Friday, December 23, 2011

Pop Up Restaurants

A restaurant goes out of business and the landlord is finding it difficult to lease the space - so they rent out to people on a short term basis at lower than normal rents.

Hey presto, you have a pop up restaurant!

Monday, December 19, 2011


I am back on FB.

A couple of reasons:

1) I want to keep in contact with people better, especially those in Indonesia

2) /All/ the free internet PCs in Changi airport had people logging into Facebook. Just goes to show you...

Private Equity

I leave a vibrant Jakarta for a miserable Dublin.

This morning a retired doctor is telling me how screwed Ireland is over a coffee in Dublin. He tells me how the English are doing their level best to bring the Euro down, intimating the the prime minister is in cahoots with big financial interests in London.

He looks for some confirmation from me, I only mutter indecisively.

Conspiracy theories are something I used to hear in Jakarta, now I am listening to them in Dublin. I suppose there's less time for a good yarn when everyone is making good money.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Harry Potter

I am reading it on my way to and from work and sometimes even at home - I am terrible about reading-off-net so to speak which is a shame.

I feel reading-on-net is throwaway for the most part, it's nice in that you read a little about a lot quickly - but good books are like long term relationships, much more meaningful.

Even newspapers are marginally better, I suppose it's easier to read longer articles on paper.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


BBC 's Americana - consigned to history. I've lived here for about 3 years and, it struck just the right tone. Pity.

Sunday, September 04, 2011


Piers Morgan had Mark Sanford on his show last night.

Sanford was squirmish - as anyone would do having to talk about his private life on TV.

In any case, he said one line in particular that I remember. While quoting the bible, he said that the only thing women need is a feeling of security in a relationship.

Inferring that the defining characteristic of women is that they are insecure.

What an idiot.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Net Positive Karma

It blows my mind how the people I have met through being a blogger and have only really known over the 'net are willing to be so generous to me.

I asked this Brandon over at the Java Jive to write give a little advice for my sis about teaching in Indonesia, and he took the time to a really nice reply.

This has happened to me over and over again. Pity I am not the blogger I once was, it's such an incredible medium.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Love Hate

I just read about how a Saudi diplomat enslaved an Indonesian maid in Berlin.

A German human rights organisation made a good point - human rights should trump diplomatic rights every time.

I started reading the comments next to the article. The commentators are rightfully outraged.

This story comes on the back of several brutal cases concerning Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia. Torture (girl's faces being destroyed beyond recognition), slavery, rape, death sentences (the accusation was black magic, after a family's son left home).

The place sounds like a hell hole.

Many issues arise which have been written about elsewhere.

One is pertinent to me however, after reading the comments. Many in the west believe Islam is a monolithic religion, which is of course a gross over simplification. For example, Indonesia's Muslims have a love hate relationship with the Middle East. On the one hand, it is the ancient source of Islam on the other it can be the modern day heart of evil, which devours so many young innocent Indonesians.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Marmite City

My parents are coming to visit me in New York City this week.

New York, is an acquired taste. I hope they end up liking it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Haiku No. 2

What a GREAT wknd! : )
Here's to many more bright moons,
Muffins and teaspoons

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My First Haiku

Irish New Yorker;
In sunken delirium;
Asian desk steps o'er

(Happy St. Patrick's day!)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Back Home

My grandad died and I came back home for the funeral.

I think it's only the second funeral I ever remember attending.

I was not too close with him, but it's a kind of testament to him that his family gets on so well together.

Monday, February 07, 2011


I watch Stephen Colbert most nights. His jokes can land knock out punches and reach people in a way that Rachel Maddow, Sean Hannity and their po-faced pundits could only dream of.

Satire is about analogy, it's about putting serious issues next to whacky larger than life characters who drive their points home in a garish hilarious way. Sneaking important messages into jokes - like mystic messages in flamboyant fortune cookies.

Economics and finance often use analogies. Maths models are stories about real life but with fewer jokes.

I wonder whether we could put an algebra model under a game of Tetris, so that while fitting blocks together kids are solving equations; perhaps embed stock dynamic models into how space invaders fly at you; maybe Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 could have a macro economic model underpinning it, so that volleying a ball would be like minimising inflation while maximising employment.

Obviously, you would have to pick your model and game mechanics wisely - otherwise you could have soccer balls looping round and round rather than having realistic ball goes up then comes down physics.

I love the idea that people playing Angry Birds might be sucked into intuitively understanding something completely serious and kind of useful.

Then again, you have to ask the question, even if you understand how to hit a baseball how much will you understand Newton's law of universal gravitation? Is intuition enough?

Nevertheless it could be a lot of fun!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

The Power of Images

I went to a talk recently where the person talking opened up with:

We value and understand the power of images

To which my contrarian mind replied - but what about the impotency of images? Their weaknesses. That seems like a more interesting topic.

Start Up Weekend

Fantastic idea!

Monday, January 31, 2011


Would you date a person of a different race? A different creed? A different sex? Different politics?


I've been thinking of the intersection between people's views on society and their views on being intimate, loving someone.

What does the choice of partner (or self-imposed restrictions) say about you? What does it tell you about your culture?