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Friday, December 14, 2018

In This Edition:
Munster, Kirkos, Mars wind, Javascript drone, plant power, Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, Softday's Uisce Salach, Delush Don't Let Me Win, Loah From Your Heart, From Limerick and Blindboy & Bernadette Devlin McAliskey!

A gentle Christmas gift themed reminder, I have lots of unframed, framed & canvas prints available to buy on my Picfair store.

Munster V Castres

This week I was back in Limerick to see Munster beat Castres 30 points to 5 in Thomond Park. Check out a few photos I took from the East stand here.

Kirkos Body Noise Work

Image: Laura Sarah Dowdall & Natasha Bourke

This week I had the pleasure of photographing the Body Noise Work event organised by Kirkos Ensemble in The Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin. The multi-disciplinary night combined art, music and performance art across four floors and featured an abseiling bath and kombucha among many other amazing performances. You can read a review of the event by The Journal of Music here. You can check out the photos I took of the event here.

The Sound of Wind on Mars

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Imperial College London

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Wes Bos Flying a Drone with React & Node.js

Image: YouTube, Wes Bos

Javascript internet extraordinaire Wes Bos posted 2 videos (part 1, part 2) last week showing him working on controlling a DJI Tello drone with React and Node.js! The videos were made to help promote a new Drone giveaway by IBM developer.

Plant Power

Image: IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Researchers at the Centre for Micro-Bio Robotics of IIT in Pontedera in Italy have discovered that certain plants generate electricity when touched that can power up to 100 LEDs (150V) per leaf. The leaves gather electric charges on their surface as a result of contact electrification and transmit the current directly to the stem of the plant, which can then be harvested. the researchers built a hybrid Nerum oleander tree with artificial leaves that touch the natural leaves and generate electricity.

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Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two

Image: Twitter, Richard Branson

This week, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo successfully reached space during a test flight that reached a maximum altitude of 82.7km above the earth. The video posted by Richard Branson on Twitter shows a view of earth from the cockpit.

Softday Uisce Salach

Image: Softday

Art-Science duo Softday have launched a new community art project called Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) based on water analyses from domestic water supplies from the River Liffey, its tributaries in Dublin City and from Dublin Port. The project will synergise science and arts practice using water sampling and creative technology, developing new thinking and new meaning around the sustainability of water resources. Softday will analyse all samples and use the data to construct a map with the underlying data sets, as well as producing a unique sound composition as part of a major multi-media installation, which can be played by humans and computers and shared via the web and social media. The world premier of Uisce Salach (Dirty Water) will be performed live by the Irish Chamber Orchestra in combination with the “Softday Citizen Scientist Ensemble”, a form of public laptop orchestra, in Dublin in November 2019.

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Delush - Don't Let Me Win

Image: YouTube, Delush

In the first of three music recommendations this week, check out this amazing track and video from Irish Berlin based artist Delush called Don't Let Me Win. Watch out for his upcoming debut album in 2019.

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Loah :: Keep Your Heart

Image: YouTube, Loah

Recommendation number two for this week, the cracking new collaboration track from Loah called Keep Your Heart featuring God Knows (Rusangano Family), Bantum, Ben Bix & Dunny (Meltybrains?).

 

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From Limerick

Image: YouTube, Limerick Self Storage

Last on the music video list this week is From Limerick, a tribute to Delores. Limerick Self Storage released this great video by Shane Serrano of The Cranberries song When You're Gone covered by a range of artists from Limerick, in aid of the Mid West Simon Community. The video description reads: "Each and every week, dozens of musicians load their equipment in and out of rented units at Limerick Self Storage, honing their craft, with the dreams and aspirations of one day bringing their music to the world like The Cranberries once did. On January 15th 2018, Limerick lost their most beloved daughter. From Limerick Self Storage and Limerick artists of every genre, this is our tribute and thank you to Dolores O'Riordan and The Cranberries. All proceeds of this video are going to Midwest Simon Community, please donate now. http://www.midwestsimon.ie/donate/"

 

Podcasts Of The Week: The Blindboy Podcast - Bernadette Devlin McAliskey

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I'm working my way through past episodes of The Blindboy Podcast and this week I listened to his live interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. The episode starts with an emotional preamble where Blinboy describes how an incident while out running brought him face to face with the shortness of life. That story in itself would have been enough to go away with and ponder on, but what followed was an amazing live interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey. Bernadette is a civil rights leader and campaigned for Catholic rights in Derry and Northern Ireland before and during the troubles. Blindboy describes her as Ireland's version of Martin Luthor King Jr. She also served as an elected member of the British parliament for Mid Ulster from 1969 to 1974.

During the fascinating interview, she recounts her trips to America where she received the keys to New York City and subsequnetly presented them in solidarity to The Black Panthers in 1970, her eye-witness account of Bloody Sunday in 1972 when the British Army shot and killed 13 civilians during a peaceful protest against internment, the refusal by the speaker of the House of Commons to allow her to speak days later during an emergency debate on the events of Bloody Sunday which resulted in her slapped the home Secretary Reginald Maulding in the face for lying in the Commons by saying that the British paratroopers fired in self defence, and her experience of being shot by the UFF infront of her children.

She shares her thoughts on the current practice of Direct Provision in Ireland as being akin to internment or prison for asylum seekers and talks about the power of everyone to use their feet and march for what they want in a non-militarised fashion. The interview is inspiring and well worth a listen.

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Daryl Feehely

I’m a web consultant, contract web developer, technical project manager & photographer originally from Cork, now based in Swansea. I offer my clients strategy, planning & technical delivery services, remotely & in person. I also offer freelance CTO services to companies in need of technical bootstrapping or reinvention. If you think I can help you in your business, check out my details on http://darylfeehely.com