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Days in the life of a clone

Movie and Books List

As I might have mentioned (or not? who can keep track), I have a very large collection of movies and books. I own a program to manage those collections (actually two programs, one for movies and one for books) and one of its it features is that it outputs are some static HTML files that contain the collection, together with thumbnails and paging and other goodies. I’d really like to include these into this site, but I don’t know enough PHP yet to manipulate XML files. So I’ll just give you the links:

They obviously have problems with being too large, each thumbnail is a different size, etc. And obviously the stylesheet (colors, fonts etc) is completely different, not only with this site, but with themselves too! All I can say in my defense is that the program exports plain HTML, parsed with some custom XSLTs. But I’ll get to it!


I’m tweaking the theme like crazy 🙂 I didn’t really know PHP before installing WordPress (I’m a .NET man). Ok, so in ASP.NET you have cool controls, server-side events etc. Still, I know ASP pretty well (for 6 years straight!) and it’s a lot easier for me to type away at ASP than meddling with all those server-side thingies ASP.NET has to offer. And don’t even get me started with JSP and its ilk! Anyway, PHP really seems to be made from the same mold as ASP, so even though it’s quite different syntax, it comes naturally!

I’m going to be an uncle!

I was on the phone with my sister (the first time she called me on my landline phone), and she’s pregnant! I’m going to be an uncle!!

Bots Detected

It seems this site is now indexed by Google and probably Feedster. For the life of me, I don’t understand where they found me! I didn’t submit the URL or anything. Maybe it is a hidden feature of WordPress? Or should I get really paranoid? Anyhow, the good thing is that this site is second in line when you search for my name in Google (first one is an archive of a mailing list, which is also cool, because I guess I’ve written more in that list than in this blog, reloaded or not. I expect to overtake the number of posts, but not for a long time.

Fire Drill

Fire dill at work. Some siren shouted loudly. Some guy in an orange suit shouted with a speaker. We got out. We waited. We waited. We got in again. It was not so realistic though. When in the old buildings, we had a bomb threat and we got out as well. Only then I got my briefcase as well. Actually now that I think about it, it would be more realistic if I panicked and went home for the rest of the day as well 😉

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