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Just joking…

That’s not a real web fatwa I’ve issued, it’s just a pretend one. I don’t think I have quite the status required to issue a fatwa. Just in case there are any real nuts out there….

, Wednesday, April 28th, 2004

David Emberton must die!

Nuts, anybody?

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) are a classic example of the madness. Reared in a cubicle somewhere, they’re pitched as the pinnacle of document styling. CSS are public, free and future-proof. Sounds great until you realise that: a) you need a degree to understand them; b) Microsoft doesn’t care about them; and c) they suck.

A degree to understand CSS? This is the kind of garbage you expect from a ‘Flashcist’ (Macromedia Flash Nazi).

Found at Ben’s site. Good to see that Colin (aka the gutted geek) appears to have returned to the fold too.

, Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

Reality bites

update: 05 May – These have been taken off the server so the link won’t work…. it’s too bad because I think people need to see the type of shots that were there.

These are pics from Iraq – some are pretty graphic . It makes you sick really.

, Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

Moving a MySQL database

I’ve been shifting some PHP stuff from my laptop to a server the last couple of days and the time came to move the MySQL database to the server too. I haven’t actually done it yet, and it will be interesting to see if it works or not. I found information in an unlikely place – the Adobe support site:

http://support.adobe.com/devsup/devsup.nsf/docs/52353.htm

More interesting, I thought, was that URL. Am I going off Domino? Nope – still something there….

, Tuesday, April 20th, 2004

Give us plenty, give us peace

For some reason I found myself reading the US national anthem (and singing it!). The lyrics are quite powerful, and revolve largely around the flag. The anthem is also something of a charter, something that people look to for direction on their national character (land of the free, home of the brave, etc).

The NZ anthem, that I guess most kiwis only know the first verse of, also contains some stirring lines and could also act as a point of reference for national character.

The little known third verse states – “Peace, not war, shall be our boast,” and “Let our cause be just and right, God defend New Zealand.”

Other gems include “Give us plenty, give us peace”; “Preaching love and truth to man”; and:
“May our mountains ever be
Freedom’s ramparts on the sea”.

, Monday, April 19th, 2004

Recent Films

Touching the Void
A documentary set amidst a mountaineering expedition that goes tits-up. I was intrigued by the ethical situation that confronted the climbers, and the strength of their survival instinct.

Almost Famous Boring. Interesting story, on the whole well acted (although unlike most people I thought Kate Hudson’s effort was fairly lame) and filmed. I’m surprised that it won an oscar for best original screenplay. Like a cup of weak tea, bland and forgetable.

Seven Samurai Wicked. This is a fantastic action film (I’ve seen it called ‘arthouse action’). It is a riveting story of a poor village that attempt to hire samurai to protect them from bandits. The problem is that they don’t have any money, so need samurai who will do it for nothing. Dramatic and exciting, it has been a major influence on the western genre.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, April 18th, 2004

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Maida Vale, London, Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Naming divs

I didn’t know about naming rules/illegal characters for div/spans – they can’t start with a number – it has to be letter. Apart from that they can include letters, numbers, -, _, : and fullstops.

Also, and this is pretty cool, the id attribute acts as an anchor – so there’s no need to specify an “a name=”, you can just reference the id (which of course is unique).

Form the horse’s mouth:

ID and NAME tokens must begin with a letter ( A-Za-z ) and may be followed by any number of letters, digits ( 0-9 ), hyphens (“-”), underscores (“_”), colons (“:”), and periods (“.”).

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Mystic River and the Friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans
A documentary about a family coping after two of its members are accused and incarcerated for child abuse. Definitely worth seeing. I had nightmares about Marty Friedman after seeing this.

Mystic River
Mystic River has a brutal and disturbing message. I was shocked and angry when I left the movie theater. I was expecting a Clint Eastwood number more along the line of Unforgiven. I calmed down and Tash told me what she thought. I have a different point of view now, but I think I need to see it again to take it all in. Despite this – see this film. You may not like it but if you ‘go for the ride’ you may experience quite a trip.

Interesting post on the Internet Movie Database claiming the film is ‘leftist propaganda’. I actually thought that it was ultra right-wing, law of the jungle propaganda at first, but Eastwood doesn’t strike me as being that way inclined.

I do not recommend watching these two back to back. Too full on.

Maida Vale, London, Sunday, April 18th, 2004

Last time I was in Paris

Sacre Coure

This was taken last time I was in Paris. Great building.

Maida Vale, London, Friday, April 9th, 2004

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