First Thought Talks

The First Thought Talks are an excellent set of talks in the Galway International Arts Festival that this year are streamed online and available to view on the festival's YouTube channel. There was an excellent talk on practical options for Ireland in addressing the climate crisis. The last day of talks will be streamed tomorrow, Saturday Sep 12.

Transformers War for Cybertron

Chapter 1: Siege of Transformers War for Cybertron was released on Netflix this week. I was unconvinced after the first episode, however after watching a few more, I really got into the slow pace and dark atmosphere of this new anime show. This is not your childhood's Transformers, nor is it anything like the Michael Bay explosion-fest, and is more akin to the IDW comic series, telling the story of the civil war on Cybertron following Megatron's uprising.


My amazing wife Jenn Kirby just released a new avant-pop EP called POPPED to fund materials for the 3D printing of PPE parts she is doing as part of the network of volunteer 3D printers. The EP is available to purchase as a digital download here.


This week I binged watched the 8 episodes of DEVS. Wow. It is difficult to review DEVS without any spoilers, apart from saying how elegantly filmed and exquisitely scored the mystery thriller is, oh and quantum computing!

Movie Review: The Two Popes

I really enjoyed watching The Two Popes on Netflix. Jonathan Pryce's performance as Jorge Bergoglio is outstanding! I'm no fan of the Catholic Church, but the narrative and progression in the discussions between the two characters works very well and as a story telling device, the film is excellent. Not to be mistaken for a documentary though :-)

Podcasts in 2019

Motherfoclóir I binge listened to all the Motherfoclóir episodes this year and it was a joy to listen to. The podcast covers a wide range of topics related to Ireland and Irish in their own hilaroius and informative manner. It inspired me to start relearning Irish. Motherfoclóir Abú! The Blindboy Podcast

Movies in 2019

Bumblebee Bumblebee is the Transformers movie every child of the 80's has been wanting since the cartoon. Watching the opening Cybertron battle scene in the cinema was the best and most enjoyable cinema experience I've had in thirty years. I was transported back to my Saturday mornings as an eight year old and I nearly lost my mind when Soundwave proclaimed "Decepticons, Attack!". The original design Transformers coupled with an ET-type storyline makes this a great and enjoyable film.  


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