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January 2012 Archive (43 posts)

Ryan's Kirstenbosch Birthday Picnic | Despite Friday being a bit of a write off thanks to a horrible stomach bug that saw me throw up at work, go home early, and then crash into bed and sleep for pretty much the whole evening, Saturday was 300 hundred times better thanks ... (My Life)
Jessica going for the Camera and playing with a Ball | I wanted to film Jessica's excited reaction that she usually gives when given this little plastic toy ball with chocolate beans rattling inside, but instead she turned the tables on me and went straight for the camera, intrigued by the lens. Needles to say, it ... (Jessica | My Life)
Javascript: How to Force a Page Reload and Jump to a Specified Anchor Name in the Process | Anchor names are a great little browser extra that allows you to quickly jump to different sections on a web page courtesy of a handy little # declaration in the page URL. However, these do sometimes get in the way, for instance you want to ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Hathersage Farm Market Outing (2012-01-29) | Busy scoping out possible markets for Chantelle to market her Cookies & Cakes venture at, we headed out to Hathersage Farm Market on what turned out to be the most perfect of days in terms of weather. And of course on sunny days like these, what's ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Ryan's Kirstenbosch Birthday Picnic (2012-01-28) | In celebration of Ryan's 29th birthday, he invited the Lotter Clan out to join him on a picnic in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. As it turned out, he couldn't have asked for a better day - or prepared a better outing! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Greg Land: Jenna Jameson's Shadow Hunter #1 Cover (2008) | In 2008 Virgin Comics (before the name change to Liquid Comics) pushed out the four issue mini-series Jenna Jameson's Shadow Hunter as part of their Voices imprint, basically designed to let celebrities dream up their own comic book story lines. Plotted in conjunction with Jenna ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
PHP: A Quick Way to Break up a URL into usable Pieces | PHP has a built in function which allows for the quick breaking up of a well formed URL into usable pieces, namely parse_url. This function parses a URL and returns an associative array containing any of the various components of the URL that are present. It ... (CodeUnit)
Joke Factory: Bruising Woman | Walking into the bar, Mike says to Charlie the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one - just had another fight with the little woman." "Oh yeah?" says Charlie, "And how did this one end?" "Well, when it was over," Mike replied, "She came to me on her ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
First Impressions... Young Justice (2011) | Wow, what an impressive animated show, through and through. Fantastic story, fantastic characters and fantastic animation. Seriously, there is no way that any boy or comic book fan can not love Young Justice! Taking place in the Earth-16 timeline of the DC multiverse, Young Justice tells ... (My Reviews)
A Very Jessie Update | So, we are now into our second week of Jessica back at Baby Steps day care, after having enjoyed a straight two week stay with Oupa and Ouma back in Bellville while Chantelle and I returned to work. Pleasingly enough, Jessica gave us no problems ... (Jessica | My Life)
Forgotten Lunch | I had to laugh on Friday, thanks to this tale of forgotten lunches. Simon walked into the office and then remembered that he had left his lunch behind in the car. That's okay though, the car is parked just outside the door. Tristan walked into the office ... (My Life)
Another Single Parent Weekend successfully Navigated | Chantelle was back on duty for this weekend past, and for a change, Jessica and I stayed planted firmly in Gordon's Bay for the duration of the weekend! Not that we didn't achieve much mind you... just look at this list! :) In terms of entertainment ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Jessica eating Letters in the Bath (2012-01-23) | Jessica absolutely loves her bath time, and it certainly is never a mission to get her to agree to being dunked into the water, though this time around it would seem she took a gastronomic fancy to the sponge letters which litter her bath! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Back to My Karate | Last Wednesday saw me make my return to Funakoshi karate, for my first training session of 2012, after having enjoyed a nice month and bit holiday break from all the punching, kicking and shifting around. The break had been good, but I could feel it ... (My Life)
Jessica's First Swim in the Sea | The great thing of living here in Gordon's Bay is of course being so close to the sea. Which of course means that it is no real surprise that Jessica finally got to enjoy her first proper swim in the sea at last - even ... (Jessica | My Life)
How to Take a Screenshot on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 | Usually on an Android smartphone you need to root and install a special app in order to be able to take a screenshot or screen capture if you will. Not so on a Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 running Android 2.2.1 Froyo, as pleasingly it comes ... (CodeUnit)
Photo Gallery: Strand Duck Pond Excursion (2012-01-22) | During her split on a working Saturday afternoon, Chantelle joined Jessie and me as we headed off for an epic duck and Egyptian geese feeding session over at the Strand duck pond, marking the first ever time that either Chantelle or Jessie had ever been ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Jessica Sleeping on the Job (2012-01-21) | As a growing baby, Jessica is allowed as many naps as she wants - even if there is a cat underfoot! :) (My Life | Photo Gallery)
Frazer Irving: Judge Death - My Name is Death Cover (2005) (Reprint) | British comic book artist Frazer Irving has turned out to be somewhat of a premiere horror artist, churning out some fiendishly good work for 2000 AD in the past, before going on to make some big waves in the American comic book scene. Apart from his ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Android App: SmartTraining | Although you wouldn't say it by the look of me, I do actually do a fair bit of exercise and training. Because I'm loathe to spend a lot of money on training aids, I was looking for a low cost or free pedometer for my ... (CodeUnit)
Jessica is back at Last!! (Oh, and a Weekend Report) | Yay, finally Jessica is back with us, and everything is back to normal, routine and all! :) With creché opening on Monday, this was the last week of Jessica staying with Oupa and Ouma, and to be honest, it was becoming quite tough without my little ... (My Life)
Comic Book Art: Donna Troy by Nemesi-Har-Aralis | Donna Troy has been known to go under the names of Wonder Girl, Darkstar, Troia and just plain Donna Troy, which gives you a good indication that she's had quite the convoluted comic book history over the years. Regardless of all that, she is probably ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
First Impressions... Marvel Anime: X-Men (2011) | Admittedly, I quite enjoyed this entry in the Marvel Anime outing, which in total consists of a 12-part Iron Man, 12-part Wolverine, 12-part X-Men and 12-part Blade (in that order) run. The story is quite engaging, and sees a core X-Men group of Cyclops, ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Things I'm not Fond of (and thus hope Jessie doesn't get into): Tattoos | Before we start, a disclaimer. We are all human beings, meaning that we are entitled to have our own opinions. And just because I have an opinion about something, doesn't mean that you have to agree with it. Nor do I have to agree with ... (My Life)
Yuppiechef Premium Kitchen Tools is pretty Awesome | Disappointingly, the electronic kitchen scale I had bought for Chantelle for Christmas from Game didn't work right out of the box. However, as it turned out, this was quite a good thing because a) it didn't look as nice as it did in the picture ... (General Nonsense | My Life)
Touchwork officially releases Utiviti on the SurveyThumb Platform! | For the last two or so years I have been the lead architect and developer on one of Touchwork's flagship products, SurveyThumb, an extremely flexible, fully customizable online survey management system which is geared in particular to mobile phone data capture, the goal of which ... (CodeUnit)
Bart Sears and Mark Pennington: Rogue Trooper #15 Cover (1987) | Although a staple in the comic book market back home in Britain, 2000 AD has always traditionally struggled to get a proper foothold or even liking in the American comic book market, though it certainly hasn't been for the lack of trying. In the 1980's ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Check for Rootkit Infections in your Ubuntu install with Rootkit Detector (chkrootkit) | Although virus infections and rootkit exploits are fairly uncommon in Linux, and thus Ubuntu by extension, be it desktop installations or hosting servers, it never hurts to make sure that you are clean, and one of the better known Linux rootkit detectors out there is ... (CodeUnit)
Joke Factory: Rounding Up | Wondering just how many sheep he currently has grazing in his field, the farmer asks his sheepdog to go out and count them. The dog runs into the field, counts them, and then runs back to his master. "So," asks the farmer, "How many sheep are there?" "40," ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Review: GetBackers (Volume 4) | They've found the Stradivarius. Now to the hard part - getting it back! Of course, that is their job... and do it they must, even if it means once again going up against the mighty Protector, Ryudo Hishiki. The Protector is a big, burly, bone-crushing ... (Manga | My Reviews)
The Wagners, Braai and Jessica Weekend | Having not seen Jessica for a whole week now was simply far too much, so for this weekend past I hatched a plan which saw me spend time with her both Saturday and Sunday, thereby scratching the itch and making it a little easier to ... (My Life)
Monkey Town with Jessica | I tried really hard to get out and about with Jessica as much as possible over my December vacation period, and one of the trips we managed to go out on was to Monkey Town, literally down the (National) road from us, and a place ... (Jessica | My Life)
Little Mini Disasters | Sigh, so many little negative things to start the year off with, so I may as well list them here, why not? The first not so lekker thing is of course the creché being closed for a month and only reopening in the middle of January, ... (My Life)
How to Remove the Google Search Results Redirect Virus using Kapersky Lab's TDSSKiller Rootkit Remover | I picked up a nasty virus infection on my main work development PC, running Windows Vista Business. I don't know where or how it got picked up, but in all likelihood it was from a poisoned web page running some nasty Javascript payload that got ... (CodeUnit)
Eric Basaldua and Nei Ruffino: Salem's Daughter #0 Cover (2009) | Zenescope, known for their usually provocative cover art featuring scantily clad women, unleashed Salem's Daughter in 2009, written by Ralph Tedesco with interior artwork from Caio Menescal. From their release notes: The Salem witch trials of 1692 resulted in the hangings of 19 women and men. ... (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Highlight Your PHP Code Syntax with the WordPress Plugin, SyntaxHighlighter Evolved! | A website like this one involves the posting of a lot of code snippets and examples in a variety of development languages. Because code often looks a lot like a plain old bunch of textual gibberish, the ability to syntax-highlight the entry immediately makes it ... (CodeUnit)
Joke Factory: One Ravish Please | A farmer goes to a livestock dealer and buys an anvil, a bucket, two chickens, and a goose. The farmer looks at his varied purchases and exclaims, "Damn it, I WALKED here. How in the world am I going carry all of this home?!?" The livestock ... (Jokes & other Funny Stuff)
Review: Batman: Year One (2011) | "When Gotham City is in desperate need of heroes, two men take a stand for justice... but on opposite sides. Bruce Wayne returns home after years abroad to become a crime fighter, just as honest cop Lt. James Gordon moves to Gotham and finds corruption ... (My Reviews)
News Year's Weekend 2011/2012 | Ugh, it had to eventually come to an end, but of Tuesday 3rd of January 2012, I find myself firmly back behind the keyboard, banging out fresh new SurveyThumb code for my wage masters over at Touchwork. In truth, I thoroughly enjoyed my two weeks ... (My Life)
Gaming Update: Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions | Dante's Inferno | Red Dead Redemption | One of the things that pretty much fell to the wayside after having Jessie enter our lives is my gaming. Last year I pretty much sold off all my games (thank you Cash Crusaders) from my collection, and can count the number of titles I ... (Games | My Reviews)
WordPress PHP: Get the Month and Year of the Newest Post on Your Blog | To retrieve the month and day of the newest post on your blog via PHP (which you could of course include in a function) is relatively simple - in essence all that you are doing is putting in a call for the WordPress engine to ... (CodeUnit)
Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012 | So the annual retrospective is upon us, and to be honest, 2011 proved not to be a very memorable in terms of personal growth year, completely unlike its predecessor 2010 which was filled to the brim with big and exciting stuff. 2011 was dominated by one ... (My Life)
Photo Gallery: Feeding the Ducks at Sonstraal Dam (2012-01-01) | I've always loved heading over to Sonstraal Dam in Eversdal, armed with bread in hand and on a mission to feed the variety of ducks and geese that inhabit the dam. Now I get to pass on this tradition to my daughter, and seeing as ... (My Life | Photo Gallery)
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