Archive | March 2012

First ever Science Hack Dublin was a great success

On the first weekend in March the first ever Science Hack Dublin took place at Dublin City University (DCU). The all-day and all-night event (36 hours) consisted of scientists, engineers, programmers, designers and many DCU students joining forces to find solutions (hacks) for problems during a brief but intense period of collaboration.

After the morning meet and greet the event kicked off with two rounds of lightning talks where those with an interesting idea pitched to teams of programmers, hackers, engineers and designers who then formed teams to work on the projects over the course of the weekend.
Altogether there were eight aspiring teams hoping to develop  a potential start-up opportunity for themselves.Throughout the Saturday & Sunday the DCU Hub turned into a hive of creativity as each team strived for the spark to ignite their projects!

Event Co-Organiser David McKeown praised DCU and paid credit to the Students Union and Presidents office who donated to the running of this non-profit event ”DCU have been very supportive by letting us stay overnight as well as their noteworthy sponsorship of the event, we choose DCU, because it is known as a University of innovation throughout Dublin.”

DCU was very well represented at the event: PhD student Alan Armstrong pitching his idea at ways to use interactive gaming for rehabilitation of stroke victims’ coordination and Max Hoffman with his fellow DCU Computer Applications students developed a music database website. There were also a number of DCU e-commerce students there working on the commercialisation and digital marketing aspect of the project.
“All in all the weekend was a great success, the internet was top-notch and the facilities really catered for this amount of people” said a tired David McKeown. Take a look at some of the Hack’s winning projects.

Dublin was the 6th city in the world to run a Science Hack Day after London, San Francisco, Mexico City. Cincinnati and Cape Town with another 24 planned to run throughout 2012.

The next event takes place Mini Maker Fair takes place the 14th of July, this is a Science Fair for Adults taking place at the Science Gallery. One can register for that event at

written by Patrick Greene 


Terry O’ Brien is the man. More than a TA a real instructor. He is up for DCU’s ’President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching.’ I am showing my support here.


Hey Guys,  welcome to the Terry O’Brien appreciation page!! This is the spot where we big up how good Terry is! If you want to support a nomination for Terry for ‘President’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching’ leave your comments and good vibes below.  Deirdre set this up and is gonna  fill out the Nomination form and use this link as proof of your support.

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RIP Samuel D. Guy

Below is the eulogy I gave on Monday March 19th in Roswell, GA for my grandfather Samuel D. Guy. I am posting it out of respect for his enormous legacy to family and friends. I have no doubt, I would neither be politically cantankerous nor a gentleman without his influence. Basically, I doubt I would be writing, at all, blog or not, without his many years in my life.

Helloooo—. I am James Dellinger Sam’s oldest and ‘favorite— first— grandson,’ as he would say.

I wanted to first, thank all of you for your kind words and prayers over the last week. I am an editor, technologist, and salesman by profession and this is, — honestly, the hardest job of my life.

31 years of memories of your hero, condensed into just few minutes. I have given speeches about Sam before in DC on the subject of, ‘Who is your conservative, hero?’  But today is not a day for the “politics of the Papa,” but for celebration and remembrance of a man who deeply shaped my life and —- maybe yours.

So many wonderful memories and lessons learned. Where would I even start?

Every young child deserves a Papa, but they don’t all get one. We did. My Papa was there for me, and in the ways I needed him to be, even when I didn’t know, I needed i“No matter what accomplishments you make,– somebody– helped you.”Althea Gibson once said.

One is always god, the second is likely your mother. But who is your third? Mine– was my Papa. I have never lost a hero to everlasting life that awaits us in god’s kingdom. This week I did. My Grandfather Samuel D. Guy (Papa) was just that, my hero. However, I know, I AM -comforted in knowing — he is safely at eternal peace with Christ.

For the bible, — and the last book he encourage my wife and I to read, together, “Heaven is for Real,” tells us so. And so would he….

I am blessed to have gotten 31 years with him in my young life. Blessed. I am not sad for him, but for all of us— who have lost one the most compassionate and dignified men we have ever known.

He was my personal Cincinnatus. (That famed Roman, leader of men– more happy working his land,— than be- just about anywhere else.)

You see, my Papa was no, “gentleman of leisure,” he believed in, and taught me,— among many other things,– hard work. Not, “loafin’ and loungin’ around. “Who retires to farm work, anyway? Pawpaw Sam. But- that was just the man he was. He was also a most kind and gentle soul you could hope to encounter.

We shared many, many interests. Among them—- A… sneaky ice cream cone, cats, playin’ gin rummy and scrabble, gambling, pecan pie, steaks, a good chat with a stranger, sneaking into Nanny cookie ‘vault’ the stock market, dislike of broccoli, and of course- talking about politics and the news.

I would never have become the driven man I am today, without him—- being there for me — with his lessons, kindness and encouragement, and even some expectations. That’s love.

Thanks for being there — and having such a big, happy heart for all of us.

Papa, — know,— we all love you. I will feel you everyday in my heart. I may have my daddy’s beard,— but I proudly got my Papa’s ears. And I think I might finally have to meet a fewwww more relatives,— and fewwww friends today, —- just for you.

Blast from the past: Property Rights and Land Use Planning

It is amazing what you find when you are suppose to be doing other work. Below is a video of myself discussing the funders of smart growtha few years back (video says Oct. of 2009 but it was taken a year earlier in 2008) and their role in changing the rules of the game for property owners who may be, ‘land rich cash poor.’ Enjoy.
Who is Funding Smart Growth


Daily World Watch

Before we attempt to dig into question let me be formally introduced to World Watch readers.

“Ladies and gents, welcome James Dellinger who will be writing on Daily World Watch alongside me from now on…on economics and other stuff, but economics surely as my knowledge of the subject is worse than all the PIIGS nations joined together. My erstwhile colleague, former boss, and editor of the now defunct Washington Examiner’s Opinion Zone blog who was not happy with me frivolously running this blog…just decided he would help and guide me…which I happily accepted. So DWW will now be run as Russia’s tandem of Putin/Medvedev…without the seedy undercurrents. Congrats everyone on this milestone… welcome James and cheers! – World Watcher “

Thanks World Watcher, I am glad to join you and give your readers some food for thought on subjects in international political economy. I will do my best to keep…

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