Sunday, April 12, 2009

Another Victim of the Recession - Fred the ex-racehorse

I'm another victim of the recession having lost my job as a racehorse. I tried to get a job as a flapper but I guess they thought I was too old so it looked like the scrap heap for me. But luckily I got on a re-skilling course and I'm retraining to be a show jumper. I got lame soon after I started the course and was a bit worried that was going to be the end of it, but after a break I'm back practicing hard. Here I am doing a jumping exercise, made a mistake the first time but got it cracked now! Next stop Dublin!


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Installing Pinax 0.7 on CentOS

So Easy!

Here is the complete list of commands I used to install in a pinax directory of /home

easy_install virtualenv
easy_install pip
cd /home
mkdir pinax
cd pinax
curl -o pinax-boot.py http://github.com/pinax/pinax/raw/master/scripts/pinax-boot.py
python pinax-boot.py pinax-env
cd pinax-env
source bin/activate
pip install --requirement src/pinax/requirements/external_apps.txt
cd /home/pinax/pinax-env/src/pinax/pinax/projects
pinax-admin clone_project basic_project myproject
cd myproject

amend settings.py to point to required database - I'm using mysql
setup mysql database
python manage.py syndb
python manage.py runserver

DONE!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Difference between men and women is in the knot

I havn't read Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus and am sceptical of many of the differences attributed to the different sexes. But I do believe there are fundamental differences in male thinking and female thinking and I pondered yet another difference as I stomped back to the house from inspecting the resulting mess of wire and fence posts caused by SuperCub running through the electric fence.

Take knots. Men tie knots so they won't ever come undone. The rope is knotted and double knotted and then the ends of knotted just in case, and it rarely comes undone, ever. Women
have to undo this knot sometime, so let's make sure I can undo it, and yes sometimes it comes undone before it should.

When putting up electric fence, Men make sure the fence is strong and tight, wrapping the wire around the insulator so each section of wire if effectively tied to the fence post. Women think, something is going to go through this fence sooner or later, so lets put it so there is minimum work to repair it. This morning's fence was put up by a man and with four broken fence posts that need replacing it's going to take a while. If the wire had not been wrapped around the insulator, it would have pulled past the post and taken five minutes to put back up. Serves me right for not doing the fencing myself I suppose.

An on the subject of differences, what is the difference beween a male car and a female
car? Female cars are a bit unreliable, they sometimes fail to start and tend to have a few niggling complaints, but if you really need them to get you somewhere, they get you there, even if they are running on one cylinder when you arrive. Male cars are much more reliable, start on the first turn of the key every time, until that time when you really needed them to start...

Female vehicles I have had:
2 x Ford Transit
BMW 3.0s
Mitsubishi Shogun


Male vehicles:
Ford Cortina
BMW K75
Nissan Micra
Jaguar XJS V12
Jaguar Sovereign v12

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Yahoo BOSS - no joy yet

Am trying to get Yahoo BOSS search running in Django. It all looked so easy based on this site: http://www.peterkrantz.com/2008/yahoo-boss-in-django/ but I still can't get it working. So I'm adding a link to the site to see if that helps.

Visit http://dunmanway.ie!