Mark Grealish

the life and code of a crazy cat man


Writing off WordPress

I have begun the move away from WordPress that I promised I’d make. My first steps were to: Submit Sheepie to the WordPress theme codex. Publish the the underlying Sass library, Charon, npm (the description needs work at the time this post went up). I have ceased all development and support for all PHP- or […]

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 […]

Aged 35.25

Nobody told me how hard it is to be an adult. When I fucked off out of school at eighteen with the dregs of a Leaving Certificate clutched in hand, there were no expectations laid down. Like, I was a graduate fuck-up whom no college or university would touch. I fucked around for six months […]

This is our life meow

This is life with Cookie

I’m now a pedestal, a platform for her attacks on Eadaoin’s ferns.

Bray Head from Bray train station

Eadaoin on (and after) Bray Head

Posts lag behind reality because the month past was intense, being both stressful and tiring. The pair of us climbed Bray Head on the Monday of the August bank holiday weekend. So Eadaoin thought I was mad in my insistence that we wear proper outdoor gear for the walk. Some little girl, on our way […]

Cloud forest at Bray Head

Shiny new Roost laptop stand

The Roost laptop stand is awesome! It has freed up a chunk of space on my desktop, and moved my laptop far enough away from my USB hub that I no longer get the bad EM interference that kills my WiFi connection.

This was my Saturday

Cats, cats, cats.


On the side of the Sugar Loaf, July 2016

Alanna and I climbed the Great Sugar Loaf last Saturday, then hiked down into Enniskerry. Great afternoon!

Airplane casting its own shadow on the sky

The title, uh, says it all.


Blue eyes, red hair, big heart.

Cookie naptime


Manly Sugarloaf selfie

I have it, so eh, why not flaunt it?

Yeah, we got a kitten

Meet Cookie:

Spectacular sunset skies over Dublin

Converging anticrepuscular rays and a forming lenticular cloud photographed from Churchtown, Dublin.

Selfies from the roof of the world

And this during our ‘conquest’ of Knocknarea.

Sligo Bay from the peak of Knocknarea

We climbed up, got lost in a cloud, then climbed right back down. Then we had a seaweed bath which caused me to have a panic attack.

The Killiney Hill obelisk

It’s been four years since I last processed a black and white image. Be gentle.

Two views on the road from Dingle to Inch Strand

Slea Head and the Blasket Islands

Spoiler: there were dolphins, and the views were as cold as they were spectacular. Naive and stupid as we were, we didn’t dress for summer on the Atlantic west coast. By this I mean that we should have dressed for winter on the east coast.

Farthest Galway, the Maamturks, Kylemore Abbey and Killary Harbour

These photographs are presented with only light consideration given to their proper order.

Eadaoin at Ballysadare Bay, Sligo

We had showers and wind and rain and sunshine and rain and sand and rainbows and sunshine in the space of ten minutes. Strandhill is a truly gorgeous spot. Pointless cross-processing effects for the win. \o/

Accidental mutual panoramas

We shot in opposite directions, each telling the other to frigging move.

Strandhill panoramics

These are panoramas taken over the past few days in and around Strandhill, Co. Sligo.

Great Blasket Island

There are seals and dolphins and Fastnet Rock in this photograph if you look!

I saved the day with math!

(OR: How to determine whether one array contains a subset of another in JavaScript) Web development in the Rails universe is like code Lego: pick the right Bootstrap classes, fiddle the jQuery selectors and align the sprockets, among other such crap. This is fully as intensive (and boring) as any other area of programming, but […]

Looking for Zen in all the wrong places

I subscribe to the idea that we are the byproduct of a dumb, deterministic universe, although I stop stop of acceptance of full-on causal determinism. Everything, everywhere came about because the physical constants of the universe all permit stuff to happen. Worlds form, stars fuse hydrogen and galaxies fly away from one another into the […]