My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter

first_imgAdam Rory Porter is well-known across Inishowen and Donegal for a variety of reasons. He is probably best-known as a local landscape photographer (check out his pictures of the Northern Lights) and businessman. This is Adam’s My Donegal.Where is your favourite place in Donegal and why?That is an impossible question to answer as we have so many amazing places in Donegal.But some of my favourites include Fort Dunree, Grianan of Aileach, Stragill,, Aranmore, Tory, Urris, Glencolmcille, the Isle of Doagh, Glenveagh, the Wee House of Malin, Swan Park, the amazing galleries, studios and museums we have and so many more. The list really could go on and on! Where in Donegal do you call home?The beautiful town of Buncrana in Inishowen.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I have to say again there are so many. But my wife Angela MacLochlainn is a constant source of inspiration, guidance and support. She’s the Queen of our household and keeps our three princesses and I motivated and cared for. Also, my dad, brother, sister, cousins and our extended families are always there for each other and to help one another. I’m so lucky to be part of such a close family. What do you think is Donegal’s best tourist attraction?Another impossible question but my favourite must be Grianan of Aileach.Do you prefer Donegal summers or Donegal winters?I love them both, and springs, but Donegal autumns are my absolute favourites.What would you do on your ideal day out in Donegal? Set off early with a big picnic packed, a leisurely drive to that days’ destination of choice. Often we have Granny and Granda MacLochlainn in the back of the 7-Seater and we’re seeking a site of historical or archaeological significance to visit as we love our Donegal heritage. After our day spent exploring we’ll often stop for fish and chips in a town on the way back. When we get home, we often review our photos and videos of the day all gathered around the big TV.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Football Special is a classic obviously but in every café and restaurant and shop, you find beautifully created locally sourced Donegal-made dishes. The Artists and Crafters of Donegal create the most stunning products also.Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Again we have so many! But a few of note would be historically Saint Colmcille and recently Brian McDermott for his winning the world’s best cookery book.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?Again with so many great business people in mind, I’d have to give Donagh Kelly of KN Networks and Pat Doherty of Harcourt, Artist Sharon McDaid from the Silver Birch Gallery in Carndonagh and Una Tynan of Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Proud Donegal people striving in business locally and internationally.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?So many again! Honourable mentions will have to be Packie Bonner, Ray Houghton (we’re claiming him!) Nora Stapleton, Irish Rugby legend and of course Michael Murphy who is and will be one of Donegal’s greatest sportspersons.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yous really aren’t making this easy 😉 My home town of Buncrana has so many fabulous restaurants from The Red Door, the Firebox Grill, The Harbour Inn, The Inishowen Gateway, Drift Inn, The Lake of Shadows, Sherpa, Primavera, and the Ubiquitous restaurant. Always fabulous food in them all. Further afield we’ve had fabulous meals in The Seaview Tavern in Malin, the Butterbean in Carndonagh, The Boathouse in Redcastle, the Redcastle Hotel, all the hotels in Ballyliffin and Nancy’s Barn, The Point Inn, the Town Clock in Moville and The Cosy Cottage.Away from Inishowen The olde Glen bar in Glen, in Downings, The Singing Pub and The Beach Hotel. The Kitchen in Letterkenny, The Lobsterpot in Burtonport, Kitty Kellys in Kill, An Club on Tory Island and many more!If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The return of the railways.What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?Dún na nGall Abú!What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Keeping our environment as beautiful and clean as it deserves to be.What is your favourite Donegal food?Angela my wife grows the most beautiful spuds in the back garden 😊Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?We’re often a self-deprecating bunch of people and we shouldn’t be because we have so much to be proud of.Do you have a favourite local band?Too many to choose from again! Don’t Fear the Natives, 2 shíte dj’s, the Pox men, Rory Gallagher to name a few.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?I would put the money towards the preservation of our archaeological sites as the amount of devastation in the last 100 years is eroding many of these away.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Couldn’t choose between the two legends.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Its people are the most friendly and welcoming in the world and our love of the Irish language here.My Donegal – with photographer and businessman Adam Rory Porter was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:adam rory porterbuncranaMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Warriors HQ podcast: Kevin Durant addresses New York Knicks rumors

first_img“We’re dealing with the greatest scorer in NBA history when it’s all said and done and perhaps the greatest modern dynasty in professional sports — maybe — if it sticks together and it all hinges on Kevin Durant’s decision,” Dieter Kurtenbach tells Logan Murdock on this week’s episode of the Warriors HQ podcast before launching into a response to Golden State forward Kevin Durant’s Feb. 6 walkout of a post-game press conference.Durant addressed New York Knicks rumors following Golden State’s …last_img

Small Creatures Have Super Strength

first_imgThe most amazing physical feats in nature are performed by some of the smallest organisms.Super-cockroach: Scientists put some cockroaches through a squeeze test and were astonished. Look what they say in PNAS:Cockroaches intrude everywhere by exploiting their soft-bodied, shape-changing ability. We discovered that cockroaches traversed horizontal crevices smaller than a quarter of their height in less than a second by compressing their bodies’ compliant exoskeletons in half. Once inside vertically confined spaces, cockroaches still locomoted rapidly at 20 body lengths per second using an unexplored mode of locomotion—body-friction legged crawling. Using materials tests, we found that the compressive forces cockroaches experience when traversing the smallest crevices were 300 times body weight. Cockroaches withstood forces nearly 900 times body weight without injury, explaining their robustness to compression.Now you understand why they are so hard to fight in the kitchen. The scientists, though, got excited about what they learned: Cockroach exoskeletons provided inspiration for a soft, legged search-and-rescue robot that may penetrate rubble generated by tornados, earthquakes, or explosions.” Science Daily shares more about cockroaches and the bio-inspiration they provide. Live Science shows a video of the compressive material (warning: annoying music).Super diatom: How can a little microbe win the gold for strength? It’s incredible. In another paper in PNAS, a team found the following:Diatoms are unicellular algae that form an intricate silica cell wall. A protective shell that is light enough to prevent sinking while simultaneously offering strength against predators is of interest to the design of lightweight structural materials. Using three-point bending experiments, we show that the diatom shell has the highest specific strength of all previously reported biological materials. Fracture analysis and finite element simulations also suggest functional differentiation between the shell layers and features to mitigate fracture. These results demonstrate the natural development of architecture in live organisms to simultaneously achieve light weight, strength, and structural integrity and may provide insight into evolutionary design.While “evolutionary design” is a sophoxymoronic phrase, it’s incredible to think about the physics of this little glass structure in which a soft little alga lives. Ounce for ounce, the diatom wins over bones, teeth and antlers, PhysOrg says. The secret is a honeycomb-like pattern of holes that provides strength while allowing nutrients in and waste out.“Silica is a strong but brittle material. For example, when you drop a piece of glass, it shatters,” says Greer. “But architecting this material into the complex design of these diatom shells actually creates a structure that is resilient against damage. The presence of the holes delocalizes the concentrations of stress on the structure.”Again, these scientists see possibilities from what they learned about diatom design. “The group plans to use design principles from diatoms to create resilient, bioinspired artificial structures,” PhysOrg says.Update 2/11/16: Boxing Ants: Science Daily tells how American biologists watched ants strike each other’s antennae to determine rank in the colony. “Trap-jaw ants are the fastest boxers ever recorded,” they commented. Muhammed Ali had nothing on these champs. “The speeds ranged from 19.5 strikes per second for Odontomachus rixosus, hailing from Cambodia, to a blazing-fast 41.5 strikes per second for Odontomachus brunneus, native to Florida, the researchers found.” Winners get to go out and forage; the weaklings had to stay inside the nest.Why would evolution confer such design on a tiny diatom? When would it ever encounter forces needing that kind of super-strength? And why would evolution design each diatom shell as a geometric shape on which is carved intricate patterns?In his new book Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, Dr. Michael Denton brings his influential 1985 classic up to date after 30 years of thinking about Darwinism. He focuses heavily on “non-adaptive design” that could never come about by natural selection. Surely these examples qualify for that designation. (Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Twitter Ads Are About to Get More Relevant

first_imgjohn paul titlow If all goes according to plan, ads on Twitter are about to get a lot more relevant to the people that see them. That’s the idea behind the interest-targeted ad system the company has been testing. Having presumably ironed out the kinks, Twitter has just rolled the feature out to all of its advertisers. Previously, when Twitter displayed a promoted tweet or trending topic, it didn’t take into account whether or not that ad is relevant or useful to a given user.How Facebook Targets AdsFor years, advertisers on Facebook have had the ability to target ads very granularly based not only on demographic data and life events, but on specific interests held by users. The result, is many cases, is advertising that’s sometimes eerily accurate and relevant to users’ lives. Twitter is now adopting similar functionality as part of its quest to monetize its growing microblogging service. But Twitter isn’t Facebook. On the world’s biggest social network, users explicitly declare their interests on their profiles and through clicking “like” buttons woven throughout the Web and apps everywhere. Twitter doesn’t have the luxury of such detailed user data, so it must employ other means to target its ads. The concept of interest-based advertising isn’t new, but it is evolving thanks to the social Web. From the outset, Google has monetized its search engine based on people’s interests. Early on, users declared those interests on a case-by-case basis by typing in a search query, which Google used to display targeted text link ads. Over time, search advertising has evolved to become more targeted and personalized, as have the competing social advertising models that have cropped up since the early days of Google.  How Twitter Targets AdsTwitter offers 350 categories of interests from Bollywood movies to gardening. Since users don’t specify their interests on their profile, those interests must be gleaned from such things as what they say, who they follow and other user activity. Twitter doesn’t elaborate on how it all works, but we wouldn’t be surprised if things like favorited tweets weren’t factored into the algorithm it’s using.To get more granular, advertisers can specify @usernames of users. Rather than target these people specifically, Twitter will attempt to show ads to users who share interests with those who follow them. The example the company uses is an indie rock band that wants to promote its upcoming tour on Twitter. To do so, the band can use this feature to list similar acts on Twitter and target people with like-minded taste in music. Again, Twitter isn’t forthcoming about how that will work, but hopefully it has a way of filtering out pornbots and ghost followers. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#twitter#web Related Posts last_img read more