Archive of January 2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

PolarLava CycleLog V2.4.0

A couple of slick changes —well at least I think they are slick, to the CycleLog.  I've now added "Previous" and "Next" to the Latest Ride, Random Ride and Search when individual rides are displayed.

Additionally these same pages now also include a "Other rides on this date…" section if other rides are found on the same (month and) day.  This is a handy way —again, for me anyway, to quickly find and compare rides at the same point in the season in previous years.

Additional changes are also planned and this entry will be updated as appropriate when necessary.



Some dummy had this under the "Beer!" topic.  ;)

I've now changed the data display font to a fixed width font and data is now colorized.  Blue=indoors, green=outdoors and red=total in most summary displays.  On individual rides I've opted to use red.  Probably not completely done playing with the layout/color/font thing, but it's pretty close I think.



I've finally added a Bikes page to the CycleLog.  This is something I started working on several months back, but it was shelved while I attended to a number of other matters.  I'm happy with it as it is, but at some point in the future I would like to expand it to include a photo of each of the bikes.  But that will have to wait until I actually have some photos of them!
January 12, 2007 @ 01:05 pm | Category:
Thursday, January 11, 2007

Accent? What accent?

Apparently I can't escape my Midwest upbringing!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?"  Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
January 11, 2007 @ 12:38 pm | Category:

Blue Point Toasted Lager

Blue Point Toasted Lager
January 11, 2007 @ 12:35 pm | Category:
Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Baby, that’s silly!

I have to say that several of The top 10 most ridiculous products for babies really made me laugh.
January 10, 2007 @ 01:41 pm | Category:
Tuesday, January 09, 2007

3 More Sailboats on Lake Ontario

3 More Sailboats on Lake Ontario
January 9, 2007 @ 09:50 pm | Category:

3 Sailboats on Lake Ontario

3 Sailboats on Lake Ontario
January 9, 2007 @ 09:45 pm | Category:
Monday, January 08, 2007

Akismet for PolarBlog

In my continuing effort to battle (mostly trackback) spam, I've implemented Akismet spam blocking using PHP5Akismet.  This is now running on this blog and will be in the next PolarBlog release as a configurable option.

OK, Apparently I lied.  PolarBlog hasn't really been on a serious hiatus as I've managed to do a few things in tandem the past few weeks.  As such, I will be releasing PolarBlog V1.10.0 in the coming weeks.  One of the key features is the additional spam blocking of Akismet in addition to the recently added RBL system.  Since this addition and building up a reasonable RBL keyword block list, I get virtually no spam posted to the blog.  There are two caveats to this new feature; 1) You must be running PHP5 and 2) You must sign-up with to get an API key.  So if you meet the PHP5 qualification, want to get a head start and only intend to use it with PolarBlog, select the "Just a username, please." option.

Additionally I've added another email notification option that only sends notification on comments and trackbacks that have not been flagged as spam.  Although I've been getting flooded with spam on this blog and it's not being displayed, I was still getting a ton of pointless email.  Problem solved.  There are also a handful of bug fixes too!

After this release I likely will be spending less time on PolarBlog.  But note, moving forward things will probably become more PHP5 centric.  I've maintained PHP4 compatibility for over a year now even though I made the switch to PHP5 back then.  The time has come for you to do the same.  If your current hosting provider doesn't offer PHP5 or is reluctant to do so, might I suggest A2 Web Hosting.  This is where I'm hosted and they have been very reliable and more importantly (to me anyway) very responsive to support requests.
January 8, 2007 @ 01:00 pm | Category:

Mushroom Men and the Chemical Dream

Mushroom Men and the Chemical Dream

Walk on down, on down the street
look Where you're at, what can it be?
Mushroom men strapped into their seats
Tell me where, you have reached
"We have feet like roots of a tree,
from the ground is where we feed."
Organical seed, bassis for dreams
C17H21C17NO4, nose bleed
Shaking leaf to hold the ground
Mushroom men and the chemical dream

Mirror, mirror on the floor
Don't look now there isn't no more
Mushroom men you look kind of scared
The broke mirror reflecting your fear

January 8, 2007 @ 12:58 pm | Category:
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