Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


Meta: Excuses for Not Blogging

There aren’t any. You should blog when you want to. There. I wanted to say this, because the time between posts starts to act as a deterrent of itself. “Oh but there’s so much to catch up on since X!” That’s all. Less than three.

This Be The Verse

Poem by Philip Larkin, shared with me by a friend. They fuck you up, your mum and dad.    They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had    And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn    By fools in old-style hats and […]

Woodquay at Sunset

We get the best and worst of weathers in a Galway winter.

Gaelcon 2017

Gaelcon runs again this October bank holiday, same as it always does, same as it always has. When I was a teenager, Gaelcon was the be-all of Irish gaming. The con was our annual pilgrimage, the weekend where gamers from around Ireland came to let their hair down. Card games like Magic and L5R dominated […]


Today I clicked into a mainstream news website which had an autoplaying video frame. The autoplaying video wanted me to watch an autoplaying video advertisement before it’d show me the autoplaying video. There are men and women on this green Earth, brothers and sisters, who deserve to be taken outside and whipped with a chain, […]


Your sense of agency can be described as your perception of control in any given situation. Now, yeah, it varies. You feel less agency at work, for example, because someone else owns the product or project, or you need to consider other opinions. You get the idea. Most people have a robust sense of agency […]

The Summer Day

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and […]

LinkedIn, distilled

Someone with the job title Recruiter viewed your profile.

A karmic ditty for developers everywhere

Whenever you start to complain First take the time to git blame!


Reddit jokes aside, holy shit: I wooed Eadaoin with space facts. We would spent hours on Skype at night when we first went out, where I’d talk about the universe to help get her to sleep.

Strange days, dark days

I’m gonna say it: today was strange. A person I worked for last year committed suicide on Monday night. While I know their reasons, they aren’t mine to share, but I can understand and sympathise with their underlying motive. That I can talk about. There are a million stupid “think about the suiciders!111one” posts floating […]


Three people called me smart last week

“Intelligent,” declared one. “Clever and driven,” said another.

And then I left

In need of a beard trim, I entered a trendy new barbershop on Exchequer Street and requested one. They asked me for my name and email address.

Eadaoin’s birthday dinner was deep

It started right off with explanations of arrays and hash tables.

Hi! :)

Some neighbourly smiles from Eadaoin and I. :)

Mmm…sacrilegious coffee

There was a bunch of taff on Twitter about coffee cups…so why not?

Here’s a hypnotic spinning cyber oyster

Shit got weird this morning on Twitter.

Goddammit, Past Mark

I gave such an efficient answer that this post was the top Google result for “wall of photographs css.” I wanted to take another crack at the problem from a different angle, but no, I already have it solved. Jerk.

How well my girlfriend knows me!

These are the things I do to trash talk my girlfriend

I couldn’t tell you how the crap this started, but suddenly trash talk about cupcakes is flying thick and fast on Facebook and I’ve been challenged to a cupcake-off at the Iveagh Gardens this summer. I am so fucked.

Openbox desktop in honour of my new hard disk

Yo dawg, I heard you like divs…

Hot Potatoes is the biggest piece of shit, ever.

Yeah, to hell with the Irish lottery

6 / 45 = 0.133333333 6 / 44 = 0.1363636363636364 6 / 43 = 0.1395348837209302 6 / 42 = 0.1428571428571429 6 / 41 = 0.1463414634146341 6 / 40 = 0.15 0.133333333 * 0.1363636363636364 * 0.1395348837209302 * 0.1428571428571429 * 0.1463414634146341 * 0.15 = 0.00000795574 = 0.00000795574 * 100000 = 0.795574 0.795574 probability of a given combination […]

Soul food feast

Preamble: Compared to the Thai curry this meal was a dream to make. I already had most of the ingredients, and I was able to (with permission) take the remainder from Alanna and Casey’s stock. Chicken-fried steak is a steak fried like a chicken, so you call it “chicken-fried” (do you see a trend here?). […]

Vegan Thai curry

Preamble: The original recipe was awful. Follow the link for my entire rant about the experience, but TL;DR: 1. There were ingredients listed that weren’t used. 2. There were steps in the preparation that used ingredients which weren’t listed. Besides all of my woes in the other post, because of the shitty recipe, I fucked […]

Your mother is so $m that $n occurs

Your mother is so fat that the hypergiant star NML Cygni has her name in the second line of its address. Your mother is so fat that if she were a ISO 1216 standard sheet of paper, her size would be A-10. Your mother is so fat that if she were a metropolitan statistical area, […]

A proposal for an experiment

I have noticed that many Irish Catholics bless themselves when in proximity to, or otherwise pass a church. I conjecture it is down to one of two effect, but I cannot tell which it might be through casual observation alone: There exists a spiritual inverse-square law. Every time you halve your distance to the church, […]

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