Prince William and Princess Kate marry and kiss…twice

William and Kate kiss...twice

A comment on CeleBuzz summed it up:

Aww how cute… princess kate and prince williams kiss was absolutely adorable… it should have been longer though… :( at least they kissed twice!!! lol

We caught their two kisses when we woke up this morning. It’s a tradition, but both times their kisses were really short and not sexy at all; like a good night kiss.

Congratulations to the new royal couple.

Now the countdown to when will Will be king?

Rubix Cube Solution

Here is my shorthand version of pogobat’s YouTube video series “How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube!

3x3x3 Notation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdeYaLi91Nk

6 Centers
8 Corners
12 Edges
Front face (F)
Back face (B)
Left face (L)
Right face (R)
Up face (U)
Down face (B)

Twists are normally clockwise. Twists counter clockwise are noted with an apostrophe (‘).

Solve Green Cross

Green cross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox90TQfjpmg

Start with green center on up. Twist an edge piece with one side green to the down face. Then turn the down face to orient the edge piece of the other color under its center.

Then make the other color the front face.

2F : This puts a bottom green edge piece on top, next to green center.

F’ U L’ U’ : If the edge piece is in right spot, but oriented incorrectly. Start with the flipped edge piece at the top center (next to green center).

Solve Green Corners

Green corners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAeLResB4nQ

R’ D’ R D: Have green corner in bottom right, below the corner it needs to go to. May be oriented wrong. Repeat the algorithm to orient the corner piece correctly.

This could take 5 times.

Top should be green and top row colors should be solved: top row complete

Solve Second Layer

Second layer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja9hleuUEhA

Make green side down

Orient an edge piece of the top-front (neither side blue) with its center color. The other color (top) of the edge piece will be the same as one of the centers of either the left or right face.

U’ L’ U L  U F U’ F’ : If left

U R U’ R’  U’ F’ U F : If right

U R U’ R’  U’ F’ U F : If all edges have blue before second layer is solved. Orient cube so that unsolved piece is in the center right of the front face.

Solve Blue Cross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okEuogvZDmk

With blue as top

F R U R’ U’ F’ : If none of the edge pieces have blue on top

F R U R’ U’ F’ : With blue L in back left corner. This makes a blue line through the middle.

F R U R’ U’ F’ : With blue line going left to right.

Finish Blue Cross

Finish blue cross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YPy-5ixlhs

Looking at the sides of the edge pieces. They probably wont all match their center pieces.

R U R’ U R 2U R’ : If two edges do not match

R U R’ U R 2U R’ : If two matching edges are opposite sides. With one of them as front.

If the two matching edges are next to each other, orient cube so that matching pair top corner is right and away from you. Then perform

R U R’ U R 2U R’

All edge pieces of blue cross should be in correct spot and oriented correctly.

Solve Blue Corners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stw6YV7AlQc

Get blue corners in correct spot.

U R U’ L’   U R’ U’ L : If none of the corners are in the correct spot. This should put one corner piece in the correct spot.

U R U’ L’   U R’ U’ L : With correct corner in top right front (near you)

This will get corners in correct spots, but not oriented correctly.

Orient Blue Corners

Orient blue corners

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL4zsPdL6FM

With 1 unsolved corner in upper right of front face. Keep the front face the same throughout this entire step!

R’ D’ R D : Twice

The corner should be oriented correctly. If not, without turning the up face, do R’ D’ R D another 2 times. Now turn top so that next unsolved is in upper right of front face.

R’ D’ R D : Twice

If needed do it twice more.

Foursquare Day 4/16/2011

This is it! Foursquare has once again created a special badge and logo for 4sqday! We’re super proud to unveil the new 4sqday 2011 logo and confirm that users will be able to unlock a 4sqday badge by checking in on April 16th, 2011! Details on exactly how to unlock the badge has yet to be revealed, but stay tuned! via Announcing the official foursquare badge, logo and T-shirt! « Foursquare Day.

There are several sites aligning themselves with this day/event, but nothing from foursquare officially. That makes me think this it is a grass-root movement. It’s cool though.

According to their tweet today it appears McDonalds is planning something for 4/16/11.

One place to find information is http://4sqday.com/ or @4sqday.

Naked CSS Day 2011 [UPDATED]

Show off your on April 9, 2011. This year they’re calling it Naked CSS Day and there’s more plugins, tools, and code than ever before to help web designers strip their sites of CSS – down to bare HTML.

This is not an April Fools joke. It’s real. Web geeks have been doing this since 2006. Look for the hashtag #cssnakedday on Twitter and make plans to go CSS-Naked on April 9.

Here’s the text from the Naked CSS Day website:

Where did the design go

The website you just came from is not broken, the owner of it has decided to participate in Naked CSS Day 2011! Naked CSS Day is a event that is held once per year to celebrate good & well planned design. The website you arrived from will be back to its normal styled state tomorrow. Keep calm and carry on.

What does that mean

The idea behind this event is to promote Web Standards. Plain and simple. This includes proper use of html, semantic markup, a good hierarchy structure, and of course, a good ‘ol play on words. It’s time to show off your for what it really is.

How to Participate

Enter your email address to be alerted before April 9th of Naked CSS Day, this will give you time to get your name in our official list of participants.

Then on April 9th, simply remove all CSS from your website, stripping it entirely of its design.
Also, Developers, Some have suggested codes & scripts have been put together into a nice list.

Famous Words

“This is a fun idea, fully in line with the reasons for creating CSS in the first place.
While most designers are attracted by the extra presentational capabilities, saving HTML from becoming a presentational language
was probably a more important motivation for most people who participated in the beginning.” – Håkon Wium Lie

UPDATE:
It seems the site where I got the content for Naked CSS Day 2011 isn’t participating – ironic I know. But, there are a few around the world Tweeting about Naked CSS day.

 

Luigi’s, not so much

Here is the review I posted on OpenTable.com about Luigi’s Patio Ristorante:

We we’re seated in the ‘villa’ section which has concrete floors and a vaulted wooden ceiling. It was nicely decorated, but 1 large party made enough noise in the room that my wife and I could hardly hear each other. My comment to her was, ‘How much does it cost to sit out in the patio area.’ (ambiance 3 stars)

We had two servers stopping by every 5 minutes (1 in training maybe?) – we felt a little rushed. That coupled with the noise was the opposite of a relaxed Italian meal. (service 3 stars)

The food tasted fresh; however, both our meals were not what we expected: too much of one ingredient not enough of the traditional ingredients. (food 3 stars)

Now we know Luigi’s, not so much.

The restaurant was beautifully decorated. The servers were attentive. The food was good.

Design quirks like concrete floors and wooden ceilings make putting 20 people a mistake.

The microscopic table combined with a server in training and trainer hovering right behind made us conscious of two servers there at all times.

My veal scallopini (Saltimbocca alla Romana) came with scalloped potatoes covered with a cheese blanket and chefs vegetables. The veal had some breading and was smothered in a prosciutto and sage sauce; odd. My wife ordered the chicken parmigiana (Pollo Parmigiana allo Stile di Luigi). It was chicken smothered in a deep red tomato sauce. It was a little too much. She said maybe serve the chicken on top of a bed of pasta with a little sauce on  the side.

We also kept comparing it to other restaurants in the area. Needless to say, there were other places that we like more. So we decided, Luigi’s, not so much.

How To Quickly Clean Up Your WordPress Database

I’m putting this post on my site because I’m tired of searching for the commands.

There are plugins that will clean up your WordPress wp_posts table, but if you have access to the database you can do this yourself.

Backup the Database

You should always make a backup copy of your database just in case something goes wrong. This is a “duh” – but it happens – and things can go wrong. You’ll be deleting records from a table so before you do, make a backup.

Run the DELETE Query

Run the following command on your database. If you have a shared host with a cPanel you probably have phpmyadmin which is your user interface to your MySQL database. WordPress usually installs in MySQL as wrdp. You want click on the right database for your WordPress install. Once you are in the right database you can run this query:

DELETE FROM wp_posts WHERE post_type = "revision";

This will delete all the revisions from WordPress. Just out of curiousity you might take a note of how much space the wp_posts table was taking up before and after running this query. That will tell you how much room you recovered.

Optionally, You Can OPTIMIZE

This step is optional. If you are sweating bullets right now after deleting 20,000 revision posts, you can skip this step.

Optimization “releases” the data you deleted from memory thus freeing memory. Its like delete puts data in the trashcan and optimize empties the trash. To optimize the wp_posts table run the following query:

OPTIMIZE TABLE wp_posts;

Check to see the size of this table. In the YIW database, the “wp_posts” is only 3,4 Mb in size, as you can see in the photo below. It’s a lot of space saved, don’t you think?

My Numbers

I’ve run this query several times over the years. It’s like cleaning up your computer’s hard drive – the more you use it the more you should clean it up. There were my numbers.

Start 407 rows | 792.1 KB

Deleted 61 rows | 96.1 KB

Finish 346 rows | 695.4 KB

Hope this works for you. I know it works for me and I use it about once a year or so.