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Silicon Valley
Paddy

The answer to Life, the Universe and the Bay Area, all on Silicon Valley Paddy

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 12" Action Figures of You, Friends, or Family 

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Paddy's Video of the Day

Fox News vs. North Korean State TV | The Daily Show 


Note that the inclusion of these videos by Silicon Valley Paddy does not necessarily mean that I agree with the sentiments and the statements made. Note that all images and videos are copyright to their respective owners. 

Some Site Highlights

Where to get a laugh?

Here is some good sources of modern humor and satire, with the best from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Japan, Israel and Spain. Anything funny you have ever seen on Facebook probably came from one of these sites, go get it for yourself.  They will have you grinning like a necrophiliac in a morgue.    

Note that all images and videos are copyright to their respective owners. 

What to do around here?

Paddy's List, over the years I have compiled the ultimate list of the best things to do here in the bay area. It's basically where to go with the kids when they are wrecking the house on a Sunday.

This is the list I would have liked to have had when I first moved here 17 years ago. Even locals should find some items they were not aware of.

Where to drink (and eat)?

Here is my list of Irish Pubs (and wanna be Irish pubs) in the Bay Area. 

Note that the same way that all ships are female, all pubs are by definition Irish so I have included a few non Irish ones.

Where we get our news?

Here is a list of some of the best online Irish news sources.

Where we came from?

An ever expanding list of Genealogical sites. These are all my sources from when I did my own family tree recently. 

What is going on?

What is going on around the Bay Area. I am updating the calendar with events around the bay, both Irish and of general interest.

Where to go to understand us?

A full list of Irish Tech and Cultural  resources both here in the Bay Area, in Ireland and around the US.

Where to go to College?

Want to go to college in Ireland or want to study about Ireland? Here is a list of the top Irish Colleges and some US Irish studies programs.

Who are we over here?

These are bits of Irish and Californian history I have picked up. For example did you know that Menlo Park was named after Menlo in Galway, Ireland or that San Francisco was laid out by an Irish Surveyor Jasper O'Farrell? No neither did I until now.
Remember, all tribal myths are true, for a given value of "True". 

What to eat?

 This is a list of online shopping resources for Irish food or rather where to go when Cost Plus World Market does not have that Irish treat you are looking for.

How we talk and how we used to talk?

Every talked to an Irish person and had no idea what they were on about? Well we feel the same ourselves and we were born there. But guess what that is us speaking English, here is a cheat sheet to help you out. We also have our own language Irish or Gaelic.

"Fáilte go Gleann an Sileacan Pádraig", or "Welcome to Silicon Valley Paddy" in Irish.

How we used to write

Ogham is an alphabet that appears on monumental inscriptions dating from the 4th to the 6th century AD, and in manuscripts dating from the 6th to the 9th century.

Fáilte go Gleann an Sileacan Pádraig

Random Lists of Rubbish

The Top 10 British Jokes

  1. A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!” The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to  her: “The driver just insulted me!” The man says: “You go up there and  tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you."
  2.  “I went to the zoo the other day, there was only one dog in it, it was a shitzu.”
  3.  “Dyslexic man walks into a bra.”
  4. A young blond woman is distraught because she fears her husband is  having an affair, so she goes to a gun shop and buys a handgun. The  next day she comes home to find her husband in bed with a beautiful  redhead. She grabs the gun and holds it to her own head. The husband  jumps out of bed, begging and pleading with her not to shoot herself.  Hysterically the blond responds to the husband, “Shut up…you’re next!”
  5.  A classic Tommy Cooper gag: “I said to the Gym instructor “Can you  teach me to do the splits?” He said, “How flexible are you?” I said, “I  can’t make Tuesdays.”
  6. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid,  the other was eating fireworks. They charged one – and let the other  one off.
  7. Two aerials meet on a roof – fall in love – get married. The ceremony was rubbish – but the reception was brilliant.
  8. Doc, I can’t stop singing the ‘Green Green Grass of Home’. He  said: ‘That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome’. ‘Is it common?’ I asked.  ‘It’s not unusual,’ he replied.
  9. “I’m on a whiskey diet. I’ve lost three days already.”
  10.  A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: “Pint please, and one for the road.”


How to Irritate An Irish Person

  1.  Call "St. Patrick's Day", "St. Patty's Day", no sin is worse to an Irish person.
  2. Think that a four leaf clover is a shamrock. Bloody imposter plant trying to pass as Irish.
  3. Saying you are Irish when you had a great-great-great grandmother come from Ireland in 1840. You are not really Irish but we will still let you buy us a pint though.
  4. Mention Riverdance, it's the most evil thing to happen to Ireland since the Potato Famine.
  5. Say "Top of the morning to us", dancing a jig and leprechaun costumes are entirely optional while saying this. 
  6. Order any drink that is associated with terrorism or war e.g. Irish Car Bomb or a Black and Tan. Mostly because its a sacrilegious waste of a good pint of Guinness. 
  7. Imitate our accent, remember in our ears you are the guys with the accent.
  8. Mention our pot of gold or lucky charms, prepare for a slap in the face.
  9. Assume Ireland is part of Britain, well only a bit of it is. Lets not go there.
  10. Ask us to say anything with a "th" in it e.g.  "thirty-three and a third".
  11. Ask if we eat Corned Beef and Cabbage, not really, its an Irish American Slum food not actually Irish. OK if you pay for it we will probably eat it though.
  12. Pour a pint of Guinness wrong, some things cannot be forgiven.
  13. Say anything bad about Notre Dame, we may not know anything about American colleges or sports but we all love the Fighting Irish. 
  14. Assume we love drinking, well actually that one is kind of true.
  15. Assume we love potatoes, hmm well actually that one is kind of true as well.
  16. And finally not buying your round of drinks in the pub, that sin will follow your family for generations.

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Thanks

Pat O'Mahony

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