Daily Archives: Tuesday 05/01/2010

Daily Annoyance: Gero Yoghurt General Nonsense | My Life 05 JAN 2010

To me yoghurt is yoghurt, I eat any brand of the stuff (though I do prefer the smooth ones to the chunky types, I’ll admit to that), but it would seem that Chantelle has a penchant for Gero yoghurt, the low fat, diabetic friendly yoghurt that is marketed as having come all the way from Abkhasia, manufactured here locally by the dewfresh group.

Now the yoghurt itself isn’t bad at all (I quite like the strawberry come to think of it), but there is one thing that greatly annoys me about the Gero single serving tubs – the damn superglue they use to seal that annoying foil on-top of the plastic cup!

Seriously, you have to give some mean tugs to try and pull this thick foil off, and invariably when you do manage to lift a side up, you’ve torn the foil and squirted yoghurt all around – and everyone knows that the last thing you want to do after opening up a yoghurt is to first clean up around you.

Get it right guys. Or maybe get Pick ‘n Pay to handle the packaging for you. At least their No Name brand yoghurts open easily, first time around!

Related Link: http://www.gero.co.za/

Webcomics on WordPress: ComicPress! CodeUnit 05 JAN 2010

By now, we are all familiar with WordPress, the blogging platform that literally revolutionized the web and placed the role of content creator into the hands of millions of everyday, casual users. Funnily enough though, WordPress also lends itself as the ideal way of publishing webcomics and the easiest way to do this is in fact to make use of the brilliant ComicPress theme and associated plugins to do all the work for you.

Courtesy of Tyler Martin, John Bintz and Philip Hofer, ComicPress is a clever WordPress theme that converts your usual blog layout into that of a webcomic site. The theme comes packed with various layout options as well as all the navigation tricks and widgets you’d expect from a comic hosting site and has been structured to be fairly simple to use, even for the most casual of WordPress users.

In addition to the ComicPress theme it is also suggested that you install the ComicPress Manager Plugin as this adds a whole lot of functionality in order to simplify the uploaded and managing of comic files and associated text. Also, a clever little new addition to the family is the ComicPress Companion plugin that essentially provides you with editing tools to update a separate stylesheet which overwrites ComicPress’ default styles, meaning that you can now maintain your custom styles even when upgrading or downgrading between ComicPress versions.

ComicPress really is the Internet standard when it comes to online comic publishing and it simply put, is an indispensable tool to all you would-be comic creators out there. (Hell, even my personal House of C is powered by ComicPress!)

Currently sitting at release 2.8, you can download the latest ComicPress version here.

Related Link: http://comicpress.org/

Out with 2009 and in with 2010 My Life 05 JAN 2010

Well, I’m currently back at the grindstone, having started work on Monday again (and my first day was spent on tech support trying to bring all our systems back up seeing as we ran out of electricity on the same day at around 03:00 in the morning!), but looking back at it I really did have a pleasant break to end off the year and welcome in the new one, the first year where I now no longer can work out how old I am simply by looking at the year any more. In case you are lost, in 1990 I was 10, in 2000 I was 20, 2008 I was 28 and in 2009 I was 29. Damn you 2010 for screwing it up! (Though the more astute among you may point out that now instead of just dropping the two middle numbers I can now simply add the two number pairs up for the correct figure. You sneaky mathematicians you!)

Anyway, the point is that I had a fabulous time away from work where I did almost nothing I had planned to do during the holiday, got stuck into copious amounts of xbox playing (finished Mirror’s Edge, Stranglehold, Prince of Persia and are currently well into Tomb Raider: Underworld), visited with Ryan and Terrance for games at Ryan’s pad, enjoyed a family-orientated Christmas, became Godfather to Dean’s daughter, hosted Wayne and Candice for a visit on the last day of 2009, had a fantastic New Year’s Eve celebration complete with fireworks and pita bread at the guest house, swam in the sea, watched loads of animated DVDs and finished off the year with my first ever braai using my new braai that I received from Chantelle, with a visiting Karl, Trish, Damen and Michelle in attendance. Oh, and I walked and practiced Karate.

So really not bad when you look back over the last ten days! :)

And to top it all off, I’m feeling quite refreshed and am blazing away at work to boot! Not that I am sitting back socially just by the way. I’ve got a karate camp this coming weekend in Betty’s Bay to attend, not to mention Cats tomorrow night at the Artscape, I’ve got a weekend away at Warmwaterberg in Barrydale with the Montgomery clan the following weekend, then on the first weekend of February I have a possible weekend away with the folks at Pinnacle Point and the weekend following that Chantelle and I will be in Hermanus, to take part in Zandea’s Christening! Oh, and Ryan’s birthday falls somewhere in between!

So life is good at the moment, I must admit.

Before I forget though, I don’t think I’ve yet gotten around to chatting about New Year’s eve yet have I? Well as per usual Chantelle was on duty and as per usual the Guest House was throwing a big party to which I was invited – in fact, even the Montgomery clan joined in on the celebrations. A mixture of guests and friends, including Andy, Albert and their posse, the evening was filled with drink, music (a host of guitars, drums and even trained singers it would seem), greek delicacies (Chantelle put on a fabulous spread as always) and firecrackers – lots of firecrackers. In fact, about R1,000 worth of firecrackers were lit along a quiet stretch of Gordon’s Bay beach, most without incident – and that’s not counting the one that nearly struck the guy out on the rocks in front of us, the one that nearly burnt down the Milkwood trees or the one that exploded in the guys’ faces, causing Albert to perform a rather spectacular Matrix style back leap. Funnily enough though, the two rockets tied together actually worked just fine.

Go figure.

WordPress 2.9.1 Officially Released CodeUnit 05 JAN 2010

I see the guys at WordPress sneaked 2.9.1 live this morning, with this quickfire release attending to a number of annoying glitches and bugs brought in by the big 2.9 release that just happened a few weeks earlier.

As per usual, you can download it from the main wordpress.org site or simply upgrade your wordpress automatically by going to the Tools->Upgrade menu option in your blog’s admin area.