Saturday I watched Chris Pronger, a defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks, throw a forearm to the head of Ottawa forward Dean McAmmond in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. Wow. And the referee missed the hit, so Pronger got away with it. But not too much later in the game, Karma being Karma, Pronger accidently scores an own-goal, the WINNING goal, in fact, for the Ottawa Senators. Because of the illegal hit on McAmmond, though, Pronger has been suspended for game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. I think Ottawa should protest this decision because Ottawa is obviously better off with Pronger on the ice!
Regular Singular Points
by Valence Band Productions
As an American in Ireland I’ve noticed something funny about the Irish culture. I made the mistake of having a beer with my lunch and got the funniest looks from my adopted Irish family. It took me awhile to figure out what the problem was, but, simply put, it was this: when they start drinking, they don’t stop until bedtime. You have to really respect this kind of dedication, but it can be really annoying to the casual drinker. I’ve noticed that they are beginning to temper themselves somewhat, like forcing themselves to only start having drinks later in the evening.
This is a test of an FLV Player WordPress plugin. This one is using Jeroen Wijering’s FLV player, but any one would do.
Here’s Ronan in Waterford City:
I saw the most ironic thing in the clearance isle of a Target store the other day: The Dale Earnhardt Seat Belt pad. I didn’t say it was funny; it’s not. It’s ironic, which is different.
It’s amazing how popular the Lemon Shakup recipe has been. So roll up your sleeves because it’s nearly that time of year! Here is the recipe for Elephant Ears!
Elephant Ears (makes 4)
- shortning for pan
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Heat oven to 425 degrees (F). Grease cookie sheet wih shortening. Heat butter until melted; set aside. Stir flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in milk and 3 tablespoons of melted butter until dough forms.
Sprinkle surface lightly with flour; turn dough onto surface. Knead 10 times. Roll dough with a rolling pin or pat with hands into a 9-by-5-inch rectangle. Brush on remaining melted butter using a pastry brush; sprinkle with mixture of 3 tablespoons sugar and cinnamon.
Roll dough up tightly beginning at narrow end. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Cut into 4 equal pieces with a sharp knife. Place cut sides up on cookie sheet; pat each into a 6-inch circle. Sprinkle with more sugar. Bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
Immediately remove from cookie sheet with a spatula. Let cool on wire rack.
(adapted from cooks.com)
I was playing with Google AdSense for a project at work, so of course I set it up on Valence Band first (because this is my sandbox). What we can’t figure out is how AdSense decides what kind of Ad to place on a particular site. Does it rely on the META data? Content obtained via the Google crawler? It’s all a big mystery and fun to watch. I’m not expecting anyone to actually click on the AdSense ads; I’m just finding it interesting that Google believes people who visit Valence Band are looking for stock market advice (!) and free music downloads.
This site was recently hijacked by some Script Kiddies from Vietnam who made use of the “‘cache’ shell injection exploit” that is well-documented and easy to find all over the web (The poor lads are going to be really surprised when some friends of mine give them a good ass-kicking. I hope to have some video soon). The issue has been discussed at the WordPress support site here and here, but some of the discussions are technical and may be difficult for the average WordPress user to follow. The attacks are centered around the WordPress 2.02 internal caching mechanism, which I didn’t even know about, that appears to be automatically configured when setting up a WordPress v2 site. Who knew? This exploit will obviously be addressed in the next version of WordPress (as well as the simple md5 “encryption” of the user passwords in the database), but until then it might be a good idea to disable the WordPress cache by editing the wp-config.php module and adding this bit of code:
The wp-content/cache folder should be removed using an ftp tool and, with some luck, won’t be recreated.
Thank you to Rok for the cache disabling code.