Monthly Archives: August 2006

Tired but Almost There

After six weeks of work and documentation, my project group is almost ready to launch our Ireland Mobile Documentation webiste. Almost. Check this space soon for the URL.
We have been working non-stop for weeks trying to get a working system of Nokia mobile phones with Vodafone.ie mobile service with Movable Type weblog. Unfortunately, there have been a few set backs but we are marching on.
I am still a bit jet lagged from my trip to California and BlogHer ’06 last week, on top of going out and about Ireland to take photos and videos as well as struggling with MT plugins and css. I love the Movable Type development community, but the plugin documentation is sparse and spotty, or for folks who are programmers and not designers/installers, only to add ontop of a new release of MT 3.3, thus trouble for plugin compatibility with the installation. Let’s not even talk about the 1543 lines of frustrating css, I have been keeping quiet for a year about the 3.2/3.3 css, but I hate it. Hello, KISS folks, KISS. Not the rock band, but Keep it Simple…
Why not use WordPress? Free, good community, almost plug and play… Well, I have a whole draft post waiting to be finished on why WordPress needs to be severely spanked and not in a pleasurable way, either. Let’s just say, if you by accident delete the database running MT, you still have the static html archive files and posts. All of them. If you delete WordPress, you are FUCKED UNTO THE LORD… (thanks, Annie for the expression)… It is ALL GONE. All of it. Every single little bit. F*^king php.
Note to self, do not delete databases when very tired, hungry and jet lagged. Just say no.
Further note to self, do not ever use WordPress again until there is a back up of all php pages and database as well as an export of all posts function. ‘Nuff said.
I got off the plane last Thursday, rented a car, and then headed off to the hinterlands with Simon (Sat.), Denise (Sun.), and Eoin (Mon.). Due to Vodafone’s server being down most of the weekend, I was unable to moblog most of what I saw and explored. But I had a grand time and got to see at least a quarter of Ireland in 3 days, 761 miles, and over 1,000 kilometers.
I am now exhausted and want to go to bed. So, I shall. Tomorrow, hopefully we will have the final piece of the development/programming puzzle solved and I will have a link for you all to see 6 weeks worth of photos and videos of Ireland.

Please Standby While…

We (I) here at Black Phoebe sort out Jet Lag, Vodafone.ie server downtime (no moblobbing all day today), and did I mention that I am very sleepy and can’t think?
I will over the weeknd have a BlogHer Summary for you all. I promise.
Here in Ireland it is August Bank Holiday weekend and I have a Toyota Micra rental car. Source of the River Boyne, here I come.

From the Irish Times : Celtic Invasion is Pure Mythology

Our project supervisor Feargal Fitzpatrick brought up this article from last Saturday’s Irish Times in our meeting this morning, in regards to Neo-Lithic sites (dolmens and the like) and “Celtic” nationalism:
Celtic invasion is pure mythology

World View: Barry Raftery, professor of Celtic archaeology at University College Dublin, admits an enormous problem in justifying his subject: there is no archaeological evidence for a Celtic invasion of Ireland. Squaring that awkward fact with loose talk of a Celtic Tiger, Celtic crosses, Celtic soul, Celtic rock and Celtic art is a difficult task for contemporary cultural understanding as well as for archaeological theorising, writes Paul Gillespie.
Over the period from about 450 BC to AD 450 when it is commonly agreed by scholars that there were Celtic societies and civilisations in western and central Europe, hardly any material evidence has been found here to substantiate the notion of Celtic Ireland.
There is no Celtic pottery – or pottery of any kind until well into the Christian period. Only 40-50 such swords or other military instruments are extant, six decorated brooches, eight scabbards – compared to the hundreds of thousands excavated in western France alone, for example.
There are no chariots in the 20-40 small burial sites unearthed, he told a conference on “European Culture: A Vision for the Future” organised by the British-Irish Encounter organisation in Cork last month. The patterns of burials, settlements and material culture show fundamental continuity with the earlier prehistoric periods which brought the original settlers here 9-11,000 years ago after the last Ice Age. The fascinating new science of historical genetics finds no evidence of a specifically Celtic migration.
And yet by AD 500 certainly and probably much earlier, the Gaelic language was spoken all over the island. It is undoubtedly a Celtic language, and probably a distinctively archaic one. Raftery asked if there is no evidence of invasion, how did the language spread here? Through a small upper crust? Or the kidnap of women over many years? He recalled the remark of one scholar, that “early Celtic art has no genesis”, to illustrate the intellectual difficulties involved. Can there be a culture without a people?

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