Dougal Campbell's geek ramblings

WordPress, web development, and world domination.

Monthly Archives: July 2005

Bogus pings?

Has anyone else noticed that seems to be reporting erroneous site updates? Over the last day or so, it keeps reporting site updates, and yet, when I visit the sites, most of them have not updated. I know that some of these update reports are bogus, because I’ve even seen my own site show bogus updates (I was still in bed at 7:08 a.m. today, and I’m pretty sure that I didn’t update my … Continue reading

Dream Ideas

Last night, I had a dream where I was visiting somebody else’s house (I don’t know who, and apparently it wasn’t important). On a small table were some leather-bound books. As I examined them, one stood out, partly because it was slightly larger than the rest, and also because the binding was a little different. I realized that the owner of the house had created the book cover by hand (a hobby of his, I … Continue reading

Photo gallery recommendations?

I’m looking for advice on two seperate but related projects. First of all, I want a good way to manage images for right here on my blog. Obviously, I want something that integrates into WordPress. Ideally, it should allow me to organize pictures in some sort of hierarchical directory structure, annotate pictures with metadata (title, date, place, categories/tags, etc), browse pictures in various ways, generate multiple sizes, and so forth. The second one will be … Continue reading

Microformat for media descriptions

I’m interested in coming up with a good metadata system for describing various sorts of media. Obviously, this ties in to my recent work on my “now playing” feature, and also into my interest in microformats. And I plan to expand this with links to books, DVDs, and perhaps other media or products. I asked about it on the microformats-discuss mailing list, and they pointed me to a page on the wiki about media-metadata. This … Continue reading

Lawmakers move to extend daylight-saving time

Oh, dear Lord. Somebody please kill this weed before it grows: Lawmakers move to extend daylight-saving time House and Senate negotiators on an energy bill agreed to begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November. I. Hate. Daylight. Savings. Time. First of all, it’s an outmoded idea. Second of all, am I the only one that’s annoyed by the … Continue reading

Hello again, World!

I usually try to post something every couple of days, but as a few of you may have noticed, I’ve been absent for over a week. And if you really follow along here, you might have guessed why. Claire Virginia Campbell Earlier this year, I announced Peppermint version 0.3. Susan and I are pround to announce that after several months of work, we now have a finished product, and we present Claire version 1.0! Claire … Continue reading

Googlebomb: Popup Blockers

Has your blog been spammed with ads for a Popup Blocker for Internet Explorer? If you are getting here through a search on Popup Blockers or for Pop-Up Blocker or Pop Up Blocker Internet Explorer, please do not buy from pop-upblocker dot org They are spammers and unethical. ADB Popup Blocker and ANB Pop Up Blocker are from the same company and you should not buy their product. Any SEO people want to help me … Continue reading

FeedLounge wants browser developers

The FeedLounge team is looking for some browser developers to help with testing. This is to help distinguish better between bugs that may be in the FeedLounge application or in the browser itself. By getting some browser programmers on-board, they may be able to get problems fixed at both ends. We feel that this will be a mutually beneficial arrangement: We push the limits of the browser and potentially find bugs that don’t normally get … Continue reading


Black & Decker Mega Mouse 4-In-1 Sander Polisher Susan and I have spent the last several weeks refinishing some furniture for our kids’ rooms. It’s been taking a lot longer than we had expected, but we’re finally reaching a point where it’s going to pay off. Tonight, I should be able to put the final coat of polyurethane on Jamie’s chest of drawers. Later this week, I should be able to get the final coats … Continue reading