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December 2010 Archive (51 posts)

Photo Gallery: Mom and Dad Meet Jessica (2010-12-31) | Granny and Grandpa Lotter visiting with little Jessie Lotter at home for the very first time! (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Spritely: Character and Background Animation without Flash! | So you are the type of person that likes those cheesy moving, animated characters and backgrounds that appear on numerous websites around the Internet. In fact, you love just about anything that moves and hence are absolutely in love with creating Flash animations. But what if ... (CodeUnit)
Cat in a Cupboard | Seriously, these cats never cease to amuse me. This time it is Achilles who once again makes a grab at the spotlight, cranking up the cuteness by picking an aerial sleeping spot in my man room cupboard. Comfy! Seriously. How can you not love this little guy! ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica is Finally Home! (2010-12-30) | Finally, finally, finally - Jessica has been released from hospital and is coming home to us for the very first time! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Our Link to the Funakoshi Style | Most of you will know that the Funakoshi karate discipline or style was created by a South African in the late 1960's, a man by the name of Edwin Ward. Soke Dai Hanshi (Founder and head of the style) Ward left our shores in the ... (Martial Arts)
Google Calendar: SMS Reminder Notifications | Google Calendars is an extremely useful, versatile and powerful calendar application which is available almost anywhere where you can find some sort of data connection - and most importantly of all, it is completely FREE to use. One of the nifty features of this calendar ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Jessica's Final Day in NICU (2010-12-29) | Well, she couldn't stay there forever - finally, finally, after a month and a half, Jessica was released from the NICU and allowed to come home! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Homecoming Princess | I guess I have been pretty quiet on the Jessica front in terms of the blog lately, but that is mainly because nothing big has been happening and everything has been pretty much status quo, smooth sailing if you know what I mean. My beautiful daughter ... (Jessica | My Life)
jQuery: Iterate Through an Element's Classes | More often than not, your HTML elements will have more than one class assigned to them. Now while it is easy to check if an element belongs to a certain class with jQuery's built in hasClass function, you'll be pleased to know it is just ... (Programming)
Photo Gallery: The Nursery Pre-Jessica (2010-12-28) | Chantelle and I hard at working getting the Nursery ready for Jessica's arrival from the hospital. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Christmas 2010 | Can't say that the Christmas period has been all that fantastic this year, considering the fact that I'm working straight through and the number of associated public holidays are nothing more than scraps here and there, never mind the fact that Chantelle is spending each ... (My Life)
End Carriage | Judging by the photographic evidence below, Achilles must keep quite a nice and clean butt. Or at least it must be pretty soft and cushy, become by the looks of it, Olympus can't get enough of resting his tired head over there! One question remains though. ... (My Life)
Cosplay Sundae: Mel (Suikoden III) | Remember 2002's big Konami RPG hit Suikoden III? If you do, you might just remember Iksay Village's Mel, the girl with the talking wolf-like puppet Branky. If you don't, then maybe this week's Kipi cosplay will nudge you in the right direction... Back in 2002 Konami ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Christmas Lunch (2010-12-25) | Mom and Dad hosted us, the rest of the Lotter Clan and even the Montgomery Clan, as we enjoyed a lazy Christmas lunch on a beautiful Summer's day, complete with lengthy swim in the inviting pool! (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Ubuntu Terminal: How to Switch to a Different User Account | Working in the terminal is sometimes like scratching around in the dark as a blind man. You think you have achieved something but you can't see whether or not you actually did. So it is pretty useful sometimes to be able to quickly switch users ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Christmas Eve (2010-12-24) | Christmas Eve 2010 was spend in the company of the Lotter Clan, enjoying a quiet supper and present-filled evening at Claire and Riley's Newlands pad. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Ubuntu Terminal: How to Back up Your Crontab File | To generate a back up of a crontab file is actually pretty simple, making use of the built in -l switch that comes with the command: sudo crontab -l > ~/path/to/your/backup/file See what we did there? The -l switch spits out the crontab file's contents and we ... (CodeUnit)
5 RONIN Covers Revealed | A comic book cover can quite often make or break a sale, simply by controlling the eye of the potential buyer as he scans the shelf of more likely in this day and age, scans the web page shop category. And thus there is no way ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Ubuntu Terminal: "cp: omitting directory" Copy Error | When attempting to copy a non-empty directory in Ubuntu using the cp command, you will be presented with the following error message: cp: omitting directory mydirectory To force the copy cp command to handle the non-empty directory correctly, you need to force the recursive switch using ... (CodeUnit)
Ubuntu Terminal: Assign or Add a User to a Group | To assign or add an existing user to an existing group under the Ubuntu terminal is actually quite easy if you know the command and syntax: sudo usermod -G group -a user See? Told you so! :P (CodeUnit)
Claw-bearing Whirlwind of Death | Being a claw-bearing whirlwind of death is tiring work you know. When I'm not out hunting any living thing that moves, or ripping out chunks of my brother Olympus' flesh, or bringing in my freshy bloody bird kills to annoy my humans, I enjoy stretching ... (My Life)
Fierce Winds | Strong, strong winds buffeted Gordon's Bay for most of last week, wreaking a fair bit of damage in the process. From great big canvas signs completely blown away to big metal road signs folded over in half, nothing was left untouched. If you had just ... (My Life)
Jessica versus the Aqueous Cream | Having enjoyed her bath (well possibly enjoyed it), next up is Jessica versus the Aqueous cream as Chantelle does her best to smear it all over that tiny little body! (Jessica)
Ubuntu and My Canon LiDE 100 Scanner | At last, I've finally gotten my Canon LiDE 100 Scanner to operate under Ubuntu thanks to the excellent work from the outstanding SANE and some dedicated forum answer masters. One of the reasons for my little scanner not getting as much action over the course of ... (Personal Musings)
Ubuntu and the Canon LiDE 100 Scanner Fix | Earlier this year I treated myself and purchased a Canon LiDE 100 USB Scanner (which ashamedly hasn't seen all that much use for the rest of the year). As much as I like the little low cost fighter, one of my biggest gripes was that ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica Getting Soaped Up | Bath time is a rather soapy affair for little Jessica and mommy Chantelle - while Daddy stays firmly stuck in the wings, trying to get as much info into his thick skull so that he can handle the job next time around! (Jessica)
Ubuntu: How to Reload Apache Configuration without Restarting the Service | Sometimes you make subtle changes to the configuration files of Apache, affecting certain aspects of the server's performance but not others. To get these changes to the configuration files live, the standard route is to save your changes and restart the Apache service. Interestingly enough though, ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica Getting Her Hair Washed | Captured another video moment for the fans out there, this time of the oh so professional Mommy showing me how one washes a red head baby girl's hair. Needless to say, I didn't pick up on all that much considering I was far to busy ... (Jessica)
Ubuntu Server: Steps to Create a New SVN Repository and Add Users for it | To add SVN repositories and give existing user accounts access to it is not entirely a one step process in Ubuntu. So this is how you do it... First, browse to the folder in which you want to generate your SVN repository and create the respository ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Funakoshi Year-end Beach Training Session | Man, I'm really sad to have missed this, thanks to me not being able to be back in GB in time for the event after work. Last Friday saw the official final training session of 2010 for the junior karateka at the Gordon's Bay Funakoshi dojo, ... (Martial Arts)
Jessica being Niggly | It is about time we shared our little one with you, so here is the very first video footage ever taken of our little dribble monster. It is aptly entitled "Jessica being Niggly in the NICU". Enjoy! (And you will. Because she's so cute. Not because ... (Jessica)
Photo Gallery: Wind Damage (2010-12-16) | Man, I really, really hate the wind that blows here in Gordon's Bay during the Summer. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Ubuntu: How to Renew Apache's default SSL Certificate | A lot of the time, in order to quickly enable SSL for Apache in Ubuntu, servers make use of a self-signed certificates. These are pretty useful, though they do have a tendency to expire on you when you least expect it. To renew this 'snake oil' ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica and the Nipple | Can you believe that little Jessica has been with us for a whole month now already? Although still "incarcerated" at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the fabulous Kuils River NetCare hospital, our little dribble monster is doing exceedingly well, outside of the danger zone, ... (Jessica | My Life)
Touchwork's Year-end: Kalk Bay to Simon's Town | When I started here at Touchwork two years ago, I joined up just in time to make the big Spintelligent (of which Touchwork was then still a part) year-end function which involved the hiring of a bus, taking it all the way through to Darling, ... (My Life)
Jessica's Footprints | We received a nice little surprise the other day. As Chantelle strolled into the NICU for her daily visit, one of the nurses presented to her... a little page with Jessica's inked footprints on it! Okay, you can squeal in glee now. Aren't they too cute? ... (Jessica)
Spud on a Date | Things are a little tough with Chantelle and myself living apart at the moment, so last Friday was pretty cool in that we set aside a little alone time and after visiting with Jessica in the hospital, I whisked my wife away and off we ... (My Life)
Fiddler Web Debugging Proxy | If you are a serious web developer (and you happen to be working off a Windows platform), then chances are good that you currently have the excellent Fiddler web debugging proxy installed on your machine. If you don't, then perhaps you should consider rectifying this situation. What ... (CodeUnit)
...and I'm Back | Whew, okay, I'm back to wreak more havoc with the written word, having taken a bit of a break from blogging thanks to a) the really enjoyable X-Men Origins: Wolverine xbox game, b) the really enjoyable Marvel Anime: Iron Man, c) the really enjoyable Wolverine ... (General Nonsense)
Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Weeks 5 and 6 (2010-12-13) | Week 5 and 6 for little premmie Jessica Lotter in the NICU at the Kuilsriver Medi-clinic hospital. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Eyeshield 21 (Volume 6) | Devil Bats Take Flight: Wimpy Sena Kobayakawa has been running away from bullies all his life. But when the football gear comes on, things change - Sena's speed and uncanny ability to elude big bullies just might give him what it takes to become a ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Jessica's Journey Home - Week 3 | The third week of Jessica's fight back has now come and gone, and our little Martian dribble monster came through with flying colours! Taking in exclusively Mommy's Steri and Stumpie breast milk at last, little Jessica has already been taken off the drip and is now ... (Jessica | My Life)
Happy 30th Birthday Chantelle! | So it is Chantelle's 30th birthday today, not the best day of the week to celebrate one's birthday I know, but hey, what can one do about it after all? Originally, the plan was to go big - hire a spit braai king, fire up the ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica in NICU Week 4 (2010-12-06) | Jessica cooped up for Week 4 in the NICU at the Kuilsriver Medi-Clinic Hospital. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Chantelle Birthday Spur Supper (2010-12-06) | A good way of celebrating Chantelle's birthday is of course a night out at Spur with the family. (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Rocking Chair: Space for Two? | Although we haven't gotten around to setting up and beautifying Jessica's baby room just yet, we do at least have all the furniture in place, you know, the big things like the compactum and cot, and of course the all important rocking chair which will ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Chantelle Birthday Cake and Tea (2010-12-05) | The best thing about Chantelle's birthday when it rolls around every year, is that 9 out of 10 times you are guaranteed some pretty sweet cake and treats! (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Funakoshi Karate Grading (2010-12-04) | I achieved my Purple Belt under the Funakoshi Karate International South Africa style in December, at the grading held at the friendly little Mondeor Eco-School in Somerset West. It was a good grading and I was pleased with my performance, which always makes receiving your ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Sick in the Dark | I'm hoping this weekend goes down a lot better than the last. What a horrible, horrible weekend it was. It started off pleasant enough come Friday though, with our daily visit to little Jessica at the Kuilsriver NICU, followed by my suggestion that I braai ... (My Life)
Jessica’s Journey Home – Week 2 | Jessica's second week in the NICU at Netcare Kuilsriver (21 - 27 November) was a bit of a mixed bag, though definitely with far more positives than negatives. Chantelle continued her recuperation at home, with me looking after her - and of course playing chauffeur ... (Jessica | My Life)
Photo Gallery: Touchwork Christmas Lunch Simon's Town (2010-12-01) | For our 2010 year end function, Touchwork organized a trip through to Simonstown from Kalk Bay via the water taxi, where we enjoyed a fantastic lunch on a fantastic day out! (My Life | Photo Gallery)
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