Month: December 2007

My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: MySQL AB :: MySQL 3.23, 4.0, 4.1 Reference Manual :: 11.6 Date and Time Functions This section describes the functions that can be used to manipulate temporal values.

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philistine

A smug, ignorant, especially middle-class person who is regarded as being indifferent or antagonistic to artistic and cultural values.

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The unnoticeable redesign

A few months ago I read a very intriguing article on typography and vertical alignment (Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid). I am not a designer and I have always found very hard to understand why certain

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Sunday lunch: Xató

A typical salad from Cataluña. I had it several months ago on the last day in Sitges before leaving for the airport, but it is best eaten during the colder winter months (January and February in Cataluña). Xató recipe at

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joist

Any of the wood, steel, or concrete beams set parallel from wall to wall or across or abutting girders to support a floor or ceiling.

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7 things I did not know last week

The original advocaat (creamy egg and brandy liqueur) is thick and often eaten with a spoon, and the liquid version in a bottle is sold as an export. It used to be made with avocados by the Dutch in Suriname

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dowel

A usually round pin that fits tightly into a corresponding hole to fasten or align two adjacent pieces.

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lintel

A horizontal structural member, such as a beam or stone, that spans an opening, as between the uprights of a door or window or between two columns or piers.

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render

To apply plaster directly to brick-work, stonework, tile, etc.; esp. to apply the first coat.

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Instant Upgrade WordPress plugin

WordPress is great. However, upgrading to the latest version can be a bit of a struggle. There are quite a few thinks to keep track of (especially if you are a heavy customiser) and do in the right sequence. If

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Google Reader shared items have become more shared

I am a perfecly happy Google Reader user and have very little to say about it that is negative. Feeds are my main source of information and I have tried many readers (Kinja, Netvibes, Attensa, Bloglines) before settling on Google’s

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truss

A rigid framework, as of wooden beams or metal bars, designed to support a structure, such as a roof.

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Mobile Admin and Simplelife do not play nicely together

I spent most of yesterday trying to figure out why I could not access WordPress from my mobile any longer. Well, it’s the holidays and I can waste a day like that if I want to. It turned out that

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spry

Lively, active, and brisk; vigorous.

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: boxedup.com – universal social wish list (wishlist), gift list and shopping list I had a wishlist here but it was not as dynamically updated as the one on

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puckish

Mischievous; impish.

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Sunday lunch: Icelandic pepper cookies

I love these cookies. They are very spicy (among the ingredients are black pepper and cayenne pepper) and gingery. Last year I used some as Christmas tree decorations. Icelandic pepper cookies recipe at allrecipes.com Ingredients 1 1/4 cups butter, softened

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Having a bit of a deserved rest

Yesterday morning we drove from London to Birmingham to spend Christmas with Dr B.’s parents. I have been doing absolutely nothing for exactly thirty hours and loving every minute of it. Right now Dr B. is sleeping off the lurgy

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7 things I did not know last week

If your album tracks play in the wrong order on your iPod (but in the correct one in iTunes) and no amount of syncing will fix it, it most likely is because the ‘Disc Number’ info is not the same

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cadge

To beg or get by begging.

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nosegay

A small bunch of flowers; a bouquet.

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spry

Lively, active, and brisk; vigorous.

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piebald

Spotted or patched, especially in black and white. A piebald animal, especially a horse.

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succor

Assistance in time of distress; relief. One that affords assistance or relief.

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limn

To describe. To depict by painting or drawing.

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7 things I did not know last week

Noise cancelling headphones that use active noise control work by recording outside sounds and creating an exactly opposite wave to the “noise” waves, which effectively cancels out all the ambient noise. The 13th root of a 200-digit number always begins

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My week on the web

Here are the websites I bookmarked into my del.icio.us account last week: Stats for your account | flickr.com Daily aggregate views, view counts, your most viewed photos (yesterday and all time), referrers (yesterday and all time) and breakdown of your

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stanch

To stop or check the flow of (blood or tears, for example).

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hogmanay

(Scots.) The eve of New Year’s Day, on which children traditionally go from house to house asking for presents. A present requested or given on this day.

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manse

A large stately residence.

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