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March 2015 Archive (38 posts)

What is the Difference between an Abridged and Unabridged Birth Certificate? | It's reached that point in time where we have to start applying to get Jessica into school, and one of the things on the required list in terms of support documentation is of course a valid birth certificate. However, when I rummage through my files ... (My Life)
XBOX 360: Games with Gold: April 2015 | Officially kicking off way back in July 2013, Microsoft's Games with Gold programme has since then steadfastly been rewarding gamers who fork out their monthly XBOX Live subscription with two or more free games a month - a pretty decent reward in my book. Some months are ... (Games Notes)
Afrihost: More Mobile Data, Same Price | For some reason, ever since the MTN takeover of Afrihost back in June 2014, it seems to have become kind of been cool to moan about Afrihost's services and customer service - none of which makes sense to me because I've been using them for ... (Tech News)
How much Money will I get after Tax? | I got a nice surprise in the form of a little salary bump this week and of course, the first question that popped into my head was just how much money would I now take home after tax? In other words, I needed a SARS income tax calculator, ... (Software & Sites)
PHP: How to Convert a Date/Time from UTC to another Time Zone | Having previously shown you a useful way of quickly converting a timestamp into a formatted date string, here's a quick way of actually getting a date/time in a time zone that you actually want - and again we turn to the powerfull PHP DateTime class ... (Programming)
PHP: How to Convert a Timestamp into a Date String | Unix timestamps aren't exactly human readable representations of time. After all, a Unix timestamp is the current time measured in the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch (January 1 1970 00:00:00 GMT). Usually one wants to show this to a user in a much friendlier ... (Programming)
jQuery UI Slider Pips: Enhancing jQuery Sliders with Labels and Pips | The jQuery UI user interface library, built on top of the excellent jQuery JavaScript library, includes a pretty neat slider control that allows users to select a numeric value by dragging a handle with either the mouse or keys. However, it is missing a few important ... (Software & Sites)
jQuery UI Autocomplete: How to clear the Search Text after Selection | jQuery UI is a curated set of user interface interactions, effects, widgets, and themes built on top of the jQuery JavaScript Library. One of the useful widgets in the collection is the Autocomplete widget, which enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated ... (Programming)
Play Time at Mondeor Restaurant (2015-03-15) | Although I've already mentioned our play time trip for coffee and cake with Monty, Cheryl and Chantelle at Mondeor Restaurant the Sunday before last, I thought it a good idea to post some more photos of the relaxing afternoon out - after all, it isn't ... (Photo Gallery)
St. Patrick's Day at Blaauwklippen Market (2015-03-15) | I've already written about our trip through to the Blaauwklippen Market Sunday before last, where we were delighted to find an unexpected St. Patrick's Day celebration on in full swing. Lots of green (basically everywhere you looked), lots of feel good Irish pub music, and ... (Photo Gallery)
A Weekend of Tygervalley, Newlands, Blaauwklippen and Mondeor! | As always, last weekend was plenty entertaining for Craig and his little girls. With Chantelle working, it was up to us to go exploring, and as such, Emily, Jessica and I found ourselves making the trip through to Bellville to spend a large chunk of ... (My Life)
The Girl with the Chipped Front Teeth | Sigh. As a baby, Jessica chipped her two front teeth pretty badly by crashing teeth first into the tile floor at Monty and Cheryl's place whilst being chased around on all fours by her daddy (i.e. me). Then earlier last year the dentist spotted a ... (Jessica)
jQuery UI: How to Select All Text when the User clicks on the Autocomplete control | The jQuery UI toolbox gives you a lot of new controls to play around with if you are already using the awesome jQuery library, one of which it the very useful autocomplete control. Essentially "Autocomplete enables users to quickly find and select from a pre-populated list of ... (Programming)
What to look for when Choosing Workout Wear | Nothing kills your motivation to move quicker than a workout outfit that offers zero comfort. Whether you're looking for a cute new something to add to your active wardrobe or building it up from the very beginning, it's all about making sure you have the right ... (Partner Content)
Fun Fact: Babies Mess on the Floor when they aren't wearing Nappies | It's a well known fact that the reason we are forced to put nappies on babies' bums is because if we don't, well then they tend to mess up all the floors with all manner of wet and sticky deposits. Sadly, this fun fact is something ... (Emily)
So a Heavy Metal Sign nearly Squashed My Car... | On Monday evening that infamous Muizenberg railroad bridge that has claimed the tops of so many buses and trucks over the years, tried its hand at taking me out too - by attempting to squash my car by dropping a heavy metal advertising sign down from ... (My Life)
Kevin Bacon and Eggs | At some point in their career, actors invariably need to endorse things in order to pay the bills - however, I can't think of one more perfect than this one that I stumbled upon this week. Kevin Bacon is now the commercial spokesperson for the ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
jQuery: How to Break Out of an Each Loop | The ever so useful jQuery javascript library has a homegrown loop function entitled .each(), which allows you to iterate over a jQuery object, and at the same time execute a function for each matched element. Very useful indeed. However, sometimes you might need to break out of ... (Programming)
jQuery: How to Check if an Element has Class 'X' or 'Y' | If you find yourself needing to check whether or not a particular HTML element has a specific class currently assigned to it, you'll be pleased to know that the awesome jQuery javascript library has you covered with their ever so useful .hasClass function. This function determines ... (Programming)
Food Myth Falsehoods | The thing about statements is that if they get repeated often enough, then they become facts. Fact. (See what I just did there?) Don't believe me? Well I don't know about you, but I grew up believing that eating carrots is great for the eyes (despite ... (Sport & Health)
Travel Insurance for You | Going for a holiday overseas is pretty daunting. So much planning, so much thinking, so much packing. Of course, one thing that doesn't usually cross your mind is "What if something goes wrong?". Well it probably should, because just imagine you slip on a damp ramp ... (Partner Content)
Save Money by buying Online with Coupons, Vouchers and Daily Deals! | There is no doubt that as our courier services become better and more efficient, online shopping becomes a more and more attractive option for grabbing those things that you want - without the hassle of actually going to a crowded mall on a Saturday morning, ... (Partner Content)
Picnic in the Jack's Back Garden (2015-03-08) | It's ridiculous that I'm still busy posting photo sets from this past weekend, but I guess it just goes to show that I really wasn't lying when I said we had a jam-packed weekend on our hands! In case you haven't been following, Saturday saw ... (Photo Gallery)
Nik Rabinowitz's What the EFF at the Baxter Theatre | Saturday evening was a rare date night for Chantelle and myself, and having left the kids with Oupa and Ouma for the evening, we jetted off to Cape Town for the evening, pointing our nose towards my old alma mater, the University of Cape Town ... (My Life)
Coffee at Stodels (2015-03-08) | Having had quite a busy Saturday out and about with the kids, followed by a rare date night, Sunday saw us finish up our market cheesecake and make the drive through to Bellville in order to pick up the kids from Oupa and Ouma - ... (Photo Gallery)
Cheesecake at the Lourensford Harvest Market | With Jessica and Emily having slept over at Monty and Cheryl's place on Saturday evening to allow Chantelle and myself enjoy a rare date night together, we found ourselves childless on a beautiful Sunday morning - and so with no actual morning children chores required of ... (My Life)
Giraffe House Visit (2015-03-07) | Saturday. Having already fed the ducks in Strand and eaten pancakes at the Root 44 market, Chantelle, the kids and I next jetted off through Stellenbosch and along the R44, until we reached the next destination on our epic weekend of family activities - the ... (Photo Gallery)
Pancakes at Root 44 Market (2015-03-07) | Following our feeding of the ducks at the Strand duck pond (kicking off our jam-packed family activities weekend), we found ourselves driving down the R44 in the direction of Stellenbosch, our destination being the always family friendly Root 44 market - the end goal... well ... (Photo Gallery)
Feeding the Strand Duck Pond Geese (2015-03-07) | We kicked off an incredibly busy weekend (more on this at a later stage) by heading to the family favourite Strand duck pond (just across Strand High School) in order to feed all the hungry quackers. Armed with a loaf of fresh white bread purchased ... (Photo Gallery)
A Busman's holiday: Checking out Online Gambling | "A Busman's Holiday: Checking out Online Gambling - A coder's first impression of the quality of online gambling available in South Africa" by jonmott Every now and again it is really nice to forget about the day job. It is nice to take off the professional filters ... (Partner Content)
Do You Still Use Your Tablet? | Back in April 2013 I ordered an Android 4.1 Proline Smart AK888-13 9.7" Dual-Core Tablet from Of course, when it arrived I was very excited and played around with it, showed it off, and generally beamed with pleasure. In the nearly two years since then, ... (My Life)
Free Terra Battle Energy and Animation Items | The big 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) is currently on the go at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Legendary game creator, founder of the Final Fantasy series and later the Mistwalker game studio which produced such gems as Blue Dragon, Lost Odyssey and ... (Games Notes)
Santam and its One-of-a-kind TV Advert | Back in the day, I used to insure with Santam, and actually quite liked them, which makes sense given that they have always produced some pretty enjoyable insurance-related television adverts over the years here in South Africa - and actually provide a pretty damn decent ... (General Nonsense)
Trying to Take Back the Trophies! | Having won both our FIFA trophies (for best player and best goalscorer) in the last FIFA with the Boys get together at the end of last year, and then sadly relinquishing the best player trophy in our last meeting (and first of 2015), I was ... (My Life)
Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015 | This post is now well overdue. The skeleton has been sitting in my Drafts folder since December last year, but honestly, I just haven't felt like writing it up. I've had a few stabs at it, but never actually ended up with a finished product ... (My Life)
Picnic in Kirstenbosch (2015-03-01) | I checked - the last time that we've had an outing to the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens was back in early 2012 in celebration of Ryan's birthday. Well, fast forward three years and things have gotten a fair bit busier - after all, Mom and Dad ... (Photo Gallery)
At Root 44 on Japan Day 2015 (2015-02-28) | Well that's a bit embarrassing isn't it? You see, I was on daddy duty with the girls on Saturday thanks to Chantelle working, and so I thought it would be nice to get out for a bit with a trip first to Root 44 Market, ... (Photo Gallery)
Music: Jack Parow - P.A.R.T.Y (2012) | What, another Jack Parow track so soon after the other?!? What can I say, I like this man's music! No idea why, I just do. (Chantelle gives me funny looks every time she sees me tapping my foot to these ridiculous tunes!) If you missed the ... (Music)
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