Gallery issues

Well, it seems my upgrade to the newer Gallery 2 software might come back to haunt me. Yesterday the galleries were broken with the following ugly error,

* in modules/corea/classes/GalleryTemplate.class
at line 270 (gallerycoreapi::error)
* in modules/core/classes/GalleryTemplate.class
at line 200 (gallerytemplate::_initcompiledtemplatedir)
* in main.php at line 418 (gallerytemplate::fetch)
* in main.php at line 87
* in main.php at line 80


After hitting google and the Gallery forums, it appeared to be a file permission thing, so I reset all permissions in the g2data folder to 777. While embarking on that little mission I also noticed I was over my quota with my webhost. This turned out to be the ultimate problem and appears to be due to a ballooning gallery cache – something I have little control over.

While Gallery 2 is good, easy to install and migrate from Gallery 1, with a nice shiney admin interface, I think I’ll be rolling back to the older slimmer version… which probably means days of work re-doing captions on over 800 photos which will be lost when the backend database is deleted. Bugger.

In the meantime, the gallery may or may not work. If it dies, I apologise, but rest assured the photos will return… one day…

UPDATE: (May 3)
Well, I’ve rolled back the gallery install to version 1 and re-loaded all the photos. In doing so I’ve saved 35MB! Same number of photos and thumbs too! As a result, for a small site I would NEVER recommend Gallery v2 – it’s simply too bloated and the extra functionality does not, IMHO, justify the increased install/running size.

I still have to reorder the images and fix the captions, but at least it should stay running now…

RSS Rocks!

Time for a tech/geek rant.

RSS is simply awesome and is quite possibly one of the best time saving techniques for internet savvy users that frequently browse a number of sites. I love it.

What? why? where? how? I’ll tell ya…

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Lyall Bay miniature

Lyall Bay miniatureCheck out this incredibly detailed Lyall Bay miniature.

The photo is focused on the Surf Club, the scene complete with cars and people on the beach.


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Baby Noble at 20 weeks

Last week we had our 20 week scan and can confirm that our little baby is very happy (given the amount of dancing and waving we witnessed!)

Hi there! Hi mum!

As well as tiny fingers, hands and feet, we were also treated to a first look at the face, the spine in detail, and some internal organs including the beating heart with both chambers clearly visible.

Since the last scan around 8 weeks ago, the baby has over doubled in size. Here’s just a couple of pics from the scan…


I thought I’d jump on the iPod Shuffle bandwagon after stumbling across this at Mike’s site. In my case I don’t expect to have a decent explanation of why it’s on my pod, instead the shuffle epitomises my collection – it’s pretty darn random!

*sets iPod to shuffle* …here goes…

  1. I See Red – Split Enz
    Fitting that the first track should be a Kiwi band. From their Spellbound best-of album it’s a classic dance hit that everyone should know.
  2. Rock Me Amadeus – Falco
    The only Falco track on my iPod and another classic from the 80’s. I had to look up his nationality and it turns out he was Austrian, born Johann Holzel in Vienna.
  3. Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
    Ah, um, how’d that get on there? Young American singer who won the first American Idol in 2002. Moving along…
  4. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
    Country legend. The Gambler is simply a superb track and a great one to sing along to after a few beers.
  5. Logical Song – Supertramp
    Haven’t heard this in a while. From their best-of album, but originally released on Breakfast in America in 1979.
  6. Where Is The Love? – Black Eyed Peas
    One of the more mellow tracks from the Peas. This one sits alongside some other good rap/hip-hop from their Elephunk album.
  7. The Hornburg – Howard Shore
    Had to happen that at least one of my soundtracks feature in the shuffle. This track comes from The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, composed by the supremely talented Howard Shore. Pity he was dropped from Kong… I’d still like to hear his version that didn’t work for PJ.
  8. Daughter – Pearl Jam
    By far my favourite track from rock greats Pearl Jam. This got a good trashing in my Uni years in the 90’s.
  9. Tunnel Of Love – Dire Straits
    Yet another track from a best-of album, this one from The Sultans of Swing released in the late 90’s.
  10. Bolero – Ravel
    Oh dear. If it had to be classical I would have liked the 1812 Overture to round out my shuffle. But no. Instead I get the piece that will forever conjure images of Torvill and Dean on the ice at the 1984 Winter Olympics – the only pair to ever receive a perfect 6.0 from every judge.

So there you go. I’m not entirely embarrassed and surprised some other artists didn’t pop up, such as U2 (which occupies a significant portion of my library).

Gallery update

During my incessant tinkering/hacking of any html/php code I can get my hands on, I decided to install the newest version of the most excellent Gallery software package.

I rate it coz being open source it’s free (released under the GPL Licence) and even better it’s relatively easy to get going and is simple yet powerful.

Unfortunately, if you linked directly to any of my old galleries/photos those links will now be broken – but fear not, I imported all the old photos so they’re still there. From here on, I recommend linking only to as I can’t gaurantee I won’t change things again in the future!

Wallpaper stripping

Stripping Today I got stuck into some wallpaper stripping in what was my office, but soon to be converted into a bedroom for the baby.

The old paper seems to be coming off fairly easily, then there’ll be some prep work before we splash some more ‘Sisal’ around. Soon to follow this room will be the lovely blue hallway…