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December 2008 Archive (46 posts)

Will that be all, Sir Terry Pratchett? | ...and it is about time too! Congratulations to Sir Terry Pratchett who has finally been given the royal nod and been awarded a knighthood - not a bad way to start the new year eh?Terry Pratchett, for those of you who don't recognise the name ... (General Nonsense)
Timeless Beauty of a Holiday | Oopsie, Chantelle and I nearly made right poephols of ourselves on Monday night. Chantelle arrived home pretty late from a hard, physical day's worth of labour and we decided to treat ourselves to some Panarottis for a late night supper.Now Chantelle and I haven't been ... (My Life)
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People | So after a delightful afternoon lunch with Monty and the rest of the Montgomery clan on Sunday, Chantelle and I finished off the day by catching Simon Pegg's latest American movie attempt, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. Now the movie is touted as a ... (My Reviews)
TomTom Where are You? | The awesomeness, the awesomeness, the awesomeness. Oh where do I begin I ask you? So for those of you who don't know, this year for Christmas, under the leadership of Chantelle, the combined Lotter and Montgomery clans all pooled together and bought for me my ... (CodeUnit)
Cosplay Sundae: Renji Abarai (Bleach) | Okay I'll admit it, but this time around I'm not 100% sure that this really is a real person in cosplay. Could be a CG image, could be real - what do you guys think? (I'm leaning towards fake just by the way.)In any event, ... (Cosplay)
Of Family and Friends | Well, here's to hoping that you all had a fabulous Christmas celebration period... because I know that I most certainly did! :)This year's festive feast's setting was none other than pop's house and so after Chantelle finally finished up serving Christmas breakfast to her guests ... (My Life)
Merry Christmas 2008! | Merry Christmas 2008 to you all! Here's wishing each and everyone a most joyous of family celebrations - have a good one! (Drinks not on me though). So day 1 of my leave yesterday was spent with an inordinate amount of time in front of the ... (My Life)
Leave Me Alone! | Hee, hee, today is officially my first day of leave from Touchwork - an unexpected but most certainly appreciated leave I tell you! Rory has closed us down until January the 5th so until then I'm going to be reading manga, watching anime, playing games, ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Witsand Weekend | Ah, away at last. Last weekend our long planned trip through to Witsand finally came to fruition and late Friday afternoon Terrance, Chantelle and myself were packed into the car and on our way to Witsand to join up with Dean and Zania who had ... (My Life)
Block the Sun Stupid | You think you'd be smarter as you get older, have a little more common sense, wouldn't you? Well following my already slightly ridiculous sunburn post here, I am today ashamedly announcing that it gets even worse. Somehow, over the course of our little weekend away ... (General Nonsense | My Life | Sport & Health)
New Judge Dredd Movie Finally Green Lit! | At last! News just in is that Rebellion and 2000AD have finally announced that a new Judge Dredd movie will at last be in the making. DNA Films, the guys behind Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later have been pressed in as the production company behind ... (Moving Pictures Notes)
Cosplay Sundae: Lei Fang (Dead or Alive) | This week's Cosplay Sundae entry is an unknown, but pretty courageous cosplayer who braves the skimpy costume of Lei Fang, the most recognised pigtailed face of the Dead or Alive franchise.Lei Fang is described as a spunky, intelligent and cheerful 19-year-old student, skilled in Tai ... (Cosplay)
Why do Firefox fonts in Ubuntu look so bad? | Firefox generally looks pretty okay when installing and running it on Windows for the first time. Running it on Ubuntu for the first time however has quite the opposite effect.So why does Firefox's font look so crappy in Ubuntu? Well the first problem lies with ... (CodeUnit)
Internal Versus External Power | In Kung Fu there is a definite distinction between Internal and External forms/power. External (In Mandarin: Wai) refers to the use of muscular force or mechanical energy in the physical body. Thus movements are hard, being pushed by the muscles behind that movement. Hard punches ... (Martial Arts | Sport & Health)
Photo Gallery: Witsand Weekend Away (2008-12-19) | We enjoyed a fantastic weekend away at Witsand with Dean, Zania and Terrance, just completely unwinding and recovering from what had been a pretty busy year. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa | Well they're back. Following 2005's first adventure which was pretty average but fairly entertaining all in the same breath, the unique visual style of Madagascar returns, this time in the guise of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Brought to us by the same team of directors of ... (My Reviews)
Sweat it out Baby! | What a disaster I tell you! So my current routine is to wake up just before 06:00, jump into my gym clothes, have a nice quick workout, get showered and changed at the gym, and then hit the road for work. Except yesterday the plan ... (My Life | Sport & Health)
Win a Wedding with Kurt | Man, Chantelle has been bugging me for ages to write her an entry for the You/Huisgenoot competition that would see the eventual winning entry walk off with an organised wedding featuring none other than Kurt Darren performing at the ceremony. Needless to say, winning this ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
A Brighter Shade of Pink | Ouch. Ow. Ow. Ouchie. Hmm, got my first bit of summer sun yesterday and needless to say our fierce encounter left me rather worse off than that smug yellow bastard. My neck, shoulders, arms, back and the top of my protruding tummy are now all ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Inside Trading | Alright, so I'm one of those pesky 'collectors' that always seems to collect everything under the sun and never seems to throw things out. I'm not a hoarder mind you, but I do like collecting things - and getting me to part with these collections ... (Games | General Nonsense)
First Impressions: Caliber: The Canon of Justice | Radical Comics is a new kid on the block, headed up by Barry Levine, whose name you might recall from the music industry, and brings to the table a heavy focus on high quality production values and gorgeous fully-painted interior artwork, similar to what ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
Weekend in Review (12-14 Dec) | Not a bad weekend at all then. Friday started out with a pretty good gym session, work, home and then Dean and Zania over for pizza and a movie, the movie being the hilariously funny What Happens in Vegas. The pizza was good (Debonairs Club, ... (My Life)
Wash Equals Rain | Okay, okay, I'll admit to it. It was me. Yes, it was indeed I that caused this morning's rain here in Gordon's Bay. For that I sincerely apologise.I knew I shouldn't have, really I did. But something kept gnawing at the back of my brain, ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Justice League Unlimited: Grand Finale | OMG! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching through the entire Justice League Unlimited series, but man oh man, writer Dwayne McDuffie had to go and wait right until the final episode, the final couple of minutes to serve up the greatest, coolest, most awesomeness of ... (Animation)
Cosplay Sundae: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade | Group cosplay always looks like a ton of fun. You get to dress up in a spiffy costume but can rest assured that if the costume doesn't look all that great, at least they're not only laughing at you. This week's Cosplay Sundae entry features ... (Cosplay)
The Five Personalities of the Monkey | Through careful study, Kou Sze was able to break down all of the monkeys' reactions and categorize them into five different personality types. Thereby he founded five different monkey forms: the tall monkey, the lost monkey, the drunken monkey, the wooden monkey and the stone ... (Martial Arts)
Direct Download for Lunascape 5's WebKit Engine | Thanks goes out to Hasan who has kindly informed me that following the direct link I provided to Lunascape's Gecko rendering engine, the link for their version of the WebKit rendering engine is as (Software & Sites)
First Impressions: Wolverine and the X-Men | Fanboys of the world, unite! Man, I've been watching the first couple of episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men, one of Marvel Entertainment's latest forays into the animated series world and damn they've got it right.Officially this is the fourth animated instalment based on the ... (My Reviews)
Christmas Shopping...Check! | Hmm, a random entry just because I can. The week so far has been punctuated by those huge fires raging on the mountain behind Gordon's Bay which have so far badly damaged seven houses and completely gutted two more. A lot of houses and guesthouses ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Direct Anime Downloads: | If you are looking for a great source for HTTP anime direct downloads, look no further than, confusingly found at - probably because someone at some point stole their domain right out from under them! Remember kiddies, protect your domain names with your ... (Anime | General Nonsense)
Engagement Ring Shopping | Way back on Saturday, November the 15th 2008, Operation Secret Ring Shop was launched, whereby I concocted an intricate cover story to hide my tracks (from Chantelle naturally) and summon Claire to my side as we hit Canal Walk for the intense mission that would ... (My Life)
Paintball Forest | You know, you would think that going to a bachelor's paintball session would involve you playing against at least one or two people looking like this: (with or without a rabbit's tail stuck behind them mind you)Sadly I have now verified that this is NEVER ... (My Life | Sport & Health)
TweakUAC for Windows Vista | Seeing as my work machine is now a Windows Vista box, I too get constantly harassed by Windows' nifty, but ever so annoying User Account Control (UAC) pop ups and warnings. Of course, I could just turn the damn thing off, but to be honest, ... (CodeUnit)
Good Morning Gym | Ah ha, tried a new strategy this morning: I went to gym BEFORE leaving for work! Shocking I know, but I've got to try everything I possibly can to try and get me on those treadmills more often. As I expected, gym was pretty packed ... (My Life | Sport & Health)
...and then She said Yes | She's been waiting for so long and now I've finally decided that the time was right. The plans were carefully laid out weeks in advance, my setup was perfect and even the weather played along. In short, everything was just perfect. The universe was simply ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Misa Amane (Death Note) | Cosplay Sundae time, and this time around it is Misa Amane from the uber popular Death Note anime series. If you missed out on the Death Note phenomenon, start kicking yourself now.The cosplayer this time around is Kipi, a well known Internet cosplayer who has ... (Cosplay)
Cyber City Oedo 808 | I recently revisited one of those seminal anime titles that first introduced me to the world of anime way back when... and boy am I glad that I made the effort. Cyber City Oedo 808 is considered one of the original cyberpunk genre releases and ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Date is Set. Meerendal it is | Okay, I admit it. We are going about this in rather a strange fashion. So Chantelle and I know that we are getting married next year and we know that it will be towards the end of the year as well. This is completely regardless ... (My Life)
Direct Download for Lunascape 5's Gecko Engine | Typical. Just after I release a blog post exclaiming how cool this newly released triple engine browser could be, down goes part of their installer package, more importantly, the installer download scripts for the Gecko and WebKit rendering engines respectively. Of course, this leaves Lunascape ... (Software & Sites)
Reading Lips | Lol, had to laugh when during this week I heard from Merkaba how Dean had phoned him one evening and in a mournful voice spilled the beans how he had indeed given in and ordered Lips (the Xbox 360's version of SingStar) off the web ... (My Life)
Zeitgeist, The Movie | Zeitgeist, The Movie is a 2007 documentary film exposé written and directed by Peter Joseph. A conspiracy movie in essence, the film is split into three focal points, namely the Jesus Myth, the 9/11 Attacks and the US Federal Reserve Bank system. In terms of content, ... (My Reviews)
TouchWork: Day 1 | Monday morning and I woke up feeling as fresh and bright as a daisy, got dressed, jumped into the car and hit the long road to Westlake, Tokai, eager to get cracking at my first day on the job as a TouchWork employee. Cautious as ever, ... (My Life)
Still to Come: TouchWork Day 1 | Yes, yes, I'm getting there, I'm getting there. Just got to make some time and then I'll pop the blog post up quick quick, promise 'kay?Seeing as I now officially know that I need to please at least my 9 regular readers... (General Nonsense)
Lunascape5 Genesis (Alpha Release) | Ooh, now here's an interesting web browser to play with for all you power users out there. Lunascape5 Genesis (Alpha Release) has just been released and it is the brainchild of Japanese software wunderkind Hidekazu Kondo and his team at Lunascape.Inc. The browser is hailed ... (CodeUnit)
Friday Farewell, Saturday Shopping and Sunday SingStar! | It's been a pretty good weekend if I say so myself. Friday was my last day in the office, and as such I had ensured that I had no work to do on the day, which is just as well as it gave me time ... (My Life)
And So It Comes to an End | Friday 28 November 2008. My final day at Commerce I.T., the department I've called my working home since 2001. It all started when I was in third year varsity, looking for an extra source of income and spotted an advert calling for IS students to ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
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