Posts from September 2006

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

I have to admit that I was a huge fan of the West Wing. I thought it was “the most intelligent show on television“. The last season (or was it two?) though — after Aaron Sorkin stopped writing — it really jumped the shark. I was still pretty sad to see it go. I have

Disable WordPress File Upload

Disable WordPress File Upload

Although I can appreciate that it’s a really nifty feature, I am likely never going to use the built-in File Upload feature in WordPress. What has bugged me is that it’s in an IFRAME in the Write Post panel; I think it slows the page load. I was trying to get rid of it, but

Goodbye in Gasoline

I‘ve decided that Goodbye in Gasoline has overtaken How’s My Driving, Doug Hastings? as my favorite Less Than Jake song. It’s a tough call to make. I’ve had How’s My Driving posted here for download since early 2000. That is a seriously long time to have been awake late every night, nervously waiting for the

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is an essay I wrote a loooong time ago … I must have been 13 or 14 … good old St. Paul’s Catholic Elementary School in Daytona Beach, FL …

Sunday Afternoon Football

Sunday Afternoon Football

Los Angeles’ TimeWarner cable — previously known as Adelphia — is rotten. It is quite possibly the worst cable company in America. Two years ago they dropped the ESPN Gameplan, so there was no way for me to watch the Gators unless I hauled my butt over to Westwood to catch them at the UGA



How to Hack MySQL Paging Functionality into Microsoft SQL Server

DropCaps, Amazon Tags for WordPress

I have finally updated two of my WordPress hack tutorials so that they are compliant with v. 2.04. The first one — DropCaps — allows you to put that nifty “dropcap” into a post. This post begins with a dropcap I. The second one — Amazon Tags — adds two new buttons to your editing

VoJo Energy Citrus

Generally I am not the kind of guy that gets into breath mints. I’m more of a DoubleMint man. I chew gum like mad. But I saw these Vojo Energy mints while I was in line at Gelson’s and the packaging hooked me. They taste great and as a bonus have a little guarana caffeine

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