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December 2012 Archive (48 posts)

Blast from the Past: 2004 UCT Faculty of Commerce Open Day Screensaver Blast from the Past: 2004 UCT Faculty of Commerce Open Day Screensaver | Stumbled across this in some of my archived documents, and thought it fun to post up here. One of the many things I did while employed by Commerce I.T., part of the Faculty of Commerce from the University of Cape Town was to design screensavers ... (Design)
Touhou Project Cosplay: Reimu Hakurei (Chii Sakura) | Reimu Hakurei is one of the main characters of the Touhou Project series, having appeared in almost every game in the series. As the sole maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, she is commonly called upon (or calls it upon herself) to investigate strange occurrences throughout ... (Cosplay)
Tamashii Daiko: Japanese Taiko Drumming in Somerset West Tamashii Daiko: Japanese Taiko Drumming in Somerset West | I first came into contact with the wonderful and thoroughly entertaining Tamashii Daiko group through a mutual link via our karate dojo, and thought it worthwhile to promote if you're looking to pick up on something new in the Helderberg region. Taiko is the Art ... (Martial Arts)
Tomb Raider - Legend Cosplay: Lara Croft (Illyne) | After the disaster that was Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, which threatened to completely sink the franchise, development duties was taken away from Core and handed over to Crystal Dynamics, who went on to release the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider: Legend in 2006, once ... (Cosplay)
Joke Factory: An Honest Lawyer? | An investment counsellor decided to go out on her own. She was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon she realized that she needed an in-house counsel. The investment banker began to interview young lawyers. "As I'm sure you can understand," she ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Grandpa Lotter Eulogy (2006) | I found this Word document dating back to 2006 in my archives, and in an effort to preserve it I have decided to now post it online. This is the eulogy that I read out at my grandfather's (father's father) memorial service just after he ... (My Life)
Grandpa Bothma Eulogy (2004) | I found this Word document dating back to 2004 in my archives, and in an effort to preserve it I have decided to now post it online. This is the eulogy that I read out at my grandfather's (mother's father) memorial service just after he ... (My Life)
I Kind of Miss My Old Comic Book Collection I Kind of Miss My Old Comic Book Collection | I was busy clearing out an old PC the other day when I stumbled across a backup of the old Excel Spreadsheet I used to keep, a carefully crafted document complete with arithmetic macros and all, all in the name of keeping track of my ... (My Life)
Programming Blast from the Past: GameFAQs Programming Blast from the Past: GameFAQs | Found this little self-produced gem on an old USB disk lying in my drawer and thought it a good idea to post up here to try and save it for prosperity. Basically, I wrote this handy little offline GameFAQs application to have FAQs close at hand ... (CodeUnit)
Review: Slam Dunk (Volume 4) (1991) Review: Slam Dunk (Volume 4) (1991) | Winning isn't everything in the game of basketball, but who wants to come in second? It takes dedication and discipline to be the best, and the Shohoku High hoops team wants to be just that. They have one last year to make their captain's dream ... (Manga | My Reviews)
World of Warcraft Cosplay Quickie: Alexstrasza (Unidentified) | An unidentified American cosplayer strips down and then suits up again to bring to us the humanoid form of Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, one of the five great dragons in the World of Warcraft! Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Aspect of the red dragonflight, is the guardian of all ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Christmas Lunch at the Carpenter's Stronghold (2012-12-25) Photo Gallery: Christmas Lunch at the Carpenter's Stronghold (2012-12-25) | Claire and Riley played host for this year's big family Christmas get together, and as luck would have it we were blessed with the perfect weather to really enjoy and make the most of a really great day. The venue was awesome, the lunch spectacular, ... (Photo Gallery)
Review: Fullmetal Alchemist (Volume 18) (2009) Review: Fullmetal Alchemist (Volume 18) (2009) | In an alchemical ritual gone wrong, Edward Elric lost his arm and his leg, and his brother Alphonse became nothing but a soul in a suit of armor. Equipped with mechanical "auto-mail" limbs, Edward becomes a state alchemist, seeking the one thing that can restore ... (Manga | My Reviews)
X-Men Cosplay: Rogue (Dia) | Caught at Dragon*Con by photographer "Eurobeat King", American cosplayer Dia dons a skintight yellow and green bodysuit, puts a streak in her hair, and transforms into everyone’s favourite mutant Uncanny X-Man and southern belle - Rogue! Rogue has worn a number of costumes and been on ... (Cosplay)
Wind Damage at Country Mews! Wind Damage at Country Mews! | Earlier this month Gordon's Bay, and indeed most of the Cape Peninsula, was properly battered by powerful storm winds, which lasted for more that a couple of days and pretty much left a bad tasted in everyone's mouth as we finally moved into Summer. Unfortunately ... (My Life)
The Silliness of BlackBelt TV The Silliness of BlackBelt TV | "Kicks, Flicks, and Chicks". Oh dear, what a terrible, terrible channel DSTV has deemed fit to shove upon us unsuspecting, paying subscribers, nestling it in at spot 129 in our channels list. BlackBelt TV bills itself as a 24/7 martial arts television network, which in ... (Live-Action | Moving Pictures Notes)
Photo Gallery: Hathersage Night Market (2012-12-21) Photo Gallery: Hathersage Night Market (2012-12-21) | Chantelle and I manned the Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes stall for our very first night market, held at the always beautiful Hathersage Farm venue. As it turned out, this last Christmas market was a huge hit, with huge amounts of people swarming in and enjoying ... (Photo Gallery)
A XBOX Live Gold Denizen Proper at Last! A XBOX Live Gold Denizen Proper at Last! | Now that Chantelle's baking business, Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes, has taken off like wildfire, i.e. keeping her busy pretty much all hours of the day, and given the fact that Jessica goes to sleep early every evening, I now desperately needed to find something to ... (My Life)
Losing Grip: World's Worst Dad Moment #2 | Oh dear. This happened a couple of weeks ago, but boy does it easily slip into second spot on my world's worst dad moments list. And to be fair, it should firmly feature as Ryan's first world's worst uncle moment too! (Just in case you're ... (My Life)
Back to Blogging Back to Blogging | And I'm back. Yes, yes, I know the blog has been ticking over in terms of at least one new post a day, but to be fair, I do have filler posts scheduled all the way up to March next year! Anyway, I took a ... (My Life)
Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) Review: Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005) | Long ago, human civilization was divided into four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads. Within these societies existed people with the amazing ability to manipulate the element of their nation through the physical motions of martial arts. ... (My Reviews)
Xena: Warrior Princess Cosplay Quickie: Xena (Queen Cat Tabby) | American cosplayer Queen Cat Tabby picks up the distinctive armour and weaponry to bring to life everyone's favourite warrior princess of the 90's, Xena! Xena is a fictional character from Robert Tapert's Xena: Warrior Princess franchise. She first appeared in the 1995–1999 television series Hercules: The ... (Cosplay)
Review: Deus Vitae (Volume 3) (2004) | After overcoming a perilous ambush, Ash and company meet up with the head office of Re-O. There, Lemiu is confronted with a terrible secret from Ash's past... and a climactic attack of selenoids could mean the end of mankind as we know it! Volume 3 marks ... (Manga | My Reviews)
Dead or Alive (DOA) Cosplay: Lei Fang (Tsukiya) | Lei Fang’s sexy black costume has always meant that only the most confident of female cosplayers could tackle bringing the character to life, and as you can see from this great cosplay photo shoot, Japanese cosplayer Tsukiya (also known as Jet Hyp!) packs loads of ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Helderberg Nature Reserve Picnic Outing (2012-12-16) Photo Gallery: Helderberg Nature Reserve Picnic Outing (2012-12-16) | In joint celebration of Natasha and Chantelle's birthdays, we decided to organise a picnic outing, taking a break from our usual haunt of Klein Joostenberg and instead opting for the Helderberg Nature Reserve, a gorgeous picnic venue - provided you manage to grab a spot ... (Photo Gallery)
World of Warcraft Cosplay: Alexstrasza (Kamui) | German cosplayer Kamui strips down and then suits up to bring to us the humanoid form of Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, one of the five great dragons in the World of Warcraft! Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Aspect of the red dragonflight, is the guardian of all life in ... (Cosplay)
Comic Book Art: Scarlet Witch by Travis Charest Comic Book Art: Scarlet Witch by Travis Charest | Travis Charest is a Canadian comic book penciller, inker and painter, known for his work on such books as Darkstars, WildC.A.T.s, Grifter/Shi, WildC.A.T.s/X-Men: The Golden Age and The Metabarons. He has also done extensive cover work for many other books, such as various Star Wars ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Aim for the Top! Gunbuster Cosplay: Kazumi Amano (Tsukiya) | Japanese cosplayer Tsukiya (also known as Jet Hyp!) is a costume wearing girl who is not particularly shy of showing skin (or her behind for that matter), usually found with less clothes on than a conservative mom would like. However, that is not stopping her ... (Cosplay)
Danni Shinya Luo: X-23 #1 Cover (2010) Danni Shinya Luo: X-23 #1 Cover (2010) | After the events of Second Coming and the stunning conclusion to X-Force, X-23 strikes out on her own in this 2010 ongoing series from Marvel Comics, written by best-selling author Majorie Liu, spinning out of the events of Wolverine #1! X-23 has never had an ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
How to Check if PDO is enabled in my PHP on Apache Installation? How to Check if PDO is enabled in my PHP on Apache Installation? | PDO is a popular way of managing database connections and activities in the LAMP stack, though it isn't always turned on by default unfortunately. Lucky for us, the following simple PHP code snippet runs a simple enough check and then alerts us to the status, making ... (CodeUnit)
Review: Shaun the Sheep (2007) | Timmy Time (2009) Review: Shaun the Sheep (2007) | Timmy Time (2009) | If you have young ones in your life and are looking for something to sit down and watch with them, something that both you and they might thoroughly enjoy, look no further than either Shaun the Sheep or Timmy Time - seriously, I can't stress ... (My Reviews)
The Venture Bros. Cosplay Quickie: Molotov Cocktease (Unidentified) | An unidentified cosplayer uses the humorous Adult Swim animated series The Venture Bros. as her source of inspiration for today's cosplay costume. Molotov Cocktease is a highly-trained assassin and sometime-ally, sometime-rival to Brock Samson, as well as his love interest until her apparent death at the ... (Cosplay)
PHP: How to Insert into an Array PHP: How to Insert into an Array | Almost unbelievably so, PHP doesn't actually feature a neatly named insert into array function (to be fair though, it doesn't have a neatly named remove from array function either!). However, inserting values into an array is actually possible, though to do this we need to ... (CodeUnit)
Parkour and Altair: Assassin's Creed Run Parkour and Altair: Assassin's Creed Run | Ronnie Shalvis is pretty good at parkour, or free running if you will. Allison Dredge is good at making costumes. Devin Graham, aka devinsupertramp, is pretty damn good at shooting videos. And lastly, Altair is bloody good at sneaking around and killing people. (If you don't ... (General Nonsense)
Zone-00 Cosplay: Mayoko Okino (Torrie) | Kujo Saburou is an ordinary high schooler, hyperactive and strangely interested in mysterious (alien) things. He quickly becomes friends with a new transfer student, Shima Ango, who happens to find him in a game of hide-and-seek. But what he doesn’t know is Shima’s true goal: ... (Cosplay)
World of Warcraft Cosplay: Night Elf Druid {Tier 8} (Kamui) | German cosplayer Kamui pulls off this fantastic, highly detailed cosplay featuring a World of Warcraft tier 8 Night Elf Druid, in this atmospheric forest photo shoot. The Druid is a shapeshifting hybrid class, and is also one of the most versatile classes in the game. As ... (Cosplay)
Stanley Lau: Heavy Metal vol. 35 #6 Cover (2011) | September 2011 saw the release of a special edition of venerable adult fantasy magazine Heavy Metal, done in its entirety by the awesome Imaginary Friends Studios, which are based in Singapore and Indonesia. The fantastically talented comic book heavy hitter artist, Stanely "Artgerm" Lau, released this ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
How to Solve: Fatal error: Class 'PDO' not found in PHP File How to Solve: Fatal error: Class 'PDO' not found in PHP File | I tried installing the useful open-source invoice management web application Siwapp the other day, and on trying to run the install script I kept getting shot down with a "Fatal error: Class 'PDO' not found in..." error message. Some time spent on Google informed me that ... (CodeUnit)
Vocaloid Cosplay: Hatsune Miku (Yukiko Aida) | It's absolutely insane how a singing synthesizer application with a female persona has managed to completely enthrall so many millions of fans across the world, so much so that 'she' is now even partaking in real life concerts - in digitized form of course! Needless to ... (Cosplay)
Review: Superman vs. The Elite (2012) Review: Superman vs. The Elite (2012) | Superman's effectiveness as a superhero and a deterrent comes into question with the arrival of a teleporting superhero group known as The Elite, led by the media hungry telekinetic, Manchester Black. The Elite are not afraid to kill in order to stop the bad guys ... (My Reviews)
A Free Online Invoice and Billing System: Siwapp A Free Online Invoice and Billing System: Siwapp | With Chantelle's Cookies and Cakes now up and running full-time, we need to start getting more processes in place in order to help the business stabilize and then grow. One of the things we need in order to achieve this is a decent billing/invoice system, ... (CodeUnit)
The Venture Bros. Cosplay Quickie: Doctor Girlfriend | Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Unidentified) | An unidentified cosplayer uses the humorous Adult Swim animated series The Venture Bros. as her source of inspiration for today's cosplay costume. Doctor Girlfriend is the wife and assistant to The Monarch (now going by the name: Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.) Her real name is Sheila, ... (Cosplay)
PHP: Identify the Offset of a Specific Array Element PHP: Identify the Offset of a Specific Array Element | To learn the offset or array key for a specific array element in a given array turns out to be fairly easy, thanks to the extra search parameter that the always useful array_keys (return all the keys or a subset of the keys of an ... (CodeUnit)
How to Check Your Free Minutes if you are a Vodacom Contract Subscriber How to Check Your Free Minutes if you are a Vodacom Contract Subscriber | If you are a contract subscriber on the Vodacom network, then checking to see how many free minutes you have is particularly easy thanks to the 111 USSD service Vodacom has in place. To use, dial *111#. From the resulting menu, select 1 for balances. From ... (CodeUnit)
Buy Electricity Online via EFT with myPrepaid.co.za Buy Electricity Online via EFT with myPrepaid.co.za | I'm a fan of buying electricity online or via SMS versus trudging through to a Spar or petrol station and getting some prepaid electricity the old fashioned manual way. For the last while I've been using ibuy.co.za for all my online electricity purchasing needs, but ... (General Nonsense)
X-Men Cosplay: Rogue (OneWingedJade) | Caught at Katsucon 2010 by photographer "Eurobeat King", American cosplayer OneWingedJade dons a skintight yellow and green bodysuit, puts a streak in her hair, and transforms into everyone’s favourite mutant Uncanny X-Man and southern belle - Rogue! Rogue has worn a number of costumes and been ... (Cosplay)
Full Metal Panic! Cosplay: Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa (Mumu) | Full Metal Panic!'s talented but clumsy super young captain, Tessa Testarossa gets a rather vibrant cosplay shoot, courtesy of Japanese cosplayer Mumu. Teletha "Tessa" Testarossa is the charmingly clumsy Captain of the revered TDD-1 Tuatha De Danaan submarine, of the anti-terrorist organization Mithril. It was created ... (Cosplay)
Adam Hughes: Batgirl #5 Cover (2012) | Following DC's massive late 2011 New 52 line-up shake-up and relaunch, constant fan favorite Barbara Gordon found herself able to walk again, which of course meant flying high in the boots of Batgirl once more. Issue 5 of the relaunch was written by Gaile Simone ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
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