Mark Grealish

Cats and wizardry.


2008

January


New year’s blues

I think we’ve all felt a little like Princess over the past few days.

The Geek and You

The portrayal of geeks by mainstream media is a constant source of frustration and anger for me; we’re usually shown (or, in reality TV shows, implied) to be socially inept virgins who live in our parents basements. We pass our time cataloguing our Star Wars memorabilia, correcting people on the proper use of the word […]

IMAP + Growl = Spam

My brain is fried and I can’t sleep

I spend all day staring at numbers and spreadsheets, to the point that I have certain facts and trends burnt into my eyes, wind up working two hours overtime to prepare data and then come home to be mobbed by our own little monster who wants her daily ablutions (”dada, bath!” :). Work is genuinely […]

Real boats rock

Nothing in this universe is perfect, shocking as this sounds. There are times when this blog appears to me to be some kind of self-built fantasy. If you go through entries it can seem like Mariah and Caira are passing figures in my life and we never do anything, because I censor myself before I […]

Best. Idea. Ever.

Stoned Guys Review Films. Seriously. I should go to the patent office right now and file for this. On the bus to work this morning I was sitting next to a stoner who was telling his friend about Cloverfield: ”Seriously…man. It was fucking big. It was going ROAR and…people were dying. Then

February


Dan Dee’s Dry Cleaning

I got off my bus home from the Strip today, and for the first time I actually looked at the building.

Sunset Park pigeon

Taken with a 70-200 mm f/2.8 L lens borrowed from my brother Frank.

Scout

Under heavy redevelopment

Expect things to break!

In a (New) World of My Own

I hereby declare bhalash.com 2.0 live after two weeks of hacking themes and galleries together. I was entirely inspired to reimage bhalash.com by Eric Scouten’s excellent website, although in the end I decided to stick with a WordPress base instead of Drupal. I combined two existing WordPress themes, Hello 2007 by Fen and Simple La […]

The Face of Hephaestus

Gaze upon it ye, and be struck dumb.

Impressive

In the refresh of my site, I got off my arse and did things properly, such as adding meta tags, and by god it’s made a difference: The numbers are small still and some of the page views can be discounted for having come from me, but it’s still an impressive climb in traffic.

March


They’re here

The Vikings are here. Grab your loved ones, round up the livestock and run for the hills. Both my mum and my cousin, Josephine, have been visiting us for the last week, and I feel like I’m about ready to run for the hills, if only so I can get a few hours quiet to […]

Visit Photos

Here are three from the mum’s visit, taken on Saturday morning:

So I deleted my front page

Whoops. As it is, though, this gives me the opportunity to replace it with one built using Image Menu that I feel is more functional, if far more spartan:

Shadowbox

I’m constantly tinkering with my website and adding new functions, or removing unused functions, as needed. My newest addition is Shadowbox, which is replacing Lightbox. A shocking change, I know. The upswing of the change is that Shadowbox scales the image to fit the browser windows, which gives me the ability to Display Images as […]

April


One by the missus

Mariah took this over the Easter holiday and I processed it, which is a fair sign of how active I’ve been with photography in the past few weeks. I even went so far as to offer Mariah my camera, although I got some biting comments for my troubles, to the effect that I’m using it […]

Meriadoc

Meriadoc is one of two identical cats (the other being Peregrin) who we got through a shelter a few weeks back. I have absolutely no idea about his breed; he carries traits from several breeds, so he’s a bit of a mongrel. I think he might be distantly related to my other cat Princess because […]

It's official: The internet wins.

Pack up your toys and go home. There’s nothing else to do now that the have been Rickrolled. It all started on April 4 when the Mets put up a poll asking what song should be played for the rest of the year. As fate would have it, there was an ”other” option. Digg and […]

It's April!

In Ireland, it’s April, and with it comes showers, flowers, leaves, bright sunshine, serene foggy mornings and the promise of summer just ahead. Morning walks out to Salthill and up as far as Dangan with my camera in hand and snapping away greedily. Happy days. Come April in Las Vegas and I find that I’ve […]

Caira's sick

Whiny, clingy, green poop, sleepy. All the symptoms are there. :[

Day 2: Falling leaves

Mariah helped out with the water hose and positioning – putting a mist behind the leaf scattered the light in a really lovely manner. Leaves falling…what does it symbolize beyond something falling? To me, not much. Symbolism and hidden messages I will certainly try for in my landscape and infrared work, but detail work like […]

Laptop -1

I arrived at work on Monday and opened my laptop to find a pretty crack in the corner of the screen. As of right now, Solo Photo Book Month is on hiatus, at least until I purchase a new machine. :[

And so, another new theme…

Yes, dear gods, yes. I’m using a tweaked version of the Silhouette Two-Column theme by Brian Gardner. He has some really great themes and you all should go and try them out. Next on my list are my website’s photo galleries, which are all incredibly broken at this point in time. It’s being investigated, I […]

May


The galleries are broken

I’ll fix them during the week, time permitting.

Age +1

Today’s my birthday! I don’t know what to say here, really, as I’ve never been one for huge celebrations. On Wednesday I hit Fremont Street with Sean, who’s a friend from out of town and we both got suitably drunk. Last night, Mariah, Caira and I went for a really incredible dinner at the India […]

Welcome to Minas Morgul Las Vegas

Going from day to day over the last, I’ve always felt that Las Vegas has lacked something, some indefinable feeling that something is just wrong about the city. It took me until last night, when we were driving past a food stand on our way to the hospital (more below) to precisely pin down what […]

Ever get out of bed in the morning..

..and realise that you can never go home again?

Dinnertime

June


Well shit

I’m on Twitter, but this isn’t the “well shit” part. Well shit, I sprained my ankle while sitting down at my desk. As the injury was explained to me by Mariah, I put pressure on my ankle while walking. When I sat down the pressure was abruptly released and the tendons tore. So I’m in […]

Firefox 3 is out

What are you waiting for?

Jacob and Holli’s wedding 2008-06-21

July


How many degrees of separation, you say?

One fact about Ireland that I’m at pains to stress is that, within a few degrees of separation, everyone on our fair isle knows virtually everyone else, especially within given communities. Idon’t feel that it’s a stretchto saythat most of the gaming (roleplaying/war games/ccg) community knows almost everyone else, at least by sight. I vividly […]

Excellent CS

”Good morning, this is Commuity One FCU, XXX speaking, how may I help you?” “Hey, good morning. I’ve been trying to contact your Sahara branch, but the number given on the website has been disconnected.” ”I see.” ”I’ve actually tried all of the listed branch numbers and none of them work. Some are disconnected and […]

August


Hark my return to Linux

Using Openbox as always.

Kilts and pee, oh my!

There aren’t many of them, to be certain, but that makes the danger all the more keen. Maybe you’ve known some of them at one time or another. This is actually pretty likely as many of them are prolific socialites. Or maybe you’ve just seen them in passing; some bare and hairy knees spotted in […]

Round two hundred?

Khendros: Your pirate facade presents an eerie resemblence to George Clooney Mark: Arr, boobies! Khendros: Ninjas rule, sir Mark: Do you know why ninja hide in the shadows? They heard there were pirates about. Khendros: Know why pirates always wear eye patches? Because Ninjas keep stealing their fucking eyes Mark: You know why ninja wear […]

September


Meet Lady

You just know you want her.

October


This site still lives

I’ve been too busy whoring all my free time in Warcrack over the past month to update the site, at least until my guilty conscience successfully nagged me into completing the theme change (to a modified SimplicityBright) and putting out some new posts, to my audience of three. We… …have moved house, to a much […]

Meet Tashrak

My widdle PVP killing machine. I’d originally planned to keep him at level 39 for the foreseeable future, but a bad weekend in Arathi Basin convinced me that it was worth my while to level up and work my way through the next tier of play. People in AB…made me weep. Hot, bitter tears, because […]

November


Halloween cat?

Meet Merry

Halloween weekend…

I, for lack of a better phrase, traumatized half of the fucking neighbourhood children on Friday night. The pants-wetting, hyterical-crying, horrible-nightmare kind of fucking trauma. Mariah was the Good Witch of the North, whereas I was a motherfucker (pardon my French) cloaked reaper who hid in the shadows and leaped out at poor children screaming […]

Reversal of order?

I’ll start with a quick mention of +1 common sense. I expect (statutory) compensatory stupidity in the near to middle future. Frank Herbert once commented that “…the mind commands the body and is obeyed. The mind commands itself and meets resistance.” I occasionally have the opposite problem: I can imagine in detail any number of […]

My tummy hurts

We had cheeseburgers for breakfast and excellent dim sum for dinner yesterday, later followed by a lazy night of lolling listlessly on the couch helping newbies and taking a stab at two-boxing Uldaman. We wiped once because I’m a goober and got a surprisingly large amount of decent blue items before calling it a night. […]

Daddy's moo-cow

Technicalities Soul to squeeze?

Bah. I’ve been told by some that the last post doesn’t count. So. I hate talking about myself on my blog, which is ironic. I’ve always considered it too easy to turn your blog into a self-aggrandizing or self-justifying platform. When you’re a small blog like mine whose regular readership I can literally count on […]

It was a brave sally..

The knights on their silver chargers were well-fortified with alcohol, with a company of archers on the wall to cover their charge they were loud and brash, but their dark-eyed enemy was fierce and grim. All too soon were the knights forced to retreat from the field in disarray with their dead and wounded left […]

That special look

I get the Look about once a month here in Las Vegas, give or take. This is neither a look or the look, it is the Look. A hypothetical observer of the person Giving this Look to me would note the significant import given to this Look and mentally capitalize it. For me though, the […]

Epeen +1

My Shaman hit 50 and beat the crap out of the Scarlet Monastery cathedral solo, which is something that I’ve really wanted to do for a long, long time. Apologies for the quality of the video, but if I try to capture at any higher of a resolution the game (and the resulting video) starts […]

(New) Vistas of Azeroth

Lets give this another try. A while back I posted a series of screenshots under the title Vistas of Azeroth (you can download them here) and decided to rest on my laurels after churning out twenty-four pieces. And, you know, they went down very well with WoW players, to the point that I know even […]

Blackrock Mountain

The views from the balcony, AKA the Heart of the Mountain. These are my last shots from Blackrock Mountain for the time being and (subjectively) the best of my attempts to this amazing view some justice.

Are we [TYPE] parents?

If I could sit Caira down and ask her to list what her favourite things about us are, I think that she would write Daddy says yes on my first line, whereas Mariah’s first line might start with Mummy is mummy No more need be said. Mummy is the one you curl up against to […]

Some Red Hot WTF

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are my favourite band. Their songs deal with the themes of self-destruction, loneliness, seperation and redemption in a way which I can relate, but for the most part their lyrics are non-sensical rap: Mariah: Mark: Mariah: Mark: Mariah: Mark: Mariah: Mark: Mariah: Mark: Mariah: It always tickles me how weird […]

Oh, the humanity comments!

I’ve accidentally deleted every comment made on this blog in the past two months; if you feel up to it you are more than welcome to repost these comments on their given posts. /homer

Some days you're the piegon, but other days…

Other days, yeah. Mariah has been Big Bear and [[San Diego]] over the weekend, so I dusted off my Warlock on Arthas and decided to grind him to level 50 (from 42) so that he could both fill out his Demonolgy tree and get his Felguard. I just didn’t count on weekend warriors. Immediately after […]

Rain, glorious rain!

Las Vegas is having its first real gloomy, wet weather since the end of last April and I should be happier: This is the kind of glorious wet weather that I’ve missed from home, but I don’t get to enjoy it because of the numerous fuckhead drivers who treat rain as an abberation and just […]

Turkey Day breakfast

Mmm-mmh, doesn’t that look appetizing?

The Outland!

I’ve finally made it there! /glee (Click for the full-sized images) The Dark Portal Shattrath City

December


The Wetlands

This panorama was tedious to stitch as I had to compile the components seperately and then merge them into the final vista in a process that took four hours, not including the time to post-process the image. But once again, I’m happy. There are trees, there is grass and there is a fat full moon […]

Painkillers and chocolate

These combine with Caira’s [[My_Little_Pony|My Little Pony]] toys to form the three pillars of my existence. Untold virtures stem from the combination of their disparate molecules. They make life worth living and I think I need them. She loves those damm ponies, Blue and Red like nothing else. Blue flies and Pink wants to take […]

All quiet on the western front

Honestly, Mariah and I have been playing a lot of World of Warcraft recently. A whole lot. /coughwearelevel61now Ahem. I’ll have more over the weekend.

More Vistas

Primm, Nevada

Two Weeks of Winter, Part the Second