Change TV source with a SKY remote

You may not know this!

But, you can change input source with your SKY remote control!

This means you don’t have to use another remote such as the TV remote, or the physical TV buttons to switch HDMI sources, giving you a more seamless experience. Here is how you do it:

Just a caveat –  This worked on a Samsung TV, it may not work on your TV!

  1. Using the Sky remote, press the ‘TV’ button.
  2. Next – Press the ‘Help’ button, which, under the ‘TV function’ of the SKY remote allows you to switch inputs!
  3. Once you have arrived at the correct input press the ‘OK’ button.
  4. Finally, press the ‘SKY’ button, to tell the remote, you now wish to control the SKY box once again and not the TV.

I hope this works for you, I found it very handy indeed!


quinoaComing back from the US recently I overheard an American woman in front of me say “can I have the Quinoa please”.  Wondering what it was I googled it, and of course bought it.

Quinoa – it’s not bad actually in terms of taste and has generated quite the buzz around it and apparently  it’s pronounced ‘keen-wah’.

 So what is Quinoa then?  It’s a pseudocereal…relax! I know, what’s a pseudocereal? Forget that. The’re seeds basically. However unlike rice, yes i am comparing this to rice, because I use rice almost every day and this is a perfect replacement for that meal once a week, Quinoa seems to contain more protein and according to this website, is pretty close to a perfect ingredient.

Quinoa is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and is a good course of fibre

Facts via

So how do you cook this? Well you can do lots of things with this to make a nice meal, but I just wanted to replace rice, what I did was just cook this in the rice cooker and served it for my lunch with chicken and veg. Probably not the tastiest of meals in terms of flavour, but perfect for my lunch and pre gym meal. You can find this in Dunnes Stores, in the specialist and gluten free sections, it’s not exactly cheap either, but handy to have in the cupboard for when you fancy a change.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever had this, and doing anything more exciting that cook this in the rice cooker.


Wil Wheaton stands up for nerds everywhere

Wil Wheaton is in my all time two favourite shows. Star Trek:TNG (staring)  and The Big Bang Theory (regular special guest) and as an adult he has fully embraced his inner-nerd. His answer to a girls question about being called a nerd, is something you should share with anyone who dislikes being called a nerd. Maybe they did not hear the phrase brainy is the new sexy.



This French name is based on the Latin ‘caelestis’ meaning ‘heavenly’. Five popes have been named ‘Celestine’, two of whom were canonized.

People with this name have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated.

People with this name tend to be idealistic, highly immaginative, intuitive, and spiritual. They seek after spiritual truth and often find it. They tend to be visionary and may inspire others. If they fail to develop their potential, they may become dreamers, or misuse power.


RTE 2 Indent – Lady Birds…

I’ve always loved indents on TV stations, I wonder what RTE was thinking about when they used this one. Edit: I’ve just realised the lady bird is trying to move a dice… dirty minds…

* Disclaimer: I’m really just looking for an excuse to test the new wordpress embed media client.