Mark Grealish

the life and code of a crazy cat man


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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 ActionController::InvalidAuthenticityToken (CSRF) token issues in our natively-wrapped application. 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

Last light over Phoenix Park

Taken August 2017.

I know where he gets it, at least

2017 and 2009 respectively.

Sandymount Triptych

Summer Rain

Duckface Dynasty

One easy solution for all of life’s little problems

alias fuck='sudo !!'

Aunt Chrissie

Taken in Goldengrove pub at Stratford, London, June 2017.

Take a step…

Taken at Howth, Ireland.

I asked for a smile

:(

King Billy

No, not that Billy; the other one.

Glitchy Sandymount Strand

Taken from the number 47 bus on my way into town. :)

UX Matters

We read left-to-right. We’re trained to click left-first. Worse, the fucking unhappy path is green. I clicked this “unhappy” three times on three orders before I realized their shit. Edit: On second thoughts, this is asshole design. Make it easy for customers to leave negative responses, then use the bogus data to upsell on services.

Clarkian Magic

I live in somebody’s fictional future. Science fiction writers follow a process. First, they decide where their story will be on the spectrum of happiness-utopia or dystopia? Second, they construct a narrative history which links here and there. And finally, the writer exaggerate their made-up tomorrow for dramatic effect. The writer makes sure you know […]

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