MY NOKIA E90 beeped me awake this morning as its fully-charged battery politely affirmed it was ready to be unplugged. The Nokia BP-4L is one of the largest batteries on the market, its 1500 mAh powers me through most work days as long as I constrain my data usage to no more than 90 MB. Beyond the 100 MB threshold, I forget to turn off the signal searching and that can mean a battery swap before my 10 hour duty day is finished. No worries--I carry a spare battery and swap-out is a doddle. I'm thinking about these things while listening to FIR over a 3.5G antenna array alongside Stephen's Green in Dublin. The O2 over-the-air speed feels faster than the BT Broadband offered in the Mercer Hotel, my centre city hotel of choice. I like the place because I watched it being built. And I like the history under the place as documented in Beaux House across the street. Lots of unfortunate bodies are deep under the structures here, remnants of the live surgeries performed by the Royal College of Surgeons on impoverished Irish centuries ago.
Along with two of my daughters, I spent 18 rain-free hours walking Dublin and Dalkey. They return to the western US with gallons of hospitality poured into them by Joe Garde, a fixer of the first order. Their Qik videos tell the story of finding cool jewels, fresh ice cream, ever-lasting Guinness, Irish salt water and perfect Italian food. We need to share those discoveries with readers at Louder Voice.
For now, I'm off walking Stephen's Green before the sound of Dublin Bus drowns out the seagulls overhead.
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