Archive of December 2004

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Transformer Man

You really need to check out Neogentronyx.  I'm a bit too old to have played with Transformers as a kid, but this guy apparently did.  And it would seem that he never outgrew them.  This whole project is obviously the culmination of years of childhood daydreaming.  Actually I'm glad that this guy has "way too much time" to work on this, because I don't.  But I'd love to have one of these!  ;)
December 29, 2004 @ 12:53 pm | Category:
Thursday, December 23, 2004

Ski Masks

I sure hope I get one of these under my Christmas tree!  Actually, I want three friends to get them too…  Then we can start a band, ala KISS!
December 23, 2004 @ 04:46 pm | Category:

Parental Malfeasance

Anyone who really knows me surely know that I don't like Wal-Mart because of their "Always Low Prices (at any cost to supplier companies and exploited third-world workers)!" motto.  But I have to take there side in this one.  If a company follows the laws that govern gun sales, you can't sue them for selling your adult child a gun that they then used to kill themselves.  I'm sorry.  It's tragic, but Wal-Mart didn't shoot them!  What's next?  If some nut job jumps in front of my car and I run them over, do I get sued for "wrongful death" because I could have taken an alternate route to my destination?  The only things I see coming out of this case are two parent who are prolonging the agony over the death of their child, and a group of lawyers with jinglier pockets!
December 23, 2004 @ 12:57 pm | Category:

PolarBlog V1.4.0 Alpha/Beta

I'm now running what will likely be PolarBlog V1.4.0 on this site.  The only noticeable change you will see is the addition of the "Topics" links in the right navigation menu.  This, like most of the features can be turned off via a configuration option if you don't want it.  There may be some additional features added, thus the "Alpha" aspect of this, but mostly it is a "Beta" of what will be released.  See this changelog for the quick rundown of what else is in this release.
December 23, 2004 @ 07:36 am | Category:
Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Beer Pump

It seems a A 21-year-old Perth man who for obvious reasons has chosen to remain anonymous, nearly killed himself using what I've termed "The Beer Pump".  Beer Bongs are crazy enough, but this truly is insanity.  This is sort of a "Darwin's Work" lite though, as he did survive…likely to do something incredibly stupid in the future that will end his days.
December 21, 2004 @ 12:44 pm | Category:


Well, I've finally gotten back on my bike after nearly a three month layoff.  This year was an unmitigated disaster for me when it comes to cycling.  I took no long rides and had very little time on the weekends to ride.  Then in September I got sick.  Then I got busy.  Then I got sick again.  Then I was on vacation.  Then I got sick —again!  And all the while laziness settled in and the house started getting cold in the morning…a sure recipe for failure.   Now with less than two weeks left in the year, I've suddenly found some motivation.  This means very little for this year, but could be a good springboard into 2005.  I now just need to stay motivated and overcome the cold floors and general lethargy in the mornings to maintain it.  Must think strong.
December 21, 2004 @ 07:41 am | Category:
Monday, December 20, 2004

PolarBlog V1.3.0 Released

PolarBlog V1.3.0 has been released.  This release contains…

  • Internationalization (I18N) Support - PolarBlog should now be capable of displaying in languages other than U.S. English.  This release contains both English and German language files.  If you are fluent in another language and are interested in using PolarBlog in another language, please read this blog entry.

Bug Fixes
  • Comment email notification not always being sent.
  • Comment emails not being sent, but replies work.
  • Displayed comments sometimes appear out of order.
  • Search results are displayed oldest to newest instead of newest to oldest.
  • "Next" navigation button is erroroneously displayed with search results.
  • Double slashes in URL when PolarBlog is the servers root page.

Configuration Changes See the PolarBlog Changes file for more information.  Please see the PolarBlog Upgrading documentation for information on upgrading your installation.

December 20, 2004 @ 07:31 am | Category:
Sunday, December 19, 2004

New Front Page

After much contemplation, I've finally come up with something to put on my front page other than just the lava lamp.

I've been unhappy with the front page for quite some time, but wasn't really sure what to do with it.  I didn't want my blog as my front page so I needed to come up with some sort of introduction page.  After all, it is effectively the "welcome mat" at your front door and should make a visitor feel welcome and explain what they will find "inside".  Thus I've added such an introduction and a brief outline of my various projects.  Actually, I think most user of my site come through one of the "side doors"…most likely one of the projects, but then surf around from there.  I know this is often how I learn more about someone on the web…I find a deep link into their site and then start exploring the rest of their site.  Thus my new front page provides a quick rundown of who I am and what's going on here.  I hope you like it as most anything would be an improvement over the previous stark page that it was.
December 19, 2004 @ 08:02 am | Category:
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