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Notices for 12th October 2007 to 6th September 2007

Friday, 12th October 2007

I met fellow drum & bass lover Jacques on peer-to-peer some time ago, and at some stage he showed me a site with the music he and his friend Noel had produced together as Mindcontemplation. This site has since been lost (something to do with a change of Internet service provider) and I’ve found some space here on my site to host their album: Conference With New-Age Music.

It’s quite an interesting blend of smooth and edgy electronic music, yet apparently I am his only fan! It took me a little while to get used to the style, but now I love it. Perhaps things will change from here on. I’ve made a bizarre and perhaps successful attempt at designing it a new page, too.

This is now the third collection of music hosted here, in addition to Ian “Elite” Bell’s Fragmentary Glimpses of Eternity mix albums, and my little MP3.com archive. The former page has now been tweaked to display correctly in Internet Explorer: it’s a whole caboodle of hacks to achieve 32-bit graphics out of JPEG images. (Does anyone else believe that 32-bit JPEG images would rule?)

Thursday, 4th October 2007

When rebuilding my late friend Steve Katz’s WetInRed site as a dynamic database-driven site, I wrote a tool called Batch-RegEx to perform mass regular expression replacement on FrontPage-generated pages.

While overhauling another site he worked on, Liquid Ladies, I decided I wanted this tool running in Windows. So, my little tool has finally been updated to work correctly in Windows and a new version 1.1 is posted.

This version also fixes a teensy bug whereby an initial blank line in the RegEx box would cause a soft hang (cmd-. would cancel out of it, as I’d put an escape route in previously).

Thursday, 6th September 2007

I have been threatening to post some of my photography to the site for a long time now. Recently, I posted my ghetto stitch jobs (see how many perverts come looking for that search term), but nothing from my newer, vaguely decent camera.

I’ve had a nice, semi-private and temporary gallery up for a while now of a walk up to and past a local wood, photos that came out extremely well. I’d chosen a small, select few images and placed them inline as 800×600. The effect was most pleasing.

Today, I finally got around to posting a formal gallery of the images – Langley Wood 24th June 2007 – but a whole 24 inline 800×600 images would be rather excessive, so they’re all reduced to 320×240, linked to 1024×768 photos. Somehow, by no longer being selective, and reducing all the images down to a much smaller size, it looks disordered and chaotic compared to the serenity of the original presentation. In particular, the horizons don’t line up vertically. I don’t know whether to revert to my older gallery style, although it feels too late now.