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Showing posts from October, 2012

Edinburgh Yesterday

Catching Up

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Shaking It Out

A friend posted a photo on Facebook of a dramatic landscape in New Zealand, where she is visiting. After a moment, in my mind's eye I saw Lord Of The Rings pasted onto the scenery - and I haven't even seen the film. Now I have got to shake that image and the associated reactions out of my head so that I can see the view 'clean'.
What A Mess I can translate the extreme version of this to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - where the poor soul who suffers from it sees a scene of horror pasted onto everything.

Stop The UK Badger Cull

Stop the badger cull Responsible department: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs JOIN IN AND SIGN THE E-PETITION We, the undersigned, call on the government to stop the planned cull of badgers on the following grounds: 1. Over 70% of the badger population in large areas of the country will be killed, many of them healthy.
2. The method of free-shooting badgers could cause severe to many thousands of badgers.
3. Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas. We urge the government to stop the cull and implement the more sustainable and humane solution of both a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity. 
This e-petition has received the following response: This e-petition has now passed the threshold of 100 000 signatures. The Leader of the House of Commons has written to the Backbench Business Committee, who …

Like A Duck To Water

RSPCA Campaign
Duck Fresh Water Campaign

Dear Asda / Morrisons / Tesco /
The Co-operative Food / Waitrose

I am calling on you to improve the welfare of farmed ducks. Ducks are water birds that have evolved to be in and around water, so I find it unacceptable that the only duck meat you sell is from ducks that don't have access to one of their most basic requirements - bathing water.

I demand you stop ducking this issue at once and provide a higher welfare option for your shoppers and introduce a policy to ensure all the duck meat meat you sell comes from farms that provide full body access to water, according to RSPCA welfare standards for ducks. Please get back to me and tell me what action you're taking to address this issue.

Thank you.
Reply From Tesco
Thank you for your email raising your concerns with us about the provision of open water for ducks. Animal welfare is an important and sensitive issue for many of our customers and we take our responsibilities in this area very …

Building A Website That Does Not Use Databases

I read an article on alternatives to Wordpress, and one of the suggestions was to build a site using GetSimple CMS.

I already had a spare domain hosted on my favourite web host for shared hosting, so I FTP'd into it and cleaned out the files and folders that were in there.

Then I downloaded the GetSimple folder and uploaded the contents to the server. The site was up and running in about 10 minutes.

There Was A HitchThere was a hitch because the email that was supposed to arrive with the login password, didn't arrive. And I was locked out of the site.

I cleaned all the files off the server and was ready to put the whole thing down to experience.

But then I asked on the forums and saw that I needed to salt the config file. There's a GetSimple wiki for how to do that - it's very quick and simple to do.

So I started from scratch again and uploaded the package contents to the server. But before I logged out I opened the config file via FTP and salted it.

Now it worked be…