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Author Archives: dave
“I’m going to take a picture of my firstborn and use age progression software to figure out what he’ll look like when he’s 16. Then I’m going to frame the picture and keep it as a centrepiece in our house, something he’ll grow up looking at. Then when the appropriate time comes, and he realises that the picture is of him, I’m going to try and convince him that he is a time traveller.”
Not mine, but I like it
I don’t normally post random videos, but this one is GOLD! What a winner! (I do like how when the woman get’s back into the car, the tow truck driver just checks to make sure the rear wheels are secure. I can imagine him saying to himself “She’s not going to get out of this!” LOL)
Alper Haytabay had created a subpages widget that was pretty much exactly what I was after (for another site I was working on). I found one flaw that prevented the widget from displaying nicely. In fact, the flaw didn’t appear to come from the widget but rather some other anomaly I could not determine the origin of.
The problem only occurs when the widget is displayed in it’s own sidebar. If there are no sub-pages to the current page the sidebar (which should be empty – and hence not displayed) appears. I could not seem to find a way to override this so I created a little addition to the existing code. If there are no subpages, display a small (user-defined) tagline instead. I made one other change to include this widget on all pages/posts so that if there are no subpages, the tagline will always be present.
I don’t use this widget on this site, but an example appears here
The widget (my version) can be found here: subpages-widget
The last year has been pretty out there, and often times I seem to have too much time on my hands and at other times I’m absolutely swamped! My biggest problem is I have so many projects on at the moment I just don’t know where to start. Seriously.
One of the projects has been getting the the new look dav3.net website back up and running. A new look and feel, a new back end, and (soon to be) new and fresh content. The site has been about many things over the last few years, the latest of which has been my attempt at weight loss. It didn’t go so well, and so much of that content has been removed.
I’ve been pretty busy migrating everything across here (it’s taking a lot longer than anticipated). In doing the upgrade I have given WordPress a real workout. I’m pretty happy with it. I have tried a few CMS options over the years and (over recent times) gone to more ‘cloud(y)’ solutions. My favourite of late has been Google Sites, but it too has it’s limitations.
The cloud solution for WordPress limits some of the functionality I was after (eg, using your own domain or editing of certain style rules), unless you opted for paid option packs. Since I have the server space and bandwidth I thought I would run my own and once you get to play with the back-end you can really do quite a lot to it.
As I said, I’m pretty happy, the only major problem is that it’s soooo customisable that I am spending far too much time experimenting with what I can actually make it do!
I need to get outside!
This site was originally about my weight loss, here is an excerpt from the original site:
At the start I was 105.5kg (~232lb). My goal is to get somewhere under 80kg (176lb). If things go to plan I’ll start working on building muscle down the track, but the main goal is to lose my fat. The graph represents my progress so far, not doing too bad for the first month.
The graph represents my weightloss over time. Althought google spreadsheets have gone through some updates, at the time this site was initially created there was no way to customise the Y-Axis. Ideally I would have wanted my peak weight at the top left and the weight going doen to the right, but you still get the picture…
note: I peaked at a loss of 12kg… As at the time of writing this, I have it all back! I have spared all the gory detail of photos I had taken of myself, and rather, I have only imported my more ‘good’ days, such as those that include something of general interest. But the general ‘What I did today’ stuff is missing – for good reason (ESPECIALLY the photos! LOL)
A few years ago I got into microcontrollers and had grand plans to change the world with my micro projects. For one reason or another I stopped working on what I was doing and pretty much dropped them overnight.
Well, I’ve picked up the ball again and starting from scratch (since I’d seemed to have forgotten almost everything). So I’m starting with the basics.
Most microcontroller projects will usually have a flashing LED as the first objective. Well, I did that and this is the next step. Pulse Width Modulation. Here is a short video of a LEDs brightness being controlled through the use of PWM. This project uses an ATMega 128 AVR microcontroller (yeah, a little bit of overkill for a flashing LED, but hey!)
The next video here is taking the last video just one more step further, and that is having the LED pulsate, or as I prefer to call it, “breathing”. So much cooler than a simple flashing LED ;-)
I recently installed a continuous inking system into my Canon MP620 Multi-Purpose printer. It went relatively painlessly, except when restarting. The ink tubes got caught under the housing and jammed the print head against the right hand side of the printer, causing a 6502 Error Code.
2 – Plug the printer back in and then:
I fixed the jam, and restarted the printer, everything seemed to be normal. The printer went through a startup routine, cleaning heads and what-not, but when it finished the error persisted.
I restarted the machine, and still, the error remained. After a bit of googling, I found the solution:
How to RESET the Error code “6502”
1 – Unplug your printer, pausing for effect.
2 – Plug the printer back in and then:
2a – Press AND HOLD the Power button
2b – Press the Stop button twice
2c – Release the Power button
2d – Press the Stop button a further four times (see notes)
- someone reported you may hear beeping, I did not
- I think the four button press of the stop AFTER releasing the Power button may not be required since once the powerbutton was released, the system immediately went into a startup routine, it didn’t appear to wait for the stop buttons. But who knows, it was there, I did it, and it worked
I have to admit, I like my music and I often like to pay attention to the lyrics in certain (if not most) songs. The last few months have been relatively trying on me and this song came on the radio. It’s not a new song, it’s probably a couple of years old now. There are many good lines in it, but this bridge has to be my favourite part:
Lift yourself up above all the hurt, Don’t give in
Lift yourself up above all the hurt, Don’t give in
Wipe your eyes and remember you’re better than this
Let them know that they took their best shot and they missed
C’mon and lift
I have been in serious training for over a week now and I’m hurting. It all started last Friday, week ago. Realising I needed a serious kick up the backside, I got myself down to the Muay Thai gym I started taking classes in a few months ago.
Friday: Kick Boxing (??????) – mainly for the cardio, but a bit of self defence can’t hurt!
Weekend: short push bike rides and gardening (that’s seriously hard work! especially on the knees!)
Monday: Kick Boxing
Tuesday Kick Boxing
Wednesday Kick Boxing
Thursday: Kick Boxing (very physical day)
Friday: Kick Boxing
Saturday (today): Well, I COULD have gone kick boxing, but I have a date with a friend of mind to tackle a huge mother of a mountain on Tuesday. So I went for a 16km walk which involved tackling this beast. It’s hard! Look for the turn around point on the red route on the above map!
I must admit, I feel somewhat better lately after all the exercise, but it comes at a cost. My WHOLE body aches. I am sore from head to toe. This has to be a good thing. I haven’t really lost too much weight yet, around 4kg, but the problem is that is mostly fluids. I need to lose the fat. I need to lower my blood pressure and ideally, lower my at rest pulse rate…
Let’s see how I go :-)
PS: I’m doing the Katoomba great stairs in the coming weeks… Get in touch if you want to join in!
Last month I spent a month in Thailand. I’d been planning this holiday for a while (around a year), and was motivated more by the fact that for a period while I was over there, a friend of mine was having a wedding there for his daughter and her fiance.
What can I say? Thailand was fantastic… Hot, but bloody brilliant. I have never had so much fun in all my life. I certainly let my hair down (well, I would have if I had any!). We never got off the island of Phuket, but I did some kilometers!!! Saw some really amazing sights (both day and night), but one of the highlights was definitely that wedding.
Everyone had a ball. It was considerably cheaper than having an equivalent wedding in Australia and the bridal party got a holiday thrown in!
edit: I hear the bride and groom are separated, which is a real shame. On another note, this was my first trip to Thailand, it wasn’t my last!