Maths rocks!!!

November 10, 2011

The Story of Maths


The Story of Maths is a British television series outlining aspects of the history of mathematics. The series was a co-production between the Open University and the BBC and aired in October 2008 on BBC Four. The material was written and presented by Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy.

The series comprised four programmes respectively titled: The Language of the Universe; The Genius of the East; The Frontiers of Space; and To Infinity and Beyond. Du Sautoy documents the development of mathematics covering subjects such as the invention of zero and the unproven Riemann hypothesis, a 150 year old problem for whose solution the Clay Mathematics Institute has offered a $1,000,000 prize. He escorts viewers through the subject’s history and geography. He examines the development of key mathematical ideas and shows how mathematical ideas underpin the science, technology, and culture that shape our world.

He starts his journey in ancient Egypt and finishes it by looking at current mathematics. But in between he travels through Babylon, Greece, India, China, and the medieval Middle East. He also looks at mathematics in Europe and then in America and takes the viewers inside the lives of many of the greatest mathematicians.

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So let the music keep your spirits high – Music from #OccupyIreland

November 8, 2011

#OccupyIreland, 6 camps and building… Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast, Waterford…Letterkenny..

featured imageOccupy Ireland network is giving hope where previously there was none.

So let the music keep your spirits high” is a line from a great song by Jackson Browne, that was made famous for many Irish by Christy Moore;  “Before The Deluge“.

Anyway down in Dame Street, down by the banks of the Lee, out on windswept Eyre Square, up by writers square, out with the blahs down in the Deise or making trouble up in Tír Conall…

Aswell as plotting and scheming, building tent cities, making, sharing out and eating food, doing the wash up, managing live streams, giving the odd interview to RTE or TV3, agreeing with those shaking jazz hands, chatting passionately with a stranger over a cup of tea, sitting in wonder, drying off wet socks, composing a poem… (the list goes on, all part of making Revolution) There has been a whole host of cracking music, from both people down living in the camps and also people who have come down to visit… So heres a bit of a list, granted it wont be a full one, of whats be going on…

Follow the camps on TWITTER: #OccupyIreland#OccupyDublin#OccupyCork#OccupyGalway#OccupyBelfast#OccupyWaterford#OccupyLetterkenny

A great crowd at #OccupyDameStreet for Billy Bragg’s free solidarity gig, off the back of a truck

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looking for activist Barcelona

October 27, 2011

I responded to a post on the COUCHSURFING network, this post is for the benefit of those who are interested in this helpful information and who are not part of the CS network, ie, they cant view the discussion therein…)

Location: Places >> Europe >> Spain – España >> CATALUNYA – CATALONIA >> Barcelona

Looking for activist Barcelona

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“If I can’t dance – I don’t want to be part of your revolution”

October 6, 2011

(Article 2 in the #AMERICANREVOLUTION series, image found here)

A few Tunes to mark this special occasion, the next #AMERICANREVOLUTION…

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The American Revolution is underway, #occupywallstreet takes it to the belly of the beast

October 2, 2011

(Still being edited – ongoing feature on Indymedia Ireland)

This is the US Fall responding to the Arab Spring : 700+ arrested this morning on Brooklyn Bridge

Occupy Wall StreetNEW YORK TIMES: Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon. (After a 2 week corporate media blackout, #occupywallstreet direct action is now front page news)

This is the US Fall responding to the Arab Spring : 700+ arrested this morning on Brooklyn Bridge

Cornell West speaking at the peoples assembly at #occupywallstreet day 11:

Cornell West: you got me spiritually breakdancing, dont be afraid to say REVOLUTION“There is a sweet spirit in this place. I hope you can feel the love and inspiration, of those sly stone called “everyday people” who take a stand with great courage and compassion because we oppose the greed of Wall street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats who squeeze the democratic juices out of this country and other places around the world. I am so blessed to be here, you got me spiritually breakdancing on the way here, cuz when you bring folk together, all colours, all cultures, all genders, all sexual orientation, the elite will tremble in their boots. And we will send a message that this is the US FALL responding to the Arab Spring, it is going to hit Chicago, Los Angelas, Phoenix Arizona, and A town itself, moving on to detroit, its gonna hit apalacha, hit the reservations with our red brothers and sisters, martin luther king will smile in the grave, saying were moving step by step to what he called a revolution, dont be afraid to say REVOLUTION. We wanna transfer of power from the oligarchs, to ordinary citizens, with the poor children of all colours, and the orphans and the widows, and the elderly, and the working folk, if we connect the prison industrial complex with the military industrial complex and the wall street oligarchy complex and the corporate media multiplex. I want to thank you, its a blessing to be a small part of this magnificant gathering, this is the general assembly consecrated by your witness and your body and your mind.

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Vids to remember 75 years ago: Spanish civil war + Revolution

July 22, 2011
Viva la Quinta Brigada,
No Pasaran, the pledge that made them fight
Adelante was the cry around the hillside
Let us all remember them tonight.
They came to stand beside the Spanish people
To try and stem the rising fascist tide
Franco’s allies were the powerful and wealthy
Frank Ryan’s men came from the other side.
Christy Moore: Viva la Quinta Brigada (lyrics here)


The Spanish Civil War was a major conflict fought in Spain from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939. The Second Republic existed and made massive changes for the people of spain, hopes soared, true social justice seemed achieble, only to be quashed by a military coup de etat which succeeded in ending the dreams of millions and entering Spain into 38 years of repressive fascism under the control of Franco.
The 19th of July marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Revolution. For a brief time, capitalism and the State were replaced by solidarity, mutual aid and respect for others. Workers and peasants, who were deeply influenced by anarchist ideas, ran society collectively and gained control over their lives, industry and land. A central part of the revolution was the struggle against a fascist attempt to take over Spain.

Photos : 1 | Spanish Civil War Articles : NO PASARAN! 75th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War | Free Women of Spain Filmlists: classic films about the war | wikipedia

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Homage to Plaza Catalunya: REAL DEMOCRACY NOW IRELAND event

July 7, 2011 to Plaza Catalunya: Notes from the #SpanishRevolution and #acampadaBCN @ Barcelona. Personal report from an Irish activist living there

We are the Irish movement for peaceful action to demand Real Democracy Now! Inspired by the Spanish revolution and Democracia Real Ya!


Event on FACEBOOK. Event on IMC.IE. Hi rez poster. Poster in PDF

We are the Irish movement for peaceful action to demand Real Democracy Now! Inspired by the Spanish revolution and Democracia Real Ya!

We are ordinary people. We are like you. We are citizens of different ages, nationalities and social backgrounds. We get up every morning to study, to look after our homes, to go to work, or to look for work. We all work hard every day at building a better future for ourselves and for the people around us. But all of us are worried and angry about what is unfolding, politically and economically, in our society.

We want real democracy now! Not the pretense of democracy that presently exists in Ireland. The present system silences the voices of those who want a meaningful role in shaping our society and concentrates power in the hands of a minority. Our political system does not represent us but instead administers on behalf of unaccountable elites. It is time for us all to start a movement for a better society.

Our manifesto is still under discussion. Have your say here.

Together we can create a new reality. A better world.

A black and yellow fever is taking over Spain... and now beyond: #spanishrevolution

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