Rang Gaeilge, 8ú lá na mí Mheán Fómhair 2022

fuaduighim… I take by force, abduct; I carry off (as the fairies a child); put to flight, drive away, blow away; Is amhlaidh do fuaduigheadh í, hers was a case of abduction, al. she was carried off by the fairies.

fuadaigh Take away by force; abduct, kidnap
  • Bhí ceathrar fear cruinnithe in uimhir 122b Sráid an Bhéicéara i Londain. Bhí an lá go breá amuigh, cuid éigin aeir agus gile sa chathair arís ón uair go raibh deireadh leis an ngeimhreadh agus laghdú ar líon na dtinte guail. Bhí coiscéim níos airde faoi na capaill agus ní raibh croíthe lucht díolta pósaetha chomh trom agus a bhíodh ar laethanta fliucha éadóchasacha.
    Istigh sna seomraí mar ar mhair[indirect relative clause] Searbhlach de Hoilm agus a chara an Dochtúir Bhatson, bhí an t-aer trom le deatach, ámh, deatach píopaí agus an deatach áirithe sin a éirionn ó bhaithisí na bhfear nuair a bhíonn cruacheist á plé agus gan réiteach acu uirthi.

    There were four men meeting at number 122b Baker Street in London. It was a fine day outside, some air and brightness in the city again since the end of winter and a decrease in the number of coal fires. There was a higher step about the horses and the hearts of posy sellers were not as heavy as they used to be on desperate wet days.

    Inside the rooms where Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson lived the air was heavy with smoke, however, pipe smoke and that particular smoke that rises from the heads of men when they are discussing a difficult issue and have not settled it

    gile Whiteness, brightness f
    laghdú Decrease, diminution; reduction m
    tint tent f
    gual coal m
    coiscéim Footstep; pace f
    croí heart m pl croíthe
    lucht Content, charge; fill, capacity; cargo, load; (Class, category, of) people m
    pósae Posy, flower m pl pósaetha
    trom Weight; burden, oppression m
    éadéchasach Despairing, hopeless
    ámh Indeed, truly; However
    baithis Top, crown (of head) f
    cruacheist Difficult question; conundrum f
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Chicon 8

Thursday

On Thursday, Sept. 1, Mia McDavid and I drove to Chicago for Chicon 8: The 80th World Science Fiction Convention at the Hyatt Regency Chicago . This was our 5th Chicon. Previously we had attended:

Despite some glitches, we really enjoyed the Con, and visiting downtown Chicago again.

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Installed ChromeOS Flex

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X130e laptop. It came with Windows 10 Home Edition, which does not work nearly as well for me as the Profession Edition I have on other systems. It hangs frequently. I have also installed Ubuntu Linux on it, which does better.

These days Chromebooks are everywhere, so I have become curious about Google’s Chrome OS Flex, the installation of which can turn an ordinary old (but not too old) PC into a Chromebook. Continue reading

Rang Gaeilge, 20ú lá Mí na Iúil 2022

Duinnín agus an Bótun (tuilleadh)

Dineen and the Mistake (continued)
  • ‘Fear an bhainne, ní foláir!’ ar sise. ‘Gabhaigí mo leithsceal, soicind.’ Rith sí as an seomra, an doras á dhúnadh aici ina diaidh.Leanfadh an tAthair Pádraig amach sa halla í ach bhagair
    Abraham air seasamh, ina theannta, sa bháfhuinneog.

    ‘Tá crann idir mé agus an doras. Ní maith liom crainn. Níl gá
    leo,’ arsa Tomkins go crosta.

    ‘Tom labhrais atá ann,’ arsa an tAthair Pádraig.

    ‘Sssss! Éist!’

    Nior chuala siad ach doras a oscailt agus a phlabadh arís
    láithreach.

    ‘Duine ar bith!’ arsa Miss Sweetman nuair a d’fhill sí.

    ‘It must be the milkman!’ she said. ‘Excuse me, a second.’

    She ran out of the room, closing the door behind her.

    Father Patrick would have followed her out into the hall but Abraham beckoned him to stand,
    along with him, in the bay window.

    ‘There is a tree between me and the door. I do not like trees. No need for[??] them,’ Tompkins said crossly[?]

    ‘That is a laurel there,’ said Fr. Patrick.

    ‘Shhhh! Listen!’

    They only heard a door opening and slamming again immediately.

    ‘Nobody!’ said Miss Sweetman when she returned.

    ní foláir it is necessary
    bagair brandish, beckon, threaten, drive(animals)
    teannta Strait, difficulty, predicament m
    i dteannta along with, in addition to
    crosta Fractious; troublesome, difficult; (Of child) Mischievous, contrary
    labhras (Bay) laurel m
    plabadh plopping, banging m
    láithreach Present, immediate
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A Windows Memory Leak Problem

Recently there were a few times when I was using VS Code under Windows and the response time got worse and worse. A reboot would fix it temporarily, but the problem would come back. A look at task manager showed that the Shell Infrastructure Host, sihost.exe, was using a lot of CPU. I thought about killing the process, but the dire warnings about system instability deterred me the first time.

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College Reunion

I spent the weekend of June 16-19 at Carleton College. The occasion was my 50 year class reunion, for which I was a member of the gift committee, which in turn was a part of the overall planning committee. Mia (my wife) and I had a room on the third floor of Watson Hall, “3rd Watson” was how we would have referred to it back in the day. I don’t know if the current students refer to campus locations like that. I lived on “6th Watson” my senior year.

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Rang Gaeilge, 22ú lá Mí na mí Mheiteamh 2022

Duinnín agus an Bótun

Dineen and the Mistake

Botún, pl. -i, a smith’s paring knife; an unfledged bird; misfortune, irreparable mistake; ní raibh aon bhotún. ‘na béal nuair d’ith sé an fheoil … rinne mé mo bhotún …

  • ‘Aitheim’ arsa an Duinníneach agus é ag taibhsiú taobh thiar
    den gheolaí mór le rá, an t-aindiagaí Abraham Tomkins, sa Leabharlann Náisiúnta.

    ‘Umf,’ a d’fhreagair Abraham.

    ‘Fágaimis Dia as an áireamh, cad ann a chreideann tú?’ a d’fhiafraigh an Duinníneach de.


    ‘Ahem!’ said Dineen to the eminent geologist looming behind him, the atheist Abraham Tomkins, in the National Library.

    ‘Umf,’ answered Abraham.

    ‘Let us leave God out of the reckoning, what do you believe?’ Dineen asked him.

    taibhsigh loom v
    geolaí geologist m
    aindiagaí atheist m
    áireamh Count(ing), enumeration; census m
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