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January 2014 Archive (31 posts)

DataTables: Disable Sorting on a Column | DataTables is a fantastic jQuery-powered plugin that supercharges your ordinary HTML tables and as such is pretty much my de facto method for presenting tabular data. I often include special 'action' columns in my table where I lump in all my row data manipulating buttons and ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Review: Noir (2001) | Present day Europe. Mireille Bouquet is Noir, one of Europe's most deadliest assassins. However, her life is uprooted when she comes into contact with a young girl named Yuumura Kirika. She has no past, but she has knowledge of Noir. And she knows how to ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Windows: How to Comment out a Line in a Batch File | As a reminder to myself so that I don't have to Google it each and every time I need to work on a Windows Server (in other words, very seldom), there are three ways of adding comments into batch files (.bat) in Windows. The first, most ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Ubuntu Server: How to Attach and Mount a Hard Drive | The other day we needed to pull data off a restored VM running an older LTS version of Ubuntu Server. My IT contact helpfully attached a small 500 MB drive to the VMware vSphere server and then left me to do the rest. This is ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Review: Momoiro Sisters (1998) | Murakami Momoko and Murakami Sakura are sisters living together. Momoko is a sweet, virgin high school girl while Sakura is a more... worldly office worker. While Momoko is just moving into the realm of love, relationships and sex, Sakura has more than had her fill ... (Anime | My Reviews)
SSL Shopper's Useful Online SSL Certificate Debugging Tools | I've mentioned SSL Shopper's useful SSL Checker online utility before, but I don't think I've every made a full note of the great set of SSL certificate debugging utilities that they currently host on their site. So more for my reference than anything else, I'm ... (Software & Sites)
LEGO on the cheap: Enlighten Bricks | As a child I adored LEGO. Obviously we didn't have very much in terms of LEGO sets, because even in the 80's LEGO was ridiculously overpriced and we were poor(ish). Today it feels even worse. (The overpriced LEGO, not being poor.) A brand new, wonderfully stocked ... (My Life | Toys)
Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014 | So reflecting back on 2013 very quickly points to it as having been a rather uneventful year - certainly not a horrible year, but certainly not a very exciting year either! Having already downgraded my outlook for the year to a more realistic view at ... (My Life) reviews the latest Range Rover Autobiography | The Range Rover Autobiography. That's a terrible name for a car quite frankly, so obnoxious, so silly. That said, there isn't very much silly about this over the top, high end luxury SUV that features more leather and massaging seats than you would find on ... (Partner Content)
Sunday 26 January 2014: Century City Natural Goods Market | Chantelle's Cupcakery starts up again for 2014, kicking things off by manning a stall at the always bustling Willowbridge Slow Food Market on Saturday 25 January, followed by a stall showing at the impossible not to love Century City Natural Goods Market on Sunday 26 ... (Events)
For Sale: Sturdy White Baby Compactum - R1,200 | Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available for purchase. Although we've just had our second baby arrive on the scene, unfortunately the room that she now calls her own simply doesn't have enough floor space to accommodate the beautifully ... (For Sale)
For Sale: Flatscreen TV Stand - R200 | Please note that this item has since been sold and is no longer available for purchase. Sadly, with the recent birth of my second child, my space in the house has shrunk yet again (in other words, I lost my man cave office space), meaning that ... (For Sale)
Ubuntu Server: Apache: Turn off SSL | In the event that you've traditionally had your Apache webserver serving up SSL-encrypted web traffic on your Ubuntu server and you've now gone and changed your mind (or simply don't want to pay for the privilege of someone else saying you're perfectly safe and okay, ... (Tips, Tricks and Tutorials)
Comic Book Art: Wolverine by Jock | I'm quite a fan of Jock's always pleasing comic book artwork (having first been introduced to his work in Judge Dredd Megazine all those years ago), and thus it came as no surprise that he nailed this piece of cover art, featuring everyone's favourite short, ... (Comic Book Art)
Review: Metropolis (2001) | Metropolis: A future society, where humans and robots co-exist. A giant city-state, atop of which rests what could be termed a symbol of the advanced civilisation, the newly completed skyscraper Ziggurat, where an opening ceremony is underway... During the middle of a florid speech by ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Emily and Chantelle Return Home (2014-01-16) | Eventually Chantelle's lovely rest break at the hospital had to come to an end - which of course translates to "Yay, Emily is coming home!" time. And so far so good, Jessica has been pretty good with the new addition to the family. Hopefully this lasts... (Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: Emily and Chantelle in Hospital (2014-01-14) | Chantelle and Emily stayed the required three nights at hospital following the successful cesarean section operation on the Monday morning. Naturally, I paid them plenty of visits over that period - even taking Jess along every now and then too! Chantelle enjoyed the rest break (no ... (Photo Gallery)
Photo Gallery: The Birth of Emily Jane Lotter (2014-01-13) | On the 13th of January 2014, 08:14, via a Cesarean Section performed by the awesome Dr. Jane La Grange at Mediclinic Vergelegen in Somerset West, little Lotter #2, weighing in at a healthy 3.53 kg, was brought kicking and screaming into this world - say ... (Photo Gallery)
Review: Love Hina (2000) | Urashima Keitaro and his childhood sweetheart make a promise to be accepted at and to meet each other at the prestigous Tokyo University before she moved out of his life. Problem is, the promise was made 15 years ago, and Keitaro has no idea what ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Visit to Cape Town Company's Garden (2014-01-11) | We were in Cape Town to check out the Hope Street Market as a possible trading venue (it was a little disappointing truth be told), and whilst there, I came up with the impromptu idea of taking Jess and Chantelle (who claims to have never ... (Photo Gallery)
A Gaming Round-up: DmC, Sleeping Dogs, etc. | I have a confession to make. I'm pretty much over single-player gaming these days. Blame lack of diminishing returns, or just pure apathy, but I no longer find it hugely entertaining to sit down by myself with controller in hand for an hour or two ... (Games | My Reviews)
Comic Book Art: Batman by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray | The dynamic duo art team of Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray pull out all the stops in delivering this rather fearsome rendering of the Dark Knight, leaping into action and ready for a bloody fight! (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
An Emily Update | So the end of the road is finally in sight - this coming Monday, 13 January 2014, Chantelle and I will be welcoming into this world our little Emily, in all likelihood the last addition to our little branch of the Lotter Clan. It's been a ... (My Life)
Lollos and Lettie Birthday Cake Print | Andrea and Albert recently(-ish) hosted a Lollos-themed birthday party for little Bella who turned three (and when I say Lollos-themed, I mean that they had the actual Lollos costume there - which Jessica absolutely loved to bits mind you. It certainly helps to be in ... (Design)
And I'm back... More or Less | Well I can't say that I didn't enjoy my extended break from blogging - I've pretty much not written anything of substance since mid-October last year, and taking a break from the keyboard in the evenings to rather spend time with either Jess or Chantelle, ... (Blogging)
Photo Gallery: Jessica Enjoys Playing LEGO (2014-01-08) | Pleasingly, Jessica is developing quite a fondness for LEGO. This makes me very happy, because I remember enjoying LEGO tremendously as a child. Sadly, this also fills me with deep angst and regret - because of course true LEGO is very, very expensive. Thankfully, I should be ... (Photo Gallery)
Comic Book Art: Bruce Wayne by Greg Capullo | It's difficult not to love Greg Capullo's explosive, dynamic pencils, and this bit of cover art depicting a gun wielding Bruce Wayne, in other words the Batman, most certainly makes for a worthy bit of comic book art appreciation. (Comic Book Art | Comic Books)
Review: Kiddy Grade (2002) | Stars Century 0328. Planet Aineias. 162 years ago, in the year SC:0165, the Galactic Union and the Galactic Organisation of Trade and Tariffs (GOTT) were formed. At the time, the job of the Earth-based headquarters was to correct economic imbalance, arbitrate disputes and negotiate contracts ... (Anime | My Reviews)
Photo Gallery: Impromptu Picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve (2014-01-02) | It seemed like a very good idea to start off 2014 with a breath of fresh air, and as such an impromptu picnic for Jess, myself and a heavily pregnant Chantelle seemed an awfully great idea at the time. We played, we ate, and we relaxed ... (Photo Gallery)
Ryan Benjamin: Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #1 Cover (2011) | They're a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous they're sheer suicide! Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they're being interrogated about their mission - and about who's pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Written ... (Comic Book Art)
Military Aircraft: Swedish Saab JAS 39 Gripen (1997) | The Saab JAS 39 Gripen (Griffin) is a lightweight single-engine multi-role fighter jet manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force (Flygvapnet). The Gripen has a delta wing and ... (Military Aircraft)
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