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Month: March 2003

Guess That Movie: XLIV: American Pie 2

Cool, it looks like Guess That Movie has attracted a couple of new competitors (who probably came here looking for cacheremote – the blog roll cache system, or MT-RefSearch), but it doesn’t matter where they came from as long as they stay and have fun. In fact, round 43 (and, yep, I’ve fixed the problems with the roman numerals now) had 3 new guessers: I can’t remember Ciaran entering before (although he has commented on a few posts), Jay is a new contestant – but he was just beaten to the correct answer of X-Men amazoncom:B00003CX8J by new contestant “NetRngr”. Congratulations! I’ll just go over the basis of Guess That Movie for all the new comers: Guess That Movie is a little quiz/competition where you have simply got to guess which movie the screen shot comes from: Each image starts off being worth 100 points. 12 hours after posting it loses 10 points and then it loses another 10 every 24 hours (for example, after the 24th hour it only worth 80 points, after 48hours 70 points…) Every incorrect guess for an image reduces its value by 5 points (so 3 incorrect guesses will remove 15 points from that images…

Fun: Splish Splash, I was…

Yep, I finally got board of F— her Gently and Kikkoman and started hunting for a new Macromedia Flash animation to entertain me. Luckily, I’m easily amused 😀 and this little animation caught my eye. Gruntin’ n Dumpin Lil’ Dumplin’ is a little baby in a bath singing a variation of Bobby Darin’s “Splish Splash” song amazoncom:B000002LV4 : you know the one – Splish Splash, I was taking a bath Long about a Saturday night A rub-a-dub, just relaxing in the tub Thinking everything was all right… But for the little baby, everything isn’t alright…

Blogging: Cache Remote

[Cache Remote]For a number of months now, I’ve been running a little script on my website to control my blog rolls. Basically, a blog roll is a list of sites that I read regularly (they appear on the right hand side of the blog by the way) and “updates” on them are indicate (in my case with bold text and stars).

However, to ensure the blog rolls stay up to date, I use a service called blogrolling which provides a Javascript or PHP file for you to include in your site and will, therefore, display a list of recently updated blogs of your choosing. But what happens if you get nearly 600 visitors a day a day – that mean every time somebody reads your blog, they’ve then get to fetch the extra file from blogrolling and use up their bandwidth (which, as the owner of blogrolling realised can be quite a lot with popular blogs). Therefore, in the sake of conserving bandwidth, I’ve written a PHP script called “cacheremote” which will help take the load off the remote server.

Oh – and the script has an added bonus. If, when it comes to “refresh time”, the blogrolling server is unavailable for any reason, then your blogroll will still be displayed!

Read on for details and to download it… (currently cacheremote v0.05)

Guess That Movie: XLIII: X Men

Well, Kymberlie again rushed in and managed to recognise Guess That Movie 42 as being taken from the extremely funny “SpaceBalls” movie amazoncom:0792844890 : I can’t remember if 5 minutes from posting is a new “guess record”, but I’ll take a look once I update the high score table and double-check if Kymberlies received her prize yet (I did send it to her, but Amazon’s been having some problems dispatching the e-certificate – but since it’s a technical problem, neither I nor their customer service department can cancel, change or correct the order and all I get is an “Unable to process order, please login to correct” message from their automated bots 🙁 ). Anyway, here’s image 43 (I can’t believe I let image 42 go without a reference to Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy though, but at least it did have a “comedy/space” feel to it – admittedly unintentionally) – have a guess and let me know which movie you think it’s from… “Richy’s blog, ooh ohh Richy’s blog go Richy go go Richy go Richy’s blog, ooh ohh Richy’s blog” (slightly harder to recognise cartoon theme tune, but the middle bit should give it away- no extra points…

Personal: Email, Email and Sleep

EmailBlarg and flibblepenguinahoy (hello to all of you who found this blog through those keywords – yep, the email you received is probably from the same person, and talk about cryptic comments 🙂 ). Today’s been “one of those days” where I had a few major projects to work on (2 clients need websites designing, I’m still working on automating the Nominet DNS registrations and I’m just trying a few things with a shopping cart package), but I spent all day (and I wish I was kidding) just responding to emails and sales calls – I’m normally just search engine optimising/tech support, but some of our sales team have been off the past two days so I had to chip in.

I think I’ve managed to get a couple of sales sorted for our lower-end search engine optimisation service, maybe two e-commerce shopping cart customers and maybe even a reseller signed up (we work with a number of web design orientated companies who then outsource/resell their search engine placement and promotion services to us: we get customers without the hassle of having to contact each one and bill them individually – it’s slightly cheaper for us to send one monthly bill to one company that we know is a ‘good payer’ then 100 smaller bills to 100 customers and then having to check they have all paid – and we pass this discount on), and then I had some tech support issues to work out…