Author Archives: Bill

You think you know what your name is?

When I looked more carefully at my grandfather’s birth entry, I realized his name was “Sweeny”, not “Sweeney” which we have all carried since his arrival in the US in 1903. This made me question the validity of my father’s … Continue reading

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You think you know when your grandfather was born?

In my genealogy research, I found no less than 5 documented birth dates for my grandfather that differed from his birth certificate.   These dates spanned 12 years and two seasons!  I obtained copies of his birth certificate, the passenger … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Mathgrad is back!

Another favorite podcast of mine was on hiatus for 2 years – the Mathgrad by Chris Frederick.  Chris was podcasting as a PhD student at Colorado State University until life evidently got in the way – finishing the PhD, a … Continue reading

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Podcast: Irish Fireside (a great example of social networking)

A favorite podcast and blog of mine is Irish Fireside.   Irish Fireside is about travel to Ireland, Irish customs, … and all things Irish.   There have been 88 episodes and I’ve listened to every one of them.  I was … Continue reading

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Obtaining dual citizenship – U.S. and Ireland

The United States allows dual citizenship with numerous countries, including Ireland.  A few years ago I found out Ireland offers citizenship by descent.  It is called “Citizenship through Foreign Births Registration (FBR)”.  The background work took me a couple of … Continue reading

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Podcast: Daily Source Code with Adam Curry

Adam Curry, the so-called podfather, provided my introduction to podcasting a few years ago. His podcast, the Daily Source Code, was about the process they were going through to start a business around podcasting. It was interesting to hear about … Continue reading

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I’m a podcast enthusiast

I’ve always been an avid radio listener.  As a kid, I would listen to New York Knicks basketball games and the Jean Shepherd show.  Jean Shepherd was a great story teller and late in his career he was best known … Continue reading

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How many social networking tools does it take?

I was listening to the most recent sweettt.com podcast.  Matt and Luis were talking about how many different social networking tools people want or need.  One was not enough, but many people get confused trying too many.  They mentioned about … Continue reading

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I received my first blog comment!

Unfortunately the comment was spam 🙁 I haven’t “advertised” the existence of the blog, so I would have been surprised if I actually did have a valid comment.

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Welcome

My name is Bill Sweeney, hence the blog at bill.sweeney.net .  I plan to talk about a myriad of topics.  One topic of great interest to me is the value of social computing inside the corporate firewall and the movement … Continue reading

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