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February 2015 Archive (28 posts)

Comic Book Art: Captain Britain and MI:13 by Brian Hitch | Pete Wisdom couldn't save John the Skrull. He couldn't save anyone he cared for. Being in his unit can be fatal. So now all else seems lost, now Plokta's engine for making Mindless Ones is threatening the world... what will he sacrifice to save the ... (Comic Book Art)
Music: Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues: Payday (2015) | Comedians Nic Smal and Gareth Allison make up the Youtube singing comedy duo of Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues (thank you Carte Blanche for providing the naming ammo), and have been having us South Africans chuckling along for quite a while now with their ... (Music)
The Bambino Roadster Car Seat is Back Again! | It's hard to think that back in 2011, around Jessica's first birthday we splashed out and bought a pretty fancy car seat in the form of the Bambino Roadster. Four years later, and just after Emily's first birthday, we've retrieved the Bambino Roadster from storage ... (Emily)
Spur, Root 44, and Boerewors Rolls | As per usual, we had a nice and busy weekend, with things kicking off on Friday when Chantelle abandoned us for Bellville in order to go and watch the much hyped 50 Shades of Grey movie with Natasha and Michelle Garrett. She opted to take ... (My Life)
3D Projection Mapping in the Wild: Yokohama Odyssey | Whilst on our Japanese trip last year, Ryan and I completely by accident stumbled on one of the most amazing technological displays that I have ever witnessed - projection mapping out in the wild. If you are not familiar with the concept (which at the time ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
Things to See in Russia: The Bronze Horseman | The Bronze Horseman is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Commissioned by Catherine the Great, it was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet. The name comes from an 1833 poem of the same the name by Aleksander Pushkin, ... (Travel Attractions)
Comic Book Art: Fearless Defenders: Valkyrie by Mark Brooks | Come for the banter, stay for the surprises! Everything Valkyrie knows about her origin is wrong! And Caroline LeFay unleashes her Doom Maidens upon the world! (So many exclamation marks. And after that official synopsis from Marvel, I still don't know what happens in this ... (Comic Book Art)
Music: Jack Parow - Ode to You (ft. Nonku) (2014) | I've mentioned on more than one occasion before that Afrikaans zef rapper Jack Parow is a bit of a guilty indulgence for me. Seriously, earphones in, Jack Parow blasting, and me coding at the keyboard is a combination that is hard to beat! :) For those of ... (Music)
Things to See in Russia: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood | The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, its official name. The Church is built on the site where Emperor ... (Travel Attractions)
Blame the Romans for February's 28 Days | Joe Hanson is a science writer responsible for PBS Digita Studios' It's Okay to Be Smart Channel. In this really accessible, but still pleasingly informative video, Joe runs us through as to just why February gets the weird day count of 28 (and sometimes 29) ... (Science, Technology & Curiosity)
World of Birds in Hout Bay (2015-02-15) | Last Sunday (following our relaxing picnic on Saturday), Chantelle and I rounded up the girls and headed off nice and early across the Boerewors Curtain to Hout Bay, where the plan was to meet up with Monty and Cheryl at the world renowned World of ... (Photo Gallery)
Weekend Away in Jacobsbaai (2015-02-07) | The Oppiwa Festival held annually in Jacobsbaai is a brilliant little Afrikaans music festival with an interesting twist. Each musician get assigned a tractor-pulled wagon for which you then buy a ticket for, the end result being a two hour excursion that includes a ride ... (Photo Gallery)
Baby Steps Picnic at Helderberg Nature Reserve (2015-02-14) | Valentine's Day fell on Saturday this year, and as such I treated Chantelle to a lovely candlelit dinner in the braai room* (whilst she bought me a selection of delicious Woolworths choccies) - but that's completely beside the point, because what I wanted to mention here is ... (Photo Gallery)
Music: 3 Doors Down - Here Without You (2002) | Back in 2000 a song was released that literally blew my mind and which I just couldn't stop playing and rocking out to - Kryptonite. That was the first taste of the brilliant 3 Doors Down for me, and quite frankly, they're still to let ... (Music)
Boston Dynamic's Spot: A Robot that You can't Kick Over | Boston Dynamics (whom I've highlighted before) is an engineering and robotics design company that is best known for the development of BigDog, a quadruped robot designed for the U.S. military with funding from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and DI-Guy, software for realistic human ... (Hardware | Tech News)
A Break in My Internet | This week has been a little frustrating in terms of working from home (and putting up blog posts on time) - thanks to a fault on Telkom's side, my home ADSL suddenly wasn't working any more (my modem was reporting a DSL connection failure, or ... (My Life)
MySQL: How to Change the Next Auto Increment Value in phpMyAdmin | I needed a quick fix to an urgent problem the other day, and the best solution for that particular challenge turned out to be artificially manipulating tables' ID primary keys in order to avoid clashes in a shared table when it came to foreign key ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Comic Book Art: Legendary Star-Lord by Paco Medina | The 3rd chapter of the Black Vortex! With a schism forming within the assembled heroes, the youngest among them face the temptation of immeasurable power. Sometimes those with great power shirk their responsibility to use it for good, though. And with Knife and his new ... (Comic Book Art)
Comic Book Art: Superior Iron Man by Mike Choi | Daredevil on the Rocks! Daredevil discovers the secret to Tony Stark’s success! How far will Tony go to stop Matt Murdock from revealing this shocking secret to the world? As Tony’s actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the ... (Comic Book Art)
Pitstop at the Weskus Padstal (2015-02-06) | Friday saw our weekend away down the West Coast kick off, and with the kids collected early, it was off in the Accent (which embarrassingly turned out to need two full cans of oil added before our departure - been a while since we last ... (Photo Gallery)
Music: The Offspring - Cruising California [Bumpin' In My Trunk] (2012) | The energy, humour, and irreverence of The Offspring (from day one!) has always made me smile and be entertained with pretty much everything they've ever released, and today's highlighted music video is certainly no different! They been making music since 1989 and have been popular since ... (Music)
Music: Papa Roach - Where Did the Angels Go (2012) | I have been a massive, massive fan of Papa Roach ever since I laid my grubby hands on their Infest album way back in 2000, their rock/rap approach appealing to the raucous music tendencies of my twenties. Over time, as I've grown and matured, so ... (Music)
Military Aircraft: German Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 (1938) | The Messerschmitt Bf 109, sometimes incorrectly called the Me 109 (most often by Allied pilots and aircrew), was a German World War II fighter aircraft designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Robert Lusser during the early to mid-1930s. The "Bf 109" Designation was issued by the ... (Military Aircraft)
Music: Seether - Words as Weapons (2014) | I've been a big fan of Seether / Saron Gas right from the start, and by start I mean from the time when Barney Simon used to rave about these teenagers and their unbelievably good tracks on his late night rock show on 5FM (back ... (Music)
Hyundai Getz: 120,000 km Badge Unlocked! | Just the other day I was saying how pleased I was to have finally paid off the Hyundai Getz I bought from Hyundai Helderberg way back in 2010 - and Monday, whilst driving into work (in fact, just before the Westlake Business park), I spotted ... (My Life)
Organising Photos takes forever! (Or rather, tales of Japan 2014 is on its way!) | I know, I know, I promised some feedback from the awesome two week long jaunt in Japan I experienced back in October 2014, and yes, that was quite some time ago. The thing is though, there are so, SO many photos to organise - never ... (Blogging)
The Reason I don't buy or organise my DVDs any more! | Don't let these adorable little faces fool you. No, beneath the thick veneer of absolute cuteness lies determined spirits of chaos and destruction - a torch once carried by Jessica in her toddler years, and one now fully embodied, and embraced, by Emily. You wouldn't say it just ... (My Life)
Things to See in Mongolia: Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue | The gigantic steel Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, part of the Genghis Khan Statue Complex, is a 40 metre tall statue of Genghis Khan on horseback, situated on the bank of the Tuul River at Tsonjin Boldog (54 km east of the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar). According to the ... (Travel Attractions)
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