September 2005 Archives

Queensland Highlights

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Brisbane from Mount Coot-tha Stu's tank with six Harlequin Rasboras Hawaiian shirt day at Stu's office Sillouette of Stu's Chinese sculptures Close up of some of the Harlequin Rasboras The hotel room we had in Noosa was bigger than my flat! (and Stu's too) One of my favourite ever photos of Stu The beach at Noosa The pool at our hotel Lion fish we saw in a marine tank setup in a club on Hastings St At Jasper's Restaurant Noosa from the lookout Pelican at Maroochydore Whale breaching off the coast of Maroochydore (taken at full zoom, at 8 megapix, and cropped to actual pixel size - I love my camera :)

No fear

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I swear my baby kribs aren't afraid of anything. I did a water change in their tank tonight using the big siphon, and the damned little fish wouldn't get out of the way, they just swam around the gaping plastic nozzle wondering what it was. I couldn't siphon properly because I was afraid of sucking little fish out! Crazy little fish. Wish their bigger brothers and sisters at work were that tame. Then they might actually come out instead of hiding under their rocks and pots.

Stu has well and truly caught the fish tank bug. He's only had fish for five days and is already planning how to rearrange his study to fit more tanks in. Once you pop, you can't stop dear :)

The NeverEnding Story

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Watched The NeverEnding Story with George tonight. Haven't seen it something like 18 years. Realised how much of it I'd forgotten - probably because it's somewhat of a forgettable film in a lot of ways. Which is a bit strange because I seem to recall fond memories of it heh.

Haven't heard the theme song in probably that long too, although there is part of the sound track that I have as a trance track somewhere, although finding it would be a bit difficult :) Might make it a project for the long weekend :)

Home, James

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mmm a day that I really didn't want to come to an end...

Wallace and Gromit
Decided not to bother going to the beach again, so slept a bit late, before checking out and having brekky in Noosa Junction. Then wandered up and down looking at the shops, before seeing a midday session of Wallace and Grommit. It was quite silly really. Still, it was only $7, so can't complain too much. After the movie we headed up to the lookout at the top of Noosa, before a slow meander down the coast, winding up in Maroochydore late in the afternoon. Found an aquarium to look through, and did some whale spotting from the lighthouse, before chilling out for a bit, then Sizzler for dinner, and then onto the airport. Very sadly said goodbye to my boy before getting onto a Jetstar flight home.

I'd never flown Jetstar before. They really are quite an odd setup for flights. The main oddity being that they don't allocate seats. They have three boarding groups - orange for people with special needs, like little kids, then blue for people that checkin early, then silver for everyone else. I was in the blue group. So you get inside the secured terminal and gather round the three queue lines. And then it's first come first served. I waited near the front of the blue line and got onto the plane very early. I actually realised halfway up the front stairs that I could have gone to the back of the plane, which is what I'm used to doing (as business class is at the front). But Jetstar don't have business class. So I actually could have sat in the very front row of the plane, but didn't because I still had in my head that they might be reserved. So I sat in the second row. I've never sat that close to the front of the plane before! The window position was better in the second row anyway, and was out of sight of flight attendants who might have gotten grumpy at me using my camera. It's a totally different sound at the front of the plane, and not as noisy. Although this was an A320, and I'm used to 737s at the moment.

James gave me a lift home, which was lovely of him.
Although I'd really rather not be home.. would much rather have gone home with Stu :( This whole back to reality thing sux (that, and cleaning out several hundred comment spams, yay). I had a thoroughly fantastic holiday with Stu, and we managed to spend six whole days together without getting sick of each other, which can only be a good thing :)

Beach. Food. Spa. Sleep. Snuggle. Beer. Food. TV.

Sounds like a pretty good day to me :)

(The title of the book Stu is reading at the moment :) )

Mmmm my lovely holiday continues. Slept lat(ish), then had a relaxing morning doing not much, before heading up to Noosa! Took a while to figure out how to get into the hotel, which is on Hastings Street, but found it eventually round the back. Went and had a very late lunch at the foodcourt in the main street, wandered up and down the beach for a bit, before going back to the hotel for a swim. Had a bit of a siesta, then watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on cable. Then we went out for dinner - to Copenhagen ;) But heck, I'm on holidays, I can have ice cream for dinner if I want to, right? :)

Saturday

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Given up on asking Stu for titles ;) (yet mine is no more interesting ;) )

As is Stu's Saturday morning tradition, we went out for breakfast. Or brunch really. Went to a nice cafe in Ascot and I had bacon and eggs and tomato and toast, and Stu had bacon and eggs and kransky and tomato and mushrooms and hashbrowns and toast.. yummyo. Kept us going for the entire day it did :)

After brekky we found a Westfield and finished collecting supplies for the fish tank. As well as going into an Athlete's Foot and we both ended up with new sneakers heh.

Then it was some vegging out for the afternoon before heading out to Chay and David's for a lovely roast chicken dinner, and then we watched the Fifth Element.

All in all another great day, although I couldn't quite keep awake by the end of it heh.

Breakfast

Randomly generated title

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Howl's Moving Castle

Sigh, Stu can't think of a title for this entry, so going with the NWN option of generating a randomly generated one ;)

Another lazy morning sleeping late and pottering about - gotta love holidays :)

Late morning we went to Aquariums R us, which we thought Would be a store, but looked more like a big old house that someone was trading out of. There were houses all around it and a tiny little sign on the building meant we drove right past the place. Silly really. But we did pick up quite a few bits and pieces for Stu's tank.

After lunch (haloumi cheese yummmm) was a trek to another store, the time to get fishies. Stu wanted to get some cardinal tetras, but this place wanted $10 each for then :( So instead he got some Harlequin Rasboras which were cute too (see below)

Harlequin Rasboras

Then it was a trip into town to attend a drinks thingie at Stu's work. It was great to put some faces to names for people like Shazzy and Tash and Geoff. And it was hawaiian shirt themed, for which Stu fit the part well and was suitably praised :) I of course had the excuse that I didn't know it was on :). Had a couple of pina coladas and have had that damned song in my head all night. Might have to go think about llamas or something :)

After drinks we went and saw Howl's Moving Castle which was really sweet and quite enjoyable.

Then finished off the evening with a slice of pizza from the New York Slice Pizzeria - yummm, and a gelato - also yummm - highly recommend the apple pie one!

And now in bed on the blackberry for another late night oops :)

Late night musings

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Another title courtesy of Stu... Expect a few more like that ;)

Today was a thoroughly relaxing day. Lazed around all morning before heading out for a doctors appointment for Stu.

On the way back from the doctor we went up Mt Coot-tha to look at the view and get some daytime panorama photos. It was getting rather late at this point so we had lunch at the lookout - a very pleasant place to have lunch indeed.

We pottered around for a bit in the afternoon before going out food shopping, then back home to cook it and watch videos/dvds.

Feeling extremelly tired right about now, looking forward to sleeeeeeep.

Insert title here

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Not a terribly imaginative title, you can blame Stu for that - I asked him for a title for this entry and that's what he came up with :)

So today began at 4:20 when I woke from a disturbing dream that Robin had gone skiing with Jim and John earlier in the year. I woke up thinking it could actually have been true and lost all enthusiasm to go to work early heh

So after a little bit of a sleepin, I wandered into work to cut up images for the frontpage of our website. The thing was, we decided to cmpletely redo the graphics on the front page of the site - on thursday last week. Final mockups were obtained at 4pm yesterday! So this morning it was a frantic rush to redesign the layout of the page and finalise a design we liked - a few executive decisions were made by us hackers on the final look, and while others stood around me desk we finished it.

So next I called comms as going live involved a dns change. So they did that at 1pm and suddenly six months of work came to life. It was all actually pretty exciting. Then a little over an hour later Stu's new website went live too, which I thought was pretty darned cool.

The afternoon was spent on general fixing things up and sorting out redirects and the like.

And then (after dinner with George) I got on a plane and flew a thousand kilometres to be with my boy :):). Terribly excited :) Being a night flight it was useless for photos, but I did record a several minute long movie of the lights of the Eastern Suburbs which just looked magical. Have I ever mentioned I *love* flying? The other nice part of the flight was the moon over the water near Brisbane and the actual landing with the Brisbane lights.

I brought up some plant from my tanks for Stu's new tank, which makes his tank look a whole lot nicer. We're going to go shopping for other bits and pieces while I'm here and maybe even some fish :)

But now it's tomorrow and finally time to sleep.

<posted from the BlackBerry>

Gone

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kazza@kaos ~% ls -la aurelius
total 12
drwxr-sr-x    3 kazza    ppp          4096 Sep 19 18:41 .
drwxr-sr-x    8 kazza    ppp          4096 Sep 19 18:12 ..
drwxr-sr-x    4 kazza    ppp          4096 Sep  7 13:42 lostlegionary.blogspot.com
kazza@kaos ~% rm -fr aurelius
kazza@kaos ~% ls -la aurelius
ls: aurelius: No such file or directory

And do you know what? I didn't even feel the urge to reread any of it.

The Lost Legionary is dead to me. Good bye.

Not so painful

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So had our annual general meeting this morning for the flats. It went for two hours but turned out to be not so painful as I thought it would be. None of the inflammatory people came, and we turned out not to have to raise as much in a special levy as we first thought we would. So all in all not too bad.

Lost

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Why is it when I get a night off to myself, I feel lost and don't quite know what to do with myself?

Launch of next Monday for the website is looking doubtful owing to the fact they want to make the front page look prettier, and they want a graphic design company to do it. But that will take longer than two days. sigh.

And because I haven't posted a pic in a while, here's one of some azaleas on my balcony (not a good crop of flowers this year, I really should prune the bush):

Azaleas

Well, three working days anyway.
It feels like it's almost there, although I spent all day doing bugfixes, and there's sure to be tonnes more. Then the fun begins of the actual go live process and getting dns entries changed and redirects setup and google search templates updated and checks to make sure none of the dev databases are still being referenced.

I may not surface much on Monday :)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Saw Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tonight with Crossfire and Jess and a few others. It was pretty cool. It was actually closer to the seventies movie than I thought it would be. Usually when they do remakes they make them significantly different from the originals. I haven't read the book in *years* so can't remember all that much about it, so can't compare it to that unfortunately.

It had the usual Tim Burton/Johnny Depp/Danny Elfman whackiness to it. Charlie (the kid from Finding Neverland) was cute in this too, and the rest of the kids were sufficiently obnoxious.

oo ooo oo and I saw a preview for Goblet of Fire!! Was very excited. Although without the John Williams soundtrack, and the likely chopping of lots from the book, I don't hold out as much hope for it being that good. Well, not as good as the first couple anyway. Decides not to get hopes up too high for it.

Boring

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Nothing to see here.
Stayed up far too late last night reading Stu logs.
Have a dude coming tomorrow morning to install an auto-door closer on the fire door on my flat. Yay.

Oil Storm

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Watching "Oil Storm" on telly at the moment. It's a tv movie dramatisation made this year about what might happen if a hurricane hit and wiped out New Orleans and the surrounding oil infrastructure. Truly spooky timing for it to have been made, just months before it actually happened.

Considering all that's happened, and the Peak Oil crisis about to hit, it's surprising petrol prices haven't already gone higher than they have.

Week 136

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  1. Related:: family
  2. Soothing:: calming
  3. Flashback:: memory
  4. Turmoil:: emotional
  5. Immense:: huge
  6. Guitar:: air
  7. Nonsense:: stuff
  8. Blame:: responsibility
  9. Childlike:: young
  10. Duff:: beer

Week 135

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  1. Julie:: christie
  2. Emotional:: turmoil
  3. Head of household:: father
  4. Diva:: singer
  5. Devastation:: New Orleans
  6. Business or pleasure:: pleasure :)
  7. Crown:: casino
  8. Eastern:: oriental
  9. Buzzed:: excited
  10. Officer:: gentleman

Week 134

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  1. Girlfriends:: boyfriends
  2. Here to stay:: permanent
  3. Call me:: phone
  4. Frustrated:: annoyed
  5. Public school:: education
  6. Glitch:: system
  7. Cheese:: balls
  8. Director:: spielberg
  9. Pivotal:: moment
  10. Exclusive:: interview

Week 133

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  1. Fan:: blow
  2. Scum:: bucket
  3. Lily:: valley
  4. Humid:: hot
  5. Ghetto:: blaster
  6. Remember me?:: who
  7. Polished:: surface
  8. Compose:: song
  9. Squish:: squelch
  10. Future:: back

Week 132

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  1. Idiot:: features
  2. Rocket:: science
  3. Liability:: car
  4. Harmless:: dangerous
  5. Stringy:: bark
  6. Theater:: ticket
  7. Gwyneth:: Paltrow
  8. Use it or lose it:: brain
  9. Sonic:: hedgehog
  10. Pucker:: up

Week 131

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  1. Complexion:: fair
  2. Teach:: train
  3. Back to school:: books
  4. Months:: days
  5. Nominate:: election
  6. Favorite curse word:: gravity!
  7. Concerned:: worried
  8. Better:: get a bucket
  9. Escalate:: supervisor
  10. Unveil:: bride

Se7ens

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As seen at Dave's, then Karla's: (editor's note: just saw it on Neil's too, but I'm a bit behind on his blog cause he posts so frequently heh. Second editor's note: it was on Kevin's site too, but I'm a bit behind there too heh)

Seven things I plan to do before I die...


  1. Get married. Preferably to Stu if he'll have me
  2. Spend at least three months touring Europe
  3. Tour the south/east of the USA/Canada
  4. Learn to scuba dive
  5. Watch a (human) baby being born
  6. Go to Tasmania
  7. Go into space. OK so this really isn't a realistic one, but I'd still love to do it

Seven things I can do...

  1. Give a half decent massage
  2. Touch type
  3. Play the recorder at a basic level
  4. Keep tropical fish
  5. Take care of windows servers
  6. Program perl at a very basic level
  7. Follow instructions

Seven things I can not do...

  1. Eat wasabi
  2. Eat blue vein cheese
  3. Lie convincingly
  4. Play the piano (more than the very basics)
  5. Not stress over "insignificant" things
  6. Relate well to people
  7. Imagine life without Stu

Seven things that I find really attractive about the opposite sex...

  1. Smile
  2. Eyebrows
  3. Skin and hair
  4. Confidence
  5. Humour
  6. Generosity
  7. Affection

Seven things I say the most...

  1. Ping
  2. It wasn't me, I didn't do it
  3. Are we having fun yet?
  4. Can I go home now?
  5. Doh!
  6. Damned flipping
  7. Good morning!

Seven Books I love...

  1. Star Trek VI, by JM Dillard
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by JK Rowling
  3. The rest of the Harry Potter books
  4. Boy, and Going Solo, by Roald Dahl (actually anything by Roald Dahl)
  5. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
  6. Fox in Sox, by Dr Seuss
  7. Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, by Robert O'Brien

Although I just noticed there were only six groups of seven.. odd..
(editor's note: the seventh group of seven is for tagging seven people, but I don't *do* tagging heh)

Haven't done a meme in a while, and saw this at Gary's the other day:

10 years ago
1995. Living at home with my parents. I was busy in my honour year at uni. Doing lab work at the time I believe and having a ball. Having recently discovered the internet I was spending 4-5 hours per day online.

5 years ago
2000. September. Living out of home in a flat in Marrickville. The magical six weeks with Chris between my birthday and John's birthday. I got properly drunk for the first time with him and attended a couple of parties with him. When I first realised I really liked him. Then he got back together with Michelle and that was the end of that.

1 year ago
September 9. Living in my current flat. According to my blog I was labelling my USA photos. A year later and I never did get them online.

1 day ago
8:16pm. Talking to Stu and Arian, catching up on our days.

Thursday

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Still coughing a bit from that cold the other week. Don't get that.

Quite sleepie after not getting to bed til midnight after the washing I did late last night got stuck half way through and I didn't notice.

Put $42 of petrol into my car today, an all time record. 133.5c/L Just think for a moment of the conversion. That's 133.5AUc/L. That's 5.05AUD/USGal. That's $3.90USD/Gal. Not the $6.55 I calculated from doing the currency conversion the wrong way around. heh.

But on a lighter note, I'm seeing my boy again in two weeks - for six whole days straight! /me bounces round the room excitedly.

4 and a half years of petrol prices

The Lost Lost Legionary

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I was pretty distracted at work today, and found myself missing the Lost Legionary. If it weren't for that blog, I never would have met Stu. And now it's gone. Well, not entirely. As luck would have it I wgeted it just two weeks ago, so all is not lost, for me anyway. But it's still really sad to know it's not online anymore for anyone else, and won't be being updated.

Well after several months of work, the new website was declared ready for soft-release to faculty office staff. There's still a stack more work to be done on it, but it's mostly just cleaning up now. But it was still pretty exciting. Might also be why I felt so distracted this afternoon, I felt like all the pressure was suddenly off, at least until tomorrow when we begin the process of making the thing really live.

Somehow I had cause to say "kazza, the blank one" in front of Josh tonight. And he says "oh I saw that, online" .. a truly ominous statement from a seven year old. Mainly because it means the family (or at least George) could be reading my blog. Well if you are, George, leave me a comment :)

Now just waiting for the washing to finish before I can hang it out and go to bed.

So I got a couple of really disturbing comment spams today.

They went something like this:


IP Address: 146.219.19.22
Name: John Reed
Email Address: synthia@aol.com
URL: http://weblogs.digital.udk-berlin.de/tim/archives/002117.html

Comments:

Great post! I'm looking forward for more. port a buayar:
http://www.cosmicbuddha.com/blog/archives/001169.html , <a href="http://anthony.ianniciello.net/blog/archives/000079.html">Fantast
author</a>


Now normally I would just blacklist such entries and delete the comments without so much as batting an eyelid. Except the look of the urls stopped me. They looked more like ordinary blog entries than spamvertised websites. So I went and had a look at them, and sure enough, they were plain old blog entries, except with comments complaining of the spam. One of them even had a note at the top disclaiming the spam.

I read some of the comments on these links, and there were a few theories as to why these seemingly random pages had been hit. My theory is that someone is trying to poison the usefulness of mt-blacklist and the various blacklist sites. Start poisoning everyone's blogs with each other's so that noone can post anywhere. It's really quite an ominous thought to the openness of the blogosphere :(

Productive Day

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Had a really good day at work today. Got lots done, and solved a few problems that had been nagging us for a while. Even solved a crazy javascript problem by changing "value" to "text" .. go figure! Jim did a demo to the powers that be in the faculty office and didn't get any complaints, so it's getting there.

Then hung around for a bit and finished off my flight from DC to LA in 2000 on Google Earth, finding every one of my photos, even one I'd given up on during the last effort - a freeway interchange somewhere in Pennsylvania I think. The only photo I haven't placed is somewhere over Colorado or Nebraska, and as you can see, the whole point of the photo is to show what a whole lotta nuttin is in the middle of the country.

Got home late and didn't do much. Still haven't cleaned up the kitchen from cooking on the weekend. Maybe I'll do it tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

wtf??

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Sunday. Not nearly so interesting as Saturday. Kept myself in an impossibly good mood with the Babe soundtrack, reliving yesterday's conversation with Stu. Did some work on the new CMS in the arvo, although not terribly successful getting things actually done. Ended up reverting to cleaning out the baby krib tank which was starting to putrefy due to lack of attention.

Then dinner at Alan and Marylon's, where much fizzling was to be had. Still fizzling away quite happily here.

And then Stu says, oh have you seen Aurelius' blog? To which I go and look and it's like "wtf????" .. I guess he'll explain himself one day. Either that or I'll have to rely on msn for updates on the life of Aurelius :)

<must keep head horizontal> .. for a while at least anyway :)

If I had words

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How is this for a really sweet song:

If I had words
To make a day for you
I'd sing you a morning golden and new
I would make this day
Last for all time
Give you a night
Deep in moonshine

I recently ripped my Babe soundtrack cd and this morning I sent the song to Stu. To which he responds: "the original tune comes from Saint Sean's Symphony No. 3" .. and I'm like "it does?!?" I had no idea! I assumed it was written for the movie. That boy never ceases to amaze me :) He then proceeded to find me some better variations on it, and promised to play me the whole thing one day, or even better see it live in concert. And then he likened that part of the symphony to a musical orgasm and I tell you I'll never watch Babe in the same way again :)

And speaking of songs I'll forever associate with him.. the other night I put on "Where were you, 1988" before I went to bed, something I really rarely do. And the song "Perfect" by Fairground Attraction was one of the songs on it. Now when we went to World Expo 88 in Brisbane, I had a walkman that I was listening to the radio on in the car the whole way up and back, and while there as well. And two songs really stuck with me from that trip - "Perfect", and "You'd Better be Home Soon" by Crowded House. As I had to change radio stations every so often on the trip up, I heard those songs over and over again on the different stations. So whenever I hear them now, I think of that trip to Queensland. Well the other night when I heard it, I made the association with Queensland as usual, but my association with Queensland nowadays is all about Stu, so as I lay in bed listening to it a new association developed. This was cemented today by Aurelius saying how he liked the chick in the band (which, as it turns out, was actually false, but too late now the damage is done ;) ).

What else. Well Crossfire sent me a link today that totally spun me out. Turns out he knows one of the guys in my office, and this guy has had a blog for three years. He posted me the link to his description of the BitComet bust we made the other day. So then I read a decent chunk of the rest of the blog. Will finish it soon. Problem is, it's a livejournal, which don't have rss feeds as far as I know, and I'm hopeless at keeping up with those (CC, JC, this means you as well ;) ). But then I vaguely worried if Crossfire knew about my blog (he probably does) and may in turn send Jake my blog, which could be a bit scary :)

I had plans to do some overtime today to get our new website a bit closer to a Monday release. But I spent most of the middle of the day talking to Stu, and half the afternoon talking to Aurelius, and suddenly it's 4:20pm and I haven't even started yet. Oops. :) And I need to do some water changes and the filters everywhere keep dying (two filters and an airpump have all gone this week). Gonna have to make a pilgrimage to Strictly Aquariums to get some more.

Then tonight it's the dilema of what movie(s) to watch. On 9 there's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (perhaps not a good idea to watch if I'm gonna see the Tim Burton version), and Ransom (Gary Sinise is *brilliant* in this movie, much drooling to be had). And on 10 there's Star Wars. But I also thought it would be nice to watch Babe. Or I could just not watch anything and get some overtime in.

And so that's Saturday in the life of Kaz. :)
Oh yes, and I just remembered, I *finally* finished Rising Sun - it only took seven months!

One Line

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So we've spent *hours* on this problem. The problem of how to display a notes richtext field as html. For the most part the data we have is just plain text, but with carriage returns that don't render if you just display them (since carriage returns without <br> tags are ignored by browers). We looked at buying Midas. We tried using a mime conversion script we found on the web. Nothing was easy. And we were working with lotusscript which is messy at the best of times, and Jim didn't know off hand how to convert line breaks to <br> tags. So today I was thinking more about the problem because go-live is next week and we're still no closer to solving it. So I wondered how i could do what I wanted to do in formula language. And I solved a decent chunk of our problems with one line of code:

@ReplaceSubString(@Text(Body);@Newline;"<br>")

It was enough to make me want to give up and go home. Or at least drink and shoot people :)

4186

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That's the count on the pedometer. Not a lot. Probably a good thing considering how much these shoes are hurting my feet :( Will try the heeled ones tomorrow for a change of which parts of my feet get sore.

Did a very solid day of notes hacking coding today, and up for another day just like it tomorrow. Yayfullness.

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