The other day I was told my housemate sounds like me

So, when Mike and Brady were at the house/studio to record the next two episodes of my podcast Jay V Mail, Nicholas came home and went to his room to play a song for someone.

They said he sounds like me. Personally, I think they should have said I sound like him. And furthermore, I don’t think we sound alike anyway.

As they say, the proof is in the gluten-free dessert of your choice, so I present to you:

Compare. Contrast. Comment.

Awake: The Series

Did you watch Awake? The premise was that detective Michael Britten is driving his family when they get into an automobile accident. When he wakes up he finds out his wife is dead. And then he wakes up and finds out his son is dead. And every time he goes to sleep, he wakes up in the other reality.

There are many parallels between the two worlds. One family member is dead. He is seeing a therapist. And also, whatever he learns in one reality can be used as a clue in the other reality.

Awake premiered on March 1st, 2012 on NBC. It lasted only one season, much to the dismay of . . . oh, about two million Americans. It ranked within the top 3 in its time slot. I didn’t get to join in until Episode #7, and that was just because Fat Neil from Community was in it. So, anyway, I watched the show, was immediately hooked, and had to go back in time seven episodes to play catch up.

By the time I got to the show, it had slipped enough that even I knew the show wouldn’t last. I assumed that it wasn’t a great show, but that I just happened to like it. Turns out it was a good show. Well, leave it to NBC to be dumb about their best shows.

The secret to a good Bloody Mary

So, I’m not mixologist. Mixology refers to sick drinks, not sick beats, right? Anyway, here’s what I discovered this morning after making my second bloody mary this morning. Well, ever. It’s really easy to screw one up, but it’s really easy to make a great one.

So, the first one I tasted was a bit like the first bloody marys I had. Boring and plain. The second one I made was much better. And here’s why. I added flavour to it. So, grab the shaker, and before filling it with the proper amounts of your vodka and tomato juice, add the following:

  • a bit of Worcestershire sauce
  • a bit more Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 shake a bunch of hot sauce in there
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • dash some lemon juice in, if you don’t have a slice to hang off the glass
  • put away the tomato juice and pour in vegetable juice (optional, and only if you really like vegetable juice)

Then you add everything, shake it up, and drop like a teaspoon of horseradish into the glass, before pouring the shaken mix into it.

By the way, probably a bad time to mention, but if you have or make bacon vodka, this is the perfect time to use it.

Besides the celery, add other vegetables that look good, like a carrot stick, olives, that random slice of a yellow pepper that you have lying around, basically anything colourful. Stir it up again, so the horseradish is all properly mixed in.

And enjoy.

2012, when all the internet start-ups close down

This is obviously an exaggeration. But my point is that this year, I’ve seen three different sites just shut down in a very short time-frame. Two occurred on the same day, 5th March! It lead me to sit on a blog post for almost three weeks and then begin writing it, which leads me to believe that maybe I’m just over-exaggerating. Maybe deaths really do come in threes. I don’t have the answers. But I can spot coincidence as if it’s part of a pattern.  Continue reading “2012, when all the internet start-ups close down”

How to fix Password-protected directories on a WordPress blog

Here’s something I’d been struggling with for the better half of the day. I’ve been trying to get my server to password-protect a directory, since one of the Confidentiality rules I have to follow includes not posting work publicly. And yet, the only way I can do some of the work is by putting it on a public web server. Sorry. You don’t need to know that. You just need to know what happens and how to fix it. Well, here we go.
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iPad is the new IE6

So, this article was written over a year ago, but after working with the iPad, trying to develop HTML pages, having them work directly in Safari on this Mac I have at work, and then NOT working on either an iPad or the iOS simulator, I have to agree. The iPad is the new IE6.

Currently, I’m trying to create some custom controls on a video to get it to play. But you know what? The darn video won’t play unless I use the built-in controls for the iPad. That means a big, ugly circle with a triangle in the middle. About a day of trying to figure workarounds (and also, an entire day of ignoring the Internet who said it wouldn’t work) I have come to that conclusion.

At least poster images work now, so it’s a big movie still with a big, fat circle/triangle concoction.

CSS Prefixes – The current battle

So, don’t tell anyone, but over the past month, in the web pages I was creating, I kind of . . . . wasn’t very consistent with my CSS coding.

Sometimes I would use the -webkit- prefix, but most times I would just skip the thing and just write box-shadow: 1px 2px 4px #414042 (or whatever) about twelve lines below a -webkit-box-shadow declaration. I’m sure it’s not a big deal. I mean, the site worked. But it bothered me that I even did things like that. Because, why should I even have to use the prefix? Continue reading “CSS Prefixes — The current battle”