Ian Paisley on A long peace?

I met with Ian Paisley briefly the other day. His often firey persona has been a dominant theme in Northern Irish politics since as far back as I can remember. He is greyer and thinner than he once was, but his spirit and wit is still impressive for a man knocking close on 80.

I asked him what he thought of A Long Peace?, our think piece on the future of Unionism of Northern Ireland. After pinpointing which of the many reports he’d been bombarded with in the last few months it was, he replied, “Aye, it wasn’t bad, I suppose”. I asked him if I could quote him on that, and he immediately qualified it by saying, “Well, what I mean is that it didn’t make my heckles rise! If you know what I mean?”

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  2. To put my money where my mouth is, in each new article I’ll build a hypothetical application that illustrates the guidelines I’m covering. Today’s application is called “Paint” and will be based on the photo-illustrative icon I created in my last article. Together we will complete each step, and by the end of the project we should have a well-designed, 95%-100% Aqua-compliant application. I’ll leave some room for personal preferences and the fact that Apple changes the OS every few months.

  3. In building your amazing Aqua application, one of the most important things to consider is the Dock. There are three things your app needs to be “Dock Compliant.” Now, I write this knowing that the Dock will be going through some major changes soon, but for the most part, these should still hold true.

  4. Okay, I just told you what Apple wants you to look out for with window positions, but in the real world, not everyone uses the hiding feature of the Dock, and it is unrealistic to be able to predict where each user will place their Dock at any given day or how large they will have it. However, you can build a feature into your application that allows spacing for the Finder. You can give users the option of where to position their windows and what area of the screen not to cross. I know that BBEdit provides me with this feature, and I wish more developers gave me more control over my windows.

  5. Adhere to System Appearance. Does your application use all the sweetly colored buttons, delightfully shaded windows, and all the other “bells and whistles?”

  6. By building an application that takes advantage of Aqua’s many facets, you help ensure that your application will not only look good, but have a chance of becoming a raging success. After a new user clicks on the icon of your program, the first thing he or she sees is the application interface. I know that when I review a product, I am very critical of its visual design. I usually have a short time to learn the new software, so design and ease of use are very important. Aside from those who marvel at the beauty of the command line, most users tend to react the same way.

  7. Other examples of these animations might be to show the status of an FTP transfer, the progress of media being digitized, or an updated time signature. And don’t forget that users may want to have some control over this, so give them plenty of options, including the ability to turn these functions off.

  8. Due to the positioning of the Dock, remember that when you build an application, you have to be sure that new document window sizes and positions do not violate the Dock’s space. Dock is temperamental and Dock loves his space. If you default to a window size that expands behind the dock, users will have a difficult time reaching the navigation and resize areas at the bottom of the screen. I can personally say that more than once I have been rather peeved that I couldn’t get to an area of the window to resize because the default window settings always pop up behind the Dock. In addition, the new Dock in 10.1 will allow users to position their Dock location on either side of the screen as well.

  9. So far in these articles, I have only dipped a toe or two into Aqua’s pool. I have covered basic aspects of building an Aqua-compliant application, including the building of photo-illustrative/3D application icons. Now it’s time to address other components of our Mac OS X application.

  10. It is amazing that the people in Northern Ireland still follow Ian Paisley and consider him to be worthwhile. He may be considered a “Leader” to some, but to me he is a leader only in the same bigoted, bitter tradition as Adolph Hitler and others who have appealed to people’s darkest fears as a way of supporting bigotry. To me, he is attempting to defend the indefensible: the immoral premise which led to Northern Ireland becoming a separate state in the 1920’s. It is a shame that people in the North have had to continue to live with the kind of sectarian strife and economic decline that has taken place there. Ian Paisley’s “leadership” has played no small role in helping to foster that environment over the past 30-plus years.

  11. Rev. Ian Paisley, fundamentalist preacher, founder of the Free Presbyterian Church and militant leader of working-class loyalism. His rhetoric is fiery and well-crafted in the style of a revivalist preacher. This pales in comparison with the result of such rhetoric. He incites people then walks away wiping his hands like Pilate saying that his involvement is minimal.

    With the standoffs at Drumcree tempered by the deaths of the three little boys in Ballymoney it does not go unnoticed that in past years Paisley’s speeches (masked as “sermons”) have literally started riots. It is no secret that both Paisley and David Trimble intended to unleash a wave of sectarianism through their actions in Drumcree (by marching. No, actually ‘dancing’ down the road). (Trimble and Paisley have since parted company, since Paisley cannot separate differences of opinion from the Christian person). But someone must ultimately bear the responsibility for the UVF murder of Michael McGoldrick and the widespread intimidation of Catholics throughout the North. Who will acknowledge that since the early ’60’s they have been against any possibility of power sharing proposal? Probably the loudest voice of all. St. Paul talked about empty love sounding like a loud gong or a cymbal. Certainly the imposing stature of Paisley, his ability to ‘snow’ his constituents with imagined fear of the Pope’s army at the gates to get elected over and over again, causing him to announce to the world that he is the “most popular politician in the province”, is not enough to hide the truth. Bigots have dirty hands.

    Germans, in the wake of the holocaust, developed a word for those who bear responsibility but claim clean hands. They were called Schriebtisch tater or desk perpetrators. The men in suits who whisper to others in back rooms. This is the backdrop against which intimidation must be seen. The uncomfortable truth is however that the human right to live, work and relax has been dined to many people in this community in past years, both Catholic and Protestant.

    No Mr. Paisley you are definitely NOT a man of God but close to the antichrist you so long labeled the Bishop of Rome. Hold up the mirror to yourself and judge yourself first and your fellow Irishman later.

  12. Has Mark McGregor gotten a life yet??? As well as the rest of the FOOLS who have nothing better in their lives to do–than to try to make themselves look big–by attacking SUCCESSFUL men like Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley?

  13. Hi Im new to this board although I have found it very interesting.

    As a protestant from the younger section of the community I have always been a supporter of Ian Paisley I hope that does not make me a bigot and I dont find Ian Paisley bigoted either although he is extreme in his views. Didnt he also campaign to keep a catholic primary school open and win.

  14. Hi Im new to this board although I have found it very interesting.

    As a protestant from the younger section of the community I have always been a supporter of Ian Paisley I hope that does not make me a bigot and I dont find Ian Paisley bigoted either although he is extreme in his views. Didnt he also campaign to keep a catholic primary school open and win.

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