Try Firefox / Safari

I've played and played till my fingers bled, trying to fix the blog display issues, both on the left sidebar and in the main blog section and I've thrown my hands up in the air.

I found quite a few issues in the html of the main page, not so many in the CSS, mainly to do with excessive and confused use of the "font" tag, but there also one spot where I had missed a " at the start of an RGB number for a font color, which was throwing everything after that off for about half a page.

Still I cannot get Internet Explore to look nice (it comes up in some crappy san-serif font) and Opera (my personal fave due to the inbuilt RSS news-feed) still has trouble, both hiding some text as the background color AND not letting me log in! Time to move to Firefox V3 (beta) and dump my current RSS feeds (no-one I am linking to blogs any more anyway.)

It certainly displays OK on Firefox, and also reasonably well (strange fonts again) on the Windows version of Safari, so I recommend them over Opera or IE.

[Addendum: of course(!) I still can't hear sound from any Flash presentations on my home computer, so no YouTube no matter which browser I use.]


The lost passport has not yet been returned, so obviously I had to cancel the Philippines trip for this week. I hope they get the deal still. Anyway, with my current luck I probably would have shat on it for them...

I spoke to the Australian Consulate (in Canberra, by phone) on Saturday morning and they recommended to NOT cancel my passport in the hope somebody would return it by Monday, but even so they were shut in Singapore on the weekend and couldn't do anything. Even an emergency passport could take up to 48hrs to come through - and I can't organize that without standing in front of the counter on a working day between 8:30am and 4pm, so...

A completely new passport will take 10 working days to come up from Australia - they have a chip in them and that type of weapon can only be inserted in Canberra, London or New York.


Meanwhile, in paradoxical twist of logic from BatBitch, it has been pointed out to me how freaking *lucky* I am - my laptop was returned to me, my phone was returned to me and the lost passport means that I don't have to go to horrible Minadanao which, apart from having the worst cuisine on the Asian continent, is currently under a DO NOT TRAVEL alert from the Aus Govt, viz:

  • We strongly advise you not to travel to Mindanao, including mainland Mindanao, the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Sulu Archipelago, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack, including kidnapping and related counter-terrorism operations. Kidnap for ransom gangs are also active. If you are in these areas, you should consider leaving.

  • Credible information indicates terrorists may be in the advanced stages of planning attacks. The attacks may be imminent and could occur at any time, anywhere in Mindanao. Attacks could occur in the lead up to and following religious celebrations.

  • On 1 April 2008, the US Embassy in Manila issued a warden message advising that it had received information that extremist elements may be planning to kidnap Americans or other foreigners at hotels or other public places in the Zamboanga City area. Australian Embassy staff have been advised not to travel to Zamboanga City. [Ed: I was going to Cagoyen De Oro (fucked if I know how to link to Google Earth bookmarks) which is a good 200 miles from this Zambucca City, so hey, what's the problem?]

  • So, rather than being my typical "this-glass-is-severely-in-need-of-refilling" self, I have decided to lie by the pool for the rest of the week or so (a forced "staycation" till my new passport is delivered) and enumerate my beatitudes...


    Meanwhile, I performed some non-food magic in the kitchen:

    I replaced the broken hinge (the Newton Home-Fix had ONE hinge!) on the cupboard door and now it closes perfectly! That felt good! (*Beats chest* - Ugh!) No idea how I did it. Random application of big power tools, crunching sounds, step back and - hey presto! - it works!!

    Hey babes, I'm your handyman!

    Denon amplifier is still dead however - no DVDs, no CDs, no surround sound from the TV. Repair (out of warranty) or replace (everything is a consumable these days)?


    Also here's truly some great news, and now it's REALLY official - (my company sells one of the machines that do these FMD measurements) - cocoa, red wine and chocolate DOES improve your vascular function!

    Live forever or die in the attempt!



    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 01, 08 | 6:25 pm | Profile


    "cocoa, red wine and chocolate DOES improve your vascular function!"

    And your sex life. :-)

    Posted by: Batbitch on Jun 01, 08 | 11:11 pm

    Aw shit, look - its gone all centre justified after the first list command. MotherMcCree!

    Someone help me! Nat! It never used to do that before I "fixed" the CSS!

    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 02, 08 | 2:32 am

    Ah, but only on the Comments page... a clue!

    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 02, 08 | 2:33 am

    Fuck, got the lists straighter, but not what comes after...

    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 02, 08 | 3:14 am

    I'm just going to have add a ^p^ paragraph command in my posts after every style fiddle...

    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 02, 08 | 3:18 am

    ditch that pc, sugar...get a mac and use firefox xoxo

    Posted by: savannah on Jun 02, 08 | 5:53 am

    Sav: work laptop, pc only.

    Posted by: expat@large on Jun 02, 08 | 12:48 pm

    Yes but what about a play laptop buddy

    Posted by: Indiana on Jun 02, 08 | 8:04 pm


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