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August 2008 Archive (65 posts)

A Telkom Surprise | Got a nice surprise from the company that everybody loves to hate, Telkom, on Friday morning. The last thing you expect from your telephone provider is a phone call from them, but that is exactly what happened when around 09:30 I answered the phone expecting ... (My Life)
Ichigo 100% | Junpei Manaka, currently a student but more importantly an aspiring movie director who wants to put his all in creating the best movies that he possibly can. However, Junpei isn't exactly the most secure or decisive of boys and his relationship with girls is confusing to ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Hulk: The Movie | You won't like him when he's angry - Bruce Banner endures a life without a past, yet filled with dreams. Adopted as a child, he knows nothing about his parents and their story. Plagued by unexplained nightmares, Bruce continually struggles with tumultuous fits of anxiety, ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
A Hairy Story | Now I've always been a fan of keeping my hair short, going with a shaved noggin for most of my early twenties and now wearing my hair in an unkempt swathe for most of the time these days. However, I've always maintained a preference for women ... (General Nonsense)
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo | America and the Teen Titan's headquarters, Titan Tower, is under direct attack by a strange, multi-coloured and seeming invulnerable foe that the heroes have dubbed Saico-Tek. A gargantuan effort is needed to stop the bomb-wielding Saico-Tek for good, but as he escapes their capture, he ... (My Reviews)
Animated Bliss | Ah, I have a big smile at my face when I think that I might finally have Chantelle on the right path to true entertainment enlightenment. Now I've been a huge fan (read fanatic or crazy zealot if you must) of animated television shows and ... (My Life)
It's Kind of Looking Up Now | So between all my car troubles, hitting Chantelle in the forehead, an incessant back pain and learning that the restaurant we've been planning to go to on Friday night for a month now is actually closed at the moment, you've got to wonder just what ... (My Life)
Photoshop Tip: Increase Your Brush Size | Just a quick one today, but considering the amount of time measured in mouse movements it will save, I guess that's okay. To quickly change a selected brush size without opening the brush options, simply press the ']' key on the keyboard to advance the ... (Software & Sites)
How Not To Solve a Headache | I have now officially discovered how not to solve a headache. In olden times, headaches were believed to be caused by demons causing a ruckus inside one's cranium, this causing pressure which in turn meant that the only viable solution was to drill a whole ... (My Life)
This is So Not My Week | So after forking out my cash to get my car repaired on Monday, you'd think that fate would be finished with me already. Uh uh, you thought wrong.So yesterday as I returned from a long slog in the office, just as I entered the last ... (My Life)
Let's Go Bowling | Seeing as we just didn't get to go bowling over the weekend as we had originally planned, we turned Monday night into our impromptu bowling night and drove out to Somerset Mall to check out the Let's Go Bowling franchise out there, in the hopes ... (My Life)
Clutch Release | Okay, so I managed to locate a car service place to come and tow in and patch up the Jetta for me on Monday morning, a fairly difficult task considering I don't know any places situated out here in our area nor do I have ... (My Life)
Family Do | So after a stressful Saturday evening and all the worry about the car I woke up with, you would think I'd just slump in the couch and relax Sunday away, but no I had other plans for the day. First off was a kitchen rearrange ... (My Life)
Clutching at Straws | You would think that a day can't really get more disastrous than that atrocious loss the Springboks endured against those Aussies, their first win here on our home soil against us in absolute ages, but unfortunately Saturday was not quite done with me yet! As I ... (My Life)
Meeting About Nothing | So seeing as Chantelle was on work duty the whole weekend, I was tasked with entertaining myself for most of the time, meaning there was no hesitation in agreeing to attend an informal Nagua Bay owners (and tenants) meeting that was scheduled for 10:00 on ... (My Life)
Look Out! | Following my post during the week about our adventures in Mossel Bay last weekend, Chantelle couldn't help but wonder why I hadn't used the pictures I took of her scanning the seas with her dad's trusty set of binoculars as the main article picture (for ... (My Life)
Ankles Away! | You sometimes have to marvel at the depths of stupidity that the human race is prepared to sink to given the right motivation - and this has got to extend to the healthy ankle lover's worst nightmare - the annual Glamour magazine organised Stiletto Run, ... (General Nonsense)
BADminton | ...and seeing as Sumo Wrestling is not an Olympic sport, that doesn't leave the dedicated wrestlers with all that many alternative options in reaching that vaunted Olympian status.Truly this is BADminton. (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Early Bird Exercise | I did something remarkably unusual and out of the ordinary for me yesterday morning - I went for an EARLY morning gym visit. Way before the sun had risen, way before Chantelle had left for work, I was happily sitting astride an exercise bike watching ... (My Life)
How to Map a WebDAV Folder in Windows XP | Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV), is a set of extensions to HTTP which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers.It is one of the older ways of remotely managing files on a server and as such most modern operating ... (Software & Sites)
Oh Ham | Note to myself. If I ever buy some sandwich ham to make a nice sandwich for breakfast ever again, do not make said sandwich with said ingredient and then leave said ingredient lying on the counter (much like the last time we left Boerewors ... (My Life)
The Cake is Not a Lie | Realising that I in fact for a long time not flexing my baking muscles (if you can call my 'skills' muscles) or bought Chantelle something nice and unexpected for a while now, I decided to kill two birds with one stone the other day and ... (My Life)
CaStuck! | At least I now know that with the proper motivation, little Olympus can get out of almost any predicament all on his own. Like yesterday when I arrived home from gym and called the two of them inside to come and eat. As per usual ... (My Life)
Air Gear | Leader of the youth gang East Side Gunz and also known as the "Unbeatable Babyface", high school student Minami "Ikki" Itsuki is without a doubt a prime example of a school boy delinquent. Always looking for trouble, Ikki manages to bite off a little more ... (Anime | My Reviews)
What's a Medal Made of? | One of my favourite stories out of the Olympics at the moment is the *shock* *horror* revelation (actually this information has been publically known for some time now!) that the Olympic gold medals that the athletes are competing for are made up of nearly 93% ... (Sport & Health)
Soft Drive? | Nut bunnies. My home machine has been giving a few hassles as of late, being particularly sluggish and non-responsive, and not sure the cause of the problem, I decided to hit it with a rock by formatting the damn thing completely and installing windows afresh.I ... (My Life)
A Whale of a Time! | Yay, weekend away time at last! We haven't been on a weekend away in quite some time now, so we were understandably looking quite forward to this weekend where we would be joining Monty and Cheryl in their holiday flat out on the Point in ... (My Life)
Eeeek! | Eeeek! I know that they are harmless and pretty okay to have around, but still, I don't like it.So I'm sitting happily working and the kittens are all around me (thanks Mom, Pops and Ryan for looking after them while we were away!) because of ... (My Life)
No Melons Around? | You have always got to love these horrendously embarrassing stories when they make the news, and this one straight out of China last week is a perfect example of why men can't be trusted to stay single forever - they humiliate public property.Hong Kong, and ... (General Nonsense)
No Fishing? | *sniff* *sniff* Unfortunately we didn't have the greatest of greetings on our return home from a lovely weekend away in Mossel Bay last night - we came home to the dreaded tank of death on the kitchen counter :(Looks like the presumed outbreak of Ick ... (My Life)
xxxHOLiC (Volume 5) | Kimihiro Watanuki is the indentured servant of Yuko, the beautiful but completely unpredictable Space-Time Witch. He must work at her bizarre wish-granting shop until he can pay off his own wish: to be free of the spirits that haunt him. Yuko's latest customer is a ... (Manga | My Reviews)
A Not So Sticky Situation | Early morning on a bright sunny day, a little boy came into the kitchen to sit down for breakfast. Noticing that neither his Mommy nor Daddy was at the table, he asked his Granny where they were."Daddy and Mommy are still upstairs in their bedroom, ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Review: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks | The Mortal Kombat tournament is nearing its end and with Shang Tsung's imminent loss, the mysterious island fortress somewhere in the Lost Sea begins to shake and quiver as the very island on which it stands threatens to disappear beneath the waves. The combatants flee ... (Games | My Reviews)
Flee Fleas - Part 2 | So seeing that the Bob Martin flea treatment failed so miserably and just seemed to cause unnecessary trauma to our two children, we had to take it up a notch, particularly in light of the fact that the two kids will be staying with Mom ... (General Nonsense)
Not Cute Enough to Appear Before Millions? | So like almost everyone else around you (the estimate currently lies at 1 billion having seen it), you must have seen the absolutely brilliantly flamboyant and spectacular opening ceremony extravaganza that marked the start of the 29th Summer Olympic games.As was to be expected, China ... (General Nonsense)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman | There is a new bat in town and she's wreaking havoc amongst Gotham's criminal element - the only problem is that she isn't associated with the real Batman or even Bruce Wayne in any way whatsoever. Her methods increasingly violent and with scant regard for human ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
Don't Want to Get Old? Run! | So a recently released study by the Stanford University School of Medicine that was conducted over a period of two decades has yielded an interesting result: it would seem that running can slow the ageing process!Essentially the study tracked 538 people, all over 50 and ... (Sport & Health)
After Work Monday Blues? | You know, I don't really get the chance to suffer from those 'After Work Monday Blues', that feeling of exhaustion that washes over you when you get back home after a long slog in the office on a Monday and makes you wish that darkness ... (My Life)
The Hunters Take Flight | Two hunters got a pilot to fly them into the far north for some kudu hunting. The weather was good and they were rather successful in their venture, taking down six big buck. As arranged, the pilot returned to pick the two up and ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
All Visited... Well, Almost All | After a thoroughly relaxing, exciting and enjoyable day on Saturday, Sunday was a far more toned down affair with Chantelle back at work and me entertaining myself by playing with the cats, reassembling my bicycle, typing up blog posts and getting as much Rogue Galaxy ... (My Life)
Dancing Up Not Quite a Storm | Following directly on from our Saturday night of tenpin bowling and stuffing our faces at Starlite Diner, next stop was the infamous Danskraal 'langarm' dance venue, tucked away in Ellington's old premises down Northumberland Street in Bellville.The reasons for going there were pretty simple ... (My Life)
Bowling for Dinner | Following straight on from Chantelle's 'Big Day Off Work', next up on Saturday's agenda was a bowling and supper at Starlite Diner in Bellville night which she had hastily organised after learning that she was going to get Saturday off after all (a nice surprise ... (My Life)
Ocean Drive | Saturday finally saw Chantelle at home on her first day off from work in absolute ages and as such we were determined to make the most of this opportunity - hence the decision to jump into the car and do something we had yet to ... (My Life)
Ghost Hunt (Volume 5) | A very dangerous game: The students of Ryokuryou High School think they've been playing a fun new game called Orikiri. They have no idea that it's actually a wicked spell conjuring up evil spirits that intend to kill their sensei! Even more troubling is that ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Dumb and Dumber... | A mother and father took their six-year-old son to a nude beach. As the boy walked along the beach, he noticed that some of the ladies had boobs bigger than his mother's, and asked her why. She told her son, "The bigger they are the ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
ASP Solution with No Cache | Internet browser and proxy caching makes all ours lives easier. It makes surfing the web far quicker than what it would normally be and saves us a lot of bandwidth in the process. However, to dynamic script developers, caching can be a bit of a ... (Programming)
Ooh, Nice Haul | Ooh, the order I placed while trying to cheer myself up after the whole 'shit with my work situation hit the fan' finally arrived this week and boy am I happy - what a nice haul if I say so myself :) Included in my parcel ... (General Nonsense)
Negima!: Magister Negi Magi (Volume 6) | Kidnapped in Kansai! The chaotic class trip continues as Negi Springfield and his thirty-one beautiful female students explore the historic cities of Kyoto and Nara. Negi's special headache is Konoka, the headmaster's granddaughter, who turns out to have her own magical abilities! Although she's not ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Melted Chocolate Dreams | *sniff sniff* I've quite a heavy workload at the moment and it is busy getting to me just that little bit... So the other day on my lunch break I walked over to Pick 'n Pay to grab some lunch and a couple of other ... (General Nonsense)
A Fishy Shake Up | So in the effort to clean up our fish tank's performance and make it all sparkly again, we managed to kill off all three existing plants and frighten a whole lot of fish in the process, thanks to our violent digging around in the pebbles ... (My Life)
Compile Error in Hidden Module: DistMon | Whenever I fire up Excel 2007, I get greeted with an annoying error message that reads "Compile error in hidden module: DistMon" but doesn't actually seem to affect the application in any way once cleared.I did a quick search on Microsoft and came up ... (Software & Sites)
MyChannel24 Reviews | News24 has certainly been expanding its online presence in the last couple of years, proliferating to numerous branded websites and services as such, and their latest drive (as with everyone who is anyone on the web) is to try and incorporate as much user-generated ... (General Nonsense)
Footballing Politics | So last night saw me pack my bags and hit the road to Bellville, where I stopped to enjoy a delicious cottage pie supper courtesy of my mom before loading Ryan into the car, making a quick pit-stop at Spar to pick up snacks and ... (My Life)
Neotel On The Move | Ooh, I saw the newly released first advert from South Africa's second telecom, Neotel, on Monday night and boy was I impressed to say the least. A very clever advert which is very brilliantly executed and it only says one thing: Neotel has finally arrived. Hopefully now ... (Tech News)
In Anticipation... | Ooh, it's been a while (since March this year to be exact) but in a couple of hours' time I'll be making an unprecedented week night trip into Bellville where I'll join up with Ryan at mom's place, enjoy a home-cooked supper and then jet ... (My Life)
Dancing Queen | The last time I was at the fantastic Barnyard Theatre situated in Willowbridge Mall, Durbanville, was way back in July last year, so you can understand my excitement at the prospect of returning to that great venue this past Saturday evening. It's just too bad ... (My Life | My Reviews)
Absolutely Scrabbulous | So for the last week (and until this week Wednesday) Chantelle has been waking, working and sleeping at the guest house thanks to Whammy and Louise off on their hunting trip to the far reaches of South Africa, leaving manager C finally in complete control ... (My Life)
Hancock | There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's Hancock.John Hancock (Will Smith) is a well-known, people-shy, alcoholic hell raiser who just happens to be nigh invulnerable, super strong and oh, can also fly (even if his landings need a bit of work). The problem ... (My Reviews)
Where are Your Legs? | According to a new article in the latest Cosmopolitan magazine, they say that the position that you sleep in says a lot about you. Apparently women who sleep on their sides are sensitive, while women who sleep on their stomachs are competent. Women who sleep on their ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
ASP ISO Date Format Function | A big headache for developers, particularly when it comes to database-driven applications, is the differing date formats across country borders, a classic example of which is the USA date format of mm/dd/yyyy versus the European use of dd/mm/yyyy (where dd=day, mm=month and yyyy=year). This kind of ... (Programming)
xxxHOLiC (Volume 4) | It's Valentine's Day - and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki receives none. To make matters worse, he must also do the usual chores for Yuko, which includes making chocolate cake for her and Mokona, as well as the treats ... (Manga | My Reviews)
The Last Day at Home - NOT! | OMG! What a surprise turnaround. While I had fully committed myself to looking for new work and getting out of Commerce I.T. as soon as possible now that my 'privilege' of working at home had been revoked, I was needlessly to say rather shocked to ... (My Life)
A Polo From Behind | And seeing as I'm on the topic of car accidents, shame Claire had a nasty experience all of her own during this week as well.As I understand it, she was in morning traffic down Strand Street, stopped at the traffic lights, when all of a ... (General Nonsense)
Concrete Kiss | I had quite a scary experience on the road on Monday morning as I was heading into Cape Town for a day at the office. It happened around 05:50 on the N2, just after the R300 on-ramp as I was driving along in the fast ... (General Nonsense)
Flee Fleas! | Shame, I don't think little Coco and Olympus have hated Chantelle and me as much as they did yesterday after we separated the two and then held each one down in turn and applied some obviously foul reacting flea control solution to the back of ... (My Life)
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