Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: August 2003

Axis of Weevil

Yay, I’m in! CONGRATULATIONS, Dougal, and as with all of our new members, you will receive your very own World Famous Axis of Weevil Gift Pack, containing a slab of Dreamland ribs, a gallon jug of Milo’s sweet tea; a G-Lox Wedgee gun rack from Mark’s Outdoor Sports for your sweetie-pie’s Explorer, a package of Bubba’s Beef Jerky (according to Dr. Weevil, this is homemade and is available only at the gas station at the … Continue reading

Alabama Highland Games

You know, it’s silly of me to have mentioned it in a comment over on Possumblog and not on my own blog… But the Alabama Highland Games are coming up next month. Saturday, September 27th. Clan Campbell is the honored clan this year, so you’ll probably have the opportunity to see Susan and me marching on the field. Well, again. Susan and I have marched with Clan Campbell a couple of other times. So far, … Continue reading

WebGraphics Returns

After some time in hiatus, WebGraphics is back in action, and sporting a new, clean, open look. Nicely done.

Training Day

Around 9:05 this morning, my department’s Director came by my cubicle this morning and said, “Aren’t you supposed to be in a class right now?” I gave him my best blank stare (which was very easy since I had no idea what he was talking about) and said, “What class?” So he says, “Monday through Wednesday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm? You’re signed up for the iSeries training.” I blinked. “Training?” Internally, I was grepping my … Continue reading

Google Gets Geekier

The Google Calculator hours in a week miles in a picoparsec (G * mass of earth) / (radius of earth^2) (Earth’s gravitational accelleration) the answer to life the universe and everything

Changes coming

Real Soon Now, I will start converting this site from MyPHPBlog to WordPress. Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with MPB, it’s served me well, and I have been on the development team for it for some time. But when the chance to participate in WP development came up, I found it hard to resist, so I’ve been putting my efforts there. As noted on the WP Dev Blog, I’ve been working on the XML-RPC … Continue reading

Service Pinger

The other day, I updated my Service Pinger to include two new services, BlogRolling and BlogStreet, at the suggestion of Guy Robert Vestal from The BlogHunter. I also renamed it from “XML-RPC Service Pinger” to “Blog Service Pinger”, since three of the eight services listed aren’t actually using XML-RPC.

Database Disaster

Earlier today, I accidentally borked my database. Fortunately, I was able to get a backup copy of my tables from August 5, so I only lost a couple of posts. Thanks to Google’s cache (and my own memory, bad as it is), I was able to repost the missing articles. Whew! The irony of the situation is that what I was trying to do was to clean up my database tables in preparation for converting … Continue reading


Gavin Kistner has come up with an amazingly lightweight DHTML/CSS menu system based on unordered lists. His is the first standards-friendly, cross-browser solution I’ve seen that handles submenus. It’s just what I’ve been looking for to fix the kludgey menus we’re currently using on my employer’s web site.

More Ping Services Fun

First off, I’ve added GeoURL to the list of services in my Service Pinger. It’s not an XML-RPC service, so I might rename the page to make it more general. And second, the Ping Services are now available on the front page of The Blog Hunter, a weblog portal site which is sort of like Yahoo for blogs.