Archive for May, 2004

May 26 2004

Refreshing

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Wow… that was so refreshing. And that’s the first time I’ve that during my lunch hour! I knwo the rest of you are going to be so jealous when I tell you what I’ve done. It involved me getting wet all over and I needed to take a shower afterwards!

Still can’t guess? I went for a swim in the sea! The water looked so temping through my office window that I just had to go home at lunch and take a quick dip. And I’m sure it wont be the last lunch time dip I take this week.

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May 26 2004

My Face!!!

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Argh!!! My face is falling off!!! Nah, not really, its just peeling from the sunburn I got whilst out sailing last Saturday. But its really anoying because its peeling under my eyes, so I can see these little white flecks out of the corner of my eye which is really anoying… hence the really anoyingness of it!

Whats also really anoying is that it is high tide at the moment and it looks really nice and I want to go for a swim but, alas, I can’t because I have work to do.

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May 24 2004

Another Release

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I’ve had to make another release of my Mojavi Builder application. This release changes the destructive behaviour of the file generation process. Now, the file generation will not empty the project path directory and it will not over-write any existing files.

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May 23 2004

Floating disaster.

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So, I had a sailing race yesterday… oh what joy! But the main thing I want to tell you about is what happened before we went out sailing.

So Dave and I were chatting with a friend on a boat down the pontoon from Dave and Shane’s boat, when we hear a “Crunch”. I guy had come motoring down the pontoon looking for his birth and had drifted into some moored boats. Naturally we rushed to his rescue and fended him away. Shockingly though, he didn’t seem the least bit bothered…. He’d just crunch is boat on someone?
else’s anchor and he wasn’t the least bit phased!!!

After pointing him in the direction of his berth, Dave and I rushed around there to give him a hand bringing it in. Once again he came steaming towards the pontoon without a care in the world and went straight into the boat beside his berth. Luckily Dave was at hand to fend him off so it didn’t do too much damage but as the guy reversed his boat into the berth he was just sliding the stern along the finger to bring it in!!!

By this time the guys wife was on the pontoon and she didn’t seem to care about the damage to the boat either. To top it all off, neither of them had the faintest idea about how to tie the boat into the birth. They didn’t know what a spring line is let alone know or care that it is mean to keep the stern of the boat from banging into the pontoon.

Why is it that people that know nothing about boats, or how to handle them, go out and buy them? Do they think that controlling a boat in a confined area like a marina is just like, well, sitting down in a chair? If this is how they control or care for their boat then I fear for the safety of anyone that comes into contact with them!!!

I believe that the sea is a wonderful place to get out in the fresh air and relax, maybe have a drink or two. But you should at least respect the sea, other peoples boats and your own. Because you’ll never know when your life will be at risk and all that stands between life and death is that block of wood you’re standing on.

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May 23 2004

To shoot oneself in the?

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In my capacity as the TLR webmaster I have had a go at devloping the site in Mojavi starting with creating the base files with my wonderful Mojavi Builder. I must admit that it is most wonderful but it does have one rather important draw back… each project is the equivalent of a module. Therefore in order to have multiple module in a site you must create several project files and generate each in turn.

I have therefore decided that the next stage in the Mojavi Builder development is to add the facility of adding modules to a project and then adding the actions to each module rather than the project.

For those people using Mojavi Builder at the moment, I will try and get this done ASAP but please remember that I am doing this as a spare time project and at the moment I don’t seem to have to much of that. In the mean time, I will be fixing any bugs which occur in the current release of Mojavi Builder. If you want to submit a bug I suggest you do so at on the Mojavi Community forum post for the Mojavi Builder.

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May 20 2004

Xored TruStudio Nightly?

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WAHOOOOO!!!!!

Xored has final got the nightly build server up and running at xored [dot] com. The nightly builds will be generated every night at 05:00 to http://www.xored.com/builds/. And to view the Bugzilla bug for the nightly builds you should look at http://dev.trustudio.org/bugz/show_bug.cgi?id=22.

Any one that developes PHP applications should take a look at the Eclipse platform and the Xored::TruStudio plugin for it.

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May 20 2004

Online Church Attacked by?

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And all I have to say about this is … “What did they expect?”. If you make a completely open environment where people are free to come and go then you have to expect the more unsavory sort to turn up at some point! For more info you should check out ananova [dot] com.

Back in Guernsey. I planned to either go sailing or digging in my friends garden tonight after going for a swim. Unfortunately the sea was rather cold than yesterday or the day before, and I’m still trying top warm up now. For a while my hands were not functioning at all… therefore no riding my bike!, and I didn’t get to do either of the above things.

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May 19 2004

Good fortune.

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Tonight I shall finally be receiving my RYA Day Skipper award. I theory I’m now capable of skippering a boat in coastal waters… I think I stick with being crew for the time being!

Also, as I’ve said before, my Mojavi Builder tool seems to be going down well with the Mojavi community. There have been a few little creases to smooth out but then I am only a human developer and can’t forsee every possibility, and haven’t even tried to. Development continues….

I’ve found this news item about The World that is anchored off Guernsey:

The World has returned. After a maiden vsit in 2002 – the year it first set sail – the floating luxury resort community is spending two nights moored outside St Peter Port Harbour en route from France to Southampton. With 150 apartments and studios, the 644ft vessel is like a giant private yacht – residents decide which destinations to visit. James St John, president of ResidenSea, which manages the ship for the holding company that owns it, said that the return trip to Guernsey was scheduled after a successful first visit.

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May 18 2004

Sailing around the world.

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This evening the plan was to go out for a gentle sail and trawl a fishing line behind. You know, a little pootle around. Little did I know that this would turn out to be the biggest water-bound adventure I’d ever have.

So we take the boat out of the marina, hang a left towards St Martins Point. We’re making 4 3Knots through the water but only about 1-2 knots over ground. SO what can be the harm in hoisting the spinnaker? None! Up she goes, and we start making about 5 knots.

Well, this was a little pootle so we decide to practice a spinnaker jibe. Not the smoothest operation, but not bad for my first attempt.

So how is the getting us around the world? Well, we’re getting in line with St Martins Point so we decide to head for home. Only instead of going straight back to port we thought we go round the back of the world… just to see what it looks like close up.

I knew it was big but I didn’t think it was THAT big. Luckily we managed to make it back to the marina before it got dark. You don’t beleive me? Well ask Shane or Helen and they’ll confirm it. We’ve even got some video footage to prove it!!!

Oops… didn’t I mention the The World is a cruise liner moored outside of St Peter Port harbour? Sorry, my mistake.

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May 18 2004

GrinGod is good, GrinGod is?wise.

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Having released my Mojavi Builder on the Mojavi Community at mojavi [dot] org on friday, I have since made to minor releases to correct small bugs but I think it is generally going down well. I think there have been around 16-17 downloads of it so far.

Apart from that, I went swimming last night. I swam across Bordeaux Harbour (Guernsey) and back like I did so many times last year. Seeing as it is almost a year since I last swam that distance I was rather tired by the time I got back and now my arms are aching like mad. The up side being that if I’m aching then I must be doing my muscles good.

I’m heading out sailing tonight. We’re supposed to be practicing using the spinnaker in a hope to improve our performance in races…. only time will tell!!!

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