Ceallaigh's Blog

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I highly recommend the poet study Beowulf and other Old English poems before attempting work in this form. All of my examples are in Modern English, since that is the language I write in, and I presume it is the language my readers write in as well. I have included resources at the end of the article for those who want to know more about the form and/or hear Old English poetry read aloud. Finally, I should add that I am somewhat new to this form myself, so if any heads wiser than mine find themselves here, I would appreciate comments, corrections and suggestions.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
A note to guests who have found this page using the links on various eHow articles: I have not given my consent to the authors of these articles to list my work as source material, nor have I approved the content of these articles. In particular, I find the plagiarism of Jessica Cook's article obnoxious and the content of Kelly Sundstrom's article offensive.
A note to Ms. Cook: You claim to be a writer. You should know better than to plagiarize other writers to earn an income. Go write your own damn articles, and stop using my freely-offered work to make money.
A note to Ms. Sundstrom: ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS? "How to Write a Name on a Black Candle With a Nail?" Is that where you're at? If you had read my web site, you'd already know I'm Pagan, so I sure as shit know what you're trying to teach in that article, and I wholeheartedly disapprove. How can you call yourself a Reiki master? Who the fuck do you practice on, Darth Vader? May you receive three-fold what you send out in the world, and may it teach you not to teach others how to hurt people.

My husband Sean has been sensitive to chemicals his entire life, and this sensitivity most often manifests in an aversion to non-natural smells. Everything from perfume to glue makes him ill, and the longer he's exposed to it, the sicker he gets. For many years, I limited the burning of candles in our home for this reason, until it occurred to me that since he kept bees as a child, he might not react badly to burning beeswax.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

According to The Open Source Initiative, "Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in." In lay terms, open source software is community-collaborative, which makes the code stronger and safer. Because of this, it's usually either free to individual users or much lower in cost than closed source products like Microsoft Windows, Office or FrontPage.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

In order to make the best use of this recipe, you will already need to know the following:

  1. How to burn an .iso copy of Ubuntu to a CD
  2. How to f-disk and partition your hard drive using a Window$ installation CD
  3. The difference between FAT32 and NTFS

Step One:

Download and burn a copy of the Ubuntu Live CD, and have both it and your Window$ installation CD handy.

Step Two:

Using your Window$ installation CD, f-disk your hard drive and prepare two partitions. The first partition should be formatted as FAT32 and be large enough to hold your Window$ operating system plus installed programs.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Written by Sean P.O. MacCath-Moran

We LOVE to can food at our house! It's a rare and wonderful treat to be able to pull items from our seasonal harvest off the shelf to find them tasting as fresh as the day they came off the vine. It fills us with pride and joy to give out Yule gifts of our berry and fruit jams or to serve guests sauce we put up over the summer using nothing but vegetables and spices grown in our own garden. Best of all, canning is easy to do and costs very little to get started!

All that being said, there is a dark side to canning. If you mess up, you can grow nasty, nasty things in your canning that have unpleasant effects. Botulism, for example, is a very powerful toxin - just one microgram is lethal to humans, blocking nerve function and leading to respiratory and musculoskeletal paralysis. So, on that cheery thought, let me stress that sanitation is key in successful canning as is good planning and preparation. It's also important not to deviate from a given recipe until you're sure you understand why all the ingredients are there (e.g. don't drop the citrus juice and/or vinegar from a canned salsa recipe as this ingredient insures the acid content of your food is high enough to withstand bacterial growths). In all, it's important for me stress that if you mess things up and kill off your family, friends, or neighbors by using bad canning practices, then it's all your fault, not mine; read "all warranties stated or implied herein are null and void forever and ever and ever, neener neener".

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Greetings Workshop Attendees and Friends,

Here is the bibliography for the Introduction to Celtic Languages workshop:

  • Ball, M. J., & Müller, N. (2009). The Celtic languages. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • O'Rahilly, T. F. (1936). The Goidels and their predecessors. The Sir John Rhys memorial lecture, British Academy, 1935. London: H. Milford.
  • O'Rahilly, T. F. (1972). Irish dialects past and present.
  • O'Rahilly, T. F. (1946). Early Irish history and mythology. Dublin: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
  • Russell, P. (1995). An introduction to the Celtic languages. Longman linguistics library. London: Longman.

In addition, here is a list of web site links to various articles of interest mentioned in the Introduction to Celtic Languages workshop. These will open in a new window.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010
A Note to prospective plagiarists: If you're reading this paper in hopes of trying to pass it off as your own, then you should understand a couple of things in advance. First, your instructor knows how well or how poorly you write, because it's your instructor's job to know. So if you try to pass this paper off as your own, your instructor will become suspicious and will probably search the Internet for key phrases in the paper, since that's where most plagiarists steal their information from these days. You can't change this paper enough to thwart that kind of search without writing it from scratch, so you might as well do your homework to begin with and save yourself the failing grade, the course dismissal or the expulsion you would receive for academic dishonesty. Second, I taught college English for five years, and I actively support the efforts of other instructors to uncover and punish instances of academic dishonesty, so if your instructor contacts me with regard to your efforts to pass my work off as yours, I will help that instructor in every way I can.
Plagiarism is never worth it, and besides, the study of philosophy is good for your brain. So go do your homework, and if you want to cite this paper as one of the sources you used in a legitimate academic inquiry, then by all means, please do so. Good luck to you.

Written in partial fulfillment of a college 'Philosophy of Religion' class in 1997.

Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines pantheism as "a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe." I define pantheism as a deep and resonant sense of connection to all things that exist and an acknowledgment that I am a daughter to and a co-creator with the vast and sentient Universe. God is everywhere. God is everything. God is spirit. God is incarnate. God is energy. God is matter. Rejoice! The pages you are reading and the ink upon them is manifest Divinity.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Moving from Outlook to Evolution isn’t easy, and there is no single solution at present which will convert your .pst file (the file in which your Outlook information is stored) into a format Evolution can read. This is because the .pst format is proprietary to Micro$oft, and Micro$oft wants to keep your business.

However, I have successfully moved from Outlook to Evolution, so in the interest of contributing to the Open Source community, I am offering my recipe for this procedure here. In order to use this recipe effectively, you will need to already know how to do the following:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dale Gadens of the Orion Community Drummers accompanied me as I sang the traditional Irish Gaelic folk song "Caide Sin Don Té Sin?" at the Wildacres 2010 Talent Show.

Video Copyright Sandy Mabery, All Rights Reserved.
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sunday morning, I'll be busking with my Irish music friends at the Eastern Market, and Sunday afternoon I'll be in Milford supporting the Crohn's Walk with my West African drumming friends. Come out and see us if you're local!