Archive of February 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bon Scott

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of AC/DC's Bon Scott's death.  Although I don't follow AC/DC as much now as I once did, I still enjoy their music.  I remember very well the day that Bon died.  I was riding up I-94 North with my middle sister, Melanie driving when I heard the report on the radio.  I was very sad to hear this news because they had just started to break into the big time with "Highway to Hell".  I pretty much figured the band was done for because after all, how many bands survive losing their lead singer?  I'd say they survived very well indeed as the follow up release, "Back In Black" with Brian Johnson replacing Bon selling millions of copies.

Anyhow, Melanie just didn't understand the magnitude of Bon's death.  She wasn't into heavy metal at all and didn't even know who he was.  Sad.  Just sad.  This was major news in the rock world, and it completely escaped her.  For me this was huge because I lived for rock and roll then…and still do now.  R.I.P. Bon.

A tribute get together will be held in Cherry, AU tomorrow.
February 18, 2005 @ 12:55 pm | Category:
Thursday, February 17, 2005

Fetch J.D.

Ah, nothing like having a good reliable ol' dog around to fetch things for you.  Just think of all the cool things that you could teach him to fetch for you.  Your friends will be most impressed…that is, until it comes back and bites you in the ass!
February 17, 2005 @ 12:44 pm | Category:
Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Mind Shell

Mind Shell

Open up your mind to see
The world that unfolds before you
We all know what's the reality
Some day your dreams will find you

You may walk around in your hometown
Hoping they never lied to you
But I can see the arms around us
The're just trying to bind us

Sheltering us on our way down
The're just trying to find us
Scratching their way into our minds
To see what really excites us

February 16, 2005 @ 05:13 pm | Category:
Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Mall Security

What the hell is wrong with this country?  I generally try to catchup on some news headlines while eating my lunch.  Thus my being dumbfounded when I saw today's CNN "QuickVote" question: "Should there be mandatory security checks for everyone entering shopping malls?"  So I immediately weighed in my "For God's sake NO!" vote on this lofty matter and then quickly came here to blog about it!  I was relieved to see that as I write this, 83% of respondents agreed with the correct answer.  That would be a resounding "No" for my mentally challenged readers.  But amazingly enough, 17% of respondents think that you should have to go through security screening when entereing a shopping mall!

Here's the poll at the time I wrote this:

"Should there be mandatory security checks for everyone entering shopping malls?"
Yes         17%      25,332 votes
No          83%     122,535 votes
Total:   100%    147,867 votes

I can only hope that I don't know any of these nearly 25 thousand people.  If you fear for your safety so desparately that you think we need security screening at shopping malls, just start building that air tight bunker in your basement now.  Either that or you all need to move to your own highly secured private island.  Because I'm not about to live in your police state!
February 15, 2005 @ 12:51 pm | Category:
Sunday, February 13, 2005


February 13, 2005 @ 11:57 am | Category:
Saturday, February 12, 2005

MyClient (Hydra)

As mentioned in this entry, I've started work on a long overdue update to MyClient.  This is a complete rewrite from the ground up and will feature several significant changes.
  • Tabbed Interface - The current version allows for 3 query windows via links at the bottom of the page.  The new version will have a tabbed interface at the top and allow for a virtually unlimited number of query windows.  Whatever your system and brain can handle.  By default it will have 5 windows and a documentation tab.
  • Multiple DB Connections - Currently MyClient will only connect the 3 query windows to one database.  The new multi-headed version —thus the "Hydra" moniker, will allow for virtually unlimited multiple database connections as mentioned above.  There will be a default DB connection for all tabs and if you would like, you can specify a different connection on a per tab basis.  So by default you can have either the old single DB, multiple query window configuration, or you can a different DB connecton for each tab.  This a fundamental change to the way MyClient operates.
  • New Look - Hydra will have a new look similar to other projects in the PolarLava family.  This will be a CSS configurable layout.
  • Internationalization - Localized enabled to support your language.
  • XHTML Compliance - Hydra  will be XHTML 1.0 compliant.
  • CSS Compliance - Hydra  will be CSS2 compliant.
  • Register Globals - Hydra  will run with register_globals off.
  • Retained Features - The ability to save and load queries as well as the data dumping option will remain.  The way these operate may change, but the basic funtionality will remain.
This project is now in active development and updates on its progress will be posted as warranted.
February 12, 2005 @ 08:29 am | Category:

PolarLava Website Icon

As mentioned in this entry regarding Topic Name Change for my projects, I had changed the PolarLava Website icon to the little spider web icon:

Web Icon

I didn't really like that, but it was an improvement over the basic "PL" graphic.  So now I've found the new "exploding lava" icon that I've obviously decided to use because it's what you see above!
February 12, 2005 @ 07:18 am | Category:



I hear the sound
It's good and loud
I hear the drums
Lets have some fun
Guitars screaming
I can't be dreaming

Welcome to the show my friend
It's a long, long way to the end…

February 12, 2005 @ 07:10 am | Category:
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