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January 29, 2005

Upgrading Movable Type

Filed in: Website Management.

I'm scratching my head trying to work out why upgrading Movable Type isn't easier. MT has a website, my MT install is running on a web server which is by definition connected to the web. Why can't I just push a button on my MT install and have it automatically grab the updated files from MT's site?

Or am I missing something? Maybe there is a button and I just haven't seen it.

Posted at 5:25 PM | Comments (0)

January 28, 2005

Star Trek and alcohol

Filed in: Links, TV & Movies.

Modern Drunkard Magazine presents this item on alcohol in Star Trek, particularly the original series, but also TNG...

Wesley: So you mean I'm drunk! I feel strange, but also good.
Picard: (huffily putting aside his knitting) Because you have lost the capacity for self-judgment. Alcohol does this, Wesley!

Kirk would have challenged the upstart whelp to a Romulan Ale drinking contest, then hooked him up with an Orion slave girl.

Posted at 10:16 PM | Comments (5)

Moby Hotel

Filed in: Music.

Moby has launched Moby Hotel to promote his upcoming album "Hotel". It's a Flash-based site cunningly structured to resemble a hotel. Instead of registering, you sign in to a room which becomes your password (though it does seem a lot like registering... :)

On offer are samples of tracks from Hotel including one track you can buy and download, information about Hotel, and ambient music from the bonus CD which comes with the limited edition.

Edit: see also my experience buying Hotel.

Posted at 6:56 PM | Comments (2)

January 26, 2005

Back in Action

Filed in: Computers.

I now have my computer back. The problem turned out to be that the CPU had gone bad, causing it to superheat whenever a load was put on it, and subsequently reboot. That CPU has been replaced with a newer CPU of the same make and speed (AMD Athlon 2000).

To celebrate, I bought Paint Shop Pro 9. I've been using version 6 for ages, so 9 is a pretty big leap. Now I just have to work out what everything dones and I should be set. :)

Posted at 12:10 AM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2005

Where the Sea's Asleep

Filed in: Doctor Who.

Author Kate Orman has put together a Doctor Who/Blake's Seven fanzine, the price of which goes entirely to the Red Cross for use in Tsunami relief. The zine is named Where the Sea's Asleep. I have volunteered to distribute it in New Zealand...

On the not-having-a-computer front, my computer is unfortunately still at the shop. This is mostly why I haven't updated in a while.

Posted at 10:28 PM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2005

That's Not Milk

Filed in: Misc.

Meg was telling me about a skyscraper advert which was appearing on a certain free email service in the States. Here in NZ I get the Xtra-branded version, so I didn't see the advert. What you see at right is a cropped version of the advert (which is actually created in Shockwave flash, so what you see is a lower-quality recreation).

Exactly what is the gingerbread man doing to the side of the glass?

And what does that have to do with mortgages (which the advert was for)?

Current theories (other than the obvious):
He's doing pushups.
He's raging mad at the mortgage prices.
He's trying to get out of the glass so he can buy a house.

Meg also says they've changed the advert now so that there are cookies in the glass as well...

Posted at 12:04 PM | Comments (0)

January 15, 2005

Star Trek Overload

Filed in: TV & Movies.

I've been working my way through the DVDs of the original series of Star Trek. The problem with this is after watching several episodes in a row, I read web pages and they sound like William Shatner in my head. This makes the process of reading them slower because he kepts pausing all the damn time. Maybe if I concentrate I can get Leonard Nimoy reading them instead.

I have the same problem when I watch too much Farscape, only then it's usually Ben Browder. Or when I listen to Doctor Who audios and everyone on IRC starts sounding like Paul McGann. It's distracting!

Posted at 9:52 PM | Comments (1)

More Icons

Filed in: Website Management.

Imagine my surprise after I merged my page of LiveJournal stuff into my main domain (it previously occupied my ISP-given webspace) and got a hold of the site stats to find it is almost the most popular part of my site.

I therefore decided I should probably update it, so I've added a page of Star Trek: Voyager icons (all but one previously posted here), some Greg the Bunny icons to the miscellaneous icons page and another Unreal Tournament 2k4 icon.

Some of them may even be good.

Posted at 12:37 AM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2005

The Latest in Trek Fashion

Filed in: TV & Movies.

Actress Nancy Kovak models the Muppet-skin bra. Available in bright orange, bright red, bright blue, and bright yellow, the Muppet-skin bra is snug and warm in winter. It can also be worn as outer-wear! The only drawback is that it makes it look like you have Elmo clinging to your chest.

Posted at 7:06 PM | Comments (4)

January 11, 2005

Stargate SG-1

Filed in: Links.

Nostalgia presents the best Stargate SG-1 StickFic ever!

*drums fingers while he waits for his PC to return*

Posted at 9:53 PM | Comments (0)

January 10, 2005

Mike Oldfield screensavers

Filed in: Music.

[Cover of Mike Oldfield's Elements]I got a DVD in the mail today from Amazon UK - Mike Oldfield's Elements, a collection of music videos from his Virgin era. They're all from the 70s and 80s, using state-of-the-art effects, so of course they're pretty dated...

The 70s vids have CSO all over them. Someone made the clever decision to use yellow CSO during the Tubular Bells performance, and unfortunately the front of one of Mike's guitars was yellow, leading to Invisible Guitar Syndrome.

Some of the 80s vids use computer graphics which are about screen-saver standard these days (seriously, if it wasn't for the live action, I'd swear I'd seen one running on a PC somewhere...)

Almost as fun as the special effects was watching Mike's hairstyle change through the years from his long-haired hippy phase to 80s styles including (at one point) a mullet. Class.

Now, a DVD of his later Warner Music output would be quite nice too...

Posted at 11:34 PM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2005

Hi ho, Hi ho

Filed in: Misc.

Tomorrow is Back To Work Day. This means:

  1. Attempting to overcome the insomnia I've developed by sleeping in the last two weeks.
  2. Mailing a pile of stuff which I've finished watching back to Jeff (Mainly Star Trek DVDs).
  3. Taking my computer in to the shop to get fixed.
    and:
  4. Oh, yeah, getting back into doing work.

Still, here's to having a job to go to. :)

Posted at 3:47 PM | Comments (1)

January 8, 2005

SA + LJ

Filed in: Weblogging.

You've no doubt already heard that Six Apart, creators of Movable Type, which is used to make this here weblog, have bought LiveJournal.

One of the best parts of this is that LiveJournal will fairly shortly (and finally) get the long awaited trackback support (which I believe it needs to be taken more seriously in the blogging community at large). It's only fair that Movable Type gets some LiveJournal features in return, of course, and I think it's obvious what the first such feature should be... :)

Posted at 4:36 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)

Ultimate Blacklist!

Filed in: Spam.

Via Aardvark:

Aunty Spam's Net Patrol reports: A little birdie with insider knowledge has confirmed that Verizon is blocking all international IP space from RIPE, APNIC, and more, and is only unblocking specific domains, based on their IP address, when complaints are made and escalated.

If that's true, then it seems Verizon has stumbled on an interesting solution to the spam problem, though probably not a sustainable one over the long term, due to the amount of complaints they'll get (though they may well be blocking the complaints as well!).

Posted at 2:28 PM | Comments (0)

January 6, 2005

BlogShares and the porn links

Filed in: Internet.

I inadvertantly discovered that BlogShares has some interesting HTML on their site. In the "Junior Sponsors" box, right below "BlogShares Gear" there's a row of 1 pixel, white links to porn sites.

Course there's a comment in the source to remove it after the 20th, so if you're reading this later than the 20th of January, they are probably gone...

Posted at 10:31 PM | Comments (2)

January 5, 2005

Star Trek

Filed in: TV & Movies.

I've been watching a lot of Star Trek (the original series) recently. Once you know James Doohan is intentionally keeping his right hand out of shot so you can't see (or rather fail to see) his missing finger, it becomes intensely distracting. My eyes are drawn to following his right wrist around just trying to catch a glimpse of his hand.

Or maybe I'm just weird.

I'm currently partway through season 2. Great series, but then I haven't yet watched such clankers as Spock's Brain or And the Children Shall Lead yet...

Posted at 6:54 PM | Comments (8)

January 4, 2005

Grrrrr

Filed in: Computers.

Every time my computer resets when I have FireFox open, FireFox completely wipes its history. This is only a minor inconvenience to be sure, but still an annoyance.

I can only guess that FireFox keeps the history file open while it's running, and the computer resetting therefore corrupts the file. If so, that's a bit of a sloppy way to do it.

Posted at 4:57 PM | Comments (0)

January 3, 2005

Identifying music

Filed in: Music.

I went to see a movie today. Before it started (and before the manditory 15 minutes of advertising they make us sit through beforehand) there was piped chillout music.

The song playing when we sat down was a minimalistic piece consisting of a steady beat, with samples of (1) an adult male saying "orange", (2) some small children laughing, and (3) a female voice, possibly computer synthesized, counting upwards. Morgan pronounced it the most irritating song ever.

Of course, good luck googling for it with those lyrics. It's not driving me nuts trying to find out the name and artist. It could have been a compilation album they were playing - the next song was Moby's "Porcelain", but that's still not really a lot of help...

Posted at 6:56 PM | Comments (1)

January 2, 2005

BlogExplosion and popup windows

Filed in: Internet.

Once again, I got a popup window while surfing on BlogExplosion. The "Block popup windows" option in FireFox is also being disabled by the same javascript that launches the popup window.

I have reported the problem to BlogExplosion. Of course, when you go back to the same blog, the popup doesn't come up again, making it difficult to trace. I have some suspicions as to what's causing it...

I've added the domain from whence it came to my hosts file to attempt to block it

Posted at 10:30 PM | Comments (3)

January 1, 2005

Happy New Year!

Filed in: Misc.

Here's hoping the 21st century improves from now on!

Posted at 12:04 AM | Comments (0)

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