John Breslin's blog

What I'm up to...

It's been a few weeks since my last confession so here goes...

New start date for the boards.ie SIOC Data competition...

...will be the 1st September. I sincerely apologise for the delay; due to technical difficulties (we needed a signup mechanism in place), my holidays during the first two weeks of August, and settling into the new job.

DERI, NUI Galway launches the boards.ie SIOC Data Competition

Please note that the start date for this competition has been delayed while we install a secure authentication mechanism for accessing the data sets

Two new toys: Nabaztag and Chumby

As you may know, I'm a bit of a gadget freak. I haven't gotten around to blogging about my Nokia 770 internet tablet (which I got cheap last year and happily use to check e-mail and listen to internet radio via radioten.com) or my little wifi-enabled Nikon S51c digital camera, but last week I acquired two new friends in my office, a Nabaztag and a Chumby.

David Price (debategraph.org) visits DERI

We had a presentation at DERI today from David Price, one of the people behind the argumentation visualisation site Debategraph. Since modelling and visualising argumentative discussions is something that we have wanted to do in DERI with SIOC for some time, this talk was very interesting to us.

Be Bert. Be Ernie. Just be.

I've had this Bert and Ernie t-shirt for 12 years, but it was lost in a press for a while and it's starting to get very worn. So, since I haven't been able to find anywhere online that sells them, I scanned in the picture. Now I can make some backups (and remixes)!

Explaining science and engineering to future students and the public

I read two articles today that explained the need to better illustrate the interesting and exciting aspects of science and engineering subjects to the public (and to also attract future students).

GalwayFirst.ie: Lost in Galway / Stars at Galway Film Fleadh

From Galway First:

Star Trek fans are called Trekkies, but watch out for the Lost-ies. Fans of the inexplicable and never-ending TV series are planning to come to Galway this week to honour the conferring of the star of several episodes of the series, who is receiving an honorary degree at NUI, Galway.

Press release: "NUI Galway and Tourist Republic to Make Travelling Tailor-made"

http://www.nuigalway.ie/news/main_press.php?p_id=760


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