Travel back to 2010 and a device created by YouTube tinkerer Forssa1 that combined RGB LED lights and a high speed gyroscopic spinning gimbal to either (a) teleport to random locations in the galaxy, (b) mesmerise stoners or (c) tear a hole in the space time continuum.

You be the judge.


Today’s Irish Daily Star

Murtles writes:

Obviously The Irish Daily Star have learned nothing from this controversy judging by their condescending headline.

Yesterday: Free Tomorrow?

In the latest edition of Vanity Fair’s Slang School, Girls’ Generation K-popster Tiffany Young breaks down some popular Korean slang.

Previously: Know Your West Virginia Slang


Harry Burton and his nomination (top) for Political Cartoon of the Year

Cartoonist Harry Burton, whose work appears in The Times Ireland edition, has been shortlisted for ‘Political Cartoon of the Year’ presented annually by the UK’s Political Cartoon Society for his Eight Amendment voting day offering.

He faces pencil stiff competition from some of Britain’s top cartoonists.

You can vote for Harry here.

Harry Burton

The Times ireland Edition


Harry’s cartoon in the Times Ireland edition this morning.

Thanks Richard

Inner City Helping Homeless has launched its 2018 Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Homeless.

Last year the charity received more than 20,000 shoeboxes which were distributed to homeless adults and children across the country.

The most recent Department of Housing figures showed there were 5,869 adults, 1,753 families and 3,829 children – a total of 9,698 individuals – staying in State-funded emergency accommodation in the final week of September last.

This was an increase of 171 individuals – 35 adults and 136 children.

If you’d like to take part:

Wrap a shoebox and mark it male or female and include an age if it’s appropriate.

In the shoebox you can put the likes of: hats, scarves, gloves, underwear, socks, toiletries, Christmas card, and chocolate.

No aerosols, perfumes, aftershaves, mouthwash or hand sanitisers should be placed in the boxes.

The shoeboxes can be dropped off at the ICHH office at 72 Amiens St from 10am until 11pm, Monday to Friday or the locations listed here.

For larger collections, you can contact the ICHH office on 01-8881804.

The deadline for the shoebox appeal is Friday, December 7.

Visit here for more information.

Pic: Inner City Helping Homeless

This morning.

Following the second part of a two-part documentary on RTÉ 1 about Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe last night.

A petition calling for the State not to pay for the legal representation of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in an action taken against him by Maurice McCabe has reached more than 14,000 signatures.

At the Disclosures Tribunal Judge Peter Charleton accepted Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness’s evidence that Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe “fiddles with kids” and referred to both Sgt McCabe and former Garda John Wilson as “fucking headbangers” in January 2014.

He accepted that Mr Callinan told Mr McGuinness, during a meeting in a car park of Bewley’s Hotel on the Naas Road, Dublin, on Friday, January 24, 2014, that Sgt McCabe sexually abused his children and nieces.

And he accepted that Mr Callinan led him to believe there was a live investigation of some kind, causing Mr McGuinness to believe that charges against Sgt McCabe were imminent.

Judge Charleton accepted that Mr Callinan told Fine Gael TD John Deasy, on the way to a Public Accounts Committee meeting on Thursday, January 23, 2014, that Sgt McCabe was not to be believed or trusted with anything.

He also accepted the evidence of the Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy – whose report into the quashing of penalty points was being discussed at that PAC meeting – that Mr Callinan told him Sgt McCabe was not to be trusted, that he had questions to answer, and that there were live allegations of sexual offences against him.

The judge also accepted that Mr Callinan told RTE journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes, before a broadcast of RTE’s Crimecall in December 2013, that Sgt McCabe was a “troubled individual” with a “lot of psychological issues and psychiatric issues”.

And the tribunal heard that Mr Callinan briefed celebrity solicitor Gerald Kean before Mr Kean went on the Marian Finucane Show in January 2014, during which Mr Kean alleged that Mr McCabe and Mr Wilson had not cooperated with an internal garda investigation into the penalty points controversy.

After Mr McCabe sent Mr Kean a legal letter about his comments threatening a defamation action, Mr Kean sent the letter on to Mr Callinan asking for his help in replying to Mr McCabe.

Mr Callinan, in turn, wrote up several paragraphs for Mr Kean to insert into this reply to Mr McCabe – which were inserted word for word.

Judge Peter Charleton wrote:

“So, the Garda Commissioner, by profession a criminal law enforcement officer, was drafting a letter for a solicitor on a legal problem, defamation, which the solicitor had. No comment is needed on this. Maurice McCabe subsequently took a defamation action against RTÉ and Gerald Kean. The case against Gerald Kean was not ultimately pursued, while a settlement was reached between Maurice McCabe and RTÉ.”

The petition can be signed here

Watch ‘Whistleblower’ Part 2 here.

Yesterday: How Was It For You?

Center Parcs Ireland, Ballymahon, County Longford.

Mother and son Lego artists Jessica and Faolán Farrell, who created a 55,667 brick model replica of Ireland’s largest waterpark, the Subtropical Swimming Paradise set to open in Longford Forest in winter 2019.

In fairness.

Centre Parcs Ireland

Photocall Ireland

This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Cabinet members arrive at government buildings for an emergency meeting on Brexit after EU and UK negotiators agreed a text that deals with the Irish border.

From top: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

More as we get it.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day