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January 2009 Archive (48 posts)

PHP: Remote File Include by URL Denied | If you ever get an php error message stating URL file-access is disabled in the server configuration, chances are that you are trying to include a remote file by URL call somewhere in your PHP script. Older PHP versions used the Fopen wrapper allow_url_fopen = ... (CodeUnit)
The Candidate for Goddess (Volume 1) | G.O.A. Wants YOU! One thousand years ago, four planetary systems were utterly destroyed by an alien force. Since then, humans have moved into space colonies and developed humanoid weapons known as Goddesses to defend their last remaining home planet. Five young boys are caught up ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Cattle Barons | I didn't know that Cattle Baron has two franchises! The standard Cattle Baron Steak Ranches and then the more upmarket Cattle Baron Grill House, which incidentally was where we found ourselves at on Tuesday evening in celebration of Ryan's 26th birthday.The one that he had ... (My Life)
Transporter 3 | He delivers. I caught Transporter 3 a little while ago, the third entry in the highly entertaining Transporter franchise that in general sees Jason Statham kick some serious butt. I am happy to report that in this latest release, he continues to do just that - ... (My Reviews)
Twatter Me Twit | Oh yes, forgot to mention, but for the last while you would have been able to follow me on Twitter, one of the most popular microblogging resources on the web at the moment. Actually, I didn't quite realise just how big a Twitter South African ... (General Nonsense)
It's a Hit! | Wow, a good sporting weekend this past one has been! Started off with the brilliant Cape Cobras versus the Chevrolet Warriors Pro20 game and then ended off with the Stormers vs. Saracens rugby clash at Newlands!Friday night's Pro20 game was the season opener for the ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Passport Please | Just in case you were wondering, wedding preparations are still proceeding like a unstoppable steam engine. Lots of things have been organised and booked since I last posted an update, and sometime soon I will once again indulge you in all the boring details I'm ... (My Life)
The Appeal of Hairy Arms | Not sexy: the fact that one of my garden chairs has been stolen from behind my sliding door. Sexy: hairy arms. Or at least that is what Chantelle keeps telling me. However, as sceptical about that fact as I might be, it has now been ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Robin (Witch Hunter Robin) | This week it is a character from one of my all time favourite anime series, Witch Hunter Robin, with our unknown cosplay lady mimicking none other than the titular character herself!Yes, the costume might not be the most complex of costumes ever (any Goth should ... (Cosplay)
Monkey Block Work | Monkey's block system is based on four main blocks. These are the upper hingi, lower hingi, lao shin, dai shin. Monkey's hands are always kept in a relaxed position, only assuming harder positions when performing a direct action, such as punching or finger-striking. However, the ... (Martial Arts)
Right-clicking on .EXE Files cause Microsoft Vista's Windows Explorer to Crash | If you've ever come across the problem of your Windows Explorer process falling over every time you right click on an executable (.exe) file in Vista or XP, chances are pretty high that you recently installed some game or application that comes bundled with Sony's ... (CodeUnit)
Javascript: Why DOCTYPE affects document.body.clientHeight | If you ever make use of the document.body.clientHeight attribute in either your vanilla Javascript or jQuery code, you would have noticed by now that sometimes it returns a 'correct' value and other times not.Often the reason for this discrepancy can be traced to your use ... (Programming)
Shoot 'em Up | Ah, kind of half watched (I was ironing, okay) a movie I've been wanting to see for a while now the other night, that being Shoot 'em Up, a movie directed and written by a chap named Michael Davis (who is not exactly a prolific ... (My Reviews)
The Mystery of the Male Blue Dolphin Tattoo | Seeing as I'm now working out every morning before and after work, naturally I'm spending a far greater amount of time in the men's change room than what I have ever done before.Which leads me directly to the next observation which completely boggles my mind: ... (General Nonsense)
Top Gear's The Stig Unmasked | Oh noes, could it really be? Has the infamous White Stig of Top Gear notoriety finally been unmasked? Well, apparently so.According to Britain's The Telegraph, The Stig accidentally managed to out himself when he asked a Bristol gallery to create a limited-edition print of him ... (General Nonsense)
Couchlications | Crapnuts. It had to happen sooner or later, but nuts, why did it have to happen now, in a period where we just seem to be haemorrhaging money left, right and center at the moment? Two off-site weddings to attend, our own wedding preparations to ... (My Life)
Picnic Paradise | Seeing as Friday and Saturday had been pretty much utilised to their fullest, Sunday it was decreed to be our day off, and more importantly, a day in which we spent some much needed alone time together.So a plan was concocted, shopping was done, a ... (My Life)
Saturday Symphony of Shopping | So after a brilliant fish braai with Robert, Monty and Cheryl on Friday night (Rob absolutely HAD to prepare the fish that he caught over the holiday), Saturday morning was an early up and go for Chantelle and I, with she and her mom off ... (My Life)
World, Meet Achilles | World, meet Achilles, the latest addition to our little family here at 45 Nagua Bay. Friday night got off to an interesting start to say the least. Finally a weekend off for my baby, and naturally, a signal for it to instantly become a jam-packed ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Eureka (Eureka 7) | This week we have a rather waif-like, seemingly rather young cosplayer gracing us with the presence of Eureka from the fairly popular Eureka 7 anime series, a show which tells the story of the young, rambunctious Renton Thurston and the outlaw group Gekkostate, his relationship ... (Cosplay)
Center-Line Combat Philosophy Center-Line Combat Philosophy | Center-line fighting is a technique whereby a fighter attempts to control the movements of another fighter in order to gain the upper hand. The premise of this philosophy is the division of the body into 5 main center-lines. Your main lines are the lines running vertically ... (Martial Arts)
Watchmen Back on Track! | Yippee, news just in is that Fox and Warner Bros. have come to a settlement, thereby green-lighting the delayed release of Watchmen, probably one of the most anticipated geek movies of the year. It is going to be SO frikken' awesome! :) And in case you ... (Moving Pictures Notes)
Debunking the Moon Landing Conspiracy! | Had a rough week on the work front so far, lots of work to do, lots of legacy shit to try and code through and lots of tight deadlines wrapping themselves around me like a Burmese python and squeezing hard - and not in a ... (General Nonsense)
MySQL Root Password Change and phpMyAdmin | By default, most MySQL installations' root user account starts with a blank password, a password set to nothing. Now when installing MySQL as part of a package like WAMPSever or XAMPP for example, other supporting services that are also being installed are automatically set up ... (CodeUnit)
Birds not of a Feather | So there was this guy sunbathing in the nude at Sandy Bay. A little girl walked up to him and so he quickly covered his private parts with a newspaper."What's under there?", the curious little girl asked?Quick on his feet, the man answers, "A bird".Satisfied, ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
First Impressions: Hercules: The Thracian Wars | When Barry Levine, a well known face in the music industry, announced that he was creating a new comic book publishing company called Radical Comics, everyone must have thought that he was stark raving mad. However, when you take a look at the quality material ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
Of Work and Play | Whew, I'm deadbeat at the moment. Too many late nights, too many early mornings. Well, I'm now well into the new year of work here at Touchwork and so far so good - I haven't been fired. :)There's a lot of problems surrounding legacy applications ... (My Life)
Declaring Optional Input Variables in PHP Functions | Just a simple one this time around to give you the syntax for adding optional input variables to your PHP functions. This is pretty useful if you are going back and making changes to legacy functions by introducing new functionality to them but at the ... (CodeUnit)
Wedding War Council: Session 1 | Friday evening turned out quite the pleasant affair, with the senior Montgomery and Lotter clan members being invited out to our humble abode to partake in some supper and then some informative matters regarding the current status of our wedding plan arrangements.Now originally the plan ... (My Life)
Mr Price Poephol Sizes | Just who the heck are Mr Price clothing stores catering for? I don't get it. I'm a large bloke nowadays, and I like large rugby shorts to train in because it gives me more freedom of movement for jogging, kicking and the like. Makes sense ... (General Nonsense)
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 | Following directly on from the previous season, Code Geass R2 plunges us straight into a new world where not everything is quite as it seems. Japan remains under Britannian rule, still stripped of its name and status, still simply referred to as Area 11 and ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Cosplay Sundae: KOS-MOS (Xenosaga) | This week's Cosplay Sundae dishes up a cosplayer who takes her play pretty seriously - going so far as to even reproduce her in-game mode of transport! After all, walking is for sissies isn't it!? ;)The character just by the way is KOS-MOS, one of ... (Cosplay)
Kung Fu Class Positions and Rankings | In Western society, people place a lot of emphasis on goals and achievements. This is a foreign concept to many Eastern societies, something often reflected in their martial arts. When many of these arts were introduced into the Western world, various levels of grading had ... (Martial Arts)
First Impressions: Red Dead Revolver | It may not be the prettiest of games around, but Rockstar's 2004 Western-themed third person shooter is pretty damn stylish fun as I've just found out for myself. The initial story that gets laid out before you as you begin the game revolves around young Red, ... (Games | My Reviews)
Wedding Snapshot | What can I say, we're an organised bunch. And since we're the kind of people who booked their wedding venue even before they were engaged, it stands to reason that we have now also booked our photographer and videographer for the event.Admittedly, I'm rather shocked ... (My Life)
Dishing out the Dirt | Well, Chantelle is now officially purring like a well stroked pussycat. At last, I have finally given in to her constant 'nagging' about the fact that for the last couple of months we've only had access to SABC 2 at home, thereby depriving her of ... (My Life)
Weight Off My Shoulders | How embarrassing, the shame,oh the shame... So seeing as I am now officially back at the gym, both in the mornings before work and then again in the evenings on the way home, I am slowly but surely getting quite into the swing of things, ... (My Life | Sport & Health)
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves | For the good of all men, and the love of one woman, he fought to uphold justice by breaking the law.Ah, I'd forgotten just how much I love this movie. I'd gotten a nifty little gift voucher for Musica for Christmas and while my first ... (My Reviews)
Crimson at Fogeys | So in our ever snowballing, wedding arrangement hunt, Friday evening saw Chantelle and myself prep Mr. TomTom and head out towards Muizenberg, Fogeys Railway House Restaurant to be more precise. And while our Internet-gleaned address for the restaurant proved incorrect, the infallible POI listing on ... (General Nonsense | My Life | My Reviews)
Intrepid Ibex Hanging Shutdown Fix | I've finally gotten around to poking about and fixing the hanging shutdown and missing sounds error on my Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex installation and thought it best to share the solution with the rest of you.First off, identify that you are experiencing the same problem ... (CodeUnit)
Hit the Spot! | Saturday evening and for the first time in absolute ages, Karl-Heinz, Terrance, Ryan and myself got together for an unadulterated evening of PS2 FIFA football action at Karl's newly renovated flat.For the first time in history, we could actually comfortably sit on TWO sofas ... (My Life)
CorelDraw X3 Freezing on Color Select | If you are using CorelDraw X3 and find that every time you click on the color palette to change the selected color the applications just hangs or crashes completely, chances are pretty good that you are suffering from a corrupted color palette. The simplest way to ... (CodeUnit)
Com-rom? | Hmm, just watched Jim Carrey's latest movie Yes Man, thoroughly enjoyed it, and realised that I had been completely unfair to Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst's latest outing, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People in my earlier 'quick review' post.As much as I enjoyed ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: May (Guilty Gear) | Cosplay Sundae time again, and this time we journey to the land of fighting games with this lovely young lass dressed up as May (complete with giant ship's anchor) from the Guilty Gear fighting game series.May's biography reads as such: A young, cute, and spunky ... (Cosplay)
Tennis Stars We Ain't | So following up on all the visits by Wayne, Candice, Karl-Heinz and Patricia, next up on the list was Terrance and Ryan who showed up at my door yesterday morning, fully equipped and ready for some court action.The morning actually sped by pretty quickly, with ... (My Life)
The Same Procedure as Always | Having just seen the classic 'Dinner for One' TV snippet (thanks to the DVD we bought Monty for Christmas), I can't help but wonder if for the next couple of foreseeable years our New Year's celebrations won't be run in exactly the same fashion as ... (My Life)
Entrapping Passersby | You know, I was saying to Chantelle that there is at least one other good thing of living way out here in Gordon's Bay: the fact that we can kind of pull all our friends (that we see far too little these days) off the ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Happy New Year! | Happy New Year South Africa!! Let's hope 2009 is the year in which we can solve a lot of our beautiful country's problems and achieve just that much more as a nation. God bless and good luck!And if your resolution was to use the Internet ... (General Nonsense)
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