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Top 100 twitter clients

September 11th, 2011 1 comment

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I have repeated the sampling of Twitter’s “sprinkler hose” that I carried out in April 2010. The data suggests that less than 10% of Twitter users are using twitter.com to interact with Twitter. The sample is based on 116,293 tweets captured between 4pm and 5pm BST on 11 Sep 2011. Read more…

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My Primary 6 Big Book

April 18th, 2011 No comments

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Alien to Human!

by Maria Mulvenna

Prologue

On that uncomfortably stufyy night a strange sensation warmed to an unexpecting neighbourhood. The moon hung to the sky independantly as it threwits glistening light down at the earth. The stars brightly shone with dignity unaware of how beautiful they really were. On the kirb of a miserable street stood, alone, a dull lampost mildly producing  a small amount of light. An avergae house caught the attention of most people in that neighbourhood because of its beautifully colourful garde. The flowers were almost as bright as the stars. A cocktail of colours filled the garden of that house.

In the neighbourhood the sound of the sound of people complaining filled the air because of that extremely humid night. The complaing got annoyingly continuous. The cars that drove through the town’s engines got suprisingly loud. Anyone could smell the smell of old bonfires burnt outby time. The foul reek of smoke ran quickly through the street. which rose more complaints. Though the smell of fresh grass was almost stronger than that horrid reek.

The extreme humidity latched onto the town like a bad disease . The completely sweaty night seemed to drag on for this one street. A thin shadow of innocence pathetically covered the neighbourhood. Maybe someone, somewhere would figure out what would be found out in that neighbourhood, and there was no turning back. Atleast an innocent ten-year-old girl suspects more than a normal night. She thinks she knows what is going to happen and she mightregret she ever did.

She knows they’re watching,waiting in disguise…

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Making My Name out of keyboard Symbols!

November 21st, 2010 6 comments

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When my Dad was a minor (inter-county hurler, 1949)

July 20th, 2010 1 comment

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In celebration of the Antrim senior hurlers qualifying for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals this year, I’m going to post a couple of match reports from the Summer of 1949. At that time my Dad was seventeen going on eighteen and was selected to represent Antrim on the minor hurling panel. The scorelines from these two matches go a long way to illustrate the gulfs above and below Antrim in the inter-county hurling pecking order.

In Ulster hurling, Antrim are generally untouchable, albeit with Down and Derry making great strides in recent years to get near them. However it is nearly always a struggle for Antrim to challenge the traditionally strong hurling counties like Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford, Galway, Clare and Limerick. In 1949 Antrim met Donegal in the Ulster Minor Hurling Final and won with an excruciatingly one-sided scoreline of 13-6 to 1-1. Three weeks later in Croke Park, however, the triumphant Ulster champions would meet a similar fate in the semi-final against Tipperary losing 9-7 to 0-2. Read more…

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World Cup memories: 1994

July 11th, 2010 No comments

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I am writing this on the morning of World Cup Final day 2010. I better get a move on as I have remembered just 4 World Cups so far: 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1990; there are another 4 to write about.

Gerry at Liberty in ManhattanThis will be a longer article than the rest, because USA ’94 remains the only World Cup I actually travelled to in person. The Republic of Ireland was the only country to qualify from “these islands” in this World Cup and I meticulously planned a 3-week itinerary that would place me, my girlfriend and her sister in New York / New Jersey, Boston, Dallas and San Francisco at times that might coincide with Ireland’s progress through the tournament.

To get us in the mood, though, we travelled to Dublin to watch Ireland’s first match against Italy in a Northside pub, which was our friend’s local. We were keen to enjoy the full cultural experience of this historic moment as opposed to watered-down, looking over your shoulder version available north of the border. Read more…

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World Cup memories: 1990

July 5th, 2010 1 comment

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This is the latest in my series of World Cup recollections. They’re turning out to be a snapshot of what I was up to at 4-yearly intervals. Italia ’90 strikes me as a feel good tournament for many nationalities; English, Irish, even the Scots, though apparently it is “widely regarded as one of the poorest World Cups ever” because of its low goal tally and negative tactics. But it’s not really the goals we cherish in our memories, it’s the emotions we went through, isn’t it?

Having finished my Edinburgh student days in 1989, I was now living back in Belfast and working at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in Musgrave Park Hospital of all places: a computer programmer researching the diagnostic potential of knee vibrations. Clickity, clickity. After the memory loss of the student days, my recall of events from 1990 is much clearer. Read more…


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