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Retweet Offenders – A Talk by Geoff Lillis on Hacking Twitter


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How to hack Twitter to find out more!

Originally posted on Cork Skeptics:

Did you know that the most popular sporting figure among Twitter followers of Youth Defence is the former American footballer Tim Tebow? Or that the majority of followers of @Women4Shariah are men? Or that most @ProLifeAtheists describe themselves as Catholic?

In this talkGeoff Lillis will show how most “Irish” pro life groups are supported from the States, how most Intelligent Design fans are more interested in apologetics than science, how you can hack Twitter, and why skeptics should look at the metadata, not just the data.

Geoff Lillis is a programmer and blogger whose work has been featured in print media like the Independent (UK), the Atlantic, and discussed in books such as Savita: The Tragedy That Shook A Nation (Kitty Holland, 2013) and Everyday Sexism (Laura Bates, 2014). He specialises in pulling hard to find information from Twitter accounts and presenting it in a manner that can reveal…

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#CorkCityOnceAMonth


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I used to walk around town every Saturday but rarely visit these days. A shame because there are plenty of opportunities for photography. I miss my street photography sometimes.

Thanks Damien for the link.

Originally posted on bradleysofflicence:

So a couple of questions – How important really is Cork to us Corkonians? Are we not famous nationally & internationally for the pride we take in our city? “Beautiful City, charming and pretty” and all that!! 

Here’s the thing, if we want to maintain a vibrant city, that we can all be proud of, we need to give it our support, use it, inhabit it – to coin a phrase, “use it or lose it”. 

Despite all the talk of “green shoots” & “economic turn arounds”, business is tough, retail is very tough and city centre seem to be struggling most of all. This can be witnessed by all the vacant units, not least on our main street, St. Patrick St. and throughout the city.

All of us city traders have fantastic customers that give us continued loyal support but for many the city centre is no longer on…

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Using IO Boards for Scratch


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I had no idea Scratch could be used to produce code for an Arduino board. That’s something I have to learn about. My six year old son will be interested!
The S4A website appears to be down right now but here are a few other resources to look over:

Originally posted on makingpi:

Scratch is just great for teaching programming right up to about 14 years old.

The normal game projects can be extended by using interface boards.  The first board I like is the Pico board which can be shown in this video:

These can be obtained online from http://proto-pic.co.uk/picoboard/?gclid=CJryk6mI_LsCFSgTwwodbwcATw

S4A is a Scratch modification that supports simple programming of the Arduino open source hardware platform. It provides new blocks for managing sensors and actuators connected to Arduino. There is also a sensor report board similar to the PicoBoard.

It has been created to attract people to the programming world. The goal is also to provide a high level interface to Arduino programmers with functionalities such as interacting with a set of boards through user events.

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The best guys for Arduino and Scratch are http://scratch-io.wikispaces.com/

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A new CEO for Automattic


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Automattic has a new CEO now that Toni and Matt have swapped roles in the company!

Originally posted on Toni.org:

After eight years, I’ve decided to hang up my CEO hat and ask Matt to take over the job.

What an amazing ride it’s been! I met Matt, Automattic’s eventual founder, almost ten years ago, in the summer of 2004. We were introduced by Om Malik and immediately hit it off. I forget when the idea of creating a company behind the WordPress open source project first came up, but I think it was early on. When Matt started that company – Automattic – and asked me to be its CEO, it sounded like a great challenge and opportunity. My first day on the job was in January 2006. Automattic was four people strong and a few months old. We were small, but we had big dreams. We wanted to make WordPress huge – #1 in its market and used by millions of people. We wanted to build a thriving…

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What is Happenning in Istanbul?


Originally posted on İnsanlik Hali:

To my friends who live outside of Turkey:

I am writing to let you know what is going on in Istanbul for the last five days. I personally have to write this because at the time of my writing most of the media sources are shut down by the government and the word of mouth and the internet are the only ways left for us to explain ourselves and call for help and support.

Last week of May 2013 a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and yoga students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least…

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