced‘ arrived yesterday so that should keep me occupied in the afternoons and I’m doing a theatre production all this week, starting tonight in fact, in Kilkenny. The show, Heart Shaped Vinyl, is an original comedy about five unrelated couples in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and present day, looking at how their relationships change over the years and how music impacts and dictates their lives. Twelve of us in the cast with the show in rehearsal for the last 5-6 weeks (5 individual weeks and one intensive group week). Fingers crossed and all that.

For anyone interested, tickets are €10 with the show 8pm nightly until Thursday of this week and it runs in Cleere’s Theatre in Kilkenny. Check DeviousTheatre.com or the Devious Theatre MySpace site for details.

Agus sin é!

Now… to recharge those batteries….

Setting the tone

Given the lovely weekend I had doing pretty much nothing except for Sunday night, I decided to discontinue any personal musings on Creative Imagination and ship them over to my.kenmc. From the outset, Creative Imagination intends to be intenet and technology focussed and has been moreso of late. If anyone is interested in some more personal ramblings in general you’re most welcome to pop along to my.kenmc.

Rock on for technology…

What It Means To Be British

One of the British national daily newspapers is asking readers “what it means to be British?”. Some of the emails are hilarious but this is one from a chap in Switzerland …

“Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV. And the most British thing of all? Suspicion of anything foreign “.

Just a little humour to brighten up your Friday evening if its moving slowly!

It’s either that, or you can watch David Hasselhoff’s best ever music video… errr… yeah…. Happy Friday!

Back To Building Computers

Something I love doing and don’t get to do too often (because of the cost involved) is to build computers from the ground up. Sure, when you know what you’re doing it doesn’t take long at all but it’s nice knowing that your computer is working (and working right) because you made it so!

So this evening, having put away the few pennies for the rainy day, I decided to break open the piggy bank and start ordering my pieces. I’ve added pretty much everything I need except for a new monitor. I’ve got a few 17″ CRTs knocking around which will do for now but I’m looking at a duel monitor setup down the line, or at least moving the home PC over to flat-panel TFT.

So for those of you techie-geeks that are interested, the machine will be housed in a black Chieftec case w/400W psu (firewire, usb 2.0 and audio sockets on the tower), holding a 3.0Ghz chip (EM64T w/2mb cache), 2 gigs of RAM, black issue two drive setup for dvd/cd and dvd±RW (16x dual layer), 200gb HD (SATA2), 13-in-1 multimedia drive bay and a few additional extras.

Should take the load of the machine I’ve got at home which seems to be finding it harder and harder to get up in the morning!