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January 2013 Archive (41 posts)

Mom's Baked Chocolate Pudding Recipe | When I first moved out of my parents’ home in my early twenties, mom provided me with a little handwritten book containing recipes of things that I enjoyed and might enjoy making now that I was on my own. This happens to be her tummy ... (Recipes)
Weekends of Friends, Family and Markets | Last year I didn't have too many weekends to enjoy, mainly because Chantelle and I were pretty much running market stalls each and every Saturday and Sunday! This year however we've cut back on the markets, now only doing Hathersage every second Sunday, which effectively ... (My Life)
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)
How to Disable TouchPad Clicking on a Fujitsu Lifebook A Series Laptop | I have a Fujitsu Lifebook A Series laptop from work which is a fantastic laptop overall, and certainly a piece of equipment that I'm more than happy to be working with. However, laptops and I have traditionally not been the greatest of friends, particularly when ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Apache Webserver: A Method to Change the Domain of Your Site | Unfortunately domain names are seldom cast in stone when it comes to commercial products, because as with most things, people tend to change their minds further down the line. If for the last three years your web application has been running under the domain but ... (CodeUnit)
Mark Bagley and Danny Miki: Avengers Assemble Vol. 2 #8 Cover (2012) | The explosive conclusion to the Avengers' cosmic odyssey! Will the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy be able to stop Thanos from making Earth the throne world of his new empire? The fallout of this story will change one Avenger's life forever! Written by Brian ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Queen's Blade Cosplay: Menace (Tomoe) | This week we showcase a Japanese in our Cosplay Cuties entry, so put your hands together for Tomoe, who opts to bring to life the Queen's Blade resurrected sorceress, Menace! Japanese cosplayer Tomoe goes to the popular Queen’s Blade ero anime and comes back dressed up ... (Cosplay)
Review: Spriggan (1998) | ARCAM, a mysterious secret organization was originally set up to safeguard the enigmatic and powerful artefacts left behind by a technologically superior race that once ruled the Earth, before being destroyed by their own power. ARCAM's private military force is enhanced by the inclusion of ... (Anime | My Reviews)
JavaScript: How To Trigger at a Specific Time | Sometimes you want your web page to do something at a specific time. For example, perhaps you want your page to force a reload at midnight, say if it is being used as a monitor screen and you want to reload it in order to ... (CodeUnit)
Mortal Kombat Cosplay Quickie: Kitana (Unidentified) | Having appeared in basically every form Mortal Kombat-related media, Kitana is by far one of the most popular characters in the franchise, and has gained critical acclaim as one of the most attractive women of video games in general. For this particular cosplay photo, an unidentified ... (Cosplay)
How to Flush the Windows DNS Cache | Quite often you can resolve web connection issues by flushing your possibly corrupted or out of date system DNS cache. To flush the DNS cache whilst using Microsoft Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 is relatively trivial, making use of the standard ipconfig executable. First, we ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Visit to Blaauwklippen Market (2013-01-20) | A gorgeous sunny day meant that we weren't quite ready to head home just yet following our visit to the newly opened Root 44 market, and so Chantelle, Jessica and myself found ourselves making the short drive down the road to the more established Blaauwklippen ... (Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Root 44 Market Discovery (2013-01-20) | A new market recently opened up on the R44 on your way into Stellenbosch, named Root 44 (well, it is on the wine farm Audacia after all). Being a direct challenger to Blaauwklippen as well as Oude Libertas markets, Chantelle and I thought it would ... (Photo Gallery)
Katekayo Hitman Reborn! Cosplay: Lal Mirch (Midori Kanda) | A young boy named Tsunayoshi Sawada finds out that he is next in line to become the boss of the most powerful Mafia organization called Vongola, the Vongola Family. As such, the Vongola's most powerful hitman, a gun-toting infant named Reborn, is sent to tutor ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Toddlers and Braai at Country Mews (2013-01-19) | We invited the friends over for a January braai at our place, and answering our call came Evan and Natasha, and Damen and Michelle, all with little ones in tow of course! The wind died down enough to allow for an outside braai and an ... (Photo Gallery)
Mark Beachum: Samuree #4 Cover (1989) | This piece of cover art is being put up here because I fondly remember owning the comic book back in my late teens and early twenties when my 7th floor apartment's one corner was pretty much overrun by my comic book collection. If you have never ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Back to Market | Last weekend was the final weekend of Jessica's holiday - she started creche at Baby Steps on Monday! Of course this meant that we needed to get her back, and so on Friday evening after work, Mom and Dad came over to enjoy some supper ... (My Life)
Review: Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) | I absolutely loved 2008's Battlefield: Bad Company first person shooter from developer DICE (the same guys behind the phenomenal Mirror's Edge), and pleasingly I enjoyed the 2010 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 outing almost just as much! It turns out that Preston, Sweets, Hags and Sarge didn't ... (Games | My Reviews)
Review: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes - Season 2 (2012) | Having thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the first season of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, it is pretty awesome to be able to say that I was just as thrilled with 2012's Season 2, featuring the return of Iron Man, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor, Wasp and ... (My Reviews)
Zone-00 Cosplay Quickie: Mayoko Okino (Koyuki) | 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)
Review: Slam Dunk (Volume 5) (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)
Ubuntu Subversion: How to Disable a SVN User Account | If you control access to your SVN repository via Apache authentication, then you'll undoubtedly have a password file somewhere on your system, containing the list of all the users who have an account that can access your SVN repo. The standard file used by Subversion ... (CodeUnit)
Street Fighter II Cosplay: Cammy White (Crystal Graziano) | American cosplayer Crystal Graziano is probably best known for her fantastically detailed Metal Gear Solid cosplays. However, that doesn't mean she doesn't pull off other characters from different titles and genres, like this older cosplay of hers, namely Cammy White of Street Fighter II fame. First ... (Cosplay)
Photo Gallery: Delivery to Sacred Ground in Franschhoek (2013-01-12) | Jessica and I joined Chantelle for her morning cupcakes and cakes delivery to the Sacred Ground Deli in Franschhoek, on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny day. As always the tourist town was bustling, with tourists, locals and even a festive group of ... (Photo Gallery)
Solved: Print Error - PPD version is not Compatible with Gutenprint | For some or other reason my Canon IP4500 printer simply stopped printing on my Ubuntu 12.10 box in the office. Accessing the Printers under the System Settings menu, I noticed quite a few broken print jobs in the print queue, and on closer inspection they ... (CodeUnit)
Cartridge King | I received a pretty cool Canon IP4500 printer as a gift when I left UCT from the UCTRF a couple of years ago, and it has happily sat in my home office ever since. Of course, now that Chantelle is running her own little business ... (My Life)
Review: The Legend of Korra (Book 1) (2012) | I am a huge fan of Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko's 2005 to 2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series, one of the most engaging, character-driven, and laden with political and human nature commentary shows to come out of the USA for a long ... (My Reviews)
Touchwork Developments | So I'm back at work after a relaxing two and a half week break, meaning that I'm raring to go. 2012 was a bit of a transition year for Touchwork I suppose, in that we lost our previous development manager, took on a new managing ... (My Life)
Teen Titans Cosplay Quickie: Raven (Unidentified) | An unidentified cosplayer goes over to her dark size and dons the foreboding cloak of the mysterious Teen Titans member, Raven for this week's cosplay quickie entry. Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez back in 1980, the enigmatic Raven is an empath, which enables her ... (Cosplay)
SVN Commit and SVN Update Failure Resolved! | I had a frustrating start on my first day back at work following my nice and relaxing vacation - all of a sudden it was reported to me that SVN commit and SVN update actions were now failing for the development team. What followed was ... (CodeUnit)
Review: Final Fantasy: Unlimited (2001) | Twelve years ago, a mysterious purple column appeared in the heavens - This was the Day of Succession. Out of it emerged two fearsome beasts, one white, the other black. These beasts clashed and the resulting explosions left nothing but the mysterious dark pillar stretching ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Helderberg Nature Reserve Picnic with the Storbecks (2013-01-06) | We started off December with a picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve, joined by Evan, Natasha, Evalynne and Ryan, and so it seemed fit to end my holiday off with yet another delightfully relaxed, frisbee-filled picnic at the shady Helderberg Nature Reserve, this time joined ... (Photo Gallery)
Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes: Bumblebee Transformers Cake | Chantelle got a cake order in the other day for a "Bumblebee Transformers Cake", destined to make a lucky little 9 year old boy smile on his birthday. And this is the yellow and chrome hued mecha that she came up with! Check out that detail. That's ... (My Life)
World of Warcraft Cosplay: Night Elf Druid {Tier 6} (Kamui) | German cosplayer Kamui pulls off this fantastic, highly detailed cosplay featuring a World of Warcraft tier 6 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)
Photo Gallery: Butterfly World Expedition (2013-01-05) | I spent the second last day of my holiday with Chantelle, Dad and Jess at Butterfly World - Mom unfortunately missed out due to an emergency Devon look-after call, following the unfortunate burning of Riley's fingers on the lawnmower. It was a beautiful summer's day ... (Photo Gallery)
Jessica's First Bed (and a Chest Freezer) | So I made two last big purchases here at the death of my Christmas vacation period, the first being a humongous KIC 438 litre chest freezer for Chantelle's booming Cookies & Cakes business (though I could probably fit a whole springbok in there with relative ... (My Life)
December and My Christmas Vacation 2012 | So I'm hurtling towards the end of my year-end vacation time (ugh, work starts on Monday again), and overall December and Christmas holiday 2012 has been quite the relaxing and enjoyable time, so I thought I'd better highlight some of it just for reference's sake. ... (My Life)
Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013 | So 2012 is gone and 2013 is now firmly in place. As per usual there were almost no downs in 2012, but looking retrospectively back at it, it was perhaps not one of the greatest years past, perhaps even more lacklustre than 2011, which itself ... (My Life)
Blast from the Past: Chantelle's Cuisine | I came across some old files of Chantelle's and thought I simply had to post: So Chantelle's Cookies & Cakes isn't the first - looks like my wifey has tried her hand at running her own little side project before! :) Started in July 2006 by ... (My Life)
The Venture Bros. Cosplay Quickie: Doctor Girlfriend | Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Riddle) | American cosplayer Riddle 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)
Amy Reeder: Halloween Eve Cover (2012) | Eve has an imagination that's more than active - it can be downright dangerous! Working late at the costume super-store Halloween Land, she gets lost in her own thoughts until something goes bump in the night. The rubber masks and plastic novelties are coming to ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
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