Mark Grealish

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Ordinary Day

Taken at Bull Island, October 14.

Phoenix Park, September 2017

Taken on September 24 on a wonderful warm autumn evening.

Poolbeg in Silhouette from Bull Island

On Being Vulnerable (as a Good Thing)

We discus vulnerability as a negative because we need to protect vulnerable persons, which is that’s fair. One of the marks of society is in the way we treat our weak and helpless. What we overlook is being vulnerable as a positive. I mean, we’re vulnerable all the time. We’re vulnerable when we share with […]

Forcibly Set Counter Cache Columns to Zero in Rails 5

(Or any other value you like.) So it turns out that counter cache columns are marked as readonly because Rails handles increment/decrement internally through methods such as increment_counter. Rails does not want you to update the counters by hand. It really wants you to leave the integrity of those fields to the framework itself. Every […]

Menlo Skylight

Thorncastle Street Apartments, Ringsend

The Iveagh Trust, Dublin

Ghetto Single-Instance Cron jobs on Elastic Beanstalk

Before you read this article, go and read about Elastic Beanstalk’s worker environments. A worker environment is a copy of your application which you configure to handle certain background tasks. In the case of Ruby on Rails, you can configure ActiveJob to interact with the worker tier through the active-elastic-job gem. If a worker tier […]

My Body is Ready

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March for Repeal

At least one hundred people attended the March for Repeal today in Dublin.

Liffey Sunset

Hell of a gorgeous evening!

Scratch Scratch

Neighborhood cat scratches are best cat scratches.

Auto-ception

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, […]

The Secret Life of Crows

Ricky Whelan (@rickywhelan) of Birdwatch Ireland hosted “The Secret Life of Crows” last night at the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. The lecture capped off my gorgeous Autumn evening walk across from the office after work. While in the line I struck up a conversation from a retired New Zealander couple who are out to cycle […]

Six Sunny Sunset Skies

Taken around Taylor’s Lane, Prospect Avenue and Smithfield this evening.

Eight!

Gar looks so like me sometimes. <3 I hung out with Mariah, Caira and the rest of them on Friday for about thirty minutes. In the middle of dinner at Denny’s. It was fun!

instasort 4.0.1

One bad programmer habit of mines is that I tend to duck type when there isn’t a strict need. I ask whether the object doesn’t fit conditions, or evaluate it against some rules, at times when I have the ability to check its actual type. I thusly duck typed images in the previous version of […]

Double Rainbow over School Street, Dublin

Invalid Authenticity Token Errors in Rails 5

Over the last while we had persistent CSRF token issues in our natively-wrapped application. ActionController::InvalidAuthenticityToken The error only appeared to occur under specific circumstances: Open app. Perform any action, then logout. Log back in again. All remote POST/PUT/DELETE requests will fail with token errors. Typical trace: Started POST "/events/147/attendances" for 127.0.0.1 at 2017-09-12 12:17:54 +0000 […]

Flogging Molly at the Olympia

What a fantastic gig, full of great craic! Mariah introduced me to Flogging Molly years ago when I lived in Las Vegas. They’ve stayed a firm favourite of mine since. Flogging Molly’s songs are of home and loss, of survival and endurance. About where you are and what family means. It meant a great deal […]

Agency

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 […]

Three Details from Kilmainham

Unound Serenity

Never the same, always the same.

Splash of Red on the Garavogue

John Hinde would be proud.

The Wild Atlantic Way, Sligo

Holywell Road, Sligo Town

I knowingly saturated the fuck out of this photograph because the colours of the day deserved to be shown. The Garavogue Valley was a cacophony of vibrant, verdant greens smothered out by the grey skies above.

Submerged Tree Stump at Doorly Park, Sligo

Sligo Town like Sligo County: I badly missed it. I remember all the walks I took up the river, over the hill, through the forest and around the lake.

Classiebawn Castle, Mullaghmore, Sligo

Wow. I last set foot in Cliffoney and almost exactly five years ago, when I stopped by to wrap up stuff with my former landlord. The area hasn’t changed a bit. Same people, same businesses. I never thought then that I’d miss Sligo, but with all my problems and busyness and stress in the past […]

And in Temple Bar…

GirlCrew’s app launch made the Irish Times, Silicon Republic and TodayFM. Yeah, I wasn’t mentioned, and yeah, I’m happy to stay out of the limelight, but it’s surreal and wonderful to see an application I wrote in its entirety, promoted and discussed at a national level. Go me! o/*\o