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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Cars Torched in France

Every night, it seems cars are being torched around France. At first I thought this was simply a reaction to seeing too many Citroens. Never liked them particularly much. But it seems that just about any car parked on the street is suffering. Then I thought to myself ... isn't there a Bugatti factory in France somewhere?

Are these fools mad?

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Posted by ZenTiger | 11/12/2005 10:27:00 pm


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

So are you guys back in action now?

11/12/2005 10:38:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

What's your problem with Citroens? The models' with hydraulic suspension can get just about anywhere a 4WD can for starters...

11/12/2005 10:45:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Probably only sporadically for a wee while. Much work, at all hours! Even worse, haven't even been keeping up with the news...and my head is spinning there is just so much to comment on!

The new SH space is looking good. Top Spin looks like it will quietly build into something substantial over time, and the SH team is big enough to keep adding new content.

It's very interesting coming back and seeing the whole site from fresh eyes.

Cool stuff.

11/12/2005 10:49:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

No arguments with the specs Ashley. Just never liked the design around the rear wheels.

I had a cool collection of Matchbox cars when I was a kid. For some reason, the Citroen was always the leader of the bad team. I knew nothing of history, politics, or dare I say, the French. But the Citroen was the leader of the bad team.

I didn't like Volvos either, and Skodas always got blown up quite dramatically.

My favorite car was a Corvette. Simple man with simple tastes I guess. Those Pontiac Firebirds were OK, and the Lamborgini and Cobras were works of art, but throw me in a '67 Corvette (and then the later 70's models) and I'd be a fairly happy chappy. Not that I'm much into cars.

But the Bugatti above...whoar eh!

11/12/2005 11:01:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think my favourite Matchbox-type car (wasn't actually Matchbox brand) was a BMW, 2nd favourite was one of those crappy American cop cars (Crown Victoria?) - the ones which featured in the Blues Brothers.

11/12/2005 11:06:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

I quite like the Jaguar myself, wouldn't mind driving one. Of course, I also like the idea of the Prius' petrol electric engine, so if a Jag comes out with that sort of engine then it'll hard to pass up.

I can't remember what most of my matchbox cars were like, but I do remember that I had one painted to look like Peter Brock's V8, which was quite cool.

11/12/2005 11:07:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Big Yeah on the Jag. The recent models look very swish. The Series 5 Beamers are nice too. Maybe because they also seem attainable...but then there are always other things I'd prefer to spend money on than sink 100 grand into a car.

Holiday in France for example.

11/12/2005 11:12:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Yes, depreciation on vehicles is ridiculous. It's definitely worth waiting a few years and getting a good second hand car to hold on to in the brand you want (and save yourself a good 30-50% of the value).

I take it you want a holiday in France to see the great bonfires? Or to stand by the Champs d'Elysees (sp?) as the Germans march down it in the shade (that's why they planted all those trees down it after all)?

11/12/2005 11:19:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

O/T. I've got your email Ashley, and Steve's as well. How hard do you think it would be to do what I want to do?

I reckon we could just add an AJAX or Flash interface to the existing moderation system. Or would we be better off starting from scratch?

11/12/2005 11:23:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Actually, sampling the food would be a big part of it; from wine, cheese, bread and coffee to trying out those charming cafes that throw out a scrumptious meal.

Other than the current bonfires, France is usually a nice place. And I'd take the opportunity to pop into other European countries whilst I was there.

In fact, I intend to visit Europe within the next 5 years, and have a decent tour with my family.

11/12/2005 11:27:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Night folks...

11/12/2005 11:28:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

As Steve said, it isn't a particularly difficult thing to do with the right knowledge. It's just a case of sitting down, modelling it out, writing it and implementing it. IIRC your present moderation system is for posts rather than individual comments, so while the moderation system may be useful as a guide on how to do things, it would be better to create it stand-alone in my opinion. But we can "borrow" code from the current system to help us on the way with the new one for comments. That would mean two moderation systems - one for posts and one for comments. But the potential for mix-ups and such if something is ever tweaked is less, especially if the system used for each is different.

11/12/2005 11:32:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Well there already is a completely separate moderation system for the comments, but its far too complicated and clunky to use.

Basically each comment has a drop down menu with the moderation choices (customizable in Drupal), you set what you want for each comment, then you press the "Moderate Comments" button which sends it all to the server.

11/12/2005 11:35:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

I've heard the French are okay once they have figured out you are not British. Curiously enough the idea of travelling Europe doesn't appeal to me - the stereotype would have me itching to get overseas and see some sights while working at some seedy London pub, but the Old World just doesn't appeal to me I guess. Still too many tramping tracks to walk here.

11/12/2005 11:35:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Okay. That system may prove a good basis for modification into something more to your requirements. Probably useful for the integration of the system database-side into the rest of the CMS. You'd have to rip the entire client-side part out and start again though. And figure out what you can do with Flash/JS to assign the rest to server side coding.

11/12/2005 11:39:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

OK. It would help if I know how the hell AJAX worked. There's quite a bit on the Drupal website:

11/12/2005 11:49:00 pm  

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