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May 2012 Archive (38 posts)

Review: New Dominion Tank Police (1993) | Based on the two volume manga series by acclaimed author and illustrator Masamune Shirow, New Dominion Tank Police is set in the fictional city of Newport, Japan, in a future in which bacterial air pollution has become so severe that people must wear gas masks ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Replacing Our Front Door Security Gate Lock (aka How to Remove Pop Rivets) | I enjoy the small, self-contained DIY jobs around the house, and my toolbox was called into action a couple of weeks ago, when inexplicably the lock on our metal front door security gate seized, leaving us with no way of opening the gate, meaning no ... (My Life)
Comic Book Art: Akira's Tetsuo by Dave Rapoza | Dave Rapoza is one heck of a talented digital freelance artist, known perhaps best for his hyper realistic depictions of classic cartoon characters, like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for example. Using his trusty Wacom Intuos 4 tablet and Photoshop CS3, and grabbing a few ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Another Market Weekend | Two weekends ago was my first official full market selling experience, which admittedly went pretty damn well, with Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes experiencing a bumper day of sales at the Willowbridge Food Market. Of course, two weekends ago also happened to be both my birthday ... (My Life)
How to Refresh a DataTable without Losing Your Current Page or Ordering | DataTables is a fantastic plug-in for the jQuery Javascript library that I use for pretty much all my web development projects. It is a highly flexible tool, based upon the foundations of progressive enhancement, which will add advanced interaction controls to any HTML table - ... (CodeUnit)
The House of C 025: The Dangers of English: Taper... Tapir | Ah, good old English, such a complicated language to learn for foreign students. Horrible things like homonyms abound, making poor little tapirs everywhere... well suffer. Sigh, if this keeps up, then surely the SPCA will have to eventually step in... (The House of C)
Mat Broome: The End League #2 Cover (2008) | 2008 saw Dark Horse and writer Rick Remender team up with penciller Mat Broome and inker Sean Parsons to deliver stellar The End League superhero saga. Issue 2 shipped with the following synopsis: Lobotomized and insane with rage, Thor returns from the dead with one goal-the ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Banshee: Editing Track Information not Updating MP3 Files | Banshee isn't a half bad a music centre for Ubuntu, and I do like it's nifty interface for the easy updating of album and track information, more commonly referred to as ID3 tags if you're coming from the MP3 world. Whilst still new to Banshee, I ... (CodeUnit)
Joke Factory: The Bungling Blonde Bank Robber | A blonde and a brunette decided to rob a bank. They quickly devised a good plan and before long, put it into action. The brunette drove up to the front of the bank that they had decided to rob. Turning towards the blonde, she asked, ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Review: Burnout Paradise (2008) | Burnout 3 and Burnout Revenge were probably the first ever car games that I actually enjoyed, meaning that Criterion's Burnout franchise will always have my interest and more importantly, a place in my heart. When Burnout Paradise was first released in 2008, I stepped away ... (Games | My Reviews)
Cape Town Traffic | Wow, it's much colder these mornings now that I'm not sporting my fluffy, rugged beard anymore. Chantelle's hinting and the fact that Jessica was in real danger of forgetting her daddy's handsome face prompted an impromptu shave-off on Sunday evening, leaving me a far colder ... (My Life)
Jessica Lotter Crawling on All Fours Outdoors | I can't remember if I ever mentioned it at all, but Jessica did eventually drop her leopard crawl style in order to replace it with a more conventional and clamber-friendly all fours crawling style. In order to prove this statement to those who have previously seen ... (Jessica | My Life)
MySQL: How to Select the First Word of a Sentence using SQL | Sometime it is useful to be able to extract the first word of a sentence contained in one of the columns of your table. Luckily for us, MySQL makes this a trivial operation thanks to its useful SUBSTRING_INDEX() function. From the reference manual: SUBSTRING_INDEX(str,delim,count) - Returns ... (CodeUnit)
A Normal Weekend for a Change | What a pleasant weekend this past weekend was, what with it being our first "normal" weekend in literally months! Our new schedule of doing three markets in a month, two of those being handled by Cheryl and myself on Chantelle's work weekends, meant that this ... (My Life)
Jessica Opening Doors with Daddy | Jessica is at the stage where she seems to like nothing better than opening and closing doors. You name it, if it has hinges then you will find her happily sitting in a corner, opening and closing that poor bugger as if there is no ... (Jessica | My Life)
How to Install Nagios on an Ubuntu Server | Nagios is a popular open source computer system monitor, network monitoring and infrastructure monitoring software application. Nagios offers complete monitoring and alerting for servers, switches, applications, and services. Nagios, originally created under the name NetSaint, was written and is currently maintained by Ethan Galstad, along with ... (CodeUnit)
Joke Factory: Photographing a Ghost | There was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townsfolk - the ghost which haunted there was feared by all. However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Review: Darksiders (2010) | To preserve the balance between Heaven and Hell, a mediator group, The Charred Council, sends the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, to intervene and force a truce between the two kingdoms after countless centuries of war. Eons after the truce, The Council foresees that Man ... (Games | My Reviews)
Assisted Walking of Jessica | Little Jess is getting better and better with each passing day in terms of the walking action, and although she's not confident enough to try it one-handed just yet, assisted walking with two hands being held certainly holds no challenge for my little toothy monster! ... (Jessica | My Life)
A Karate Hiatus for Craig | Unfortunately for me, I had foreseen the start of what would eventually be sure to come, and as it so happens, last week I was finally forced to send out this particular e-mail to my Gordon's Bay Funakoshi Karate International South Africa sensei, Birgitt Smit: Hi ... (Martial Arts | My Life | Personal Musings)
Jessica Lotter Toddler Babbling - Captured on Camera! | I know, I know, it seems like far too many video posts are making their way on the blog as of late. However, seeing as yesterday marked my 32nd birthday, I kind of feel that I can pretty much do whatever I want to on ... (Jessica | My Life)
PHP: How to Add Days, Months or Years to a Date | Date work is always icky, but luckily PHP has some pretty nifty functions that can pretty much do all the heavy lifting for you. One of most commonly faced problems is how to add either a number of days, months or years to a given date, ... (Programming)
Manning the Stall, the Avengers and the Hillcrest Berry Orchards | Wow, for a change I got to pretty much spend the entirety of last weekend in Chantelle's company, something which probably hasn't happened in literally months! :) After working from home on Friday (official office move was still in progress, meaning I was getting more done ... (My Life)
Putting on my Sales Cap for Chantelle's Cookies and Cakes | So Chantelle's Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes baking business venture has been running for more than a couple of months now, and pleasingly it is going quite well, especially after we discovered the world of food markets through which to sell her produce. (No more wasted ... (My Life | Personal Musings)
32 Reached! | So hey, I woke up this morning and realized that I'm 32 now. Seriously old in other words, and completely befuddled as to how time appears to be racing past me quicker than a baby grabbing at a bottle of milk. Needless to say, looking after ... (My Life | Personal Musings)
PHP: How to Generate a Random String Containing Both Letters and Numbers | To generate a string containing a random selection of both letters and numbers (i.e. an alphanumeric string) using PHP is pretty trivial. Essentially what we want to do is define a string containing all the characters we wish to use in the generated string. Then randomly ... (Programming)
Trying to Capture Jessica Lotter talking on Camera | Before we eventually managed to capture Jessica happily babbling away on camera (thus proving that she should one day talk), we went through a lot of capture attempts, failing at each and every turn thanks to Jessie's mutant ability to detect recording devices and then ... (Jessica | My Life)
SuperBru Super Rugby | Hey, whilst my English Premier League and Champions League SuperBru performances have taken a bit of a knock as we enter the last stages of those two leagues, I'm quite pleased to see that by some miracle of some sort, I'm actually doing pretty well ... (My Life)
Review: Justice League International #5 (Mar. 2012) | We're well into the first big Justice League International story arc now, and issue 5, entitled "The Signal Masters" comes to us courtesy of Dan Jurgens behind the keyboard, and penciller Aaron Lopresti and inker Matt Ryan on the visuals. Peraxxus is well on his way ... (Comic Books | My Reviews)
Jessica kicking the Punching Bag | I'm quite enjoying my punching bag hanging out front under the car port. I'll randomly lash out at it with either a fist or foot whenever the opportunity presents, though it would seem I'm not the only one who is enjoying it. Looks like Chantelle is ... (Jessica | My Life)
CSS: How to Fill a Div with Gradient Background Color across most Browsers with CSS | Gradient colors are pretty awesome, pretty to look at and a nifty visual effect. Unfortunately for us though, CSS standards when it comes to handling gradients was pretty lacklustre over the years, resulting in all the major browsers pretty much defining their own browser specific ... (Programming)
Photo Gallery: Scones and Jam at Hillcrest Berry Farm (2012-05-06) | Although the original plan was to visit the Babylonstoren farm on Sunday, they were too full to accommodate the combined might of the Lotter and Montgomery clans, and so instead we continued on with our journey through the Cape Winelands, ending up at the always ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Jessica Lotter and the Mobile Phone Ring | Little Jessica can get pretty excited and pull some seriously cute faces over little things that tickles her fancy, one in particular being Oupa Monty's ringtone that mimics the sounds of guinea fowl. Unfortunately for us though, replicating her normal behaviour for the camera proves ... (Jessica | My Life)
How to create a Variable Length String of Random Characters using JavaScript | Generating random strings is always necessary when working with things like voucher or password generation, and so today's quick JavaScript function looks at returning a specified length of string containing a a selection of randomly selected characters and numbers. The function works by specifying a string ... (Programming)
Joke Factory: Moose Hunting | Two hunters went moose hunting every winter without success. Finally, they came up with a foolproof plan. They got a very authentic female moose costume and learned the mating call of a female moose. The plan was to hide in the costume, lure the bull, ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
And Recently... | I guess our quota of public holidays are pretty much up for now, but damn, what a good run it has been. I'm not sure I even remember what a five day work week is any more! As it happens, next week will also be ... (My Life)
Animation Update: Justice League Unlimited Season 2 | Justice League (Secret Origins) | Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Because I don't have all the time in the world to spend on blogging, here are some thoughts on a couple of animated features I recently watched, instead of my usual review efforts. Sorry about that, but priorities, priorities! :P Justice League Unlimited Season 2 (2005) Now ... (My Reviews)
Godzilla Toddler Jessica! | We received these cool stacking blocks awhile ago from my mom (I think). Anyway, the important thing about this colourful, plastic stacking blocks is that although Jessica hasn't quite got the hang of actually stacking them just yet, she does most certainly know that she ... (Jessica | My Life)
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